Born Pensacola , Florida, 1936
Lives New York City

Solo Exhibitions
   
2016 "Step Up," Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
2013 "Steps," Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
2012 "Structural Abstraction," Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, The University
            of Alabama
2011 Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
2010 "Thornton Willis: American Abstractions," Rider University
           Art Gallery,   Lawrenceville, NJ, curated by Deborah
           Rosenthal
2009 Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
2007 "Painting: 40 Years", Slideshow Gallery, Williamsburg,
           Brooklyn, NY
2006 Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
1993 Andre Zarre Gallery, New York, NY
1990 Twining Gallery, New York, NY
1988 Gallerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
Pensacola Museum of Fine Art, Pensacola, FL
1986 Oscarsson-Siegeltuch , New York, NY
Millerville University Gallery, Millerville, PA
1985 Gloria Luria Gallery, Miami, FL
C.W. Woods Gallery, University of Southern Mississippi,
           Hattiesburg, MS
1984 Oscarsson Hood Gallery, New York, NY
1983 Gallerie Nordenhake, Malmo, Sweden
Engstrom Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
1982 Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Galerie Gonet, Lausanne, Switzerland
Eason Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Phoenix Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
1981 Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, IL
Oscarsson Hood Gallery, New York, NY
1980 Oscarsson Hood Gallery, New York , NY
Gallerie Nordenhake, Malmo, Sweden
1971 New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
1970

55 Mercer Street Gallery, New York, NY
Simonne Stern Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Paley and Lowe, New York, NY

1968 Henri Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1967 Henri Gallery, Washington, D.C.
   
Two Persons Exhibitions
   
2005 “Raising the Bar: James Little & Thornton Willis”, Sideshow Gallery,
           Brooklyn , NY
1985 Gloria Luria Gallery, Miami, FL, with Lucio Pozzi
1981 Galerie Nordenhake, Malmo, Sweden, with Jake Berthot
   
