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DAVID ROBBINS

Born in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin (1957)

Lives and works in Milwaukee, WI


EXHIBITION HISTORY


SOLO

2014

TV Family,” Museo MADRE, Naples

2011

The Lift Trilogy,”Galleria Raucci/Santamaria, Naples

2010

REpotting,”Green Gallery East, Milwaukee
Drive Thru,” Green Gallery East, Milwaukee

2009

Lift: Part 2,”Green Gallery East, Milwaukee

2008

Ice Cream Social,”Misako-Rosen Gallery, Tokyo

2006

The Flowered Snowmen Prints,” Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston

2005

Ice Cream Social 1993-2004,”Miller Gallery, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh

2004

Ice Cream Social 1993-2004,” Musee d”art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
The Suburban, Oak Park, IL

2003

Ice Cream Social,” Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa
The Curb Decor Series,” Feature, New York
Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston

2002

Scanasonic,” Donald Young Gallery, Chicago
David Robbins,” Cubitt, London

2001

Recent Work,” Feature, New York
Pretty Funny,” Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston
Frontierland,” The Suburban, Oak Park, IL

2000

The Institute of Visual Art, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee , Milwaukee

1999

Mortar Work,” Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool
Two or Three Comedies,” The Suburban, Oak Park, IL

1998

Assorted Comedies,” Feature Inc, New York

1996

Drawings,” Feature Inc, New York

1995

The Cabinet of Dr. Kalimari,” Galleria Raucci/Santamaria, Naples
La Comédie Humain,” Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Brussels

1994

Situation Comedies,” Feature Inc, New York

1993

Construction Estimates for the Institute for Advanced Comedic Behavior,”Jay Gorney Modern Art, New York
Baustellung,” Galerie Blich-Rossi, Graz, Austria

1991

Concrete Comedy, Personal Politics, Contextual Genetics,” Feature, New York
Psychosafari,” Galerie Claire Burrus, Paris (brochure)
The German Reunification Public Sculpture Competition,” Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne

1990

Signs of Faith,” Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
Galerie Achim Kubinski, Stuttgart, Germany

1989

The Fool Show 1,” Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
The Fool Show 2,” American Fine Arts Co., New York
Dia Gramma, Milan, Italy

1988

Demographics,” Galerie Dorrie/Preiss, Hamburg
World Tour ’88,” Galerie Christoph Durr, Munich

1987

The Art Dealers’ Optical Tests,” Gallery Nature Morte, New York
303 Gallery, New York
Petrified Forest Estates Lot #296,” (collaboration with Clegg & Guttmann), Cable Gallery, New York

1986

The David Robbins Show,” Gallery Nature Morte, New York


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014

The Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

2013

A Study in Midwestern Appropriation,” curated by Michelle Grabner, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago

2012

This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s,” curated by Helen Molesworth, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
“Last Laugh,” curated by Summer Guthery, The Company, Los Angeles
“Estate,” a Lucie Fontaine project at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
Twenty-Five Years ofTalent,” curated by Michelle Grabner, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art,” Smart Museum at The University of Chicago; Blaffer Museum, Houston; SITE Sante Fe, Santa Fe

2011

The Unfinished Film,” Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
Entertainment,” Greene/Naftali Gallery, New York
Undressing the Monument,” Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee

2010

The Independent Art Fair, New York

2009

Picturing the Studio,” Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Pop Life: Art In a Material World,” Tate Modern, London
No Soul For Sale Art Fair, New York
Practice, Practice, Practice,” curated by Michael Smith, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin

2008

Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art,” Barbican Art Gallery, London

2004

East Village U.S.A.” curated by Dan Cameron, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

2003

Utopia Station,” curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist et al, Venice Biennale
David Zwirner Gallery, New York

Skidmore College, Saratoga, NY

2001

Texty,” M du B F H & G Gallery, Montreal
Altered Landscape”, LFL Gallery, New York

2000

Elysian Fields,” Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Hairy Forearm’s Self-Referral,” Feature Inc, New York

1999

Apposite Opposites: Photography from the MCA Collection,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Fame after Photography,” Museum of Modern Art, New York; curated by Marvin Heiferman and Carole Kismaric
Private View,” Galleria Civica, Bolsano, Italy
Canceled,” Apex Art, New York
audio visual” Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, co-curated by Kelly Taxter and Allston Skirt Gallery

1998

Lost in the Woods: Foliage and Form at the Turn of the Century,” The New Art Center in Newton, Newtonville MA; curated by Randi Hopkins
Tableaux aux Murs,” FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France

