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SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Tibor de Nagy Gallery [57th Street], New York City, NY: 1971
Jacobs Ladder Gallery, Washington D.C.: 1971
Tibor de Nagy Gallery [57th Street], New York City, NY: 1972
Jacobs Ladder Gallery, Washington D.C.:1973
Tibor de Nagy Gallery [57th Street], New York City, NY: 1973
Gertrude Kasle Gallery, Detroit, MI: 1974
Tower Gallery, South Hampton, NY: 1974
Tibor de Nagy Gallery [57th Street], New York City, NY: 1974
Tibor de Nagy Gallery [57th Street], New York City, NY: 1975
Watson-de Nagy Gallery, Houston, TX: 1975
Tibor de Nagy Gallery [57th Street], New York City, NY: 1976
Sneed Gallery, Burpee Art Museum of Rockford, IL: 1976
Tibor de Nagy Gallery [57th Street], New York City, NY: 1977
A.J. Wood Gallery, Philadelphia, PA: 1979
John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA: 1980
Fischbach Gallery [57th Street], New York City, NY: 1977
Fischbach Gallery [57th Street], New York City, NY: 1979
Fischbach Gallery [57th Street], New York City, NY: 1981
The Selby Museum of Botany and Art, Sarasota, FL: 1981
Fischbach Gallery [57th Street], New York City, NY: 1983
The Gallery of Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC: 1984, (Retrospective of portraits and landscapes on paper) Armstrong Gallery [57th Street], New York City, NY: 1985
Benton Gallery, South Hampton, NY: 1988

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Gertrude Kasle Gallery, Detroit, Michigan: 1965-1974
Eleanor Ward's: Stable Gallery, New York City, NY: 1968-1969
THE NEW LANDSCAPE: Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA: 1971 PAINTING AND SCULPTURE TODAY: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN: 1972
THE REALIST REVIVAL, organized by the American Federation of the Arts, New York City, NY: 1973
FIVE WAYS OF LOOKING AT LANDSCAPE: Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Houston, TX: 1974
THE CLASSIC REVIVAL (traveling museum exhibition): organized by Illinois Bell Telephone:
Lakeview Center for the Arts, Peoria, IL: 1975
Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL: 1975
Kirland Gallery, Millikin University, Decatur, IL: 1975
Mitchell Museum, Jackson, MI: 1975
University Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN: 1975 CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE PAINTING: Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK: 1975
DRAWING AMERICAN 1975: Albrecht Art Museum, Saint Joseph, MO: 1975 ARTISTS AND EAST HAMPTON: A 100 YEAR PERSPECTIVE: Guild Hall Museum of Art, East Hampton, NY: 1976
DRAWING TODAY-ASPECTS OF CHANGE: Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY: 1978
LANDSCAPE/CITYSCAPE: Art Gallery of State University College, Potsdam, NY: 1978
ASPECTS OF REALISM: Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY: 1978
UNCOMMON VISIONS: Memorial Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY: 1979
THE EAST HAMPTON ART COLONY (traveling exhibition): Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL: 1980
Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS: 1980
Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL: 1980
NEW YORK REALISTS 1980: Thorpe Intermedia Gallery, Sparkell, NY: 1980 AMERICAN REALISTS: Gallerie Claude Bernard, Paris, France: 1981 DIRECTORS GALLERY GLIMPSE: Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, Hempsted, NY: 1982
CONTEMPORARY REALISM: Brainerd Art Gallery, State University, Potsdam, NY: 1982
49 ARTISTS CAPTURE THE ILLUSIONS AND REALITIES OF WINTER: Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY: 1982
SIX ARTISTS INTERPRET THE POEMS OF ROBERT GRAVES: Traveling exibition organized by Sneed Gallery, Burpee Museum of Art of Rockford, Rockford, IL: 1983
NEWSCAPES, LAND AND CITY/STATES OF MIND: Contemporary Art at Penn. Plaza, New York City, NY: 1984
Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY: 1984
Robert L. Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI: 1984
WSU/NYC: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI: 1984
5 ARTISTS OF EAST HAMPTON: Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY: 1984 AMERICAN REALISM: TWENTIETH CENTURY DRAWINGS & WATERCOLORS: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA: 1986
De Cordova and Dana Museum and Park, Lincoln, Mass: 1986
Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas, Austin: 1986
Mary and Leigh Block Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL: 1986 Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Mass: 1987
Akron Art Museum, OH: 1987
Madison Art Center, Madison, WI: 1987
AMERICAN REALISM: Boise Art Museum, ID: 1988
ART AND THE LAW (traveling museum exhibition): West Publishing Company, Saint Paul, MN: Metro Toronto Convention Center, Canada: 1989 Temple University, Philadelphia PA: 1989
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA: 1989
THE DECADE OF THE EIGHTIES: Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC: 1989
ART AND THE LAW (traveling museum exhibition): West Publishing Company, Saint Paul, MN: Arkansas University Museum, Jonesboro: 1989 Kahn Gallery, Houston, TX: 1989
Minnesota Museum of Art, Saint Paul, MN: 1989
HBO: NARRATIVE ART, A CONTEMPORARY INTERPRETATION: HBO World Headquarters, New York, NY: 1990
ART AND THE LAW (traveling museum exhibition): West Publishing Company, Saint Paul, MN: 1990
DUAL CULTURES: TAIWAN/NEW YORK: SIX REALIST PAINTERS: Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, NY: 1992
SELECTIONS FORM THE WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY ART COLLECTION: Wayne State Universtiy, Detroit, MI: 1992
BEYOND REALISM: IMAGE AND ENIGMA: Southern Allegainies Museum of Art, Loretto, PE: 1992
ART AND THE LAW (traveling museum exhibition): West Publishing Company, Saint Paul, MN: Law Library, New Orleans, LA: 1992
New Visions Gallery, Atlanta, GA: 1992
Minnesota Museum of Art, St Paul, MN: 1992
Hagerty Museum, Milwaukee, WI: 1992
 Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, MA: 1992
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery [SoHo], New York, NY: 1992
ART MIAMI: Miami, FL: 1993-2002 ART AND THE LAW (traveling museum exhibition): West Publishing Company, Saint Paul, MN: 1993
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery [SoHo], New York, NY: 1993
TIBOR DE NAGY MEMORIAL SHOW: Tibor de Nagy Gallery [57th Street], New York, NY: 1994
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery [SoHo], New York, NY: 1994
The Gallery at Bristol- Myers Squib, Princeton, NJ: 1995
VIRTUOSITY EXPOSITIONS: New York City Armory, New York City, NY: 1995 SUMMER LIGHT: Arlene Bujese Gallery, East Hampton, NY: 1995
AUTUMN LIGHT: Arlene Bujese Gallery, East Hampton, NY: 1995
WINTER LIGHT: Arlene Bujese Gallery, East Hampton, NY: 1995
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery [SoHo], New York, NY: 1996
GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS: Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY: 1996 Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY: July 1996
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery [SoHo], New York, NY: 1997
Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI: 1998
THE LONG ISLAND CONNECTION: Sarasota Center for the Arts, Sarasota, FL: 1998
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery [57th Street], New York, NY: 1998
Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI: 1998
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL: Arlene Bujese Gallery, East Hampton, NY: 1999 HEARTFELT: Arlene Bujese Gallery, East Hampton, NY: 1999
THE SPIRIT OF NATURE: Arlene Bujese Gallery, East Hampton, NY: 1999 A HOLIDAY BOUQUET-FOR YOU!: Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery [57th Street], New York, NY: 2004
20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery [57th Street], New York, NY: 2005
WORKS FROM THE WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY ART COLLECTION: Scarab Club, Detroit, MI: 2005
SUMMER GROUP SHOW: Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery [57th Street], New York, NY: 2006
LOVE YOUR WORK: Canton Museum of Art, Canton, OH: 2007
TEN NOTABLE ARTISTS, 20 FINE PAINTINGS: Galleries Maurice Sternberg [John Hancock Center], Chicago, IL: 2008
THE BIG PICTURE SHOW, Galleries Maurice Sternberg [John Hancock Center], Chicago, IL: 2009
REALISM AND ALMOST REALISM: Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery [57th Street], New York, NY: 2009

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Saint Joseph, Missouri
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Ohio
Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, New York 
Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit, Michigan
Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Dartmouth College: Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, New Hampshire
Dartmouth College: Rauner Special Collections Library
Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit, Michigan
Galleria Internazionale, Milan, Italy
Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York
Harvard Medical School: Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, Bloomington, Indiana
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Massachusetts
National Hellenic Museum, Chicago IL
Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida
Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois
Rutgers University: Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Saint Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas
Smithsonian Institution: Archives of American Art, Washington D.C. Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of American Art, Washington D.C. University of Maryland: Art Gallery University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Vassar College: Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, Maryland
Wayne State University Art Collection, Detroit, Michigan

SELECTED CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
AT&T Inc. World Headquarters, Dallas, TX
Bank One Corporation World Headquarters, Chicago, IL
Beneficial Life Insurance Co., Morristown, NJ
Chase Manhattan Bank (JP Morgan) World Headquarters, New York City, NY Chicago Title Land Trust Company World Headquarters, Chicago, IL
Citibank (Citigroup) World Headquarters, New York City, NY
Citizens Bank World Headquarters, Providence, RI
Commerce Bank of Kansas City, KS
Coopers & Lybrand, Detroit, MI
G.H. Duffy & Sons, New York City, NY
ITT Corporation World Headquarters, White Plains, NY
J.C. Penny Company World Headquarters, Plano, TX
Midland Bank, Texas
Nabisco World Headquarters, Hanover, NJ
Owens Corning World Headquarters, Toledo, OH
Prudential Life, Philadelphia, PA
RCA American Communications, NJ
The Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI
Ruder Finn Inc., New York, NY
Wellington Management Company World Headquarters, Boston, Mass
West Collection, West Publishing Co., Saint Paul, MN
Xerox Corp. World Headquarters, Stamford, CT

SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Family of United States President, Franklin D. Roosevelt
Family of United States President, Richard M. Nixon
John G. Heimann [United States Comptroller of the Currency]
Anthony Perkins [Academy Award Nominated and Golden Globe Award Winning Actor]
Leonard Bernstein [Sixteen Time Grammy Award Recipient; Tony Award Recipient; Composer]
Amanda Blake [Actress]
Rise Stevens [Award Winning Mezzo Soprano Opera Singer]
Claude Bernard Haim [Founder of Galerie Claude Bernard in Paris]
Roger Caras [Emmy Award Recipient, Television Spokesman, Wildlife Preservationist and Author]
Eleanor Ward [Founder of Stable Gallery in New York, NY]
Henry Hecht [Hecht's Department Stores]

