Andrea Fraser, Museum Highlights: A Gallery Talk, 1989; Official Welcome, 2001/2003, video stills of performances

Rebecca Morris - Professor, Paintng and Drawing

Morris is a painter deeply committed to abstraction, her work evolving and developing through a interrogation of materials, forms, processes, and outcomes. A showcase for her extensive arsenal of techniques and ideas, her ambitious large-scale canvases contain a personalized language of forms and composites out of different manners of mark-making. Her work inventively explores questions of frame dynamics and figure/ground illusions, often within a remarkably shallow pictorial space. The results are enlivened by a sense of painterly improvisation and grounded by an underlying rationale – a combination that imbues the work with a feeling of the contemporary world while referring back to the very foundations of modernist abstraction.

CREATIVE PRACTICE & RESEARCH

Recent solo exhibitions include: The Ache of Bright, Blaffer Art Museum, Houston TX (2019); Il Gattopardo, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin; #24, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC (2017); Rebecca Morris, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago (2016); Rose Cut, 356 S. Mission Rd, Los Angeles (2015); Southafternoon, The Bonnefantenmuseum, The Netherlands (2014) and Kunsthalle Lingen, Germany (2013); Fantastic L.A., LAXART (2014).

Upcoming solo exhibitions include Bortolami, New York (2020) and ICALA, Los Angeles (2022).

Morris’ work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including: the Hammer Museum’s 2016 Made in LA: a, the, though, only and the 2014 Whitney Biennial, NY. As well as at: Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; Sammlung Goetz, Munich; David Zwirner Gallery, New York; Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna; Soccer Club Club, Chicago; The Hessel Art Museum at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York; The Pit, Glendale.

Morris is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as awards from Tiffany Foundation; The California Community Foundation; The City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Award; The Durfee Foundation; Art Matters; and the Illinois Arts Council. Morris is represented by Bortolami Gallery, New York; Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin; Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago.

Morris’ work is in the collections of the following institutions:

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Sammlung Goetz, Munich; The Hall Art Foundation, Reading VT and Derneburg Germany; Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, The Netherlands; University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago; U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan; Berezdivin Collection, Santurce, Puerto Rico.

EDUCATION

MFA, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago
BA, Smith College
The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture


E-mail: rebecca.morris@arts.ucla.edu