Biography

Born 1973, Ithaca, New York, USA.
Lives and works in New York, USA.

selected press

New York Times, July 2013

Flash Art, May/June 2010

Education

  • 2000

    Columbia University, New York, M.F.A.

  • 1998

    School of the Visual Arts, New York, B.F.A.

  • 1994-95

    Tompkins Cortland Community College.

Solo Exhibitions

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

  • 2018

    Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY, USA

  • 2012

    Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA.

  • 2010

    Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA.

  • 2009

    drawings, Team Gallery, New York, USA.
    La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Murcia, Spain. (C).
    Museum Dhont-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium.

  • 2008

    Maureen Paley, London, UK
    Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium.
    Focus: Banks Violette, Museum of Modern Art, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

  • 2007

    Gladstone Gallery and Team Gallery, New York, USA.
    Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway.
    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria (C).

  • 2006

    Standard, Oslo, Norway.
    Maureen Paley, London, UK.

  • 2005

    on black wings / six-channel bleed, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium (C).
    Untitled, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA (C).

  • 2002

    Arroyo Grande, 7.22.95, Team Gallery, New York, USA.

  • 2000

    Team Gallery, New York, USA.

Two-Person Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Oscar Tuazon and Banks Violette (collection display), Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2006

    gallery.sora, Tokyo, Japan (with Gardar Eide Einarsson), (C).

  • 2005

    Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York, USA (with Walter Redinger).

  • 2004

    MW Projects, London, UK (with Nigel Shafran).
    Penteholocaust / The Sixty-Sided Stone of the Androgyne, Peres Projects, Los Angeles, USA (with Matt Greene).

  • 2003

    An Enquiry into those Kinds of Distress which excite agreeable Sensations (1773): Slater Bradley & Banks Violette, Team Gallery, New York, USA.

Selected Group Exhibitions

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

  • 2018

    Collection on Display: Oscar Tuazon, Banks Violette, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland

  • 2017

    birds, cigarettes, guitars, eyes and trees, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium

  • 2016

    Golden Eggs (organized by Alissa Bennett), Team Gallery, New York, USA
    Omul Negru, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest Romania

  • 2014

    BLACKOUT, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium

  • 2013

    Old Black (organized by Todd von Ammon), Team Gallery, New York, USA
    Altars of Madness (curated by Damien Deroubaix & Jérôme Lefèvre), Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg
    Disaster-The End of Days (curated by Michael Bracewell, with catalog, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

  • 2012

    Accelerating Toward Apocalypse: Works from the Doron, Givon Art Forum, Tel Aviv, Israel, Sebbag Art Collection, ORS Ltd. (curated by Tal Yahas, traveling to Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany)
    Dark Garnaal, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium

  • 2011

    Lustwarande ’11 – Raw, Park De Oude Warande, Tilburg, The Netherlands
    Black Swan, Regen Projects, Los Angeles.
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Night Work: Curated by Scissor Sisters, Alison Jacques Gallery, London.

  • 2010

    Attitude, Initial Access, Wolverhampton, UK.
    Kurt, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA.
    Self-fulfilling Prophecies, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, USA.
    The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, 176 / Zabludowicz Collection, London.

  • 2009

    Elevator to the Gallows (curated by Banks Violette and Gerald Matt), Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (travelling to DA2. Domus Artium, Salamanca). (C).
    The End (curated by Eric Shiner), The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.
    New York Minute, Macro Future Museum, Rome, Italy.

  • 2008

    GSK Contemporary, Part II: Collision Course, Royal Academy of Art, London, UK.
    Sack of Bones, Asia Song Society, New York, USA.
    Extra-Light, Point Ephemere, Paris, France.
    For what you are about to receive, Gagosian Gallery, Red October Chocolate Factory, Moscow, Russia.
    Murder Letters, Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon, Portugal.
    That was then…This is now, P.S.1, New York, USA.
    The Great Transformation-Art and Tactical Magic, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany, (C).

  • 2007

    Collection Show, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland.
    Disorder in the House, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium.
    The Eclectic Eye, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, USA..
    When We Build Let Us Think That We Build Forever, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK.
    My Sweet Sixteen Party, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium.
    The Shapes of Space, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA.
    U.S.A. Today, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
    Bastard Creature, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.
    LAST ATTRACTION NEXT EXIT, Max Wigram Temporary Exhibition Space, London, UK.

