ROBERT SAGERMAN

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EDUCATION:
2008    Ph.D., New York University, Dept. of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
2000    M.A., New York University, Dept. of Religious Studies
1998    M.A., Pratt Institute, Dept. of Art History
1998    M.A., Pratt Institute, Dept. of Fine Arts
1990    B.A., Pratt Institute, Dept. of Fine Arts
1984-1986   United States Military Academy

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2013      Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
            Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2012      It’s Time, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York
            Still Without Cessation, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2011      Galerie Renate Bender, Munich, Germany
            Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery, Rome, Italy  
2010      The Number Escapes Me, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA   
2009      On and On: Inquiries into Indeterminacy, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York 
            Workings, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
            Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery, Turin and Milan, Italy
2008      Pathways to Presence, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich, Germany
            Never. Ever., Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA 
2007      dematerializations / interstices / permutations, Brian Gross Fine Art, 
            San Francisco, CA 
            Activity, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York
2006      Recent Paintings, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich, Germany
            Innumerable Naught Nary, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2005      Amassing Color, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York
            Marking Time, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2004      Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2003      “435,546 Marks,” Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
 

2012      Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery, Turin, Italy
2011      .World, Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2010      Elevazioni e Permutazioni, PaRDeS, Mirano, Italy 
            Gesture, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
            Monochrome II, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich, Germany 
2009      Pure Paint, Henry Gregg Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
            Common Ground: Color, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
2008      Material Color, Hunterdon County Art Museum, Clinton, NJ
            This Just In, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA 
            The Fascination of the Color Red, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich, Germany
2007      Luxe, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
            …das viereckige rot?, Galerie Albert Baumgarten, Freiburg, Germany
            Farbe, Galerie Huebner, Hamburg, Germany
            Surface Impressions, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY
2006      Don’t Touch, Renate Bender Gallery, Munich
            Blue!, Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum Hagen, Germany
2005      Summer Sensation, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
            About Paint, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT
            Living Gray, Karl-Ernst Osthaus-Musuem, Hagen, Germany
2004      Exhibition for World Peace, Gallery Bijitsu-Sekai, Tokyo, Japan
            ArtHouse, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
            Painting as Process: Re-evaluating Painting, La Salle SIA College of the Arts, Singapore
            Die Farbe hat Mich II, Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, Hagen, Germany
            Group Exhibtion, M% Gallery, Cleveland, OH
            Innovate, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2004      Seeing Red: An International Exhibition of Non-Objective Painting, Part II, 
            Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, New York, NY
2004      Tickled Pink, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA 
2002      Breathing Room, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
            Blobs, Wiggles, Dots, Webs and Crustallations, The Work Space, New York, NY. 
            Curated by Lucio Pozzi.
            Group Exhibition, Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, IL
2001      Sharon Brant, Robert Sagerman, Don Voisine, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York
            Items from the Permanent Collection, Williamsburg Art and Historical 
            Center, Brooklyn, New York
2000      01.15.00, GAle GAtes, et al, Brooklyn, New York       
1999      Size Matters, GAle GAtes, et al, Brooklyn, New York
            Group Exhibition, GAle GAtes, et al, Brooklyn, New York
1998      The Calculus of Transfiguration, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, New York
            Higher Worlds, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, New York
1997      Downtowm Arts Annual Group Exhibition, New York. Juried by Fereshteh Daftari, Martin Eisenberg andk
            Charlotta Kotik.
            Symposium Finalist, New York. Work selected by Michael Brenson, critiqued by Janet Koplos, Donald
            Kuspit, Peter Schjeldahl and Simon Watson.
1993      Group Exhibition of Drawings, Alexander Gallery, New York
            Three Young Future Majors, Alexander Gallery, New York.

