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James Little

James Little - Posse, 2017, oil on stained linen, 23 x 29 inches

Posse, 2017
Oil on stained linen
23 x 29 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
2018 Slants and White Paintings, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2016 Informed by Rhythm: Recent Work by James Little, Louis Stern Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA
2015 Color/Barriers: Recent Work, essay by James Harithas, 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, Recent Paintings, essay by James Harithas, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2007 James Little: Untold Stories, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, TX
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, NY

Group Exhibitions
2017 Celebrating 30 Years, Gallery Artists: Drawings and Photographs, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2016-2017 Circa 1970, curated by Lauren Haynes, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Beyond Borders: Bill Hutson & Friends, University Museums, Mechanical Hall Gallery,
  University of Delaware
2015 Decoding the Abstract Unlimited Potential, curated by James Austin Murray, Lyons Wier
  Gallery, New York
Outside the Lines: Color Across the Collections, curated by Tricia Laughlin Bloom, organized by
  the Newark Museum, NJ
Works on Paper: Selections from the Gallery, Louis Stern Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA.
2014 Black in the Abstract, Part 2: Hard Edges, Soft Curves, organized by Valerie Cassel Oliver,
  Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX, catalogue
2012 Today’s Visual Language: Southern Abstraction, A Fresh Look, curated by Donan Klooz, curator
  of exhibitions, Mobile Museum of Art, AL; digital catalogue
What Only Paint Can Do, curated by Karen Wilkin, Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn, NY
2011 ABSTRACTION (Abstraction to the Power of Infinity), curated by Janet Kurnatowski, organized
  by the American Abstract Artists, The Ice Box, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA
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
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
de leugenaars/the liars (I) Helder en Verzadigd Clear and Saturated, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam,
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
Saint Louis Art Museum, MO
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

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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