Pat Passlof

Pat Passlof was born in Georgia in 1928 and grew up in New
York City. In the summer of 1948 she studied painting with Willem de Kooning at
Black Mountain College, and continued to study with him privately after they
returned to New York. That fall, De Kooning introduced her to Milton Resnick.
She and Resnick began to live together in the mid-1950s and married in 1962.
Her work, fully immersed in the Abstract Expressionist ethos, grew
progressively lighter and more serendipitous over the years, as did her color sense.
From 1984 until her death in 2011 she made both figurative work, often
landscapes peopled with centaurs, nymphs and horses, and large abstractions
derived from repeated patterns and marks.


1928 Born in Brunswick, GA, lived in New York City
2011 Died, New York City


1946-1948 Queens College, New York, NY, study towards BA
Summer 1948 Black Mountain College, NC, study with: Josef Albers, Buckminster
Fuller, M.C. Richards, Merce Cunningham, Willem de Kooning
1948-1950 Private study with Willem de Kooning, New York, NY
1951 BFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI


1983-2010 College of Staten Island, CUNY, Staten Island, NY
1972-83 Richmond College, CUNY, Staten Island, NY


2014 “Pat Passlof: paintings from the 1950s,” Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
2012 “Pat Passlof: Selections 1948-2011,” Black Mountain College Museum, Asheville, NC
“Pat Passlof: Selections 1948-2011,” Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
2011 “Recent Paintings: 2005-2011,” Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
2005 Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
2002 Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
2001 College of Staten Island/CUNY, Staten Island, NY
2000 Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
1998 Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
1996 Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
1993 Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
1978 Landmark Gallery, New York, NY
1974 Landmark Gallery, New York, NY
1973 Forrest Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
1965 Feiner Gallery, New York, NY
1964 Feiner Gallery, New York, NY
1963 Globe Gallery, New York, NY
1962 Globe Gallery, New York, NY
1961 Green Gallery, New York, NY
1952 Circle Gallery, Detroit, MI


1959 March Gallery, New York, NY
1957 March Gallery, New York, NY


2017 “Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction,” MoMA,
New York, NY. Organized by Starr Figura and Sarah Hermanson Meister with Hillary Reder
2017 “Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965,” Grey Art Gallery,
New York, NY, curated by Melissa Rachleff
2012-13 “To be a Lady: forty-five women in the arts,” 1285 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY, curated by Jason Andrew
2011 “Black Mountain College and Its Legacy,” Loretta Howard Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Robert S. Mattison and Loretta Howard
“Color Study,” Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
2009 “Club Without Walls,” Butler’s Fine Art, East Hampton, NY
2008-9 “The Shape of Imagination: Women of Black Mountain College,” Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center, Asheville, NC
2006 “Greetings From Black Mountain College,” Bridgette Mayer Gallery,
Philadelphia, PA, curated by Robert Godfrey
“The 181st Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art,” National Academy Museum, New York, NY
2004 “Ground – Field – Surface,” Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY
“A Bend in the Road: Paintings and Works on Paper by Jake Berthot,
Philip Guston, Bill Jensen, Pat Passlof, Milton Resnick, and Myron
Stout,” Maier Museum of Art, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College,
Lynchburg, VA, curated by Kathy and Jim Muehlemann
“Summer Color,” Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
2002 “Black Mountain College, An American Adventure,” Museo Nacional Centro
de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, curated by Vincent Katz
“Painting: A Passionate Response,” The Painting Center, New York, NY,
curated by Michael Walls
2001 “Artist Couples,” Katherina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, NY
2000 “Intuitive Abstract Painting,” Ben Shahn Galleries, William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ, curated by Nancy Einreinhofer
“American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture,” New York, NY
“Generation II: A Survey of Woman Artists at the Millennium,” A.I.R. Gallery,
New York, NY
1999 Rivington Gallery, New York, NY
“Material Abstraction,” Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
1997-8 “Crossing the Threshold,” Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York, NY, traveling exhibition curated by Bernice Steinbaum
1997 “American Academy Inivitational Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture,” American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY
1994 “Spellbound,” Blondies Contemporary Art, New York, NY
1993 “Figuration ’93,” 55 Mercer Street Gallery, New York, NY
1992 “Paths to Discovery – The New York School: Works on Paper from the 1950s
and 1960’s,” Sidney Mishkin Gallery of Baruch College/CUNY, New York, NY
“Figure Variations,” Kathryn Sermas Gallery, New York, NY, December 1991-January 1992
1991 “Selection: The New York School: Works on Paper from the 1950’s and 1960s,” Elston Fine Arts, New York, NY
“The Nude: Drawings by New York School Artists circa 1930-1950,” Twining Gallery, New York, NY
1989 Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY
1987 “New York-Beijing,” Nielsen Gallery, Boston, MA, traveling to Hong Kong Arts Festival, Shanghai Art Museum and Beijing Art Museum
1986 “Art from the City University of New York: Approaches to Abstraction,” Shanghai, China
“Portraits,” Sorkin Gallery, New York, NY
1985 “Naked Paint,” Newhouse Gallery, Snug Harbor, NY
“Survival of the Fittest,” Ingber Gallery, New York, NY
“The Gathering of the Avant-Garde: The Lower East Side 1950-1970,” Kenkeleba House Gallery, New York, NY
1984 -6 “Synergy Artists,” Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY, traveling exhibition
1983 “Paint as Image,” Ben Shahn Galleries, The William Patterson College of New Jersey, Patterson, NJ
“Abstract Painting 1960-1969,” P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY, curated by Richard Bellamy
“Paint as Image,” Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, NY
1982 “Print Show,” Ingber Gallery, New York, NY
“Artists’ Choice,” Gruenebaum Gallery, New York, NY
1976 “Works On Paper,” Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY, 1976-77
“Works On Paper,” Wichita Falls Museum, Wichita, KS
“Four Painters: Oversize Paintings,” University Art Gallery, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY
1975 “Color, Light and Image – An International Invitational,” Interart Center,
New York, NY, 1975-6
“Works On Paper,” Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
1974 “Works On Paper,” Summit Art Center, Summit, NJ
“Works by Women,” Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina,
Greensboro, NC; travelled to Kresge Art Center Gallery, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
1970 Roswell Museum, Roswell, NM
1961 Gallery Group Show, Green Gallery, New York, NY
1960 Reuben Gallery, New York, NY


