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Kevin Wolff Biography

Born in Buffalo, New York, in 1958

Lives in Chicago


1993Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA; MFA, Sculpture

1990Washington University, St. Louis, MO; BFA, Sculpture

One-Person Exhibitions

2006The Suburban, Oak Park, IL

2005“Drawings,” Feature Inc., New York

2003M du B, F, H & g, Montreal

2002Feature Inc., New York

1999“In Indiana,” Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

1995Feature Inc., New York

1991Feature, New York

1990Feature, New York

1988Washington Square Windows, Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University, New York

1987Feature, Chicago

1986“Sexual Portraits,” Feature, Chicago

1985“Redmen,” Feature, Chicago

Selected Group Exhibitions

2006“Twice Drawn (Part 2),” Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga
    Springs, NY
“Block Party,” Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles

2005“The sun rises in the evening.,” Feature Inc., New York

2004“About Painting,” Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs,
    NY (catalogue)

2003“Fright Wig,” Feature Inc., New York
“Living with Duchamp,” Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga
    Springs, NY (brochure)

2001“Subject Matters,” Standard Gallery, Chicago; co-curated by Dan Devening (catalogue)

2000“Hairy Forearm’s Self-Referral,” Feature Inc., New York

1999“curious.parking@stupendous.strawberry,” Galerie S. & H. De Buck, Ghent, Belgium; curated by ANP
“Painting Pictures: Rendering the [Photo]real,” Beaver College Art Gallery, Glenside, PA (brochure)
“Pictorial Abstraction,” Tyler Galleries, Temple University, Elkins Park, PA (brochure)
“Hello, Mr. Soul,” Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago
“DRAW,” Ten in One Gallery, Chicago
“Herron Faculty Exhibition: First of Four....,” Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN
“Calendar 2000,” Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, Annadale-on-Hudson, NY

1998“Opens,” M du B, F, H & g, Montreal

1997“No Small Feat: Investigations of the Shoe in Contemporary Art,” Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago

1996“AbFab,”Feature Inc., New York
“Hers was a ghost face at the window in a dream, and then the glass pane turned it into a drowned face staring up
    from the bed of a clear river,” Feature Inc., New York

1995“Strung into the Apollonian Dream...,” Feature Inc., New York
“Representational Drawings,” Feature Inc., New York
“Smells Like Vinyl,” Roger Merians Gallery, New York; curated by Thaddeus Strode and Sarah Seager

19931993 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; curated by Elisabeth Sussmann, Lisa Phillips,
    Thelma Golden, and John Hanhardt (catalogue)
“The Figure as Fiction: The Figure in Visual Art and Literature,” Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH;
    curated by Elaine A. King (catalogue)
“Mixed Messages: A Survey of Recent Chicago Art,” Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO; curated by Christopher Scoates and Debra Wilbur
“Made in the USA,” Caldic Chemie BV, Rotterdam (catalogue)
“Once Upon a Time…A Loose Form of Narrative,” Gallery A, Chicago; curated by Kathy Cottong (catalogue)
“In Search of Self,” Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC; curated by Valerie Hillings and Lisa Constantino

1992“On Condition: Painting Between Abstraction and Representation,” Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago;
    curated by Julia Fish (brochure)
“Why Paint?,” Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (catalogue)
Feigen Inc., Chicago
“Zeigen,” Tanja Grunnert und Michael Janssen, Cologne

1991“Outrageous Desire: The Politics and Aesthetics of Representation in Recent Works by Gay and Lesbian Artists,”
    Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (catalogue)
“Office Party,”Feature, New York
“Louder,” Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago; curated by Tony Tasset and Kathryn Hixson
“Anti-Nihilism,” N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, curated by Kevin Wolff

1990“Figure: See Feign (Figuration Within the Systematic),” Center for Contemporary Art, Chicago; curated by
    Kathryn Hixson (brochure)
“Works on Paper,”Paula Allen Gallery, New York

1989“Office Party,”Feature, New York
“Romancing the Stone,”Feature, New York
“Dorothy,” Center for Contemporary Art, Chicago; curated by Hudson

1988“Against Nature,” Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles; curated by Dennis Cooper and Richard
    Hawkins (catalogue)
“Near Miss,” Feature, Chicago
“Sex, Death, and Jello,” Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago; curated by Tony Tasset (catalogue)
Bess Cutler Gallery, New York

