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Michael Williams

b.1978, Providence, RI
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Education:
BFA Washington University, St. Louis, MO
1996 Summer Studies at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Solo Exhibitions:
2014 Morning Zoo, Michael Werner, Mayfiar, London
Five Paintings, KARMA Amagansett, Amagansett, NY
New Paintings, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich
2013 Paintings, CANADA, New York
2012 This Means Something to My Horse, VeneKlasen/Werner, Berlin
Michael Williams and John Altoon, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Montgomery' s Tubercles, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Straightforward as a Noodle, CANADA, New York, NY
2010 Puzzle Paintings, LTD Gallery, Los Angeles
Uncle Big, CANADA, New York
If God Could Draw, with Nick Lowe, The Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2008 Perugi Artecontemporanea Gallery, Padova, Italy
Wood, Christina Wilson Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
2007 Cancuned and Other Paintings from 2007, CANADA, New York, NY


Selected Group Exhibitions:
2015 Call and Response, Gavin Brown Enterprise, New York, NY
2014 The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, MoMA, New York, US (Forthcoming)
Live and Let Die, Stuart Shave/ Modern Art, London, UK
New Image Painting, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Journal Gallery at Venus Over Manhattan, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, NY
Fragmented Realities, Gallery at Delaware Couty Community College, Media, PA
The Age of Small Things, DODGE Gallery, New York, NY
Comic Future, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus
2013 Tumescence, Michael Werner Gallery, New York, NY
Comic Future, Ballroom Mafia, Marfa, Texas
Summer Drawings, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Alexandre da Cunha, Michael Rey, Michael Williams, B. Wurtz, Office Baroque Gallery,
Brussels, Belgium
2012 Michael Williams and John Altoon, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
Bernhardt, Frost, Kitaj, Rivers, Schumann, Williams, Marlbourough Gallery, NY
The Beatles, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington
The Art of a Joke, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen East West Shift to the Middle Part #1, Bill Brady KC, Kansas City, MO
2011 GoFigure, Dodge Gallery, New York, NY
Copper Kettle, ReMAP 3, curated by The Journal, Athens Greece
New York Minute, Garage Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Dirt Dont Hurt, Jolie Laide, Philadelphia, PA
Time Wounds All Heels, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO
CANADA, Paris, Bernard Ceysson, Paris
One Dozen Paintings, Journal Gallery, New York, NY
DADARHEA, CANADA, New York, NY
2010 Salad Days, The Journal Gallery, New York, NY
The Craft, curated by Melissa Brown, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
Tuesday Afternoon in a Cage, LTD Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Big Picture, Priska Jushka, New York, NY
DADARHEA, Ohwow Gallery, Miami, FL
Not Quite Open for Business, The Hole, New York, NY
In There, Out Here curated by Bill Saylor, Leo Koenig Gallery, New York, NY
Jr. and Sons curated by Joe Bradley, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY
Nice Sizes, Good Prices!, Galleri Chrsitina Wilson, Copenhagen, Denmark
Warren Oates in the Economic Crisis of 2008, Okay Mountain Gallery, Austin,TX
2008 My Brains a Clif and My Hearts a Bitter Bufalo, Jonathan Viner, London, England
My Brains a Clif and My Hearts a Bitter Bufalo, castillo/corrales, Paris, France
Peanut Gallery, curated by Joe Bradley, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2007 Macronauts, Andreas Melas Presents, Athens, Greece
New Mutants, Canada, New York, NY
Crystal Crunch, Perugi Artecontemporanea Gallery, Padova, Italy
From the Froth, Stairwell Gallery, Providence, RI
2006 Cosmic Satellites (curated by Betty Nguyen), Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco
Searching for Love & Fire, David Castillo Modern & Contemporary, Miami, FL
Ulrich Project Series: General Store, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS
2005 Tedious Limbs, Deitch Projects, New York,
2004 Brothers, Fresh Up Club, Austin, TX
The Skull Show, Hanna, Tokyo, Japan
Tedious Limbs, Flynn Farm, Los Angeles, CA
Beat The Reaper!, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA
2003 You Are My Sunshine, You Is My Sunshine: CANADA, NewYork, NY
2002 Group Show, Matthew Berliant, St. Louis, MO
2000 The Bowling Show, Arcade Lanes, St. Louis, MO


Selected Performances
2007 Contact , MoMA, New York, NY
Time Booth, with Melissa Brown, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2006 Mr. Ravestic's Mess Age, Sagamore Hotel, Miami, Fl
2nd worst performance ever, PS1, New York, NY
2005 Half Hour of Power, Cavalier Hotel, Miami, FL
Rowdy Remix, ATM Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Barkley's Barnyard Critters, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL.
Barkley's Barnyard Critters, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
worst performance ever, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA


Awards/Residencies:
2009 The Danish Arts Council DIVA Residency, Copenhagen, Denmark
2007 The Moore Space, Miami, FL
2006 VOOM LAB Video Production Grant


Bibliography:
2014 Heinrich, Will, “The Age of Small Things’ at Dodge Gallery,” GalleristNY.com, Feb 5 2013 Smith, Roberta, “Michael Williams: ‘Paintings’”, The New York Times, December 6
Zevitas, Steven, “14 Painters (+ 2) to Watch in 2014, huffingtonpost.com, Dec 20
Russeth, Andrew, “The Year In, and Beyond, the Galleries,” GalleristNY.com, Dec 18
Stipanovich, Alezandre, “In the Studio with Michael Williams,” Opening Ceremony Blog, Dec 17
“Michael Williams”, The New Yorker, December 16 Saltz, Jerry, “Making the Canvases Dance: How Michael Williams’s paintings left my retinas quivering,”
New York Magazine
Saltz, Jerry, “I am Jerry Saltz, New York Magazine’s Art Critic, reddit AMA Saltz, Jerry, “Seeing Out Loud: Jerry Saltz on ‘Michael Williams: Painting‘ at
Stillman, Nick, Review: Katherine Bernhardt, ArtForum, October
Canada Gallery, New York Magazine, November 19th
White Smurf, The Journal, Entry #33, Supplement
2011 Grauer, Phil, Michael Williams: Interview, The Journal, Entry #31, pp. 68-79, (illus.)
Frederick, Jef, “Michael Williams CANADA”, Art in America, October 2011, pgs 183-184 (illus.)
DiBenedetto, Steve, “Michael Williams”, Bomb, Summer 2011 (illus.)
Smith, Roberta, “Free-for-All Spirit Breezes Into a Vast Fair”, The New York Times, March 4th
Kitano, Takeshi, “ Takeshi Art Beats, “ NHK BShi Television, Tokyo, Japan, Jan. 16th, 8:00 PM
Smith, Roberta, “ Dadarhea “, The New York Times, March 18th
Wilson, Calvin, Is This Art Funny? You Decide “Michael Williams”, The St. Louis
Post-Dispatch, January 20th
2010 Stillman, Nick, " Michael Williams ", ARTFORUM, January
2009 Smith, Roberta, " Michael Williams " Art In Review, The New York Times, Nov.
Cotter, Holland, "Peanut Gallery", Art in Review, The New York Times, January
2008 Paterson, Liberty. “ Michael Williams", Kopenhagen.dk, December 15th (illus.)
Critics Picks Paris: "My Brains a Clif and My Hearts a Bitter", ARTFORUM Online
Nadel, Dan. "Time Booth", the Journal, Entry #22. pgs 186-195 (illus.)
Palmerton, Elwyn, "Michael Williams", artillery, vol 2. no 3. January (illus.)
2007 The New Yorker, November 12
Cohen, David. " Catching the Crest of the L.E.S. Wave ", The New York Sun, November 8 (illus.)
2006 Art Section. Color Us Cool, Time Out New York Kids, April 12
Hopper, Jeannie. A conversation with Slow Jams Band, WPS1/MOMA Art
Radio, Art Basel Miami Beach, December 10th
2005 DeNike, Jen. Panel on "Performance & Ephemeral Art," WPS1/MOMA Art Radio,
Art Basel Miami Beach, Simulcast on WVUM 90.5 FM Miami, December 3.
D'Augustine, Corey. "Introducing... The Slow Jams Band," NYFA Interactive, June (illus.)
2004 Critics Picks : "Rowdy Remix", ARTFORUM Online
2003 Critics Picks: "You Are My Sunshine/You Is My Sunshine", Art Forum Online
2000 Silva, Eddie. "Closet Case", The Riverfront Times, March 14. (illus.)
Kerman, Byron. "Best of St. Louis: Best Defunct Organization", The Riverfront Times, September 27.
A&E Team, "Art Swims Out of the Mainstream", The St. Louis Post Dispatch, April
1998 Rockof, Jon. "Designs on Street Signs", The Providence Journal, July 14. (illus.
Rockof, Jon, "Artists Canvas Public", The Providence Journal, December 16. (illus.)