A R T  B I O G R A P H Y​



2017 Minus Space, Brooklyn, NY

2016 Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA.

2014 Minus Space, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Project Room Dinter Fine Art
2007 Art On Wall, Kingston, NY
2001 Art Resources Transfer, Inc. NYC
         New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA
         Elsie B. Rosefsky Memorial Art Gallery, Binghamton University, SUNY, Binghamton, NY
1989 Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Western Australia
1983 The Fine Arts Galleries, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
1982 William Patterson College, Wayne, NJ
1981 Galerie Walter Storms, Munich, Germany
         Kunstforum, Stadt. Galerie im Lembachhaus, Munich, Germany
         Galleria Primo Piano, Rome, Italy
1980 P.S. 1 Museum, Long Island City, NY
1979 John Weber Gallery, NYC
1978 Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC
         MTL Galerie, Brussels, Belgium
         Fine Arts Center, C.W. Post College, Glenvale, LI., NY
1977 Galerie Maier-Hahn, Dusseldorf, Germany
         John Weber Gallery, NYC
         Franklin Furnace, NYC
         P.S. 1 Museum, Long Island City, NY
1975 John Weber Gallery, NYC
1974 John Weber Gallery, NYC
        Galleria Toselli, Milan, Italy
1970 Gallery at 210 Fifth Avenue, NYC
1970 Scott Gallery, NYC
1968 Long Island University, The Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn, NY
1967 Galerie 845, Amsterdam, Netherlands



2017 Tree of Life Grant

2012 Finalist, Photography Competition, Camera Obscura Literary And Photography Journal
1989 Artist-In-Residence Fellowship, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia
1985 VCCA Residency Feliowship
1985 LINE (NEA & NYS Council) Grant
1983 Yaddo Residency Fellowship . .'
1978-79 CAPS (Creative Artists Public Service) Grant (Sculpture)
1972 Ossabaw Island Project Residency Fellowship
1971,72 MacDowell Colony Residency Fellowship




"Recent Acquisitions Artists' Books," Athenaeum Music & Arts Library," La Jolla, CA

"Portrait: The Kentler Flatfiles in 58 Works," Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

"Focus on the Flatfiles: Igniting the Pendulum," Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

"Untitled (Summer),"Minus Space, Brooklyn, NY

"100 Works on Paper Benefit,"Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY


"Focus on the Flatfiles: (INTER)ACTION, Kentler Internayional Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

"Women Artists: Libri d'artista, cataloghi, fotografie, inviti, poster e multipli," 12.2 art gallery, Brescia, Italy

"Focus on the Flatfiles: RITUAL," Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY


"Icons in Ash: Death in Art," Central Booking Gallery, NYC

"Postcards From the Edge," A Benefit for Visual Aids, Metro Pictures, NYC


"On Paper," Minus Space, Brooklyn, NY

"Photography, Concept, Performance, Documentation, Drawing, Language," Mitchell Algus Gallery, NYC


"Inbound 3," Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond, VA


"Julian Pretto Gallery," Minus Space, Brooklyn, NY

"Starting Small," Porter Contemporary, NYC

Parallax Art Fair, NYC

"Drink To Me: Views of Picasso, 40 Years Later" Porter Contemporary, NYC

“The Cutting Edge,” A Fashion Moda Exhibition, Peekskill, NY
“One Of A KInd: An Exhibition of Unique Artist’s Books,” Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge,
MA (traveling exhibition); 2012 Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia; 2013 Owens Art Gallery. Sackville, Canada, A C-Institute, NYC
“A Place To Which We Can Come”, Abandoned Convent Of Saint Cecilia, Brooklyn, NY
“Art From Math/Math As Art”, Flaten Art Museum, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
"Ides of March", ABC No Rio, NYC
Invitational Salon Exhibition of Small Works, New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA
“The Global Contemporary”, Osh Artists Union, Osh, Kyrgyz Republic, Central Asia (traveling exhibition), Artex, City of Artists, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, Central Asia
"Cowgirls 2: The Eclectic All-Woman Group Show", Brik Gallery, Catskill, NY
"Prints & Company", East Gallery, Ben Shahn Galleries at William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ 