1997

Dike Blair, David Robbins,” Feature Inc, New York
Beret International Gallery, Chicago
From a Whisper to a Scream,” Ten in One Gallery, Chicago
Hermetic Summer,” TBA Exhibition Space, Chicago
No Small Feat,” Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago

1996

a/drift:” Scenes from the Penetrable Culture, Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, Annadale-on-Hudson, NY; curated by Joshua Decter (catalogue)
Arte Fotografica,” Palazzo Cesi, Acquasparta, Rome, Italy; curated by V. Gravano (catalogue)
Openspace,” Museo Civico, Moderna, Italy; curated by Carlo Santamaria and Umberto Raucci (catalogue)
More Than Real,” Royal Palace, Caserta, Italy; curated by Carlo Santamaria, Umberto Raucci, and Massimo Sgroi(catalogue)
Everything That’s Interesting is New: The Dakis Joannou Collection,” Deste Foundation, Athens School of Fine Arts, the factory; Athens, Greece (catalogue)
Snow Job,” Usine, Geneva, Switzerland; curated by Christophe Cherix

1995

Strung Into the Apollonian Dream…,” Feature Inc, New York
Crystal Blue Persuasion,” Feature Inc, New York
I Gaze a Gazely Stare,” Feature Inc, New York
Mapping: A Response to MoMA,” American Fine Arts Co, New York; curated by Peter Fend
Phallic Symbols: Phallic Images in Contemporary Art,” 24 Hours for Life Gallery, New York; curated by Hal Bromm
b/w photos,” Feature Inc, New York

1994

Please Don’t Hurt Me,” Galerie Snoei, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Cabinet Gallery, London; curated by Jack Jaeger
The Social Fabric,” Beaver College Art Gallery, Glenside, Pennsylvania; curated by Paula Marincola
Gift,” The InterArt Center, New York; curated by Gideon Ponti, Brigit Spears, and Neville Wakefield
Die Orte der Kunst,” Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Germany (catalogue)
L’hiver de l’amour,” Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; PS1 Museum, Long Island City, NY; curated by Elein Fleiss and Olivier Zahm (catalogue)
Pictures of the World (in Real Time),” Paula Cooper Gallery, New York; L’Usine (Le Consortium), Dijon, France; Le Capitou, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Fréjus, France; Stadtische Galerie, Goppingen, Germany; Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy; Hera Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan; curated by Robert Nickas (catalogue)
The Use of Pleasure,” Terrain, San Francisco; curated by Robert Nickas (catalogue)
Page 5,” 45 Broadway Gallery, New York; curated by Elizabeth Olbert
Sammlung Volkmann, Kaspar König, Berlin
Feature Inc, New York

1993

Commodity Image,” International Center for Photography/Midtown, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam,The Netherlands; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach CA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta GA; curated by Willis Hartshorn
Parallax View: New York – Köln,” PS1 Museum, Long Island City NY and Goethe House, New York NY
The Return of the Cadavre Exquis,” The Drawing Center, New York, and subsequent tour; curated by Ann Philbin and Ingrid Schaffner(catalogue)
Monumental Propaganda,” Courtyard Gallery, World Financial Center, New York and subsequent tour; organized by Olympia & York and Independent Curators Incorporated, New York (catalogue)
Live in Your Head,” Heiligenkreuzerhof, Vienna; curated by Robert Nickas (catalogue)
Sex – Money – Politics,” Nancy Drysdale Gallery, Washington DC (catalogue)1992

Works, Concepts, Processes, Situations, Information,” Galerie 1900-2000, Galerie de Poche, Paris; curated by Robert Nickas
Teppische,” Galerie Tanja Grunert, Cologne
Hollywood, Hollywood; Identity Under the Guise of Celebrity,” Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA; curated by Fred Fehlau (catalogue)
Jay Gorney Modern Art, New York
Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne

1991

Das Offentliche Bild,” Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria
Proieziono,” Castello di Rivara, Rivara, Italy; curated by Gregorio Magnani
The Private Eye,” Arti & Amicitiae, Amsterdam
Neighborhood,” Artist’s International Research, Amsterdam
Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne

1990

Towards a Non-Representational Photography,” CEPA, Buffalo NY; curated by Stephen Frailey
In the Beginning…,” Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland; curated by Bill Radawec
Leche-Vitrines,” Arts Museucal Festival, Brussels
Marta Cervera Gallery, New York

