Joseph Marioni

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 About Artist

Joseph Marioni is considered to be one of the leading members of the New York Radical Paintings that emerged in the 1970s. Following Abstract Expressionism and Pop art, Radical Painting was the attempt to reevaluate the timeless questions concerning the origins and fundamental characteristics of painting. Together with Brice Marden, Marioni published a manifesto on the debate, concerning the intrinsic values of the painted colors. In his pictures, he returns to these intrinsic values through a varnishing technique. At first, they appear to be monochromes, but then through the interaction with the layers, potential meditative bright spaces arise. Technically, the artist varnishes numerous layers of the same color on the canvas so that the painting does not change in color but in depth. The gloss of the pictures thus doesn’t return simply to the application of the colors nor to the colors. The edges of the paintings reveal the indentation of the layers and address the tactile perception sensitivity of the viewer. Like human skin, the canvas seems to discover the tangible capabilities of the colors in its individual cells. The color of the pictures resembles a jacket: in order to face the world, it protects itself against every form of cold and wetness but keeps the inside warm. He shows an affective mood in which we encounter the world and with which we record it within.


Joseph Marioni lives and works in New York City since 1972

1943 born 1943 in Ohio (USA) 

1962-1966 Cincinnati Art Academy

1966-1970 San Francisco Art Institute


1997 Berwanger Award


  2011   “90 Years of New: Eye to Eye - Joseph Marioni“, The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. “Paintings from the 1970's - Joseph Marioni“, Galerie Mark Muller, Zürich


  2010   “Joseph Marioni“, Wade Wilson Art, Houston, TX “MONOKRÓM \ Monocrome Paintings“, Museum Fine Arts Budapest, Joseph Marioni, Gunther Umberg, Marcia Hafif, Phil Sims (HU) “Contemporary Works from the Cleve Carney Collection“, Elmhurst Art Museum (USA)  


  2009   “Liquid Light - A Sanctuary for Light“, Art|40|Basel, Art Unlimited Project Hosted by: Galerie Mark Muller, Basel “Painting And Its Environs“, Palacio De Sástago, Zaragoza (ES) “benenth the SEEN“, Wade Wilson Art, Houston, TX (USA) “Extreme Possibilities | New Modernist Paradigms“, The Painting Center, New York “Joseph Marioni - Artmatters #13“, The McNay, The Marion Koogler McNay Museum San Antonio, TX (USA)   

  2008   University of Toronto Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario (CAN) “LIQUID LIGHT / Joseph Marioni Painter“, Wade Wilson ART, Houston, TX   

  2007   “Joseph Marioni“, University Art Gallery, New Bedfod, MAS (USA)   

  2006   Schmidt Maczollek Gallery, Cologne “Joseph Marioni“, Peter Blum Chelsea, New York   

  2005   “Joseph Marioni Paintings“, Galerie Xippas, Paris “Joseph Marioni Paintings“, Galerie Mark Müller, Zürich   

  2004   “Joseph Marioni: Malerei“, Galerie S 65, Cologne   

  2003   “Joseph Marioni Iro“, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo (USA) “Joseph Marioni“, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe (USA) “Joseph Marioni, Portraits of Color“, Chac-Mool Gallery, Los Angeles   

  2002   “Joseph Marioni : Blue Paintings“, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston   

  2001   “Joseph Marioni“, Raum Für Kunst, Munich “Joseph Marioni : Red Paintings“, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco “Joseph Marioni“, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston (USA) “Joseph Marioni : Green“, Galerie Mark Müller, Zürich   

  1999   “Joseph Marioni : Paintings 1990 - 1999“, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus (USA) “Joseph Marioni : Tryptych“, Erzbischofliches Diozesanmuseum Cologne “Joseph Marioni, 1989-1999,“ Galerij S65, Aalst (BE) “Joseph Marioni : Seven Paintings“, Charlotte Jackson Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA)   

  1998   “Joseph Marioni : Paintings 1970-1998“, A Survey, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham (USA) “Joseph Marioni : Seven Paintings“, Gallerie Mark Muller, Zürich “Joseph Marioni : Paintings 1992 - 1998“, Peter Blum Gallery, New York   

  1997   “Joseph Marioni : Works on Paper“, Galerij S65, Aalst, Belgium. “Joseph Marioni : Seven Paintings“, Charlotte Jackson Fine Arts, Santa Fe, USA.   

  1996   “Joseph Marioni : Paintings - 1978 to 1995“, Wiener Secession, Vienna “Joseph Marioni : Private Icons, Paintings - 1980 to 1995“, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen (CH) “Joseph Marioni : Four Paintings, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1979“, Galerie Rupert Walser, Munich “Joseph Marioni : Four Paintings“, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston “Joseph Marioni : Four small paintings, Tidsrum Maleri - Zeitraum Malerei“, Copenhagen “Joseph Marioni : Ten Paintings“, Peter Blum Gallery, New York


  1995   “Joseph Marioni : Six Paintings“, Galerie nachst St. Stephan, Vienna “Joseph Marioni : Private Icons, Paintings - 1980 to 1995“, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden (D) “Joseph Marioni : Eight Paintings“, Galerie Mark Muller, Zürich


  1994   “Joseph Marioni : Eight Paintings“, Galerij S65, Aalst (BE)


  1993   “Joseph Marioni : Five Paintings“, Galerie nachst St. Stephan, Vienna “Joseph Marioni : Three Paintings“, Galerie Rupert Walser, Munich, “Joseph Marioni : Paintings (Collection of Hubert Hagedorn)“, Kunstverein Lüneburg (D) “Joseph Marioni : Paintings“, Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur (CH)  


  1992   “Joseph Marioni : Seven Paintings“, Galerie Buchmann, Basel (CH) “Joseph Marioni : Four Paintings“, Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne “Joseph Marioni : Six Paintings“, Galerie Mark Muller, Zürich “Joseph Marioni : Eight Paintings“, Galerie S65, Aalst (BE)  


  1990   “Joseph Marioni :Six Paintings“, Laure Genillard Gallery, London “Joseph Marioni : Six Paintings“, Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne


  1989   “Joseph Marioni : Ten Paintings“, Galerie S65, Aalst (BE)


  1988   “Joseph Marioni : Paintings“, Museum Abteiburg, Mönchengladbach (D) “Joseph Marioni : Five Paintings“, Lorence-Monk Gallery, New York “Joseph Marioni : Three Paintings“, Galerie Rupert Walser, Munich



  2012   "Farbe im Fluss/Color in Flux", Museum Weserburg, Bremen (D)"20 YEARS“, Hengesbach Gallery, Berlin   

  2011   “Joseph Marioni and Peter Tollens“, Wade Wilson Art, Houston, TX “Abstract Now“, BAM/PFA, Berkeley, CA “Incidents Maitrisé“s, Espace d L'Art Concret, Mouans-Sartoux (F) “Alberto Giacometti“, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (D) “Out of the Cartouche“, Monochrome Works of the Antal-Lusztig Collection,  MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen (HU) “Painting: Process and Expansion From The 1950's until now“, MUMOK, Vienna  


  2010   “Pushing more Pictures“, Hengesbach Gallery, Berli “Anti – Icon“, Eaton Fine Art, West Palm Beach, Florida   

  2009   “Against the Grain - 15 Years Collection“, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (D) Artissima, Galerie Xippas, Turino, Italy “XXL SAMMLUNG“, Kunstraum Alexander Bürkle, Freiburg (D) “Weight Watchers“, Galerie Xippas, Paris   

  2008   “There is a Desire lelt (Knock, Knock) - 40 years of fine arts from the Mondstudio Collection“, Kunstmuseum Bern (CH) “Works on paper : The Natalie and Irving Forman Collection,“ Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (USA) “Paragons: New Abstraction from the Albright-Knox Art gallery“, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto (USA) Wiesbaden Museum, Wiesbaden, Germany   

  2007   “The Fully emptiness, Japan and the West,“ Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (D) “Das Kapital. Blue Chips and Masterpieces“, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt Opening of the New Museum, Kolumba, Cologne “Birthday“, Galerien der Stadt Esslingen, Villa Merkel (D) & Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (CH) “Brave Lonesome Cowboy: Western Topoi in Contemporary Art or: For John Wayne’s 100th Birthday“, Galerien der Stadt Esslingen, Villa Merkel (D) ]& Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (CH) “RoseArt. Works from the Permanent Collection“, The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, Waltham (USA) “Not for Sale“, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City (USA) “Painting Painting, International Monochrome Painting in the Vass Collection“, Modern Gallery - Vass Laszlo Collection, Veszprem (HU)  


  2006   “Line and Surface“, Galerie Peter Blum, New York   

  2005   “Very Early Pictures. An exhibtion of drawings (and works in other media) made by contemporary artists when they were children“, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside (USA)  “Post and After : Contemporary Art from the Brandies University Collection“, The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, Waltham (USA) “Vertiges : Printemps de Septembre à Toulouse“, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (F) “Collection Histories/Collective Memories“, California Modern, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach (USA) “Extreme Abstraction“, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo (USA) “POPulence“, Blaffer Gallery, Houston (USA) “What's New, Pussycat ? Neuerwerbungen und Sammlung Stroeher“, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt “The Continous Mark : 40 Years of the New York Studio School“, New York Studio School (USA) “Sweet Temptations. Dialoge mit der Sammlung Rolf Ricke“, Kunstmuseum St.Gallen (CH) “Willem de Kooning“, BA-CA Kunstforum, Vienna   

  2004   "The spirit of white", Galerie Bayeler, Basel (CH) "What's the matter?", Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne (AUS) "Monochromos, de Malevich al Presente", Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid “The Grass is not Greener“, Charlotte Jackson fine Art, Santa Fe (USA) Contemporary Art Exhibition, Geneva (CH) "ON- Imaugural Group exhibition"., Galerie Xippas, Athens (GR)  


  2003   “Turning Corners“, Berkeley Art Museum, San Fransisco “Real Red“, Charlotte Jacksons Fine Art, Santa Fe (USA) “Breaking The Charmed Circle“, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, (USA) “Real / Unreal“, University of Nevada, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, Reno (USA) “Yellow Paintings“, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe (USA) “Seeing Red: International Exhibition of Nonobjective Painting“, Dr. Michael Fehr et Gabriele Evertz, Hunter College Art Galleries, New York “Blanc de Blanc“, Galerie Xippas, Paris “24“, Eugene Binder, Marfa (USA) “Color Based Paintings. Malerei Zwischen Planung und Prozess“, Bergner und Job Galerie, Mainz (D) “On“, Gallery Xippas, Athens (GR) “The Spirit of White“, Galerie Beyeler, Basel (CH) “Yellow“, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston (USA) “Some Painting“, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (USA)   

  2002   “Private Space“, Galerie Hubert Winter (A) “Acht malerische Positionen“, Galerie S 65, Cologne “Collectors' Favorites“, Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna “Joseph Marioni/ Robert Ryman/ John Zurrier“, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (USA) “Claude Monet ...up to digital impressionism“, Fondation Beyeler, Basel (CH) “Painting Matter“, James Cohen Gallery, New York “Colour - A Life Of Its Own“, Mücsarnok, Budapest (HU) “Mono-Chrome“, Paul Rogers/9W, New York “Yellow“, Pestorius Sweeney House, Hamilton, Brisbane (AUS) “Impressions -Art For The Tropical Forest“, Galerie Beyeler, Basel (CH) “Some Chromes“, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge (USA) “Las Vegas Collects“, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas “Painted Color“, Chac-Mool Gallery, West Hollywood, CA (USA) “ZENROXY“, Von Lintel Gallery, New York   

  2001   “The Pleasures of Sight“, States of Being, & Freeing Experience, Museum of Fine Art FSU, Tallahassee, Florida, Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala (USA) “Paintings“, Photographs, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston (USA) “The Flatness Of Painting : Joseph Marioni & Gerhard Richter“, 20.21 Galerie Edition Kunsthandel, Essen (D) “Radical Painting“, Städtische Galerie Villa Aichele, Lörrach (D) “Darlings Bilder & Skulpturen aus privaten Sammlungen“, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen (D) “Gerhard Richter, Joseph Marioni, Yves Klein“, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (AUS) “Monet And Modernism“, Kunsthalle Munich (D); Beyeler Foundation, Basel (CH) “Künstlerräume/Sammlerräume“, Kunstverein St. Gallen Kunstmuseum (CH)


  2000   “Carnes, Heywood, Foshee, Marioni, Kerr, Kim, Leighnor, Picton, Tollins“, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco (USA) “The Tao of Painting: Principles of Monochrome“, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas (USA)  


  1999   “Color-Based Painting, The Root of The Actual, DeCrigins, Hughes, Marioni,  Meller, Sims, Thursz, Tollens, Wellmann“, Jan Maiden Fine Art, Columbus (USA) “Stefan Gritsch:Farb-Korper, Joseph Marioni: Farb-Bilder“, Galerie Monika Reitz, Frankfurt (D) “Color-Based Painting, High Modernism, DeCrigins, Marioni, Sims, Thursz, Tollens, Wellmann“, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco “Ryman - Marioni - Rabinowitch, Skulpturen / Bilder“, Ausstellungsraum Harry  Zellweger, Basel (CH) “Die Farbe (Rot) hat mich“, Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, Hagen (D)   

  1998   “Positionen der Malerei“, Studio d'arte Harry Zellweger, Basel (CH) “Color-Based Painting, DeCrignis, Hafif, Marioni, Meller, Sims, Thursz, Tollens, Wellmann“, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston (USA) “Die Erste Sammlung Zu Gast“, Kunsthaus Mürzzuschlag (A) “Farbe II, Baumkotter, Breedveld, Crignis, Hartter, Marioni, McCracken“, Galerie Monika Reitz, Frankfurt (D) “Undercurrents and Overtones“, C.C.A.C, Oakland (USA)   

  1997   “Drawing the Line and Crossing It, Works on Paper“, Peter Blum Gallery, New York “Color and Paper“, Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna


  1996   “Colour and Paint“, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (CH) “Monochromie Geometrie : Charlton, Federle, Knoebel, Marioni, Uglow, Umberg“, Sammlung Goetz Museum, Munich (D) “In Quest of the Absolute : Malevich, Mondrian, Newman, Reinhardt, Rothko, Ryman, Marden, Martin, Federle, Marion“i, Peter Blum Gallery, New York “Federle, Ferrand, Marioni, Umberg“, Fact Ausstellungsraum, Therwil (CH) “Collection Hans Rohr, Haus fur konstruktive und konkrete Kunst“, Zürich “From Color Field to New Abstraction (from the museum's collection“), Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham (USA) “Ceremonia“, Apex Gallery, New York   

  1995   “Malerei auf Papier: Positionen, Galerie Mark Müller,“ Zürich  



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