  • 2006

    Cosmic Wonder, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA (curated by Betty Nguyen).
    Trial Balloons, MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Leon, Spain(curated by Agustin Pérez Rubio, Octavio Zaya, Yuko Hasegawa), (C).
    Youth of Today, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany.
    DARK, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
    I Love My Scene: Scene One, Mary Boone, New York, USA.
    The Image Is Gone, Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna, Austria.
    The Monty Hall Problem, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA.
    While Interwoven Echoes Drip into a Hybrid Body, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland.
    U.S.A. Today, Royal Academy, London, UK.

  • 2005

    Thank You for the Music, Sprüth Magers Projekte, Münich, Germany.
    Blankness is Not a Void, Standard, Oslo, Norway.
    Bridge Freezes Before Road, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA.
    La Beauté de l’Enfer: works on paper, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium.
    Greater New York, P.S.1, New York, USA.
    Suburbia, Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna, Austria.

  • 2004

    The Black Album, Maureen Paley, London, UK.
    The Ice Age, Team Gallery, New York, USA.
    Beginning Here: 101 Ways, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, USA.
    Art and Illusion: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, USA.
    Power, Corruption and Lies, Roth Horowitz, New York, USA.
    Noctambule, alternative space, Paris, France (under the auspices of D’Amelio Terras Gallery, New York).
    The Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA, (C).
    Scream, touring exhibition: Anton Kern Gallery, New York & Moore Space, Miami, USA.

  • 2003

    Kult 48 Klubhouse, Deitch Projects, Brooklyn, USA.
    Flesh and Blood, Michael Steinberg, New York, USA.
    A Matter of Facts, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, USA (curated by Clarissa Dalrymple).
    Back in Black, Cohan Leslie and Browne, New York, USA.
    Melvins, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, USA.
    The Return of the Creature (The Continuing Saga of Elementalism, … Conceptual Practice and Romanticism After Robert Smithson, … New Quasi-Cinemas, … and Post-Punk Existentialism), Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis Gartnerhaus, Bregenz, Austria.

  • 2001

    Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, USA.
    Ghost Stories, Sandroni-Rey Gallery, Venice, Los Angeles, USA.
    Learned America , P.P.O.W., New York, USA.
    Diversity Plus: Emerging Artists in a Rapid World Visual Arts Museum, New York, USA, (C).

  • 2000

    Summer with Friends, Team, New York, USA.
    Two Friends and So On, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, USA.
    Columbia University M.F.A. Exhibition, alternative space, Brooklyn, USA.

  • 1999

    Rachel Lowther and Banks Violette, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, USA.

  • 1998

    Group Show, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, USA.

  • 1997

    Group Show Visual Arts Gallery, New York, USA.
    MX Group Show, Lower East Side Community Center, New York, USA.

Curatorial Projects

  • 2009

    Elevator to the Gallows (curated by Banks Violette and Gerald Matt), Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (travelling to DA2. Domus Artium, Salamanca). (C).

  • 2006

    MY MIRRORS Are PAINTED BLACK For You, Bortolami Dayan, New York, USA.

  • 2003

    Trans-national Monster League, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, USA.

  • 2001

    Dear Dead Person, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, USA.

  • 1999

    ZERO Neiman Center for Print Sudies, Columbia University, New York, USA.

  • 1998

    Fearless Vampire Killer, ABC No Rio, New York, USA.

Awards and Grants

  • 2000

    Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant

Solo Publications

  • 2007

    Banks Violette
, Team Gallery and Gladstone Gallery
.
    Banks Violette
, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
.

  • 2005

    Momin, Shamin M., Banks Violette, Whitney Museum of Modern Art.

Selected Bibliography

  • 2018

    --------", Best of International Art Shows This Week, blouinartinfo.com, 25 October 2018
    Gloster, Jeremy, Quietly, Banks Violette Reemerges in New York, www.blouinartinfo.com, 23 October 2018

  • 2011

    Tisci, Riccardo, Visionaire No. 60: Religion, Visionaire Publishing, July 2011

  • 2010

    Kerr, Merrily, Banks Violette, Flash Art, May / June 2010, p.113.
    Smith, Roberta, Sideburns & Swagger, Bad-Boys in Galleries: Banks Violette, The New York Times, 12 February 2010, p.28.

  • 2009

    Art Basel, l’art contemporain dans tous ses états, L’objet d’art, June 2009, p.80.
    Carvell, Nicky, It’s Modern Mysticism; but wheres’s the magick, Super Super, Issue 14, 2009, p.133.
    Fano, Ramon, et al, Glossy, Neo2, November 2009, pp.136-143.
    Fisher, Alice, Maureen, Fantastic Man, Autumn/Winter 2009, pp.148-155.
    Focus New York, Artists Directory: Banks Violette, Flash Art, March 2009, p.71.
    Spiegler, Almuth, Wenn die Möbel Feuer spucken, Art, February 20, p.82.
    Taylor, Mary Blair, Banks Violette, i-D, January 2009.
    Fisher, Alice, Maureen, Fantastic Man, Autumn/Winter 2009, pp.148-155.

  • 2008

    Banks Violette, Pluk, October 2008, p.30.
    Behrman, Pryle, Banks Violette, Galleries, October 2008, p.16.
    Bollen, Christopher, 15 For 09: Banks Violette, Interview Magazine, December 2008, p.160.
    Brealey, Louise, Second Coming, Wonderland, October 2008, p.64.
    Critic’s choice: Galleries, Time Out, 11 September 2008, p.61.
    Falconer, Morgan, Banks Violette, Art World, October 2008, pp.76-79.
    Gavin, Francesca, The Art of Fear, Dazed and Confused, October 2008, pp. 154-161.
    Lau, Charlene K., Banks Violette, akimbo.biz, 9 October 2008.
    Potts, Rachel, Art and music now, Garageland, issue 7, 2008.
    Sherwin, Skye, New Trends in Art: Black on Black, Art Review, January 2008, pp.63-69.
    The new destination, Harper’s Bazaar, November 2008, p.197.
    Westcott, James, Banks Violette, artreview.com, 15th September 2008.

  • 2007

    Bell, Natalie, Banks Violette, Art Papers, November 2007, p.72.
    Bryant, Eric, Banks Violette, Artnews, October 2007, p.215.
    Fox, Dan, USA Today, Frieze, March 2007, p.183.
    Koh, Terence and Violette, Banks, Two of a Kind, Flash Art, May 2007, pp.112- 116.
    Kunitz, Daniel, The Man in Black, The Village Voice, 18 July 2007, p.50.
    Morris, Jane, Maureen Paley: Gallery Profile, Art World, December 2007, pp.52- 55.
    Pollack, Barbara, Banks Violette, Time Out New York, p.64.
    Yablonsky, Linda, Scene and Herd: Banks Holiday, artforum.com, 06 July 2007.
    Rosenburg, Karen, Renouncing the Dark Arts, New York, 2 July 2007.
    Saltz, Jerry, Theory of the Market, Flash Art, March 2007, pp.90-93.
    Stern, Steven. Banks Violette, Frieze, September 2007, p.184.
    Vogel, Carol, Néo-Factory, Vogue Hommes, Autumn 2007, pp.232-235.
    Wilson, Michael, Banks Violette, Artforum, September 2007, p.466.

  • 2006

    Abbott, Jeremy, blackened is the end winter it will send, i-D, June – July 2006, p128-133.
    Bernays, Ueli, Nostalgische Anklange – ironische Untertone, Neue Züricher Zeitung, 04 February 2006.
    Corris, Michael, America Rising, Art Monthly, November 2006, pp.1-3.
    Davies, Lillian, Manifest Destiny, Untitled, No. 38, June 2006, p38-41.
    Ellis, Patricia, Catching up with Charles (Saatchi), Flash Art, October 2006, pp.64-67.
    Ellis, Patricia, Banks Violette, USA Today, Saatchi Gallery, p.370-377.
    Ellis, Patricia, Catching up with Charles (Saatchi), Flash Art, October 2006, p.64.67.
    Gronlund, Melissa, David Altmejd: Art Star, ID, May 2006, p62.
    Homes, A.M., The Way They Work, Vanity Fair, December 2006, p.354-357.
    Kuni, Verena, While Interwoven Echoes Drip into Hybrid Body – An Exhibition about sound, performance and sculpture…, Kunstbulletin, March 2006.
    Kopsa, Maxine, Elegant Bareness: Bank Violette’s Death Metal, Metropolis M, October / November 2006, p101&102.
    Needham, Alex, Art: Banks Violette, i-D, June – July 2006, p170-171.
    Needham, Alex, kill to get the money, i-D, September 2006, p188-191.
    Nunez-Fernandez, Lupe, Banks Violette at Maureen Paley, Saatchi Gallery.com, 03 June 2006.
    Octavia, Zaya, Banks Violette, Trial Balloons, MUSAC, May 2006, p53.
    Pouncey, Edwin, Banks Violette/Sunn O))), Wire, August 2006, p.73.
    Rinderknecht, Martin, Sie verfechten das Verflechten, Züritipp, January 2006.
    Searle, Adrian, Schlock and awe, The Guardian, October 5, 2006.
    Smith, Maggie, (editor), the new art, Rachmaninoff’s, 2006, p 13.
    Spiegler, Marc, Market Trends: American Renaissance, The Art Newspaper, International Edition, 14 June 2006.
    Stewart, Christabel, Blog: transmissions: Droning on, www.showstudio.com, 3 August 2006.
    Sumpter, Helen, Banks Violette, Time Out London, 05 July 2006, p39.
    Turner, Luke, Arts: Salt of the Sunn, Stool Pigeon, No. 007, June 2006, p36&37.
    Umar, Saheer, Banks, Violette, Tokion, June 2006, p122.
    W, M, Kunst fur alle Sinne, Migros Magazin, January 2006.
    Wilson, Michael, Subculture Capital, artforum.com, 06 June 2006.
    Banks Violette, Studio, August 2006, p 52-53.
    Banks Violette: Maureen Paley, Kultureflash, 14 June 2006.
    Books, Wallpaper, April 2006.
    Exhibitions: Pick of the Week, The Guardian Guide, 24-30 June 2006, p37.
    Heady Metal, New York Times Magazine, 28 May 2006, p30-35.
    Migros Museum, Tema Celeste, March 2006.
    News, Rock-A-Rolla, Issue 4, July/August 2006, p5.
    Studio: Israeli Art magazine, Issue 166, August – September 2006, p52&53.
    Top 100 Artists, Flash Art, October 2006, pp.68-69.

  • 2005

    Art: Banks Violette, Kultureflash, July 2005.
    Barliant, Claire, Banks Violette: Whitney Museum of American Art, Artforum, October 2005, p 273.
    Castro, Jan Garden, Conversations with Ghosts: Banks Violette, Sculpture, December 2005, p 18-9.
    Cohen, Michael, Whitney Museum of American Art – Banks Violette, Flash Art, October 2005, p 76.
    Cohen, Michael J., Banks Violette: Cryptologist, Spike, Issue 5, 2005, p cover, 36-45.
    Colman, David, A Southern Gothic Memento Mori, The New York Times, 7 August 2005, p 8.
    Cotter, Holland, Fanciful to Figurative to Wryly Inscrutable, The New York Times, 2005, p E29, 31.
    Cotter, Holland, Walter Redinger, Banks Violette, The New York Times, 2005, E36.
    Davis, Ben, Ultra Violette, artnet.com, 4 August 2005.
    Dexter, Emma, Vitamin D – New Perspectives in Drawing, Phaidon, 2005.
    Egan, Maura, School of Goul, The New York Times Men’s Style Magazine, Fall 2005, p 76.
    Ekroth, Power, Blankness Is Not a Void, artforum.com, 7 December.
    Gural, Natasha, Whitney Museum commissions first solo museum exhibition…, newsday.com, 3 June 2005.
    Jones, Jonathan, The Black Album, The Guardian, 10 January 2005.
    Jones, Kristin M., Bridge Freezes Before Road, Frieze, October, p 217-8.
    Kennedy, Randy, Master of the Dark Arts, The New York Times, 15 May 2005, p 1, 30.
    Kimmelman, Michael, Youth and the Market: Love at First Sight, The New York Times, 18 March 2005, p 99.E37, 39.
    Kley, Elisabeth, Burnt Churches and Salt Pillars, New York Press, 7 June 2005, p 26.
    Lafuente, Pablo, Display – Recent installation photographs from London galleries and venues, Rachmaninoff’s , 2005, p18.
    O’Reilly, Sally, The Black Album, Time Out London, 12-19 January 2005.
    Rimanelli, David, Greater New York 2005, ArtForum, May 2005, p 239-240.
    Saltz, Jerry, Lesser New York, Village Voice, 28 March 2005, p 77.
    Smith, Roberta, Banks Violette, The New York Times, 1 July 2005, p 8.
    Smith, Roberta, Spotting an Aesthetic Dispute and Embracing All Sides, The New York Times, 17 December 2005.
    Sonnernborn, Katie Stone, Displaced Histories: The Art of Banks Violette, The Brooklyn Rail, September 2005, p 10.
    T, R, Vitamin D, State of Art, September 2005.
    Thornton, Sarah, The Power 100, Art Review, November 2005, p101.
    Violette, Banks, Glisten Up, The New York Times Style Magazine, Fall 2005, p 74, 211.

