Bio

Spencer Finch (b. 1962)

Born New Haven, Connecticut
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

Solo Exhibitions
2018       The Brain is Deeper Than the Sea, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
               Fifteen Stones (Ryōan-ji) Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona, Spain
               Me, Myself and I, Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
               Moon Dust (Apollo 17), Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
2017       Spencer Finch, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
               Cosmic Latte, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
               Spencer Finch, The Western Mystery, Seattle Museum of Art
2016       My Business is Circumference, James Cohan, New York, NY
               Spencer Finch, The Opposite of Blindness, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
               Saturated Sight, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
2014       Ulysses (September 19, 2014), Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, TX
               A Certain Slant of Light, The Morgan Library, New York, NY
               Spencer Finch: The Skies can’t keep their secret,
               Turner Contemporary, Margate, England
               Spencer Finch: Yellow, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
2013       Where Our Brain and the Universe Meet,
               Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany
               Study for Disappearance, Rhona Hoffmann Gallery, Chicago, IL
               Peindre L’Air, FRAC Basse-Normandie, Caen, France
               Fathom, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
               Following Nature, Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN
2012       Not Precisely Knowing, Not Precisely Knowing Not,
               Lisson Gallery, Milan, Italy
               I’ll Tell You How the Sun Rose, Nordenhake Gallery,
               Stockholm, Sweden  
               Ex Nihilo, Lisson Gallery, London, United Kingdom
               Painting Air, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design,
               Providence, RI
2011       Rome Project, Erica Fiorentini Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy
               Lunar, the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
               Rome, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA
               Seeing Unseen, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
               Between the light – and me –, Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, MA
2010       Spencer Finch: My Business, with the Cloud,
               Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
               Evening Star, Pallant House, Chichester, United Kingdom
               Amabilis Insania, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany
               Between The Moon and The Sea, Frac des Pays de la Loire,
               Carquefou, France
               Good Morning Midnight, Galleri Opdahl, Stavanger, Norway
2009       Dutch Grey, Wall House #2, Groningen, Netherlands
               The Brain–is wider than the Sky–, Postmasters Gallery, New York
               Light, Time, Chemistry, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
               As if the sea should part And show a further sea,
               Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
2008       Gravity Always Wins, Dundee Centre for Contemporary Art,
               Scotland, United Kingdom
               Spencer Finch, The Common Guild, Glasgow,
               Scotland, United Kingdom
               Lux and Lumen, Lisson Gallery, London, United Kingdom
               First Sight, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand
2007       In Praise of Shadows, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany
               What Time Is It on the Sun? MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
               A Certain Slant of Light, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
               One Way or the Other, Galleri Brandstrom Stene, Stockholm, Sweden
2006       Somewhere Else, Galleria Suzy Shammah, Milan, Italy
               H2O, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
2005       The Cave of Making, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
               Through a Glass, Darkly, Mala Gallery, Museum of Modern Art,
               Ljubljana, Slovenia
               The Importance of Elsewhere, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
               Prussian Blue, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany
2004       as much of noon as i can take between my finite eyes,
               Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
2003       Mars Black, Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany
               New Works: 03.2, Spencer Finch, Koo Jeong-a,
               Erick Swenson Art Pace, San Antonio, TX
               Winter Light, Galleri Brandstrom & Stene, Stockholm, Sweden
               Spencer Finch: Project No. 1, Espace Cultural Andre Malraux,
               Le Jardin Refuge, Gattieres, France
2002       From things you can’t remember to things you can’t forget,
               Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
2001       Blue Red White, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
               Here and There, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
               Spencer Finch: Camera Lucida, Bildhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
