1946, Bronx, NY

Studies

1969-1974

1969-1971

MIT Research Fellow, Center for Advanced Visual Studies

Hunter College, M.A. in Art

Selected Honors

Board of Directors of Art Land Sculpture Park,Florence, Italy National Endowment Grants for Environmental Art (Art in Public Places).

General Service Administration Award,Travel Grant Paris France.

Graham Foundation for Art and Architecture, Chicago, IL. New York State Arts Grant for Environmental Art.

San Paulo International Environmental Conference, sponsored by the United Nations. Australia Travel Purchase Grant.

Art in Public Places, Westchester, NY.

Ecological Summit, Berlin, Germany.

Arte Stella: International Art Symposium, Stella di Borgo Valsugana, Italy

Selected solo exhibitions and projects

2017

Island of Paradise landart project, Parco dei Renai di Signa, Florence, Italy

2013

“Ecological Sculpture Park of Tuscany,” Commissioned by World Wildlife   Fund.

2012

“Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974, MOCA, Los Angeles.

“Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974, Haus der Kunst, Munich.

“Endangered Trees,” Lincoln, MA, Commissioned by the Decordova Museum.

2011

“Ancient Olive Grove of Athena,” Florence, Italy, Commissioned by the City of Florence, Italy.

2010

“Time Landscape of the White River”, Entrance & Vegetation, Eiteljorg Museum

2009

“The Secret Garden,” Hamilton, Canada, Commissioned by the Royal Botanical Gardens

“Ancient Olive Grove of Athena,” Florence, Italy, Commissioned by the City of Florence, Italy.

“The Celtic Adder Protecting the Ancient Forest,” Exeter, UK, Commissioned by the Haldon Forest Park CCANW Art Museum, Exeter, UK

“Endangered Trees of Northern Europe,” Koln, Germany, Commissioned by the Koln Sculpture Park

2008

“The Burning Forest of Aspen,” Aspen, CO, Commissioned by Anderson Ranch

2006

“The Burning Forest of Santa Fe,” Commissioned by Santa Fe Institute of Art, Santa  Fe, NM.

2004

“Lost Falcon of Westphalia,” Westphalia, Germany, Commissioned by Prince Richard

2000

Goethe Institut, “Hidden and Natural Secrets in New York,” New York, NY, “Time Columns of The North-East,” Commissioned by the Public Art Fund.

2001

Maison des Gouverneurs, “Reflections on the Milky Way,” Sorel, Quebec, Canada

1998

“Time Cubes of the Southeast,” Boca Rotan Art Museum, Exhibition in Cultural Forum, Germany.

1997

Museum of Art: University of Iowa, “Retrospective: A History of the Land,” Iowa City, IA.

1996

“Flying Cloud with Traffic Circle,” London, England, Centennial Commission of London.

“Natural/Cultural Landscape,” Southern California, La Quinta, Commissioned by the Waterworks

1995

“Natural/Cultural Landscape of Pori,” Finland, Commissioned by the town of Pori.

“Natural/Cultural Landscape of Northern France,” Commissioned by Luxembourg.

“Natural/Cultural Landscape of Tampa,” Florida, Commissioned by Tampa, FL. Tampa Museum of Art,

“Alan Sonfist Sculptures and Drawings,” Tampa, FL.

1994

“Gaugin’s Landscape,” Port-au-France, Martinique, Commissioned by the Cultural Ministry of France.

“Landscapes,” Nancy Drysdale Art Gallery; Washington, DC

“Mural for Merrick and Bellmore Station,” NY, Commissioned by the Long Island Railroad.

1993

“Stoneship of Langeland,” Denmark, Commissioned by the Danish Cultural Commission.

“Natural/Cultural Sculptures of La Defense,” Paris, France, Commissioned by EPAD.

“Landscapes,” Gallerie Voight; Munich, Germany.

1992

“Natural/ Cultural Landscape of Liberty Park,” Jersey City, NJ, Commissioned by the Liberty Science Center.

“Time Columns of the Northeast,” Doris Freedman Plaza; New York, NY, Commissioned by the Public Art Fund.

1991

EPAD Museum of Contemporary Art,

“Parks of Paris: La Defence,” Paris, France.

“Drawings,” Atlantic Center for the Arts; New Smyrna Beach, FL.

“Retrospective,” Max Protetch Gallery with Ledis Flam; New York, NY.

1990

Max Protecht Gallery, “Art of the Environment: 1965-1990,” New York, NY.

“Mason-Dixon Line,” Sewanee, Tennessee, Commissioned by the University of the South.

“Abandoned Railroad Nature Trail,” Hamden, CT, Commissioned by Hamden City Council.

“White River Environmental Sculpture,” Indianapolis, IN, Commissioned by the Eiteljorg Museum

1989

Marion Goodman Gallery, “Secrets of New York,” NY.

“Time Enclosures of the Southwest,” Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens;West Palm Beach, FL.

Arsenal Gallery of Art; Los Angeles, CA.

1988

Marion Goodman Gallery, “Bronze and Nature,” NY.

“Circles of Life,” Centennial Sculpture, Kansas City, MO,

“Graz Castle Protecting Ancient Forest,” Austria, Commissioned by Humanic.

Nelson Atkins Art Museum, “Drawings of Environmental Sculptures,” Kansas City, MO.

University of Southampton Art Gallery; Southampton, NY.

1987

“Time Totem,” Anchorage, Alaska,  Commissioned by the Natural History Museum.

Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (Art League),

“Earth Paintings,” Indianapolis, IN. Public Sculpture for Pennsylvania State University; Pittsburgh, PA

1986

“Bronze Forest” University of Massachusetts Gallery; Amherst, MA.

Lehmbruck Sculpture Park,“German Geological Foundation,” Germany.

1985

“Self-Portrait,” Jeff Deitch Project, New York, NY.

“Geologic Time”, Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisberg, Germany.

1984

Cavanilo Gallery, Venice, Italy.

Corcoran Museum, Washington, DC.

“Earth Monument of Koln,” Koln, Germany, Commissioned by The Ludwig Museum

1983

“Circles of Time,” Pistoria Villa Celli, Italy.

“Monument to The Rising Sun” Philadelphia, PA.

Commissioned by Temple University

1982

Carl Solway Gallery; Cincinnati, OH.

Lowe Art Museum;Coral Gables, FL.

“Alan Sonfists Trees,” Center for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO, Sponsored by the Pulitzer family.

1981

“Alan Sonfist: Autobiography,” J.B. Speed Art Museum; Louisville, KY.

“Towers of Growth,” University of Kentucky, Louisville, KY.

National Gallery of Art; Melbourne, Australia.

Marion Goodman Gallery; New York, NY.

1980

“Natural/Cultural Landscape of Trinity River,” Dallas, TX, Exhibited in Dallas Museum of Fine Arts.

“Oak Tree Becomes Ship,” Bronx Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY.

“Rock Monument of Buffalo,” Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY.

1979

“Monument to Atlanta,” High Museum of Art; Atlanta, GA, Multiples Gallery, New York, NY.

“Elements Section,” Stony Brook University Museum: Long Island, NY.

1978

The Boston Fine Arts Museum, “Autobiography of Alan Sonfist,” Boston, MA.

Smithsonian Institution, National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, DC.

“Natural Monuments” Neuberger Museum (SUNY), Purchase, NY

1977

Leo Castelli Gallery, “Time Landscape and Documenta Exhibitions,” New York, NY.

Galerie Bama, Paris, France.

Museum of Fine Arts; Boston, MA.

Light Gallery of Photography; New York, NY.

Carl Solway Gallery; Cincinnati, OH

1976

“Autobiography of A Hemlock Forest,” Galerie Valsecchi; Milan, Italy, Gallery Cavallino; Venice, Italy.

“Autobiography of a Time Landscape,” Centre Culturale American; Paris, France.

“Autobiography of a Time Landscape,” 112 Greene St. Workshop; New York, NY.

1975

Neue Galerie—Sammlung Ludwig, “Alan Sonfist Autobiography,” Aachen, Germany. Galerie Thelen,

“Secret Landscapes of Germany” Koln, Germany. Leo Castelli Gallery,

“Collages of New York,” New York, NY. Carl Solway Gallery; Cincinnati, OH.

1974

“Monument to the Sun,” Project for the University of Rhode Island. Steffanotty Gallery, “Running Dead Animal,” New York, NY.

“Time Landscape,” Finch College Museum of Art. Adiene Gallery,

“Autobiography of an Abandoned Animal Hole,” New York, NY.

1973

“Trees of Manhattan: Acquisition Exhibition,” Finch College Museum of Art, New York, NY. Palley And Lowe Gallery,

“Earth Paintings” New York, NY.

1972

“Overview” New York, NY.

“Landscapes,” Palley and Lowe Gallery; New York, NY.

“Sonfist’s Art,” Akron Institute (video catalog), Akron, OH.

“Army Ants: Patterns and Structures,” Automation House (sponsored by the Architectural League), New York, NY.

1971

“The Nature of Things,” Harcus-Krakow Gallery; Boston, MA. “Star Chartings and Others,” Dezon-Zaks Gallery; Chicago, IL.

“Outdoor Crystal Sculpture,” Finch College Museum of Art, New York, NY.

1970

“Natural/Cultural Landscape of New York,” Commissioned by the Office of Cultural Affairs.

“Plastic and Real Flowers,” Union Square Park, Parks Department, New York, NY, Commissioned by Public Art Fund.

1968

“Crystal Monument,” Museum of Natural History, NYC, N

1965

“Time Landscape,” Greenwich Village, NY, Comisioned by DOT.

Selected group exhibitions

2009

The Guggenheim Museum, “The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860 to 1989,” NYC. Opening January 30.

Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World,“Childhood Memories: Connecting with the Ancient Celts,” UK.

2008

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, “On Location: Art, Space and Place in the 1960’s,” UK.

2007

Museum of Modern Art, Recent acc. “New York Trees,” New York, NY.

2005

The Nasher Museum of Art, “Opening Exhibition” Durham, NC

2004

MacLaren Art Centre, “Public Art Commissions for Barrie” Barrie, Ontario.

2002

The Whitney Museum, “New Acquisitions” Ancient in Contemporary New York,” New York, NY

1999-2003

The Gori Collection, “Circles of Time”:  Japan,

Spatial Design Consultants Co.,

Museo d’Arte Moderna di Kamakura,

Museo Civico d’Arte di Mie,

Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Sapporo;Spain,

2003

IVAM (Institut Valencia de Art Modern)

1999

Ludwig Museum, “Natural Reality: Charlemagne’s Fortification,”
Germany

1996

Modern Masters Gallery, Benefit for Aids, New York, NY.

“Trilogi: Kunst, Natur, Vindeskab,” Kunsthallen Brandts; Klaedefabrik, Denmark.

1995

The Art Institute of Chicago, “Myself Within my Tree,” Illinois

1994

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, “Crystal Monument,” CA. Longwood Fine Art Center,

“Creative Solutions to Ecological Issues,” Farmville VA. San Antonio Museum of Art,

“Sound Sculptures,” San Antonio, TX. Center for the Fine Arts,

“Fragile Ecologies,” Miami, FL. Prado Museum,

“Differentes Natures,” Prado, Spain. Museum of Modern Art,

“Differentes Natures,” Paris, France

1993

Dallas Museum of Natural History, “Creative Solutions to Ecological Issues,” Dallas, TX.

Verd Art Gallery: East Hampton, NY.

San Jose Museum of Art, “Fragile Ecologies,” San Jose, CA.

La Defense Art Gallery, “Environmental Sculptures,” Paris, France.

Opening Exhibition for Environmental Art Museum; Tickon, Denmark.

Traveling Smithsonian Exhibition, Bellevue Art Museum, WA.

1992

Queens Museum, “Fragile Ecologies,” New York.

Center for Contemporary Arts, “Revered Earth,” Santa Fe, NM.

“Strata,” Tampere Art Museum; Tampere, Finland.

“Creativitae Creato,” Arte Stella; Borgo, Italy.

“Pour la Suite du Monde,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada

“President’s Exhibition,” Max Protetch Gallery; New York, NY.

1991

Museum of Contemporary Art of San Francisco, “Leaves Frozen in Time,” San Francisco, CA.

“Revered Earth,” Atlanta College of Art; Atlanta, GA.

“Sticks and Stones: 10 artists Work with Nature,” Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY.

“Green Art,” Max Protetch Gallery, New York, NY.

1990

“The Undiminished Landscape,” Security Pacific National Bank, San Francisco, CA.

“Spirit of the Earth,” Santa Fe Contemporary Art Center, Santa Fe, NM.

“Public Sculpture Show,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.

“The Endangered Earth,” Pasadena Art Center, Pasadena, CA.

“From Earth to Archetype,” LedisFlam Gallery; New York, NY.

“Sculpture Aspen,” Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO.

“Revered Earth,” Museum of Contemporary Arts; Houston, TX.   Museum of Contemporary Art,

“Art of the Decade,” Chicago, IL.

1989

“Nature as Art,” Kunst Academia; Berlin Germany.

“Landscape; A Travelogue Painted from Memory, Imagination or Reality,” Ruth Siegal Gallery Ltd.; New York, NY.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Dreams with Bronze Guardians, Landscape Drawing Exhibition,” New York, NY.

Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, “Ressource Kunst: Die Elemente Neu Gesehen,” Berlin. Marrian Goodman Gallery,

“Secrets of New York,” NY.

“USA Map: Toxic and Nature,” Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ.

1988

Southampton Art Gallery; Southampton, NY.

World’s Fair; Osaka, Japan.

1985

“Art and the Environment,” Lever House, Artists representing the Environmental Arts, New York, NY.

“The Artist as Social Designer,” Los Angeles County Museum,Los Angeles, CA.

Der Baum, Heidelberger Kunstverein; Heidelberger, Germany.

“Chance and Change,” Auckland City Art Gallery; Auckland, New Zealand

1984

“Landmarks,” Blum Institute at Bard College, Hudson, NY.

“Reflections: New Conceptions of Nature,” Hillwood Art Gallery, Long Island, NY.

“Metamanhattan,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.

“Shoe Box,” University of Hawaii, Manoa, HI. Fendricher Gallery, Washington, DC

1982

“Common Ground,” Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL.

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

“The Monument Redefined,” Gowanus Canal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY.

“Mapped Art,” Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH.

“Mapped Art,” University of Colorado; Boulder, CO.

“Landscape in Sculpture,” Reading College, Reading, PA

1981

“GLCA Artists Show,” Ohio Wesleyan University Gallery, OH.

“Artists Parks and Gardens,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL.

“Nature”, Alternative Museum, School without walls, New York, NY.

Wurttembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, “Natur-Skulptur,” Germany.

1980

The Museum of Modern Art, “Paris Biennial: Myself Becoming an Animal,” Paris.

“Response to the Elements,” Power Plant Contemporary Art Center, Toronto, Canada.

“Architectural References,” Vancouver Gallery of Art, Vancouver, Canada.

“Reasoned Space,” The Arizona Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ.

1979

“Site Art,” Andover Art Museum; Andover, MA. “Hudson River Artists,” Vassar College Museum of Art, Poughkeepsie, NY. “Views of America,” Museum of Modern Art, penthouse, New York, NY.

1978

“Interaction with the Environment,” Whitney Museum of American Art Downtown, New York, NY.

“Maps,” Museum of Modern Art, penthouse; New York, NY.

Retrospective at the Boston Fine Arts Museum,“Autobiography of Alan Sonfist,” Boston, MA.

Venice Biennial, “Ancient Forest of Venice and New York: Multimedia Video.”

1977

Dokumenta 6 “Art is Photography,” Kassle, Germany.

High Museum of Art, “Geological,” Atlanta, GA.

American Museum of Fine Arts, “Autobiography of Alan Sonfist,” Washington, D.C.

“For the Mind and the Eye,” New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ.

1976

Venice Bienalle, Video Section, Venice, Italy.

“Body as Visual language,” Gallery Maki, Tokyo, Japan.

“Photography as Art,” Center for Photography (Galerie Grada), Zagreba, Yugoslavia. Artpark,

“The Program in Visual Arts,” Lewiston, NY

1975

“Body Art,” Museum of Contemporary Art; Chicago, IL.

“A Response to the Environment,” Rutgers University Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ.

1974

“Materials and Manipulation,” Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown, New York, NY.

“Alternative Landscape,” Hayden Gallery (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Cambridge, MA.

“Project 74,” Walraf-Richartz Museum, Koln, Germany.

“Living Ritual,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL.

Storm King Art Center (summer exhibition), Mountainville, NY.

1973

M.H. de Young Memorial and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA.

“Sculpture III, World Trade Center,” sponsored by Cultural Affairs and Parks departments, New York, NY.

Museum of Science and Industry, Massachusetts Institutes of Technology Exhibition, Chicago, IL.

Franklin Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia, PA.

Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL.

1972

“Bread,” Dezon-Zaks Gallery; Chicago, IL.

“Box Art,” Illinois University State Museum; Springfield, IL.

National Gallery of Victoria; Melbourne, Australia.

“Aire,” Museum of Fine Art; Caracas, Venezuela.

Third Biennal de Arts Coltejer; Medellin, Columbia.

“Art Now,” Indianapolis Museum of Art; Indianapolis, IN.

“Eco-Vision,” Everson Museum of Art; Syracuse, NY.

New York, New York Cultural Center; New York, NY.

“Landscape on the Sixth Floor,” Museum of Modern Art; New York, NY.

Kunst Markt; Koln, Germany. Reese Palley Gallery; New York, NY

1971

“26 by 26,” Vasser College Art Museum; Poughkeepsie, NY. “Lucht-Kunst”, Stedelijk Museum; Amsterdam, Holland. Boston Museum of Fine Arts, “Elements-Earth Air Water Fire,” Boston, MA

1970

“Crystal Monument,” Museum of Natural History (sponsored by the Cultural Affairs and Parks Department); New York, NY

“Air Exhibition,” Museum of Fine Arts; Sydney, Australia

“Air Exhibition,” National Gallery of Victoria; Melbourne, Australia

1969

“International Seeds Distribution Project,” Central Park, NY,
Commissioned by Department of Cultural Affairs

“Invisible Image,” School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Keynote Speaker

Raine Conference on Environmental Art, University of Exeter, UK.

Millennium Conference on Art and Science, MIT, Cambridge, MASS.

International Sculpture Conference in San Antonio, TX.

International Landscape Conference in Miami, FL.

Landscapes of the Future: University of Lund, Sweden.

Nature of the City: Midwest Art College Association: Memphis, TN.

Public Art: National Museum Art Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Landscape Planning Conference, Penn State University.

Selected Museum collections

Akron Art Institute, Akron, OH.

Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY.

Allen Art Museum, Oberlin, OH.

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada.

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Auckland Museum of Contemporary Art, Auckland, New Zealand.

Berkeley Museum of Art, Berkeley, CA.

Boca Raton, Museum, Boca Raton, FL.

Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA.

Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY.

Celle Art Sculpture Park, Pistoia, Italy.

Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ.

Contemporary Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX.

DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA.

The Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN

Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA.

Houston Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX.

Johnson Museum, Ithaca, NY.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA.

Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL.

Ludwig Museum, Koln, Germany.

Ludwig Museum, Aachen, Germany.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.

Musee d’Art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Canada.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA.

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.

Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France.

National Gallery of Art, Canberra, Australia

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

National Gallery of Art, Toronto, Canada

Neue Museum, Sammlung Ludwig, Germany

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA