Sharon Brant: Sideswiped, November 2 – December 22, 2012
MINUS SPACE en Oaxaca: Panorama de 31 artistas internacionales, Multiple Cultural Venues, Oaxaca, Mexico, March 15 – April 30, 2012
Escape from New York, The Engine Room, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, April 22 – May 8, 2010
Escape from New York, Project Space Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, May 8-29, 2009
Minus Space, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center / MoMA, NYC, October 19, 2008 – May 4, 2009
Escape from New York, Sydney Non Objective, Sydney, Australia, August 3 – September 2, 2007
Sharon Brant has exhibited her work internationally for the past four decades, including in Europe, Australasia, Mexico, and the United States. Her museum exhibitions include P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA, Rochester Museum, Everson Museum of Art (all New York), Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (CT), and Instituto de Artes Graficas de Oaxaca (Mexico). In 1966, Brant moved permanently to New York City and her work was included several years later in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Painting Annual in 1972. She exhibited regularly with OK Harris between 1969-1972 (solo exhibitions 1970, 1972), A.I.R. Gallery between 1988-1994 (solo exhibitions 1989, 1991, 1994, 1996), and Margaret Thatcher Projects between 1999-2003.
In 1968, Brant was one of eight founding members, along with Arthur Hughes, Gary Smith, and Robert Resnick, of MUSEUM, A Project of Living Artists, an artist-run exhibition and meeting space located at 729 Broadway in New York City. MUSEUM was intended as a politically-progressive community center for artists with the goal of supporting “a more alive connection between art and society, without the dissipation of force and quality occurring so frequently in the current art establishment.” MUSEUM’s membership grew to more than 300 individuals before it closed in 1971. Brant was also a member of A.I.R. Gallery, the first artist-run gallery for women in the United States, from 1989-1996. She is currently a member of American Abstract Artists.
In 2012, Brant was awarded a grant from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, The New York Times, ARTnews, Art International, Arts Magazine, and The Brooklyn Rail, among others. She studied at the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri from 1962-1965.
I want to mystify myself. I want to look at my own drawing or painting and say, what is that, and feel mystified by it. I ask myself as I paint, what is a painting. Optically and psychologically it evokes a feeling as I view it. There may appear an implied illusionism of space, but it is the emotional space I want to enter, a pause from the world. This kind of space does exist.