Photo: Michael Halsband
Artist, writer and curator, Mike Solomon has spent a lifetime in the fine arts. Son of Abstract Expressionist Syd Solomon (1917-2004) he was raised in the art world of the 1960s. Solomon attended The College of Creative Studies at U.C.S.B. (BA '79). He also attended Skowhegan School of Art ('75) and Yale Summer School of Art and Music ('78) Independent study in New York in the Fall of 1978 with Ray Parker and David Budd. He received his MFA from Hunter College in 1989.
Solomon served as an assistant to artists including: John Chamberlain (1980-84), James and Charlotte Brooks (1989-92) and Alfonso Ossorio (1990). In 1991 Solomon managed Ossorio's considerable art estate in East Hampton and then Co-Founded and Directed the Ossorio Foundation through 2002. His achievement in bringing international recognition to Alfonso Ossorio is documented in the book Artist Estates: Reputations in Trust, Rutgers University Press 2005. In 2003 Solomon became the Interim-Trustee to the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation and was responsible for repatriating the rights of The Addams Family back to the Foundation. He also created Art Legacy Management Services to help artists, collectors, estates and institutions deal with managing art and estates. Some of his clients include artist Jack Youngerman and The Estate of Alan Shields.
In 2006 Solomon began to reduce his consulting and administrative duties in order to meet the growing demands of his own art career. He shows regularly in New York, the Hamptons, Texas and Florida and has been written about by Paul Laster, Helen Harrison, Sarah Douglas, Mark Ormond and Robert Long, among others.
His work is in many notable private collections including Beth DeWoody, Richard Meier, Dan Flavin Jr., Pricilla Rattazzi Whittle and artist Richard Prince. Public collections include the Parrish Museum Southampton, NY, The Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL and the Columbia Museum, in SC. He has been awarded the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant twice, in 2001 and in 2012.
Solomon also writes about art. He has written and lectured extensively on Alfonso Ossorio, most recently at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. He writes commentary for Hamptons Art Hub, to Whitehot Magazine.com and Sarasota Magazine.
Solomon's blog is; All The Work I've Ever Done - A Curatorial Blog - is an ongoing serial survey of his work since the 1970s. It contains chronological images of his works along with essays on each period.
This site and its entire contents are © Mike Solomon.