Selected Group Exhibitions
   
2016 "The Onward of Art," 1285 Avenue of the Americas Gallery,
           New York, NY, AAA 80th Anniversary Exhibition, curator
           Karen Wilkin
"Visible Histories," Morris-Warren Gallery, NYC, curator
           Max Weintraub
"American Abstract Artists: 75th Anniversary Portfolio Exhibition,"
           The Biggin Gallery, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
"Solstice/Reflections in Winter Light," Larry Becker Contemporary Art,
           Philadelphia, PA
2015 "This Color is You," Blackburn 20/20 Gallery, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts,
           New York, NY, curator Bill Carroll
2014 "Sensory Impact: American Abstract Artist," Morgan Stanley International,
           Purchase, NY
"Sideshow Nation," Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
"Paperazzi 3," Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2013 "Holiday Delights," Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
"Works of the Jenney Archive," Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
"Banned in D.C.," Ventana 244 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curator Mark Daglesh
"Under Evening Light," Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
2012 "Today's Visual Language: Southern Abstraction, A Fresh Look,"
            Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile AL
"4 Paintings," Maslow Gallery, Shields Center for the Visual Arts,
           Marywood University, Scranton, PA
2011 "75th Anniversary American Abstract Artist Exhibition at OK
           Harris", OK Harris Gallery, New York, NY
"American Abstract Artists," The Icebox, Crane Arts Center,
           Philadelphia, PA
2009 "Color-Time-Space," Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York, NY and
           Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Joanne
           Freeman and Kim Uchiyama
"Personal Geometry," Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY
2008 “Shape Shifters: New York Painters, The A.D. Gallery, UNC
           Pembroke, Pembroke, NC, Sideshow Gallery.
           New York, NY
2006 Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn , NY
“Oracle”, Holland Tunnel Gallery, Paros, Greece and
           Brooklyn, NY
“Neoplastic Redux”, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
Ober Gallery, Kent, CT
“New Criterion Benefit Auction”, Salander-O'Reilly Gallery,
           New York, NY
2005 The Yellow Bird Gallery, Newburgh, NY
Holland Tunnel Gallery, NY
2003 The Spike Gallery, Green Chimney's Auction & Benefit,
           New York, NY
2002 “Recent Acquisitions”, The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art,
            U. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
“Paintings”, The Space, New York, NY
2001 “New York Artists”, Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra Museum,
           Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, curated by James Little
“Abstraction and Immanence”, Hunter College, New York, NY,
           curated by Vincent Longo
“911 Abstract Art”, L.S. Phillips Studio 18 Gallery, New York, NY
2000 Musee Cantonal Des Beaux-Arts DeLausanne, Switzerland,
           curated By R. Zaugg
“American Abstract Artists, 1930-2000”, Hillwood Art Museu ,
           curated by J. Price
1999 “The Art of Absolute Desire”, Gershwin Hotel, New York, NY,
           curated by James Little
“The Power of Drawing”, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY,
           curated by Beverly Brodsky
1998 “Absolut Secret”, David McKee Gallery , New York , NY
“Abstract Index”, Condesco/Lawler Gallery, New York, NY,
           curated by Vincent Longo
1997 “Abstract Tendencies”, Rider College Gallery, Lawrenceville , NJ ,
           curated by D. Rosenthal, (catalog)
1996 “New York – Abstract”, New York Arts Magazine space,
           New York, NY, curated by James Little
1993 “Small Paintings: Big Issues”, Douglas Drake Gallery,
           New York, NY
“The Tradition”, Anita Shapolsky Gallery , New York , NY
1991 “Abstract Paintings: the 90s”, Andre Emmerich Gallery,
           New York, NY, curated by Barbara Rose
1988 American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters, New York , NY
“Dorothy Diener, Peter Voulkos, Thornton Willis”, Twining Gallery,
           New York , NY
1986 Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center , New York , NY
Oscarsson-Seigeltuch Gallery, Inaugural show, New York , NY
1985 Rose Museum , Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
“Affair of the Heart”, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
“Color Abstraction in the 80s”, Baruch College, New York, NY,
           curated by Katherine Crum
“Abstract/Issues”, Tibor de Nagy, New York, NY,
            curated by Steven Madoff
“Current Six: New Abstraction”, Milwaukee Museum of Art,
           Milwaukee, WI, curated by G. Nordland
1984 “Ten Years of Contemporary Art”, G.E. Corporation, Fairfield , CT,
           circulated by MOMA
“An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture”, The
           Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, curated by Kynaston
           McShine, (catalog)
1983 “ARS 83”, Museum of Fine Art , Helsinki , Finland
Foster Goldstrom Fine Arts, San Francisco , CA
1982 Galerie Numaga, Neuchatel , Switzerland
1981 Galerie Arneson, Copenhagen , Denmark
“New Art II: Surfaces/Textures”, The Museum of Modern Art,
           New York, NY
“Painting Up Front”, Herbert F. Johnson Museum , Cornell
           University, Ithaca, NY, curated by Thomas Leavitt (catalog)
“New Directions: A Corporate Collection”, Sidney Janis Gallery,
           New York, (selected by Sam Hunter)
“New York, Paper Works Show”, Nina Freudenheim Gallery,
           Buffalo, NY
1980 “Seven Young Americans”, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY
“Color Painting”, Gallery Engstrom, Stockholm, Sweden
1979 “American Painting: The Eighties”, Grey Art Gallery,
           New York, NY, curated by Barbara Rose
   
Selected Bibliography
 
2016

Johnson, Ken. "Chelsea Galleries, Like a Box of Chocolate,"
           The New York Times, April

2015

Yezzi, David. "A SoHo Retrospective," The Hopkins Review, Vol.8, No.4,
           cover and pp.483-91, p.614