"The Writer's Brush", Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, NY (traveling exhibition), Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA
"Night Of 1000 Drawings", Artists Space, NYC
Invitational Salon Exhibition of Small Works, New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA
“Cowgirls Of The Hudson River Valley”, Brik Gallery, Catskill, NY
Invitational Salon Exhibition of Small Works, New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA
Invitational Salon Exhibition of Small Works, New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA
Invitational Salon Exhibition of Small Works, New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA
“Chromatic Cryptology”, Tribes Gallery, NYC
"Winter Paper", Catherine Moore Fine Arts, NYC
“Benefit”, Art Resources Transfer, NYC
"Generations: A Survey of Woman Artists at the Millennium", A.I.R. Gallery, NYC
"Benefit", Art Resources Transfer, NYC
"Celebrating Yaddo Artists", Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, B'klyn, NY
Invitational Salon Exhibition of Small Works, New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA
Benefit Auction for Dieu Donne Papermill, Inc., NYC
Benefit Auction for Dieu Donne Papermill, Inc., NYC
"5 Artists", Printed Matter, NYC

"$1000/100", Estok/Lanza Fine Art, NYC
"Urban Analysis", Barbara Braathen Gallery, NYC
"Women Artists' Books 1969-1979", Printed Matter, Dia Center for the Arts, NYC
"Rotating Group Show", Rosa Esman Gallery, NYC
"White Pages", Frick Gallery, Tubingen, Germany

"Reams of Pleasure," Jan Weiss Gallery, NYC
"Serial Images", Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
"Committed To Print" (150 Artist Book), The Museum of Modern Art, NYC
"Connections Project/Conexus", The Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, NYC (traveling exhibition) University Gallery of Fine Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; Southeastern Massachusetts University Art Gallery, Dartmouth, MA; Museo de ArtContemporanea, Sao Paulo, Brazil
"The March Hare Show", Lasser Galleries, NYC
"The Bookmade Art: A Selection of Contemporary Artist's Books", Department of Special  Collections, The University of Chicago Library, University of Chicago, IL
"Estampes et 'livres d' artistes' du XXe siecle: Enrichissements du Cabinet des Estampes 1978-1986", Bibliotheque Nationale, Departement des Estampes et de La Photographie, Paris, France
Independent Curators Benefit Exhibition, NYC
"Artist Made Books", Centro Culturale Artein Gallery, Rome, Italy
"Illuminations", Dramatis Personae Gallery, NYC
"Well Read And In The Pink", Center For Book Arts, NYC
"Writing On The Wall", Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
"Verbally Charged Images", The Queens Museum, NY (traveling exhibition) USF Art Galleries, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; Univerisity Art Gallery, San Diego State University,San Diego, CA; Art Gallery, California State College, San Bernardino, CA
"Artists' Books", Universitat Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
"Artists' Books", Kathryn Markel Gallery, NYC
"Arteder '82, International Graphic Arts Exhibition", Bilbao International Exhibition Center,Bilbao, Spain
"Artists' Books", William Patterson College, Wayne, NJ
"Print Series", Modern Art Gallery, Vienna, Austria
"Print Benefit", Center for Inter-American Relations, NYC
"RSM: Selections from a Contemporary Collection", Herron Gallery, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
"Artists' Books Biennial", Centro de Arte y Comunicacion, Buenos Aires, Argentina
“Terminal Show", Brooklyn, NY
"Hundreds of Drawings", Artist's Space, NYC
"About Faces", Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center, Portsmouth, OH
"Artists' Books, Zone, Springfield, MA
"Artists' Books", Centre de Documentacio d'Art Actual, Metronom, Barcelona, Spain
"5. International Biennale Erweiterte Fotografie", Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria
"New Dimensions in Drawing 1950-1980", The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
"One Grand Leap Year Art Sale", Franklin Furnace, NYC
"Pool: Photo-Documentation", Artists Space, NYC (traveling exhibition) University of North Carolina, Winston-Salem, NC
"Selections From the Collection of Dr. Milton Brutten/Dr. Helen Herrick", Ben Shahn Gallery, William Patterson College, Wayne, NJ
John Weber Gallery, NYC
Neuen Galerie-Summlung Ludwig, Aachen, Germany
"Primera Bienal Internacional del Deporte en las Artes Plasticas", Museo Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Montevideo, Uruguay
"Artists from the John Weber Gallery, NYC", USF Galleries, College of Fine Arts, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (traveling exhibition) Visual Arts Gallery, Florida International University, Miami, FL
"Drawing", Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC
"With a Smile", Multiples/Marion Goodman Gallery, NYC
John Weber Gallery, NYC .
"CAPS Sculpture Show", Bevier Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology,College of Fine &  Applied Arts, Rochester, NY
"New Work/New Editions", Multiples/Marion Goodman Gallery, NY, 1978   
"Artwords Bookworks", Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, CA (traveling Exhibition) Herron School of Art, Indianapolis; New Orlecins Contemporary Arts Center; Franklin Furnace, NYC
"Artists' Books USA", Dalhousie Art Gallery, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia (traveling exhibition) University Of California, Irvine; Allen Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio; University,of Wisconsin, Stout; Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT
"Artists' Books", National Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand, (traveling exhibition) The Auckland City Gallery, Auckland, NZ; The George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia; Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide; Institute of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia
"Two Decades of American Printmaking: 1957-1977", Worcester Art Museum, Worchester, MA 

"Recent Works", John Weber Gallery, NYC
"$500--and--Under Art Sale", Franklin Furnace, .NYC
"From Photography", Truman Gallery, NYC
"ISBN: O:000.OLCCN:78-000", Franklin Furnace, NYC
"Foire-Exposition d'Art Actuel", Centre Culturel du Marais, Paris
John Weber Gallery, NYC
"Book Objects by Contemporary Artists", Members Gallery, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
"Prints in Series: Idea Into Image", The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
NAME Gallery, Chicago, IL
Julian Pretto Gallery, NYC  "Aphoto", Studio Marconi, Milan, Italy, (traveling exhibition), Galleria D'Arte, Rome, Italy; International Cultura! Centrum, Antwerp, Belgium
John Weber Gallery, NYC '
"Contemporary Abstract Art: Works on Paper", Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
"The Mind's Eye", Gallery of the Loretto-Hilton Center, Webster College, St. Louis, MO
"New Work, New York", California State University, Los Angeles, CA
John Weber Gallery, NYC
Members Gallery, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
"New Editions", Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont, CA
John Weber Gallery, NYC .
John Weber Gallery, NYC
Barbara Cusack Gallery, Houston, Texas
141 Prince Street, NYC
The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
Women's Interart Center, NYC

About the Artist: Articles, Reviews, Catalogues, Interviews, Catalogue Raisonne:


Bolick, Robert, Books on Books, "The Traveling Woman Book 1" 1-of-a-kind Artist Book, Online, 1/2020

Houston, David W., Catalogue of exhibition,"Portrait: The Kentler Flatfiles in 58 Works," Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY, 12/2019 

Allen, Roberta, "Almost Invisible," prose piece + images, Mana Contemporary Online, 9/17/2019

Catalogue of exhibition, "Women Artists: Libri d'artista, cataloghi, fotografie, inviti, poster e multipli," 12.2 art gallery + L'Arengario Studio Bibliografico, Brescia, Italy

Cascone, Sarah, Editors' Picks: 12 Things to See in New York This Week, Artnet Magazine, Nov. 2, 2017

Pini, Gary, 10 Must-See Shows (and One Magazine) Opening in New York This Week, Paper Magazine, Nov. 2,


Bosworth, Beth, Photo from Secret Worlds, The Saint Ann's Review, TSAR, Volume 18, No. 1, Fall 2017, P.__.

Torri, Erika, "Roberta Allen," catalogue raisonne, Artists' Books Collection, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA., May 2017, 64 pages.

Seed, John, "Clusters of Loose Geometries in Conceptual "Thought Drawings," Roberta Allen (Review), Hyperallergic, Nov. 10, 2016 online.

Burstein Hewitt, Lonnie, (article)"A Wabi-Sabi Experience comes to Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla," La Jolla Light, Sept. 20, 2016.

Catalogue of exhibition, "Un Museo Ideale: The Collection of Bianca & Mario Bertolini," Museo del Novecento, Milan, Italy, 2015.

Vartanian, Hrag, "Best of 2014: Our Top 10 Brooklyn Art Shows: "#2 Roberta Allen: Works from the 1970s at 

Minus Space," Hyperallergic, Dec. 23, 2014, online.

Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation, The Writer's Brush Exhibition Catalogue, 2014

Smithson, Aline, "Unbound 3 at Candela Books + Gallery," Lens/cratch, July 10, 2014, 

Vartanian, Hrag, Art RX, "Roberta Allen: Works from the 1970s," Hyperallergic, Apr. 1, 2014, online.

"10 Opening Exhibitions to Watch / Roberta Allen: Works from the 1970s," Mutual Art.com, April 2, 2014

"Editor’s Picks / Roberta Allen: Works from the 1970s" arthaps.com, March 31, 2014

Shuster, Robert, "65 Things to Do in NYC During Spring 2014," Art: "Roberta Allen, "Works from the 1970s,"

Village Voice, March 26, 2014 online.

Photo Reproduction from "Inbound 3," Lenscratch.com 2014. 
Hatry, Heide, catalogue of exhibition “One Of A KInd: Unique Artist’s Books,” Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA, 2011, pp 18,19
Ewald, Jill, “Art from Math, Math as Art,” (article) Journal of Mathematics and the Arts, 4: 4, pp 213-217, Jan. 18, 2011
Smart, Paul, “In the North Woods of Minnesota,” (article), Smart Art, Woodstock Times, Ulster Publishing, Sept. 24, 2009, P

Wynn Kramarshy,http://aboutdrawing.org/artist/grid/8
Amy Eshoo, Editor, 560 BROADWAy: A New York Drawing Collection at Work, 1991-2006, Fifth Floor Foundation with Yale University Press, 2008, pp 161, 177.
Einreinhofer, Nancy, catalogue of exhibition, "Prints & Company", Ben Shahn Galleries, William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ, 2007
Smart, Bill, “Follow The Arrows”, (Article), The Woodstock Times, Ulster Publishing Almanac, Kingston, NY, Jan. 23, 2007, pp 14,15
Carroll, James, catalogue of exhibition at New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA
Shira, Ron, “Roberta Allen’s work a different look at reality,” Reading Times, Reading Eagle, Reading, PA, Oct. 7, 2001
Morgan, Robert A., __________
Kostelanetz, Richard, DICTIONARY OF THE AVANT GARDE, A-Cappella, 1993,
James, Verity, ABC Radio National, "Arts National", Interview, Perth, Western Australia, April 15, 1989
James, Verity, ABC Radio GWN, "In Tempo" Interview, Western Australia arts program, April 15,1989
Willoughby, Bob, Channell 0 Television Interview, "Our Town", Perth, Western Australia, April10,1989
Brown, David, GUVSFM Radio Interview, "Akkess", Perth, Western Australia, April 10, 1989
Palmer, Sarah, "Weaving images of life and language", (article), The West Australian, Perth,Western Australia, April 6, 1989, Revue p lG
Daale, Liz, GUVSFM Radio Interview, "Stupendous Stereo Stage Show", Perth, Western Australia,
April 5, 1989
Bromfield, David, "Minute and immediate" (review) The West Australian, Perth, Australia, March 30, 1989, Revue p 12
Tonks, Ann, GUVSFM Radio Interview, "Cappuchino Club", Perth, Western Australia, March 28, 1989
Stringer, John, catalogue of exhibition of the artist at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Western Australia, 1989
Amos, Mardy, "Picture Puzzles", (article), Sunday Living, Sunday Times, Perth, Western Australia, March 26, 1989, P 11
Hanly, Elizabeth, "Handmade Boxes: Timber", New York Woman, (article), September 1988,p 154
"Connections Project/Conexus", collaborative artists' bookwork, 1987
Lewinson, David, "Words and images combine to delight and stimulate", (review) The San Diego Union, February 7, 1985, P 0-10
Harrison, Helen A., "When the Word Meets the Picture", (review) The New York Times, L.I., Sunday, September 15, 1985, P 11
Lipson, Karin, "Text and Language Team Up in Islip", (review) Newsday, September 13, 1985
Felshin, Nina, "Verbally Charged Images", catalogue of traveling exhibition "Writing On The Wall", catalogue of exhibition, Islip Art Museum, 1985
"Variations on a Theme: Embellished Elevations of the Carnegie Mansion", catalogue, Cooper Hewitt Museum, NYC, 1984, P 14
Winans, Martha, catalogue of "RSM: Selections From A Contemporary Collection", Herron Gallery, Indianapolis University, Indianapolis, Indiana
"They Both Saw It", catalogue of exhibition with Liliana Porter at William Patterson College, text by the artist, 1982
"In and Out of Kutztown", A Documentation of the Art Series Program 1974-81, pp 238-243 by the artist
Jerome, Deborah, (review) The Record, NJ, February 8, 1982, P 16
Mela Art Magazine, No.5, Fall 1981 , "Some Facts About Fear" by the artist, Florence, Italy, P 22
"Erweiteerte Fotografie/Extended Photography", catalogue of exhibition at Wiener Seccession, Vienna, Austria, 1981
Watkins, Eileen, "Art In Jersey" (review) The Sunday Star-Ledger, NJ, January 31, 1982, P 11
Friedel, Dr. Helmut, "Roberta Allen, Ascending/Descending Arrows" A Floor Installation", catalogue of exhibition at the Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Kunstforum, Munich, Germany
"Primera Bienal Internacional del Deporte en las Artes Plasticas", catalogue of exhibition at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Montevideo, Uruguay
Rein, Ingrid, "Paradoxa mit Pfeil und Fisch, Die Installationen von Roberta Allen", Suddeutsche Zeitung, April 27, 1981
"Selections From The Collection of Dr. Milton Brutten/Dr. Helen Herrick", catalogue of exhibition at William Patterson College, Wayne, NJ
"Pool", catalogue of pool exhibitions, C.W. Post College, Glenvale, L.I., NY
Skira Annuel, "Art Actuel", 1979, Geneva, Statement by the artist, p 32
Brody, Jacqueline, "Roberta Allen" (Prints & Photographs Published), (review) The Print Collector's Newsletter, March-April 1979, p 18
O'Grady, Holly, "The Paradoxical Arrow: Roberta Allen's Installations And Books", (article), Arts Magazine, February 1979, pp 156,157
"Focus '78", catalogue of exhibition at Centre Cultural du Marais, Paris. Foire- Exposition d'Art Actuel
Anderson, Alexandra, "From Photography", Voice Choices, Village Voice, August 28, 1978, P 66
Mussa, Italo, "A photo e 10 specifico fotografico", Studio Marconi 1 /2, January 1978, pp 49, 52
Lopes Cardozo, Judith, "Roberta Allen" (review) Artforum, February 1978, pp 73, 74
"Artists Books/Bookworks", catalogue of Australian Tour, 1978, p 10
"Artists' Books", catalogue of New Zealand Tour, 1978, p 10
"Artists' Books USA", catalogue of traveling exhibition, 1978-1980
Peccolo, Roberto, "Aphoto", catalogue of exhibition at Studio Marconi, Milan, Italy, 1977, pp 16-21
Eakins, Patricia, "Roberta Allen" (review) Womanart, Fall 1977, p 28
Lubell, Ellen, "Roberta Allen" (review) Arts Magazine, October 1977, pp 23,24
Deitch, Jeffrey, "Roberta Allen", (article), Arts Magazine, June 1977, p 6
Art-Rite No. 14, 1977, Artists' Books, Statement by the artist
Artweek October 16, 1976 Vol. 7, No. 35
Auping, Michael, "New Work/New York" catalogue of exhibition at California State University, Los Angeles, 1976 .
Brody, Jacqueline, "Roberta Allen" (Multiples & Objects & Artists' Books"), The Print Collector's Newsletter, May-June 1975, p 46
Lubell, Ellen, "Alighiero E. Boetti/Roberta Allen" (review), Arts Magazine, April 1975, pp 19, 20
Gilbert-Rolfe, Jeremy, "Roberta Allen" (review), Artforum, May 1974, p 69
Frank, Peter, "Roberta Allen" (review) The Soho Weekly News, Vol. 1, No. 22, March 7, 1974; pp 14,22
Aletrino, H.P., (review) Hilversum II Radio, Netherlands, Artisticke Staalkaart, August 9, 1967


SOME FACTS ABOUT FEAR, self-published, NY, 2017, edition of 100, signed and numbered

SOME FACTS ABOUT FEAR, published by the artist, Rome, 1981, limited edition
POSSIBILITIES, John Weber Gallery & Parasol Press, 1977, edition of 1000
POINTLESS ACTS, Collation Center, NY 1977, edition of 1000
POINTLESS ARROWS, published by the artist, 197G, edition of 1000
PARTIALLY TRAPPED LINES, Parasol Press, SA, 1975, limited edition of 200

THE INVISIBLE LINE OF LIMITATION, Parasol Press, SA, 1975, limited edition of 200


2018 Panelist, "Double Take: Writers Who Are Artists, Artists Who Are Writers," National Arts Club, New York, NY

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Born 1945: New York, NY