b. 1966 Vinalhaven, ME; Gideon Bok lives and works in Maine.
Gideon Bok is an American painter who lives and works in Maine. He earned his B.A. from Hampshire College and his M.F.A. from Yale University. He has taught at Hampshire College, Boston University, among others. In 2004 he received a Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. In 2005, he was included in The American Academy of Art and Letters Invitational Exhibition where he received the Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Fund Purchase Award. His work is derived from painting from observation, dealing with the furniture and detritus of the artist’s studio. Bok’s work has been written up in The New York Times, Time Out New York, ARTnews, Art New England, and The Boston Globe. He has had three solo shows at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects.
1996: M.F.A., Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
1992: B.A., Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
2016: (Upcoming) Steven Harvey Fine Art, New York, NY
2014:Welcome to the Afterfuture Steven Harvey Fine Art, New York, NY
2013:Studio Paintings. Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, TX
Records. Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA
2012:Between the Bars Common Street Arts. Waterville, ME
2011:Wall Drawing/Covers, a site-specific painting and drawing installation, made possible by a grant from the Berkshire Taconic Artist’s Resource Trust, November-December, 2011, Space Gallery in Portland
Record Store. SHFAP, 208 Forsyth Street, New York, NY , September, 2011
2010:Wall Drawing, (site-specific drawing installation) Perimeter Gallery, Belfast, ME,
re:stacks Schlesinger Gallery, New York, NY, March, 2010;
Rockland Paintings Alpha Gallery, April, 2010
2008: Analog: Gideon Bok, Art Gallery at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham
2007: Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA
2006: Plane Space, New York, NY
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
2005: Guardrailing, Center for Maine Contemporary Art,
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA
2004: Plane Space, New York, NY
2003: Alpha Gallery, Boston MA
2001: Alpha Gallery, Boston MA
1999: Alpha Gallery, Boston MA
1997: Alpha Gallery, Boston MA
1996: Alpha Gallery, Boston MA
Between the Muse Gallery, Rockland, ME
1995: Dead Space Gallery, Portland, ME
2015:The Thing Itself curated by John Yau, with Center For Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ.
Portland Museum of Art Biennial,
Pure Paint for Now People Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery, Weber State University,
A Lineage of American Perceptual Painters, Mitchell Gallery, St. John’s College, Curated by Matt Klos.
Under the Influence of Rock and Roll, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, 2014: ID, Curated by Courtney Gilbert and Kristen Bretall.
Sump Pumped Sentiments a group show curated by Matt Phillips, Brooklyn, NY
2013:Summer Session Steven Harvey Fine Art, New York, NY.
Above the Surface, Below the Surface, Washinton Art Association, Doorroomwindow a group show curated by Harrison Marshall SHFAP, New York, NY.
Small Works Perimeter Gallery, Belfast, ME. 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.
Markscrapewipeshape Spaceshifter, Brooklyn, NY October, 2012
2011:Place to Be: 11 Ruminations on Nick Drake’s Pink Moon Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY
Drawing Project. Ogunquit Museum of Art, Ogunquit, ME
2009, 2010: Fuckheads: Portraiture for the Silicone Enlightenment. A group show curated by Angela Dufresne with Nicole Eisenman, Alexi Worth, and David Humphrey, among others. SCA Contemporary Art Gallery, Albuquerque, NM. December, 2009. (The show traveled to Kinkead Contemporary in Los Angeles in February, 2010.
Casual Males, a group show curated by Lynne Cooney, with Kurt Kauper, Steve Locke, Sedrick Huckaby, and Geoff Chadsey, among others. George Sherman Gallery, Boston University, September, 2009.
