About

David Bates was born in Dallas, Texas in 1952 and continues to reside there. He received his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University followed by his Master of Fine Arts in 1978. In 1987 his work was included in the prestigious Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2007 the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, in association with Scala Publishers, published a comprehensive monograph entitled David Bates. A second monograph was published in conjunction with his 2014 joint retrospective at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. The exhibitions featured works on paper, paintings and sculpture from his thirty-plus year career. Bates’ work is in collections throughout the United States including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; The Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City; and The New Orleans Museum of Art.

Exhibition

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2012 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2010 Themes and Variations, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX
David Bates: the Katrina Paintings, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
2009 David Bates: Woodcuts, Etchings and Monotypes, Pace Prints, New York, NY
David Bates since 1982: From the Everyday to the Epic, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX
Katrina: Catastrophe and Catharsis, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2008 Points of Convergence: Masters of Fine Arts, The Gallery at UTA, The University of Texas at Arlington, TX
David Bates: The Storm, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
The Storm: The Aftermath: Works by David Bates, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2007 David Bates: Paintings from the Texas Collections, The Grace Museum, Abilene, TX
2006 DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
David Bates: Grassy Lake, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA*
David Bates: Drawing Retrospective, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX
2005 David Bates: Small Paintings and Works on Paper, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
David Bates: Black Water, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004 Night Vision, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX
DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY*
David Bates: Paintings and Reliefs, The Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX
David Bates: Black Water, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003 David Bates: Poems, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX*
Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX
2002 David Bates: Nudes, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA*
2001 DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY*
Black & White, Dunn & Brown, Dallas, TX*
Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2000 David Bates: Paintings, Wood Reliefs, and Sculpture, Dunn & Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX*
1999 DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY*
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA*
Still Life, Museum of Southwest, Midland, TX
1998 New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ
Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX*
1997-99 David Bates: The Gulf Coast, Galveston Arts Center, TX (traveled to: Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX; Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX; McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX; Texas Fine Arts Association Center Space, Austin, TX)*
1997 Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY*
1996 Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX
David Bates:Selected Works 1980-1995, Contemporary Arts Center, Abilene, TX (traveled to: Tyler Museum of Art, TX)*
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1995 Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY*
1994 John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA*
1993 Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
Florida International University Art Museum, Miami, FL*
1992 John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA*
Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY*
1991 John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1990 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
1989 John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA*
Eugene Binder Gallery, Dallas, TX
1988-89 David Bates, Forty Paintings, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX (traveled to: The Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE; The Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI)*
1988 Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
Grassy Lake: Works on Paper by David Bates, University Gallery, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
1987 John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA*
Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
1986 Eugene Binder Gallery, Dallas, TX
Texas Gallery, Houston, TX
Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1985 Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Betsy Rosenfield Gallery, Chicago, IL
1984 Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
Texas Gallery, Houston, TX
1983 Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
DW Gallery, Dallas, TX


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2010 The Gulf: Works Completed Before the BP Spill, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2009 Blocks of Color: American Woodcuts from the 1890s to the Present, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum,New Brunswick, NJ
Elements of Nature, Pepperdine University, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, CA
2008 Evening Light, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
7808 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Something New, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Degas to Diebenkorn: The Phillips Collects, Washington, DC
From Paradigm to the Unexpected: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Shey Collection, Harn Museum of Art, FL
2007 Katrina: Catastrophe and Catharsis, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO
Variations on America: Masterworks from American Art Forum Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Figure It! The Human Factor in Contemporary Art, The Clay Center, Charleston, West Virginia
The Eclectic Eye: Pop and Illusion -- Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Inaugural Exhibition, Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
2006 Shared Visions: Texas Artists Then and Now, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas; traveled to Galveston Art Center, Galveston, Texas; Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas
2005 Land, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Paintings, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Texas: Grassy Lake, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
Singular Expressions: Nine Artists Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska
A First Look: David Bates, Nancy Graves, Gene Davis, The Katzen Arts Center at American University, Washington D.C.
The Comeback Exhibition, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana
2004 5th Anniversary Exhibition, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Common Ground: Discovering Community in 150 Years of Art, Selections from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Contemporary Southern Drawings from the Permanent Collection, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Everyday Mysteries: Modern and Contemporary Still Life, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
Art in Embassies Program: Switzerland Liechtenstein, United Stae Embassy, Bern Switzerland
Texas Vision: The Barrett Collection, The Meadows Museum, Dallas, TX
2003 Flip, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Pairings: Artists’ Selections from the Dallas Museum of Art Collection, The Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Twenty-fifth Anniversary Exhibition, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2002 One Hundred Years: The Permanent Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX
Next, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Sculpture, Drawings, and Works in Relief, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
177th Annual, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
Spring Forward: New Work from the Studio, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Wild Life: The Other Tradition, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL*
Southeast Texas Re-collects, Southeast Texas Arts Council, Beaumont, TX
2001 Self-Made Men, curated by Alexi Worth, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
8th National Drawing Invitational, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
Summer in the City, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000 Private Collections: Artists, Curators and Collectors, The Gallery at the University of Texas at Arlington, TX
The Swamp: On the Edge of Eden, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Memory and Material, Constructions and Compilations: David Bates, Debra Bermingham, John Buck, Mary Frank, Joyce Kozloff, Whitfield Lovell, Paul Wonner, George Woodman, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
1999-2000 Outward Bound: American Art on the Brink of the 21st Century Meridian International Center, Washington, DC (traveled to: The Musuem of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam; The Painting Institute, Shanghai, China; The Working People’s Cultural Palace, Beijing, China; The Singapore Museum of Art, Singapore; The CIPTA Art Gallery, Jakarta Arts Center, Jakarta, Indonesia)*
1999 WATER: A Contemporary American View, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC (traveled to: Mobile Museum of Art, AL; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausaw, WI)*
The Eclectic Eye: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Collections, California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, CA
Cutting Edges: Painters’ Woodcuts from Experimental Workshop, Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College, New York, NY
The Painted Canvas, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1998 Wild Things: Artists' Views of the Animal World, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
David Bates and Betty Woodman: Paradox in Paint, Wood and Clay, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ*
Food for Thought: A Visual Banquet, D C Moore Gallery, New York
Link, Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX
1997 American Images: The SBC Collection of 20th Century American Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX (traveled to: Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX; Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, TX; El Paso Museum of Art, TX)
Contemporary Landscapes: The Enigma of Reason, The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY
5th Anniversary Celebration: Contemporary Art from the Frederick R. Weisman Collections, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Structures: Building in American Art, 1900-1997, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Fresh Ink: Austin Print Workshops, Austin Museum of Art, TX*
Link, Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX
1996 Figuratively Speaking, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Feast for the Eyes, Austin Museum of Art, TX
American Kaleidoscope: Themes and Perspectives in Recent Art, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.*
Establishment Exposed: Part I, Dallas Visual Art Center, TX
Link, Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX
1995 47th Annual Purchase Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
Link, Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX
Under Glass, Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY (traveled to: Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL)
XXV Years: An Exhibition Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of John Berggruen Gallery, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA*
Wildlife, California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, CA
