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Simone Leigh

Photo: Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Photo: Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Simone Leigh’s practice incorporates sculpture, video, and installation; all are informed by her ongoing exploration of black female-identified subjectivity. Leigh works in a mode she describes as auto-ethnographic. Her objects often employ materials and forms traditionally associated with African art; her performance-influenced installations create spaces where historical precedent and self-determination commingle.


Leigh was born in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. Recent projects and exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial (2019) at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; ‘Trigger: Gender as a Tool and as a Weapon’ (2017) at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; ‘Psychic Friends Network’ (2016) at Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London; ‘The Waiting Room’ (2016) at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; ‘The Free People’s Medical Clinic’ (2014) a project commissioned by Creative Time; a public installation presented by The Studio Museum in Harlem at Marcus Garvey Park, New York; and a solo exhibition at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2017).

Leigh is the first artist to be commissioned for the High Line Plinth; her monumental sculpture ‘Brick House’ was unveiled in April 2019. Leigh’s work was featured in ‘Loophole of Retreat’, a major exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, to commemorate her achievements as the winner of the Hugo Boss Prize 2018.

Biography

Born Born in Chicago IL, 1967

Education

BA, art, philosophy minor, Earlham College, Richmond IN, 1990

Resides Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020 David Kordansky Gallery, ‘Simone Leigh’, Los Angeles CA

2019 High Line Plinth at the Spur, 'Simone Leigh. Brick House', New York NY (Outdoor Installation)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Hugo Boss Prize 2018, 'Simone Leigh. Loophole of Retreat', New York NY

2018 Luhring Augustine, 'Simone Leigh', New York NY

2016 Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center, 'Simone Leigh. Hammer Projects', Los Angeles CA
The Studio Museum in Harlem, Marcus Garvey Park, 'Simone Leigh in Harlem', New York NY
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 'Simone Leigh and Chitra Ganesh. My Dreams, My Works, Must Wait Till After Hell', Bentonville AK
Tate Modern, Tate Exchange, 'Psychic Friends Network', London, UK
Kansas City Art Institute, 'Simone Leigh. I ran to the rock to hide my face the rock cried out no hiding place', Kansas City KS
New Museum, 'The Waiting Room', New York NY

2015 Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, 'Crop Rotation', Louisville KY
Tilton Gallery, 'Moulting', New York NY

2014 Creative Time and Weeksville Heritage Center, 'Free People’s Medical Clinic' part of 'funkgodjazzandmedicine: Black Radical Brooklyn', Brooklyn NY
Gallery Wendi Norris, 'Simone Leigh and Wolfgang Paalen', San Francisco CA
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, 'Simone Leigh. Gone South', Atlanta GA

2013 Tiwani Contemporary, 'Njideka Akunyili and Simone Leigh. I Always Face You Even When It Seems Otherwise', London, UK

2012 Tilton Gallery, 'Simone Leigh. jam packed and jelly tight', New York NY
Gavlak Gallery, 'Simone Leigh. What’s Her Face', Palm Beach FL
The Kitchen, 'You Don’t Know Where Her Mouth Has Been', New York NY

2010 Mason Gross Galleries at Civic Square, Rutgers University, 'Divine Horsemen. Chitra Ganesh and Simone Leigh', New Brunswick NJ

2009 G Fine Art, 'Simone Leigh. Queen Bee', Washington DC

2008 Rush Arts Gallery, 'if you wan fo’ lick old woman pot, you scratch him back', New York NY

2004 Momenta Art, 'Lisa DiLillo & Simone Leigh', Brooklyn NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 'New Time. Art and Feminisms in the 21st Century', Berkeley CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 'Duro Olowu. Seeing Chicago', Chicago IL
New Museum, 'Grief and Grievance. Art and Mourning in America', New York NY

2019 Whitney Museum of American Art, 'Making Knowing. Craft in Art, 1950–2019', New York NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 'Contemporary Art. Five Propositions', Boston MA
Columbus Museum of Art, 'Driving Forces. Contemporary Art from the Collection of Ann and Ron Pizzuti', Columbus OH
21c Nashville, 'Fragile Figures. Beings and Time', Nashville TN
Gracie Mansion, 'She Persists. A Century of Women Artists in New York', New York NY
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 'The Contemporary Figure', Kansas City MO
New York Historical Society, 'Currents', New York NY
Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, 'Down Time. On the Art of Retreat', Chicago IL
RISD Museum of Art, 'Raid the Icebox', cur. Simone Leigh, Providence RI
Whitney Museum of American Art, Whitney Biennial, New York NY

2018 Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 'Legacy of the Cool. A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks', Boston MA
Taubman Museum of Art, 'Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection', Roanoke VA
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 'We Don’t Need Another Hero', Berlin, Germany