  • 2004

    Bankowsky, Jack, Many Happy Returns: This is Today, Artforum, May 2004, p 160-171, 233.
    Caniglia, Julie, American Splendor, Travel + Leisure, March 2004, p60.
    Corread, Stephane, Noctambule Spectral et Decale, Beaux Arts, June 2004, p 35-36.
    DeBeer, Sue, Artists on artists: Banks Violette, Bomb, Summer 2004, p 52-53.
    Dunn, Melissa, Whitney Biennial 2004: A Good-Looking Corpse, Flash Art, May-June 2004, p 63, 80.
    Garrett, Craig, Noctambule, Flash Art, October 2004, p 60.
    Heartney, Eleanor, The well-tempered Biennial, Art in America, June-July, p 71-77.
    Johnson, Ken, Art in Review: ‘Scream’, The New York Times, 13 February 2004, p 36.
    Kimmelman, Michael, Touching All Bases At The Biennial, The New York Times, 12 March 2004, p E27, 38.
    Lee, Chris, Death Becomes Them, Blackbook, Fall 2004, p 190-192.
    Placek, Matthu, Death becomes him, Art Review, 2004.
    Rawsthorn, Alice, A Gothic Romance, Pop, Issue 9, p 222-229.
    Rosenberg, Karen, Biennial Favorites, New York, 1 March 2004, p37-41.
    Rothkopf, Scott, Many Happy Returns: Subject Matters, Artforum, May 2004, p 176-177, 233.
    Saltz, Jerry, Modern Gothic, Village Voice, 4-10 February 2004, p 86.
    Slimane, Hedi, Ritual, Dazed & Confused, August 2004, p 91, 96.
    Slimane, Hedi, Interview with Banks Violette, Doingbird, Issue 8, 2004, p 80-83.
    Tumlir, Jan, My Pop: Banks Violette, Artforum, October 2004, p 86.
    Violette, Banks, Whitney Bound, V Magazine, Spring 2004.
    Violette, Banks, Top Ten, Artforum, January 2004, p 48.

  • 2003

    Cohen, Michael, The New Gothic, Flash Art International, July 2003, p 108-110.
    Harris, Jane, Review of ‘An Enquiry…’, Time Out New York, October 2003, p 63.
    Iles, Chrissie, Best of 2003, Artforum, December 2003, p 122-123.
    Pearson, Jesse, I do this, I do that, The personality artist and heavy metal Dandyism, Parkett, 2003.
    Schwendener, Martha, Review of ‘Back in Black’, Time Out New York, 31 July 2003, p 53.
    Wysong, Brennen, Fiend Club, Flyer, June 2003.
    Fiend Club, 2003.
    Unicorns are dead, Vice, 2003.

  • 2002

    Honigman, Ana Finel. Review, Time Out New York, 25 July 2002, p54.
    Johnson, Ken, Art In Review: ‘Banks Violette’ The New York Times, 2 August 2002, p 33.
    Jones, Jonathan, Stop Spreading the News, The Guardian, 28 August 2002.
    Levin, Kim. Voice Choice, The Village Voice, 30 July 2002, p 96.
    MacKenzie, Michael A. Banks Violette: Investigations into Alienation, Visual Arts Journal, Summer 2002, p 10-11.
    Worth, Alexi. Art Choice, The New Yorker, 19 August 2002, p 38.

Public Collections

Frank Cohen MOCA Manchester, Manchester, UK
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
OverHolland Collection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Saatchi Collection, London, UK
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, USA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA