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Lived/Active: New Jersey      Known for: thread painting

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Anxiety, 36 x 24 (2004)
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:

B.F.A. The Cooper Union College of Art, New York, New York 1975

Fulbright Fellowship, Scholar Program 1992
Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Individual Support Grant 1997
National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Fellowship 1979
New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Artist Fellowship 1998, 2005
Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Artist Fellowship 1994
New Jersey/Hudson County, Artist Fellowship 1985

Solo Exhibitions  
Myhelan Cultural Arts Center, Long Valley, NJ 2004
Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenburg College, Allentown, PA 2003
Educational Testing Service Gallery, Princeton, New Jersey 2003
The Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, New Jersey 2000
Society of Arts & Crafts of Boston, Boston, MA 2000
The Bergen Museum of Art, Paramus, New Jersey 1997
The Schenectady Museum, Schenectady, New York 1995
AMB Gallery, Hoboken, New Jersey 1989
Anne Reid Gallery, Princeton, New Jersey 1988
Bologna/Landi Gallery, East Hampton, New York 1985
Stevens Institute, Hoboken, New Jersey 1983
Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York 1980

Selected Group Exhibitions
NJSCA Fellowship Exhibit, Ben Shahn Galleries, William Paterson University 2007    
Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey 1998, 2002, 2005. 2008
The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, New Jersey 1988, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2008
The Cahoon Museum, Cotuit, MA  2006
The Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey   2002, 2003
The Renwick Gallery, National Museum of American Art, Washington D.C., 1998
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York   1996   
The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey 1995, 1999, 2000
The Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, New Jersey 1998, 2005   
Fulbright Association 50th Anniversary Art Exhibit, Washington DC   1997
New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, N.J. 1996
Allan Stone Gallery, New York, New York 1980, 1984, 1987
Zenith Gallery, Washington D.C.   1992
Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York 1982, 1989
Gayle Wilson Gallery, Southampton, New York 1990
AT&T Corporate Gallery, Hopewell, New Jersey 1988
Gallery Henoch, New York, New York   1988
Johnson & Johnson Gallery, New Brunswick, New Jersey 1987
Bologna/Landi Gallery, East Hampton, New York 1985, 1986, 1987
The Parrish Museum, Southampton, New York   1985
The National Academy of Design, New York, New York 1984

Selected Publications
ArtNews April, 2007
The Village Voice Best Of Show by R.C. Baker February 8th, 2007 ART or something like it! CUNY TV 2007
New York Space Magazine March 2006
The Entheogen Review Robert Forman Speaks by Sue Supriano Winter Solstice 2005
Fiberarts Design Books Seven Edited by Susan Mowery Kieffer Lark Books 2004
Art & Antiques Studio Session with Robert Forman by Leslie Alexander January 2002
Surface Design Robert Forman:The Journey of Self and Others by Hildreth York 2000
The New York Times Landscapes by William Zimmer May 14. 2000
The Star Ledger Common Thread, Rare Vision by Don Bischoff May 12-18. 2000
Fiberarts Design Books Six Edited by Nancy Orban Lark Books 1999   
Fiberarts Robert Forman: Narratives in Thread by Carol K Russell Nov/Dec 2000  
Review Robert Forman Retrospective by Lyle Rexer October 1997
Américas Yarns Cross Cultures March/April 1995
Fiberarts Yarn Painting by Graciela Kartofel Summer 1995

The Renwick Gallery, National Museum of American Art, Washington D.C.
The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, New Jersey
The Jeremy Wiesen Collection, New York, NY
Robert and Zfransis Kohlar Collection, Philadelphia, PA   
Peter and Judy Leone Collection, Philadelphia, PA
The White House Collection, Washington D.C.
The Broad National Bank, Perth Amboy, N.J.

Mind States Conference, San Francisco, CA   2005
The Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ  2005
Myhelan Cultural Arts Center, Long Valley, NJ  2004
Muhlenburg College, Allentown, PA   2003
Fulbright Artist Forum, NYU, New York, New York   2000
Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, New Jersey   2000
The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey 1995, 1997, 1999
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York   1996
The Textile Study Group of New York, New York, NY   1999
Radford University, Radford, Virginia   1997
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island   1996
William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey   1996, 2007
Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia 1996
Schnectady Museum, Schenectady, New York   1993
Centro Huichol, Santiago Ixcuintla, Nayarit, Mexico   1992

Artist statement:

As a painter uses the stroke of a brush to create a swath of color or depth of field, I use the various hues, tones, and thicknesses of thread, which I lay, strand by strand on board, to achieve a similar yet wholly unique result.  Whether working from one drawing or merging multiple images into one final piece, my goal is to meld concept and form into one seamless image

The subjects of my paintings are my urban neighborhood, my travels, and abstract concepts such as time, movement and music.  The origin of my technique, gluing yarn to board, were the collages I began making in 1969 while still in high school. Twenty years after I began gluing string I learned of the Huichols, an indigenous Mexican community working in a similar medium.  I went to Mexico in 1992 as a Fulbright Scholar to meet other yarn painters and began an ongoing exploration of the rich Latin American textile tradition. Traveling has taught me to use my art as a tool for exploration

Whether I am comparing notes with artists of another culture or depicting our daily struggles entwined with art, history and religion my goal is to create images that linger in people’s minds long after they've walked away from my work.


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