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Kim Jones

Kim Jones born in 1944 in San Bernardino (US), lives and works in New York (US)

 

More then thirty years Jones has been working on a consistent oeuvre of drawings, sculptures and performances. War drawings, rat sculptures, combat vehicles and performances as his alter ego Mudman: they all have their origin in the experiences of the young Jones. Not only his participation as a soldier in the Vietnam War plays a significant role in his work, also the illness that kept him in a wheelchair between the age of seven and ten. During this period Jones developed a whole private world in his head. Today we can still find some parts of this magical world in his work.
At the age of ten Jones made his first war drawing – he still has some from 1957-58 – after he was inspired by the typical war games he played with his friend in the garden. The labyrinth games where you find the treasure by going through the maze with your pencil are another inspiration for Jones and make him draw scenes without any perspective. In the beginning the works were just a game Jones played for himself with pencil and eraser, but since the eighties they are a main part of his oeuvre.
The war sometimes goes on at other drawings and bodies. A series of magazine fashion photos Jones found in 1983 in the trash somewhere on 6th Avenue in New York City serve as an undertone for wars and mutations. Young men and women change in skeletons, androgynous figures and organisms. The works have several different dates, because Jones continues to work on them over the years. Limbs are extended and adapted, faces hided and backgrounds made into even more strange creatures.
The same iconography appears on the black and white drawings: people in combat, fantastic figures and studies for Mudman. Mudman was born mid seventies when Jones covered himself with sticks and mud and appeared on the streets. These performances are an important source for the other works, where the recycling of materials and motifs, as well as reworking of drawings, installations and performances is the main theme.

Kim Jones's work has been featured in significant group exhibitions, including the 17th Sidney Biennale, ‘The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia’, Guggenheim Museum, New York, the 52nd Venice Biennial, ‘Disparities & Deformations: Our Grotesque’, Site Santa Fe, ‘Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object’, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles and ‘Mapping at the Museum of Modern Art’, New York amongst others.
‘Kim Jones: A Retrospective’ chronicles over thirty years of the artist's performances, drawings and sculpture and was organized by the UB Art Gallery, The State University of New York, Buffalo, and the Luck man Fine Arts Complex, California State University, Los Angeles.

Work by the artist is held in major museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.


   
 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
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  2016   'White Crow', The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield (US)
  2015   'Walgrove', Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Borgerhout (BE)
  2014   'mountain girl door', Pierogi, New York (US)
  2012   'Averno', Pierogi, New York (US)
  2011   'Semper Fi', Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp (BE)
  2010   'Venice High', Pierogi, New York (US)
  2008   'Year of the Rat', Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (US)
      'Kim Jones: A Retrospective', Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA (US)
  2007   'Kim Jones', Pierogi, Leipzig (DE)
      'Kim Jones: A Retrospective', Luckman Fine Arts Complex, California State University, Los Angeles (US)
  2006   'Kim Jones: A Retrospective', UB Art Gallery, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY (US)
      'USMC 2241903', Zeno X Storage, Antwerp (BE)
  2005   Albany, New York (US)
      'War Paint', Pierogi, Brooklyn, New York (US)
  2004   'Escape from Flatland', Pierogi, Brooklyn, New York (US)
  2003   'Kim Jones', Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp (BE)
      'Flatland Wars', Art Pace, San Antonio, TX (US)
  2002   'Kim Jones: Works on Paper', Pierogi, Brooklyn, New York (US)
  1999   'A Cripple in the Right May Beat a Racer in the Wrong One', John Weber Gallery, New York (US)
  1997   'You Won't Be Happy Till I'm in a Box', John Weber Gallery, New York (US)
  1992   'AC Project', installation in New York, NY (US)
  1991   'Men's Room', Lorence Monk Gallery, New York, NY (US)
      'David and the Giant', Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, NY (US)
      'Furkart 1991', Furkaasshöhe (CH)
      'Gullier's Travels', Galerie Sophie Ungers, Köln (DE)
      'Drawings', Lorence Monk Gallery, New York, NY (US)
  1990   '(installation and performance)', Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA (US)
      'Ash Line' (performance with Leonard Titzer), Lincoln Center Out-of-doors, New York, NY (US)
      'Kim Jones', Lorence Monk Gallery, New York, NY (US)
  1988   Lorence Monk Gallery, New York, NY (US)
  1983   'Don't Cry for Me Argentina', P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, NY (US)
      'Here's Icarus', P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, NY (US)
  1980   'Plant Wars', L.A.I.C.A. (window), Los Angeles, CA (US)
  1979   'Window Dummy' (performance), Artworks, Venice, CA (US)
  1978   'Telephone Pole' (various performances), Los Angeles, CA (US)
  1976   'Wilshire Boulevard Walk' (sunrise to sunset, January 28: sunset to sunrise, February 4), CARP, Los Angeles, CA (US)
      'Rat Piece', California State Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (US)
  1975   'Oktoberfest (sunrise to sunset, October 19)', R. Mutt Gallery, Mount Pinos, CA (US)
  1974   'Mudman' (performance), Los Angeles, CA (US)
     
 
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
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  2016   'Prospect 2016', Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (US)
  2015   'Rock, Paper, Scissors: Drawn from the JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey Collection', Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: PAFA, Philadelphia (US)
      'Drawing in L.A.: The 1960s and 70s', LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (US)
      'Selections from The Kramarsky Collection' David Zwirner, New York (US)
      'Embracing Modernism: Ten Years of Drawings Acquisitions', The Morgan Library & Museum, New York (US) )
      'Artists for Artists', Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (US)
  2014   'Works on Paper I', Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Borgerhout (BE)
      'Donkere kamers, Over melancholie en depressie', Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent (BE)
      'Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition', Pierogi, New York (US)
      'Left Coast: Recent Aquisitions of Contemporary Art', Santa Barbara Museum, Santa Barbara (US)
  2013   'Connecting_Unfolding', MMCA, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (KR)
      'Opening New Space' Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Borgerhout (BE)
      'Works on Paper', Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp (BE)
  2012   'Utopia / Dystopia: Constructed with Photography', Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (US)
      'LA RAW: Abject Expressionism in Los Angeles 1945-1980, from Rico Lebrun to Paul McCarthy', Pasadena Museum of Contemporary Art, Pasadena (US)
  2011   'California Art in the Age of Pluralism 1974-1981', The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (US)
      'Los Angeles Goes Live: Performance Art in Southern California 1970-1983', Lace, Los Angeles (US)
  2010   '17th Sidney Biennale', Sidney (AU)
  2009   'The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia: 1860-1989', Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (US)
      'Compass in Hand: Selections from the Judith Rotschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection', MOMA, New York (US)
  2008   'Art is a fight to the finish between black and white', Zeno X Gallery + Zeno X Storage, Antwerp (BE)
      'Collage: The Unmonumental Picture', New Musem of Contemporary Art, New York, NY (US)
  2007   'Gallery Artists', Zeno X Storage, Antwerp (BE)
      'Think with the Senses - Feel with the Mind', 52e Biennale di Venezia, Venice (IT)
      'Hammer Contemporary Collection - Part II', Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (US)
      'Artists of the gallery', Zeno X Storage, Antwerp (BE)
      'The Photograph as Canvas', The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (US)
      'Works on paper', Zeno X Gallery & Zeno X Storage, Antwerp (BE)
  2006   '2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art', BIACS, Seville (ES)
      '25 years Zeno X Gallery', Zeno X Gallery & Zeno X Storage, Antwerp (BE)
      'Acute Zonal Occult Outer: Selectiosn Winter 2006', The Drawing Center, New York (US)
  2005   'Reconfigure', Pierogi, Brooklyn, New York, NY (US)
      SAFN Museum, Reykjavik (IS)
  2004   'Disparities and Deformations: Our Grotesque', SITE Santa Fe's Fifth International Biennial Curated by Robert Storr, Sante Fe (US)
  2003   'Online', Feigen Contemporary, New York, NY (US)
      'Artists and Maps: Cartography as a Means of Knowing', The Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR (US)
  2002   'Gezeichnet', Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden (DE)
  1999   'Actual Size', Apex Art C.P., New York, NY (US)
      'Monumental Drawings', Exit Art/The First World, New York, NY (US)
      'Drawn from Artists' Collections', Hammer Museum of Art, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (US)
      'Drawn from Artists' Collections', The Drawing Center, New York, NY (US)
  1998   'Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object 1949-1979', Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (JP)
      'Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object 1949-1979', Museu d'Art Contemporani, Barcelona (ES)
      'Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object 1949-1979', MAK (Austria Museum of Applied Arts(, Vienna (AT)
      'Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object 1949-1979', Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (US)
      'Can't We All Just Get Along?', Deven Golden Fine Art, New York, NY (US)
  1997   'A Decade of Collection', The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (US)
      'Inside Out Art Fair', 32 Mercer Street, New York, NY (US)
      'Artists' Performance', The New Museum, New York, NY (US)
      'Auto-Portrait', Exit Art/The First World, New York, NY (US)
      'A Private View: Works of Art from Paleolithic to Present', Kent Gallery, New York, NY (US)
  1996   'Face a l'histoire: 1933-1996', Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (FR)
      'American Dreamin', Linda Kirkland Gallery, New York, NY (US)
  1995   'Drawing on Chance: Selections from the Collection', The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (US)
      'Endurance', Exit Art/The First World, New York, NY (US)
      'War Boards', John Weber Gallery, New York, NY (US)
      'Temorarily Possessed', The New Museum, New York, NY (US)
      'Other Rooms', Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY (US)
      'The Drawing Show', Vernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA (US)
  1994   'Mapping', The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (US)
      'It's How You Paly the Game', Exit Art/The First World, New York, NY (US)
      'Children in Crisis', Kunstverein, Hamburg (DE)
  1993   'The Return of the Cadavre Exquis', Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO (US)
      'The Return of the Cadavre Exquis', Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (US)
      'The Return of the Cadavre Exquis', The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (US)
      'The Return of the Cadavre Exquis', The Drawing Center, New York, NY (US)
      'Go Downstairs Diagonally', Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (US)
      'Tattoo', Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY (US)
  1992   'Writing on the Wall', 303 Gallery, New York, NY (US)
      'Empowering the Viewer', Benton Museum, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (US)
  1991   'Burning in Hell', Franklin Furnance, New York, NY (US)
      'Sticks and Stones', Katonah Museum of Art, Kantonah, NY (US)
  1990   'Out of Site', P.S.1, Long Island City, NY (US)
      'Works on Paper', Paula Allen Gallery, Long Island City, NY (US)
      'Garbage Out Front: A New Era of Public Design', The Uran Center, New York, NY (US)
      'Out of the Woods', Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA (US)
  1988   'Totem', Peter Bonnier, Charles Cowles and Germans van Eck Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (US)
  1987   'Other Gods', Los Angeles Muncipial Art GAlelry, Los Angeles, CA (US)
  1986   'Choices', New Museum (window), New York, NY (US)
      Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY (US)
  1985   Biennale de Paris, Paris (FR)
      American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY (US)
  1984   'Salvaged', P.S.1, Long Island City, NY (US)
      The Clocktower, New York, NY (US)
      'The Year of the Rat', P.S.1, Long Island City, NY (US)
  1982   'Brotherhood', Exile Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (US)
  1980   'Group Exhibition', LACE, Los Angeles, CA (US)
  1978   'The Grandfathers' Performance', L.A.I.C.A., Los Angeles, CA (US)
     

 

SOLO PUBLICATIONS
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  2012   Kim Jones - Averno
Pierogi Press, New York (US) - texts by LEVIN Kim, SWENSON Susan
  2008   Kim Jones: A Life of Secrets - Spit - War Drawing
Pierogi Press, New York (US) - text by JONES Kim
  2007   Mudman: The Odyssey of Kim Jones
The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts (US) - texts by FIRMIN Sandra Q., JOYCE Julie, STILES Kristine, STORR Robert
  2005   Kim Jones: War Paint
Pierogi Press, New York, NY (US) - texts by SWENSON Susan
  2003   Kim Jones: A Cripple in the Right Way May Beat a Racer in the Wrong One. Rats live on, No evil star.
Sirius Art Centre, Cobh, Co Cork (IE) - text by MURRAY Peter
       

 

GROUP PUBLICATIONS
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  2014   Artists for Artists
Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York (US) - text by LEWIS Jim
      Donkere Kamers
Uitgeverij Hannibal (BE) - texts by ALLEGAERT Patrick, MARIUS Bart, LAMOT Yoon Hee
  2013   donation Florence et Daniel Guerlain - dessins contemporains
Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR) - text by STORSVE Jonas
      Inauguration of MMCA, Seoul - Both of Him
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (KR) - text by FLOOD Richard
      Live Art in LA - Performance in Southern California, 1970-1983
Routledge - Taylor & Francis Group, New York (US)- texts by PHELAN Peggy, JONES Amelia
      the spirit level
Gladstone Gallery, New York (US)
  2011   Under the big black sun - California Art 1974-1981
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (US)
      Pacific Standard Time - Los Angeles Art 1945 - 1980
The Getty Research Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los angeles (US)
  2009   The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection - Catalogue Raisonné
The Museum of Modern Art, New York (US) - texts by RATTEMEYER Christian, LOWRY Glenn D., SCHOLIS Brian, TUMLIR Jan, HERMES Manfred, GRAW Isabelle, HERBERT Martin, GERSON Scott
      The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860 - 1989
Guggenheim Museum Publications, New York (US) - texts by MUNROE Alexandra, ARMSTRONG Richard
  2007   Collage - The UnMonumental Picture
the New Museum / Merrell Publishers, New York (US) - texts by FLOOD Richard, HOPTMAN Laura, GIONI Massimiliano
      think with the senses / feel with the mind - art in the present tense
Marsilio - Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (IT) - texts by HARRIS Lindsay, HILL Joe, LEWIS Sarah, MECUGNI Anna, PIETROPAOLO Francesca, STORR Robert
      pages in the wind / a reader
Marsilio Editori - Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (IT)
  2006   Los Angeles 1955 - 1985 - Naissance d’une capitale artistique
Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR)
      The Unhomely - 2nd International Biennal of Contemporary Art of Seville
Biacs BOM, Barcelona (ES) - texts by CHRISTIAN Mary, FREIRE Mela Davila, FRANKEL David
  2001   Contemporary Art at MoMA Since 1980
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (US) - editors: Kirk Varnedoe, Paola Antonelli, Joshua Siegel
  2000   Chain #7 - Memoirtext and portfolio, pg. 98-102
  1998   Performance: Live Art Since 1960
Abrams, New York (US)
      Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object: 1949-1979
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Thames and Hudson (US) - Paul Schimmel
  1996   Face a l'histoire: 1933 - 1996
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (FR)
  1994   Mapping
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (US) - Robert Storr
  1992   Art & Otherness: Crisis in Cultural Identity
Documentext McPherson & Company - pg. 34
  1989   Performance Anthology and Source Book of California Performance Art
Last Grasp Oress and Contemporary Art Press, San Francisco, CA (US)
  1987   Kim Jones - Unwinding the Vietnam War
The Real Comet Press - pg. 111-119 - Reese Williams
      Apocalypse Culture
Amok Press, pg. 81-100
      Notations
Richard Flood - introduction by Nancy Princethal
     

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
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Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (FR)

     

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, (US)

     

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis (US)

     

LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (US)

     

MOCA, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (US)

     

MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York (US)

     

Museum Boijmans Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL)

     

Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania (AU)

     

SFMOMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (US)

     

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara (US)

     

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (US)

     

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (US)