Ross Bleckner is an American artist and the current Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations.
In 1995, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum had a major retrospective of his works from the last two decades of exhibitions at acclaimed institutions such as San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm Moderna Museet, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. Through his philanthropic efforts, Ross Bleckner has enabled many community organizations to perform their vital work. He is on the board of AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA), a non-profit community-based AIDS research and treatment education center. Bleckner is currently a Clinical Professor of Studio Art at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. In May 2009 he was awarded the title of Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations. He was the first fine artist to receive the position. Later that year Ross Bleckner travelled to Gulu, Uganda to work with former children soldiers and abductees. Together the children and Bleckner created portraits and paintings, which were sold at a United Nations benefit and through his exhibition, Welcome to Gulu, at Lehmann Maupin Gallery. Proceeds raised were used to aid to UN’s effort to stop human trafficking in Uganda. Ross Bleckner currently lives in New York City.
Filmmakers Derek Britt and Gerald Seroy are shooting a feature length documentary about artist Ross Bleckner. To crowdfund this effort, they are utilizing Kickstarter to offer exclusive pledge rewards rarely available to the public. Pledge rewards include:
1. A limited edition, autographed copy of Ross’s newly revised and expanded journal, My Life in the New York Times (Allworth Press, October 2012). Ross has not had a book signing tour so this is an exclusive opportunity to be the proud owner (or gifter) of an autographed copy of his book ($60).
2. An artist signed, limited edition print of one of Ross’s sought after hummingbird series. This is a beautiful 11”x14” pigment print on archival paper and it’s a Kickstarter exclusive ($350).
3. An original painting by Ross Bleckner from his hummingbird series. There is only one original painting offered. It’s an acrylic on linen, signed by the artist.
For more information, visit the filmmakers Kickstarter project click here.
About Ross Bleckner’s Book: American artist Ross Bleckner comes this stunning and thought-provoking collection of more than one hundred collages assembled from clippings of New York Times articles which is newly revised and expanded. Chosen for its personal significance to Bleckner and for the ways in which they later affected his work, the fragments of text and image in some pieces are unadorned; in others, the artist has painted around the clippings in watercolour and then photographed them in order to create a meaningful work of art. In My Life in the New York Times these pieces—each of them accompanied by the artist’s commentary—are brought together in hardback for the first time.