Using an elastic visual language to describe the natural world, Gregory Amenoff’s landscapes are organic, Romantic, and fluid, reminiscent of early 20th century experiments in abstraction, expressionism, and mysticism. Though in the past he has used a variety of two-dimensional media, Amenoff is perhaps best known for his oil paintings and prints. Influential as a teacher and chair of Columbia University’s vaunted Visual Arts Program and an original member of New York’s CUE Art Foundation, Amenoff has long been one of an unorganized, lyric, hermetic avant-garde. His use of color aims for transcendence and his selectivity is always self-evidently rigorous, with keen attention to light.
Amenoff has shown across the United States and Europe, and has been included in several traveling exhibits since 1981. He has been included in exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum, the Corcoran Gallery, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among others, and was included in the 1981 and 1985 Whitney Biennials. Amenoff received a Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011.