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Jack Balas is an artist originally based in Chicago and Los Angeles, who divides his time between painting, drawing and photography, cross-referenced at times with writing and other media . A recipient in 1995 of an Individual Fellowship in Painting from the National Endowment for the Arts, he is represented in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art (New York), the Tucson Museum of Art, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (Iowa), the Kent & Vicki Logan Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the 21c Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, and the Usminas Cultural Institute (Usicultura), Ipatinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  A portfolio of his paintings "Today I Drove Along the Rio Grande" was published in issue #120 of The Paris Review (New York). His 2008 museum solo project "We'll Be Seeing You" appeared at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. In 2014-2016 he is exhibiting work in a group show sponsored by the US State Department's Art in Embassies Program, at the United States Embassy in Vienna, Austria.

This website includes a broad spectrum of the artwork divided into individual media in the above navigation bar. You can read an artist statement and get an overview of the work by taking a TOUR.  The newest painting and photo work is in the black area below, while a few other highlights from the past are in the adjacent gray.

 

CURRENT SHOWS
& NEWS:

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LOGAN LECTURE
(Artist Talk)
Sharp Auditorium
Denver Art Museum
Denver, CO
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
7pm

 

 

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TRUE COLORS
(group exhibition)
PRESS STREET
ANTENNA GALLERY
New Orleans, La.
August 9 - September 6, 2014

http://press-street.com/antenna/

 

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GROUP EXHIBITION
U.S. DEPARTMENT of STATE
ART IN EMBASSIES PROGRAM
UNITED STATES EMBASSY
VIENNA, AUSTRIA
2014-2016

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"PAGE 179, ARTFORUM
SEPTEMBER, 2013"
Brennan and Griffin
55 Delancy St.
New York, NY.

click here for exhibition information
through January 19, 2014

 

 

 

 

New Essay on JACKROAD:


WHERE'S THE BEEF?
A LOOK FOR (AND LACK OF)
THE MALE EROTIC IMAGE
IN CONTEMPORARY ART.
IS THE TERM "HOMO-EROTIC"
PEJORATIVE?

 



"An important issue I hadn't thought much about."
--Lucy Lippard, Independent Critic & Curator

"I read with great interest."
-- Raphael Rubinstein, Contributing Editor, Art In America

"You are a good writer."
--William Morrow, Curator, Denver Art Museum

"I was happy to pass it on to Okwui Enwezor,
who took an intense look at it."
--Dr. Sonja Teine, Assistant to Director Okwui Enwezor, Haus der Kunst, Munich

 

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New!
JackBook 3: TATTOO DETOUR
Paintings & Drawings from
Honolulu

180 pages with 175 images
preview & order at
BLURB.COM

 

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New Catalog
written by Jack Balas
on the ceramic art of
Robert Judson and the
paintings and drawings
of Lloyd Rolfe

120 pages with 256 images
preview & order at
BLURB.COM

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 The BROOKLYN MUSEUM,
New York City,
has recently acquired two pieces
from the MUSE / MUSEUM series
for its permanent collection.

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Current Work in
Painting:  

2011-2014
   

 

 

 

THE DRAWING ROOM

New Drawings
and Collage

     

 

 

 

 

Series:
MUSE / MUSEUM --

New work 2014

     

  

NEW GUYS

NEW BOATS

NEW WORK

 

The
New World Series

 

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TATTOO DETOUR: 8

Honolulu Drawings
2014

 

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www.JackBalas.com: BACK TO BACK OF THE YARDS: Collage from Southside Chicag 

Collage Series:

BACK TO
BACK OF THE YARDS
   

 

CATALOG ESSAY for "DECADES OF INFLUENCE" and "EXTENDED REMIX"
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

"Artist and catalogue contributor Jack Balas captures the boom mood in his poetic essay about being a laborer for hire. His description of driving across the country as an art shipper in the 80's expresses the increasing vulnerability of the artist through a portrait of the landscape. Looking in the rearview mirror suggests that the 90's represented the point of no return for the contemporary art world."

Cydney Payton, Executive Director /
Chief Curator, MoCA Denver.

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"WE'LL BE SEEING YOU" :
PROJECT AND SOLO EXHIBITION
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, DENVER

(Summer, 2008)
 

 


 inclusion in "SELF-EXPOSURE:
THE MALE NUDE SELF-PORTRAIT"
photo anthology by Reed Massengill,
published by Rizzoli International,
New York

In bookstores now

INCLUSION IN
NEW PHOTO ANTHOLOGY:
THE MAMMOTH BOOK
OF GORGEOUS GUYS

 

 "AMERICAN MALE"
SOLO EXHIBITION
EGO GALLERY
BARCELONA, SPAIN
January 29 - March 5, 2009

See Installation Photos here.
40-page full-color catalog
available

 

 

JackBook 1:
Catalog from Blurb.com
An 80-page, full-color look at
the STUD DUST photo series.

 

 

JackBook 4
Catalog from Blurb.com
An 80-page, full-color look at
the MUSE/ MUSEUM series.

 

 

Cover Image for
"How to Name a Hurricane"
by Rane Arroyo
University of Arizona Press
I
n Bookstores Now

     

highlights FROM THE ARCHIVE:

All contents of this site
© 2002-14 by Jack Balas
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NOW ON THE SITE:

1980's - 1990's PAINTINGS

LANDSCAPE
TEXT
COLLAGE
OTHER COOL STUFF

  STUD DUST
A series of photographs
A.K.A. "Studio Men"

 

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THE OBERDICK CHAISE
and other sculpture