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Aaron Gilbert, 2021.
Photo by Charlie Ahearn

Known for his quietly charged scenes, Aaron Gilbert (b. 1979) unearths the complex emotional terrain in the presence of societal crisis. His meticulously worked and reworked compositions are set against a backdrop of empirically American wreckage and unbridled technological acceleration. Gilbert earned his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Yale University. He is a 2015 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award recipient and was awarded the “Young American Painter of Distinction” by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2010. Gilbert has presented solo and two-person exhibitions at P·P·O·W, New York, NY; Chris Sharp Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Sant’Andrea de Scaphis, Rome, Italy; and Lyles & King, New York, NY, among others. His work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.

AARON GILBERT

b. 1979, Pennsylvania
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

EDUCATION

2008   
M.F.A. Painting, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

2005   
B.F.A. Painting, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

2000   
Associates of Science, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Penn State University, Centre County, PA

SOLO & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2021   
The door to the other world is always open, Chris Sharp Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1981–2001, Martin Wong & Aaron Gilbert, P·P·O·W, New York, NY

2019   
Psychic Novellas, Lyles & King, New York, NY
Solo Booth with Lulu Gallery, NADA, Miami, FL

2016   
Brooklyn Biennial, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY

2014   
Aaron Gilbert: Possessed, Mottahedan Projects, Dubai, UAE

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021   
Picturing Motherhood Now: Images of a New Era, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Present Generations: Creating the Scantland Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Any distance between us, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
The Slipstream: Reflection, Resilience and Resistance in the Art of Our Time, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

2020   
I WANT TO FEEL ALIVE AGAIN, Lyles & King, New York, NY

2019   
Felix Art Fair, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Our Lady of the Flowers, Nicodim Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
Brooklyn Biennial, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY

2016   
Demimonde: Amberwood House, London, United Kingdom

2014   
Some Dark Miracle: Aaron Gilbert/Jason Mones, Artisanal House, New York, NY
Aaron Gilbert/Jose Pedro Godoy/Patrick McElnea: Cutlog Art Fair, Yael Rosenblut Gallery, New York, NY
For Marian, Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
ExpoChicago, Aaron Gilbert/Augustina Woodgate, Spinello Projects, Chicago, IL
Bent In, Primetime Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013   
American Identities, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Lessico Famigliare, FUTURE Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic

2012   
Moments, AMO Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Don’t Wake Me Up, North Henry Annex, Brooklyn, NY
Re-Telling, curated by Melissa Levin, NUTUREart, Brooklyn, NY
Exhibition of Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors Awards, American Academy of Letters, New York, NY

2010   
Invitational Exhibition, American Academy of Letters, New York, NY
Ves.sel, curated by Kenya (Robinson),  J.W. Brennen Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
The Open, Deitch Studios, Long Island City, NY
Three Rooms, Ramis Barquet Gallery, New York, NY

2009   
Gold Rush Awards, Rush Arts, New York, NY
Conceptual Figures, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
The New Akademiks, Galerie Schuster, Berlin, Germany

2008   
Loop Video Art Fair, Barcelona, Spain

SELECT PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY 
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI
Studio Museum in Harlem, Harlem, NY 
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY 

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

2021   
“4 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now: Review of 1981-2021 Paintings by Aaron Gilbert and Martin Wong,” The New York Times

2020   
“Aaron Gilbert’s Paintings Convey the Profound Potential of Human Life,” Elephant Journal, July 2020

2019   
Schwendener, Martha, Worth, Alexi, and Cohen, David, ArtCritical Review Panel #96
Grunthaner, Jeffrey, “NADA’s Solution to the Growing Cost of Art Fairs,” Hyperallergic

2018   
“Do you Believe in Evil?” Conversation with Julia Phillips and Aaron Gilbert,” Mousse Magazine

2016   
Mitter, Siddhartha, “BRIC Biennial,” Village Voice

2014   
Cotter, Holland, “For Marian,” New York Times

2012   
“The Advanced Ebonics Issue,” YoYo Mag #4

2011   
Vartanian, Hrag, “A Hot and Colorful Day on the NorthSide,” Hyperallergic

2009   
“Spring: Studio,” The Studio Museum of Harlem

AWARDS

2022
BRIC Colene Brown Art Prize

2015   
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant

2013   
Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL

2012   
Yaddo Artist Residency

2010   
Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in Painting
American Academy of Arts and Letters: Art Purchase Program

2008   
LMCC Workspace Residency
American Academy in Rome Affiliate Fellowship

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Aaron Gilbert, Nightshift B15, 2020

Aaron Gilbert
Nightshift B15, 2020
oil on linen
30 x 38 ins.
76.2 x 96.5 cm

Aaron Gilbert, Goddess Walks Among Us Now, 2020

Aaron Gilbert
Goddess Walks Among Us Now, 2020
oil on canvas
60 x 48 ins.
152.4 x 121.9 cm

Aaron Gilbert, Empire State of Mind/Flaco 730 Broadway, 2020

Aaron Gilbert
Empire State of Mind/Flaco 730 Broadway, 2020
oil on linen
40 x 46 ins.
101.6 x 116.8 cm

Aaron Gilbert, Conspirators, 2020

Aaron Gilbert
Conspirators, 2020
oil on canvas
38 x 40 ins.
96.5 x 101.6 cm

Aaron Gilbert, Summons, 2020

Aaron Gilbert
Summons, 2020
oil on canvas
35 x 38 ins.
88.9 x 96.5 cm

Aaron Gilbert, Song to the Siren, 2020

Aaron Gilbert
Song to the Siren, 2020
oil on canvas
36 x 42 ins.
91.4 x 106.7 cm

Aaron Gilbert, Nightshift B15, 2020

Aaron Gilbert
Nightshift B15, 2020
oil on linen
30 x 38 ins.
76.2 x 96.5 cm

Aaron Gilbert, Goddess Walks Among Us Now, 2020

Aaron Gilbert
Goddess Walks Among Us Now, 2020
oil on canvas
60 x 48 ins.
152.4 x 121.9 cm

Aaron Gilbert, Empire State of Mind/Flaco 730 Broadway, 2020

Aaron Gilbert
Empire State of Mind/Flaco 730 Broadway, 2020
oil on linen
40 x 46 ins.
101.6 x 116.8 cm

Aaron Gilbert, Conspirators, 2020

Aaron Gilbert
Conspirators, 2020
oil on canvas
38 x 40 ins.
96.5 x 101.6 cm

Aaron Gilbert, Summons, 2020

Aaron Gilbert
Summons, 2020
oil on canvas
35 x 38 ins.
88.9 x 96.5 cm

Aaron Gilbert, Song to the Siren, 2020

Aaron Gilbert
Song to the Siren, 2020
oil on canvas
36 x 42 ins.
91.4 x 106.7 cm