Robert Bordo


Robert Bordo, Yarn #2, 2022

Robert Bordo (b.1949, Montreal) has lived in New York since 1972. Robert Bordo is a painter who integrates abstract painting language with themes and metaphors that reflect his interest in landscape, modernist painting, and memory. He was an Associate Professor of Art at The Cooper Union, New York, where he led the painting program from 1996 until 2017. Recent solo and two person exhibitions include Foreland, Catskills, NY and Bortolami, New York, NY. His paintings have been featured in exhibitions at MoMA PS1; the Brooklyn Museum; the Sheldon Museum of Art, Omaha; the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel; Artists Space, New York; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and the Drawing Center.

His work is held in the collections of SFMoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum, and the Blanton Museum of Art among others. Bordo has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, fellowships, and residencies including PRAKSIS Oslo, the Robert de Niro Sr. Painting Prize, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Canada Council Arts Grants, the Tesuque Foundation Arts Fellowship Award, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and a Painting Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.


Featured Image (Installation View) of exhibtion: Some Landscapes

Some Landscapes

10 Mar – 4 May 2023

The Upstairs at 39 Walker
Featured Image (Installation View) of exhibtion: now still then

now still then

15 Oct – 20 Nov 2022

Featured Image (Installation View) of exhibtion: crackup (crackdown)

crackup (crackdown)

15 Nov – 20 Dec 2019

39 Walker
Featured Image (Installation View) of exhibtion: Galocher


10 Nov – 16 Dec 2017

Featured Image (Installation View) of exhibtion: Back Flip

Back Flip

30 Apr – 3 Jun 2017

The National Exemplar
Featured Image (Installation View) of exhibtion: University of Disasters

University of Disasters

30 Mar – 22 Apr 2017

Featured Image (Installation View) of exhibtion: Robert Bordo, Sam Anderson, with Michel Auder

Robert Bordo, Sam Anderson, with Michel Auder

28 Apr – 18 Jun 2016

Featured Image (Installation View) of exhibtion: Greater New York

Greater New York

11 Oct 2015 – 7 Mar 2016



Brian K. Mahoney Fall 2022 Exhibitions: “Robert Bordo” at Foreland Chronogram Oct 2022Nicholas John Jones Painting is a little like walking the dog PRAKSIS Jun 2022Andrea Scott Goings on About Town The New Yorker Dec 2019Nicholas John Jones 6 December Nordic Art Review – Kunstkritikk Dec 2019Will Heinrich What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week The New York Times May 2017David Rhodes ROBERT BORDO Back Flip The Brooklyn Rail May 2017Robert Bordo Jeans, Glasses, Faces, Asses: Robert Bordo in Conversation with Cecily Brown and Amy Sillman Modern Painters Sept 2016Seth Cameron ROBERT BORDO with Seth Cameron The Brooklyn Rail Jun 2016Scott Indrisek Jeans, Glasses, Faces, Asses: A Conversation with Robert Bordo Blouin Art Info Jun 2016Barry Schwabsky Robert Bordo Artforum Jun 2013Roberta Smith Robert Bordo: Three Point Turn The New York Times Apr 2013Will Heinrich Robert Bordo: Three Point Turn’ at Alexander and Bonin The New York Observer Apr 2013Cameron Martin Robert Bordo with Cameron Martin The Brooklyn Rail Apr 2013David Cohen The Big Picture at Sikkema Jenkins & Co Artcritical Jul 2012Steve DiBenedetto Robert Bordo in Conversation with Steve DiBenedetto Turps Banana Mar 2010David Cohen Robert Bordo: it’s always raining at Alexander and Bonin Artcritical Sept 2008Peter Eleey Robert Bordo Frieze Jun 2002David Deitcher Robert Bordo at Alexander and Bonin Texte Zur Kunst Jun 1999Grace Glueck Robert Bordo 'New Paintings' The New York Times Apr 1999Hanna Deirdre Bordo's Unconventional Landscapes Map Potential for Cultural Change Now Magazine Feb 1991Anna Kisselgoff Review/Dance; Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’ As Mark Morris Sees It The New York Times Jun 1989