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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
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.

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

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

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
Public Commissions:
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
Rooseum, Malmo
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

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 catalogue, October.
1984    McShine, Kynaston. An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York, exhibition catalogue, May: 184-185, 350.

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,, 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, January- February.
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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