2017 601 Artspace, 'Diagonal Interpretation/ Staged Dialogue', New York NY
New Museum, 'Trigger. Gender as a Tool and a Weapon', New York NY
Newark Museum, 'Arts of Global Africa', [permanent installation], Newark NJ
Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 'Blue Black', Saint Louis MO
Sprüth Magers, 'Power. Work by African American Women from the Nineteenth Century to Now', Los Angeles CA
New Museum, 'Pursuing the Unpredictable. The New Museum 1977–2017', New York NY
Studio Museum in Harlem, 'Regarding the Figure', New York NY
National Theater Exhibition Hall, 'ReInventions', Lagos, Nigeria
Project Row Houses, 'Round 46. BWA for BLM', cur. by Simone Leigh, Houston TX
Provincial Center of Plastic Arts and Design, 'Significations', Havana, Cuba

2016 Arizona State University Art Museum, 'Energy Charge. Connecting to Ana Mendieta', Tempe AZ
Museum of the African Diaspora, 'The Grace Jones Project', San Francisco CA
The Shelly and Donald Rubin Foundation, The 8th Floor, 'In the Power of Your Care', New York NY
Maccarone, 'Mal Maison', New York NY
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 'Unconventional Clay. Engaged in Change', Kansas City MO

2015 Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University School of the Arts, 'Collaborative Archives. Connective Histories', New York NY
MoMA PS1, 'Greater New York', New York NY
Gavlak Gallery, 'Ten Year Anniversary', Los Angeles, CA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 'Radical Presence. Black Performance in Contemporary Art', San Francisco, CA (Traveling Exhibition)
Walker Art Center, 'Radical Presence. Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Minneapolis MN (Traveling Exhibition)

2014 Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, 'As We Were Saying. Art and Identity in the Age of “Post”', New York NY
Tilton Gallery, 'but that joke isn’t funny anymore . . . ', New York NY
Dak’Art Biennale dell’Art Africain Contemporain, 11th Internal Art Exhibition, Dakar, Senegal
Jack Shainman Gallery, 'The Shape of Things', New York, NY
Studio Museum in Harlem, 'Radical Presence. Black Performance in Contemporary Art', New York, NY (Traveling Exhibition)

2013 Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 'Black in the Abstract. Part 2: Hard Edges/Soft Curves', Houston TX
Richard Gray Gallery, 'FUN HOUSE', New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, 'approximately infinite universe', San Diego CA
Fowler Museum, UCLA, 'Double Fortune, Double Trouble: Art for Twins among the Yoruba', Los Angeles CA
Brooklyn Academy of Music, 'March On!', New York NY
Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 'Radical Presence. Black Performance in Contemporary Art', New York, NY (Traveling Exhibition)

2012 Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 'Radical Presence. Black Performance in Contemporary Art', Houston TX (Traveling Exhibition)
Family Business, 'Cleopatra’s Family Jewels', New York NY
Roberts & Tilton, 'In the Making', Culver City CA
SCAD Museum of Art, 'Pose/Re-Pose. Figurative Works Then and Now', Savannah GA
National Gallery of Zimbabwe, 'Unevenness', Harare, Zimbabwe
Whitney Museum of American Art, Zimbabwe Whitney Biennial, New York NY

2011 Rush Arts Gallery, '15 x 15', New York NY
Studio Museum in Harlem, 'The Bearden Project', New York NY
Studio Museum in Harlem, 'Evidence of Accumulation. Artists in Residence 2010–11', New York NY
Ogilvy & Mather, 'The February Show', New York NY
Kunsthalle Wien, ‘SPACE. About a Dream’, Vienna, Austria

2010 Andy Warhol Museum, 'Bunny Redux', Pittsburgh PA
Marvelli Gallery, 'Comedy and Tragedy', New York NY
Hendershot Gallery, 'Digression', New York NY
Jack Tilton Gallery, 'Else', New York NY
Jersey City Museum, 'Hair Tactics', Jersey City NJ
Brennan Gallery, Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Courthouse, 'ves·sel', Jersey City NJ

2009 Studio Museum in Harlem, '30 seconds off an inch', New York NY
Bronx Museum of the Arts, 'AIM 29', Bronx NY
Charest-Weinberg Gallery, 'Herd Thinner', Miami FL
Sculpture Center, 'In Practice Summer ’09', Long Island City NY
MCLA Gallery 51, 'Locus', North Adams MA
Lisa Cooley, 'The Pleasure of Hating', New York NY
Real Art Ways, 'Rockstone and Bootheel: Contemporary West Indian Art', Hartford CT