1994 The Label Show, Contemporary Art and the Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA*
Vividly Told, Contemporary Southern Narrative Painting, Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA (traveled to: The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC)*
American Realism and Figurative Painting, Cline Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM*
Outside: In, Outsider and Contemporary Artists in Texas, Texas Fine Arts Association, Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, TX
1993 In and Out of Place: Contemporary Art and the American Social Landscape, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA*
Summer Stock, Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX
Still Life 1963-1993, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM*
1992 People, The Gallery Three Zero, New York, NY
Mind & Beast: Contemporary Artists and the Animal Kingdom, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI (traveled to: Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX; Knoxville Museum of Art, TN; Tucson Museum of Art, AZ; Canton Art Institute, OH; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, IN)*
1991 Large Scale Works on Paper, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Small Format Works on Paper, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA*
American Realism & Figurative Art 1952-1991, The Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendi, Japan (traveled to: The Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Sogu Museum of Art, Yokohama; The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga; Kochi Prefectural Museum, Kochi)
The State I'm In, Dallas Museum of Art, TX
The Landscape in 20th Century Art: Selections from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK
Drawings, Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
1990 Group Exhibition, Eugene Binder Galerie, Cologne, West Germany
Concentrations 23: Texas Figurative Drawings, Dallas Museum of Art, TX
Northwest By Southwest, Painted Fictions, Palm Springs Desert Museum, CA (traveled to: Yellowstone Art Center Museum, Billings, MT; Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA; Sara Campbell Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, TX)
The Humanist Icon, Bailey Art Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (traveled to: New York Academy of Art, New York, NY; Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, KS)*
Tradition and Innovation, A Museum Celebration of Texas Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Printmaking in Texas in the 1980's, Modern Art Museum, Ft. Worth, TX
Texas Figurative Drawings, Dallas Museum of Art, TX
1989 Contemporary Environments, General Electric Corporation, Fairfield, CT
The Cowles Art Show, Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
The Unquiet Landscape, Frumkin/Adams Gallery, New York, NY (traveled to: The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL)
1989 Invitational, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
The Blues Aesthetic: Black Culture and Modernism, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C.*
10+10: Contemporary Soviet and American Painter, Ministry of Culture of the USSR, InterCultura, Fort Worth, TX, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX (traveled to: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Milwaukee Art Museum, WI; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Artist's Union Hall of the Tretyakov Gallery, Krymskaia Embankment, Moscow; State Picture Gallery of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgian S.S.R. Central Exhibition Hall, Leningrad)*
1988 The Flower Show, Betsy Rosenfield Gallery, Chicago, IL
Texas Art, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
The Fish Show, Brent Gallery, Houston, TX
The 1980's: A New Generation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY*
Landscape Anthology, Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York, NY
Recent Painterly Paintings, Schreiber/Cutler Gallery, New York, NY
1987 1987 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY,*
Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
1986 The Texas Berlin Art Exchange, Amerika Haus, Berlin, Germany*
Sculpture and Works in Relief, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Paravent, Artspace, San Francisco, CA
Dog Days of August, Littlejohn-Smith Gallery, New York, NY
Group Show, Betsy Rosenfield Gallery, Chicago, IL*
Texas Landscape 1900-1986, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX*
Contemporary Still Life, Rathbone Gallery, Junior College of Albany, NY
NYC: New Work, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
The Figure in Landscape, Florida International University, Miami, FL
1985 50th Anniversary Acquisitions, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
David Bates: Drawings, Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
The Innovative Still Life, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY
Drawings: Coast to Coast, Gallery One, Fort Worth, TX
American Painting Today: Still Life, Florida International University, Miami, FL*
1984 New Landscape Painting, Palazzio Ducale, Gubbio, Italy (organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY)
Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
New Narrative Painting: Selections from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL (traveled to: Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico)
American Painting: A Tribute to James and Mari Michener, Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas at Austin, TX
Aspects of New Narrative Art, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA (traveled to: Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA; Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI)
Hassam and Speicher Fund Purchase Exhibition, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
American Still Life: 1945-1983, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (traveled to Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY; Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR)*
The 38th Corcoran Biennial of American Paintings, Second Western States Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (traveled to Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, IL; The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; The Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ; The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA)*
1983 New Orleans Triennial, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Southern Fictions, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (traveled to Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA)*
Touch with your Eyes, Feel with your Mind: Surfaces in Contemporary Art, Laguna Gloria Museum of Art, Austin, TX*
*Denotes exhibition catalogue

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