2008: An Art of Inner Necessity: Expressionist Works from
MMoCA’s Permanent Collection,
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
Contemporary Collaborations: Artist and Master Printer, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Painters Who Teach, Greenhut Galleries, Portland, ME
Gangbusters, Plane Space, New York, NY
2007: Every Picture Tells a Story: Myths, Messages and Morals, The McIninch Art Gallery, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH
Start Here: Camden Hills High School Alumni, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
2006: Maine Printmakes: 1980-2005, Center for Maine Contemporary Art Rockport, ME
Natural Selection: Landscape Print Portfolio From Center Street Studio, Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center, University of Richmond Museums, VA
Art Chicago, IL (2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997)
The Art Show to Benefit the Henry Street Settlement, Armory Building, New York, NY (2004, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997)
2005: Academy Ceremonial Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition of Painting Painting and Sculpture, New York, NY
2004: 2004 Juried Biennial Exhibition, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
Painting, Plane Space, New York, NY
2003: San Francisco Art Fair, San Francisco, CA
2001: American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, New York, NY
2000: Ten Figurative Painters in New England, An Artist’s Choice (curated by William Bailey), Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT
Reinventing the Physical World, Santa Rosa Junior College Art Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA
1999: Painting Beyond the Surface, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME Tatistcheff Gallery, New York, NY
1997: O’Farrell Gallery, Brunswick, ME
1996: M.F.A. Thesis Show, Yale University, School of Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
1995: New Talent, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA
Benefit Shows and Auctions
2004: Alice Neel Benefit Auction, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY
Auction to Benefit the Bakery Photographic Collective, Portland, ME (2003)
2003: Benefit Auction for the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME (2002, 2001)
2002: ArtCetera AIDS Benefit Auction in Boston (1998)
2001: Benefit Auction for the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
2000: Benefit Auction for Bellwether Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1998: Benefit Auction for the Gallery at Greene Street, Boston, MA
1996: Day Without Art, AIDS Benefit Auction, New Haven, CT (1995)
2011: A.R.T. Award, Berkshire Taconic Foundation
2008: University of Southern Maine, Gorham – Visiting Artist-in- Residence
2007: Plane Space, New York, NY
2005: Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Fund Purchase Award, The American Academy of Arts and Letters
2004: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship Center for Maine Contemporary Art Biennial Juried Exhibition, Best in Show
2012- Assistant Professor of Art, College of Fine Arts, Boston University 2012-
2012, January, New York Studio School: Drawing Marathon. January, 2012
2011-2012University of Southern Maine and Maine College of Art 2011-2012
1998 – 2006 Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
2006: Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
2005: (1999) Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
2004: Maryland Institue of Art, Baltimore, MD
2001: (2000) Boston University, Boston, MA
Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
2000: Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City MO
1999: Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT
Cohen, David, moderator; The Review Panel, National Academy of Arts and Letters with Artcritical, discussing Welcome to the Afterfuture, among other shows, with critics Drew Lowenstein, Nora Griffin, and Barry Schwabsky. March, 2014. Podcast available at http://www.artcritical.com/2014/02/24/line-up-for-march-7/
Yau, John; Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Painting by Gideon Bok. March, 2014 Hyperallergic. http://hyperallergic.com/112890/thirteen-ways-of-looking-at-a-painting-by-gideon-bok/
Smith, Roberta. New York Times Gallery Listings Sept. 23-29, 2011. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/23/arts/design/museum-and-gallery-listings-for-sept-23-29.html?_r=2&scp=1&sq=gideon+bok&st=cse
Rubenstein, Bradley. “Sound and Vision”, review of ‘Record Store’ on Culture Catch art blog. http://culturecatch.com/art/gideon-bok-record-store
Paige, Ian. “Painting My Bloody Valentine: Gideon Bok’s analogous responses at USM Gorham” March 19, 2008. The Portland Phoenix
Schwendener, Martha. “Art In Review” New York Times, November 3, 2006: p. B34
MacDermid, Chad. “Time Fades Away” (catalogue of work), October, 2006 Plane Space Gallery, NY, NY.
Smith, Nick. “A Room With a View: a New York Artist Paints his Own Studios’ Many Moods” Charleston City Paper/Arts Entertainment Weekly February 22, 2006
Keyes, Bob. “Comforts of home,” Maine Sunday Telegram, February 17, 2008: E1-2.
McQuaid, Cate. “Reflecting the here and hereafter,” The Boston Globe, May 24, 2007: C8.
Gideon Bok, Alpha Gallery, Boston, 2007
Schwendener, Martha. “Art in Review,” The New York Times, November 3, 2006: E34.
Gideon Bok: Time Fades Away, Plane Space, New York, 2006
Keyes, Bob. “In the studio with Gideon Bok,” Maine Sunday Telegram, October 23, 2005: E1-2.
Reed, John. “Reviews,” Time Out New York, April 29-May 6, 2004 (Issue #448): 74.
Johnson, Ken. “Art Guide,” The New York Times, April 23, 2004: E29.
Forge, Andrew. Ten Figurative Artists, An Artist’s Choice, Exhibition catalogue, 2000.
Schulman, Ken. “On the Edge: The Ghost In The Studio,” ARTNews, October 1999: 150.
Zevitas, Steven. New American Paintings, Open Studios Press, 1998: 10-11.
Harmon, Ben. “Refining Lines,” Bay Windows, November 28, 1997: 36.
McQuaid, Cate. Reviews, Boston Globe, November 28, 1997: F6.
McQuaid, Cate. Reviews, Boston Globe, May 23, 1996: 92.
Stapen, Nancy. Review, Boston Globe, June 22, 1995: 62.
Unger, Miles, Review, Art New England, August, 1996.
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, WI (through the Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY)
Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME