David Reed was born in 1946 in San Diego, California, and currently lives and works in New York. His work is featured in institutional collections worldwide, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; FRAC – Auverge, Clermont Ferrand; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond; Roswell Museum and Art Center, NM; Sammlung Goetz, Munich; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS, among others. Recent solo institutional exhibitions include David Reed - You look good in blue, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland (2001, traveled to Kunstverein Hannover, Germany); Leave Yourself Behind. Paintings and Special Projects 1967–2005, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, KS (2005, traveled to Roswell Museum and Art Center, NM; Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles); David Reed: Lives of Paintings, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, Portland, OR (2008); David Reed – Heart of Glass, Paintings and Drawings 1967–2012, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (2012); The Mirror and The Pool, Kunstmuseum Krefeld, Museum Haus Lange, Germany (2015); Two by Two: Mary Heilmann & David Reed, Museum für Gegenwart, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (2015), and David Reed: Vice and Reflection – An Old Painting, New Paintings and Animations, Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL (2016).
Lauren Mahony and Michael Tcheyan pay homage to the founder of the New York Studio School.
David Reed and Katharina Grosse met at Reed’s New York studio in the fall of 2019 to talk about his newest paintings, the temporal aspects of both artists’ practice, and some of their mutual inspirations.
Painting Paintings (David Reed) 1975
In this video, Christopher Wool, Katy Siegel, and David Reed discuss Reed’s paintings and memories of the New York arts scene in 1975.
New York, 1975
Katy Siegel and Christopher Wool discuss David Reed’s paintings and the New York art scene in 1975.
Art Weekend Basel
David Reed: Losing and Finding
April 2–3, 2022, 11am–6pm
Gagosian is participating in the second edition of Art Weekend Basel. Organized by Weiss + Falk Gallery and Galerie Mueller, the event brings together twelve of the city’s leading galleries, which will be open for extended hours over the weekend. The exhibition David Reed: Losing and Finding—featuring new and recent paintings by the artist—will be on view at Gagosian, Basel.
David Reed, #747, 2020–22 © 2022 David Reed/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever
New Social Environment
Ode to Willem de Kooning
Saturday, March 19, 2022, 4pm EDT
As part of the Brooklyn Rail’s online series New Social Environment, John Elderfield, Joan Levy Hepburn, David Reed, Richard Shiff, Mark Stevens, Robert Storr, Charles Stuckey, Annalyn Swan, Flora Yukhnovich, and Phong H. Bui will be in conversation to celebrate the life and work of Willem de Kooning on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death. De Kooning Foundation executive director Amy Schichtel will introduce the discussion. To join the online event, register at brooklynrail.org.
Willem de Kooning in his studio, East Hampton, New York, 1971. Artwork © 2022 The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society, New York. Photo: © 2022 The Estate of Dan Budnik. All rights reserved
New Social Environment
Mattress World: Guy Goodwin and David Reed
Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 1pm EDT
As part of the Brooklyn Rail’s online series New Social Environment, David Reed and fellow artist Guy Goodwin join the journal’s editor-at-large Charlotte Kent for a conversation about Goodwin’s current exhibition, curated by Reed. In these daily lunchtime Zoom conversations, invited artists, writers, filmmakers, and poets discuss creative life in the context of our new social reality with Brooklyn Rail staff, followed by a question-and-answer session. The talk will conclude with a poetry reading by Andrea Abi-Karam. To join the online event, register at brooklynrail.org.
Installation view, Guy Goodwin: Mattress World, Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation, New York, May 1–October 23, 2021. Artwork © Guy Goodwin
David Reed in
Through February 25, 2023
Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation, New York
This group exhibition has a starting point in 1991 when Molly Sullivan curated the exhibition Contemporary Abstract Painting: Resnick, Reed, Laufer & Moore for the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. Her show referenced the tumult of the 1980s art market, the continuing debate over the future of painting, and the impact of the political arena in which artists live. Given Time expands on that exhibition to include artists from a broad spectrum of personal and political influences, as it considers the interim three decades from the Muscarelle show to our present day through a number of lenses. Work by David Reed is included.
David Reed, #662, 2013–17 © 2022 David Reed/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Process in Minimal Abstraction
December 18, 2019–August 2, 2020
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
During the 1960s and 1970s, many artists working with abstraction rid their styles of compositional, chromatic, and virtuosic flourishes. As some turned toward such minimal approaches, a singular emphasis on their interaction with materials emerged. The resulting pieces invite viewers to imaginatively reenact aspects of the creative process. Featuring paintings and works on paper, Marking Time explores how drawing attention to the creative process fosters a distinctively empathetic mode of engagement. Work by Brice Marden and David Reed is included.
Installation view, Marking Time: Process in Minimal Abstraction, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, December 18, 2019–August 2, 2020. Artwork, left to right: © 2020 David Reed/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Park Seo-Bo; © Chryssa; © 2020 Jacob El Hanani; © 2020 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Vice and Reflection #2
July 12–October 6, 2019
Neues Museum, Nuremberg, Germany
This exhibition offers insight into David Reed’s current painting practice by bringing five important works together with corresponding drawings.
David Reed, #660-2 (Vice and Reflection), 2016/19 (detail) © 2019 David Reed/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Gesten in der Malerei
May 18–August 18, 2019
Kunst Museum Winterthur, Switzerland
In 1965 Roy Lichtenstein created his famous Brushstrokes and in doing so highlighted the fundamental elements of the image, such as the appearance of the colors and the pigment, the color fields and their limits, and not least the application of paint in the form of a gesture. This exhibition aims to explore the sheer range of gestures in contemporary painting. Work by Katharina Grosse, Roy Lichtenstein, and David Reed is included.
Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2011 © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2019