PARTIAL BIBLIOGRAPHY
Audrey Michelle Mast, "Spotlight: Labor of Love," Chicago Collection Magazine, Fall 2010
*Elise D’Haene, "The Art Scene: Ian Hornak in Chicago," East Hampton Star, April 29, 2010
Chris Miller, "Review: The Big Picture Show/Galleries Maurice Sternberg," Newcity Art, Aug. 10, 2009
Sara Herbert-Galloway, "Southampton's Star Studded Benefit: Southampton Hospital Celebrates 100 Years Of Healing," The Insider, Aug. 04, 2009
Susan Saiter, "A Hospital Born from Two Surgeons in an Attic," Dan's Papers, July 10, 2009
*Chris Miller, "Review: Ian Hornak/Galleries Maurice Sternberg," Newcity Art, April 20, 2009
*Alan Artner, "Alan Artner's Gallery Roundup," Chicago Tribune, April 17, 2009
*"Light From The Past: Ian Hornak, A Retrospective," Galleries Maurice Sternberg, March 2009 (Circulated Catalogue)
*"The Art Scene: Ian Hornak Retrospective," East Hampton Star, Oct. 14, 2008 Paul Varnell, "Art in bloom: Fall art exhibits feature wide range of genres," Chicago Free Press, Sept. 8, 2008
*Stephanie Cash, David Ebony, "Ian Hornak," Art in America, Feb. 2003
*"Ian Hornak," Washington Post, Jan. 1. 2003
*"Ian Hornak," Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 31, 2002
*"Ian Hornak," Dallas Morning News, Dec. 31, 2002
*"Ian Hornak," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 31, 2002
*"Ian Hornak," Amarillo Globe, Dec. 31, 2002
*"Ian Hornak," Saint Paul Pioneer Press, Dec. 31, 2002
*"Ian Hornak," The State Newspaper, Dec. 31, 2002
*"Artist Ian Hornak," Victoria Advocate, December 31, 2002
*"Ian Hornak," Associated Press, Dec 30, 2002
*Ken Johnson, "Ian Hornak, 58, Whose Paintings Were Known for Hyper-Real Look," New York Times, Dec. 30, 2002
*"Ian Hornak, 58; Painter Was Known for Photo- Realism Style," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 20, 2002
*Morgan McGivern, "Ian Hornak, East Hampton Painter," East Hampton Star, Dec. 19, 2002
Edward Albee, Constance Ayers, Helen Harrison, "Hamptons Bohemia: Two Centuries of Artists and Writers on the Beach," (Chronicle Books, April 1, 2002
*"Ian Hornak: A perfusion of color," Florida Design Magazine, Volume 1-2, June-Aug, 2001
Kay Kipling, "The Hamptons," Sarasota Magazine, Feb 1, 2001
Phyllis Braff, "The Artistry of Getting Into Costume, " New York Times, Nov 12, 2000
John Ashbery, Karen Wilkin,  "Tibor de Nagy: The First Fifty Years, 1950-2000" (Tibor de Nagy 2000
Gerrit Henry, “Ian Hornak: Reverence and Reverie,” November 1999
Sheridan Sansegundo, At The Galleries, East Hampton Star, November 4, 1999 Phyllis Braff, "Moods of the Land and Its Other Inhabitants," New York Times, July 25, 1999
Phyllis Braff, "What the Material Contributes to the Work," New York Times, April 18, 1999
Phyllis Braff, "A 20th-Century Master, and Signs of the Season," New York Times, Feb 7, 1999
*Patsy Southgate, "Ian Hornak: Creating an Art Apart," East Hampton Star, November 11th 1997
Jerry Gargiulo, Art Byte, The Independent, September 4, 1996
Grace Glueck, "City Sophistication Spends The Summer on Long Island," New York Times, July 12, 1996
Helen A. Harrison, "Gardening Themes, Diverse Pleasures," New York Times, June 23, 1996
Genie Chipps Henderson, Rameshwar Das, "The Doll House" (1996 
Roger Caras, "Cats Of Thistle Hill: A Mostly Peaceable Kingdom," (Fireside July 1, 1995
*Readers Digest [back cover image & feature article], July 1994
* Gerrit Henry, Art in America, July 1994
Paul Cummings, "Dictionary of Contemporary American Artists" (Palgrave Macmillan; 6th edition June 15, 1994
* Leslie Ava Shaw, “The Sanity of Absolute Beauty“, Cover Magazine, Feb. 1994
“Drawing on Friendship, Portraits of Painters and Poets,” The New Yorker, Jan. 31, 1994
Hilton Kramer, “De Nagy, Secret Banker Charmed Bohemians,” New York Observer, Jan. 17, 1994
"Folk Art by Loustau", The Press of Atlantic City, Jan 9, 1994
*Linda Southwood, “Love in a Pencil Line,” The Westside Resident, Jan., 1994 "West art & the law: annual exhibition: an exhibition of work by contemporary artists interpreting the law and society in our times" (West Publishing Company, Saint Paul, MN 1993
*Rose Slivka, East Hampton Star, Dec. 2, 1993 "West art & the law: annual exhibition: an exhibition of work by contemporary artists interpreting the law and society in our times" (West Publishing Company, Saint Paul, MN 1992 *Phylis Braff, New York Times, Dec. 13, 1992
"West art & the law: annual exhibition: an exhibition of work by contemporary artists interpreting the law and society in our times" (West Publishing Company, Saint Paul, MN 1990
*Ian Hornak, "Birds on Canvas," Bird Talk Magazine, August, 1990
"West art & the law: annual exhibition: an exhibition of work by contemporary artists interpreting the law and society in our times" (West Publishing Company, Saint Paul, MN 1989
*Robert Long, “Four Painters and a Sculptor at the Benton,” South Hampton Press, Aug. 11, 1988
Joan Altabe, “Modern Artist Draws Inspiration from Old Masters,” Sarasota Herald Tribune, May 22, 1988
*Steven Chrzanowski, "Ian Hornak: A modernist tied to the past," HAMPTONS Newspaper/Magazine, July 17, 1987
Dennis Longwell, "Masquerading as works of art," East Hampton Star, October 16, 1986
Alvin Martin, American Realism- 20th Century Drawings and Water Colors: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in Assoc. with Harry Abrams, Inc., Washington D.C., 1983
David L. Shirey, "Glimpses of Whats Current," New York Times, June 20, 1982 *Helen A. Harrison, The New York Times, June 11, 1982
Frank H. Goodyear, "Contemporary American Realism Since 1960" (New York Graphic Society 1981 "to the Editor: 'Happiest Times,' 'Spacious Attack,' 'Vendetta,'" East Hampton Star, Oct. 2, 1980
"to the Editor: 'Amateur Critic,' 'Thus Rests...,' 'A Perfect Eye,' East Hampton Star, Sept. 25, 1980
"to the Editor: 'Artistic Meal,'" East Hampton Star, Sept. 18, 1980
Peter Schjeldahl, "33 Artists Offer 33 Views of Realism," New York Times, April 13, 1980
*Marcia Corbino, Sarasota Herald Tribune, March 7, 1980
"New York realists 1980," (catalogue) Thorpe Intermedia Gallery, Sparkill, New York 1980
*Gerrit Henry, Art in America, Feb., 1980
*Victoria Donohoo, The Philidelphia Enquirer, June 3, 1979 David L. Shirey "Guild Hall Displays Landscape's Lure," New York Times, Jan 14, 1979
*Jean Kemper Hoffmann, "Palette to Palate, The Hamptons Artists Cookbook," (A Guild Hall Museum Book; Times Books 1978
John T. Elton, “Romanticisim in Painting,” Humphrey Milford/Oxford University Press, New York, 1978
Helen Harris, “The New Realists,” Town and Country, Oct. 1978
"Artists of Suffolk County," (catalogue) Heckscher Museum, September 22, 1978
Joy Hakanson Colby, “Painting in the Big Apple,” Sunday News Magazine, Detroit News, Sept. 18, 1978
David L. Shirey, "More Real Than Real," New York Times, Aug 6, 1978
"Long Island This Week," New York Times, July 23, 1978
"Aspects of realism," (catalogue) Guild Hall, East Hampton July 22, 1978
*John Hochmann, "Wordsworth in the Tropics and Hornak's Painting," Arts Magazine, Feb. 1978
*Anne Sargent Wooster, Art News, Jan. 1978 Vivien Raynor, "Representation Is Alive in SoHo," New York Times, Dec. 30, 1977
Ann Barry, "Arts and Leisure Guide", New York Times, Oct. 30, 1977
Ann Barry, "Arts and Leisure Guide," New York Times, Oct. 23, 1977
Mary Lou Kelley, "At Dartmouth College," The Christian Science Monitor, August 18, 1977
*Julian Weissman, Art News, Mar. 1976
*John Gruen, “Ian Hornak’s Personal Painting“, Arts Magazine, Feb. 1976
 "Arts and Leisure Guide," New York Times, Jan. 4, 1976
Norman Lombino, “Interview“, The 57th Street Review, Jan. 1976 C. Greene, "Critique, Editor," East Hampton Star, September 1, 1975
*"Hornak paintings add interest to two areas," Ohio Citzens Trust Co. Tempo Magazine, April 1975
*David Bourdon, The Village Voice, Jan. 20, 1975
*John Gruen, The Soho News, Jan. 1975
"Arts and Leisure Guide", New York Times, Jan. 19, 1975
"Arts and Leisure Guide," New York Times, Jan. 12, 1975
Gregory Battcock, “Super Realism: A Critical Analogy” (E.P. Dutton and Co., New York, 1975
*Joy Hakanson, “He’s one in 10,000“, Detroit News, June 2, 1974
Jack Mitchell, “The Artist as a Subject“, Arts Magazine, Jan. 1974
*John Canaday, The New York Times, Jan. 12, 1974
*John Scarborough, Houston Cronicle, May 27, 1974
*Judith Van Baron, Arts Magazine, March 1974
*"Ian Hornak," ARTnews, March 1974
"Opening Saturday," East Hampton Star, January 3, 1974
"What's New in Art; In the Galleries," New York Times, Dec. 30, 1973
 "Art Shows," Washington Post, June 1, 1973
Paul Richard, "Major Influence, Minor Artist," Washington Post, May 24, 1973 "Georgica Pond at Sunset," East Hampton Star, May 24, 1973
"Stage," Washington Post, May 18, 1973
*Gregory Battock, Art and Artists, Feb. 1973
*Jo Ann Lewis, "Seeing is Believing," Washington Evening Star, April 28, 1972 "Painting and Sculpture Today," (catalogue) The Contemporary Arts Society and Indianapolis Museum (Indianapolis, 1972)
*Phyllis Braff, "From the Studio," East Hampton Star November 4, 1971
 “A Tree is a Tree, Hornak Works His Canvas in Romantic Realism,” The Herald-Time Off, Oct. 24, 1971
*Joy Hakanson, The Detroit News, Oct. 10, 1971
Jack Mitchell, "Portrait of an artist as a contemporary," After Dark Magazine, May 1971
*Frank Getlein, The Evening Star, Washington D.C., May 12, 1971
*Sarah Booth Conroy, "Realism Back In Art," The Washington Post, May 17, 1971 "Printmaking in Retrospect 1946-1984," (catalogue) Wayne State University, November 20, 1964
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Source:
The Ian Hornack Foundation

