Bruce Dorfman

Awarded Grant from Pollock-Krasner
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Bruce Dorfman has had forty-four solo exhibitions including thirty in New York and fourteen throughout the United States and abroad, between 1955 and 2006. During 2008, a solo exhibition of his most recent assemblage paintings and combined media works will be held in New York City at the Kouros Gallery (April – May), as well as a traveling Retrospective (commencing October). For decades, his work has also been included in numerous notable museum and gallery group exhibitions worldwide.

Dorfman’s art is included in many museum, corporate and major private collections across the United States and Europe.

He is the recipient of many awards, grants and fellowships including New York State Council on the Arts, Fulbright Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation, U. S. Department of State, Arts East Foundation, New York World’s Fair Invitational, National Academy of Design, Des Moines Art Center, Butler Institute of American Art, and Atelier Mourlot. In 2004, he was a recipient of the Artists Fellowship Grant, New York. In 2007, he was awarded a major grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

During the civil war in El Salvador, in 1979, the Rockefeller Foundation commissioned and published a series of graphics by Dorfman, “Letters From El Salvador”, pertaining the atrocities of that conflict.

Mr. Dorfman’s work has been written about extensively, including recent reviews in The New York Times, Art in America and ARTnews. His art has also received critical attention in a wide range of other American periodicals, catalogs and monographs. In Japan, Korea, France, Italy and Venezuela, the artist and his work have been the subject of periodicals, films and television interviews.

Mr. Dorfman continues to teach at the Art Students League of New York - since 1964, including the League summer school in Woodstock from 1964 to 1972. He has also taught at the New School (1979 – 1995), Syracuse University (1971), the Everson Museum and was artist-in-residence at the Norton Museum, where he founded and taught the Experimental Print Workshop. Between 1993 to 1996, the artist was a guest artist and lecturer at museums and art institutions in Caracas, Venezuela (Instituto Frederico Brandt, Museum Belles Artes) , Portugal (International Master Class at Loule) and Paris, France (Centre Pompidou, L’Orangerie, Musee d’Orsay, Musee Picasso) . He is the author of the book ”Color Mixing” published by Grosset & Dunlap.

Mr. Dorfman studied at the Art Students League of New York with Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Arnold Blanch and Charles H. Alston, intermittently, 1949 – 1952. He is a graduate of Iowa University, 1958, B.S., where he worked with Maurice Lasansky and Stuart Edie.