Andrew Masullo

Recent Paintings

October 22 – December 5, 2015

Press Release

Tibor de Nagy will present new paintings by the artist in his first solo exhibition with the gallery. Andrew Masullo’s nonobjective paintings live joyfully removed from the everyday, humdrum world. A self-proclaimed "stuff maker" for nearly four decades, Masullo continues to use small canvases and unmixed oil paint straight from the tube. He has always seen his role as that of referee during the several weeks to several decades it takes to make a painting and leaves the completion of each one largely to its own devices. Once finished they are titled by the same numbering system he has used since 1978. Masullo believes that a painting must sink or swim on its own, without benefit of any doctrines, treatises, or spiels. He insists that "a painting that needs to be explained is not worth talking about."

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1957, Andrew Masullo attended Rutgers University and graduated with a B.A. in Studio Art. He has had solo exhibitions at André Emmerich Gallery (1994, 1996), Joan Washburn Gallery (2000, 2002, 2004), Feature Inc. (2010), and Mary Boone Gallery (2013) all in New York; Thomas Ammann Fine Art, Zurich (1999); Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco (2000, 2006, 2008, 2012); Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles (2007, 2009, 2011); Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston (2007, 2011, 2015) and Texas Gallery, Houston (2009, 2014). In 2011 Masullo received a Guggenheim Fellowship. The following year 32 of his paintings were shown in the Whitney Museum’s Biennial.

An exhibition catalogue is available.