Biography

Lizbeth Mitty, Graduate School Studio

Artist Statement

Born in Queens, NY to a family of artists, inventors and actors, I grew up painting and writing. My work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in both the United States and abroad and is held in public and private collections including the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New York State Museum, The Orlando Museum of Art, The Zimmerli Archive, The U.S. State Department, and Trierenberg Holding AG (Austria). My studio is located in Brooklyn, NY.

My body of work — described by New York Times critic Ken Johnson as a combination of “painterly verve and hellish beauty” — has long been concerned with examining and amplifying the intrinsic abstract beauty of deteriorating or overlooked corners of urban architecture and interiors. In 2015, one object, the chandelier, rose up from detritus to dominate and finally stand alone in my body of work. Spectacular, illuminated and intricate, the chandelier is evocative of grandeur. For much of my career, scrap yards and other sites of urban devastation fascinated me as locations of organized chaos, formally beautiful, yet apocalyptic and terrifying. Similarly, the chandeliers speak of decadence, sadness, elegance, death and hope.

 

By 2017, the chandeliers began to open and morph into architecture in the round. Gazebos and scrap dominate a verdant post-apocalyptic landscape that the viewer may enter. The juxtapositions of conflicting images, such as man-made detritus and lush English gardens, serve as commentary on a post-9/11 sense of impermanence and the imperative to consider the finite nature of the earth's resources. The cyclical nature and mutability of things in times of excess are the subliminal driving forces in these works.

“Acutely observed, remembered and then re-imagined, these futuristic scenes are not so much renditions of a specific location as they are dizzying translations in paint of Mitty's wonderment at the endless variety of visual information offered up by her subjects.” Art in America, January 2006

Solo Exhibitions

2018     John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

2017    “Glistens Down Me,” a Solo Exhibition at David&Schweitzer Contemporary Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2014    Elgin Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2010    A.M. Richard Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY
2010    Windham Fine Arts, Windham, NY
2008    Windham Fine Arts, Windham, NY
2007    Mercantile Building, Milwaukee, WI
2005    Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, New York, NY
2002    Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, New York, NY
1999    Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, New York, NY
1995    Lorraine Kessler Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY
1985    Rosa Esman Gallery, New York, NY
1983    Rosa Esman Gallery, New York, NY
1982    Rosa Esman Gallery, New York, NY
1978    Heath Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1977    Image Gallery, Athens, GA
1977    First Unitarian Church, Athens, GA

Two-Person Exhibitions

2019   "The Thread", M David & Co, Brooklyn, NY - read more >

2018   Valley of Ashes”, Caldwell College Art Gallery, Montclair, NJ

2016  “In The Thickness,” The Lodge Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019

"Ondate/Waves", Bologna, Italy/Brooklyn, NY

Access Art, Brooklyn, NY

2018

"2018 History of Bushwick Holiday Show", M David & Co, Brooklyn, NY

"BOS 2019", M David & Co, Brooklyn, NY
"Among Friends", Brooklyn, NY

"Chain Reaction: Artists Select Artists", Invitational, The Painting Center, New York, NY

"Yellow Chair Holiday Extravaganza", David&Schweitzer Contemporary Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

"Cynthia Nixon Fundraiser", Ideal Glass, New York, NY

2017

“Fables of the Reconstruction”, Four Person Exhibition, David&Schweitzer Contemporary Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

"Flatfile Exhibition", David&Schweitzer Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY

"Summer Exhibition", David&Schweitzer Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY

2016

“Pussy Power,” Curators: Jennifer Samet and Michael David, Benefit Exhibition, David&Schweitzer
Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY
“Reality is Wrong, Dreams are Real,” David&Schweitzer Contemporary Annex, Brooklyn, NY
“Sanctuary,” Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Access Art,” Brooklyn Arts Council Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Falling In,” Trestle Projects, Brooklyn, NY
“Seeking Space,” Arts In Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
“Sideshow on Mars,” Life on Mars Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Up for Debate,” BRIC Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Maimonides Hospital Boardroom Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2015

“Access Art,” Brooklyn Arts Council Gallery, Brooklyn New York
“Her.art,” Promoting Women Artists in the Contemporary Art Market, Silent Auction, New York, NY
Lorimoto Gallery Holiday Salon, Brooklyn New York.

2014

Life on Mars Gallery Summer Invitational, Brooklyn, NY
WagMag Benefit Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY
”21 and Counting,” The Painting Center, NY, NY
”Access Art,” Brooklyn Arts Council Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013

“Honorable Beasts,” Elgin Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Curate NYC Top 150, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY
”Access Art,” Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Curate NYC,” Curator Lizzetta LaFalle Collins, Museum of African Diaspora, Online Exhibition
“Curate NYC,” Curator Sarah Newman, Corcoran Gallery, Online Exhibition

2012

Temporary Contemporary Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ
Brooklyn Museum, Go Project, Brooklyn, NY
Red Hook Open Studio Tour, Brooklyn, NY

2011

Miami Basel, Wynwood Arts District, Hangar Gallery, Miami, FL

2010

The Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY
Windham Fine Arts, Windham ,NY
Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, FL

2009

“New York: Then and Now,” ACA Galleries, New York, NY
ArtHamptons, Bridgehampton, NY

2008

Two Person Exhibition, Windham Fine Arts, Windham, NY
ArtHamptons, Bridgehampton, NY
Summer Exhibition of Monotypes, Cheryl Pelavin Gallery, New York, NY
Art in a Box, Cheryl Pelavin Gallery, New York, NY

2007

“20 Years of Printmaking,” Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, New York, NY
Art in a Box, Cheryl Pelavin Gallery, New York, NY

2005

“New Art: New Work: Reflections of the Human Condition,” Trierenberg Holding AG, Traun, Austria
University of Missouri, Museum of Art and Archaeology, Colombia, MO

2002

Alliance for Young Artists and Writers Annual Benefit, Diane Von Furstenberg Studio Gallery, New York, NY
“Landscapes, Real and Imagined, Rye Art Center, Rye, NY
Faculty Exhibition, Hofstra University, Hempstead NY

2001

“Vessels,” The St. Paul Company, Minneapolis, MN

1998

Jay Gallery, Pelavin Editions, New York, NY

1997

Berkshire Museum, 1996 Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, Curator Dan Cameron, Pittsfield, MA
Lorraine Kessler Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY

1996

Jay Gallery, Pelavin Editions, New York, NY
Faculty Exhibtion, SUNY at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

1995

“Summer Solstice,” Stephen Rosenberg Gallery, New York, NY
Jay Gallery, Pelavin Editions, New York, NY

1994

Nassau County Museum of Art, Exhibition of the Permanent Collection, Roslyn, NY
Faculty Exhibition, SUNY at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

1993

Queensborough Community College Art Gallery, Exhibition of Permanent Collection, Queens, NY

“Women Printmakers: An Intimate View,” Queensborough Community College Gallery, Queens, NY

1992

Faculty Exhibition, SUNY at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

1991

“Long Island Landscape Painting in the Twentieth Century,” Museums at Stony Brook, NY

Group Exhibition, Berkshire Museum, Curator Lisa Phillips, Pittsfield, MA
“In Search of the American Experience,” Museum of the National Arts Foundation, New York, NY

1990

“Contemporary Scenes of New York City,” Associated American Artists Gallery, New York, NY
“Contemporary Prints: New York Workshops Create,” Bronx Museum, NY

1985

“The Artist Celebrates New York: Works From the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” Traveling Exhibition:
Bronx Museum, Long Island University, Jamaica Arts Center, Staten Island Museum, City College
“Gallery Artists and Friends,” Rosa Esman Gallery, New York, NY

1982

“Textured Plains,” Proctor Arts Center, Bard College, Annandale on Hudson, New York, NY

1981

“The Broken Surface,” Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York and Bennington College, VT

1980

Semaphore Gallery, New York, NY

Bibliography

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Fellowships and Awards

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant

Public and Corporate Collections

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
New York State Museum, Albany, NY
Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
Zimmerli Archive, Rutgers University, NJ
Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology, Columbia, MO
Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

Dennos Museum, Traverse City, MI
Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, NY
Trierenberg Holding AG, Traun, Austria
US Department of State, Washington, D.C.
Ameriprise Financial Corporation, New York, NY
Sanwa Capital Management, Japan
Greenpoint Savings Bank, New York, NY
Fidelity Financial, Boston, MA
Queensborough Community College, Queens, NY
General Dynamics Corporation., Falls Church, VA
Carey Ellis Company, Sacramento, CA
Centre Reinsurance of New York, New York, NY
Quad Graphics, Milwaukee, WI
Hanson Graphic, Milwaukee, WI
Tendler Real Estate, New York, NY
Simpson, Thatcher, Bartlett, New York, NY
Prudential Corporation, Newark, NJ
Equitable Life Assurance Society, New York, NY
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, New York, NY
US Trust Corporation, New York, NY
Oakbrook Bank, Oakbrook, IL
B. Riche, Berlin, Germany
Cleary, Gottleib, Steen, Hamilton, New York, NY
Kliegerman Group, Westport, CT
 
Education

1975             University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI  M.F.A
1973             University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI  B.A.
1969–71       SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY