Robert Melee

Born 1966.
Lives and works in New Jersey and New York City.

Education

1986-1990

  1. School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Solo Exhibitions

2016

  1. Robert Melee, Beeler Gallery, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH
  2. Semi-Quasi-Bower Recreational, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY

2015

  1. Its Last Move, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL

2014

  1. a dozen Roses, Higher Pictures, New York, NY

2011

  1. Triscuit Obfuscation, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY

2010

  1. Robert Melee, David Kordansky, Los Angeles, CA

2008

  1. Robert Melee, City Hall Park, New York, NY
  2. Unshamelessfulnessly, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY

2006

  1. Robert Melee's Poplar, Ingalls & Associates, Miami, FL

2005

  1. Robert Melee, Sutton Lane Gallery, London, England
  2. In Between False Comforts, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY

2003

  1. Robert Melee, Art Statements, Art 34 Basel, Switzerland

2002

  1. You, Me and Her, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY

2000

  1. Units, Jay Jopling / White Cube, London, England
  2. Unit, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY

1999

  1. Robert Melee Movies, Centre Gallery, Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, FL

1998

  1. Robert Melee, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY

1996

  1. Baloneyism, Bravin Post Lee, New York, NY
  2. White Room, White Columns, New York, NY

Museum Exhibitions and Biennials

2014

  1. Outside the Lines: Rites of Spring, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX

2010

  1. It's All American, curated by Alex Gartenfeld and Haley Mellin, New Jersey MoCA, Asbury Park, NJ
  2. Portugal Arte 10, curated by Stefan Simchowiz, Portugal Biennial, Lisbon, Portugal

2009

  1. Arena Mexico, Guadalajara, Mexico
  2. hit it big, Mason Gross School of the Arrs, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  3. Wild Exaggeration, The Grotesque Body in Contemporary Art, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel
  4. Arena Mexico, Guadalajara, Mexico

2005

  1. Make It Now: New Sculpture in NY Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY
  2. Greater New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Museum, Long Island City, NY

2004

  1. Currents 31 : Robert Melee, curated by Stefano Basilico, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
  2. Adaptive Behavior, curated by Dan Cameron, Yukie Kamiya and Trevor Smith New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY

2001

  1. Robert Melee’s Unit, Corcoran Museum, Washington D.C.

Group Exhibitions

2016

  1. 6s and 7s, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY

2015

  1. Dark Matter, Litvak Contemporary, Tel Aviv, Israel
  2. Colors, Louis B. James Gallery, New York, NY

2013

  1. More Young Americans, Hotel de Miramion, Paris
  2. I Killed My Father, I Ate Human Flesh, I Quiver With Joy: An Obsession With Pier Paolo Pasolini, curated by Invisible-Exports, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, NY
  3. Deep Cuts, curated by David Humphrey and Wendy White, Anna Kustera, New York, NY

2012

  1. hue and cry, curated by Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, Sotheby's S/2 Gallery, New York, NY
  2. Space Invaders, curated by Karin Bravin, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
  3. I glove U, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond VA

2011

  1. Norfolk, Thierry Goldberg, New York, NY
  2. Notes on Notes On Camp, Invisible Exports, New York, NY
  3. With One Color, curated by Paul Frank McCabe, Van De Weghe Fine Art, New York, NY
  4. Dust To Settle, Cuchifritos (New Museum’s Festival of Ideas for the New City), New York, NY
  5. Living Live, LGBT Center, New York, NY

2010

  1. NY/Prague 6, curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud Futura - Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic
  2. Portugal Arte 10, curated by Stefan Simchowitz, Portugal Biannual, Lisbon, Portugal
  3. Lush Life, curated by Franklin Evans, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY
  4. Reel Subjects, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY

2009

  1. Bad Habits, curated by Heather Pesanti, Albright-Know Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
  2. Glitterati, curated by Thomas Woodruff and Aaron Cobbett Headquarters, New York, NY
  3. LOVER, curated by Kate Gilmore & Candice Madey, On Stellar Rays, New York, NY
  4. Glamour Bomb, Parlor Gallery, Abury Park, NJ

