Over more than 50 years, largely outside the mainstream, Robert Bergman (b. 1944 in New Orleans, LA, currently dividing his time between New York City and Minnesota) has pursued a vision of advancing psychological and philosophical depth in photography and transcending the boundaries between painting and photography. In Toni Morrison’s words in her introduction to his classic 1998 book A Kind of Rapture, his color portraits are “… a master template of the singularity, the community, and the inextinguishable sacredness of the human race.”
Robert Bergman has had solo exhibitions at The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, MoMA/P.S.1 in New York, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Yossi Milo Gallery in New York, and Michael Hoppen Contemporary in London. Group shows include the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, MoMA, the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and the Come Together: Surviving Sandy exhibition in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to the collections of the Hill Art Foundation and Agnes Gund, President Emerita, MoMA, Bergman’s work is in the permanent collections of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Cleveland Museum, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The National Gallery of Art, the 21C Museum in Louisville, KY, and numerous other individual collections. His work has also been highlighted in books, magazines, and newspapers in the United States, Great Britain, France, and Germany as well as on NPR and PBS. He received the Pollock- Krasner Foundation Grant in 2017.