another year in LA


 Painting Installation by Joe Amrhein


Artist Statement














Solo Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

Selected Bibliography and Publications

Professionally Related

Other Activities: Curated & Juried Exhibitions, Visiting Critic, etc.

Lectures and Panel Discussions

Awards & Honors




















2005      Another Year In LA, Abecedarian, Los Angeles, CA (September–October)

              Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA (February–March 19)

2003      Roebling Hall, 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, Brooklyn, NY

1996      Earl McGrath Gallery, 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

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2005      The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA (Upcoming, October)

              Dogenhaus, Leipzig, Germany  (3-person, with Reed Anderson and Ati Maier) (Upcoming, September)

              Julie Saul Gallery, World Play, New York, NY (June 17–August 19)

              Vertex List, Brooklyn, NY

              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, NY.

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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            Falur, Einar. “Teikningar I tisku,” Morgunbladid, March 5, 2005. P. 29 (Illus.) (Reykjavik, Iceland newspaper)

            “Teikningar I Safninu,” Menning, March 3, 2005. (Reykjavik, Iceland newspaper)

            Baker, Kenneth. “Galleries: Subtle Evolution Marks Gonzalez’s Latest Abstracts,” San Francisco Chronicle,  Saturday, March 5, 2005. (Illus.)

            Yablonsky, Linda. “Borough Sprawl: The Brooklyn Museum celebrates its new entrance with an unruly  show of work by local artists,” Time Out New York, Issue No.448, April 29–May 6, 2004. pp.72-3

            K.R. “Opening, Prospect Heights: The Brooklyn Museum Comes Home,” New York Magazine,    April 19, 2004. p.104

            “Joe Amrhein,” The New Yorker, November 17, 2003. p.40

            Illus. Time Out NY, November 6–13, 2003. p.64.

            Kalm, James, “Joe Amrhein: Slightly Cryptic, Roebling Hall,” The Brooklyn Rail, November 2003. p.10.

            Maine, Stephen, “Dateline Brooklyn,”, October 29, 2003

            Patricia Rosoff, “Real Art Ways/Hartford, Joe Amrhein: Retro and Re-Site,” Art New England, August / September 2003. p.28

            “Word Works,” The New Yorker, August 11, 2003. p. D15

            Huntington, Richard. “Humor, ‘bad art’ blur all lines in ‘B-List’ show,” Buffalo News, May 2, 2003

            Schmerler, Sarah, “Profile: Open Files,” Art on Paper, January 2003

            Johnson, Ken, “’Overt Operation,’ Joseph Helman,” The New York Times, January 10, 2003.

            “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.)

            Zellen, Jody, “Artifact (Quote), Joe Amrhein at Post,” d’art International, Fall 2002.

            Gomez, Edward M., “Taking the Spirit of Brooklyn on a Florida Vacation,” The New York Times,   September 16, 2001.

            Reid, Calvin, “Joe Amrhein at Roebling Hall,” Art In America, September 2001.

            Cotter, Holland, “Cool,” The New York Times, July 27, 2001.

            Buck, Louisa, “Contemporary art finds a home in Leytonstone,” The Art Newspaper, Vol. XII,   June 2001.

            Schmerler, Sarah, “In Review: Joe Amrhein at Roebling Hall,, Vol. 1, No. 4, SU ’01

            Aske, Art, “Joe Amrhein at Roebling Hall,” The Brooklyn Rail, May/June 2001.

            Kalm, James, “Joe Amrhein: Typography, Painting and Poetry, NYArts Magazine, May 2001.

            Smith, Roberta, The New York Times, March 30, 2001.

            Kino, Carol, “Babel,” Time Out NY, February 11-18, 1999.

            Nahas, Dominique, “Babel,” Review, February 1, 1999.

            Smith, Roberta, “Can’t We All Just Get Along?,” The New York Times, July 24, 1998.

            Schmerler, Sarah, “Paint,” Time Out, April 9-16, 1998.

            Carasso, Roberta, “Redefinitions: A View from Brooklyn,”, December 1997.