2000       Up, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
1999       Bildhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
               Wandering lost upon the mountains of our choice,
               Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
1998       From an Occult Diary, Galleri Andreas Brandström, Stockholm, Sweden
1997       Periscope (for August Strindberg), Artnode, Stockholm, Sweden
               Spencer Finch/Matrix 133, Wadsworth Atheneum
               Museum of Art, Hartford, CT Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
1996       Galleri Roger Björkholmen, Stockholm, Sweden
1995       Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
               Galleri Adlercreutz-Björkholmen, Stockholm, Sweden
               Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
1994       Nordenstad Gallery, New York, NY Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
1993       Literal Truth (with Paul Ramirez Jonas,) Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
1992       Tomoko Liguori Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017       Once Upon a Time…The Western, Denver Art Museum, CO;
               Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec, Canada
2015       Another Minimalism: Art after California Light and Space,
               The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
               Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
               Artificial Climates, La Foundation EDF, Paris, France
               Zero to One on Paper, Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA
               City Lives, Shirley Fiterman Art Center at BMCC, New York, NY
               Codes Of Culture, Gallery SKE, New Delhi, India
               Drifting in Daylight: Art in Central Park,
               Creative Time and Central Park Conservancy, Central Park, NY
               Lekker Licht, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands
2014      Walden, revisited, deCordova Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
              At the Hub of Things: New Views of the Collection,
              Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
              Into the Field, The Model, Sligo, Ireland
              Outer Space. Between Art and Science,
              Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany
              Art in Embassies, Winfield House, London, United Kingdom
              Genius Loci – Spirit of Place,
              14th International Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy      
              Drawn, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany
              The Fifth Season, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
              Four Decades, Drawings and Works on Paper,
              John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
              Head in the Clouds, Musée de La Poste, Paris
              The Five Senses,
              Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2013      Spencer Finch & Byron Kim: Day and Night,
              James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai
              Back to Kansas, SFMOMA, Project Los Altos, CA
              Forever – is composed of Nows, Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL
              Silent Beaches, St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY
              Scattered Showers – Forms of Weather,
              Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany
              Phos: Light Today, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Lakewood, CO
              Drawing Line into Form: Works on Paper by Sculptors,
              Tacoma Art Museum, WA
2012      Enlightened: Electric Light as the Fairy of Art,
              Artipelag, Stockholm, Sweden
              Coquilles Mecaniques, FRAC Alsace, Altkirch, France
              Intersections—Science in Contemporary Art,
              Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
              Affinity Atlas, Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
              Quiet Works, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
              Light and Landscape, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY
              NEON, La material luminosa dell’arte, MACRO, Rome, Italy
              Another Victory Over the Sun, Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Canada
2011      I Know About Creative Block and I Know Not To Call It By Name,
              Lisson Gallery, Milan, Italy
              More Light, Museum De Fundatie, Zwolle, Netherlands
              Continuum_the Perception Zone, Tallinn, Estonia
              A Million Miles from Home, Folkestone Triennial,
              Folkestone, United Kingdom
              Wild Sky, Edith Russ Haus, Oldenburg, Germany
             Another Victory Over the Sun,
             Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO
             CartoGRAPHIC, Larissa Goldston Gallery, New York
             The Nameless Hour, Anderson Gallery VCU, Richmond, Virginia
             What’s New Pussycat?, The Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
2010      21st Century: Art in The First Decade,
             Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
             The Nameless Hour: Places of Reverie, Paths of Reflection,
             Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA
             All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, Elizabeth
             Foundation for the Arts Project Space, New York, NY
             The New Décor, Hayward Gallery, London/Garage,
             Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia
             Behind The Night, Nathan A. Bernstein, New York, NY
             James Turrell, Olafur Eliasson, Spencer Finch,
             Simon Dickinson Gallery, New York, NY
             Time’s Arrow, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
             Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance,
             Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
             Rudolf Steiner and Contemporary Art,
             Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
2009     Biennale Furs de la Loire, Carquefou, France
             Holland Mania, Museum De Lakenhal Leiden, Netherlands
             Carnival Within - An Exhibition Made in America,
             Uferhallen, Berlin, Germany
             Shaping Space, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
2008     Equivalence: Acts of Translation in Contemporary Art,
             Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX
             Fear Minus One, Univ. of California, San Diego;
             University Art Gallery, La Jolla, CA
             50 Moons of Saturn, Turin Triennale, Italy
             to: Night: Contemporary Representation of the Night,
             Hunter College Art Gallery - Times Square, New York, NY
             Internationale Lichtkunst, Unna, Germany
             Earth: Art of a Changing World, Royal Academy of Arts,
             London, United Kingdom
             Making Worlds, 53rd International Venice Biennale, Italy
             Le Sang d'un Poète, Frac des Pay
             The Light Project, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, MO
             Toys R Us, Galleri Brandstrom Stene, Stockholm, Sweden
             High Resolution: Artists Projects at the Armory,
             Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY
             Visions Nocturnes, Centre d’art Contemporain, Noissy-le-Sec, France
             A Matter of Time, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, NY
2007     Henry David Thoreau, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY
             Licht-Glas-Transparenz, Kunsthalle Osnabruck, Germany
             Domestic Irony: A Curious Glance into Italy’s Private Collections,
             Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bolzano, Italy
             Refract, Reflect, Project: Light Work from the Collection,
             Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
             Lucky Day, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006     Light x Eight: The Hanukkah Project, The Jewish Museum, New York
             Artificial Light, Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University,
             Richmond, VA, traveling to Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL       
             Nichts/Nothing, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
             Into Black, Western Bridge, Seattle, WA
            Juxtapositions (2) View-Vista-Perspective, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York
             Subject, Lyman Art Museum, New London, CT
             Colour and Perception, Sherborne House, Dorset, United Kingdom
             Die Couch: Vom Denkenim Liegen/The Couch:
             Thinking in Repose, Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna, Austria
             Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Galerie
             Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
             A Tribute to Paul Cezanne, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York, NY
             The Materialization of Sensibility: Art and Alchemy, curated by
             Klaus Ottmann, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks+Projects, New York, NY
             The Starry Messenger: Visions of the Universe, Compton
             Verney, Warwickshire, UK The Missing Peace: Artists
             Consider the Dalai Lama, UCLA Fowler Museum, Los Angeles, CA
             Backdrop, Bloomberg Space, London, United Kingdom
2005      Land-E-scape, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
              Meteorologic Phenomena, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY
              Over Sight, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College,
              Annandale-on-Hudson Blur of the Otherworldly:
              Contemporary Art, Technology, and the Paranormal, The
              Center for Art and Visual Culture,
              University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD
              Untitled, curated by Kristin Chambers,
              Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
              Lichtkunst Aus Kunstlicht/Light Art from
              Artificial Light, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
              The Shadow, Vestsjaellands Kunstmuseum, Soro, Denmark
              Color after Klein: Rethinking Colour in Modern and
              Contemporary Art, Barbican Art Center, London, United Kingdom
              In the Neighborhood of Infinity, curated by Charles
              LaBelle, Sixteen One Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
              Working on Paper: From Drawings to Ammo, Bank, Los Angeles, CA
              Here and Elsewhere, curated by Jen Mergel,
              Center For Curatorial Studies, Annandale on Hudson, NY
2004      schwEDEN: 9 Paradies-ProjekteKunst, Comics, Film, Musik,
              Literatur, Apfel und vieles mehr, NordischeBotschaften, Berlin, Germany
