Brent Birnbaum

Brent Birnbaum’s work begins by exploring the world in search of found objects that have not been used in an artistic context and that contain the potential to be manipulated into something new and powerful. He strives to surprise and captivate the viewer by expanding the dialogue about contemporary art. The familiarity of his materials makes his works accessible to a wide audience, as does the humor they contain. Birnbaum embarks on projects that challenge him mentally and physically by collecting a difficult quantity or absurd material. Inspired by both art history and ready-made materials, he is on a quest to find and create the invisible angles of life.

born in Dallas, Texas in 1977; lives and works in Dallas, Texas and Amsterdam, New York

Education

  • 2006 Master of Fine Arts in Fine Art, School of Visual Arts – New York, New York
  • 2004 Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, School of the Museum of Fine Arts – Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2001 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, University of North Texas – Denton, Texas

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2024 C’mon Lets Play?, Keijsers Koning – Dallas, Texas
  • 2022 Paintings for Sculptors, Galerie PJ – Metz, France
  • 2020 Nature/Nurture, Epsilon Spires – Brattleboro, Vermont
  • 2019 Seven Games, Denny Dimin Gallery – New York, New York
  • 2018 That’s what (s)he said., Museum Wilhelm Morgner – Soest, Germany
  • 2016 Voyeur Voyager Forager Forester, Denny Gallery – New York, New York
  • 2015 Treadmills II, Art-in-Buildings, Southfield, Michigan
  • Treadmills, SPRING/BREAK Art Show – New York, New York
  • 2014 Back, Abrons Art Center – New York, New York
  • Sllimdaert, Sanctuary – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 2013 IIIX9MEOW, Space Gallery – Portland, Maine
  • Ride (W/) The Wind, Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’Art Contemporain –
  • Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
  • B.O.A. 3.0, Pen World Voices Festival, The Invisible Dog – Brooklyn, New York
  • 2012 …And Justice for Mall of America, Second Street Gallery – Charlottesville,
  • Virginia
  • B.O.A. 2.0, Dumbo Arts Festival – Brooklyn, New York
  • Lack, Commissioned Project, Scope Art Show – New York, New York
  • Bureau of Apology, The LAB Gallery – New York, New York
  • 2011 And a bag of chips, A.M.F. Projects, Scope Miami – Miami, Florida
  • Trail of Beers, Artists Wanted, Scope Art Show – New York, New York

Group Exhibitions

  • 2024 Chateau, Aldredge House, Dallas, Texas
  • Geoffrey and You, Project Art Distribution, New York, New York
  • 2023 A Path Less Traveled, Joel Cooner Gallery and Keijsers Koning, Dallas, Texas
  • Energie / Energy, Centre for International Light Art – Unna, Germany
  • Pullman Grocery Annex, Invisible Genie Arts, Amarillo, Texas
  • Virus Diary Biennale: Cryptic Stains, Diptych Art Space – Bucharest, Romania
  • Exhibitionists: Art By Artists Who Curate, Walter’s – Amsterdam, New York
  • Dallas Art Fair, Keijsers Koning – Dallas, Texas
  • 2022 SWAB Art Fair, Galerie PJ – Barcelona, Spain
  • A Delicate Balance, The Waiting Room Gallery – Denver, Colorado
  • Bienvenue Art Fair, Galerie PJ – Paris, France
  • 2021 Hocus Pocus, Good Naked Gallery – Brooklyn, New York
  • Light Art/Artificial Light, Kunstmuseum im Marstall – Paderborn, Germany
  • 2020 Hypothetical Function, Gutstein Gallery – Savannah, Georgia
  • 2019 On the Map, Denny Dimin Hong Kong – Hong Kong
  • Text Me, White Trash Contemporary – Hamburg, Germany
  • 2017 Radcliffe, CTHULHU – Brooklyn, New York
  • Rogues’ Cant, False Flag – Queens, New York
  • Beach Sessions Fundraiser, Black and White Gallery – Brooklyn, New York
  • 2016 Stiftung Konzeptuelle Kunst, ART.FAIR – Cologne, Germany
  • Kenosis in the Supervoid, Station Independent Projects – New York, New York
  • Doppelnamer, SPRING/BREAK Art Show – New York, New York
  • 2015 Nurture Art Benefit, Pierogi Gallery – Brooklyn, New York
  • Voyeur? Voyeur!, Pinea – Rota, Spain
  • Marta is Ten, Marta Herford – Herford, Germany
  • What It Was, Nurture Art – New York, New York
  • Material Art Fair, Regina Rex – Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2014 Share This! Appropriation After Cynicism, Denny Gallery – New York, New York
  • The Space Between, Paul Kolker Collection – New York, New York
  • Inaugural LES Salon Show, (harbor) – New York, New York
  • Broke Baroque, Sanctuary – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Inaugural Group Show, Galerie 14 – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
  • Shrink It Pink It, Cathouse Funeral – Brooklyn, New York
  • Color Code, New Bedford Art Museum – New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • 2013 Guts, Abrons Arts Center – New York, New York
  • Assembly Required, A Sukkah Salon – New York, New York
  • The Silver Shore, Graham – New York, New York
  • In The Details, The Wassaic Project – Wassaic, New York
  • AKA, Davidson Contemporary – New York, New York
  • Asshole in the Gallery, Loft 594 – Brooklyn, New York
  • Ideas City, New Museum Street Festival – New York, New York
  • Thanks, Lu Magnus – New York, New York
  • Knit, Skaftfell – Center for Visual Art – Seydisfjordur, Iceland
  • Exhibition Game, Small Black Door – Queens, New York
  • 2012 Scope Miami, Brass Tacks – Miami, Florida
  • Bring Yourself, Small Black Door – Queens, New York
  • site95 Benefit, Present Company – Brooklyn, New York
  • New Acquisitions IV – INFORMATION, Sammlung Schroth – Arnsberg, Germany
  • Another Side, The Re Institute – Millerton, New York
  • Momenta Benefit Raffle, Momenta Art – Brooklyn, New York
  • 2011 Dead in August, The Pentagon – Brooklyn, New York
  • In Between the Sheets, Workspace Harlem – New York, New York
  • Detroit: A Brooklyn Case Study, Marygrove College – Detroit, Michigan
  • Cowboy Mouth, St. Cecilia’s – Brooklyn, New York
  • Half Empty, Vaudeville Park – Brooklyn, New York
  • Detroit: A Brooklyn Case Study, Superfront LA – Los Angeles, California
  • 2010 Employee of the Month, Marianne Boesky Gallery – New York, New York
  • Used Books, Winkleman Gallery – New York, New York
  • Collective Show New York, PARTICIPANT INC – New York, New York
  • 36 Hours in Basel, Unternehmen Mitte – Basel, Switzerland
  • Never Can Say Goodbye, No Longer Empty – New York, New York
  • 2009 Low Blow, Stux Gallery – New York, New York
  • Playing Through, Industry City – Brooklyn, New York
  • PEEP-O-RAMA, AK-57 Gallery – New York, New York
  • Workout, Otom – Brooklyn, New York
  • 2008 In Your Face, Buia Gallery – New York, New York
  • Behold The Antagonist, Dead Cat Gallery – Providence, Rhode Island
  • Another Last Year, Explosivo – New York, New York
  • 2007 PAGEANT, studio717 – Brooklyn, New York
  • This is Not New York, Mastul e.V. – Berlin, Germany
  • FAITH, Diesel Gallery – Brooklyn, New York
  • VERNISSAGE, Chashama – New York, New York
  • 2006 a delicate arrangement (SVA MFA show), David Zwirner – New York, New York
  • Summer Festival, ISE Cultural Foundation – New York, New York
  • Prime Time, Visual Arts Gallery – New York, New York
  • Out of El Bronx, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council – New York, New York
  • Show Me Yours, Xpace – Toronto, Canada
  • ARTLOVE, Tribes Gallery – New York, New York
  • Do You Think I’m Disco, Longwood Art Gallery – Bronx, New York

Bibliography

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  • Kerr, Dylan. “More Indie Than Independent? 6 to See at the (un)SCENE and Spring/Break Fairs,” Artspace, March 6th
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  • Ryzik, Melena. “Finally, a Tide of Celebration in the Rockaways,” The New York Times, June 26th
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  • “Two new exhibits opening at New Bedford Art Museum,” The Herald News, Fall River, January 15th
  • 2013 Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’Art Contemporain, “Brent Birnbaum” Monograph, 80 pages
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