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Stephen Ellis, Interim Director, Fall 2017 and Spring 2018, and Spring 2012 Critic-in-Residence

Stephen Ellis

Stephen Ellis (b. 1951, High Point, N.C.) has lived and worked in New York City since 1973. He has shown his paintings in the United States and Europe since the late1970s. Ellis is associated with a group of American abstract artists who rebeled against self-referential formalism and returned abstraction to a more active engagement with the world. 

Ellis's painting and graphic work is represented in many public and private collections in the United States and Europe, including The Brooklyn Museum, The Ashmolean Museum, and The Fogg Museum. He has been the recipient of awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Two of his paintings are included in Tony Godfrey's history of contemporary painting, Painting Today, Phaidon Press, 2009. His work was included in "Conceptual Abstraction" at Hunter College curated by Joachim Pissarro and Pepe Karmel in 2013.


Ellis has also written art criticism for publications including ArtCritical, Modern Painters, Parkett and Art and America, where he was an Associate Editor from 1989 to 1992. During two years living in Cologne in 1986 and ‘87, Ellis wrote extensively on the work of Gerhard Richter, Martin Kippenberger and Albert Oehlen. His articles were among the first in the American press to discuss the work of these artists. More recently, he has written about Giorgio Morandi, Dan Walsh, Alan Uglow, Philip Guston and Mark Rothko.


Since the early 1980s, Ellis has taught art and art history at schools including Cooper Union, SVA, MICA, Hunter College, NYU, Bard College MFA, and Harvard University.


Stephen Ellis is represented in the US by the Von Lintel Gallery. Further information about his work and a retrospective catalog is available on the gallery website at www.vonlintel.com.

This page was last updated on 09/05/2017.