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Ian Hornak (1944-2002)

Ian Hornak, a representational painter who exhibited his work regularly in New York galleries during the last three decades, died on Dec. 9 in Southampton, N.Y.  He was 58.  The cause was an abdominal aneurysm, said his dealer, Katharina Rich Perlow. 

Mr. Hornak came into his own as an artist when abstract painting seemed to have run its course and many young artists were investigating new possibilities for representational painting. He became known for elaborate, extremely detailed paintings of flowers, food and tableware that recall the 17th-century Dutch vanitas tradition. At the same time, his pictures have a sharply focused hyper-real look that verges on Surrealism and Photorealism. His frames, often bearing painted imagery or decoration, added layers of meaning to his postmodernism word.

Mr. Hornak was born in Philadelphia on Jan. 9, 1944. When he was 8 he moved to Michigan, where his parents ran a small farm. After two years at the University of Michigan, he transferred to Wayne State University and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in fine arts, finishing in 1966. After a stint teaching at Wayne State, Mr. Hornak moved to New York, where he met Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Fairfield Porter and Lowell Nesbitt, a realist whose studio Mr. Hornak sublet in the summer of 1968.

Mr. Hornak began exhibiting in 1972 at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery and moved to the Fischbach Gallery in 1977. Since 1988 he had had seven solo shows at the Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery. Among the institutions that own his work are the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art.

Affiliations: Vice President of the Artists Alliance of East Hampton, New York [Founded through Jimmy Ernst]
New York Foundation for the Arts

Source:
Ken Johnson. Obituary. The New York Times (December 30, 2002)


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