Forrest Bess




Forrest Bess’ (b. 1911, Bay City, TX) art has been shown in numerous museums, including solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1981), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1988), and Museum Ludwig, Cologne (1989). In 2013, the Menil Collection, Houston, hosted a major survey of Bess’s work titled Seeing Things Invisible, curated by Claire Elliott, which traveled to the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2013-2014), the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase (2014), and the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley (2014). Bess received the Mark Rothko Foundation Grant in 1973. Robert Gober presented a room of Bess’ work for the 2012 Whitney Biennial, which drew renewed critical attention to the artist. Bess’ works reside in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Menil Collection (Houston), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), The Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), among many others. In 2018, Bess was included in LACMA’s Outliers and American Vanguard Art exhibition.

recent exhibitions:

Forrest Bess | Joan Snyder