Richard Roth (born in Brooklyn 1946), is an artist and designer whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 1991 he was the recipient of a Visual Artists Fellowship in Painting from the National Endowment for the Arts. He received an MFA from the Tyler School of Art and a BFA from The Cooper Union. His work has been exhibited at Rocket Gallery, London; Penine Hart Gallery, Bess Cutler Gallery, Trans Hudson Gallery, New York; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Reynolds Gallery, Richmond; Shillam + Smith, London; UCR/California Museum of Photography; the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan; Feigen, Inc., Chicago; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He is the co-editor of the book, Beauty is Nowhere: Ethical Issues in Art and Design and co-author of Color Basics. He was the Director of Solvent Space in Richmond, Virginia, 2005 – 2009. He is currently a faculty member in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University.
For me now, painting is like returning home. I painted for many years, then for a decade my practice became more conceptual - creating collections of contemporary material culture. I returned to painting in 2006 with a renewed interest, fueled by conceptualism and informed by postmodern attitudes. The new paintings claim object status enabling them to tap into the 3D polychrome universe - product and package design, nature, architecture, popular culture, custom cars, and fashion. I am now making my own ideal collection - inclusions to this set of objects are carefully controlled.
M.F.A. Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, painting major
B.F.A. The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, New York, painting major
2015 Op Infinitum: “The Responsive Eye” Fifty Years After, Part I, Part II, American Op Art in the 60’s, David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2010 The Suburban, solo exhibition, Oak Park, IL
Pentimenti Gallery, "Superimpose," three-person exhibition, Philadelphia, PA,
Reynolds Gallery, "Perimeter Check," solo exhibition, Richmond, VA
SNO, Contemporary Art Projects, solo exhibition in SNO 54, Sydney, Australia
Triple Candie, "Painting, Smoking, Eating," a Case Room project, New York, NY
Frederieke Taylor Gallery, "Color as Structure," curated by Julie Langsam, four-person exhibition in the
Viewing Room, New York, NY
Rocket Gallery, "Book A Table," group exhibition of tables and artists’ books, London, U.K.. Book A Table is an
affiliate exhibition of the London Design Festival.
ParisCONCRET, "Personal Space," 3-person exhibition, Paris, France
2008 Rocket Gallery, "Merger: New Minimal Painting in Dialogue With Contemporary Furniture Design," group
exhibition, London, U.K.
PULSE New York Contemporary Art Fair, Artware Editions, Group Exhibition
Reed Gallery, University of Cincinnati, “Weight of the World,” group exhibition
2007 Reynolds Gallery, one-person exhibition, exhibition essay by Stephen Westfall, Richmond, VA
Lamar Dodd School of Art Main Gallery, University of Georgia, "Cowboy Magic," one-person exhibition,
exhibition essay by Saul Ostrow
McCaig Welles and Rosenthal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, “Wide Open,” group exhibition
McDonough Museum of Art. group exhibition, “Modeling the Photographic: The End(s) of Photography”,
curated by Saul Ostrow, Youngstown, Ohio
2006 Lab Gallery, three-person exhibition with Siemon Allen and Royce Howes, “Chronicle,” New York, NY
University of Cincinnati, group exhibition, “Bad Drawing,” Mark Harris – curator
2003 Reynolds Gallery, one-person exhibition, Richmond, VA
School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York, “Americana,”
2002 Virginia Museum of Fine Art, “Grief: A Collection,” one-person exhibition
2001 Trans Hudson Gallery, New York, one-person exhibition in the project room
1999 Trans Hudson Gallery, New York, group exhibition
30 Paris Street, London, “The Manchurian Candidate,” group exhibition, collaboration with Carmel Buckley,
curated by Ciara Ennis and David Goldenberg,
1998 Shillam + Smith, London, U.K., “Form(s): A Collection,” one-person exhibition
Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta. Installation
California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside. one-person exhibition
1996 Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, "Obsession" group exhibition
1995 TZ’Art & Co., New York, Testwall installation
Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan, “The Language of Place,” group exhibition curated by Sarah Rogers
(Wexner Center, Director of Exhibitions)
1993 SPACES Gallery , Cleveland, “Form Out of Context,” four-person exhibition
1992 “American Pluralism” group exhibition curated by Terry Barrett. Traveled to Antwerp, Belgium; London,
England; Glasgow, Scotland; Oslo, Norway; Helsinki, Finland; Budapest, Hungary; Dresden, Germany
1991 Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, “Ohio Selections X,” group exhibition
Feigen, Inc., Chicago, one-person exhibition
Chicago International Art Exposition, group exhibition
Feigen, Inc., Chicago, group exhibition
Bess Cutler Gallery, New York, NY, group exhibition - "The New Eccentricity: Sculpture," curated
by Frederieke Taylor
Penine Hart Gallery, New York, NY, group exhibition - "Painting Between the Paradigms Part IV: A Category of
Objects as Yet Unnamed," curated by Saul Ostrow
1990 Toni Birckhead Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, one-person exhibition
1989 The Machine Shop Gallery at the Emery Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, group exhibition
1988 Dart Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, "Formal," group exhibition
The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, "Biennial II Exhibition
This exhibition also traveled to
The Riffe Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, March 1989
The Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio, June 1989
1987 Tangeman Fine Arts Gallery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, "Directly on the Wall,"
1986 Toni Birckhead Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, group exhibition
1985 A.R.C. Raw Space, Chicago, Illinois, one-person exhibition.
Monroe Collection, Richmond, Virginia
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
Akron Art Institute, Akron, Ohio
Des Moines Register and Tribune Collection, Des Moines, Iowa
The Barron Collection, Detroit, Michigan
The Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, New York, New York
Marine Midland Trust Company of Western New York, Buffalo, New York
New York University Art Collection, New York, New York
First National City Bank Collection, New York, New York
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Grants and Awards:
National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Artists Fellowship, Painting, 1991.
Ohio Arts Council, Individual Artists Fellowship,Visual Arts, 1990.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting, 2008–09.