            Arning, Bill, Time Out, July 1997.

            Freedman, Matt, “Flipside,” Waterfront Week, March 26–April 8, 1997.

            Curtis, C., Los Angeles Times, August 14, 1987.

            Laurence, Michael, Flash Art, February-March, 1986.

            California Magazine, March 1986, p20.

            Laurence, Michael, West Hollywood Paper, October 24, 1985.

            Gardiner, Colin, Los Angeles Times, November 1, 1985.

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Owner / Director of Pierogi

Pierogi 2000, founded in 1994, is an artist run gallery located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn—an area now vital to the larger art community because of its concentration of diverse and exciting artists. Pierogi has monthly solo shows which feature the work of emerging and mid-career artists from Williamsburg/Brooklyn, New York, and other areas of the United States, as well as many international artists. These are mainly solo shows in order to highlight an individual artist’s work. These shows cover an eclectic range of media and style.

Another important aspect of Pierogi are the Flat Files. Access and participation, on the part of both artists and viewers, is the central idea of the flatfiles. One of the goals is to demystify the artworld by allowing people to handle original artworks and to review a very large and eclectic group of work. The viewer becomes, in effect, their own curator, relying on their own confidence to judge the work themselves. The artwork included in the files represents a broad cross section of what’s going on in the artworld and its undercurrent today. The files are not only about established artists, or a “who’s who” of the artworld; they include emerging, mid-career, and established artists.


      •The Pierogi 2000 Flatfiles “are a more convincing representation of New York art than a

         dozen issues of Artforum.”  Mark Currah (on the show in London), Time Out London.

      •”the [flat]file may be the most invigorating sculpture on view this year.”  Bill Arning (on the

         traveling show at The Brooklyn Museum of Art), The Village Voice.


A single flatfile was first exhibited in Brooklyn, in 1994, which contained 20 artists portfolios. Since that time dealers, critics, curators, collectors and the general public have seen work from the files, which have grown to include the work of over 500 artists. In addition to the files permanently on view in Brooklyn, a second set of traveling files have been on view at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York, the Museum of Modern Art (where they were viewed in house by museum curators and a collectors circle), the Art Exchange Show in downtown New York, the Gasworks Gallery in London, the Corner House in Manchester, England, the Brooklyn Museum of Art (where they were installed for six months), Vassar College and Bard College in New York state, the KHaus (Kunstlerhaus) in Vienna, Austria, the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery (University of the Arts) in Philadelphia, PA, the Yerba Buena Center For The Arts in San Francisco, CA, POST gallery in Los Angeles, CA, and the Block Artspace in Kansas City, IL. 


      Richard, Frances. Art Forum, March 2005.

      Budick, Ariella, Portrait of a Neighborhood, Newsday, April 25, 2002.

      Pollack, Barbara, Williamsburg: On the Waterfront, ARTnews, Vol. 101, No. 4, April 2002.

      Cotter, Holland, Kim Jones, Gary Panter at Pierogi, The New York Times, March 8, 2002.

      Smith, Roberta, Eyefuls of Art, At 2 Sites, The New York Times, February 22, 2002.

      Volk, Gregory, Ward Shelley at Pierogi, Art in America, February 2002.

      Rosenberg, Anat, Gallery Beat Brooklyn, Art on Paper, November–December 2001.

      Gomez, Edward E., Taking the Spirit of Brooklyn on a Florida Vacation, The New York Times,

      September 16, 2001.

      Williams, Gregory, Phyllis Baldino, Pierogi, ARTFORUM, May 2001.

      Harris, Jane, Kurt Strahm: Pierogi, artext, May-July 2001,

      Williams, Gregory, Phyllis Baldino, Art Forum, May 2001.

      Cotter, Holland, Lee Etheredge IV, Sermin Kardestuncer, The New York Times, May 11, 2001.

      Odita Odili Donald, Dan Devine, Flash Art, Jan-Feb. 2001, Vol. XXXIV, No.216.

      Henry, Max, robert lazzarini, tema celeste, Jan.-Feb. 2001.

      Schmerler, Sarah, Habib Kheradyar at Pierogi, Art In America, December 2000.

      Ollman, Leah, A Bountiful Exhibition That Gets White-Glove Treatment, The Los Angeles Times,   December 8, 2000.*

      Elsewhere, A.K.A., Williamburg Brooklyn, Flash Art (‘News’ section), November-December 2000.

      Breerette, Genevieve, New York; des lofts et des galeries, Le Monde, November 2, 2000.

      Ebony, David, Steven Charles at Pierogi, Art In America, November 2000.

      Freedman, Matt, Matt Blackwell at Pierogi, New Art Examiner, November 2000.

      Cotter, Holland, Kim Kimball ‘Enthusiasm’, The New York Times, September 22, 2000.

      Mahoney, Robert, “Five Sculptors” Lond Island University, TimeOutNY, September14-21,2000.

      Kino, Carol, Williamsburg: How “Elsewhere” Is It?, Art & Auction, September 2000.

      Wilson, Megan, ‘Pierogi 2000: Flat Files,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, August 16, 2000.*

      Smith, Roberta, Stretching Definitions of Outdoor Scultpture, The New York Times, July 28, 2000.

      Smith, Roberta, Steven Charles Nowhere Fast, The New York Times, April 28, 2000.

      Viveros-Fauné, Christian, Fabstraction, New York Press, April 26-May2, 2000.

      Schmerler, Sarah, Wiliamsburg Galleries, Time Out NY, February 3-10, 2000.

      Kino, Carol, Sermin Kardestuncer at Pierogi 2000, Art In America, February 2000.

      Russ, Sabine, Letzte Ausfahrt Williamsburg, die tageszeitung, November 23, 1999.

      Kalm, James, Peter Hildebrand, NY ARTS, November-December 1999.

      Schmerler, Sarah, Simon Lee, Time Out NY, November 11-18, 1999.

      Rubenstein, Raphael, Mark Lombardi at Pierogi 2000, Art In America, June 1999.

      Moshkovits, Boris, Mark Lombardi, Flash Art, May-June 1999.

      Volk, Gregory, The Chelsea Alternative, Flash Art, Summer 1999.

      Kutscher, Barbara, Ein Neuer Trend in der New Yorker Galerienszene, Die Welt, Feb 1999.

      Reid, Calvin, Dan Devine: How to Turn Your Car Inside Out, Art In America, February 1999.

      Smith, Roberta, Rage For Art, The New York Times, February 19, 1999.

      Kotik, Charlotta, Best of 1998 Pick: Best New Faces—Dan Devine, ArtNews, January 1999.

      Smith, Roberta, Mark Lombardi “Silent Partners,” , The New York Times, December 25, 1998.

      Kino, Carol, Bob & Roberta Smith, Birds Are the New Fish, Time Out NY, November 12, 1998.

      Smith, Roberta, Brooklyn Haven For Art Heats Up, The New York Times, November 6, 1998.

      Dan Devine: How to Turn Your Car Inside Out, The New Yorker, May 18, 1998.

      Richard, Frances, A Tree Dies In Brooklyn, Art Forum, February 1998.

      Greene, David A., Robert Smithson, Frieze, Issue 36 (UK).

      Butler, Mike, Counter Culture, Manchester Evening News, October 3,1997. *

      Galloway, Munro, New York Galleries, Art Press, October 1997.*

      Currah, Mark, Pierogi 2000 Flatfiles, Time Out London, September 17, 1997.*

      Arning, Bill, Current Undercurrent, The Village Voice, August 27, 1997.*

      Schwendener, Martha, Robert Smithson: Dead Tree, Time Out NY, May 29, 1997.

      Smith, Roberta, Robert Smithson: Dead Tree, The New York Times, May 23, 1997.

      Strauss, Neil, The Pop Life, The Walls Speak, The New York Times, May 16, 1996.

      Galloway, Munro, Brooklyn, Artist Space: 2001, Art Press, April 1996.

      Cotter, Holland, The New York Times, March 31, 1995.*

      Chapman, Frances, Waterfront Week, July 1995.*

      Hagen, Charles, David C. Scher, The New York Times, June 16, 1995.

      Smith, Roberta, Other Rooms, The New York Times, July 28, 1995.*

      (*reviews of traveling flatfile shows)

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2005  The Art Institute of Chicago, 2005 Fellowship Juror (May 14 and 15

        SAFN Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland. Curated group exhibition including:Dawn Clements, Brian Conley, Kim Jones, John J.             O’Connor, Tavares Strachan

2001  Visiting Critic, ISCP (International Studio & Curatorial Program), NY, NY

      Visiting Critic, Columbia University, Graduate School of Fine Arts, NY, NY

2000  Parsons Fine Arts Dept. New York Studio Program Lecture Series; Artist / Gallerist talk

     The 2000 Everson Biennial, Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY, March—May. Juror

     Five Sculptors Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, Brooklyn, NY, June 15th—October 31st.

1999  Brooklyn New Work, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH, Sept 4—Nov 11.   Co-curator with David Brown.

     Package, PS122, New York, NY. Curator

    Flatfiles, The Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery (University of the Arts), Philadelphia, PA. Curator

1997  Current Undercurent, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, August 1997—January 1998,  Co-curator with Charlotta Kotik.

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2005  Christie’s Education Panel, “Assessing the Emerging Artist,” New York, NY. Guest panelist. (April 25)

         Rhode Island School of Design, Guest lecturer (April 19)

         Iceland Academy of Art, Reykjavik, Iceland. Guest lecturer (March 4)

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2005        Honorary Doctorate Degree. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

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  Godawfulism 11(It ain’t what you paint (It’s the way you paint it); Harvey, Doug.  LA Weekly, 6/13/03.

 Three’s Company,  Linda Day: Blue, as in Blueprint; Miles, Christopher.  Cypress College, Cypress, CA.

 Doug Harvey’s (Non-Museum) Top 10; Harvey, Doug.  LA Weekly, 1/99.

 Exposures: Marie Thibeault & Linda Day, Kleinfelder, Karen. University Art Gallery, Department of Art and Design, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA.

 Canvases That Merely Seize the Moment; Pagel, David. L.A. Times, 7/23/98.

 Top Ten Galleries on the Edge; Young, Paul.  L.A. Magazine,11/97.

 A Box; Howell, George.  Art Papers, 11/97.

 Crafting Forms Steeped in PlayfulnessKandel, Susan.  Los Angeles Times, 12/19/96.

 Teeming, Linda Day;  Frank, Peter.  L.A. Weekly (Art Picks of the Week), vol.19, no. 3, 12/13-19/96.

 Meditations on Mortality and the Depiction of Space;  Pagel, David.  Los Angeles Times,8/22/96.

 Transcendental Meditations; Frank, Peter L.A. Weekly (Westside Supplement), 8/22/96.

ShapeShifters at Spanish Kitchen; Gleason, Mat.  Coagula Art Journal, #22, Summer '96.

ShapeShifters at the Spanish Kitchen Studios; Jeanne S.M. Willette.  Art Week, 7/96.

 Lotus Motel, Inglewood, California; Greenstein, M.A.  World Art, 2/96.

 Color This!   A Collection of Los Angeles Artists' Drawings; Foundation for Art Resources, Inc. (FAR), 1994.

 Presence and Absence; Pinchbeck, Peter. Bellrod Press, Gallery Esvandam, NY, NY, 1993.

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JOE AMRHEIN                    

Joe Amrhein's "Abecedarian" is a room-sized installation of 26 sets of glass shelves, each set consisting of five glass panels. Words from each letter of the alphabet are culled from critical art writing. The imagery is created using a single light source for each set of panels which casts shadows through text painted on the glass shelves. When the light source is extinguished, the shadow text on the walls disappears. This work explores the ephemeral nature of language and the hyperbolic as well as poetic nature of critical art writing.

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another year in LA is located at 2121 N. San Fernando Road, #13, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Gallery phone:  323-223-4000