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James Little

James Little - Darwin's Dilemma, 2014 - Oil and wax on canvas - 72 x 90 inches

Darwin's Dilemma, 2014
Oil and wax on canvas
72.50 x 96 inches

Born in Memphis, TN
Lives and works in New York City

1976 MFA, Syracuse University (Fellow) , Syracuse, NY
1974 BFA, Memphis Academy of Art, Memphis, TN

Solo Exhibitions
2015 Color/Barriers: Recent Work, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2013 Never Say Never, essay by Karen Wilkin, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2011 Ex Pluribus Unum: New Paintings, essay by Mario Naves, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2009 De-Classified, essay by James Harithas, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2005 Reaching for the Sky, essays by Robert Costas, James Harithas, Al Loving, G. R.
   N’Namdi Gallery, New York; catalogue
2003 Beyond Geometry: New Paintings, essay by Robert C. Morgan, L.I.C.K. Ltd. Fine Art, Long
   Island City, NY
1995 Recent Abstract Paintings, Kenkeleba Gallery, New York
1992 James Little: Selected Works from the Past Decade, Lubin House Gallery, Syracuse
   University, New York
James Little: Ovals and Arbitration Paintings, Sid Deutsch Gallery, New York
1990 Tondos and Ovals, essay by April Kingsley, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1989 James Little: Recent Paintings, The Christian Science Church, Boston, MA
1988 James Little & Al Loving: New Work, June Kelly Gallery, New York
New York to Memphis, Alice Bingham Gallery, Memphis, TN
New Paintings, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1987 New Paintings, Liz Harris Gallery, Boston, MA
1985 James Little: Format Paintings, Harris Brown Gallery, Boston, MA
1982 Recent Oil Paintings, essay by April Kingsley, Alternative Museum, New York
1976 Paintings by James Little, curated by Ronald Kuchta, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse,

Group Exhibitions
2014 Outside the Lines: Black in the Abstract, Part 2), 65th Anniversary, with curatorial
  contributions by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Bill Arning, and Dean Daderko, Contemporary
  Arts Museum Houston, TX
  by Donan Klooz, Curator of Exhibitions, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL.; Digital
What Only Paint Can Do, curated by Karen Wilkin, Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn,
2010 Abstract Relations, collaboration between the David C. Driskell Center, University of
   Maryland and the University of Delaware Museums, co-curators Dr. Julie L. McGee
   and Dr. Adrienne L. Childs, University of Delaware, Mechanical Hall Gallery,
   Mineralogical Museum, Newark, DE
It’s A Wonderful 10th, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2008 Shape Shifters: New York Painters, The A.D. Gallery, University of North Carolina at
   Pembroke; catalogue
2007 Three One-Man Exhibitions: James Little, Aimé Mpane, George Smith, Station Museum
  of Contemporary Art, Houston, TX; brochure
2006 The 181st Annual Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National
   Academy of Design, New York; catalogue
Neo-Plastic Redux, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York
2005 Different Ways of Seeing: The Expanding World of Abstraction,
   The Noyes Museum of Contemporary Art, Oceanville, NJ
Optical Stimulations: American Abstract Artists, Yellow Bird Gallery, Newburgh, NY
50 Plus, Holland Tunnel Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Raising the Bar: James Little and Thornton Willis, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2004 Seeds and Roots: Selections from the Permanent Collection, The Studio Museum in Harlem,
   New York
A Century of African American Art: The Paul R. Jones Collection, University of Delaware,
   Newark, DE
Abstract Identity, Pelham Art Center, NY
2003 Theories: Abstract New York, Roger Ramsay Gallery, Chicago, IL
2002 No Greater Love, Abstraction, Jack Tilton/Anna Kustera Gallery, New York
Ajita – Unconquerable, The Station, Houston, TX; catalogue
500 Works on Paper, Gary Snyder Fine Art, New York
Amplified Abstraction, Chapel, Plantage, Doklaan 8-12, Amsterdam, Holland
2001 Painted in New York City: Viewpoints of Recent Developments in Abstract Painting, Hofstra
    Museum, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY; catalogue
Dialog and Discourse, Dolan Center Gallery, Friends Academy, Locust Valley, NY
2000 Significant Pursuits: Paint and Geometry, Smack Mellon Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Straight Painting, The Painting Center, New York
1999 Straight No Chaser, The Puffin Room, The Puffin Foundation, New York
The Art of Absolute Desire, 450 Broadway, New York
The Power of Drawing, Westbeth Gallery, New York
1998 New Directions ‘98’ 14th Annual National Juried Fine Arts Exhibition, Duchess County Art
  Association, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
New York Eight, Luise Ross Gallery, New York
The Fanelli Show, O. K. Harris Gallery, New York
Works On, With and Made Out of Paper, Sideshow 195, Brooklyn, NY
The African-American Fine Arts Collection of the New Jersey State Museum, New Jersey State
  Museum, Trenton, NJ
Postcards from Black America, curated by Rob Perrée, De Beyerd, Center for
  Contemporary Art in Breda, Netherlands, and the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem,
  Netherlands; catalogue
Tenth Anniversary Exhibit: Arts in the Park, Then and Now, Memphis Arts Festival,
  Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, TN; catalogue
de leugenaars/the liars (I) Helder en Verzadigd Clear and Saturated, Arti et Amicitiae,
  Amsterdam, Holland; catalogue
Color, Matter, Energy, Galerie Maria Chailloux, Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Holland

Museum and Corporate Collections
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NJ
Newark Museum, NJ
New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
State University of New York, Albany, NY
Memphis Academy of Art, TN
Maatschappij Arti Et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Holland
Menil Collection, Houston, TX
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
AT&T, New York and Florida
Gucci Corporation, Boston, MA
Mutual of New York Assurance Company, New York
Occidental Petroleum Company, Aberdeen, Scotland
Phillips/Schwab Inc., New York
Sherbourne, Powers and Needham, Inc., Boston, MA
Stephen Mallory Associates, New York
Veryss Corporation, Boston, MA
The Twentieth Century Fund, New York
U.N.C. Ventures, Boston
Rex Auchincloss Collection, New York
The Paul Jones Collection, Atlanta, GA
James and Ann Harithas Collection, Houston, TX

Awards and Honors
2009 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in Painting, New York
2000 Pollock-Krasner Award, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York
1999 Finalist, Triangle Artists Workshop, World Trade Center, New York
1997 Honorarium, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
Honorarium, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
1994 Honorarium, The Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
1992 Honorarium, Center for the Performing and Visual Arts, Inc., Jamaica, NY
1987 Artist-in-Residence Fellowship, Printmaking Workshop, New York
1983 Honorarium, Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis, TN
Honorarium, Memphis Academy of Art, Memphis, TN
1981 Creative Artists Public Service Grant, New York State, New York
1975 Marion Jones Fellowship, Syracuse University, NY
1974 Afro-American Studies Fellowship, Syracuse University, NY
Honorarium, Southwestern University, Memphis, TN

Commissions/Special Projects
2015-2017 James Little has won a commission from the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) for his
  design proposal for the new Brooklyn-bound platform at Jamaica Station. The platform
  will serve those traveling from Jamaica, Queens, to Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Little’s
  proposal consists of 33 vertical windows, each 17 feet tall and 5 feet wide, and each with
  a multi-colored geometric design that he will create. They will be fabricated in Paderborn,

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