1989

Image World,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue)
The Photography of Invention: American Pictures of the 1980′s,” The National Museum of Art, Washington DC; Museum of Contemporary Art,Chicago; Walker Art Center; Minneapolis; curated by Joshua P Smith and Merry A Foresta (catalogue)
Abstraction in Contemporary Photography,” International Center for Photography/Midtown, New York; Hamilton College, Clinton NY (catalogue)
D & S Austellung,” Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg (catalogue)
Double Take,” Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati OH; curated by Hudson
A Climate of Site,” Barbara Farber Gallery, Amsterdam; curated by Robert Nickas

1988

Information as Ornament,” Feature and Rezac Gallery, Chicago; curated by Hudson and Suzan Rezac (catalogue)
Prince, McCollum, Robbins,” PPS Galerie, Hamburg
Presi per Incatemento,” Padiglione;Arte Contemporanea, Milan; curated by Gregorio Magnani and Daniella Salvioni (catalogue)
Two to Tango,” International Center for Photography, New York
International Landscape,” Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria; curated by Christian Nagel and Matthias Buck (catalogue)
Works, Concepts, Processes, Situations, Information,” Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf; curated by Robert Nickas

1987

Fake,” New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York NY; curated by William Olander (catalogue)
Constitution,” The Temple Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia; curated by Group Material

The New Who’s Who,” Hoffman Borman Gallery, Los Angeles; curated by Marvin Heiferman
Galerie Hufkens-Noirhomme, Brussels
Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna
Galerie Amer, Vienna
Romance,” Knight Gallery, Charlotte NC; curated by Ronald Jones
Metro Pictures, New York
Perverted by Language,” Hillwood Art Gallery, CW Post Campus, Brookville NY; curated by Robert Nickas
Galerie Christoph Durr, Munich
Beyond the Image,” First Street Forum, St Louis
The Spectre of Saturation,” McIntosh/Drysdale Gallery, Washington DC; curated by Howard Halle
New Photography,” Feature, Chicago
Benefit for AIDS research,” Nature Morte, New York

1986

Rooted Rhetoric,” Castel dell’Ovo, Naples; curated by Joseph Kosuth (catalogue)
Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta
Uplifted Atmospheres, Borrowed Taste,” Hallwalls, Buffalo NY; curated by Howard Halle
303 Gallery, New York
When Attitude Becomes Form,” Bess Cutler Gallery, New York

1985

Richard Prince, David Robbins,” 303 Gallery, New York
Infotainment,” Texas Gallery, Houston; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Vanguard Gallery, Philadelphia; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen CO (catalogue)
Autogeneticphotophasia,” Christminster Gallery, New York; curated by Bill Komoski
Talking Back to the Media,” Aorta Gallery, Amsterdam
Persona Non Grata,”Daniel Newburg Gallery, New York; curated by Collins and Milazzo
Artists as Critics and Dealers,” Mo David Gallery, New York; curated by Robert Nickas
Objects in Collision,” The Kitchen, New York
Paravision,” Postmasters, New York; curated by Collins and Milazzo
Feature, Chicago
Nature Morte, New York

1984

Semi(op)tics,” International With Monument, New York; curated by Steven Parrino
The New Capital,” Nature Morte, New York; White Columns, New York; curated by Collins and Milazzo

1981

Real Life Magazine Presents,” White Columns, New York; curated by Thomas Lawson


BIBILIOGRAPHY

2014

Crone, Cameron, , inThe Art Book Review, Jan. 1Concrete Comedy book review5, 2014

Swan, Felony, interview with DR in The 2014 Whitney Biennial exhibition catalog, 2014

2013

Schumacher, Mary Louise, “David Robbins, Paul Druecke, Pedro Velez to be in 2014 Whitney Biennial,” The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, November 15

Trezzi, Nicola. The Joy of Being Alive: An Interview with David Robbins,” in The Room, p. 90-97, November

Robbins, David. “David Robbins talks to Comedy Bang! Bang! Host Scott Aukerman,”The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, October 14

Franco, James. “Some More Books: Part 4,” The Huffington Post

2012

Independent Imagination,” DR talks with Stephan Dillemuth, Mousse #32
Fabricius, Jacob,
“David Robbins“ interview in 24 Advertisements, pp 33-35, Pork Salad Press, Copenhagen
Hopkins, Randi; Grabner, Michelle; Griffin, Tim et al,
Twenty-Five Years of Talent, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
O’Reilly, Sally.
Concrete Comedy book review, Art Review, p. 142, March
Contemporary Art Daily.Comamong the websites and blogs featuring DR’s exhibition at Raucci/Santamaria, Naples

2011

Cernuschi, Stefano. Concrete Comedy book review, in Mousse 31, p 126 November/December
Trezzi, Nicola.
Concrete Comedy book review, in Flash Art, p 48, November/December
Maine, Stephen.
12 Notable Books of 2011,”Art in America, 28 December
Vaillant, Alexis.
Best of 2011,” in Frieze, December
Torp, Marianne.
Kunstkritikk, 21 December
Schumacher, Mary Louise. David Robbins Gets Serious About Funny Art,” in The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 26 September
Lillemose, Jacob. Kunstkritikk, 9 December
Evans, Thomas. “
An Interview with David Robbins about Concrete Comedy,” Artbook.com
Gianquitto, Diana. “
L’arte in palestra o dietro le sbarre,” in Artribune, 20 December
Israel, Alex. “
David Robbins talks about High Entertainment,” For Your Art.com

2009

Something Theater,” The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
David Robbins’ TV Commercials for the Warhol Show,” The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
www.artnet.com. “David Robbins, Lift Part 2 at The Green Gallery East, Milwaukee”
Schumacher, Mary Louise. “’Lift: Part 2’ training us to think differently,”
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 22 February
Schumacher, Mary Louise. “Art without limits: Populist perspective guides new gallery,” The
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 30 January, p 8E-9E

2008

Shimavision. “Misako-Rosen Gallery and The Ice Cream Social,” August

2007

Forming Fun: Hans Ulrich Obrist interviews David Robbins,” X-Tra, Summer
Bad At Sports. “
Interview with David Robbins,” Episode #82
Gasparina, Jill. “Le Cauchemar de Greenberg: Sur la massification de l’art contemporain,
Les Cahiers du Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Autumn

2005

Gilbert, Chris. “David Robbins: Ice Cream Social,”Trouble #4, Spring
Timoney, Padraig. “Ice Cream Social,”
Trouble #4, Spring

2004

Obrist, Hans Ulrich. “Good Humor Man,”Artforum, November
Grabner, Michelle. ”Des Moines Ice Cream Social,”
Art and Text, November/December
Simpson, Bennett. “The Foul Artist,” in
Contested Fieldsexhibition catalogue, Des Moines Art Center
Pierre, Amanda. “The Ice Cream Social as Art,”
The Des Moines Register, 8 June

2003

Gilbert, Chris. “David Robbins: Ice Cream Social,” Des Moines Art Center brochure

2002

Whaley, Curtis. “Interview with David Robbins,” www.thekit.org

2001

Rian, Jeff. “Interview with David Robbins,” Purple, Winter
Grabner, Michelle. “David Robbins at Inova,” review,
frieze, March, page 105 (reproduction)
Schumacher, Mary Louise. “Milwaukee as Canvas,”
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 15 April, pp 1E, 10E

2000

Frank, Nicholas. “Conceptual Pop: the 32nd Flavor,” X-tra, Spring, pp 30-31 (reproduction)
Pinder, Dorothy. “Around the Town,”
The Grinnell Herald-Register, 23 March
Simmons, Jared. “Art Makes Merry,”
Artsmedia, Febuary 15 (reproduction)
Temin, Christine. “Allston shows celebrate art for the fun of it,”
The Boston Globe, 31 January
Brehmer, Debra. “David Robbins: The Art of Return,”
Milwaukee Magazine, November (reproduction)

1999

Duncan, Theresa. Review of The Ice Cream Social. Artbyte, September/October, p 74 (reproduction)
Nagy, Peter. “Dual Nature,”
Artforum, October, pp, 129, 167 (reproduction)
Princenthal, Nancy. “Book Beat,”
Art on Paper, September/October, p 71
Purcell, Greg. Review of “Ceaseless” group exhibition,
New Art Examiner, February, pp 52-53 (reproduction)

1998

Estep, Jan. “Do You Consider This a Career? A Conversation with David Robbins,”New Art Examiner, October, pp 26-31
Temin, Christine. “Lost: Finds Way With Nature,”
The Boston Globe, 8 April, pp F1,4

1996

McCollum, William. “The Soho Hit List,” New Art Examiner, September (reproduction)
Saltz, Jerry. Review.
Time Out New York, 3 October, p 25 (reproduction)