2008 Real Art Ways, 'Archeologies of Wonder', Hartford CT
Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, 'The B-Sides', Newark NJ
BRIC Rotunda Gallery, 'Ethnographies of the Future', Brooklyn NY
Tides Foundation, 'Ethnographies of the Future Remixed', New York NY
The Kitchen, 'The Future As Disruption', New York, NY
Moti Hasson Gallery, 'Intransit', New York NY
L’appartement22, 'Scratching the Surface VOL 1', Rabat, Morocco
AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2007 Abrons Art Center, 'Defensive Mechanisms (part of INTERSECTIONS)', New York NY
John Jay College Gallery, 'Done by the Forces of Nature', New York NY
Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos, 'Material Culture', Bronx NY
Newark Council for the Arts, 'Red Badge of Courage', Newark NJ
Fine Arts Work Center, 'Visual Jury', Provincetown MA
Western Gallery, Western Washington University, 'Figures of Thinking. Convergences in Contemporary Cultures', Bellingham WA (Traveling Exhibition)
Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond, 'Figures of Thinking. Convergences in Contemporary Cultures', Richmond VA (Traveling Exhibition)

2006 Corridor Gallery, 'Brooklyn Divas', Brooklyn NY
Abrons Art Center, 'Henry Street Settlement', New York NY
Exit Art, 'Wild Girls', New York NY
Chicago Cultural Center, 'Figures of Thinking. Convergences in Contemporary Cultures', Chicago IL (Traveling Exhibition)
Tufts University Art Gallery, 'Figures of Thinking. Convergences in Contemporary Cultures', Medford MA (Traveling Exhibition)

2005 Richard E. Peeler Art Center, De Pauw University, 'Figures of Thinking. Convergences in Contemporary Cultures', Greencastle IN (Traveling Exhibition)
John J McDonough Museum of Art, 'Figures of Thinking. Convergences in Contemporary Cultures', Youngstown OH (Traveling Exhibition)
The Living Room, '“From the Studio: Wish You Were Here . . .,” ', [part of Co-dependent: Artists, Artist/Curators, & Curators Select Artists], Miami FL
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 'Divine', New York NY
LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University School of the Arts, 'Divine', New York NY
James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Morgan State University, Baltimore MD
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 'Remnants and Relics: Reinterpretations in African American Art', Jamaica NY
Gallery 1448, 'Watershed Kiln Gods', Baltimore MD

2004 Deutsche Bank, 'Art Downtown: Connecting Collections', New York NY
Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore MD
Steuben Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY

2003 Skylight Gallery, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Brooklyn NY
Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York NY

2002 Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture, Charlotte NC
Noel Gallery, Charlotte NC

2001 Firehouse Gallery, 'SMIRK. Women, Art and Humor', Nassau Community College, New York NY

Awards and Honors

2019 Fellowship, United States Artists, Chicago IL

2018 Grants to Artists, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York NY
Hugo Boss Prize, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York NY
Residency, Vila Sul, Goethe-Institut Salvador-Bahia, Salvador-Bahia, Brazil

2017 Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY

2016 A Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art, New York NY
Herb Alpert Award for Visual Arts, Santa Monica CA Anonymous Was a Woman Award, New York NY
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, New York NY

2014 Faculty, Asiko Program, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, at Dak’Art 2014, Dakar, Senegal

2013 The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Awards in Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography and Craft Media, New York NY
2012, Creative Capital Grant, New York, NY
2012
Facilitator, Asiko Program, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria,
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Michael Richards Award for Visual Arts, New York NY

2011 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, New York NY
Worth Residency, Bovina NY

2010 Artist in Residence, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2009 Art Matters Grant, New York NY
Bronx Museum Artist in the Marketplace, New York NY
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture, New York NY

2008 Artist in Residence, Hunter College, New York NY

2007 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Grant, New York NY
Visiting Artist, School of Visual Arts, New York NY
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice Visual Arts Grant

2006 Artist-in-Residence, Henry Street Settlement, New York NY

2005 Artist-in-Residence, Greenwich House Pottery, New York NY
Herbert and Irene Wheeler Foundation Emergency Grants to Artists of Color, New York NY

2001 Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Kiln God Fellowship, Watershed ME

2000 Residency, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle ME

Bibliography

Monographs

2019 Rhodes-Pitts, Sharifa, 'Simone Leigh', New York: Luhring Augustine, 2019, ill. (exh. cat.)

Artist's Books, Writings

2013 Leigh, Simone, 'Everyone Wants to Be Subaltern', in: 'The Brooklyn Rail', New York, February 2013

2008 Leigh, Simone, 'Super Nature', in: 'Small Axe', Durham, no. 25, February 2008, pp. 121-125

Publications

2019 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (ed.), 'The Anarchy of Colored Girls Assembled in a Riotous Manner', New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2019 (exh. cat.)
Hockley, Rujeko, Panetta, Jane, Kolber, Ramsay (et al.), 'Whitney Biennial 2019', New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2019, pp. 44, 198-199, 284, ill. (exh. cat.)

2018 Thompson, Susan, 'The Hugo Boss Prize 2018', New York: Guggenheim Museum Publications, 2018, ill. (exh. cat.)
Cafritz, Peggy Cooper, Golden, Thelma, Marshall, Kerry James (et al.), 'Fired Up! Ready to Go! Finding Beauty, Demanding Equity. An African American Life in Art', New York: Rizzoli, 2018, p. 169, ill.
Condé, Maryse, Wainaina, Binyavanga, Madondo, Bongani (et al.), 'We Don’t Need Another Hero. 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art', Berlin: Distanz Verlag, 2018, ill. (exh. cat.)

2017 Burton, Johanna, Bell, Natalie (eds.), 'Trigger. Gender as a Tool and a Weapon', New York: New Museum of Contemporary Art, 2017, ill. (exh. cat.)
Elderton, Louisa, Morrill, Rebecca (eds.), 'Vitamin C. Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art', London: Phaidon, 2017, pp. 160-63, ill.

2016 Burton, Johanna, Jackson, Shannon, Willsdon, Dominic (eds.), 'Public Servants. Art and the Crisis of the Common Good' [Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture Series], Cambridge: MIT Press, 2016, pp. 222-227, ill.

2014 Barliant, Claire, Linden, Liz, Fung, Amy (et al.), 'As We Were Saying. Art and Identity in the Age of "Post"', New York: Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, 2014 (exh. cat.)
2013
Brooks, LeRonn, Akunyili, Njideka, Leigh, Simone (et al.), 'Njideka Akunyili and Simone Leigh. I Always Face You, Even When It Seems Otherwise', London: Tiwani Contemporary, 2013, ill. (exh. cat.)
Olivier, Valerie Cassel (ed.), 'Radical Presence. Black Performance in Contemporary Art', Houston: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 2013, ill. (exh. cat.)

2012 Sussman, Elisabeth, Sanders, Jay (eds.), 'Whitney Biennial 2012', New Haven: Yale University Press, New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2012, ill. (exh. cat.)

2010 Willis, Deborah (ed.), 'Black Venus 2010. They Called Her Hottentot', Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2010, pp. 9-10, 205, 226, ill.

2005 Clark, Vicky, Poddar, Sandhini, 'Figures of Thinking. Convergences in Contemporary Cultures', New York: Pamela Auchincloss/Arts Management, Richmond: University of Richmond Museums, 2005, ill. (exh. cat.)
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (ed.), 'Relics and Remnants. Contemporary Reinterpretation of African-American Images', New York: Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 2005, ill. (exh. cat.)
Gallery 1448 (ed.), 'Watershed Kiln Gods', Baltimore: Gallery 1448, 2005 (exh. cat.)

2001 Wacks, Debra, 'SMIRK. Women, Art and Humor', Garden City: Firehouse Gallery, 2001, ill. (exh. cat.)

Press

2020 Leung, Gabrielle, 'Simone Leigh's Limited Edition "Sentinel IV" Sculpture Will Benefit Color of Change', on: hypebeast.com, 1 July 2020, ill.
Valentine, Victoria L., 'Art for Change. Simone Leigh Produced a New Limited-Edition Sculpture, Proceeds Benefit Color of Change', on: culturetype.com, 29 June 2020, ill.
Scott, Andrea K., 'Spotlight. Monuments', in: The New Yorker, New York, 29 June 2020, ill.
Keener, Katherine, 'Special edition works by Simone Leigh to benefit Color Of Change and the fight against racial injustice', on: art-critique.com, 29 June 2020, ill.
Durón, Maximilíano, 'Simone Leigh Creates Limited-Edition Bronze Sculptures to Benefit Racial Justice Organization Color Of Change', on; artnews.com, 26 June 2020, ill.

2019 ___, '9 Art Events in New York This Week', on: www.artnews.com, 15 April 2019, ill.
Agostini, Sara Dolfi, 'Il fenomeno Simone Leigh: tra Whitney Biennale, Guggenheim e High Line', on: www.ilsole24ore.com, 29 July 2019, ill.
Aridi, Sara, '"Brick House" Is Installed at the High Line', in: The New York Times, New York, 4 April 2019, ill.
Castro, Jan, 'Simone Leigh Wins Hugo Boss Prize. Searing Vision', on: www.whitehotmagazine.com, May 2019, ill.
Corcoran, Heather, Halle, Howard, 'Best New Exhibits. A Perfect Day for a Museum', in: Time Out New York, New York, no. 1162, 15-28 May, 2019, p. 12
Crowe, Kerry, 'Seditious Joy', in: Port Magazine, London, no. 24, Spring-Summer 2019, pp. 106-115, ill.
Davis, Ben, 'The 2019 Whitney Biennial Shows America’s Artists Turning Toward Coded Languages in Turbulent Times', on: www.artnet.com, 20 May 2019, ill.
Dawson, Aimee, Kenney, Nancy, 'Three Exhibitions to See in New York This Weekend', in: The Art Newspaper, London/New York, 20 June 2019
Dover, Caitlin, 'Simone Leigh on Her Powerful Sound Installation at the Guggenheim' [interview],
on: www.guggenheim.org [Checklist Blog], 13 May 2019, ill.
D’Souza, Aruna, 'Inside Job. What Can We Learn from Institutional Critique?', in: Art in America, New York, 29 October 2019, p. 62, ill.
Felsenthal, Julia, 'Staying Power', in: Vogue USA, New York, April 2019, p. 166
Goodman, Jonathan, 'Highlights from the 2019 Whitney Biennial', on: www.artefuse.com, 30 May 2019, ill.
Indrisek, Scott, 'The 10 Must-See Art Exhibitions of Spring 2019', on: www.observer.com, 18 March 2019, ill.
Johnson, Steve, 'These Chicago Artists Made It into New York’s Exclusive Whitney Biennial. But One Refused the Honor', in: Chicago Tribune, Chicago, 17 July 2019, ill.
Karp-Evans, Elizabeth, 'Black Renaissance Afoot', in: Cultured Magazine, Miami Beach, April/May 2019, pp. 178-185, ill.
Kenney, Nancy, 'Simone Leigh, now in the spotlight, contemplates the theme of invisibility' [interview], in: The Art Newspaper, London/New York, 24 April 2019, ill.
Trouillot, Terence, 'American Artist by Simone Leigh' [interview], in: Bomb Magazine, New York, no. 149, Fall 2019, pp. 61-69, ill.
Golden, Thelma, 'Zendaya and Simone Leigh Are Going Beyond Beauty', in: Garage Magazine, New York, no. 17, Fall/Winter 2019, pp. 146-157, ill.
Mellin, Haley, 'Simone Leigh’s "Brick House" Is the Best Thing in the Hudson Yards Area', on: www.garage.vice.com, 6 June 2019, ill.
Parker, Rianna Jade, '"What We Carry in the Flesh". The Majestic Bodies of Simone Leigh', on: www.frieze.com, 4 June 2019, ill.
Rodney, Seph, 'Probing the Proper Grounds for Criticism in the Wake of the 2019 Whitney Biennial', on: www.hyperallergic.com, 7 June 2019, ill.
Rodney, Seph, 'Simone Leigh’s Debris of Silence', on: www.hyperallergic.com, 31 July 2019, ill.
Schwendener, Martha, '38 Art Exhibitions to View in NYC This Weekend', in: The New York Times, New York, 9 August 2019, p. C22
Scott, Andrea K., 'Goings On About Town. Simone Leigh, Guggenheim Museum', in: The New Yorker, New York, 6 May 2019, p. 7
Scott, Andrea K., 'Spring Art Preview', in: The New Yorker, New York, 11 March 2019
Smith, Melissa, 'Using All Outdoors as a Display Case', in: The New York Times, New York, 21 June 2019, p. C17
Solway, Diane, 'The Whitney Biennial 2019’s Standout Artists Look Backwards, Forwards, All Around Us', on: www.wmagazine.com, 15 May 2019, ill.
Tate, Greg, 'Display Cases. Greg Tate on a Whitney Biennial Haunted by Warren Kanders and Mamie Till', on: www.artnews.com, 6 September 2019, ill.
___, 'The Three Best Art Shows Right Now', in: Time Out New York, New York, no. 1161, 1-14 May 2019, p. 37
Urist, Jacoba, 'Outdoor Voices', in: Galerie, New York, no. 12, Spring 2019, pp. 62-63
Wilson, Jasmine, 'An African Marvel. The Diasporic Symbolism of Simone Leigh’s Brick House', in: Atlanta Daily World, Atlanta, 27 August 2019, ill.
Wortham, Jenna, 'Turning the Gaze Inward' [interview], in: The New York Times Magazine, New York, 8 October 2019, pp. 64-71, ill.

2018 ___, 'Artist Simone Leigh Makes Meaning with Black Women in Mind', on: www.protochic.com, 17 September 2018, ill.
Weber, Jasmine, Rodney, Seph, Small, Zachary (et al.), 'Best of 2018. Our Top 20 NYC Art Shows', on: www.hyperallergic.com, 18 December 2018, ill.
Canning, Sue, 'Dispatch New York. "Trigger. Gender as a Tool and a Weapon"', in: Sculpture, New York, vol. 37, no. 5, June 2018, pp. 78-79
D’Souza, Aruna, 'Simone Leigh. Look at Me, I Don’t See You. An Artist Plays with the Black Female Gaze', on: www.4columns.org, 21 September 2018, ill.
Fateman, Johanna, 'Fully Loaded. Johanna Fateman on Power and Sexual Violence', in: Artforum, New York, vol. 56, no. 5, January 2018, pp. 176-183, ill.
___, 'Goings On About Town. Simone Leigh', in: The New Yorker, New York, 1 October 2018, p. 7
Henderson, Kimberly, 'Simone Leigh’s Majestic and Towering Black Female Figures' [review], on: www.gallerygurls.net, 23 September 2018, ill.
Kinsella, Eileen, 'Who Is the Activist Sculptor Simone Leigh? Here Are 5 Things to Know About This Year’s Hugo Boss Prize Winner', on: www.artnet.com, 19 October 2018, ill.
Mallett, Whitney, 'Hugo Boss Prize-Winning Artist Simone Leigh on Why She Helps Younger Artists', on: www.vulture.com, 25 October 2018, ill.
Molesworth, Helen, 'Art Is Medicine. Helen Molesworth on the work of Simone Leigh', in: Artforum, New York, vol. 56, no. 7, March 2018, pp. 164-173, ill.
Artsy Editors, 'The Most Influential Artists of 2018', on: www.artsy.net, 17 December 2018, ill.
Pogrebin, Robin, 'Simone Leigh Wins Guggenheim’s Hugo Boss Prize', in: The New York Times, New York, 18 October 2018, ill.
Pogrebin, Robin, Sheets, Hilarie M., 'She Thinks Big. Really Big', in: The New York Times, New York, 2 September 2018, p. AR15
Shuford, David C., 'She’s Mighty, Mighty. Simone Leigh at Luhring Augustine', on: www.artwriting.sva.edu, 26 October 2018, ill.
___, 'Simone Leigh Wins 2018 Hugo Boss Prize', on: www.artforum.com, 18 October 2018, ill.
The Editors of ARTnews, 'Simone Leigh Wins the 2018 Hugo Boss Prize', on: www.artnews.com, 18 October 2018, ill.
___, 'Top Art Exhibitions September 19 - October 2', in: Time Out New York, New York, 19 September -2 October, 2018, p. 61
Valentine, Victoria L., 'She’s a "Brick House". Simone Leigh’s Monumental Vision of a Black Woman is Inaugural Commission for High Line Plinth', on: www.culturetype.com, 30 August 2018, ill.
Volk, Gregory, 'The Overdue Skyrocketing of Simone Leigh', on: www.hyperallergic.com, 6 October 2018, ill.

2017 McMillan, Uri, Leigh, Simone, Ganesh, Chitra, 'Alternative Structures. Aesthetics, Imagination, and Radical Reciprocity. An Interview with GIRL', in: Queer Form. Special issue of the journal 'ASAP/Journal', Baltimore, vol. 2, no. 2, May 2017, pp. 241-252, ill.
Booker, Eric, 'In Conversation in Harlem' [interview], in: Studio [The Studio Museum in Harlem Magazine], New York, Winter/Spring 2017, pp. 50-55, ill.
Chapman, Catherine, 'BWA for BLM Offers Space for Dialogue Between Black Female Artists in NY, LA, Houston, and London', on: www.vice.com, 4 April 2017, ill.
Cotter, Holland, 'Colors That Unite and Divide', in: The New York Times, New York, 11 August 2017, p. C13, ill.
Farago, Jason, 'Art That Asks You Out', in: The New York Times, New York, 30 June 2017, p. C13

2016 Battaglia, Andy, 'The Doctor Is In, at the New Museum', in: Wall Street Journal, New York, 28 June 2016, p. A19
Best, Tamara, 'Again. What Lives Matter? Pop-Up Support For a Cause', in: The New York Times, New York, 3 September 2016, p. C2, ill.
___, 'Artists on Politics', in: Artforum, New York, vol. 55, no. 3, November 2016, pp. 232-234
Pogrebin, Robin, 'Inside Art. Affirming Ties to Harlem', in: The New York Times, New York, 24 June 2016, p. C20
Puleo, Risa, 'Simone Leigh', in: Modern Painters, New York, vol. 28, no. 6, June/July 2016, pp. 102-103
Quinton, Jared, 'Simone Leigh’s Free Clinic Channels the Anonymous Labor of Black Women', on: www.artsy.net, 12 July 2016, ill.
Raoli, Martha, 'Present Tense Future Perfect', in: The Miami Rail, Miami Beach, Spring 2016, ill.
Sayej, Nadja, 'Simone Leigh’s The Waiting Room. Art That Tries to Heal Black Women’s Pain', in: The Guardian, London, 29 June 2016, ill.
Schwendener, Martha, Rosenberg, Karen, Johnson, Ken, 'What to See in New York Galleries This Week. "inHarlem"', in: The New York Times, New York, 23 September 2016, p. C19, ill.
Simmons, William J., 'Artists at Work. Simone Leigh', on: www.interviewmagazine.com, 26 July 2016, ill.
Trouillot, Terence, 'Simone Leigh’s "The Waiting Room"', on: www.bombmagazine.org, 25 July 2016, ill.
Wong, Ryan Lee, 'Apothecary Action. Simone Leigh Gives Healing a New Frame', in: The Village Voice, New York, 20 July 2016, ill.
Wortham, Jenna, 'Black Health Matters', in: The New York Times, New Yok, 28 August 2016, p. ST2

