About

Robert Gordy is considered one of the most original and creative Southern painters of the twentieth century. He achieved far more beyond exquisite compositional patterning of forms – a technique self-described as “knitting” – and sensitivity to layers of color nuance. Perceptive art critics noted that Gordy invigorated his formalism through careful interest and attention to the French Symbolist-Surrealist tradition. He had a penchant for emotional release that would surface fully in his later riveting monotypes. In the works prior to 1982 there are often intense emotional realities beneath the apparent calm of the marvelous paintings and drawings. His unfortunate death from AIDS in 1986 at the age of 52 was an enormous loss.

Exhibition

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2000 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1996 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1992 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1988 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1987 Texas Gallery, Houston, TX
1986 New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA
1986,84 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1985-86 Monotypes of Robert Gordy, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (traveling exhibition)
1985,79 Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, NY
1984-85 Prints and Paintings of Robert Gordy, New Orleans Museum of Art (traveling exhibition)
1984 The Fine Arts Museum of the South, Mobile, AL
Artworks '84, Louisiana World Exposition, New Orleans, LA
1983 Carol Shapiro Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1982-81 Robert Gordy, Paintings and Drawings: 1960-1980, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL
Jacksonville Museum of Fine Arts, Jacksonville, FL
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
Cincinnati Museum of Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, OH
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
1979,77 Delahunty Gallery, Dallas, TX
1976 Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, IL
1975 Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
1974,72 New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
1974 Pyramid Galleries, Washington, D.C.
1973,71,69 Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA
Hank Baum Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1972 Drawings and Prints, Glasgow College of Arts, Scotland
1970 Cranfill Gallery, Dallas, TX
1968 Atelier Chapman Kelley, Dallas, TX
1968,67 Glade Gallery, New Orleans, LA


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1986 Artist/Printmaker, The Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD
1985 The Exhibition at 112 Greene Street, Arthur Roger Gallery, New York, NY
1984 Monotypes, The Weintraub Gallery, New York, NY
The Art of New Orleans, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
1983 The Human Figure, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
New Decorative Art, The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA and The University Art Gallery,
State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY
Southern Fiction, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX
The American Artist as Printmaker: 23rd National Print Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum of Art,
Brooklyn, NY
1980 Image into Pattern, P.S.1 Gallery, New York, NY
American Painting of the Sixties and Seventies: The Real, The Ideal, The Fantastic-Selections
from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, AL
The Figurative Tradition: Paintings and Sculpture from the Permanent Collection, Whitney
Museum of American Art, New York, NY
American Figure Painting: 1950-1980, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
American Drawings in Black and White: 1970-1980, Brooklyn Museum, NY
Louisiana Major Works, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
1978 21st National Print Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
The 1970's: New American Painting, The New Museum, New York, NY (traveling exhibition)
1975 Art USA: The South, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA (traveling exhibition)
1973 Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Divergent Representation: Five Contemporary Artists, National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.
Extraordinary Realities, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1968 14 Artists, Award Winners in the Southeast and Southwest Regions Selected by the National Endowment for the Arts, Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio, TX
New Acquisitions, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1967 Annual Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York