Carl Ostendarp

Carl Ostendarp pursues a painting practice which has had a significant impact on the continuing development of pictorial abstraction. He has engaged in 33 solo national and international museum and gallery exhibitions as well as more than 170 group exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include: Blanks at Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York City; Everything Falls Faster than an Anvil at Pace Gallery, London; and Pop Abstractions at Garth Greenan Gallery and Fredericks & Freiser, New York City. His work is represented by the Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York City; Galerie Schmidt Maczollek, Cologne, Germany; and Carroll and Sons, Boston. Ostendarp has lectured on his work at Columbia University, Williams College, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Wurtemburgischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany. He  taught at NYU, Tyler, Rutgers, SVA, and The Cooper Union prior to his 14 years at Cornell. Ostendarp received his B.F.A. from Boston University and his M.F.A. from Yale University.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Drawing
  • Painting

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Classes (Selected)

  • ART 2201 Painting IIStudies the language of painting through color, form, materials, and techniques. Aspects of traditional and modern pictorial composition are studied including proportion, space, and color theory through the representation of a variety of subjects.
  • ART 4001 Thesis IThis course continues the independent studio research and production of the Advanced Practice course to prepare students for ART 4002: Thesis II.  During Thesis I, students begin to research, develop, and clarify their thesis proposals through dialogues, readings, and critiques with members of the Core Thesis Faculty. Emphasis is on deepening awareness of the intention and reading of the work and situating individual interests within and against historical, theoretical, and conceptual contexts.
  • ART 4002 Thesis IIThis course is the final B.F.A. studio semester in which students develop and present an independent body of work that may take the form of an exhibition or some other project. Students will work with members of the Core Thesis Faculty to define and refine the positions formulated within each work and to foster the ability to speak about one's own work as well as the work of others. Emphasis is placed on developing strategies of productive self-criticality to inform their work both during and beyond the thesis semester.
  • ART 6101 Graduate Seminar: Professional Skills for the Visual Artist
  • ART 6102 Graduate Seminar

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Mindy Watts Prize for Faculty Excellence (2014, 2010)
  • Julia Langbein's Critics' Pick, "Everything Falls Faster than an Anvil," Artforum (2014)
  • William Ganis's Critics' Pick, "Carl Ostendarp: Fat Cakes/Myopic Void," Artforum (2012)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Blanks, solo exhibition at Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York City (2014)
  • Fat Cakes/Myopic Void, solo exhibition at Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell (2012)
  • Everything Falls Faster than an Anvil, group exhibition at Pace Gallery, London (2014)
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