Ellen Gallagher

Born in Providence RI, 1965

Oberlin College, Oberlin OH, 1982 – 1984
S.E.A. (Sea Education Association), Woods Hole MA, 1986 – 1987
Studio 70, Ft. Thomas KY, 1989
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA, 1992
Skowhegan School of Art, Skowhegan ME, 1993

Lives and works in Rotterdam, Netherlands and New York NY

Solo Exhibitions

2017
Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles CA

2014
Hauser & Wirth, ‘New Work’, London, England
Haus der Kunst, ‘AxME’, Munich, Germany (Travelling Exhibition)

2013
Sara Hildén Art Museum, ‘AxME’, Tampere, Finland (Travelling Exhibition)
SCAD Museum of Art, ‘Ice or Salt’, Savannah GA
New Museum, ‘Don’t Axe Me’, New York NY
Tate Modern, ‘AxME’, London, England (Travelling Exhibition)

2011
Gagosian Gallery, ‘Ellen Gallagher’, New York NY

2009
South London Gallery, ‘An Experiment of Unusual Opportunity’, London, England

2007
Tate Liverpool, ‘Coral Cities’, Liverpool, England (Travelling Exhibition)
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, ‘Coral Cities’, Dublin, Ireland (Travelling Exhibition)

2006
Hauser & Wirth London, ‘Salt Eaters’, London, England
Hauser & Wirth Zürich, ‘DeLuxe’, Zurich, Switzerland

2005
Freud Museum, ‘Ellen Gallagher. Ichthyosaurus’ (incl. films with Edgar Cleijne), London, England
Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Ellen Gallagher: Murmur and DeLuxe’, Miami FL
Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘Ellen Gallagher: DeLuxe’, New York NY

2004
Fruitmarket Gallery, ‘Orbus’, Edinburgh, Scotland
Galerie im Taxispalais, ‘Ellen Gallagher’, Innsbruck, Austria
Gagosian Gallery (Chelsea), ‘Ellen Gallagher – eXelento’, New York NY
Henry Art Gallery, ‘Preserve / Murmur’ (with Edgar Cleijne), Seattle WA

2003
Galerie Max Hetzler, ‘Murmur’ (with Edgar Cleijne), Berlin, Germany
Saint Louis Art Museum, ‘Currents 88’, St. Louis MO

2002
The Drawing Center, ‘Preserve’, New York NY (Travelling Exhibition)
Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Watery Ecstatic’, Sydney, Australia (Travelling Exhibition)

2001
Gagosian Gallery (Chelsea), ‘Blubber’, New York NY
Institute of Contemporary Art, ‘Watery Ecstatic’, Boston MA (Travelling Exhibition)
Des Moines Art Center, ‘Preserve’, Des Moines IA (Travelling Exhibition)
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ‘Preserve’, San Francisco CA (Travelling Exhibition)

2000
Anthony d’Offay Gallery, ‘Ellen Gallagher’, London, England

1999
Mario Diacono Gallery, ‘Ellen Gallagher’, Boston MA
Galerie Max Hetzler, ‘Ellen Gallagher’, Berlin, Germany

1998
Gagosian Gallery, ‘Ellen Gallagher’, New York NY
Ikon Gallery, ‘Ellen Gallagher’, Birmingham, England

1996
Anthony d’Offay Gallery, ‘Ellen Gallagher’, London, England
Mary Boone Gallery, ‘Ellen Gallagher’, New York NY

1994
Mario Diacono Gallery, ‘Ellen Gallagher’, Boston MA

Group Exhibitions

2018
Columbia University Wallach Art Gallery, Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet to Matisse and Beyond, New York NY

2017
Whitechapel Gallery, ‘Material Desires’, London, England
Contemporary Arts Centre, ‘Prospect.4 New Orleans’, New Orleans LA
Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, ‘Elements of Vogue’, Madrid, Spain
Frans Hals Museum, ‘A Global Table’, Haarlem, Netherlands
The Walker Art Center, ‘I am you, you are too’, Minneapolis MN
Torquay Museum, ‘The Tale’, Torquay, England
Carnegie Museum of Art, ’20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art’, Pittsburgh PA
Albright Knox Museum, ‘Drawing. The Beginning of Everything’, Buffalo, New York NY
Royal Academy London, ‘Summer Exhibition’, London, England
Palazzo Pisani a Santa Marina, ‘Diaspora Platform’, Venice, Italy
Wiels, ‘The Absent Museum’, Brussels, Belgium
Sprüth Magers, ‘Power’, Los Angeles CA
Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, ‘The Beguiling Siren is Thy Crest’, Warsaw, Poland
Mrac – Musée régional d’art contemporain, ‘La vie aquatique’, Sérignan, France

