Joseph Marioni

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Born 1943 - Cincinnati, Ohio
Lives and works in New York City since 1972

The Painter catalogues his work beginning in 1970. This is the point at which he found his identity as a painter and his work became independent of his student work.

There are more than 60 paintings in public collections in the United States and Europe and approximately 530 paintings in private collections in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia. The Painter owns representative examples of his own work.

The Painter is the recipient of :
Berwanger Award, presented in 1997
by His Grace Clarence Rufus J. Rivers, Ph.D.
Doctor of Fine Arts Honorary
presented in 2010 by the Art Academy of Cincinnati



Museum Exhibitions and Collections

Joseph MARIONI. Yellow Painting, 2010, acrylic and linen on stretcher, 109 x 120 inches

The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Joseph Marioni. Yellow Painting, 2007

acrylic and linen on stretcher, 109 x 120 inches.

The Whitney Museum of Art, NY

Joseph Marioni. Painting 23-74, 1974
acrylic and linen on stretcher, 85 x 93 5/8 inches

This major early painting was featured in the painter's first New York exhibition at Artists Space in 1975.


A Sanctuary for Light, Basel
Contemplation Room

June 8-14, 2009

Joseph Marioni exhibited a special installation at the Art Unlimited pavilion of the 2009 Basel Art Fair. A reception was held on Monday, June 8th.

Marioni has conceived this special project as a model for painting environments that he proposes to create in specific public and private spaces. The unique element in Marioni's vision is that his paintings will be created on site and in an encounter with the natural light of each location. Each Marioni Contemplation Room will belong to its special environment.

This presentation of the Contemplation Room is dedicated to Ernst Beyeler in recognition for his support of Joseph Marioni's work.

The Phillips Collection, Washington DC
Eye to Eye: Joseph Marioni

Oct 22, 2011 - Jan 29, 2012

Thirteen glowing paintings by Marioni are surrounded by about 40 works from the museum’s collection that trace the development of color and light in modern painting. This is the first Washington, D.C., exhibition of Marioni’s work.

Read Brookyn Rail: Joseph Marioni, Eye to Eye, by Robert C. Morgan

Watch Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Vesela Sretenovic introducing the installation Eye to Eye: Joseph Marioni at the Phillips, on view Oct. 22, 2011-Jan. 29, 2012.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
Notations/Joseph Marioni: Paintings, 2000–2015

Nov 14, 2015 - May 22, 2016

For artist Joseph Marioni, the primary function of painting is to advance the experience of color through the interaction of light and paint pigments. Building on experiments in American abstraction since the 1950s—particularly those of Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, and Robert Ryman—Marioni’s paintings inspire attentive, sustained looking. (read more)

Event: Contemplating Color
April 13, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Joseph Marioni discusses his captivating explorations of color, paint, and light with Art historian and critic Barbara Rose.



Gallery Exhibitions

Paintings in Museums and Public Collections

Albright-Knox Art Gallery
The Buffalo Fine Arts Gallery
Buffalo, New York

Amarillo Museum of Art
Amarillo, Texas

Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau
Aarau, Switzerland

Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore, Maryland

Basel Kunstmuseum
Basel, Switzerland

Berkeley Art Museum 
University of California
Berkeley, California

Birmingham Museum of Art 
Birmingham, Alabama

Cincinnati Art Museum 
Cincinnati, Ohio

Mezzanin Stiftung für Kunst
Schaan, Lichtenstein

Columbus Museum of Art
Columbus, Ohio

Fogg Art Museum 
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Fonds National d'art Contemporain
Paris, France

The Phillips Collection
Washington, DC

Rose Art Museum 
Brandeis University
Waltham, Massachusetts

Sammlung WODJA 
Auswahl, Austria

San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art 
San Francisco, California

Scottsdale Museum of Modern Art 
Scottsdale, Arizonia

Städtisches Museum Abteiberg
Mönchengladbach, Germany

UQ Art Museum
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia

Utah Museum of Fine Arts 
Salt Lake City, Utah

Vass László Collection 
Veszprém, Hungary

Von Der Heydt-Museum 
Wuppertal, Germany

VP Bank Art Collection 
Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Whitney Museum of American Art 
New York, New York

Williams College Museum of Art 
Williamstown, Massachusetts

Joslyn Art Museum
Omaha, Nebraska

Karl Ernst Osthaus Museum 
Hagen, Germany

Cologne, Germany

Kunstmuseum St. Gallen
St. Gallen, Switzerland

Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg 
Wolfsburg, Germany

La Collection Jumex Museum 
Mexico City, Mexico

Malmö Kunsthal
Malmö, Sweden

Marieluise Hessel Collection
Bard College Art Museum
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

Mirvish Collection 
Toronto, Canada

MODEM Centre
Modern and Contemporary Arts

The Antal-Lusztig Collection
Debrecen, Hungary

Museum Fine Arts
Houston, Texas

Museum für Koncrete Kunst 
Ingolstadt, Germany

Museum of Modern Art
Ludwig Foundation
Vienna, Austria