Musée des Beaux-Arts Le Locle, Switzerland — Lannan Foundation Santa Fe, NM — Parrish Art Museum Watermill, NY — New Britain Museum of American Art New Britain, CT — New Mexico Museum of Art Santa Fe, N.M., USA — Chazen Museum of Art Madison, WI — George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film - Rochester, NY, USA — National Gallery of Art Washington, DC — Hamburger Kunsthalle Hamburg, Germany — Yale University Art Gallery New Haven, CT, USA (from the Nancy and Robinson Grover art collection) — HBC Global Art Collection New York, NY, USA — New York Historical Society Museum New York, NY, USA
"...chosen by Ross Bleckner, a painter known for canvases that hover between abstraction and representation, display an ethereal quality similar to his own, except in photographs rather than paint. Mr. Bleckner's "Separated by a Curtain," from 2010, is a large canvas with fuzzy concentric circles reminiscent of an iris and pupil. The three images from Renate Aller's series "Oceanscapes – One View: 1999 to Present," from 2009, are similarly spectral and evocative, with swirling masses of clouds dwarfing the slivers of sea at the bottom of the photographs..."
Martha Schwendener, New York Times on exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum "Artists choose Artists"
“…There are obvious similarities to Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photographs and Mark Rothko’s division of space, but Aller manages to avoid being derivative with hypnotically beautiful combinations of light and texture that meld abstraction with representation in arresting yet simple compositions…”
Nord Wennerstrom, ARTFORUM, Critic’s Choice
"This German photographer's large-scale seascapes are all taken from the same location on Westhampton Beach, but they range from minimalist studies to dramatic views of storm clouds and glistening water. Richard Misrach's unabashedly gorgeous panoramic vistas of San Francisco Bay, also shot from the same spot each time, would seem to be the model here. Hiroshi Sugimoto's photos of sea and sky provide a more rigorous template, one that Aller honors but softens, primarily through her subtle use of color. There are no blazing sunsets here, only shades of blue, white, and gray – a cool, chic version of the rainbow."
Vince Aletti, The New Yorker
"The dicotyledon, which provides the title of Renate Aller’s photo exhibition at Adamson Gallery, is a kind of flowering plant whose blooms come in pairs. “Dicotyledon” is not a selection of flower pictures, but it does include several pairs: diptychs that contrast urban and rural, or human and environment. Aller is known for austere seascapes, and there are a few of those in this show. But the German-born New Yorker has started to add animals and humans (all children) to her crisply detailed, meticulously framed compositions, and sometimes arranged the images to converse with each other. In addition to the diptychs, there’s a six-panel study of sky and clouds in which two squares are pure blue — both empty and saturated. Aller captures shimmering, gem-like moments, and offering multiple views only increases the sense that she has perfect timing."
Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post
"Once in a while, we stumble upon a photo or series that leaves us in a state of wonder. German-born photographer Renate Aller’s new book Ocean | Desert (Radius Books) does just that. Though her subject matter is hardly novel, the vantage point through which she photographs these landscapes captures them in a way that is simultaneously spectacular and calming. Aller is internationationally known for her ocean photography but has also begun to photograph deserts in recent years, and most of the book’s spreads feature both terrains. She captures the similarities and contrasts between the two, and the human elements she occasionally adds reveal our relationships with these formidable landscapes."