Ron Cooper- Artist, Visionary

Ron Cooper was born in New York City in 1943. He lives in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico and Oaxaca, Mexico.

EDUCATION

Chouinard Art Institute

RON COOPER SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010 Platones, Aplastados y Dichos, Nadie Es Perfecto, Oaxaca, Mexico 2009 Platones, Aplastados y Dichos, 203 Fine Art, Taos, New Mexico

2007 Laminas & Aplastados, Nadie Es Perfecto, Oaxaca, Mexico

2005 Laminas & Aplastados, Colectivo Central, Oaxaca, Mexico

2001 Light Traps and Vertical Bars, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2000 Mirrors and Voids, Collectors Gallery in Taos, Taos, New Mexico

1991 Works Produced in Oaxaca, Mexico, Sena Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Works Produced in Oaxaca, Mexico, C.A.F.E, Albuquerque, New Mexico

1990 Special Project, Maguire Thomas Partners/IBM Los, Angeles, California

1989 Special Project, Pacific Enterprise Corporation, Los Angeles, California

1988 Monotype Pitchers and Vases, Sena Galleries West, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1987 Bronze Portrait Vases and Bronze Portrait Lamps, Gallery 454 North, Los Angeles, California

1986 Clay Torsos, G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Clay Torsos, Portrait Vase, Cast Iron Torso, Polaroid Flashlight Torsos, Janie Beggs Fine Art Ltd., Aspen, Colorado

1985 Portrait Vases, Polaroid Flashlight Torsos, Neil G. Ovsey Gallery, Los Angeles, California Polaroid Flashlight Torsos, Light Traps, Clay Torsos, Wohlert Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico A Performance and Installation of The Polaroid Flashlight Torsos, with music by Don Buchla, The

Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Clay Torsos, Polaroid Flashlight Torsos, Installation of the Pseudo Color Torsos, Light Traps, Large Quilts, Works Gallery, Long Beach, California

1984 Clay Torsos, Polaroid Flashlight Torsos, Neil G. Ovsey Gallery, Los Angeles, California Clay Torsos, Polaroid Flashlight Torsos, Smart Art, Inc., Dallas, Texas

1983 Flashlight Torsos, Pseudo Color Torsos, Posts and Lintels, and Light Traps, Neil G. Ovsey Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Color Flashlight Torsos, DVS Gallery, Taos, New Mexico
One of Each Work from the Last Five Years and a Light and Water Installation Homage to Monet,

Advanced Art Gallery, Rinconada, New Mexico
1982 Enhanced Torsos, Binocular Visions, The Male Quilt, The New Gallery, Taos, New Mexico

Torsos and Light Traps, Robin Cronin, Inc., Houston, Texas
1981 Large Photographed Torsos, Peppers Art Gallery, University of Redlands, Redlands, California

Large Photographed Torsos, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, California 1980 Torsos, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Photographic Works, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California

Large Photographed Torsos, The Kitchen, New York, New York 1979 Photo is Light, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, California

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1974 A Continuing Series 1967-1974: Vertical Bars, Ace Gallery, Venice, California Light Traps, Art in Progress, Munich, Germany

Paintings, Galerie Alfred Schmela, Dusseldorf, West Germany
1973 Separator Variations, Galerie Folker Skulima, Berlin, West Germany

Separator Variations and Large Corner Volume of Light (catalogue), La Jolla, Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California

1972 Light Traps, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Sealed Volume of Light, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, California Double Sealed Volume, Lo Guidice Gallery, New York, New York

1971 Light Traps, Michael Walls Gallery, San Francisco, California Installation: Four Corners, Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, California Light Traps, Galerie Alfred Schmela, Dusseldorf, West Germany

1970 Installation: Ball Drop, Pomona College Art Gallery, Claremont, California 1969 Light Traps, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, California

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1990-2010 Stopped keeping track
1989 Rendezvous, Broschofsky Galleries, Ketchum, Idaho

Group Show, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1988 The Nude: Male/Female & The Explicit Image, G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Contemporary Clay, Modern Objects, Los Angeles, California

Black & White, Hand Graphics Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1987 Poetics of Space, Santa Fe Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

California Figurative Sculpture, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California Visions ’87, The Fine Arts Gallery, The College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico Abstract and Non-Objective Art, Stables Art Center, Taos, New Mexico
A View Through Revisited, The Works Gallery, Long Beach, California

…On Being, Jeffrey Linden Gallery, Los Angeles, California

New Work, Sena Galleries West, Santa Fe, New Mexico 1986 The Torso, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Foundry/Process, Art Gallery, Saint Johns College, Santa Fe, New Mexico Artists/Works, The Works Gallery, Long Beach, California
Opening Exhibition, Gallery 454 North, Los Angeles, California
Light and Space, Jeffrey Linden Gallery, Los Angeles, California

New Mexico Selections ’86, The Gallery, The College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Alter Ego, Sena Galleries West, Santa Fe, New Mexico
A Southern California Collection, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Pacific Connections, traveled to five venues in the Western United States, including Los Angeles

Institute of Contemporary Art and Tacoma Art Museum.
1985 Illumination: The Quality of Light, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Art Furniture, Kron/Reck Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Summer ’85: Gallery Artists, Neil G. Ovsey Gallery, Los Angeles, California
L.A., Recent Designs in Fashion and Furniture, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

Southwest ’85, Santa Fe Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1984 Neon on My Mind, Madison Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Cirrus Celebrates Los Angeles Art, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1984 Winter ’84, Neil G. Ovsey Gallery, Los Angeles, California
The Nude in Modern Photography, an exhibition of photographs from the San Francisco Museum of

Modern Art, circulated by the Art Museum Association of America, traveled to 7 venues in the United States and Canada

1983 Cirrus Downstairs, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, California

The Artist & The Computer, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California
Summer Group Exhibition, Neil G. Ovsey Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Larry Bell, Ron Cooper, Gus Foster, Roscoe West, Advanced Art Gallery, Rinconada, New Mexico Young Talent Awards: 1963-1983, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California. California Dreamin’, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
The Taos Seven, Pirate Gallery, Denver, Colorado

1982 Exhibition of Contemporary Los Angeles Artists, Nagoya City Museum, Nagoya, Japan
Quilts by Contemporary Artists, Conejo Valley Art Museum, Thousand Oaks, California Selections From the Collections of Security Pacific Bank, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los

Angeles, California
Contemporary Triptychs, Galleries of Claremont Colleges, Claremont, California (catalogue)

A Personal Viewpoint, Fullerton College Gallery, Fullerton, California
Studio Work: Photographs by Ten Los Angeles Artists, Ahmanson Gallery, Los Angeles County

Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Artists’ Furniture, San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California Group Show, Fort Worth Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas

1981 Artists Quilts, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California
California 1: Light and Space, 1960-1980, Lonny Gans and Associates, Venice, California Decade: Los Angeles Painting of the Seventies, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California

(catalogue)
A Look at Boundaries: 14 California Photographers, Memorial Union Art Gallery, University of

California, Davis, California (brochure)
Group Show, The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, California. Jerry Burchard /Ron Cooper, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California Los Angeles Prints, 1883-1980, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

(catalogue)
California: A Sense of Individualism, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, California (catalogue) Furniture by Architects, Hayden Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge,

Massachusetts (catalogue)
Tables by Artists, The Functional Art Store, Santa Monica, California Holiday Exhibition, Lonny Gans and Associates, Venice, California New Work, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1980 Jack Brogan: Projects, Baxter Art Gallery, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California (catalogue)

Furnishings by Artists, Otis Art Institute of The Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, California (catalogue)

New Work, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Artists Furniture, Marion Goodman Gallery, New York, New York
1979 Photographs by Ron Cooper, Gus Foster, Douglas Kent Hall, Maggie Kress Gallery, Taos, New

Mexico
Attitudes: Photography in the 1970’s, 247 artists Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara,
California (catalogue)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS, continued

1979 Group Show, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York
California Perceptions: Light and Space, Selections from the Wortz Collection, Visual Arts

Gallery, California State University, Fullerton, California (catalogue) Cirrus 1970-1980, Part 1, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1978 Contemporary California Photography, Camera Works Gallery, San Francisco, California (catalogue)

Change, Inc. West, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Museum of Drawers, 200 International Artists, Statlische Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf, West Germany;

traveled to New York and Jerusalem.
1977 California Light, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California (catalogue)

Photographs by Southern California Painters and Sculptors, College of Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, California (catalogue)

1976 Cirrus Prints, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California (catalogue) 1975 A View Through, California State University, Long Beach, California (catalogue) 1974 Three to One: Junior Arts Center, Los Angeles, California

To Separate=Trennen,Teilen, America Haus, West Berlin, Germany (catalogue)

Light, Lang Art Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, California
1973 Cirrus Editions at the Texas Gallery, The Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas

The Wall Object, Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California 1972 Peter Alexander/Ron Cooper, Art In Progress, Zurich, Switzerland

Drawings: Chuck Arnoldi, Ron Cooper, Laddie John Dill, Betty Gold Fine Prints, Los Angeles, California

Alexander, Cooper, Judd, Peru, Sonnier, Ace Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Working in California/14 Artists, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Group Show, Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Documenta 5, Kassel, West Germany

Ten Young Artists: Theodoron Awards, The Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York; traveled to five venues throughout the United States and Canada.