2012 Frederick, Jeff, “Pat Passlof: Elizabeth Harris,” Art in America, Feb
Marshall, Alli, “A Fearlessness About It: New Show Highlights BMC
Alumna Pat Passlof’s Bold Work,”, Jan
Gullow, Ursula, “Portrait of Passlof,” Verve, Jan
2011 Frank, Peter,  “Pat Passlof,” The Huffington Post, Dec 16
Plagens, Peter, “Pat Passlof: Recent Paintings 2005-2011,” The Wall Street Journal, Dec 10-11
DeJong, Caleb, “Pat Passlof Recent Paintings 2005-2011,”, Nov 27
Cohen, David, “Integrity and Finesse: Pat Passlof 1928-2011,” Art Critical, Nov
2005 Maine, Stephen, “Pat Passlof at Elizabeth Harris Gallery”, Art in America,
October, pp 176-7
Johnson, Ken, “Art in Review”, The New York Times, March 4, p E37
LaRocco, Ben, “Art Seen”, The Brooklyn Rail, March, p 17
Walentini, Joseph, “New York Views”, Abstract Art on Line, Feb. 15, pp 1-3
2003 Diehl, Carol, “Pat Passlof at Elizabeth Harris”, Art in America, March, p 125
Wilkin, Karen, “At the Galleries”, Partisan Review, 1, Winter, pp 114-5
Walentini, Joseph, “Pat Passlof, January Artist Profile”, Abstract Art on Line,, January, pp 1-5
2001 Fressola, Michael J., “Escape to a Passlofian realm”, Staten Island Advance, December 5
Silverstein, Joel, “Pat Passlof at Elizabeth Harris Gallery,” COVERMAG Feature Article, October 18,
“Galleries-Chelsea, Pat Passlof,” The New Yorker, September 25, p 14
Walentini, Joseph, “Gallery Views/Chelsea, Pat Passlof,” Abstract Art on Line,, September 15, pp 1-2
Youens, Rachel, “Pat Passlof,” New York Arts, September, p 63
Wilkin, Karen, “Pat Passlof,” Passlof, (catalogue), pp 3-7
Johnson, Ken, “Art in Review, Invitational,” The New York Times, March
31, p E35
1999 Rich, Kiawana, “Pat Passlof  possesses a passion for painting,” The Staten Island Advance, June 27, p E3
1998 Cohen, Mark Daniel, “Pat Passlof,” Review, June 15, p 22
Johnson, Ken, “Pat Passlof & Andrew Grassie,” The New York Times, June 5,
p E38
1997 Sayre, Henry M., “Pat Passlof,” World of Art, Oregon State University, Prentice Hall, NJ, color reproduction and full page of text, p 248
1996 Heartney, Eleanor, “Pat Passlof,” Art in America, December,  pp 102-103
Cotter, Holland, “Pat Passlof,” The New York Times, May 10, p. C23
Anon,  “New Passlof Paintings at Elizabeth Harris,” Antiques and the Arts, May 3, p 8
Kingsley, April, “Second Installment: Pat Passlof,” Review, May, p 15
Bell, J. Bowyer, “Pat Passlof,” Review, May, p 26
1994 Campbell, Lawrence, “Pat Passlof,” Art in America, January, pp 104-105
1993 Virbasius, Madeline A, “Ambiguous Grace: Between Threat and Relaxation,” Cover, Summer, p 15
1986 Raynor, Vivien, “Portraits and Self-Portraits,” The New York Times, June, p C26
1983 Glueck, Grace, “An Experimental Outpost Looks Back,” The New York Times,  February 6, pp 1 & 29
Russell, John, “Museums and Galleries,” The New York Times, January 28, p C23
1982 Raynor, Vivien, “Aspects of Synergy,” The New York Times, October 24, p 28
Glueck, Grace, “Art,” The New York Times, September 24, p C21
1978 Brunelle, Al, “Pat Passlof,” Art in America, December, pp 154-155
Morris, Diana, “Art,” Artview, Fall, pp 4-10
Scott, Cita, “Art,” Arts, February, p 11
Dorfman, Geoffrey, “Pat Passlof,” Art World, February, p 9
1975 Taylor, John Lloyd, “Pat Passlof,” Art in America, March – April, pp 92-93
Ellenzweig, Allen, “Pat Passlof,” Arts, January, p 7


2000 “Painting,” The Painters Series, Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art,
Greensboro, NC, pp 7-8
1989 “1948,” Art Journal, December 1989, p 229
1986 “Nostalgia,” Issue: A Journal for Artists, #5, Winter, 1986, pp 2-5
1975 “Artist’s Statement,” Artforum, September 1975, pp 30, 32


2002 “Pat Passlof, An Interview with Albert Depas,” Creative Insight, Fall


2006 Edwin P. Palmer Memorial Prize, 181st Annual Inivitational Exhibition of
Contemporary American Art, National Academy Museum, New York, NY
2000 Award of Merit for Painting, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New
York, NY
1999 Guggenheim Fellowship
Scholar Incentive Award/CSI
1990 Scholar Incentive Award/CSI
1989 Scholar Incentive Award/CSI
1970 Resident Artist’s Grant, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM.


Birla Museum, Calcutta, India
CIBA-Geigy Collection, Ardsley, NY
Collections for the State Department
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC
Cranbrook Academy Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Marquette University, Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, WI
Roswell Museum, Rosewell, NM
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC