Born 1946, London, UK
Lives and works in London, UK

Selected Press

Artforum, Avis Newman, Lisson Gallery, 27 Bell Street, London, Michael Archer, March 1988
The Renaissance Society
, AVIS NEWMAN, LASSITUDE BEFORE WORDS, 10 January 1988
Third Text, Avis Newman: Blocking Light, Stella Santacatterina, 1996

Education

Central School of Art and Design, London, BA
Goldsmiths College, London, MA

Solo Exhibitions

(C) denotes that a catalogue was published in conjunction with the exhibition.

2021

The Weight of Souls I, Studio M, Maureen Paley, London, UK

2013

Mobile Relations, The Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich, UK

2003

Descriptions, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

1998

Meridians, Lisson Gallery, London, UK

1996

Blocking Light, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (C)

1995

Recent Work, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK (C)
Avis Newman (Begin the Beguin), Kanaal Art Foundation, Kortrijk, Belgium

1994

Works, Casa Masaccio, San Giovanni Valdarno, Arezzo, Italy (C)

1993

Vicious Circle, De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, travelling to: Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (C)

1990

Earth of Paradise, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK

1988

Lassitude before words, Lisson Gallery, London, UK (C)

1987

Avis Newman, Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA

1985

This... Dream’s Navel, Galerie Akumabltory 2, Poznan, Poland

1984

Figure who no one is..., Matt’s Gallery at the Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
The Day’s Residues, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

1982

Scenes, Matt’s Gallery, London, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021

A Very Special Place: Ikon in the 1990s, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

2017

Meticulous Observations and Naming the Money, Walker Gallery, Liverpool, UK

2014

Drawn Together: Artist as Selector, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, UK
A Little Patch of Yellow Wall, Lion and Lamb Gallery, London, UK
Iniquitous Symmetries, Mummery + Schnelle Gallery, London, UK

2013

More Light, 5 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

2011

What If It's All True, What Then?, Mummery + Schnelle, London, UK (C)

2010

On Line: Drawing Through The Twentieth Century, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA (C)
Drawing of the World, World of Drawing, College of Fine Art, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea (C)

2009

Between Metaphor and Object: Art of the 90’s from IMMA Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Collage, London/New York, Fred Gallery, London, UK

2004

Questionmark, Wait, Error, Understood, M.C.K. iulionis National Museum of Art, Kaunas, Lithuania

2003

In Good Form, Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire, UK

2002

Artists Meeting, Xiamen Gallery, Xiamen, China

2000

La casa, il corps, il cuore, Construction der identiten, Museum Moderner Kunst, Stiftung Ludwig, Wien, Austria (C)

1999

Work from the Berardo Collection, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal
La casa, il corpo, il cuore, Construction der identity, National Gallery Prague, Czech Republic
Contemporary Art: The Janet Wolfs de Botton Gift, Tate, London, UK (C)

1997

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Casa Masaccio, San Giovanni Valdarno, Arezzo, Italy
Material Culture, The Object in British Art of the 1980’s and 90’s, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (C)
Heteronyymous, or an Ambiguous Journey Through The Self, San Michele A Ripa, Rome, Italy (C)

1995

British Art from the 1980’s and 1990’s –work from the WeltKunst Collection, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (C)
Pretext: Heteronyms, The Clink, London, UK (C)

1994

Inside the Visible, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston USA, travelling to: Washington Museum, Washington, DC, USA; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK; Gallery of Contemporary Art, Perth, Australia (C)
Worlds in a Box, Arts Council Touring Exhibition, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Norwich, London, UK (C)
Private View: Contemporary Art in the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, UK (C)
Works on Paper from the WelkKunst Collection, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

1994

Paula Rego, John Murphy, Avis Newman, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (C)

1993

Moving into View, Ten years of the Arts Council Collection, Royal Festival Hall, London, UK

1992

Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK
Mixed Exhibition, Galerie Bruges La Morte, Bruges, Belgium

1991

Excavating the Present, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK (C)

1989

Blasphemies, Ecstasies and Cries, Serpentine Gallery, London (C), travelling to: Norwich School of Art, Norwich; Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury; Mostyn Art Gallery, Llandudno
A Propos de Dessin, Galerie Adrien Maeght, Paris, France

1988

Vanities, Norwich School of Art Gallery, Norwich, UK (C)
The British Picture, LA Louver Gallery, Venice, California, USA (C)
Signaturen, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent, Belgium (C)
The Impossible Self, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada (C)

