Jay Milder

Jay Milder
(1934-)

Selected Exhibitions:

2005
Celebration, Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York, NY

2004
Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

2003
Museum of Modern Art, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil (solo)
Selections, Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York, NY

2001
Andre Zarre Gallery, New York, NY (solo) 2000
Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain

1999
Museum of Fine Arts, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (solo)
Hugo Pagano Gallery, New York, NY

1998
Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

1997
Retrospective show, Hugo Pagano Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

1996
Horace Richter Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel (solo)

1995
Kathleen Ross Gallery Soho, New York, NY

1994
Alitash Kebede Gallery, Los Angelos, CA (solo)

1993
Greenville Museum, Greenville, SC

1992
Retrospective 1958-92, tour (solo)

1991
Private Stories, Alitash Kebede Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

1990
Horace Richter Gallery, Jaffa, Israel
The Expanding Figurative Imagination, Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, NY

1988
Girgis & Klym Gallery, Fitzroy, Australia (solo)
Eleonore Austerer Fine Art, San Mateo, CA (solo)

1987 “
Jay Milder–Messiah on the IND”, tour

1986
Sid Deutsch Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Richard Green Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Gallery Four, Charlotte, VA (solo)

Biography:

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, he became a noted abstract painter in the New York art scene from 1958 when he, Bob Thompson, and Red Grooms founded City Gallery. They were all influenced by Abstract Expressionism, but closer to Willem De Kooning than Jackson Pollock because all three were committed to figurative work.

As a child he was influenced by both the Hasidic mysticism of his ancestors and by the black dominated jazz night clubs he frequented in North Omaha. In the early 1950s he studied in Paris with Ossip Zadkine and Andre Lhote but was most influenced by the abstract work of Chaim Soutine, who had died a decade earlier.

In the 1960s, Milder found himself increasingly an outsider because he had little interest in prevalent styles, Minimalism and Pop Art. He and others formed a group the called Rhino Horn, a loose association of figurative artists who painted in Expressionist style. In the 1970s, with the return of figurative painting in public acceptance, he felt more in the mainstream.