The theme of my work remains complexity and contradiction. My sculpture embodies the idea of change, of fluidity of motion on the one hand, and of minimal forms pushed to their essence, in some instances made transparent, in others impermeable bulk, but in every case serving as vehicles of movement and reflection.

 

—Sal Romano

BIOGRAPHY

 

Salvatore Romano was born on September 12, 1925, in Cliffside, New Jersey. He served in the U.S. Navy in the 1940s.

 

Sal Romano studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League in New York and at the Académie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris during the 1950s.

 

For five decades his work has been exhibited in New York galleries in Soho and Chelsea, and his art has also been shown in Brazil and Italy.

 

He was a member of the Brata Gallery, a cooperative gallery in New York that included many artists involved with Minimalism.

 

In 1965 Romano was included in the iconic exhibition “Primary Structures” at the Jewish Museum. This show was followed by many others, including major installations—some involving water and kinetic elements—at the Sculpture Center in Manhattan, at the Brooklyn Bridge and at Socrates Sculpture Park, in Long Island City.

 

During the 1970s Romano’s work grew to the ambitious scale and proportions found in the art of Minimalists Ronald Bladen and Tony Smith, among others. He was a sculpture professor at the City University of New York’s Lehman College for 30 years.

 

Exhibitions of his constructions in copper and brass were held at Rutgers University and at numerous galleries in New York City and Upstate New York.

 

In his artist’s statement, Romano said, “The theme of my work remains complexity and contradiction. My sculpture embodies the idea of change, of fluidity of motion on the one hand, and of minimal forms pushed to their essence, in some instances made transparent, in others impermeable bulk, but in every case serving as vehicles of movement and reflection.”

 

Salvatore Romano, an artist, resided in Soho with his family since 1974.

 

He died on September 18, 2015 at the age of 90.

 

AWARDS

 

1973–74

Faculty Research Grant, Herbert H. Lehman College, C.U.N.Y.

 

1976

Creative Arts Program Service, Inc. (CAPS) Award on Sculpture

 

1979–80

National Endowment for the Arts Award in Sculpture

 

1980–81

Faculty Research Grant, Herbert H. Lehman College, C.U.N.Y.

 

1986–87

New York Foundation for the Arts

 

1989–90

New York Foundation for the Arts

EXHIBITIONS

2014

“Pen and Ink Color Drawings and Sculptures" The Artifact Gallery, New York, NY. August.

 

2013

Carter Burden Gallery, New York, NY. December 5.

 

2012

“Drawings and Wall Sculptures" Unison Arts Center, New Paltz, NY. June.

 

“Evolution II” Drawing and Sculpture, Gallery 307, New York, NY. April 12–May 10.

 

2007

“SAL ROMANO Sculptures and Drawings” Wooster Arts Space, New York, NY. October 4—October 27.

 

2005

“Evolution" DVAA, Narrowsburg, NY. September.

 

2004

“SAL ROMANO Copper Sculptures and Drawings” Wooster Art Space, New York, NY. September2–October 2.

“Out of the Studio” Hudson Valley Artists 2004 Exhibition, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY. June 26–August 8.

 

2003

“Baroque Minimalism” One Person Exhibit, Rutgers University Art Library New Brunswick, NJ. October 17, 2003–December 15, 2004.

 

2000

Art Exhibition Program, Doral Bank, New York, NY. January–May.

“New Imaginings—Sculpture” One Person Show, Pardo/Lattuada Gallery, New York, NY. September 6–October 7.

 

 

 

 

 

1998

“Heat” Group Exhibition, Pardo View Gallery, New York, NY. June

 

1997

“Water Whirls” Children Museum of Manhattan, New York, NY. April.

Quietude Sculpture, Garden Gallery, East Brunswick, NJ. Summer.

 

1996

“L x W x H” Group Exhibition, St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery New York, NY. Feb–March.

“5 Easy Pieces” Lincoln Park Sculpture Exhibit Springfield, IL. August 23, 1996–1997.

 

1995

“5 Easy Pieces” Floating Sculpture in Amagansett Pond, Curator Erick Johnson, Lookout Park. August.

Floating Sculpture in pond, Lookout Sculpture Park, Lookout, PA. June.

“Sculpture on the Move” The Hudson River Museum of Westchester, NY. October–January.

 

1994

“New Wall Sculptures” Andre Zarre Gallery, New York, NY. April 12–May 14.

 

1993

“Seduction of Nature” Krasdale Foods Gallery, Bronx, NY. January 25–April 2.

Spring Benefit Exhibition for Sculpture Center, New York, NY. April 22.

Macquette Exhibition, Lookout Sculpture Park, Lookout, PA. August–October.

 

1992

Benefit Exhibit, Organization of Independent Artists, 148 Duane Street, New York, NY.

 

1991

Max Hutchinson’s Sculpture Fields, Kenoza Lake, Sullivan County, NY.

