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 Paul Joseph Kos  (1942 - )

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Lived/Active: California/Wyoming      Known for: conceptual art, video constructions

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Biography from Gallery Paule Anglim:
Since the early 1970’s Paul Kos’s work has challenged conventions of art media and subject matter. For a global audience, he staged new possibilities for artistic treatments of time, space and cultural systems.

Kos, one of the founders of the Bay Area conceptual movement, has exhibited internationally and has work represented in major museum collections including New York’s MoMA, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, SFMoMA, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

BORN December 23, 1942, Rock Springs, Wyoming


1965-67 M.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California
1962-65 B.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California
1961-62 Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.


“Everything Matters: Paul Kos, A Retrospective,” Berkeley Art Museum, University of California; Grey Art Gallery, New York University; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati

“Paul Kos at the Wiegand Gallery”, College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA

J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky (travels)
Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Santa Monica, California

“Tintinnabulations”, University Art Gallery, San Diego State University, San Diego, California

"Paul Kos: Ber Lin," Laguna Art Museum, Satellite Gallery at South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, California

University Art Gallery, California State University, Chico

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

New Langton Arts, San Francisco, California
Capp Street Project, San Francisco, California

University of Nevada, Reno

MATRIX, University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley
Site, Inc., 585 Mission Street, San Francisco, California

University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley

Video Free America, San Francisco, California
Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

"Howard Fried, Paul Kos," San Jose University Art Gallery, San Jose, CA
M.H. de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

"Gutierrez-Solana, Glassman, Kos," (three one-man exhibitions), La Jolla Museum, La Jolla, CA 1972 Reese Palley Gallery, New York, New York

"Fish, Fox, Kos," de Saisset Art Gallery and Museum, Santa Clara, CA
Reese Palley Gallery, San Francisco, CA

"Participationkinetics," Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
"Freeze-Drived Xmas," de Saisset Art Gallery and Museum, Santa Clara, CA



“California Video,” Getty Research Institute and J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Neighbourhood Secrets, Stavanger, Norway

“Projected Image,” University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

“Looking for Mushrooms,” Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany

2007 – 2008

“Art Since the 1960s: California Experiments,” Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA


“from_&_to,” kunst Merano arte, Merano, Italy

“Pioneers,” CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA

“On Ice,” Williams Center Art Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton, PA

“Subversive Moves,” Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, ID

“The Three Cities – Berlin: The Apartment,” Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Berlin, Germany

“Work Zones: Three Decades of Contemporary Art from SFAI,” San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

“Evidences or This Object of Desire,” In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc, Paris, France

“Soft Openings,” The Katzen American University Museum, Washington, D.C.


"Beuys don't cry", Zero Gallery, Milan, Italy

“Open House,” Art on Site 1, San Francisco, CA
“1:1,” Refusalon, San Francisco, CA

"Line", Lance Fung Gallery, New York, NY

"PFormative Acts, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Selections from the Weisman Collection, Frederick Weisman Museum of Art, Center for the Arts, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

"Video Group Show," Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
“The Art Orchestra: A Sculptors’ Ensemble”, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

"Blurring the Boundaries" Installation Art 1969 - 1996 Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
“Generations”, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
“Austria SFAI 125th Anniversary Tribute Show,” Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
“Natural Histories”, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

"Facing Eden," M.H. de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

“Solid Concept Three”, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

“In Out of the Cold,” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

“California Art,” Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado
“John Cage Memorial Exhibition”, Jernigan/Wicker, San Francisco, CA
“Unter Null”, Woh Museum, Barengasse, Zurich, Germany

“After the Apocalypse: A Different Humanism”,SECCA, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
“Transformations”, Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco, California
“Unter Null” (Below Zero), Museum Indutriekultur, Nuremberg, Germany
“Gallery II”, (3-person show), Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, California

“Lines of Force”, Bayfront Gallery, San Francisco, California
"Bay Area Media", San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
"Works in Media", Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, California
"In Site, Five Conceptual Artists from the Bay Area", University Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts
"Public Art, Models and Drawings", San Francisco State University Art Gallery, San Francisco, California
"Open Channels, Five Year Survey", Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California
"R/T SF - Colombia", San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, California


Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California
Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
Long Beach Art Museum, Long Beach, California
Museum of Conceptual Art, San Francisco, California
Wallraff-Richartz Museum, Cologne, Germany
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
de Saisset Art Gallery and Museum, Santa Clara, California
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York
Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland


Flintridge Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts and FONCA (Fondacion y Organisacion National de Culutra yArtes) Residency in Mexico

National Endowment Fellowship

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship

Award in the Visual Arts (AVA)

Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship
Engelhard Award, Boston, Massachusetts
Western States Arts Fellowship
"Open Channels," Long Beach Museum of Art

National Endowment Media Arts Grant (in conjunction with the Walker Art Center)
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship

Capp Street Project, Residency

Western States Arts Fellowship

National Endowment Fellowship

National Endowment Fellowship

National Endowment Fellowship


“Poetry /Sculpture Garden,” 199 Freemont Street, San Francisco, CA (In Collaboration with Robert Haas)
“2 X 2 ,” di Rosa Art Preserve, Napa, CA

Tunnel/Chapel, ZIZZIVA, La Petanque

“Poetry Garden”, enclosed garden of Bechtel Corporation, San Francisco, California

"Art in Transit", Market Street Program, San Francisco Arts Commission
(in collaboration with Delaney/Cochran Partnership), San Francisco, California
Secretary of State, State Archives Building, California State Arts Commission, Sacramento, California

Passenger-Only Ferry Terminal, Washington State Arts Commission, Seattle, Washington (in collaboration with Miller/ Hull Partnership)


Albright, Thomas, “Art”, Rolling Stone, June 24, 1971
____, “Art from a Giant Puddle”, San Francisco Chronicle, July 17, 1969.
____, “Marvels in Steel and Sand”, San Francisco Chronicle, April 17, 1971.
Anderson, Phil, “Chartes Bleu”, High Performance 10, no. 3, 1987: 99-100
Arms, John, “Agrisculpture”, Christian Science Monitor, August 23, 1969.
Arts Magazine 44, no. 8, summer 1970: 23, 38.
Arts Magazine 47, no. 1, September-October 1972: 58
Avalanche 1, Fall 1970: 6.
Avalanche 2, Winter 1971: 6
Avalanche 4, Spring 1972: 4.
Baker, Kenneth, “Art That Comes Across as Disposable”, San Francisco Chronicle, November 28, 1998
Battcock, Gregory, ed., New Artists Video, New York: Dutton, 1978.
Belloil, Jay, Joel Glassman, Carlos Gutierrez-Solana, Paul Kos [exhibition catalog], La Jolla, CA: Museum of Contemporary Art, 1973.
Belsito, Peter, “Sympathetic Vibrations”, High Performance 9, no. 2, 1986: 73.
Bonetti, David, “Two decades of MATRIX”, San Francisco Examiner, April 29, 1998.
____, “With sly wit, Paul Kos rings a bell”, San Francisco Examiner, October 28, 1994: C6-7.
Christensen, Judith, “Uncomfortable Cadence”, Artweek 21, March 15, 1990: 13-4.
Golonu, Berin, Artweek, January 2000: 41.
Jaszi, Jean, “Projects for the Eighties”, Artweek, March 28, 1970: 1, 8.
Junker, Howard, “Video Installation: Paul Kos and Sculptured Monitor”, Arts Magazine, November 1975: 65-6.
Kent, Tom, ‘Paul Kos – Videotapes and Sculptural Residue”, Artweek, November 2, 1974: 5.
McCann, Cecile N., “Richmond Sculpture Annual”, Artweek, February 18, 1970: 6.
____, “Authority and Art (Again)”, Artweek, June 26, 1971: 2.
____, Artweek, February 13, 1971: 2.
Marioni, Tom, “Art/By Jove”, San Francisco Magazine, March 1977: 94-5.
Morris, Gay, Art in America 77, February 1989: 173.
Moss, Stacey, Paul Kos at the Wiegand Gallery [exhibition catalog], Belmont, CA: College of Notre Dame, 1994.
“Museum of Conceptual Art Opens”, Artweek, March 28, 1970: 2.
Porges, Maria, “Paul Kos at Gallery Paule Anglim”, Artforum, February 1996: 89.
Reveaux, Tony, ‘Polytechnical Diversity (SFMOMA)”, Artweek 21, April 19, 1990; 1.
Richardson, Brenda, “Bay Area Survey: The Myth of Neo-Dada”, Arts Magazine, Summer 1970: 47.
____, “Bay Area Report”, Arts Magazine 45, no. 8, Summer 1971: 44.
Riddle, Mason, New Art Examiner 15, November 1987: 57.
Schneider, Ira, and Beryle Korot, eds., Video Art, New York: Harcourt Brace and Jovanovich, 1976.
“Sculpture in the Vineyards”, San Francisco Magazine, October 1969.
Smallwood, Lyn, ‘Sculptor in a Haystack”, Seattle Weekly, February 7, 1990: 49.
Soe, Valerie, “Lessons in Seeing”, Artweek, April 25, 1970: 2.
“Sounds Sculpture Event”, Artweek, April 25, 1970: 2.
Tamblyn, Christine, “A Ritual for Bells”, Artweek 17, March 15, 1987.
Tarshis, Jerome, “San Francisco”, Artforum 8, no. 10, June 1970: 91.
____, “San Francisco”, Artforum 9, vol 1, September 1971: 91.
“U.C. Project for the Eighties”, Artweek, March 14, 1970: 3.
Wooster, Ann-Sargent, “Video and Ritual”, Afterimage 12, February 1985: 19.

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