1987

The Analytical Theatre: New Art From Britain, The Akron Art Museum, Ohio (organised by the Independent Curators Incorporated, New York) (C), travelling to: Alberta College of Art Gallery, Alberta; University Art Museum, California; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

1986

Falls the Shadow, Recent British and European Art, Hayward Gallery, London (organised by the Arts Council of Great Britain) (C)
Summer Group Show, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
Origins Originality + Beyond, Sixth Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (organised by the British Council) (C)
Aperto86, XL11 Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (C)

1985

Recent Acquisitions for the Modern Collection – Works on Paper by British and American Artists, Tate Gallery, London, UK

1984

The British Art Show: Old Allegiances and New Directions, 1979-1984, City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK (organised by the Arts Council of Great Britain) (C), travelling to: Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK, Mapping Art Gallery, Sheffield, UK; Southampton Art Gallery, Southampton, UK

1982

Stroke, Line and Figure, Gimpel Fils Gallery, London, UK
Hayward Annual 1982: British Drawing, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
Whitechapel Open Exhibition, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK

Collaborative and Curated Projects

2006

Symposium on Drawing Theory and Practise: With a Single Mark...., sponsored by Wimbledon College of Art, UAL and Tate, Tate Britain, London, UK

2003

The Stage of Drawing: Gesture and Act, Drawing exhibition selected from the Tate Collection, The Drawing Centre, New York, USA and Tate Britain London, Tate Liverpool, UK, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

2002

Artists Meeting–Visit to Beijing and Xiamen to meet and exchange ideas with Chinese artists and co-curate an exhibition with Sigge Gudmundson, Martjanjia Hellman and Inika Gudmundson of works Made by artists from the Rijksakademie and Xiamen University at the Chinese European Art Centre

Solo Publications and Editing

2011

Open Space - what is possible in the political potentiality…, Divus, Vienna, 2011, pp. 100-109

2010

08 Tim Johnson, The Centre for Drawing Project Space – Notes, The Centre for Drawing Project Space, Research Centre of the University of the Arts, London, UK, 2010

2009

07 Dino Alfier, The Centre for Drawing Project Space – Notes, The Centre for Drawing Project Space, Research Centre of the University of the Arts, London, UK, 2009

2008

06 Carolyn Flood, The Centre for Drawing Project Space – Notes, The Centre for Drawing Project Space, Research Centre of the University of the Arts, London, UK, 2008
05 Helen Scalway, The Centre for Drawing Project Space – Notes, The Centre for Drawing Project Space, Research Centre of the University of the Arts, London, UK, 2008
04 Daniel Baker, The Centre for Drawing Project Space – Notes, The Centre for Drawing Project Space, Research Centre of the University of the Arts, London, UK, 2008

2007

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2007, Wimbledon College of Art, London, UK, 2007
03 Ansel Krut, The Centre for Drawing Project Space – Notes, The Centre for Drawing Project Space, Research Centre of the University of the Arts, London, UK, 2007
02 Jo Stockam, The Centre for Drawing Project Space – Notes, The Centre for Drawing Project Space, Research Centre of the University of the Arts, London, UK, 2007
01 Paul Ryan, The Centre for Drawing Project Space – Notes, The Centre for Drawing Project Space, Research Centre of the University of the Arts, London, UK, 2007

2006

documents 3 Ivan Grubanov, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, 2006

2005

documents 2 Irene Kopelman: Territories, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, 2005
documents Marc Bauer: Tautology, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, 2005

2003

The Stage of Drawing: Gesture and Act, Selected from the Tate Collection, The Drawing Centre, New York, USA and Tate Publishing, London, UK, 2003
The Stage of Drawing: Gesture And Act, Selected from Tate Collection, Tate Publishing, London, UK, 2003
Descriptions, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, 2003
Drawing Paper 36, Conversation between: Catherine de Zegher and Avis Newman, The Drawing Center, London, UK, 2003

1998

Avis Newman, Lisson Gallery, London, UK, 1998

1996

Avis Newman, Camden Arts Centre and Ikon Gallery, UK, 1996

1995

WORKS, Casa Masaccio, Alphalibri, Italy, 1995

1993

Avis Newman, Supplement, Book Works Studio, London, UK, 1993
Vicious Circle, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam and Lisson Gallery, London, UK, 1993

1987

Avis Newman, Lisson Gallery, London & Renaissance Society, Chicago, USA, 1987

Books and Catalogues

2017

Artist | Work | Lisson, Lisson Gallery, London, UK, 2017

2013

5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art: BOLSHE SVETA : MORE LIGHT, MER. Paper Kunsthalle, Germany, 2013 pp. 248-249, 357-358

2014

an anthology women’s work is never done, AsaMer, Belgium, 2014, pp. 210-239

2011

What If It’s All True? What Then?, Mummery + Schnelle, London, UK, 2011

2010

Online Drawing: Through The Twentieth Century, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA, 2010, pp. 108-109

2004

Tate Women Artists, Tate Publishing, London, UK, 2004, p. 231

2003

The Stage of Drawing: Gesture and Act - De Zegher, Catherine, selected by Avis Newman, Tate Publishing, London, UK, 2003

1999

La Casa, il corpo, il cuore Konstruktion der Identitäten, Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Wien, Austria,1999, pp. 332-335

1998

Contemporary Art: The Janet Wolfson de Botton Gift, Tate Publishing, London, UK, 1998 pp. 42-43, 92-95

1997

Breaking the Mould British Art of the 1980s and 1990s, The Weltkunst Collection, Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd in association with Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland, 1997, pp. 100-103
Heteronymous or an ambiguous Journey Through Self, Ministero dei Beni Culturali, Rome, Italy, 1997, p. 42

1996

Private View Contemporary Art in the Bowes Museum, The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK,1996, p. 73
INSIDE THE VISIBLE an elliptical traverse of 20th century art in, of, and from the feminine, MIT Press, Boston/Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK, 1996 pp. 270-279, 302-303, 306-307

1995

Pretext: 21 Artists Heteronyms, Rear Window Publication, London, UK, 1995, p. 28-29

1994

Paula Rego, John Murphy, Avis Newman, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, 1994

Worlds in a Box, The Southbank Centre, London, UK, 1994, p. 68

1993

Signaturen, Museum Van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent, Belgium,1993

1991

Excavating the Present, Cambridge: Kettle’s Yard Gallery, Cambridge, UK, 1991, p. 51-54

1990

Drawing Today, Phaidon Oxford, Oxford, UK, 1990, pp. 122-124

1989

New British Art In The Saatchi Collection, text by: Alistair Hicks, Thames and Hudson, London, UK, 1989, pp. 94-95

1988

Vanitas, Norwich School of Art Gallery, Norwich, UK, 1988
Blasphemies Ecstasies Cries, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK, 1988, p. 17
The Impossible Self, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada, 1988, pp. 61-64

1987

The Analytical Theatre: New Art From Britain, Independent Curators Incorporated, New York, USA, 1987, pp. 29-33

1986

Falls The Shadow, Recent British and European Art. The Hayward Annual 1986, Arts Council of Great Britain, London, UK, 1986

1984

The British Art Show, Old Allegiances and New Directions 1979-1984, Orbis Publishing Ltd, London for the Arts Council of Great Britain, London, UK, 1984

1986

ORIGINS ORIGINALITY + BEYOND The Biennale of Sydney 1986, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, 1986, pp. 50-51

Teaching and Research

2013

Visiting Professor of Fine Art, Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich, UK

2006

Editor of ‘Notes’ The Centre for Drawing, CCW – University of the Arts London, drawing research publication

1991

Artist-advisor at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunst, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2004

Co-editor of the journal ‘Documents’ published by Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunst, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1984

Goldsmiths College of Art University of London, London, UK

1994

Jan Van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht, Netherlands

Press

2021

­­­–––, Avis Newman at Studio M. Maureen Paley, London, en.martincid.com, 28 May
Key, Joan, Avis Newman’s The Weight of Souls 1, Journal of Contemporary Painting, Intellect Limited Exhibition Review, University of the Creative Arts, UK, 17 September 2021, pp. 235 - 244.

2013

Parkin, Simon, 2013 Cultural highlights: Art and Dance,
eveningnews24.co.uk, 9 January 2013

1996

Santacatterina, Stella, Avis Newman: Blocking Light,
Third Text, Volume 10, 1996, pp. 95-98

1988

Scanlan, Joe, Lassitude Before Words, renaissancesociety.org, 10 January
Archer, Michael, Avis Newman, Lisson Gallery, 27 Bell Street, London, artforum.com, March

Museum and Public Collections

Arts Council Collection, London, UK
British Council, London, UK
Tate Collection, London, UK
Weltkunst Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland
Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Park. Washington, DC, USA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA