Clark Richert

Born: 1941, Wichita, KS

Biography and Information

Biography
Clark Richert (b. 1941) investigates patterns found in mathematics and physics in his large paintings, sketches, and digital illustrations. Through his art practice, Richert draws scientific conclusions, some which predate discoveries later credited to the scientific community. This painting H-XE periods from 2001 and the accompanying drawings explore the structure of the quasicrystal, a non-periodic pattern that is ordered but does not repeat. In 2011, Daniel Shechtman was awarded a Nobel Prize for discovering this structure almost a decade after Richert created this painting.

Clark Richert was a founding member of Drop City, an artist community established just outside of Trinidad, CO in 1965. Considered the first artist commune in the United States, residents of Drop City, “Droppers,” embodied Buckminster Fuller’s most prolific idea—synergy—in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Participants lived and worked in “synergetic dwellings” made of geodesic domes and zonohedrons, which were fabricated by the artists themselves.

In 2019 Richert’s work was featured in a retrospective spanning two museums—the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Wichita Art Center, Denver Art Museum, Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, and many other prominent private and public collections. Richert received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He currently lives and works in Denver.

As an artist, I operate on a premise that I need not be bound by the scientist’s responsibility of proof; my responsibility is to freely interpret. That viewers fully understand all the subject matter in my work is not as important to me as their having a sense of the basic content: that these paintings are postulations about large things.
– Clark Richert

Education
1972
M.F.A., University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
1963
B.F.A., University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Solo Exhibitions
2019
Clark Richert in Hyperspace, MCA Denver, curated by Zoe Larkin, Denver, CO
Clark Richert: Pattern and Dimensions, BMoCA, curated by Cortney Stell, Boulder, CO

2016
Geometry of Viewing, Royal Contemporary, Florence, CO
Close Packed Structures, Gildar Gallery, Denver, CO

2013
Symmetry & Dimension, Gildar Gallery & RULE Gallery, Denver, CO

2011
Five Zone System, Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO

2010
1960’s to Present, Philip J Steele Gallery, RMCAD, Lakewood, CO

2007
Quasi-Symmetries, Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO

2003
Stasis/Turbulence, Cornell DeWitt Gallery, NYC, NY
The Turbulence Machine, Linda Fairchild Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Duality/Automony, Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, University of Denver, CO

2002
Shadows from the Nth Dimension, Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO

2001
Wo-Wa-Wo & Virtual Drop City, Studio 314(Chelsea), New York City

1997
Unfolding the Vacuum, Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities, Arvada, CO

1990
World Game, Payton•Rule Gallery, Denver, CO Colorado
World Game, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

1986
Systemic Patterning, Spark Gallery, Denver, CO

1982
Atomic Symmetries, Boulder Center for the Visual Arts, Boulder, CO

1976
61 Zone Truss, Art Research Center, Kansas City, MO
Planar Diagrams, Edge Gallery, Boulder, CO

1973
Five-fold Symmetries, Hopper Gallery, Taos, NM

1972
Modular Structures, Fine Arts Gallery, University of Colorado

1969
Installation II, Henderson Museum, Boulder, CO

1969
Installation, Composing Room Gallery, NYC

1963
Five Paintings, Container Corporation of America, Chicago, IL

Group Exhibitions
2015-17
Hippy Modernism: The Struggle For Utopia, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

2015
String Theory, Rule Gallery, Denver, CO

2012
West of Center, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ

2011
West of Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO
Time Travel—from the Kirkland Museum, Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities, Main Gallery
Five Zone System, Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO
Artist Residential Environmental Area, Sustainability Park, Denver, CO
Exiting Redline, Redline, Denver, CO
“Redline Artists…”, Redline, Denver, CO
Gallery Artists,  Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO
Fine Arts Faculty Show, Phillip Steele Gallery, RMCAD, Denver, CO

2010
GeoTHEMES, Gallery 128, NYC, NY
Nature of Things, Biennial of the Americas, Denver, CO
Navigating Boulder: Connecting with Roland Reiss, Object Gallery, Claremont, CA
2 Years of Local Artmaking, Redline, Denver, CO
ConSTRUCTURAL, Canyon Gallery, Boulder, CO
“Redline Artists…”, Redline, Denver, CO
Gallery Artists,  Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO
Fine Arts Faculty Show, Phillip Steele Gallery, RMCAD, Denver, CO

2009
Bollywood, Denver Art Museum, Denver CO
Denmi,  Miami Basel Exposition, Miami Fl
You of All People…, Redline, Denver, CO
ArtPrize, U.I.C.A. Grand Rapids, MI
Fine Arts Faculty Show, Phillip Steele Gallery, RMCAD, Denver, CO
Gallery Artists,  Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO

2008
Driven to Abstraction, Kirkland Museum, Denver, CO
Gallery Artists,  Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO

2007
Geometrics, Gallery 128,  New York, NY
Starpower, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver
Gallery Artists,  Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO
Fine Arts Faculty Show, Phillip Steele Gallery, Denver, CO

2006
Extended Remix, Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, Center for Visual Arts
RxArt Ball, RxArt, NYC, 10003
Decades of Influence, Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver
The Armory Group, Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, Singer Gallery
Directions in Abstraction, Edge Gallery, Denver
Infinite In All Directions, Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, Singer Gallery
New Space, Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO

2005
Gallery Artists, Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO

2003
Gallery Artists, Linda Fairchild Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Retrospectacle, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Gallery Artists, Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO

2002
Flat Out, Cornell DeWitt Gallery, NYC, NY
5 Abstract, Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver
Gallery Artists,  Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO
Fine Arts Faculty Show, Phillip Steele Gallery, Denver, CO
Love 4 Sale, Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver

2001
Gridlock, Mizal Museum, Denver, CO
Gallery Artists,  Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO
Fine Arts Faculty Show, Phillip Steele Gallery, Denver, CO
Love 4 Sale, Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver

2000
Gallery Artists,  Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO
Founder Show, Spark Gallery, Denver, CO
Fine Arts Faculty Show, Phillip Steele Gallery, Denver, CO
A Love Affair, Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver

1999
Virtual Time & Space, OCA Gallery, Ft. Collins CO
Gallery Artists,  Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO
Fine Arts Faculty Show, Phillip Steele Gallery, Denver, CO

1998
Gallery Artists,  Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO
Fine Arts Faculty Show, Phillip Steele Gallery, Denver, CO

1997
View from Denver, Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, Austria
Gallery Artists,  Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO
Nine + One,  Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO
Fine Arts Faculty Show, Phillip Steele Gallery, Denver, CO

1996
Gallery Artists,  Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO
20/20 Vision, Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
Fine Arts Faculty Show, Phillip Steele Gallery, Denver, CO

1995
Gallery Artists,  Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO
The 32 Year Show,  Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO
Fine Arts Faculty Show, Phillip Steele Gallery, Denver, CO

1994
Gallery Artists,  Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO
Boulder Art Commission,  The Exhibit Space, Boulder, CO
Fine Arts Faculty Show, Phillip Steele Gallery, Denver, CO

1993
Contemporary Collection, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Gallery Artists, Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO

1991
Visions/Revisions, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Gallery Artists,  Payton•Rule Gallery, Denver, CO

1990
Colorado 1990, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Contemporary Collection, Denver Art Museum
Gallery Artists, Payton•Rule Gallery, Denver, CO

1989
Gallery Artists, Payton•Rule Gallery, Denver, CO
Contemporary Collection, Denver Art Museum, CO

1981
Criss-Cross at Yellowstone, Yellowstone Art Center,  Billings MT
7th Colorado Annual, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Criss-Cross Multi-disciplinary Event, Millennium Film Workshop, NYC
Gallery Artists, O.K. Harris Works of Art, NYC
Constructivist Work, Art Research Center, Kansas City, MO

1980
Criss-Cross Pattern Show, 5E 3rd St., NYC
Systemic Patterning, Hansen Gallery, NYC
Gallery Artists, O.K. Harris Works of Art, NYC
Constructivist Work, Art Research Center, Kansas City, MO

1978
Gallery Artists, O.K. Harris Works of Art, NYC
Constructivist Work, Art Research Center, Kansas City, MO

1977
Twenty Colorado Artists, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

1977-85
Constructivist Work, Art Research Center, Kansas City, MO

1974
Subjective Potential, Criss-Cross Gallery, Blackhawk, CO

1969
Engineering, Art, Technology, (EAT)  Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum, NYC

Collections
Amoco
ART the Hotel, Denver, CO
Container Corporation of America, Chicago, IL
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, Denver CO
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C
the Born Hotel, Denver, CO
Wichita Art Center, Wichita, KS

Awards
1980
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

Press
2013
Díaz, Eva, Under the Dome: Architectures of Networked Engagement from Drop City to Rockaway Beach, Rhizome, July 25

2011
Goebel, Leanne, MCA Denver, Exploring the CounterCulture (West Coast Style), Adobe Air Stream, December

2010
Paglia, Michael, 10 artists who left their mark on Colorado in 2010, The Westword, December 29
MacMillan, Kyle, Clark Richert: a Retrospective, The Denver Post, February 12

2009
Zing Magazine, Interview: Clark Richert, September

2007
Voelz Chandler, Mary, Math adds unique dimension to show, The Rocky Mountain News, October 5

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