GREGORY AMENOFF

Chords of Memory: A Survey of Five Decades
October 7, 2023   -   November 5, 2023

Amenoff is an important painter not only because he is heir to the great tradition of romantic nature painting, but because he renews faith in nature without sentimentalizing it – renews it with a certain rugged, almost harsh, and peculiarly tragic undertone, which seems specifically American, as the paintings of Burchfield, Dove, and Hartley indicate. It is this tragic ruggedness that radicalizes their paintings, and that Amenoff carries to an extreme from which there seems no return to the matter-of-fact representation of nature. – Donald Kuspit

Gregory Amenoff works in the tradition of the early American Modernists. Known for his development of organic abstraction and influenced by 19th century Belgian and Scandinavian symbolists, his paintings have a powerful poetic and spiritual presence. 

With over fifty one-person exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe, his work is in the permanent collections of more than thirty museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Minneapolis Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Amenoff served as President of the National Academy of Design from 2001-2005. He is a founding board member of the CUE Art Foundation in New York City where he served as the curator/governor from 2002 to 2015. Amenoff has taught at Columbia University since 1994 where he holds the Eve and Herman Gelman Endowed Chair of Visual Arts. He served as Chair of the Visual Arts Department from 2007 to 2013. 

He is the recipient of numerous honors including a John Solomon Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts; and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.