Spencer Sweeney

Lives and works in New York


1993-97 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia PA
Lewis S. Ware Memorial Prize for experimental work
Jimmy C. Leuders painting Prize Angela Pinto Memorial Prize for experimental work
Cuff/Sammack Prize for abstract painting
Lucile Sorgenti Scholarship for artistic excellence

Selected Solo Exhibitions

"Egyptian Diving Board Part II," Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY
"Teatr Laboratorium," Veneklasen Werner, Berlin, Germany

Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY

Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco CA
“Our Gang,” The Modern Institute, Glasgow, UK

AMT Gallery, Como, Italy

The Modern Institute, Glasgow, UK
Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY

“Works on paper,” Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY

Lawing Gallery, Houston, TX

Selected Group Exhibitions

“Paintings From England and America,” Crisp Gallery, London
“To NY with Love,” Don’t Projects, Paris, France

“Le souci de soi,” Don’t Projects, Paris
“The living and the dead,” Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY
“Frenz,” Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia, PA
“From NY with Love,” Galeria Candela, San Juan, Puerto Rico (cur. by Glorimarta

“That Was Then…This Is Now,” PS1 Contemporary Art Center, NY

“Day For Night: Whitney Biennial,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

“Looking at Words: The Formal Presence of Text in Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper,” Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
The Early Show, White Columns, New York, NY
“Drunk Vs, Stoned 2,” Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY
“Red White Blue,” Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY

“Subway Series” Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, NY

“My People Were Fair and Had Cum in their Hair,” Team Gallery, New York, NY
“Today’s Man”, John Connely, New York, NY
“Kareoke Death Machine”, Daniel Reich, New York, NY

“20th Anniversary Exhibition,” Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY
“Paintings: Steve DiBenedetto, Spencer Sweeney, and Joe Zucker,” Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY


American Fine Arts, New York, NY
Hysteric Glamour, Tokyo

“21st century group show”, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY
“Legal Paper Work”, Beyond Baroque

XXX-Mas show, American Fine Arts (Curator Colin Deland)
“CrissCross: Some Young New Yorkers 3”, PS1 Contemporary Arts Center, NY
“Paradise 8” (installation and performance), Exit Art, New York, NY
Preview Party for John Waters’ opening (performance), American Fine Arts Gallery,
New York, NY (curated by Colin Deland)
Preview Party for Gary Gross (performance) American Fine Arts Gallery, NY
“Free Coke”, Greene Naftali gallery, New York, NY (curated by Carol Greene)

“Beyond the Matter of Space”, Beyond Baroque
“Hey, You Never Know” New York, NY

“Gift Land” Printed Matter, New York, NY

Subculture Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


Coman, David. "A Turquoise Link to Willie Nelson," The New York Times, December 17
W.K., Andrew, Interview with Spencer Sweeney, Interview, April 2010
“Night at the Museum,” Nowness, April 2010
Harris, Jane, “The Pains of Being Spencer Sweeney,” Art In America, January 13, 2010
Lee, Carol, “The Gallery’s a Stage for Spencer Sweeney,” Paper Magazine, January, 2010

Johnson, Ken, “Will the Revolution be Museumized? Will there be a Revolution?,” The New York Times, July 25, 2008
Paper Magazine, October 2008

Richter, Aaron, “Santa’s Party,” BlackBook, Nov./Dec., p. 52
Plagens, Peter, “The Art of the Deal,” New
Saltz, Jerry, “Biennial in Babylon,” Village Voice, March 1
Sweeney, Spencer, “Work in Progress,” V magazine, Spring, 2006 pp. 124-25
Iles, Chrissie and Philippe Vergne, Whitney Biennial: Day For Night, exhibition catalog, published by The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

“Crazy in Love”, Paper. February, p. 44 (ill.)


Pearson, Jesse, “I Do This, I Do That,” Parkett, No. 69, pp. 180-188
Lee. Carol, “Into the Groove,” Paper, May, p. 62

Review, Village Voice, December 4
Lee, Carol, “Youth Gone Wild,” Paper Magazine, November, p. 30
Smith, Roberta, review, The New York Times, November 30

“A Pose is Worth a Thousand Pictures,” Made in USA, Fall/Winter, pp. 40-46
Review, New Yorker, July 31, p. 12
Review, Art Text, May-July, p. 80
 Interview, Self Service, Spring/Summer, pp. 230-236

Review, Art Forum, October, p. 40
“Changes Aside. SoHo is Still Very Much SoHo,” New York Times, February 12, p. 37
McCraw, Gary, “Null New York,” Music Magazine, pp.56-57