Born in New York (United States), 1956Lives & works in (United States) Very active in: 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, Current decade
Gartel is considered the 'Father' of the Digital Art movement around the world. He has been exhibited, and is in the permanent collections of, major museums worldwide.
Born and raised in New York City, Gartel had the opportunity to teach Andy Warhol how to use the Amiga Computer, went to School of Visual Arts, with fellow art student, graffiti artist Keith Haring, where he earned his BFA degree majoring in Graphics, and started his electronic career working side by side with video guru Nam June Paik at Media Study/Buffalo in upstate New York. Gartel had many associations with musicians such as Debbie Harry (Blonde) Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols), Stiv Bators (Dead Boys), Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls), Ace Frehley (Kiss) and Wendy O Williams (Plasmatics).
Art critic Nuvo Japonica states 'His oeuvre [...] represents both some of the earliest artistic experiments with this technology, and a continuum with the present day where the technology is now ubiquitous. Gartel's work, with its origins in video systems, has a strong relationship with video art.'
Recently, Gartel has created artwork for such Pop Culture stars such as Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. His ABSOLUT GARTEL commission for Absolut Vodka is perhaps his most well known artwork gracing the pages of 'ART-IN-AMERICA,' 'Artforum,' 'Sothebys,' 'Art and Auction,' 'Art and Antiques,' 'ArtByte,' 'Scientific American,' 'Technology Review,' 'WIRED,' & 'NY Magazine.
He has several monograph books on his work: "Laurence Gartel: A Cybernetic Romance" published by Gibbs Smith, (c) 1989 Utah.The introduction to the book is written by Nam June Paik.
"Gartel: Arte & Tecnologia" published by Edizioni Mazzotta, (c) 1998 Milan, Italy. The introduction to the book is written by noted art historian and critic Pierre Restany.
Gartel is included in the Italian Art History Textbook:"La Storia Dell Arte" published by Editions Giunti (c) 2001, Florence. Michelangelo at the front of the book and GARTEL being the last page representing NEW VISUAL LANGUAGES.
Gartel judged the Digital Film making Competition at the Scottsdale International Film Festival and gave a lecture on the history of his art at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. He also created a large screen multi media project for Governor Jeb Bush's Office of Film & Entertainment, presented during the Florida Filmmakers Reunion at the Globe Theatre, UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, Hollywood. He created a body of work interviewing filmmakers during the Miami International Film Festival, as well as hosting a panel discussion with industry leaders titled, "THE DIGITAL AGE" in conjunction with the festival's Reel Seminar Series. Gartel was a judge for this year's HD Festival in South Florida.
His work which has been in MoMA's collection since his 25th birthday; the collection at the Bibliotheque Nationale; the Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution; and now in the collection of the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, still needs to be unearthed by scholars and experts who are clueless of these early days. Gartel is keen to fuse the 'old' with the 'new' and bring video and digital art to the forefront of contemporary art.
Selected Gallery Solo Exhibitions
GARTEL RETROSPECTIVE, Galerie L, Moscow, Russia, 2000 GARTEL Italian Series, Spaziotempo Gallery, Florence, Italy, 2000 GARTEL: MILANO ART FAIR, Milan, Italy, 2000 GARTEL: Digital Art, DFN Gallery, NYC, NY, 2000 GARTEL: Larger than Life, Caitlyn Gallery, St. Louis, MO, 1999 GARTEL, ZURICH ART FAIR, Switzerland, 1999 GARTEL, Colville Place Gallery, London, U.K., 1999 GARTEL, Italian Cultural Institute, NYC., NY, 1999 GARTEL: MILANO ART FAIR, Milan, Italy, 1999 Laurence Gartel: Arte & Tecnologie, Galerie Posteria, Milan, Italy, 1998 L. Gartel: Older Works: 77'-82', Galerie der Gegenwart, Wiesbaden, Germany, 1998 Honoring