Carl Ostendarp pursues a painting practice which has had a significant impact on the continuing development of pictorial abstraction. He has engaged in 34 solo national and international museum and gallery exhibitions as well as more than 170 group exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include: Carl Ostendarp at Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York City; Everything Falls Faster than an Anvil at Pace Gallery, London; and Pop Abstractions at Garth Greenan Gallery and Fredericks & Freiser, New York City.
His work is represented by the Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York City; Galerie Schmidt Maczollek, Cologne, Germany; and Carroll and Sons, Boston. Ostendarp has lectured on his work at Columbia University, Williams College, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Wurtemburgischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany. He taught at NYU, Tyler, Rutgers, SVA, and The Cooper Union prior to his 16 years at Cornell.
He is an Associate Professor currently serving as Director of Graduate studies for the MFA Program at Cornell University. Ostendarp received his B.F.A. from Boston University and his M.F.A. from Yale University.
The books mentioned in the interview are Rock and the Pop Narcotic: Testament for the Electric Church Paperback – August, 1995, by Joe Carducci (Author) and Clement Greenberg Between the Lines