1995

Bruce, Chris. “Searching for Shinola,” Art issues, Summer, p 48 (reproduction of artwork only)
Budney, Jen. Review.
Flash Art, May/June, pp 112-113 (reproduction)
Galieri, Francesco. “Ritorno di Robbins. In Scena la Commedia dell’Arte,”
Il MattinoAnno Civ, 15 April, p 28
Peretta Gabriele. Review.
Flash Art, Summer, pp 72-73 (reproduction)
Rey, Stéphane. Review.
Echo, 17 July
Vuegen, Christine. “David Robbins,”
Deze Week, 16 August (reproduction)

1994

Fitzsimmons, Casey. “Sexcapades,” Artweek, 10 March, p 28 (reproduction of artwork only)
Haynes, Todd. “Lines of Flight,”
Artforum, April (reproduction of artwork only)


1993

Bonami, Francesco. Review (Parallax View). Flash Art News, October, p 78
Decter, Joshua. Review (Parallax View).
Texte zur Kunst, June, pp 201-208
Goldberg, Vicki. “Days of Getting, Spending and Photography too,”
The New York Times, 30 May, pp H29, 34
Niegelhell, Franz. “Realität als Material: Robbins bei Bleich-Rossi,”
Neue Zeitung, 17 June
Goings on About Town,” The New Yorker, 15 March, p 17
Schmidt, Colette M. “Künstler will nicht Leiden,”
Kleine Zeitung, 23 June, p 5 (reproduction)

1992

Hoffman, Justin. “Kreig der Bilder: Ein Nachschlag zu Kunst und Offentlichkeit,”Artis, March, pp 40-43 (reproduction)
Mahoney, Robert. “New York in Review,”
Arts, February, pp 76-77 (reproduction)
Goings on About Town,” The New Yorker, 2 December, p 20
Princenthal, Nancy. “Artist’s Book Beat,”
The Print Collector’s Newsletter, November/December, pp 180-181 (reproduction)

1991

Decter, Joshua. “Psychosafaris,”Artscribe, December (reproduction)
Die Wahlurne Wird Versiegelt,” Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, 8 November, p 35
Legros, Hervé. Review.
Art Press, November, p 62 (reproduction)
Lewis, James. “Home Boys,”
Artforum, October, pp 101-105 (reproduction)
Wellershoff, Dieter. “Vereiningung Designergeschick,”
Die Tageszeitung, 8 November, pp 15-16 (reproduction)
Zahm, Olivier. “The Wanderer,”
Texte zur Kunst, November

1990

De Bruijne, Ellen. “The David Robbins Show,” Metropolis M, October, (reproduction)
Decter, Joshua. “New York in Review,”
Arts, February, p 94 (reproduction)
Lambrecht, Luk. “Kunst,”
Knack Weekend, 23 May, p 17 (reproduction)

1989

Albig, Jorg-Uwe. “Die Camera Frisst Sich Selbst,” Art, January (reproduction)
Amelunxen, Huburtus von. Review.
Fotoeschichte, number 34
Levin, Kim. “Choices,”
The Village Voice, 31 October, p 60
Rimanelli, David. Review.
Artforum, December (reproduction)

1988

Czöppan, Gabi. Review. Münchener Stadzeitung, 17 June (reproduction)
Dratein, Doris von. Review.
Kunstforum, November/December (reproduction)
Graw, Isabelle. Review.
Flash Art, October (reproduction)
Grundberg, Andy. Review.
The New York Times, 12 August
Grundberg, Andy. “A Revival of Interest in a World Gone Awry,”
The New York Times, 5 December
Jones, Ronald. Review.
Artscribe International, March, p 85 (reproduction)
Magnani, Gregorio. “Second-Generation Post-Photography,”
Flash Art, March
Magnani, Gregorio. Review.
Flash Art News, October
Preuss, Evelyn. Review.
Hamburger Abendblatt, 12 September
Schulze, Karin. Review.
Szene, September

1987

Bankowsky, Jack, Review. Flash Art, Summer
Bankowsky, Jack, Review.
Flash Art, October
Cameron, Dan. “Seven Types of Criticality,”
Arts, May
Dengener, Patricia. Review.
St Louis Post Dispatch, June
Grundberg, Andy. Review.
The New York Times, 18 September
Heartney, Eleanor. Review.
Art News, November, p 214 (reproduction)
Jones, Ronald. Review.
Artscribe International, November/December
Lauf, Cornelia. Review.
C Magazine, October, pp 59-60 (reproduction)
Morgan, Susan. “Write When You Get Work,”
Artscribe International, September/October
Review.
The Print Collector’s Newsletter, March

1986

Miller, John. “Swiss Family Robbins,” Real Life Magazine, August
Salvioni, Daniella. Review.
Flash Art, September (reproduction)

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