1957 (Yonkers, New York)
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|The following, submitted December 2005, is from Isabelle Woodley, representative of the artist.|
Jon Kessler is known for kinetic mixed-media and found-object
sculpture, installation, and as an art educator. Since 1983, he
has exhibited widely in galleries and museums through the United
States, Europe and Japan. His work has been collected by numerous
institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of
American Art, the Walker Art Center, and both the Chicago and Los
Angeles Museums of Contemporary Art.
From 2000 to 2005 he served as Chair of the Visual Arts Department of Columbia Univerity’s School of the Arts.
Jon Kessler currently lives and works in New York City and Brooklyn, New York
The Palace at 4A.M. P.S.1, Long Island City, New York. Oct 30, 2005 – Feb 06, 2006
1980 Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York City
1980 S.U.N.Y. at Purchase, New York, B.F.A.
AWARDS AND GRANTS
2001 Foundation for the Performing Arts
1996 Guggenheim Fellowship
1995 St. Gaudens Memorial
1985 National Endowment for the Arts
1983 National Endowment for the Arts
SELECT ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2005 The Palace at 4 A.M. P.S.1, New York
Hermes Japon, Tokyo
2004 Global Village Idiot Deitch Projects, New York
2004 Hermes, Forum Gallery, Tokyo
2003 Hermes Japon, Tokyo
2002 Hermes Japon, Tokyo
1997 Jon Kessler The University of the arts, Philidelphia
1994 Jon Kessler’s Asia Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover; Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
1993 Jon Kessler Kunstverin, Hamburg
1991 Jon Kessler Carnegie Museum of art, Pittsburgh
1987 Jon Kessler Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2005 Overhead/Underfoot: The Topographical Perspective in Photography, Whitney Museum of Art, New York
2003 The Commodification of Buddha, Bronx Museum, New York
1998 Crossings, Kunsthalle, Vienna
1997 Family Values, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
1995 Micromegas, The American Center, Paris; Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1993 Prospect 93, Kunstverein Frankfurt and Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
The Nature of the Machine, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago
SCAI The Bathhouse Opening Exhibition, SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo
1992 Jon Kessler Kunsthalle Vienna, (1993)
Biennale of Sydney, Australia
More Than One Photography, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1991 Metropolis, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
1990 Reorienting: Looking East, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow; Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London
1989 Horn of Plenty, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Gober, Halley, Kessler, Wool; Four Artists From New York, Kunstverein Munchen
1988 The New Urban Landscape, The World Financial Center, New York
Art of the 1980's: Artists from the Eli Broad Family Foundation Collection
1987 The New Romantic Landscape, Whitney Museum of American Art, Fairfield County, Stamford
1986 End Game: Reference and Simulation, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Nothing, Message to the public, 30-second computer animation, One Times Square, New York
1985 1985 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1984 International Survey of Recent Painting & Sculpture, MoMA, New York
Project Room, P.S.1 New York
The Hall of Birds, Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio
The Drunken Boat, Planet Thailand, Brooklyn, New York
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
The Brooklyn Museum, New York
The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Saatchi Collection, London
Eli Broad Family Foundation, Los Angeles
First Bank Minneapolis, Minneapolis
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Paine Webber Art Collection, New York
Emily Fisher Landau Center, New York
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Aldrich Musuem, Connecticut
Phoenix Art Mueum, Phoenix
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Chase Manhattan Art Collection, New York
Frederick Weisman Foundation, Los Angeles
The Deste Collection, Athens
Sudwestdeutsche Landesbank, Stuttgart
Caisse des Depôts, Paris
Henry Art Gallery
Neuberger Museum of Art
Milwaukee Art Museum
Addison Gallery of Art
SELECTED BOOK REFERENCES
2004 Kessler, Jon, Global Village Idiot. New York: Deitch Projects,exhibition catalogue, April
2002 Wu, Chin-Tao, Privatizing Culture: Corporate Art intervention since the 1980's. page 268
1996 Nickas, Bob & Jeanne Greenberg. Altered States: American Art In The 90s.
Foster, Hal. The Return of the Real. Cambridge: MIT Press, p. 115.
1995 Galerie Goppingen, Goppingen, exhibition catalogue.
Haenlein, Carl, Ed. Jon Kessler's Asia. Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover
and Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, exhibition catalogue.
Jon Kessler, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, exhibition catalogue.
Jon Kessler. Puerto de Santander, Santander, exhibition catalogue, Summer.
1994 1968, exhibition curated by Bob Nickas, exhibition catalogue.
Live in Your Head, exhibition curated by Bob Nickas, exhibition catalogue.
Jon Kessler, Kunstverein in Hamburg, exhibition catalogue.
Prospect 93, Frankfurter Kunstverein & Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, exhibition catalogue.
The 21st Century, Kunsthalle Basel, exhibition catalogue.
The Nature of the Machine, Chicago Cultural Center, exhibition catalogue.
1992 Drawn in the Nineties, exhibition catalogue: 43.
The Boundary Rider, exhibition catalogue for Sydney Biennial.
1990 Reorienting: Looking East. Exhibition catalogue,
Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, January-March; Nicola Jacobs Gallery,
London, exhibition catalogue.
1989 Horn of Plenty, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, exhibition catalogue.
Gober, Halley, Kessler, Wool; Four Artists from New York. Kunstberein Munchen, exhibition catalogue, September.
1987 New York Art Now, exhibition catalogue 2, Saatchi Collection, London: 141.
1986 New Trends in Contemporary Sculpture, Ten
Outstanding Sculptors of America and Japan, exhibition catalogue, June.
Lumières, Perception-Projection, Centre International d'Art Contemporain de Montreal, exhibition catalogue: 94-95, 137, 153.
Endgame: Reference and Simulation in Recent Painting and Sculpture, The
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, exhibition catalogue: 78-79.
1985 Whitney Museum of American Art. Whitney Biennal, exhibition catalogue, April: 64-65, 130.
Jon Kessler, Luhring Augustine & Hodes Gallery, New York, exhibition catalogue, October.
Lubowsky, Susan. Modern Machines: Recent Kinetic Sculpture, Whitney
Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York, exhibition
1984 McShine, Kynaston. An International Survey of
Recent Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York,
exhibition catalogue, May: 184-185, 350.
SELECTED PERIODICAL REFERENCES
2005 Madoff, Steven Henry, The New York Times, October 23
Ostrow, Saul, BOMB, Fall
Time Out, October 20-26
Kimmelman, Michael, The New York Times, November 11
Saltz, Jerry, Village Voice, December 02
2004 Smith, Roberta, The New York Times, January 23
Singerman, Howard, Artforum, February, page 170
Johnson, Ken, The New York Times, February 20
Saltz, Jerry, The Village Voice, March 18
Levin, Kim, Village Voice, May 5
Johnson, Ken, The New York Times, May 7
Reed, John, Artforum.com, May 19
Pollack, Barbara, Time Out, May 26
Joselit, David, Artforum, September
Cash, Stephanie, Art in America, October
2000 Corbett, William, "But Elsewhere in Spirit," Modern Painters, Winter
1998 "Kunst..Arbeit," Aus der Sammlung Sudwest LB Catalogue, Herausgeber, Cantz Verlag und Autoren.
1997 Rice, Robin. "Beautiful Machinery," Philadelphia City Paper, March.
"Jon Kessler," Art in America, October, 1997.
1995 Wakefield, Meville. "Jon Kessler, Luhring Augustine Gallery". Artforum, October 1994; 100.
Choon, Angela. "Jon Kessler, Luhring Augustine". Flash Art, November-December 1994; 97.
Edelman, Robert. "Jon Kessler." Artpress, no. 194, September: 3, 83.
1994 Zeitsprunge, Collection of Rudolf & Ute
Scharpff exhibition, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, exhibition catalogue,
Blau, Douglas. "Clockwork (Jon Kessler)." Parkett, No. 36: 24- 33.
Cooke, Lynne. "Jon Kessler Interviewed." Art Monthly, 167, June: 5-11.
Wagner, Thomas. "Der Saurier schreit." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, March.
1992 Gillick, Liam. "Doubletake." Art Monthly, No. 154, March: 14-5.
Hall, Charles. "Doubletake." Arts Review, April: 116-7.
1991 Lubenski, Cathy. "Kessler's 'Brave New World'." Tribune- Review, Greensburg, PA, February 1: 3.
Miller, Donald. "Sculptor Kessler Shuns Dogma." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Saturday, February 1: 3.
Myers, Terry. "Up to Code: Jon Kessler's Recent Sculptures." Arts, March: 71-3.
Rimanelli, David. "Jon Kessler: Luhring Augustine." Flash Art, March/April: 137-8.
Kalina, Richard. "Jon Kessler at Luhring Augustine." Art in America, May: 165.
Bass, Kenn. "Jon Kessler: The Carnegie Museum ." Art Papers, May/June: 57-8.
de Bruyn, Eric. "Jon Kessler: Luhring & Augustine, New York." Forum International, No. 7-91: 74.
Doubletake: Collective Memory & Current Art, Hayward Gallery, London, exhibition catalogue.
1990 Kandel, Susan. "Jon Kessler at Luhring Augustine Hetzler." Arts, March: 126.
Pagel, David. "Jon Kessler." Art Issues, March-April: 29.
Brooks, Liz. "Reorienting: Looking East, Third Eye Centre." Artscribe, May: 75.
Artforum, Artist's Project, September.
Zahm, Oliver. "Le Desenchantement du monde." Art Press,October: 94-5.
Levin, Kim. "Choices: Jon Kessler." The Village Voice, December 19-25: 127.
Olds, Jane. "Jon Kessler." The New Yorker, December 25: 16.
1989 Van Nieuwenhuyzen, Martijn. "Horn of Plenty." Flash Art, March/April: 102.
llido, Ramon Tio. "Jon Kessler." Beaux Arts, May: 84-85.
Bourriaud, Nicolas. "Jon Kessler at Galerie Crousel-Robelin/BAMA." Flash Art, October.
1988 Johnson, Ken. "Jon Kessler at Luhring, Augustine & Hodes." Art in America, April: 208-209.
Puvogel, Renate. "Jon Kessler." Kunstforum, April/May: 305.
Cooke, Lynne, "Anamnesis: The Work of Jon Kessler." Artscribe, May: 50-54.
1987 Becker, Robert. "Art in View; Sony Meets SoHo." Interview, February: 97.
Saltz, Jerry. Beyond Boundaries; New York's New Art, Alfred van der Marck,
Smith, Roberta. "Jon Kessler." The New York Times, December 11: C30.
1986 Decter, Joshua. "Jon Kessler." Arts Magazine, January: 139, 190.
Cotter, Holland. "Jon Kessler at Luhring, Augustine & Hodes." Art in America, February: 128-129.
Van Beek, Willem. "Michel Byron en Jon Kessler." Kuntsbeeld, March: 28-29.
Van Nieuwenguyzen, Martijn. "Michael Byron and Jon Kessler at Barbara Farber." Artscribe, June/July: 83.
Evans-Clark, Phillip. "Messages Sent in the Medium of Light." The New York Times, Sunday, August 17.
Stein, Jerry. "Sculpture Irresistable to the Eye." The Cincinnati Enquirer Post, November 21: 68.
Findsen, Owen. "Simplicity Shines in Light Boxes." The Cincinnati Enquirer Post, November 30: 1,B.
1985 Flam, Jack. "The Museum as Funhouse." The Wall Street Journal, March 22.
Koln, Michael. "Jon Kessler." Flash Art, October: 41.
Levin, Kim. "Jon Kessler." The Village Voice, May 29.
Levin, Kim. "High-Tech Chow Mein." The Village Voice, November 5: 98.
1984 Glueck, Grace. "Jon Kessler." The New York Times, June 1.
Koln, Michael. "Jon Kessler." Flash Art, October: 41.
1983 Armstrong, Richard. "Jon Kessler." Artforum, December: p. 84.
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