Represented Artist

Robert Thiele

Born 1941 Milwaukee, WI

Robert Thiele, portrait
Robert Thiele, #668 (98-09), 2011
Robert Thiele, #668 (98-09), 2011, Acid etched arylic sheet, wood, laminated canvas, mixed media 96 x 20 x 5 inches

In paintings that he calls wall constructions, Robert Thiele embeds found objects from the environment.

Selected Works

These are a selected group of works and installation photographs. For a complete list of available works please contact us.

Robert Thiele
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Robert Thiele

Robert Thiele’s calm intensity emanates equally from his person and his works. An established figure in the South Florida art scene for more than forty years, Thiele sustains a remarkable studio practice that, first and foremost, builds on itself. In paintings that he calls wall constructions, he embeds found objects from the environment. He creates apertures through which we can see a hint of an object. The shape and translucency of the window is essential. The construction is about 5 inches deep, and if the sides are straight, then he wraps them in canvas, painted white.

Biography

Robert Thiele holds a Masters and Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting from Kent State University. Pat DeLong, then Chair of the Art Department at Miami Dade College, recruited Thiele to move to Miami to teach. He moved to Miami in 1966. In 1975, he and Salvatore la Rosa were the first two Florida artists to participate in the Whitney Biennial. He took part in the wonderful series of “New Work Miami” shows at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (then the Miami Art Museum), with a show in 2004. He showed with OK Harris and Howard Scott in New York and with several Miami galleries before working with Emerson Dorsch on his 30-year survey show, cryptically titled “30,” in 2009. Tyler Emerson-Dorsch curated his show at MDC Museum of Art + Design in 2015. He had a second survey show at the Museum of Art – Deland in 2019.

His work is widely collected in South Florida, with a presence in the public collections of at least 12 Florida public institutions, including the Bass Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, the Frost Art Museum, the NSU Art Museum, the Boca Raton Art Museum, the University of South Florida, the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, FL, and the Pérez Art Museum Miami. His work has been covered in Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, Ocean Drive, The Biscayne Times and ARTnews, among others. This exhibition will be his fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Robert Thiele, Museum of Art, DeLand, FL

2015
Robert Thiele 3 Four 8, MDC Museum Art + Design, Miami, FL

2013
Robert Thiele, Tammen & Partner Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2010
Robert Thiele: 8-Four-9, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL

2009
30, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL (catalogue)
Howard Scott Gallery, New York, New York

2006
Howard Scott Gallery, New York, New York

2004
Kunstlerkries Ortenau, Offenburg, Germany
Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FL

2003
Howard Scott Gallery, New York, New York

2002
MIA Gallery, Miami International Airport, Miami, FL (catalogue)

2001
Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FL
Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL (catalogue)

2000
Howard Scott / M-13 Gallery, New York, New York

1997
Howard Scott / M-13 Gallery, New York, New York, (catalogue)

1996
Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Coral Gables, FL

1995
Howard Scott / M-13 Gallery, New York, New York

1993
Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Coral Gables, FL

1989
Greene Gallery, Miami, FL

1988
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

1987
Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, Florida, (catalogue)
Gloria Luria Gallery, Bay Harbor, FL

1986
Sculpture Space, Miami, FL

1983
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Coral Gables, FL
The Gallery, Miami-Dade College, North Campus, Miami, FL

1980
Meeting Point Art Center, Miami, FL

1978
O. K. Harris Gallery, New York, New York
1976
Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus, Miami, FL

1974
Barry College, Miami, FL

1973
Gallery 99, Miami, FL

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS & SCREENINGS

2018
Paradise Lost: Alchemy of Necessity, Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York, NY

2013
Silent Poems, 3 person exhibition, Galerie Skulpturensfeld, Liebertingen
Silent Poems, 3 person exhibition, Galerie Arthea, Mannheim, Germany
Miami 3-D, 3900 Space, Miami, FL
20 Shades of Gray, Zadok Gallery, Miami FL
Florida Masters, Museum of Art Deland, Deland, FL
smoke signals; portals y paisajes, curated by William Cordova, Under the Bridge,
smoke signals: istwa, paisajes and allegories, curated by William Cordova, ArtCenter South Florida, Miami Beach, FL

2012
Shims and Constructions, Rick Klauber and Robert Thiele, Howard Scott Gallery, NY

2011
Abstraction, Jason McCoy Gallery, NY, NY

2010
Twenty Fifth Anniversary Exhibition, Howard Scott Gallery, NY, NY

2009
Kelley Roy Gallery, Miami, FL

2008
Casa de Carton, Ingalls and Associates, Miami, FL

2007
Miami Contemporary Artists, Creating A Scene, Freedom Tower, Miami, FL

2006
Robert Thiele & Judith Page, Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FL
Open Space, Group Show, Miami Florida
Big Juicy Paintings, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Heide Cho Gallery, New York, New York

2005
December 1-5, Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FL
Galerie Tammen & Busch, Berlin, Germany

2003-2
Currents, Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida
Florida Visual Art Fellowships 25th Anniversary Exhibition (catalogue),
Lowe Art Museum, Miami, FL
Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo, FL
Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL
Terrace Gallery, Orlando, FL
Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL
The Art Gallery at Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft Myers, FL
Cummer Museum of Art, Jacksonville, FL

2002
Move, Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FL
Globe>Miami<Island, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL (catalogue) 2000 Sarasota Biennial, Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL Family Size, Art Center/South Florida, Miami Beach, FL (catalogue) Florida Painting Spectrum of Expression, Tallahassee, FL 1999 Preview, Howard Scott / M-13 Gallery, New York, New York New Acquisitions, Dream Collection…Part Five, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL 1996 White, Howard Scott / M-13 Gallery, New York, New York 1995 Sculpture in the Landscape, University of Miami, Miami, FL (catalogue) 1994 Abstraction, Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, FL (catalogue) Untitled, University Art Museum, Gainesville, FL 1993 Project Room, Howard Scott / M-13 Gallery, NY, NY Tangible Abstraction, two person exhibition, M-13 Gallery, NY, NY 1992 Black + White, M-13 Gallery, NY, NY Wallworks, Sculpture Center, NY, NY 1992-89 Made in Florida, USF Art Museum, Tampa, FL Jacksonville Art Museum, Jacksonville, FL Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, FL Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL Brevard Art Center and Museum, Melbourne, FL Pensacola Art Museum, Pensacola, FL Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL Musee Cantini, Marseille, France Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland Provincaal Museum, Hasselt, Belgium Centre d’Art en Sante Monica, Barcelona, Spain (catalogue) 1991 South Florida Invitational, Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Art Park at FIU, Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, FL 1989 Fellowships: Florida’s Finest, Center for Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL Capitol Gallery, Tallahassee, FL Norton Gallery, Palm Beach, FL Brevard Art Center and Museum, Melbourne, FL 1988 41st Biennial of Contemporary American Painting, Corcoran Gallery of Art, DC 1987 Five Sculptors, Ft. Lauderdale, Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL In Print Miami, Interamerican Art Gallery, Miami, FL (catalogue) 1986 Two Dimensions/Three Dimensions, Hollywood Art and Culture Center Southeast Sculpture, Florida Gulf Coast Art Center, Belleair, FL In-Site, 10 South Florida Sculptors, Florida Memorial College Miami-Dade Community College, New World Center, Miami, FL Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FL 1983 Four in Florida, North Miami Museum, Miami, FL Florida Visual Artists Exhibition, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL Sculptor’s Drawings, New York/Florida, Valencia Community College, Orlando, FL The Gallery, Miami-Dade College, North Campus, Miami, Florida, (catalogue) 1982 Sculptors of Florida, University of Miami; Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FL 1980 USA Sculpture, Maryland Art Institute, Baltimore, Maryland (catalogue) 1979 Other Media, Florida International University, Miami, FL 1978 O. K. Harris Gallery, New York, New York National Drawing Invitational, Emporia Kansas State University, Emporia, Kansas Sculpture Park Miami, Miami, FL 1976 Lamagna Gallery, NY, NY Sculptors of Florida, Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL 1974 New Talent, O.K. Harris Gallery, NY, NY Continuum Gallery, Miami, Florida 1973 33 Miami Artists, Miami Art Center, Miami, FL (catalogue) 1970 Hortt Memorial Exhibition, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL AWARDS & RESIDENCIES 2007 Individual Artist Fellowship, State of Florida 1988-89 Individual Artist Fellowship, State of Florida 1981-82 Individual Artist Fellowship, State of Florida BIBLIOGRAPHY Frajlich, Julia, Come Together, Art Miami TV, 2012 Sokol, Brett, The Accidental Gallerist, Ocean Drive Magazine, 2010 Feinstein, Roni, Robert Thiele at Dorsch, Art In America, April 2010 Vernissage Art TV, Robert Thiele, 30, 2009 Spalding, Jill, Robert Thiele and William Cordova, Ed. 7, The Clocktower Radio, New York, Radio Interview, 2007 Turner, Elisa, Robert Thiele, review, ARTnews, December 2001 (illustration of installation, Barbara Gillman Gallery, page 146.) Turner, Elisa, globe>miami<island, survey of the local art scene, Miami Herald,
December 23, 2001, illustration of 129-126
Triff, Alfredo, Buried Treasure, Robert Thiele, Miami New Times, June 21-27, 2001
(illustration of wall, Barbara Gillman Gallery)
Ocana, Damarys, Getting Intimate, Robert Thiele, Street Miami, May 18-24, 2001
(illustrated)
Turner, Elisa, Ex-football player tackles his art, Miami Herald, May 27, 2001 (illustrated)
Ormond, Mark, Robert Thiele, catalogue essay, Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FL 2001
Ratcliff, Carter, Robert Thiele, catalogue essay, Howard Scott / M-13 Gallery,
New York, New York, 1997
Harper, Paula, Robert Thiele, review, Art in America, June 1996,
(illustration of Untitled 129-157)
Kimmelman, Michael, Ambitious Miami Reaches for a Place in the Sun,
The New York Times, March 31, 1996
Pau-Llosa, Ricardo, Imaginacion: Canino Que Se Bifurca, Exito, March 20, 1996
(illustration of gallery installation, Fredric Snitzer Gallery)
Kohen, Helen, Critic Watched Arts Community Grow, Thrive,
The Miami Herald, August 30, 1995
Kohen, Helen, N. Miami’s COCA Stretches Its Wings, The Miami Herald, April 30, 1995
Hutchingson, James, Religion and the Natural Sciences: The Range of Engagement, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1992, (illustration of Fountain II)
Malloy, Nancy, Black + White, review, ArtNews, Summer, 1992
Rose, Matthew, Black + White, catalogue essay,M-13 Gallery, New York, New York,1992
Jacobs, Joe, Made in Florida, catalogue essay, 1992
Kohen, Helen, Show Lets 15 of Florida’s Best Shine, The Miami Herald, March 31, 1989
Richard, Paul, The Corcoran’s 41st Biennial, The Washington Post, April 5, 1989
Allen, Jane Addams, Biennial Focuses on Southern Gothic, The Washington Times, April 5, 1989 Kohen, Helen, South Florida Artists Leaving Their Imprint on Washington, The Miami Herald, April 23, 1989
Frank, Peter, Robert Thiele, Painting & Sculpture 1975-87, catalogue essay, Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, Florida 1987
Kohen, Helen, Thiele’s Art is Deep, Powerful, The Miami Herald, June 5, 1987
(illustration of Untitled 1987)
Pau-Llosa, Ricardo, Deborah Schneider, Robert Thiele, catalogue essay,
Miami-Dade Community College, North Campus, Miami, Florida, 1984
Bolge, George, Robert Thiele, catalogue essay, The Gallery, Miami-Dade
Community College, Miami, Florida, 1983
Wolf, Jeanne, Robert Thiele in Portrait, National Educational Television
Documentary, 1974

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Bass Museum, Miami, Florida
Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida
Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida
Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Center of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida, (site sculpture)
City of Miami, Florida
Crandon Park Gardens, Miami, Florida, (site sculpture)
Florida House of Representatives, Tallahassee, Florida
Florida International University, Miami, Florida, (site sculpture)
State of Florida Art in Public Places Commission
Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Coral Gables, Florida
Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, Florida
University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida, (site sculpture

EDUCATION

1966
MFA, Painting, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
1964
BFA, Sculpture, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

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