The epic career of Bronx-born painter Arnold Mesches, spanned six decades in the studio and over 142 solo exhibitions, as well as countless group shows. Mesches is in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum of America Art, the National Gallery, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. He was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts, a New York State Fellowship, a Florida State Fellowship, and three Pollack-Krasner Grants. In 2009, the University of Florida awarded him an Honorary Doctorate. He lived in Gainesville, Florida and Brooklyn, New York and was married to novelist Jill Ciment. A major retrospective of his work, “Arnold Mesches: A Life’s Work,” was recently mounted Museum of Art + Design showcasing 13 series of works, over 145 works, from his first painting (1945) to his “Shock and Awe” series. His work has been the subject of three solo exhibitions at Life on Mars Gallery, and was featured in Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland at the Brooklyn Museum.
NY Times Obituary: Arnold Mesches, Artist Who Was Recorded by the F.B.I., Dies at 93