“Five Easy Pieces” Installation Floating, Sculpture in pond. July.

“Waterways” Bremer Farm, Briar Creek Road, Otega, NY, Installation white floating sculpture in pond. September 7–28.

“Burning in Hell” Exhibition by Invitation from Nancy Spero, Artist Book at Franklin Furnance (remains in Collection). September 27–December14.

“Artists for Choice” Benefit exhibition for Planned Parenthood, New York, NY, December 10, 1991–January 3, 1992.

 

1990

“Sal Romano—Installation with Water,” Sculpture Center, New York, NY. September 4–29.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1989

“The New York Connection” New Visions Gallery, Ithaca, NY. March 28–May 27.

“Summer and A Pluralist Overview” Triplex Gallery, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, NY.

“Wood, Metal, Stone” Andre Zarre Gallery, New York, NY. November 18–December 23.

 

1988

“Summer Weight” Group Exhibition, Bali Miller Gallery, New York, NY. June 8–August.

 

1987

“Outside In” Socrates Sculpture Park at Columbus Circle, City Arts Gallery, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of New York. October 26–Nov. 27.

“Invitational Annual” A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY, December 1987–January 1988.

 

1986

“Socrates Sculpture Space/Park” Invited to build and exhibit Site Water Sculpture and Environment by the Athena Foundation, Long Island City, NY. Opened September 28, 1986.

“Invitation Annual” A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY. December 1986–January 1987.

 

1985

“Wood, Water and Stone” Curated by Corinne Robins, 909 Third Avenue, New York, NY.

“Five Sculptors” Curated by Mariella Bizzon, Arch at the Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY. September 9–October 21.

“Invitational Annual” A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY. December 7, 1985–January 4, 1986

 

1984

“The Wellspring Project” BACA’s Downtown Cultural Center, Brooklyn, NY.

“Swimming and other Pools” curated by Lee Naiman, Getler/Pall/Saper Gallery, New York, NY.

 

1983

“O.I.A. at Greene Space—Sculpture” Green Space Gallery, New York, NY. Exhibit traveled to Purchase Visual Arts Gallery at SUNY, NY. March 4–29, 1983.

“American-Italian Artists” Pace College, New York, NY.

“Shared Spaces” Sculpture exhibit at Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY.

“Art in the Anchorage” Sculpture exhibit organized by Creative Time in the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, NY.

“Tempo of the Times” Italian-American Artists, Castle Gallery of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY.

“Proposals 1983” Sculptures for Rockland Country Sites, Rockland Center, West Nyack, NY.

“Beyond the Plane: American Constructions 1930–1965” New Jersey State Museum Trenton, NJ, Curated by Dr. Joan Marter, Exhibit travels to Art Gallery, University of Maryland. October 29, 1983–1984.
Third Annual Holiday Invitational, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY.

“Varieties of Sculptural Ideas” Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, NY. December 22, 1983–

January 28, 1984.

 

1982

“Drawings 1982.” Invitational, Landmark Gallery, New York, NY.

“The Constructed Image: Works on the Wall” Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY.

“Male Invitational” A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY.

“Water Water” Invitational Exhibit at Frank Marino, NY.

 

1981

GLCA Drawing Exhibit, Ohio Wesleyan University, Ohio.

Sculptors’ Drawings Exhibit, Max Hutchinson Gallery.

“New Directions in Drawing” Larry Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT.

“A.I.R.” Christmas Invitational, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY.

“Paper Caper” Frank Marino Gallery, New York, NY.

Herbert H. Lehman College Faculty Exhibit, Bronx, NY.

 

1980

“19 at 26” Sculpture & Drawings, Cultural Council Foundation, New York, NY.

Drawing Group Show, Landmark Gallery, New York, NY.

 

 

 

 

1979

“3 Encounters” & wall pieces, Herbert H. Lehman College Art Dept. Faculty Exhibit, Drawings for Sculpture.

“Works on Paper” Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY.

“O.I.A. Sculpture Show” Wards’ Island, NY.

 

1978

“The 10th Street Days” Traveling exhibition.

“Silence and Slow Time” Robin Karson, Curator, Mount Hollyoke College Art Museum.

 

1977

“Sunshine, Plastic and Water” Four-Person Show, Fort Wayne Museum of Fine Arts, Fort Wayne, IN.

“A Collection in Progress” Collection of Milton Bruten and Helen Herrick, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA.

“The Magic Circle” Bronx County Museum, Bronx, NY.

Solo Exhibit, Sculpture Now Gallery, New York, NY.

“Wave Hill Sculpture Garden Exhibit” Bronx, NY.

“Sculpture Potsdam ‘77—Contemporary Sculpture” State University College Potsdam, NY.

“The 10th Street Days” Work from 1959, 14 Sculptors Gallery, Work from 1977, Landmark Gallery.