The State of California Painting, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand (catalogue); traveled to nine venues in New Zealand and the Western United States.

1971 Art and Technology, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, California (catalogue) Afterquake, Friends of Contemporary Art, Denver, Colorado
Centennial Exhibition, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California (catalogue)
24 Young Los Angeles Artists, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
The Black Show, The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, traveled to two venues in the United States and Canada.

1970 69th American Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (catalogue)

Three Young Americans: Charles Close, Ron Cooper, Neil Jenney, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio (catalogue)

Group, The Douglas Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Permutations: Light and Color, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois

1969 The Appearing /Disappearing Image/Object, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach,

California (catalogue)
1969 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art,

New York, New York (catalogue)
Prospect 1969, Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf, West Germany (catalogue) The Other City, Reese Palley Gallery, San Francisco, California

GROUP EXHIBITIONS, continued

1969 New Directions, West Side Center, Los Angeles, California
March 1969: An Exhibition in Print, organized by Seth Siegelaub, New York, New York Plastics and New Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia,

Pennsylvania, traveled to Marion Koogler McNay Museum, San Antonio, Texas
1968 New Work/Southern California, Univ. of California Art Gallery, La Jolla, California (catalogue)

West Coast Now, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon; traveled to two venues in the United States and Canada (catalogue)

1967 Arp to Artschwager, Noah Goldowsky Gallery, New York, New York
Plastics: West Coast Now, Hansen Fuller Gallery, San Francisco, California
1967 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York,

New York (catalogue)

PROJECTS

1995-2010 Del Maguey, Single Village Mezcal, Alive in the mythical past, retain the mysteries and embrace the notion of alcohol as a gift from the gods. 100% Organic, Unblended, made the 400-year-old, handcrafted way; from the heart of maguey and soul of the village.

1991-2010 Whirlpool in the Labyrinth: Tall circular hedge-labyrinth (forest) that surrounds a “clock” of twenty-four limestone blocks, forming a walkway around a 30-foot diameter whirlpool

1990-91 The Big Pitcher, Fifteen-foot bronze pitcher, tipped at a radical angle, pouring 300 gallons of water per minute into large pool, commissioned by IBM, Maguire Thomas Partners

1989-90 Fifty-one portraits of California Artists, commissioned by Pacific Enterprise Collection, Los Angeles, California.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
Art Gallery of Toronto, /Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Atlantic Richfield Corporation, Los Angeles, California
Bank of Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, California
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France
Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois
Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, West Germany
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Neue Galerie, Aachen, West Germany
Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California
San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La, Jolla, California
Santa Fe Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Security Pacific National Bank, Los Angeles, California
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, California University of Redlands, Redlands, California
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

AWARDS

1980 National Endowment for the Arts, Photography
1971 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Theodoran Award and Fellowship 1970 National Endowment for the Arts, Painting
1968 Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Young Talent Award

PUBLICATIONS stopped collecting / recording 2001-2010

2001 “Ron Cooper,” The Magazine, Santa Fe, New Mexico, April Calendar, Santa Fean Magazine, photo reproduced

2000 “Ron Cooper: Voids and Shadows,” The Magazine, December 1988 “Art, Pitchers and Landscapes,” Santa Fe Reporter, December

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Members Calendar, June
1987 “Galleries Deserve Applause for Collections of Excellence,” Albuquerque Journal, August

“The Art Galleries,” Los Angeles Times, May 15
Charles Arnoldi, Ron Cooper, Laddie John Dill, catalogue, Sena Galleries West, Santa Fe, New

Mexico
“The Way We Are, Figuratively,” Los Angeles Times, March 3
“Space is the Key to New Tack in Art,” Albuquerque Journal, February 1 “California Figurative Sculpture,” Art Talk, January

1986 “At the Galleries,” Los Angeles Times, February 28 “Ron Cooper at Ovsey,” Art in America, January

“Art Museum Show Links…,” The News Tribune, Tacoma Washington, January 12 1985 “Ron Cooper,” ArtForum, December