2015 ___, '25 Most Collectible Midcareer Artists on the Rise', in: Art and Auction, New York, September 2015
Cotter, Holland, '10 Galleries to Visit on the Upper East Side', in: The New York Times, New York, 16 April 2015
Davis, Samara, 'Critical Acts. Room for Care. Simone Leigh’s "Free People’s Medical Clinic"', in: TDR The Drama Review, Cambridge, vol. 59, no. 4, Winter 2015, pp. 169-76
Rodgers, Bill, 'Exhibition. Simone Leigh. Haunting Race and Gender at Jack Tilton, New York', on: www.cfileonline.org, 6 May 2015, ill.
Grimes, William, 'Distinct Prisms in an Ever-Shifting Kaleidoscope', in: The New York Times, New York, 16 April 2015, ill.
Harris, Jane Ursula, 'Moulting', in: The Believer, Las Vegas, 31 March 2015, ill.
Kramer, Elizabeth, 'African History Infuses Artist’s Work', in: Courier-Journal, Louisville, 16 February 2015, ill.
Simmons, William J, 'Simone Leigh' [interview], on: www.artforum.com, 2 March 2015, ill.

2014 Bass, Chloë, 'Funk, Medicine, and Questions of the Future', on: www.hyperallergic.com, 6 October 2014, ill.
Berlangero, Tom, 'Simone Leigh’s Metaphors of Interiority at the ACAC' [review], on: www.burnaway.org, 30 April 2014, ill.
Camblin, Victoria, 'Simone Leigh. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center', on: www.artforum.com, May 2014, ill.
Carlos, Marjon, 'Black Radical Brooklyn. A New Art Exhibition Unearths Bed-Stuy’s Self-Determined History', on: www.thefader.com, 25 September 2014
Chun, Kimberly, 'Simone Leigh Uses Sculpture, Video to Race, Gender Issues', on: www.sfgate.com, 5 February 2014, ill.
Cochran, Rebecca Dimling, 'Simone Leigh. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center', in: Sculpture, New York, vol. 33, no. 10, December 2014, pp. 74-75
Cotter, Holland, 'Time-Traveling to a Corner of the African-American Past. "Funk, God, Jazz and Medicine". Black Heritage in Brooklyn', in: The New York Times, New York, 7 October 2014, ill.
Gaines, Malik, 'Simone Leigh', in: Bomb Magazine, New York, Spring 2014, ill.
Grissom, Harriette, 'Review. Simone Leigh’s Exploration of Southern Blackness at ACAC is Elegant and Zen-like' [review], on: www.artsatl.org, 25 April 2014, ill.
Hellman, Amanda H., 'Àsìkò in Dakar, a History and a Future for Alternative Arts Education in Africa', in: Art Papers, Atlanta, May/June 2014
Lax, Thomas J., 'Simone Leigh. Gone South', in: Studio [The Studio Museum in Harlem Magazine], New York, Summer/Fall 2014, pp. 41-43, ill.
Osmundson, Joe, 'How Many Black Histories We Still Don’t Know. An Interview with Simone Leigh' [interview], on: thefeministwire.com, 3 October 2014, ill.
Raoli, Martha, 'Present Tense Future Perfect', in: The Miami Rail, Miami Beach, Spring 2014, ill.
Simmons, William J., 'As We Were Saying. Art and Identity in the Age of "Post"', on: www.artforum.com, October 2014, ill.
Watson, Elizabeth A., 'Approximately Infinite Universe', in: International Review of African American Art, Hampton, February 2014

2013 Brooks, Kalia, 'Simone Leigh. Quiet as It's Kept', in: ARC Magazine, Bequia, no. 8, November 2013
Brooks, Katherine, '"Radical Presence" Surveys Black Performance Artists from the 1960s to Today', in: The Huffington Post, New York, 9 October 2013, ill.
McKinley, Catherine E., 'It’s All about the Cow', in: Virginia Quarterly Review, Charlottesville, vol. 89, no. 3, Summer 2013, ill.
Tedford, Matthew Harrison, 'Visiting Artist Profile. Simone Leigh', in: Art Practical, San Francisco, 21 April 2013, ill.

2012 Benway, Nova, 'Chitra Ganesh, Simone Leigh', in: Modern Painters, New York, September 2012
Caruth, Nicole J., 'Gastro-Vision. Simone Leigh and the Fruits of Her Labor', on: www.magazine.art21.org, 20 January 2012, ill.
Cross, Una-Kariim A., 'What She Says. The Surrealist Art of Simone Leigh', on: www.ebonymagazine.com, 5 March 2012
Frater, Sally, '"Radical Presence. Black Performance in Contemporary Art". Contemporary Arts Museum Houston', in: Artforum, New York, vol. 51, no. 4, December 2012, ill.
___, 'Goings On About Town. Simone Leigh', in: The New Yorker, New York, 27 February 2012
Kley, Elisabeth, 'Simone Leigh. Mouthing Off', on: www.artnet.com, 27 January 2012, ill.
McClure, Diane, 'Exhibit. "You Don’t Know Where Her Mouth Has Been"', on: www.highsnobette.com, 1 February 2012, ill.
___, 'Simone Leigh, "You Don’t Know Where Her Mouth Has Been"', in: Time Out New York, 23 February - 7 March 2012

2011 Catton, Pia, 'Uptown, Turning Over a New Motif', in: Wall Street Journal, New York, 12 July 2011
Cotter, Holland, 'A Griot for a Global Village' [review], in: The New York Times, New York, 8 December 2011, p. C29
___, 'Goings On About Town. Studio Museum in Harlem', in: The New Yorker, New York, 12 September 2011
Nasab, Homa, 'Chitra Ganesh and Simone Leigh on "Divine Horsemen"', on: www.blouinartinfo.com, 6 January 2011

2010 Cotter, Holland, 'Else', in: The New York Times, New York, 24 September 2010

2009 McMillan, Uri, 'Studio Visit', in: Studio [The Studio Museum of Harlem Magazine], New York, Fall 2009

2008 Barliant, Claire, 'New York Summer Group Shows', on: www.artinfo.com, 10 July 2008
Chamberlain, Colby, '"The Future As Disruption". The Kitchen', on: www.artforum.com, July 2008
Genocchio, Benjamin, 'Collective Strangeness in Hartford' [review], in: The New York Times, New York, 21 December 2008, ill.
Halter, Ed, 'Futures Exchange', on: www.rhizome.org, 7 July 2008
Latimer, Quinn, 'Introducing Simone Leigh', in: Modern Painters, New York, November 2008
Rosenberg, Karen, Smith, Roberta, Johnson, Ken, 'Art in Review', in: The New York Times, New York, 1 August 2008

2007 Green, Penelope, 'The Artist’s Kitchen, Recycled and Curated', in: The New York Times, New York, 14 June 2007, ill.

2006 ___, 'Simone Yvette Leigh', on: www.hekoyamagazine.com, 4 May 2006
Risemberg, Rafael, 'Women Gone Wild. The Next Generation of Provocative Female Artists', in: The New York Blade, New York, 31 July 2006
Sangweni, Yolanda, 'Simone Leigh, Rebel Soul', in: Trace Magazine, New York, no. 66, October 2006
New York 1 News, 'Wild Girls' [Interview with Simone Leigh by Stephanie Simon about the group exhibition 'Wild Girls. The Next Generation of Women Artists' at Exit Art, New York], 23 June 2006
Utter, Douglas Max, 'The Thinkers', in: Angle [A Journal of Arts and Culture], no. 29, 2006
___, 'Wild Girls', in: Flavorpill, New York, no. 327, 12 September 2006

2005 ___, 'Goings On About Town. Art', in: The New Yorker, New York, 17 January 2005
___, 'In the Realm of the Senses. Lisa DiLillo and Simone Leigh', in: Flavorpill, New York, no. 241, 6 January 2005
Maine, Stephan, 'Dateline Brooklyn', on: www.artnet.com, 2005, ill.

2004 Green, Penelope, 'Habitats. Brooklyn Artist Who Prefers to Show Others’ Work', in: The New York Times, New York, 8 February 2004

2001 Frizzell, Deborah, 'Bawdy Burlesque, Raucous Ribaldry', in: NY Arts Magazine, New York, April 2001
Parks, Steve, 'Some Laughing Matters, Women’s Art Exhibit. More Than Funny, Girl', in: Newsday, Long Island, March 2001
Streifeld, L.P., 'Freedom of Exclusion. The Rise of the Female Spirit in Contemporary Art', in: NY Arts Magazine, New York, December 2001

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