2016
The Broad, ‘Creature’, Los Angeles CA
International Print Center, Black Pulp!, New York NY
Musée du quai Branly, ‘The Color Line: African-American Artists and Civil Rights’, Paris, France
Bruce Museum, ‘Her Crowd: New Art by Women from Our Neighbors’ Private Collections’, Greenwich CT
ICA Boston, ‘First Light. The Barbara Lee Collection of Art by Women’, Boston MA
University Art Museum, University at Albany, ‘Future Perfect: Picturing the Anthropocene’, Albany NY
Pace Gallery, ‘Blackness in Abstraction’, New York NY
Denver Art Museum, ‘Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out’, Denver CO
Vancouver Art Gallery, ‘MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture’, Vancouver, Canada
32 Edgewood Avenue Gallery, Yale University School of Art, ‘Black Pulp!’, New Haven CT
Auckland Art Museum, ‘Racial Violence and Resilience: Questions and Currents in African American Art’, Chapel Hill NC

2015
S.M.A.K, ‘The Bottom Line’, Ghent, Belgium
Istanbul Modern, ‘SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms. 14th Istanbul Biennial’, Istanbul, Turkey
The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, ‘Collecting and Sharing: Trevor Fairbrother, John T. Kirk and the Hood Museum of Art’, Hanover NH
Magazin4, ‘Das Als-ob-Prinzip (The as-if-principle).’, Bregenz, Austria
Haus der Kunst, ‘Random Sampling – Painting from the Goetz Collection’, Munich, Germany
Goodman Gallery, ‘Speaking Back’, Cape Town, South Africa
56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, ‘All the World’s
Futures’, Venice, Italy
SEASpace Gallery, ‘Cape Whale: A New Look Through Art, Science and Culture’, Provincetown MA
Montclair Art Museum, ‘Come as You Are. Art of the 1990s’, Montclair NJ
Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, ‘Collection Intervention: Ellen Gallagher’s DeLuxe’, Andover MA
The New Art Gallery Walsall, ‘FOUND’, Walsall, England
Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, ‘This Is No Less Curious: Journeys Through the Collection’, Ithaca NY
MK Gallery, ‘How to Construct a Time Machine’, Milton Keynes, England

2014
The Studio Museum in Harlem, ‘Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art’, New York NY
Void, ‘Civil Rights’, Derry, North Irelandn
Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘Shaping a Collection. Five Decades of Gifts’, New York NY
Bellevue Arts Museum, ‘Under Pressure. Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation’, Bellevue WA

2013
Manchester Museum, ‘Coral: Something Rich and Strange’, Manchester, England
The Studio Museum in Harlem, ‘The Shadows Took Shape’, New York NY
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, ‘In the Cut’, Southbank AU
FLAG Art Foundation, ‘FLAG’s 5th Anniversary Group Exhibition’, New York NY

2012
Seattle Art Museum, ‘Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou’, Seattle WA (Travelling Exhibition)
Collezione Maramotti, ‘Archetypes and Historicity: Painting and Other Radical Forms 1995 – 2007 by Mario Diacono’, Reggio Emilia, Italy
The State Hermitage Museum, ‘Medals of Dishonour’, St. Petersburg, Russia (Travelling Exhibition)
International Print Center, ‘The Master Printer and the Collaborative Process: Conversations from the Print Studio’, New York NY
Walker Art Center, ‘The Living Years: Art After 1989’, Minneapolis MN
Joslyn Art Museum, ‘Under Pressure. Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation’, Omaha NE
Berlinische Galerie, Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur, ‘Manifesto Collage About Change. Collection Visits the Berlinische Galerie’, Berlin, Germany
Museum Schloss Moyland, ‘Ashes and Gold. A World’s Journey’, Bedburg-Hau, Germany (Travelling Exhibition)
Palais de Tokyo, ‘La Triennale’, Paris, France
MoMA Museum of Modern Art, ‘Printin’’, New York NY
MoMA Museum of Modern Art, ‘Print / Out’, New York NY
MARTa Herford, ‘Ashes and Gold. A World’s Journey’, Herford, Germany (Travelling Exhibition)
Museum voor Moderne Kunst, ‘Six Yards. Guaranteed Dutch Design’, Arnhem, Netherlands

2011
Deichtorhallen, ‘Wunder’, Hamburg, Germany
Museum of Fine Arts, ‘Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art’, Boston MA
Gagosian Gallery, ‘AD LIB’, Beverly Hills CA
Gagosian Gallery, ‘Cleijne + Gallagher, Curry, Höller, Huyghe, Kusama, Warhol, Wright’, Beverley Hills CA
LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University School of the Arts, ‘Pace Prints Chelsea: Publisher Spotlight’, New York NY
Art Production Fund in collaboration with the New Museum, ‘After Hours: Murals on the Bowery’, New York NY
Bronx Museum of the Arts, ‘Stargazers: Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation with 21 Contemporary Artists’, New York NY

2010
The Bluecoat, ‘Underwater’, Liverpool, England (Travelling Exhibition)
Tullie House, ‘Underwater’, Carlisle, England (Travelling Exhibition)
MoMA Museum of Modern Art, ‘On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century’, New York NY
Shearburn Gallery, ‘Ab / Fig.’, Saint Louis MO
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, ‘Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic’, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, ‘Take me to your leader! The Great Escape Into Space’, Oslo, Norway
La Cinémathèque française, ‘Brune/Blonde. Une exposition Arts et Cinéma’, Paris, France CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, ‘Huckleberry Finn’, San Francisco CA
The Ferens Art Gallery, ‘Underwater’, Hull, England
Spacex, ‘Underwater’, Exeter, England (Travelling Exhibition)
MoMA Museum of Modern Art, ‘Contemporary Art from the Collection’, New York NY
Towner, ‘Underwater’, Eastbourne, England (Travelling Exhibition)
Villa Medici, ‘Les Mutantes / I Mutanti’, Rome, Italy
Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘Whitney Biennial’, New York NY
Portland Art Museum, ‘Disquieted: Contemporary Voices from out of the Shadows’, Portland OR
Tate Liverpool, ‘Afro Modern: Journey through the Black Atlantic’, Liverpool, England
Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘Collecting Biennials’, New York NY

2009
Cheim & Read, ‘The Female Gaze. Women Look at Women’, New York NY
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, ‘Topographies’, Buffalo, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘A Few Frames: Photography and the Contact Sheet’, New York NY
University Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Massachussets, ‘Connect the Dots… The Warhol Legacy: Tom Friedman, Ellen Gallagher, Vik Muniz, Rob Pruitt’, Boston MA
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, ‘Moby-Dick’, San Francisco CA
Delaware Art Museum, ‘Exposed! – Revealing sources in Contemporary Art’, Wilmington DE
The British Museum, ‘Medals of Dishonour’, London, England (Travelling Exhibition)
Centre Georges Pompidou, ‘elles@centrepompidou’, Paris, France (Travelling Exhibition)
National Galleries of Scotland, ‘Artist Rooms’, Edinburgh, Scotland
MoMA Museum of Modern Art, ‘Paper: Pressed, Stained, Slashed, Folded’, New York NY
Stiftung Opelvillen, ‘Der Schmerz sitzt tief / The pain runs deep’, Rüsselsheim, Germany
Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Constellations: Paintings from the MCA Collection’, Chicago IL

2008
Gagosian Gallery / Red October Chocolate Factory, ‘For what you are about to receive’, Moscow, Russia
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, ‘Carte Blanche III: „Gedichte der Fakten“ – Arbeiten aus der Sammlung Arend und Brigitte Oetker’, Leipzig, Germany
Moderna Museet, ‘Eclipse. Art in a Dark Age’, Stockholm, Sweden
Rose Art Museum, ‘Paper Trail II: Passing Through Clouds’, Waltham MA
FLAG Art Foundation, ‘Attention to Detail’, New York NY

2007
MOMA Museum of Modern Art, ‘Multiplex: Directions in Art, 1970 to Now’, New York NY
Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, ‘Alien Nation’, Norwich, England (Travelling Exhibition)
Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Collection Highlights’, Chicago IL
Fogg Museum, ‘Contemporary Art from the Harvard University Art Museums’, Cambridge MA
Manchester City Art Gallery, ‘Alien Nation’, Manchester, England (Travelling Exhibition)
Walker Art Center, ‘Paper Trail: A Decade of Acquisitions’, Minneapolis MN
Thomas Dane Gallery, ‘Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative’, London, England
MOMA Museum of Modern Art, ‘Comic Abstraction’, New York NY
The Model Arts Gallery & Niland Gallery, ‘The Secret Theory of Drawing’, Sligo, Ireland (Travelling Exhibition)
Tate Modern, ‘Passages from History’, London, England
Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘Collections Display’, New York NY

2006
ICA – Institute of Contemporary Arts, ‘Alien Nation’, London, England (Travelling Exhibition)
Unosunove Art Contemporanea, ‘Naturalia’, Rome, Italy
Walker Art Center, ‘Heart of Darkness’, Minneapolis MN
The Drawing Room, ‘The Secret Theory of Drawing’, London, England (Travelling Exhibition)
Andrew Mummery Gallery, ‘Limits’, London, England
Zacheta National Gallery of Art, ‘Black Alphabet – ConTEXTS of Contemporary African-American Art’, Warsaw, Poland
Marianne Boesky Gallery, ‘Selections. LeRoy Neiman Center’, New York NY
Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art, ‘Infinite Painting. Contemporary Painting and Global Realism’, Codroipo (Udine), Italy
Contemporary Art Museum, ‘Contemporary Masterworks: St. Louis Collects’, St. Louis MO
Aspen Art Museum, ‘Having New Eyes’, Aspen CO
MCA – Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘See into liquid’, Denver CO
Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘Skin is a Language’, New York NY

2005
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, ‘The Fluidity of Time. Selections from the MCA Collection’, Chicago IL
Andrea Rosen Gallery, ‘Looking at Words’, New York NY
Vancouver Art Gallery, ‘Classified Materials. Accumulations, Archives, Artists’, Vancouver, Canada
Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, ‘Figures of Thinking. Convergences in Contemporary Cultures’, Greencastle IN
MOMA Museum of Modern Art, ‘Drawing from the Modern, 1975 – 2005’, New York NY
MOMA Museum of Modern Art, ‘Artists & Prints: Part 3’, New York NY
Arizona State University Art Museum, ’90-Day Loans. From The Broad Art Foundation and the Ovitz Family Collection’, Tempe AZ
Galerie Max Hetzler, ‘Works on Paper’, Berlin, Germany
Gagosian Gallery, ‘Works on Paper’, Los Angeles CA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ‘Black Panther Rank and File’, San Francisco CA
Contemporary Arts Museum, ‘Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970’, Houston TX
Museum of Fine Arts, ‘Sets, Series, Suites: Contemporary Prints’, Boston MA

2004
Boise Art Museum, ‘Keys to the Koop. Humor and Satire in Contemporary Printmaking’, Boise ID
Barbara Gross Galerie, ‘Silvia Bächli, Ellen Gallagher, Jana Sterbak’, Munich, Germany
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, ‘Non Toccare la Donna Bianca’, Turin, Italy
Site Santa Fe’s Fifth International Biennial, ‘Disparities and Deformations: Our Grotesque’, Santa Fe NM
Haunch of Venison, ‘Animals’, London, England
Joslyn Art Museum, ‘Fabulism’, Omaha NE
James Cohan Gallery, ‘The Game Show’, New York NY

2003
MOMA Museum of Modern Art, Queens, ‘Here is elsewhere’, New York NY
The Studio Museum in Harlem, ‘Black Belt’, New York NY
Borusan Culture and Art Center, ‘Copy it, steal it, share it’, Istanbul, Turkey
MOMA Museum of Modern Art, ‘Stranger in the Village’, New York NY
La Biennale di Venezia, ‘56th International Art Exhibition. Dreams and Conflicts. The Dictatorship of the Viewer’, Venice, Italy
Barbara Gross Galerie, ‘…and der Wand’, Munich, Germany

2002
Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, ‘Cartoon Noir: Contemporary Investigations’, Austin TX
Van de Weghe Fine Art, ‘Accrochage II. Paintings’, New York NY
DeCordova Museum, ‘Painting in Boston. 1950-2000’, Lincoln MA