Southwest ’85, catalogue, Santa Fe Museum of Fine Arts
Pacific Connections, catalogue, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, November Illumination: The Quality of Light, catalogue, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
“Ron Cooper,” The Ikebana Ryusei, Tokyo, Japan, October
“Downtown,” Los Angeles Times, September
“Long Beach,” Los Angeles Times, August

1984 “Confronting Ideas and Emotions in Art,” by S.M. Parks, Artlines, October “Taos: The Heroes Live On,” ArtNews, September

“Downtown,” Los Angeles Times, May 11
1983 “The Nude in Modern Photography,” California Arts Council/National Endowment for the Arts

“Then and Now: Two decades of Young Talent Award Winners,” Bulletin of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

1982 “Photos are Made, not Found,” Los Angeles Times, September 1, 1982
“Studio Work: Photography by Ten Los Angeles Artists,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Members’ Calendar, July
Contemporary Triptychs (catalogue), Trustees of Pomona College, Claremont, California “Ron Cooper: New Work, New Gallery,” Artlines, February

1981 Los Angeles Prints 1883-1980, catalogue, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Furniture by Architects, catalogue, MIT Committee on the Visual Arts
“Datebook,” San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle, July 5, photo reproduced “Art Review,” Los Angeles Times, June 1

“Los Angeles,” ArtNews, April
“California Light and Space,” Los Angeles Times, February “Ron Cooper at Rosamund Felsen,” Art in America, February

PUBLICATIONS, continued

1981 “Intriguing Works in Light and Space,” Los Angeles Times, February 12
1980 “Jack Brogan: Projects,” Baxter Art Gallery, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

“One Man’s Torso is Another Man’s Art,” San Diego Magazine, December
“Shots in the Dark,” Village Voice, November 25
“ A Wider View of Artistic Endeavor/Furnishings by Artists,” Los Angeles Times, June 25

1979 “Attitudes: Photography in the 1970’s,” by Fred Parker, Santa Barbara Museum of Art “California Perceptions: Light and Space/Selections From the Wortz Collection,” California State

University Art Gallery, Fullerton, California, November-December
“Best Bets: Ron Cooper Curates Exhibition,” New West Magazine, Los Angeles, California

1978 “The Museum of Drawers,” Dasschubladen Museum, Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland
1977 “Photographs by Southern California Painters and Sculptors,” University of California, Santa

Barbara, California
1976 “Artists’ Videotapes,” Electronic Arts Intermix, New York, New York

1975 “A View Through,” California State University, Long Beach, California “L.A. Newsletter,” Art International, December

“A View Through,” Artweek, October
1974 “Sunshine Muse,” Praeger Publishers, New York, New York

Review, America Haus, West Berlin, March-May

“Los Angeles Exhibits,” ArtNews, March
1973 Catalogue, La Jolla Museum of Art, La Jolla , California

The Cirrus Editions, by Jean Milant, Los Angeles, California, January

Review, Lo Guidice Gallery, Art International, January
1972 “Documenta V,” by Harold Szeemann, Kassel, West Germany

Review, Lo Guidice Gallery, ArtNews, October

Review, Lo Guidice Gallery, Arts Magazine, October
1971 “Ten Young Artists/Theodoron Awards,” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York

“Five Artists: Ace Gallery,” Artforum, October
“Los Angeles: Ace Gallery,” by Elizabeth C. Baker, ArtNews, September
“The Black Show,” Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, July “Artists and Public: The Children of Marcel Duchamp,” New York Times, June 16 “Review, Pasadena Art Museum,” Artforum, April
“Centennial Exhibition,” San Francisco Art Institute, January-February

1970 “Reflections on the Work of Charles Close, Ron Cooper, Neil Jenney and Other Contemporary Art,” Bulletin, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, Spring

“69th American Exhibition,” Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, January-February 1969 “Annual Exhibition Contemporary American Painting,” Whitney Museum of American Art

“One Month,” published by Seth Siegelaub, New York
“The Appearing /Disappearing Image/Object,” Newport Harbor Art Museum “Reviews, Los Angeles,” Artforum, Summer
“West Coast Shows,” Arts Magazine, March
“Whitney Annual, Sculpture,” Artforum, February
“Two Generations in L.A.,” Art in America, January

1968 “New Work: Southern California,” University of California Press, San Diego “Work of Seven Artists in Newport Display,” Los Angeles Times
“Plastics into Art,” Art in America, May
“Plastics, L.A.,” Artforum, May

1967 “Craftsmanship in Plastics Show,” San Francisco Examiner, November 8

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