              Nothing Compared to This (Ambient, Incidental, and
              New Minimal Tendencies in Recent Art), The Contemporary
              Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
              Freud: The Creative Analysis of Analysis, Atrium Gallery,
              University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
              Astonishing Knowledge, curated by Claire Barliant,
              CCS Museum Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
              A Fripon Et Demi, Collection Lambert au Avignon, Avignon, France
              Biennial Exhibition, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
              Indivisible Cities, curated by Jason Paradis,
              Bill Maynes Gallery, New York, NY
2003      The Paper Sculpture Show, Sculpture Center, Queens, NY,
              (organized by Cabinet and Independent Curators International)
              Pale Fire, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany
              Photographier, Collection Lambert, Avignon, France
              Hot Summer Cool, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
2002      [acquiring taste], Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
              The Charles Carpenter Jr. Collection, Fifty Years of Supporting the New,
              The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield CT
2001      Small is Beautiful, Galerie Gabriell Maubrie, Paris, France
              The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: A Spaghetti Western, Museum of
              Contemporary Art, Denver, CO
              Waterworks, The Nordic Watercolor Museum, Skarhamn, Sweden
              Once, then something, Sculpture Center, New York, NY
2000      Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC
              Full Serve, curated by Kenny Schachter,
              547 W. 27th Street, New York, NY
              Made You Look!, Austin Museum of Art-Laguna Gloria, Austin, TX
              The Sea & The Sky, Beaver College Art Gallery, Glenside, PA,
              Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
1999      Eye Spy, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
              Conceptual Art as Neurobiological Praxis,
              Threadwaxing Space, New York
              Paradise 8, Exit Art, New York, NY
1998      Sensaround, Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, New York, NY
1997      Onomatopoeia, curated by Anthony Iannacci, Studio La Citta, Verona
1996      A Scattering Matrix, curated by Jane Hart,
              Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
              The Charles Carpenter Collection, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh,
              The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
              Between the Acts, C/O Gallery, Oslo, Ice Box, Athens, Greece
              Clarity, curated by Grant Samuelsen, NIU Art Museum, Chicago, IL
1995      Nordanstad Gallery, New York, NY
              Norfolk 95, Yale/Norfolk Art Program, Yale Summer
              School of Music and Art, Norfolk, CT
              Nordanstad Gallery, New York
              Norfolk 95, Yale/Norfolk Art Program, Yale Summer
              School of Music and Art, Norfolk, CT
              Looky Loo, Sculpture Center, New York, NY
              Four Views from Earth, Yerba Buena Cente, San Francisco, CA
1994      Promising Suspects, The Aldrich Museum of
              Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
              Part II, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY
              The Cave of Making: Jeskyn eNavratu, Exhibition
              Hall Mánes, Prague, Czech Republic
              SMArt Fair, Stockholm, Sweden
1993      Things you can't remember/Things you can't forget,
              Tomoko Liguori Gallery, New York
              Traces…, Nordanstand Gallery, New York, NY
              A Collector’s Choice, Joan T. Washburn Gallery, New York, NY
              Snap! Tomoko Linguori Gallery, New York, NY
              Add Hot Water, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY
              New Prints and Multiples, Tomoko Liguori Gallery, New York, NY
1992      Unfair, Nordanstand-Skarstedt booth, Cologne, Germany
              Morality Café, Postmasters Gallery, New York,
              curated by Kenny Schachter
              Travel and Leisure: Drawings by Artists on Vacation,
              Four Walls, Brooklyn,
              NY Unlearning, 142 Greene Street New York, NY
1991      Home for June, Home For Contemporary Theate, New York, NY
              From Sculpture, BACA Downtown, Brooklyn, NY,
              curated by Kenny Schachter
1990      BACA Downtown, Brooklyn, NY
1989      Langston Hughes Center for the Arts, Providence, RI
              Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI with Paul Ramirez
1988      Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI

Public Collections
Bank of America, New York, NY
Bloomberg LLC, New York, NY
Collection Lambert, Avignon, France
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand
Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Harvard Business School, Boston, MA
High Museum, Atlanta, GA
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Kirkland and Ellis, Chicago, IL
Museum for Modern Künst, Frankfurt, Germany
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Progressive Collection, Cleveland, OH
Rhode Island School of Art, Museum of Art, Providence, RI
Virginia Museum of Art, Richmond, VA
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT