"Donald Sultan working on ""Butterfly February 26, 1996"", Tyler Graphics, Mount Kisco, New York, 1996
Gift of Kenneth Tyler 2002
Photographer: Marabeth COHEN-TYLER"

In the years from 1996 to 2000, Sultan created a large body of work with Kenneth Tyler. These prints, like the artist’s paintings, range from lyrical compositions of rich colour juxtaposed with deep pools of black, to precise botanical studies of insects and fruit.

Sultan was born in 1951 in North Carolina and completed his artistic training at the Art Institute in Chicago before relocating to New York. He is represented in the Kenneth Tyler Collection by over 150 prints.
Emilie Owens

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Born Ashville, North Carolina

Receives Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Receives Master of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois

First solo exhibition, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago

Solo exhibition, Artist’s Space, New York; included in travelling exhibition, Four artist’s drawings, originating at New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

Receives Creative Artists Public Service Grant, New York

Included in Biennial exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Included in exhibitions: New Acquisitions, Art Institute of Chicago; Black and white, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Included in exhibition, Prints from blocks – Gauguin to now, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Included in travelling exhibition, Images and impressions: painters who print, originating at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Included in travelling exhibition, Donald Sultan: prints 1979-1985, originating at Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

Included in exhibition, Public and private: American prints today, Brooklyn Museum, New York

Travelling exhibition, Donald Sultan, originating at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Solo exhibition, Donald Sultan: black lemons, Museum of Modern Art, New York; included in exhibition, Paintings and sculpture from the Guggenheim Museum Collection and major loans, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York

Included in travelling exhibition, 10 x 10: contemporary Soviet and American painters, originating at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; included in exhibitions, First Impressions: early prints by forty-six contemporary artists, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Projects & portfolios: the 25th annual print exhibition, Brooklyn Museum, New York

Included in exhibition, Expressive drawings: European and American art through the 20th century, New York Academy of Art, New York

Travelling exhibition, Donald Sultan: a print retrospective, organised by the American Federation of the Arts, New York, and originating at Lowe Art Museum, Florida; included in exhibitions, Marking the decades: prints 1960-1990, Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland; From America’s studio: twelve contemporary masters, at the Art Institute of Chicago; De Bonnard à Baselitz:dix ans d’enrichissements du cabinet des estampes, 1978 – 88, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France

Included in exhibition, Ways of the modern: from the Beyeler Collection, National Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Included in exhibitions, Recent acquisitions on paper, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Semblances, in the Tatyana Grosman Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Completes first print project, The Album Series, at Tyler Graphics Ltd,Mount Kisco, New York Included in exhibitions: Thinking print – books to billboards, Museum of Modern Art, New York; New in the 90’s, Katonah Museum of Art, New York

Included in exhibitions: Selections from Tyler Graphics Ltd, Atlanta College of Art, Georgia; Donald Sultan and the still life tradition, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC

Completes series of four woodblock prints at Tyler Graphics Ltd

Included in exhibition, New editions this Summer, Mixografia ®, Los Angeles

Solo exhibition, Donald Sultan: 1991 – 2005, Scott White Contemporary Art, San Diego

Solo exhibition, Donald Sultan: recent works, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland

Solo exhibitions: Colours, smoke and war,Mary Ryan Gallery, New York; Donald Sultan: new work, Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, Texas; Donald Sultan,Guy Pieters Gallery, Knokke-Heist, Belgium

Monograph of Sultan's career published, Donald Sultan: the theater of the object; solo exhibitions: Donald Sultan: works on paper, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado; Donald Sultan: artificial images, Aidan Gallery, Moscow, Russia; Donald Sultan: drawings, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland

Solo exhibitions: Donald Sultan: the first decade, Contemporary Arts Centre, Cincinnati, Ohio; Donald Sultan: prints, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York; included in exhibition, Lincoln Centre: selections from 50 years of printmaking, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, Connecticut

Receives the North Carolina Award

Solo exhibition, Donald Sultan: new works, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado

Solo exhibition, The Drawing Room, East Hampton, New York; included in exhibitions: [Re] current editions: 50 years of prints, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, Washington; American masters: art of the 19th-21st centuries, Somerville Manning Gallery, Wilmington, Delaware

Solo exhibition, Donald Sultan: echoes, Galerie Piece Unique, Paris, France; included in exhibitions: New work, The Drawing Room, East Hampton, New York; Flora: Donald Baechler, Ross Bleckner, Squeak Carnwath, Andrew Millner, Donald Sultan, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming

Solo exhibition, Donald Sultan: recent work, Galerie Andres Thalmann, Zurich, Switzerland

Donald Sultan currently lives and works in New York

© Tyler Graphics Ltd; revised Emilie Owens, 2007; revised Julia Greenstreet, 2014

This chronology provides an overview of selected biographical information, major solo and group exhibitions held within the artist's own lifetime.

Further information will be added to this site as the National Gallery proceeds with its research and documentation.

Last updated January 2017