 

1976

Solo Exhibition, Stony Brook Fine Arts Gallery (SUNY), Long Island, NY.

“118 Artists” Group Show, Landmark Gallery, New York, NY.

 

1975

Artists Talk on Art Panel, Kinetic Sculpture, New York, NY.

“Sculpture Outdoors” Nasau County Museum, NY.

Drawing Show, Herbert H. Lehman College, CUNY, Bronx, NY.

Group Drawing Show, Fordham University, Lincoln Center, New York, NY.

 

1974

Chile Emergency Exhibition, O.K. Harris Gallery, New York, NY.

“Monumenta” Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, Newport, RI.

 

1974

4-Person Drawing Show, Landmark Gallery, New York, NY.

 

1973

Group Show, Landmark Gallery, New York, NY.

“8 Contemporary Americans” New York State University at Binghamton, Harper College, New York, NY.

“Sculpture 3” The World Trade Center, New York, NY.

Solo Show, Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, NY. January.

Solo Show, Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, NY, October.

 

1972

Invited by U.S.I.S. to exhibit floating sculpture, Museums of Modern Art & Fine Art, Rio de Janeiro.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sao Paulo, Institute of Fine Art, Porte Alegre, Brazil.

 

1971

One-person show, Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, NY.

 

1969

“Highlights of the Season: 1968-69” Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT.

“Seventh Annual Avant Garde Festival” Launching of ORACLE I, Hellgate, East River, New York, NY.

 

1968

“American Abstract Artists’ Anniversary Exhibit” Guest Artist, Riverside Museum, New York, NY.

One-person show, A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York, NY.

 

1967

“Critics, Collectors & Curators” Sachs Gallery, New York, NY.

Sculpture and Painting show, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

“Cool Art” Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT.

 

1966

“Primary Structures” Jewish Museum, New York, NY.

Launching of SUNSHADOW, first floating sculpture, New York, NY.

 

1965

“Sculpture From All Directions” World House, New York, NY.

 

1963

“Contemporary Artists” Riverside Museum, New York, NY.

 

1959–62

“Art USA” Madison Square Gardens, New York, NY.

“Brata Group” Galerie Creuze, Paris.

One-person show, Brata Gallery, New York, NY.

Brata Gallery Group show, Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, Museums of Modern Art, Japan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1957–58

Brata Gallery, New York, NY.

Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY.

 

1955

Salon de Comparisons and Realites, Nouvelles, One-man show, Galerie Creuze, Paris, France.

Salon des Independents, Paris, France.

Galerie de Feu, Paris, France.

COLLECTIONS

 

3 M Corporation, Austin, TX

L. Bernard, New York, NY

Milton & Helen Bruten, Philadelphia, PA

Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY

Ciba-Geiby Corporation, New York, NY

Edward Clark, New York, NY

Galerie Crueze, Paris, France

Henry Feiwel, New York, NY

Joseph and Elise Freda, Callicoon, NY

Doris Friedman, New York, NY

Chester and Edith Gerber, Great Neck, Long Island, NY

Manbobe and Ali Ghod, Westchester, NY

Jan Hietala, Stockholm, Sweden

Karen Jansons, New York, NY and Sullivan County

Roger Jorgensen, New York, NY

Max Landau, New York, NY

Sidney Lewis Foundation (Sidney & Francis Lewis)

Joan Marter, New York, NY

Massachusetts University of Fine Arts Collection

Lynne Mayocole, New York, NY

Clement Meadmore, New York, NY

Museo Civico Taverna, Taverna, Italy

Nassau Country Museum of Fine Arts, NY

Molly Peacock, New York, NY

Norman and Romily Perry, New York, NY

Prudential Insurance Company, New York, NY

Ridgefield Museum, Ridgefield, CT

Mr. and Mrs. William Shank, New York, NY

Stina Soderberg, Stockholm, Sweden

Jerry Solomon, New York, NY

Camila Van der Meer and Patrick Soderberg, Stockholm, Sweden

 

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Selected Articles

 

Art; American Constructivism at the State Museum

by Vivien Raynor
The New York Times, December 4, 1983

 

Sculpture Magazine Review

by Robert C. Morgan
Sculpture Magazine Vol. 20, May 1, 2001

 

Salvatore Romano: Baroque Minimalism
Catalog essay by Joan Marter October 2003

 

When Artists Ran the Show:
‘Inventing Downtown,’ at N.Y.U.

by Holland Cotter
The New York Times, January 12, 2017

 

Cranky, Creative, and Controversial:
Recalling artists’ collectives of the late ’50s and early ’60s

feature with photos by Roslyn Bernstein
Guernica, February 9, 2017

 

Sal Romano: Exhibits in Arts Center’s Galleries “Evolutions”
2005 Arts Letter—Delaware Valley Arts Alliance

 

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An Unequal Balance 1986
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