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From 1973-81, Roberta Allen showed alongside Sol LeWitt, Robert Ryman, Carl Andre and others at John Weber Gallery in New York. Her conceptual art, combining text and image, has included drawings, collages, artist books, photo/text works, installations, digital prints and sculpture. 30 one-person and over 100 group exhibitions have taken place in galleries and museums internationally. She has work in the collections of MoMA and The Metropolitan Museum, among many other museum and private collections.
Since 1970-71, she has explored consciousness (see Mind Matters statement) in her conceptual art, in particular, how language informs our perception of images. She defines subjective views and plays with possibility to present as facts her own interpretations in order to encourage others to reflect upon their subjective experience.
A Tennessee Williams Fellow in Fiction and a Yaddo Fellow, Roberta is a micro and short story writer, novelist and memoirist with nine published books, including her latest, The Princess of Herself, a story collection.
Roberta lived briefly in Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin, and Mexico. Her travels, often alone, include the Peruvian Amazon, Indonesia, Turkey, Egypt, Mali (for the New York Times Magazine) and Central America. Her travels inspired many of her stories, her novel, and her memoir about her trip alone in the Amazon.
She taught creative writing at The New School for many years and has taught at Columbia University. Since 1991, she has taught private writing workshops. Since the pandemic, she teaches only 1-on-1 classes on Zoom.
"The reemergence of an artist is a wonderful thing, but when that artist is as talented as Roberta Allen, then it is truly a joyous occasion."