Photo by Emily Ludwig Shaffer
Joshua Abelow (b. 1976, Frederick, Maryland, USA) earned his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998 and his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2008. His solo shows include "OH! ABELOW" at James Fuentes, New York (2011), "DUMB & EASY" at Tomorrow Gallery, Toronto (2011), "FAMOUS ARTIST" at Sorry We're Closed, Brussels (2012), "ABELOW SCHMABELOW" at Brand New Gallery, Milan (2012), "Songs From A Room" at Devening Projects, Chicago (2012), "PAINTER" at Wasserman Projects, Birmingham, MI (2013) and "ABELOW ON DELANCEY" at James Fuentes, New York (2013). In 2011 Abelow published a memoir titled 'Painter's Journal' about his adventures in New York City in the late 1990s as a young artist. He is also active as a curator and organizer of exhibitions under the moniker ART BLOG ART BLOG, after his popular blog, which can be found below.
Trudy Benson is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She was born in Richmond, Virginia. She earned a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a MFA from Pratt Institute. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Artforum, ARTnews, and Modern Painters, among others. She is represented by Galerie Bernard Ceysson.
Ellen Berkenblit was born in Paterson, New Jersey, U.S and is an American painter best known for her fantastical paintings of women. She received her B.F.A from The Cooper Union in 1980. Berkenblit's practice hovers between representation and abstraction, often presenting the female figure experiencing a realm of imaginative explosion and escape. Berkenblit has been exhibiting with solo shows since 1984 and her work features in public collections such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Berkenblit lives and works in New York and is represented by Anton Kern Gallery.
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Julia Dault is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her first solo museum exhibition, "Color Me Badd," is on view at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto through January 4, 2015. The exhibition will be followed in May 2015 by a show at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, and the institutions will collaborate on a catalogue. Julia will also present a solo exhibition at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, in February-March 2015. Recent solo exhibitions include China Art Objects, Los Angeles; Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich; and Jessica Bradley, Toronto. Her work is currently on view in "Elevated: Contemporary Art in the AGO Tower," Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, and was recently included in the group exhibitions "Americana: Selections from the Collection," at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, and "Outside the Lines" at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Dault's work is in the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw; and the Pérez Art Museum Miami.
For over twenty-five years, Peter Halley's geometric paintings have been engaged in a play of relationships between what he calls "prisons" and "cells" in contrast to the imagery of explosions that dominate his installations. Halley's works have been exhibited extensively internationally, and are included in numerous permanent museum collections including The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Tate Modern, and The Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. In addition to his painting practice, Halley has taught at many universities including Columbia University, UCLA, and Yale. From 1996 to 2006, he was the publisher of index magazine. Halley lives and works in New York.
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The New York based painter, Chris Martin, has continuously exhibited in US and European galleries since the 1980s. His work has recently been presented in solo shows at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (both 2011); and the Nerman Museum, Kansas City, KS (2009). The work has also been included in group shows at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2013); Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany (2011); Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI (2008); American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY (2006); P.S.1, Long Island City, NY (2005); Karl Ernst Osthaus Museum, Hagen, Germany (2004); Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY (2004); Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, NC (1998); The Denver Museum, Denver, CO (1991); La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, California, CA (1989); and The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (1988). Martin lives and works in Brooklyn and upstate New York.
Keegan McHargue (b. 1982) was born in Portland, Oregon. He has had solo shows at Rivington Arms, NY; Metro Pictures, NY; Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco; Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo and many others. Additionally, he has been featured in group exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Deitch Projects, NY; The Hole, NY; Yvon Lambert, Paris; and the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow. McHargue's work is included in the collections of the Deste Foundation of Contemporary Art, Athens; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Museum of Modern Art, NY.
William J. O'Brien was born in 1975 in Eastlake, Ohio. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 1997 with a BA in Studio Art, continuing his education at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received his MFA in Fiber and Material Studies in 2005. The artist's work is included in the permanent collections of the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio; Miami Art Museum, Florida; and The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois. O'Brien has exhibited at The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago (2011) and The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas (2012). The artist's first major survey exhibition, curated by Naomi Beckwith, was in January 2014 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. The artist lives and works in Chicago.
Photo by Noam Griegst
Born in Tel Aviv in 1967, Tal R lives and works in Copenhagen. He has had solo exhibitions at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Arhus, Denmark (2013 - 2014); Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2013); Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria, travelling to Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (both 2013); Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, São Paulo (2012); Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf (2012); Kunstverein Augsburg-Holbeinhaus, Augsburg, Germany (2011); Der Kunstverein, Hamburg (2011); Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art, Stockholm (2009); Kunsthalle Tübingen, Tübingen (2009); Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht (2008); Camden Arts Centre, London (2008); Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, Denmark (2007); and Kunsthalle Mannheim (2007). Tal R currently holds a Guest Professorship at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.
Photo by Craig Gibson
David Shrigley wasborn in 1968, in Macclesfield, UK. He received his B.F.A at the Glasgow School of Art between 1988-91. Shrigley explains that his drawings are for people who like to laugh at moral crisis, "I'd like to think it isn't cynical. It's a matter of making fun of the things you could get depressed about. You've got to laugh". His process allows himself and the viewer to feel a sense of liberation, revealing the limitations of our spontaneous means of communication. Shrigley's work has been exhibited widely, including solo shows at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. In 2013, he was nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize for his solo show David Shrigley: Brain Activity at the Hayward Gallery in London.
Jonas Wood was born in Boston, Massachusetts and received his MFA from the University of Washington. Wood's paintings celebrate a mastery of incongruity and the re-organization of representation and memory. His work has been shown in galleries in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, as well as numerous public collections, such as the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Wood lives and works in Los Angeles and is represented by Anton Kern Gallery, New York.