2001
Sammlung Goetz, ‘The Mystery of Painting’, Munich, Germany

Barbican Centre, ‘The Americans’, London, England
Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, ‘From Rembrandt to Rauschenberg, Building the Collection’, Austin TX

2000
American Academy of Arts and Letters, ‘American Academy Invitational Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture’, New York NY
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in collaboration with MOMA – Museum of Modern Art, ‘Greater New York: New Art in New York Now’, New York NY
The Kerlin Gallery, ‘KIN’, Dublin, Ireland
The Contemporary, ‘Making Sense: Ellen Gallagher, Christian Marclay, Liliana Porter’, Baltimore MD
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, ‘New Acquisitions’, New York NY
Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Harvard University, ‘American Artists’, Cambridge MA
Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Harvard University, ‘Strength and Diversity: A Celebration of African American Artists’, Cambridge MA
The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, ‘Visual Memoirs: Selected Paintings and Drawings’, Waltham MA
IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art, ‘Half Dust’, Dublin, Ireland

1999
Institute of Contemporary Art, ‘Collectors Collect Contemporary: 1990-1999’, Boston MA
École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, ‘(Corps) Social’, Paris, France
Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, ‘Negotiating Small Truths’, Austin TX
James Cohan Gallery, ‘The Nature of Order’, New York NY

1998
Museo de la Ciudad de México, ‘Cinco continentes y una ciudad’, Mexico City, Mexico
MOMA – Museum of Modern Art, ‘Piecing Together the Puzzle. Recent Acquisitions’, New York NY
De Beyerd Center for Contemporary Art, ‘Postcards from Black America’, Breda, Netherlands

1997
Mario Diacono Gallery, ‘The Body of Painting’, Boston MA
Basilico Fine Arts and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, ‘Project Painting’, New York NY
Irish Museum of Modern Art, ‘Projects’, Dublin, Ireland
Randolph Street Gallery, ‘T-Race’, Chicago IL
Kunstmuseum Bonn, ‘Art at the End of the 20th Century. Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art’, Bonn, Germany (Travelling Exhibition)
Castello di Rivoli, ‘Art at the End of the 20th Century. Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art’, Turin, Italy (Travelling Exhibition)
Art Gallery of Western Australia, ‘Inside the Visible’, Perth, Australia (Travelling Exhibition)

1996
National Gallery, Alexandros Soutzos Museum, ‘Art at the End of the 20th Century. Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art’, Athens, Greece (Travelling Exhibition)
MACBA – Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, ‘Art at the End of the 20th Century. Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art’, Barcelona, Spain (Travelling Exhibition)
National Museum of Women in Arts, ‘Inside the Visible’, Washington D.C. (Travelling Exhibition)
Institute of Contemporary Art, ‘Inside the Visible’, Boston MA (Travelling Exhibition)
Whitechapel Art Gallery, ‘Inside the Visible’, London, England (Travelling Exhibition)

1995
Forum for Contemporary Art, ‘Altered States’, St. Louis MO
Museum of Fine Arts, ‘Degrees of Abstraction’, Boston MA
Whitney Museum of American Art, ’1995 Biennial Exhibition’, New York NY

1994
Mario Diacono Gallery, ‘Airborne/Earthbound’, Boston MA
Institute of Contemporary Art, ‘In Context’, Boston MA

1993
Rose Art Museum/Brandeis University, ‘African American Perspectives’, Waltham MA
Artists Place, ‘Artists Select’, New York NY
Museum of Fine Arts, ‘Travelling Scholars’ Exhibit’, Boston MA

1992
Akin Gallery, ‘Autopia’, Boston MA
Clark Gallery, ‘Faces’, Lincoln MA
Akin Gallery, ‘Salon’, Boston MA
Akin Gallery, ‘Symphony of Prosperity’, Boston MA
Boston Public Library, ‘Word and Image’, Boston MA
Akin Gallery, New York NY

Awards / Grants

2001
Medal of Honor, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

2000
American Academy Award in Art

1997
Joan Mitchell Fellowship

1996
MacDowell Colony NH

1995
Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship

1993
Travelling Scholars’ Award, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA
Ann Gund Scholarship, Skowhegan School of Art, Skowhegan ME

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