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS:

The Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, Hagen, Germany.
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

“Transfer of Meaning: the Momentum of Abstract Painting,” by Claire Lieberman, Art Experience: New York City,Spring, 2012.
“Robert Sagerman: ‘It’s Time,’” by Matthew Hassell, NY Arts, February, 2012.
“Robert Sagerman’s ‘It’s Time’ Exhibition Dazzles,” by Mia Macfarlane, Downtown, January 16, 2012.
“Tactility as Mysticism; Robert Sagerman at Margaret Thatcher Projects,” by Franklin Einspruch, The New York Sun,January 13, 2012.
Robert Sagerman’s scrumptious paintings and Claire Lieberman’s piquant sculptures at Marcia Wood Gallery,” by Catherine Fox, ArtCriticATL.com, April 19, 2010.
Robert Sagerman,” catalog essay by Michael Amy, Turin, 2009.
Material Color, Exhibition catalog, 2009. The Hunterdon County Art Museum, Clinton, NJ.
Trelles, Emma. “What I Saw at Art Basel: Day 1,” South Florida Sun-Sentinel, December 5, 2007.
Budick, Ariella. “Scratching the ‘Surface’ and teasing your senses,” Newsday, April 2007.
“Indeterminable Painting: Thoughts on the Work of Robert Sagerman,” catalog essay by Michael Fehr, Munich, 2006.
Kunstform International, No. 176, June 2005. Review of the exhibition “Living Gray” by Thomas W. Kuhn.
Living Gray. Exhibition catalogue, 2005. The Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, Hagen, Germany.
K-West, April, 2005. Review of the exhibition Living Gray, by Stefanie Stadel.
SF Weekly, May 25, 2005.Review by Sharon Mizota.
Abstract Painting: Concepts and Techniques, by Vicky Perry, 2005
About Paint, Exhibition catalog, 2005.
Art Festival for World Peace. Exhibition catalog, 2004. Gallery Bijitsu-Sekai, Tokyo, Japan.
Byrd, Cathy. “Robert Sagerman at Marcia Wood Gallery,” Art in America, December 2004.
Cullum, Jerry. "Review," The Atlanta Journal Constitution, February 1, 2004.
Fox, Catherine. "Review," The Atlanta Journal Constitution, May 6, 2004
Cohen, Mark Daniel. "The Intricate Precision of the Field The Kabbalistic Mysticism of
Robert Sagerman." NY Arts Magazine, September 2003
Seeing Red: An International Exhibition of Non-Objective Painting. Exhibition catalog,
2003. The Karl-Ernst Osthaus-Museum, Hagen, Germany.
Wallach, Amei. "Driven to Abstraction." Art News, November 2003
Lindall, Terrence. "THE EPISTEMOLOGICAL MOVEMENT IN LATE 20TH CENTURY ART: The Williamsburg Circle" NY Arts Magazine, February 2002.
Siciliano, Enzo. "Ultimo indirizzo Brooklyn." La Repubblica, June 14, 1999.


Publications Authored

The Serpent Kills or the Serpent Gives Life: the Kabbalist Abraham Abulafia’s Response to Christianity. Boston: Brill, 2011.

“The Syncretic Esotericism of Egidio da Viterbo and the Development of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling Program.”  Acta ad Archaeologiam et Artium Historiam Pertinentia 19 (2005): 37-76. 

“A Kabbalistic Reading of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling.” Acta ad Archaeologiam et Artium Historiam Pertinentia 16 (2002): 93-177.



Scholarly Papers Presented

2010 “Abraham Abulafia and the Primacy of Mystical Hermeneutics.” Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference

2009 “Jesus as the Teli: Jewish-Christian Antecedents for Abraham Abulafia’s Conception of the Astrological Serpent.” Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference.

2008 “Abraham Abulafia and the Cruciform Covenant.” Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference.

2006 “The Sistine Chapel Ceiling and Renaissance Christian Kabbalah.” Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference, Poster Session 

2006 “The Kabbalist Abraham Abulafia’s Conflicted Attitude towards Christianity.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo

2003 “Cosmogonic Diminution and Messianic Reconstitution: The Kabbalistic Sistine Chapel Ceiling Program of Egidio da Viterbo.” Sacro e Profano, Conference of the Norwegian Institute in Rome.

2003 “A Kabbalistic Reading of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling.” Pictor in carmine: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Mural Paintings in Medieval Churches, 1100-1500, New York University

1999 “The Gospel of Thomas: Apocalypticism, the Temporal and Art.” The Future of Man Symposium. The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, New York

1998 “The Calculus of Transfiguration: Postmodernism, Jewish Mysticism and Art.” The Williamsburg Symposium: Meaning, Form and Process in Late Twentieth Century Art. The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, New York