2008

  1. It's Not Over Yet, Invisible-Exports, New York, NY
  2. Looking Back, Mireille Mosler, Ltd. New York, NY
  3. Mamma's Boy, Comme il Faut Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

2007

  1. Neointegrity, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY
  2. Warhol and..., Kantor/Feuer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  3. The Lath Picture Show, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY
  4. Artists’ Self-Portraits as Porn Stars, curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud Circus of Books, West Hollywood, CA

2006

  1. The shape of jazz, Clifford Chance, Dinaburg Arts LLC, New York, NY
  2. Lisa Kirk’s Greatest Hits, Wayward Canon, London, United Kingdom

2005

  1. Painting the Edge, Galerie Do_Hyundai, Korea
  2. Summer Group Show, Sutton Lane Gallery, London, United Kingdom
  3. Can I Get A Witness, curated by Dean Daderko, Longwood Gallery, Bronx, New York, NY

2003

  1. Mama's Boy, curated by Jane Harris, White Columns, New York, NY
  2. The Outlaw Series, curated by Lisa Kirk, New York, NY
  3. Greetings from New York: A Painting Show, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
  4. YOU, curated by Lisa Kirk, Royal Modern Gallery, New York, NY
  5. The TaDa Show, The Annex, New York, NY

2002

  1. The Longest Winter, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
  2. Monitor, Volume 2, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
  3. Flesh for Fantasy, Javogue & Ingalls Fine Arts, Miami Beach, FL
  4. Family, curated by Jessica Hough, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
  5. Wonderland, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium
  6. Super-Heroes, Galerie Edward Mitterrand, Geneva, Switzerland
  7. State of the Gallery, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY

2001

  1. American Spirituality, Audiello Fine Art, Inc. New York, NY
  2. Skank, Plus Ultra, Brooklyn, NY

2000

  1. Exposure: Recent Acquisitions from the Doron Sebbag Art Collection, O.R.S. Ltd, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel
  2. Mount Miami, Tel Aviv Artists Studio, Tel Aviv, Israel
  3. Achieving Failure: Gym Culture, curated by Bill Arning, collaboration with Meredith Danluck, the Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY

1999

  1. Group Show, Ambrosino Gallery, Miami, FL
  2. Group Show, Cartervous & Time, Whales, United Kingdom

1998

  1. Sassy Nuggets, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
  2. Pet Shop, Nicholas Davies & CO, New York, NY

1996

  1. Doggy Style, curated by Rick Prol, Space, New York, NY
  2. The Joy of Painting, curated by Alix Lambert, HERE, New York, NY
  3. Maux Faux, Richard Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
  4. Summer Show, Richard Anderson Fine Arts, New York, NY

1993

  1. Dirty Birds, Wooster Gardens, New York, NY

1992

  1. 7 Rooms, 7 Shows, P.S.1 Museum, Long Island City, NY
  2. Neurotic Art Show, Artist Space, New York, NY

1991

  1. Home, Home For Contemporary Arts, New York, NY

1990

  1. Visual Art Gallery, curated by Steve Keister, New York, NY

Performances

2010

  1. Robert Melee's Talent Show, The Kitchen, New York, NY

2005

  1. Robert Melee's Talent Show, The Kitchen, New York, NY

2003

  1. This Is For You, Movement Research at the Judson Church, New York, NY

Bibliography

2016

  1. Harris, Jane. "Robert Melee." Art in America, April 22
  2. Schewendener, Martha, “Robert Melee, ‘Semi-Quasi-Bower Recreational.” The New York Times, January 28
  3. Fateman, Johanna, “Robert Melee.” Artforum, January
2014
  1. Wilson, Siona, “Robert Melee: A Dozen Roses.” Art Review, October
  2. Harris, Jane, "Mommy Dearest: An Interview With Robert Melee," The Huffington Post, December 8
  3. Keckler, Joseph, "a dozen Roses, Robert Melee on Photographing His Mother," VICE, July 9

2013

  1. “Robert Melee: This is For You.” Newmuseum.org

2010

  1. McGarry, Kevin. “Jersey, Sure.” Artforum.com, October 30
  2. Mendelsohn, John. “Robert Melee: The Magnetic Grotesque.” Sculpture Magazine, November
  3. Ozuna, Tony. "New York state of mind." Prague Post, September 22

2008

  1. Vogel, Carol. "Inside Art, New in City Hall Park." The New York Times, Decenmber 19
  2. Rosenberg, Karen. "Rober Melee." The New York Times, November 7, p. C31

2007

  1. Smith, Roberta. "In These Shows, the Material Is the Message." The New York Times, August 10, p. E29
  2. Lopez-Chahud, Omar. “Robert Melee.” Zing, Issue 21
  3. Saltz, Jerry. ”Non-Specific Objects”. Modern Painters, March, p.32-34

2006

  1. Cotter, Holland. "The World Tour Rolls Into Town, Sprawling but Tidy." The New York Times, March 10

2005

  1. Barliant, Claire. “Robert Melee.” Artforum, December
  2. Objekt International. cover, p. 132. issue # 31
  3. Harris, Jane. "Robert Melee In Between False Comforts." Time Out NY, 27 October - 2 November, p.74
  4. Webster, Peter. "Robert Melee, A Blissfully Impudent Artist Finds Contentment in New Jersey." New York Home, November-December, p. 48-50
  5. Young, Stephanie. "Dark Laughter." Blender Magazine, Fall/ Winter
  6. Genocchio, Benjamin."Robert Melee Turned His Back on New York and
  7. Gladly Moved To Asbury Park."The New York Times, May 22
  8. Cotter, Holland, "A Different Kind of Never-Never Land." The New York Times, May 3, p. 5E
  9. White, Rodger. "Looking Good and Meaning Well." n + 1

2004

  1. Johnson, Ken. "Adapting and Constructing in a Dizzly Changing World."
  2. The New York Times, Friday, September 24, p. E 35
  3. Krenz, Marcel. "Adaptive Behavior." Flash Art November, December
  4. Auer, James. "’Mommy’ will shock and entertain you." Journal Sentinel, July

2003

  1. Rodriguez, Liana. “Coming Attractions.” Loft, Summer
  2. Mack, Gerhard. “Messe der Rekorde.” Art: das Kunstmagazin, No. 6, June
  3. “Art Basel: Robert Melee, Her Curtains.” Beaux Arts Magazine, No. 229, June
  4. Robinson, Walter. “Basel ABC.” artnet.com, June
  5. Marzahn, Alexander and Gerig, Karen N. "Das Reaktionsvermögen verblüfft schon vor dem Startschuss." Basler Zeitung, June 18

2002

  1. “The Aldrich Museum.” Tema Celeste, August
  2. Sims, Carol. “The Aldrich Takes on ‘Family’.” Antiques and Arts Weekly, June 14
  3. Ocana, Damarys. “The Longest Winter.” The Miami Herald, October 6
  4. Schwan, Gary. “Feel like chillin’?Take a cold, hard look at these exhibits.” The Palm Beach Post October 6
  5. Sheffield, Skip. “‘The Longest Winter’ exhibit opens at FAU.” Boca Raton News, September 15
  6. Saltz, Jerry. “Mommie Queerest”. The Village Voice. 25 September– 1 October.
  7. “Robert Melee” The New Yorker 24 September.
  8. Cotter, Holland. “Robert Melee; You Me and Her.” The New York Times, September 20
  9. Brundage, Brita. “Disrobing the Family ” Fairfield County Weekly, May 23-29
  10. “Family.” Antiques and the Arts Weekly, May 3
  11. Luft, Scot. “University Galleries prepare for ‘Winter’ season.” Boca Raton Times. August 14
  12. Tupohy, Laurel. “family.” The New-Times, June 7
  13. Yablonsky, Linda. “Painting the Town.” Time Out New York, March 7-14
  14. Smith, Roberta. “Brice Delsperger.” The New York Times, March 8

2001

  1. “Art and Outrage." CBS News T.V. Special, Fall
  2. O’Sullivan. Michael. “Selections Troubling and Beautiful.” Washington Post, June 15
  3. Binstock, Jonathan. “Robert Melee”. Fellowship in the Visual Arts brochure, June 6 – July 19
  4. Cotter, Holland. “Skank.” The New York Times, June 1

2000

  1. “smock walk gallery tour.” Smock Magazine, Fall/Winter
  2. Harris, Mark. “Robert Melee.” Art Monthly, September
  3. Currah, Mark. “Robert Melee.” Time Out London, August 9-16
  4. “Robert Melee.” Independent Study, July 30
  5. Guner, Fisun. “Robert Melee.” What’s On in London, July 26
  6. Cotter, Holland. “Marilyn Minter.” The New York Times, May 5
  7. Levin, Kim. “Voice Choice.” The Village Voice, April 25
  8. Smith, Roberta. “Art in Review.” The New York Times, April 21
  9. Moreno, Gene. “Miami Art Review.” Art Papers, March – April

1999

  1. Feinstein, Roni. “Miami Heats Up.” Art in America, December
  2. Moshkovits, Boris. “More than Mambo.” Flash Art, November-December

1998

  1. Arning, Bill. “Art Review.” Time Out, September 17-24
  2. Brack, Yvette. “Art Review.” Time Out, July 23-30
  3. Kley, Elisabeth. "Color of Memory." artnet.com
  4. Cotter, Holland.“Art in Review.” The New York Times, July 10

1996

  1. Levin, Kim. “Voice Choice.” The Village Voice, March 12

1995

  1. Levin, Kim. “Voice Choice.” The Village Voice, March 21
  2. Karmel, Pepe. “Art in Review.” The New York Times, March 24

1992

  1. Levin, Kim. “Voice Choice.” The Village Voice, December 22

Catalogues

2015

  1. Dark Matter, Litvak Contemporary, Tel Aviv, Israel

2014

  1. This Mess is a Place: A Collapsible Anthology of Collections and Clutter, And Publishing, London, UK

2008

  1. Mama’s Boy, Comme Il Faut. Tel Aviv, Israel

2005

  1. Painting the Edge. Gallery Hyundai, Korea
  2. Make It Now. Sculpture Center. Long Island City, NY

2002

  1. Family. The Adlrich Museum

2001

  1. I am a Camera. The Saatchi Collection. Booth and Clibborn Editions, London, UK
  2. Exposure: Recent Acquisitions from the Doran Sebbag Art Collection, ORS Ltd.
  3. Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Tel Aviv, Israel

2000

  1. Katz-Freiman, Tami. Mount Miami: American Artists in Tel Aviv.

1999

  1. Tomcic, Goran. Robert Melee’s Home Movies, Miami-Dade Community College

Special Projects

2006

  1. Untitled site-specific installation, Legion, New York, NY
  2. Complete set design for Michael Portnoy’s- The Big K, the Kitchen, New York, NY

2004

  1. K48, issue #5

2002

  1. Whitney Museum of American Art, Panel discussion on Robert Melee's work for
  2. Initial Public Offerings (I.P.O.): New Artists, New Curators series, New York, NY

1999

  1. Zing Magazine- Winter Issue 1999, by John Connelly

1998

  1. National Foundation for the Advancements in the Arts, Miami Residency

1997

  1. Zapp Video Magazine, Robert Melee Movies, Issue #9 & 10, Amsterdam

1994-1996

  1. Robert Melee Movies, NY Cable, Channel 17, 34

1995

  1. Showtime: Drawings by Robert Melee, Nicholas Davies & Co., New York, NY

1993

  1. Bomb, Me & Mommy, Winter Issue

1990

  1. Robert Melee’s Mommy, Window Installation, 17th ST., New York, NY

Public Collections

  1. The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR
  2. Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA
  3. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Awards

2015

  1. Pollock-Krasner Award, New York, NY