Joe Amrhein Bio
Represented by Jochen Hempel Gallery in Berlin and Leipzig

Bio / Artist Statement >>

Joe Amrhein in conversation with Ati Maier >>


2019 Postmasters Gallery, “Fallibility of Perception,” New York, NY (March 2–April 13)
2017 Brian Gross Fine Art, “Post Factual,” San Francisco, CA (November 4–December 23)
2015 Jochen Hempel Gallerie, Berlin, Germany (March–April). Two-person exhib. with David Scher)
2011 Nusser & Baumgart Gallery, Munich, Germany (Two-person with Ati Maier)
Another year in LA, Los Angeles, CA
FireCat Projects, Chicago, Illinois. (April 29-May 21)
2009 Dogenhaus | Volta New York, NY. (March 5–8).
2008 Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Perpetual IF (information friction) Wolfsburg, Germany (September 14–November 30). Two-person exhib. with Ati Maier)
2007 Red Dot Contemporary, West Palm Beach, FL (December 8, 2007–January 10, 2008)
2005 Another Year In LA, Abecedarian, Los Angeles, CA (September–October)
Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA (February–March 19)
2003 Roebling Hall, Critical Prose, Brooklyn, NY (October–November)
Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT. May 10–
2002 POST, Artifact (Quote), Los Angeles, CA
Galerie Bernard Jordan, Sublime-in-Reverse, Paris, France
2001 Leytonstone Center for Contemporary Art, Leytonstone, UK
Roebling Hall, Slightly Cryptic, Brooklyn, NY
1996 Earl McGrath Gallery, Strata Series, New York, NY
1989 Turske & Turske Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
1987 Turske & Whitney Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1986 Ivory/Kimpton Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1985 Fiona Whitney Gallery, Los Angeles, CA




Lesley Heller Gallery, “The Fabricated Drawing,” NY, NY (March 26-May 7). Curated by Robin Hill
Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, “Stacked,” NY, NY (May 11-June 17). Curated by Deborah Zlotsky
ART3, “A Brief Gospel for Our Time,” Brooklyn, NY (Feb 18-Mar 26)
Axis Gallery, “Triad,” Sacramento, CA (Sept 30-Oct 30)
ART3, “BREAK GROUND,” Brooklyn, NY (Feb 17-Mar 20)
2015 Yossi Milo Gallery, “I Am a Lie and I Am Gold,” NY, NY (Dec 11-Jan 23, 2016). Curated by Marco Breuer
Providence College Galleries, “A Sign Only Has to Serve as a Sign,” Providence, RI (Oct 28-Dec 12)
The Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, “Museum Studies,” Collegeville, PA (Jan 27-Apr 3)
ODETTA, “Pay to Play,” Brooklyn, New York (with Rico Gatson, William Powhida, Rita Valley) (Jan 16-Mar 8)
2014 Red Bull Studios, “Spaced Out: Migration to the Interior,” NY, NY. Curated by Phong Bui (Oct 10–Dec 14)
ODETTA, “Joe Amrhein, Rob de Oude, Enrico Gomez, Markus Linnenbrink,” Brooklyn, NY (May 30-June 29)
Barbara Walters Gallery, Sarah Lawrence College, “Kiki Bouba,” Bronxville, NY (February 4 – March 11)
Lynch Tham, “CON/TEXT,” New York, NY (January 8 – February 16)
2013 Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, “One Hundred and Forty Characters,” New York, NY (June 1 – August 2)
2009 Brian Gross Fine Art, Paper / Mylar / Vellum, San Francisco, CA (July 2–August 26)
Uferhallen, The Carnival Within, Berlin, Germany. Curated by Gregory Volk and Sabine Russ (March 28–May 3)
Armand Bartos Fine Art, SIGN/AGE | Fight the Power, New York, NY (March 27–April 25)
2008 Jancar Gallery, Piecemeal, Los Angeles, CA. December 6–January 3, 2009. Four-person exhibition. Curated by Mery Lynn McCorkle
Parker’s Box, From Brooklyn With Love, Brooklyn, NY
2007 Lautom Contemporary, Bare Words, Oslo, Norway (Oct. 20–Nov. 25) Curated by Leif Magne Tangen
Centrum Kunstlicht in de Kunst, Signal, The Netherlands (September 29, 2007–January 27, 2008)
Red Dot Contemporary, Between What Is Said and What Is Not Said, West Palm Beach, FL (April–May)
2006 Deborah Colton Gallery, Word, Houston, TX. Curated by Brandon Krall. (September 16–November 4)
Caren Golden Gallery, Material Abuse, New York, NY (June 29–August 4)
New Art. New York: Reflections on the Human Condition, Curated by Margaret Mathews-Berenson.
Traveling: Trierenberg corporate Kunsthalle, Taun, Austria (Dec. 1, 2005–Feb. 28, 2006)
Red Bull Kunsthalle, Hangar 7, Salzburg, Germany (March 9–April 19, 2006)
2005 Vertex List, Superlores, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Marcin Ramaki and Bit Editions (Dec. 17–March14, 2006)
The Luggage Store, Writing Letters, San Francisco, CA. 3-person exhibition with Tauba Auerbach and Steve Powers (October 15–November 26)
Dogenhaus, Triple Crown, Leipzig, Germany (3-person, with Reed Anderson and Ati Maier) (September 17–October 28)
Laumeier Sculpture Park, Public Notice II; Paintings In the Landscape, St. Louis, MO. Curated by Gregory Volk and Sabine Russ (October 8, 2005–January 15, 2006)
Castle Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, R3, Reading ‘Ritin ‘Ritmetic, 30 Years Later. Curated by Susan M. Canning (September 11–November 13)
Julie Saul Gallery, World Play, New York, NY (June 17–August 19)
Vertex List, Code Residue, Brooklyn, NY (June 11–July 3) Curated by Marcin Ramocki
SAFN Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland (March 5–April 17)
2004 The Brooklyn Museum, Open House, Brooklyn, NY (April–July)
The Adrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Drawn Page, Ridgefield, CT
2003 BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Next / Next Visual Arts, Brooklyn, NY (September 30–December 21)
White Box, BQE Part II, curated by Christian Viveros–Fauné, New York, NY (September 23 – Oct. 11)
Adam Baumgold Gallery, Word Works, New York, NY
Schroeder Romero, Summer Reading, curated by Larry Wolczac, Brooklyn, NY
Hallwalls, B-List, Buffalo, NY
Ronald Feldman Gallery, American Dream, curated by Ronald Feldman, New York, NY
Ecole des Beaux Arts, Valence, France
2002 Joseph Helman Gallery, Overt Operation, New York, NY
EXIT Art, Art 2002 SOS Save Our Senate, Benefit for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, October 29
Wythe Studio, Selection One; Made in Brooklyn, curated by Phong Bui, Brooklyn, NY
Im’n’il, Brooklyn, NY
Michael Himovitz Gallery, ACME; 25 Years, 25 Artists, Sacramento, CA
The Work Space, Proximity, curated by Robin Hill, New York, NY
2001 Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn!, Palm Beach, FLA
Cynthia Broan Gallery, Cool, Refrigerate After Opening, NY, NY (curated by Edward Winkleman)
Robert V. Fullerton Museum, Out of Context, curated by Sue Joyce, Fullerton, CA
2000 Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, The Brooklyn Zoo, Stuttgart, Germany, curated by Sabine Russ and Gregory Volk
Musée D’art Moderne de Saint-Étienne, The Brooklyn Zoo, St-Étienne, France, curated by
Sabine Russ and Gregory Volk
Eyewash, Summer Reading, Brooklyn, NY
1999 Exit Art (The First World), The Stroke, (selected by Elizabeth Murray), New York, NY
Islip Art Museum, Wordsmiths, curated by Karen Shaw, Islip, NY
Eyewash, Valentine ’99, Brooklyn, NY
Roebling Hall, Babel, Brooklyn, NY
1998 Ambrosino Gallery, Southern Exposure, Miami, FL
DevonGolden, Can’t We All Just Get Along, New York, NY.
Nicholas Davies Gallery, Wallpaper, curated by Lisa Jacobs, New York, NY
Delaware Art Museum, Interior Landscapes, Wilmington, Delaware
Flipside, Paint, Brooklyn, NY.
Robert V. Fullerton Museum, Redefinitions: A View From Brooklyn, curated by Sue Joyce, Fullerton,CA
1997 Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Just What Do You Think You’re Doing Dave?, Brooklyn,NY
Art In General, Abstracted and Unfixed, New York, NY
1996 Hovel, Hodgepodge Lodge East, New York, NY
1995 Postmasters Gallery, The Ocean by Could Do, New York, NY
Ronald Feldman, Other Rooms, Four Brooklyn Galleries, New York, NY
1994 American Fine Arts, American Fine Arts Benefit, New York, NY
DYAD, Curated by Annie Herron, Brooklyn, NY
Kohn, Pedersen, Fox Architects, The Pleasure Principle, New York,NY.
1993 David Zwirner Gallery, Four Walls Benefit, NY.
P.S.1, Seven Rooms – Seven Artists, The Four Walls Model Backroom
“Stand-Ins”, Long Island City,
1992 Artists Space, Activated Walls, New York, NY.
1990 Associated American Artists, Angeles Press 10th Anniversary Exhibition, NY.
1989 Associated American Artists, Art and Leisure, New York, NY.
1988 Turske & Whitney Gallery, Small Size, Los Angeles, CA.
1987 Turske & Whitney Gallery, ART/LA87, Los Angeles, CA.
Associated American Artists, The Figure in Prints, New York, N.Y.
Turske & Turske Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland.
1986 Turske & Whitney Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
1985 Pepper Art Gallery, Redlands, CA.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art & Architecture Tour, Trident Center, Los Angeles,CA.
Art Quest, (Video Format), US. Tour, Traveling Exhibition.
William Grant Still Arts Center, Up Against Hunger, Los Angeles, CA
Fiona Whitney Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
1984 The Design Center, A Broad Spectrum, Los Angeles, CA.
Mitzi Landau Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Swope Gallery, Mixed Bag, Santa Monica, CA.
1983 Jan Baum Gallery, Wonderful Things, Los Angeles, CA.
Swope Gallery, Available Clay, Santa Monica, CA.
Los Angeles Museum of Art, Art Rental Gallery, Expose VI, Los Angeles, CA.
Lony Gans Gallery, Venice Art Walk, Venice, CA.
Los Angeles Museum of Art, Art Rental Gallery, Spring Show #2, Los Angeles, CA.


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Cashdan, Marina. “Now Opening | The Boiler,” The New York Times T Magazine, March 6, 2009 (Interview)
Bui, Phong. “Joe Amrhein with Phong Bui,” The Brooklyn Rail, March 2009 (Interview)
Von Karweik, Hans-Adelbert, “Worte zerbersten in Scherben,” Wolfsburg Kultur, September 12, 2008
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“Word Works,” The New Yorker, August 11, 2003. p. D15
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“Overt Operation: Joe Amrhein, Xu Bing, Mark Lombardi, Ivan Navarro, David Opdyke, David Schild,”
Writer’s Picks, January Preview, Berliner Kunst, International Edition, Vol. 8, No. 1, Jan. 2003. p. 41 (illus.)
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