One of the most original and powerful painters of the postwar generation in New York, Robert De Niro, Sr. (1922-1993) blended abstraction and representation, bridging the gap between European modernism and Abstract Expressionism. For our first exhibition as the representatives of the Estate of Robert De Niro, Sr., DC Moore Gallery is presenting a dynamic group of his figure paintings, landscapes, still lifes, and charcoal drawings from 1960-1993.
Robert De Niro, Sr. studied with Josef Albers at Black Mountain College in 1939 and 1940, and later with Hans Hofmann in New York and Provincetown through 1942. He then worked for five years at Hilla Rebay’s legendary Museum of Non-Objective Art. In 1945, he began his involvement with Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century gallery in New York. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1968 and continued to exhibit during his lifetime at galleries and museums throughout the United States. His work is included in many public collections, including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2009, a retrospective of his work was presented at the Musée Matisse in Nice, France.