Bill Jensen
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Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1945, Bill Jensen has lived and worked in New York since the early 1970s, and was one of the first artists to establish a studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He came into prominence with “the return to painting” of the late 70’s and early 80’s. Intuitive and visceral, Jensen’s abstractions have long been admired for their unconventional compositions and profound sense of color. Saturated, densely worked surfaces, seemingly primordial in origin, transcend any sense of the struggle that Jensen attributes to his painting process. For Jensen, a painting is successful only when the artist’s initial impulse and his material’s properties harmoniously converge; this can sometimes take several years to achieve. Defined by an amorphous, ever-changing search for resolution, Jensen’s results are ultimately determined by the act of painting itself. Jensen's work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Phillips Collection, Washington, D. C. and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California.

 


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BILL JENSEN INDUCTED INTO THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS
March 20, 2014
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Reinventing Abstraction curated by Raphael Rubinstein
June 27 – August 30, 2013
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Reinventing Abstraction
New York Painting in the 1980s
June 27, 2013
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Abstractions by Gallery Artists
September 24 – October 3, 2009
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Soutine and Modern Art
The New Landscape/The New Still Life
June 22 – September 8, 2006
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Soutine and Modern Art
The New Landscape/The New Still LIfe
May 31, 2006
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Small Paintings
HAND PAINTED PICTURES by Ingo Meller, Louise Fishman, Juan Uslé, Richmond Burton, Joan Mitchell, Mary Heilmann, Bill Jensen, Jack Pierson, Dona Nelson, Eva Hes
July 1 – 31, 1998

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