L. Gartel: 20 Years of Computer Art, ART FAIR, Innsbruck, Austria, 1998 Laurence Gartel: 20 Years of Computer Art, Philip Morris, Berlin, Germany, 1997 Laurence Gartel: 20 Years of Computer Art, Philip Morris, Hamburg, Germany, 1997 Laurence Gartel: 20 Years of Computer Art, Philip Morris, Munich, Germany, 1997 Laurence Gartel: 20 Years of Computer Art, America Haus, Frankfurt, Germany, 1997 L. Gartel: New Works, Galerie der Gegenwart, Wiesbaden, Germany, 1997 L. Gartel: A Cybernetic Romance, Galerie der Gegenwart, Wiesbaden, Germany, 1995 L. Gartel: A Cybernetic Romance, Palm Beach Int. Airport, Palm Beach, FL, 1995 Laurence M. Gartel: A Cybernetic Romance, Nicolae Gallery, Columbus, OH, 1992 Gartel: Romance Cibernetico, Gallery Euroamericano, Caracas, Venezuela, 1992 Cybernetic Romance, Fotogalerie Bordeneau, Neustadt, Germany, 1992 Cybernetic Romance, Calenberger Volksbank, Seelze, Germany, 1992 Laurence M. Gartel, MONDO MIAMI, Virginia Miller Gallery, Coral Gables, FL, 1991 Gartel, Cybernetic Romance and Computography, Neikrug Gallery, NYC, NY, 1991 Nuvo Japonica, Verbum Gallery, San Diego, CA, 1991 L. Gartel, Digitized Holiday Visions, Virginia Miller Gallery, Coral Gables, FL, 1990 Gartel and Photography: The Next 150 Years, Spiritus Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA, 1990 East Meets West, University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo, CO, 1990 Nuvo Japonica, Gallery International 57, NYC, NY, 1990 Laurence M. Gartel: Video Photos, Nikon House Gallery, NYC, NY, 1980 Laurence M. Gartel: Video Photos, Sea Cliff Photography, Sea Cliff, NY
Selected Museum and University Group Exhibitions
First Elvis Art Show, Hollywood Art and Cultural Center, Hollywood, FL, 1998 Inaugural Exhibition, Museum of New Arts, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 1996 Digital Salon, Palm Beach Community College Museum, Lake Worth, FL,1995 Civil Rights, The Bronx Museum for the Arts, Bronx, NY, 1991 Infinite Illusions, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., 1990 Exchange of Information, Museum of Modern Art, NYC, NY, 1990 Out of Bounds, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY, 1989 Electronic Imaging, St. Louis Community College, MO, 1989 WYSIWYG, Blair Museum, Holidaysburg, PA, 1989 The Artist & The Computer, Bronx Museum for the Arts, Bronx, NY, 1987 Computer Art, University of Dublin, Ireland, 1987 Computer Art, Columbia University, NYC, NY, 1984 Abstract and Image Processing, P.S. 1 Museum, Long Island City, NY, 1984 The Artist & The Computer, Long Beach Museum of Art, CA, 1983 Points of View, Museum of Art University of Oklahoma, OK, 1982
Selected Gallery Group Exhibitions
Summer Show, DFN Gallery, NYC, NY, 2000 Dream Contenary Computer Graphics Grand Prix 99, Aizu, Japan, 1999 Video History: Making Connections, Syracuse, NY, 1998 Pioneers of Digital Photography, Open Space Gallery, Allentown, PA, 1998 TOUCHWARE Art Gallery: 25th Anniversary, Siggraph '98, Orlando, FL, 1998 Computer Art: Anjal & Laurence Gartel, Broward Community College, FL, 1998 Digipainting '97 Echi dal terzo Millennio, Rome, Italy, 1997 ART FAIR: Editions of Art, Innsbruck, Austria, 1997 ART FAIR: Art Multiple, Dusseldorf, Germany, 1996 Computer Art, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 1996 ART FAIR: LA Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA, 1992 East/ West Photography Conference, Poland, 1992 Computer Art, Olympia & York, NYC, NY, 1991 The Exquisite FAX, FAX ART, 612-690-0172, Minneapolis, MN, 1991 Transportation on Images, John Wayne International Airport, Orange County, CA, 1990 Second International Symposium on Electronic Art, Amsterdam, Holland, 1990 Eurographics 1990, Montreaux, Switzerland, 1990 Infinite Illusions, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., 1990 Computer Art, Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, 1989 Computer Art, Images Du Futur, Montreal, Canada, 1988 Computer Art Show, Siggraph, various locations 1986-83 Ready for Prime Time Artists, Discovery Gallery, Glen Cove, NY, 1983 Video Art, Flviana Gallery, Locarno, Switzerland, 1980