2014

Panero, James. "Gallery Chronicle," The New Criterion, Vol. 32, No. 6, p.46
Panero, James. "Gallery Chronicle," The New Criterion, Vol. 33, No. 3, p.47

2013

Karabenick, Julie, "An Interview with Artist Thornton Willis",
             Geoform, September
Halasz, Piri, "And a Pleasant Surprise: Thornton Willis",
             Report From the Front, March 26
Greenwald, Xico, "Pledge of Allegiance", The New York Sun,
            March 24
Panero, James, "Gallery Chronicle", The New Criterion, April

2011 Mullarkey, Maureen, "Thornton Willis", CityArts, March 23 - April 3,
           Volume 3, Issue 6, p10
Esplund, Lance, "In The Grid," catalogue essay for exhibition at
             Elizabeth Harris Gallery
Panero, James, "Gallery Chronicle," The New Criterion, Vol. 29,
           No. 6, p57
2009 Wei, Lilly, "Exhibition Reviews," Art in America, Sept., p149
Esplund, Lance, "Art," The Wall Street Journal, April 11-12, pW12
Panero, James, "Pilgrim's Process," catalogue essay for exhibition
           at Elizabeth Harris Gallery
2007 Panero, James, "Comeback Kid", Art and Antiques, December,
           pp110-114
Esplund, Lance, "A Show of Painterly Swagger", Gallery Going,
             The New York Sun
, November, 8, p22
Panero, James, "Gallery Chronicle", The New Criterion, Volume 26,
           Number2, November, pp61-62
Perl, Jed, "Laissez-Faire Aesthetics", The New Republic,
             Feb. 2, pp 21-27
Olson, Craig, "Thornton Willis Recent Paintings", The Brooklyn
           Rail
, February, p43
2006 Joseph, Channing, "Making a Quantum Comeback", The New York
           Sun
, December, 19, p13
Goodrich, John, “Gallery Going, Thornton Willis: Recent Paintings”,
             The New York Sun
, December 14, p 18
Walentini, Joseph, “New York Views”, Abstract Art on Line , Dec 1
2005 La Rocca, Ben, “ Thornton Willis and James Little”, The Brooklyn
           Rail
, April
Lieb, Vered, “Thonton Willis and James Little: Raising the Bar”,
             N.Y.
Arts Magazine, Vol. 10, No 3/4, p71, March/April
Kernan, Nathan, "Thornton Willis and James Little at Sideshow",
            Art in America, October, p 178
Lieb, Vered, “ Thornton Willis and James Little”, Abstract Art on
           Line
, April
Maine, Stephen, “Dateline Brooklyn , Artnet , April
Naves, Mario, “A Shared Aesthetic and Goal, Raising the Bar at
           the Sideshow”, New York Observer, April 18, p 8
Panero, James, “Gallery Chronicles”, The New Criterion, May,
           Vol 23, no 9, p50
Walentini, Joseph, “Reviews: Thornton Willis and James Little”,
             AbstractArtonLine
, May
2003 Perl, Jed, “On Art: Unity and Variety”, The New Republic , Vol. 228,
           No 3, Issue 4593, Jan. 27
Kaufman, Leslie, “The Lost Legacy of Stewart Hitch”,
           The New York Times , The City, Section 14, Feb.2
2001 Morgan, Robert C., “Painted in New York City : The Presence of
           the Past”, catalog essay published by Hofstra University for
           “Painted in New York City ”, Jan.
1999 Lieb, Vered, “The Art of Absolute Desire”, N.Y. Arts Magazine ,
           Vol. 4, No. 8, pp50-1
1997 Rosenthal, Deborah, catalog essay for “Abstract Tendencies”,
             Rider University Press
1994 Scott, Sue, “Reviews: New York ”, ARTnews, Feb., p143
Lloyd W., Ann, “Review of Exhibitions”, Art in America, May p112
1993 Perl, Jed, “Code Name Painting”, The New Criterion, Dec.,
           Vol. 12, no 4
1986 Lieb, Vered, “Objective Spirit: Thornton Willis”, Arts Magazine,
           Nov.
1985 Heartney, Eleanor, “ Thornton Willis as Oscarsson Hood”,
           ARTnews, Feb.
Gaugh, Harry T., “Franz Kline: The Man and the Myth”,
           ARTnews, Dec.
1984 Carrier, David, “Betwixt and Between Illusion and Literality:
           Thornton Willis' Recent Paintings”, p194, Nov.
Rosenthal, Deborah, “First Underground Show”, Art in America ,
           Nov., pp157-8
1983 Madoff, Steven, “Looking for Thornton Willis: A Treatise”, Arts
           Magazine , March, cover and pp16-118
1981 Murray, Jesse, Flash Art , Jan.
Maschek, Joseph, “Abstract Identity: Thornton Willis”, Oct.,
           pp126-131, reproductions pp. 126, 129, 130
1980 Ratcliff, Carter, “ 55 Mercer St. Show”, Art in America , March, p116
Frackman, Noel, “The Paintings of Thornton Willis”, Arts Magazine,
            Nov., pp58-60
Cornu, Daniel, “La Peinture Abstraite en Question”,
           Tribune De Geneve , Dec. 16, p27
Parks, Addison , Arts Magazine , Dec., p53
1979 Feldman, Anita, “Space and Subjectivity”, Artforum , Sept.,
           pp49-53
Boyce, David, “Interview with Thornton Willis”, Arts Magazine,
            Nov., P116
   
Books
 
  Clayton, Alec, As If Art Matters: Reviews and Commentary, Clayton Works,
            Olympia, WA., copyright 2004, cover image, “Thornton Willis”, pp33-5
Carrier, David, The Aesthete in the City; The Philsophy and Practice of
           American Abstract Painting in the 1980's
, The Pennsylvania State
           University Press, University Park Pennsylvania, 1994,
           Chapters 10 (p188) and 13 (p 225)
Belamy, Peter, The Artists Project: Portrait of the Real Art World: New York
           Artists 1981-1990, introduction by Neil Printz, IN Publishing, New York,
           NY, 1991
Masheck, Joseph, “Historical Present: Essays of the 1970s”, Contemporary
           American Art Critics, No. 3 , edited by Donald Kuspit, UMI Research
           Press, Michigan , 1984, Chapter 22, pp249-257, “Thornton Willis and
           Abstract Identity”
   
Honors and Awards
 
2004 Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Letters, Wall of Fame
2001 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Painting Fellowship
1991 Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Fellowship
1984 National Endowment for the Arts, Printmaking Fellowship
1980 National Endowment for the Arts, Painting Fellowship
1979 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Painting Fellowship
   
Selected Full Time Teaching and Guest Lectures
 
  The Art Institute of Chicago
Carnegie-Melon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA
Louisiana State University in New Orleans, LA
New York University, New York, NY
Pratt Institute, New York, NY
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
S.U.N.Y., Purchase, NY
University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
Wagner College, Staten Island, NY
   
Education
 
  1966 University of Alabama, MFA
1962 University of Southern Mississippi, BS
   
Selected Public Collections
 
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York, NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Denver Museum of Fine Arts, Denver, CO
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
Museum of Art, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh , PA
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana
Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University
The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR
Museum of Broadcasting, NYC
Musee A La Chaux-de-fonds, Switzerland
Malmo Museum of Fine Art, Kunsthalle, Malmo, Sweden
The Power Institute of Fine Arts, Sidney , Australia
The Herb and Dorothy Vogel Collection, New York, NY
Chase Manhattan Collection, New York City
Southeast Banking Corporation, Miami , FL and Los Angeles, CA
Hospital Corporation of North America, Nashville, TE
Inter-Metro Industries Corporation, Princeton, NJ
Frito-Lay Corporation, Dallas
The Prudential Insurance Company of America