1987“Signs of Intelligent Life,” Greathouse Gallery, New York
“Knew,” Feature, Chicago
“The Other Man: Alternative Representations of Masculinity,” New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York;
     curated by Marcia Tucker
“Head Sex, Feature, Chicago
“Confrontations,” Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
“Floating Values,” Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY

1986“Promises, Promises,” Feature, Chicago, and C.A.G.E., Cincinnati, OH; curated by Hudson

1985“Unknown Chicago Painters,” Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago; curated by Randy Alexander
“81st Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity,” Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
“Shadow Show,” N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago

1984“Head Show,” Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago
“Outdoor Installations,” Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago

1980“Fellowship Exhibition,” School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1979“8 x 10 Show,” West Hubbard Street Gallery, Chicago

1976“Finger Lakes Exhibition,” Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

Selected Bibliography

2010Grabner, Michelle and Brad Killam. Can I Come Over to Your House? The First Ten Years of The Suburban, 1999 –
Poor Farm Press, Manawa, WI

1999Brown, Gerard. “Photo Finish,” Philadelphia Weekly, 3 March (reproduction)
Sozanski, Edward J. “Assessing Photography’s Impact on Painting,” Philadelphia Inquirer, 12 March

1998Robertson, Jean. “Studio View,” New Art Examiner, October, 43–44, front cover (reproduction)

1997Estep, Jan. Review of “No Small Feat,” New Art Examiner, December 1997/January 1998, 49 (reproduction)

1996Servetar, Stuart. Review of “Ab Fab,” New York Press, 26 May, 78

1995Cotter, Holland. Review, New York Times, 5 May, C30
Knight, Christopher. Last Chance for Eden: Selected Art Criticism by Christopher Knight, 1979–1994,
     edited by Malin Wilson, foreword by Dave Hickey, Art Issues Press, Los Angeles, 309–312

1993Cottingham, Laura. “The Pleasure Principled,” Frieze, May, 10–15
Hixson, Kathryn. “Ouverture: Kevin Wolff,” Flash Art, October, 124 (reproduction)
Myers, Terry R. “Never Yell ‘Fire’ in a Crowded Whitney Biennial,” New Art Examiner, May, 20–23
Wilk, Deborah. Review of “On Condition,” New Art Examiner, April, 31

1992Artner, Alan. “Is Painting Dead?” Chicago Tribune, 12 April, 13:16 (reproduction)

1991Goings On About Town, New Yorker, 28 October, 16

1990Brunetti, John. Review, New Art Examiner, December, 42–43
Decter, Joshua. “New York in Review,” Arts, April, 106–107 (reproduction)
Hirsch, David. “Living Figures,” New York Native, 29 January, 33 (reproduction)
McCracken, David. “New Works Stand on Their Own Hands and Feet,” Chicago Tribune, 27 July, 7:69 (reproduction)
Goings On About Town, New Yorker, 29 January, 14

1989Hirsch, David. “Summer Thrills for Humid Heat,” New York Native, 24 July, 30
Scanlan, Joe. Review of “Dorothy,” New Art Examiner, November, 40–41 (reproduction)
Speigel, Judith. “Brave and Troubled Voices,” Artweek, 4 February, 1 (reproduction)

1988Bonesteel, Michael. Review, Art in America, September, 192–193 (reproduction)
Spector, Nancy. Review of “The Other Man,” Artscribe, January/February, 67–68 (reproduction)

1987Artner, Alan. “The Subject is Sex and the Style is Cerebral,” Chicago Tribune, 6 August
Leonhart, Mark Michael. “Head Sex: An Orgy of Comprehension,” Windy City Times, 23 July, 19–20
Raynor, Vivian. “Fakery and Masculinity: Two Kinds of Pop,” New York Times, 12 June

1986Hixson, Kathryn. Review, New Art Examiner, September, 50
Hudson. “Promises, Promises,” Dialogue, September/October, 86 (reproduction)

Publications and Reproductions of Artworks

2003Manual, edited by Alexandre Estrela and Scott Harrison, Litographia Amorim, Lisbon, 52 (reproduction of artwork)

1996Art & Design, Profile 47: Abstract Eroticism, 36 (reproduction of artworks)

Awards and Honors

1994MacDowell Colony residency, Peterborough, NH

1990Penny McCall Foundation grant

1987Jeff Awards nomination for set design, Waiting for Godot, Bailiwick Theater, Chicago

1986Illinois Arts Council artist’s fellowship

1980Scholarship, Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI

1976Louis D’Amada Award in Painting, Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

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