Olav Westphalen

Born in 1963, Hamburg (Germany)
Lives and works in Stockholm (Sweden)
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Solo shows

2014

Humor and the abject (performance), BHQFU, New York, USA
Eine wesentlich andere Sprache (performance), Casa do Povo, São Paolo, Brazil

2013

Play, Recapturing the Radical Imagination, Gothenburg Biennial, Gothenburg, Sweden

2012

Make your testament, performance at Platform, Stockholm, Sweden
A Junkie in the forest : doing things the hard way, Galerie GP & N Vallois (Project Room), Paris, France
Flip Flop Factory, « Vision Forum – Think Again », Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2011

1 D-Mark at the Polytechnic University, projet public, The Drachma Project, Athens, Greece
My Last D-Mark, Performance at the Monodrome,Athens Biennale, Greece

2010

Ferco, Milkinen gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
PROW The Prequel, in collaboration with Peter Rostovsky, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, USA
Anti-PROW, in collaboration with Peter Rostovsky, Art In General, New York, USA
Coopérative de la Fertilité, Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris, France

2009

Dog Ascending A Stepladder, public commission, Konstrad, Stockholm, Sweden
Desert Dreams, (performance), Studio, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

2008

Olav Westphalen, Waiting for the Barbarians, Maccarone Inc., New York, USA

2007

Olav Westphalen, The Disciplines, Brandenburgischer Kunstverein, Potsdam, Germany
The Big White, Miliken Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

2006

Le Grand Blanc, Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris, France

2005

Avenger of Widows and Orphans, Galerie Klosterfelde, Berlin, Germany
Olav Westphalen, Milliken Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

2004
Popular Ceramics, Galerie GP & N Vallois (Project Room), Paris, France
Maccarone Inc., New York, USA
Popular Ceramics (performance), Swiss Institute, New York, USA
Kotzrohr and Popular Ceramics, Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK
Milliken Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

2003

The First Long Island City Blimp Derby, Sculpture Center, New York, USA

2002

Maccarone Inc., New York, USA
Du Und Deine Welt, Michael Neff Gallery, Francfurt, Germany
Demo, Zinc Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

2001

E.S.U.S., Museum Liljewalchs, Stockholm, Sweden *
Konstcentrum, Gävle, Sweden
Bergens Konstforening, Bergen, Norway

2000

E.S.U.S., Project of the Public Art Fund at Whitney Museum at Philip Morris, Tompkins Square Park, Corona Park, New York, USA
Galerie Michael Neff, Francfort, Germany

1999

Thomas Wallner Gallery, Malmö, Sweden

1998

Essen in Schweden, (Performance), IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden
Gummi TV (with Peter Friedl), LACE, Los Angeles, USA
Blind Date (with Elin Wikström), Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden

1997

Traveling without Moving, Shift e.V., Berlin, Germany
Scenic, Four Walls, San Francisco, USA

1995

Park, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany *

Group shows

2015

Olav Westphallen / Peter Rostovsky / PROW : Relative Coordinates, Galerie Kristen Lorello, New-York, USA
Schweden to schweiz, Performance with Lars Arrhenius, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Destroy, she said, curators: Saul Anton and Ethan Spigland, The Boiler, New York, USA
5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art – Between the Pessimism of the Intellect and the Optimism of the Will, curated by Katerina Gregos, Thessaloniki, Greece

2013

Rattelschneck Retrospective, Caricatura, Museum fu?r Komische Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
Made by Hand, Gallery Charlotte Lund, Stockholm, Sweden

2012

Representation and the Body, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
The audience is the mother of self invention, curator: Diana Baldon, Index, Stockholm, Sweden
The Drachma Project, curator: Giorgos Papadopoulos, Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece
Non Talk Radio, Performing Recalcitrance, avec Marten Spangberg, KKH, Stockholm, Sweden *

2011

Freunde, Brandenburgischer Kunstverein, Potsdam, Germany
Volcano Dreams, Performance, Moderna Danstheatern, Stockholm, Sweden

2010

Modernautställningen, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden *
News Room, (Performance), Al Quds University, Jerusalem, Israël
Pary Crashers, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, USA
Fax, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
The Invisible Generation, Centre Les Kurbas,Ukrainian National Art Museum, Kiev, Ukraine

2009

Gestern oder im 2. Stock, Stadtmuseum, Munich, Germany
One Day Comic, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK
Do They Love Their Children Too ?, Artists exhibition at the Armory Show, New York, USA ; Milliken Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Cut-Ups, Centrum For Fotografi, Stockholm, Sweden
The Cave, Performance/Workshop, KKH, Académie Royale des Arts, Stockholm, Sweden
Fax, The Drawing Center, New York, USA

2008

The object is the mirror, curators: Max Henry, Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK
Permanent Collection, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

2007

Fehler #6 Same same, but different, curator: Lena Ziese, JET, Berlin, Germany *

2006

Monuments for America, Wattis Gallery, CCAC, San Francisco, USA
Helter Helter, curators: Max Henry, Erik Parker, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France
Global Players, Kulturforum Ludwig, Aachen, Germany *
Draft Deceit, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
Neo-Sincerity, Apex Art, New York, USA
Gimme Shelter, Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg, Germany
Slow Revolution, Rotunda Gallery, New York, USA

2005

Situation Comedy: Humour in Recent Art, curators: Dominic Molon and Michael Rooks, organnized by ICI (Independent Curators International), The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, USA ; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, USA ; Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada ; MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Canada ; Salina Art Center, Salina, USA ; Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, USA *
Monument for America, curator: Ralph Rugoff, Wattis Gallery, CCAC, San Francisco, USA
Global Players, Bankart Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
Schwarz, Brot, Gold, Kunstverein Oldenburg, Germany *
Monument for America, White Columns, New York, USA *

2004

Is there a curator to save the show?, Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris, France
Whitney Biennal, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA *
Inaugural Exhibition, Milliken Art Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Situation Comedy, MCA Chicago, USA
Public Art Fund, Sculpture Projects in Central Park, New York, USA
The Mythological Machine, Warwick Arts Center, Warwick, UK *
Harlem Postcards, The Studio Museum Harlem, New York, USA

2003

Lies, Lust, Art, and Fashion, Podewil, Berlin, Germany
The Paper and Sculpture Show, The Sculpture Center, New York, USA *

2002

Zipp, Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany *
Inter.Play, curators: Silvia Karman Cubina and Patrick Charpenel, Miami Design Center, Miami, USA
On Paper, Galerie Friedrich, Basel, Switzerland
London-Berlin, ICA, London, UK

2001

After Effect, Centre d'Art Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Televison, Kunsthalle Wien, Wien, Austria
Out of Bounds, Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, USA
Slimvolume, Austrian Cultural Forum, London, UK
Surprise, Institute for Contemporary Art, Dunaujvaros, Hungary
Lobby Project, Swiss Institute, New York, USA

2000

Greater New York, PS1, New York, USA
Fido, Hunter College Gallery, New York, USA
End Papers, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, USA
Carnival in the Eye of the Storm, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, USA
Vague but True, Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

1999

100 Drawings, PS1, New York, USA
Arrested Ambition, Apex Art, New York, USA
Sampling, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, USA
Keep Fit, Be Happy, De Chiara/Stewart, New York, USA

1998

Domesticity, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Germany
Art Club Berlin, Mies van der Rohe Pavillion, Barcelona, Spain

1997
Organically Grown, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA

1996

Surfing Systems, Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany
All Work No Play, ACME Gallery, Santa Monica, USA
Videonale Intermezzo, Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany

1995

Battlefield, Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal, Switzerland

1994

Postconceptual Painting, Kunst-Werke, Berlin, Germany
Revir, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden*

* Catalog available

Awards and stipends

2008

Wanderpokal, Labor1, Berlin, Germany

2007

Preis für Komische Kunst, Sondermann Stiftung/Buchmesse Frankfurt, Germany
CSW, Centre for Contemporary Art, residence, Varsovia, Poland

2006

Office of Contemporary Art, residence, Oslo, Norway

2004

Headlands Center For The Arts, Sausalito, USA

2003

Sculpture Center, residence, New York, USA

2001

IASPIS, residence, Stockholm, Sweden

2000

In The Public Realm, Public Art Fund, New York, USA

1999

Arbeitsstipendium Bildende Kunst, Kultursenat, Berlin, Germany

1995

European Community Media Board, Award project
Headlands Center For The Arts, Sausalito, USA

1994

Bourse Philip Morris, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

Bibliography

Catalogs

2014

Rattelschneck, Meister der komischen Kunst, Olav Westphalen and Marcus Weimer, éd. Kunstmann, Munich

2010

Moderna Utstallning Catalog, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

2009

_The Judith Rothchild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection,
Catalogue Raisonné_, Christian Rattemeyer, MoMA, New York, USA
Fax, The Drawing Center exhibition catalogue, New York, USA

2008

24 Artworks Scaled According To Market Value, Shelf Books, Stockholm/Brooklyn
Ü-Drawings, OCA, Oslo, Norway
Helden und Geschichten, Carlsen Verlag, Hamburg, Germany

2005

Situation comedy: Humor in Recent Art, (text) Dominique Molon & Michael Rooks,ICI ed., New York, USA p. 19 (ill.)
Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing, Phaidon Press ed.

2004

The Drawings of Olav Westphalen, text: Marc-Olivier Wahler, ZingMagazine ed., New York, USA
The Mythological Machine, text: Francesco Manacorda, Mead Art Gallery ed., University of Warwick, Warwick, UK
Plop: Recent Projects of the Public Art Fund, text: Jeffrey Kastner, Anne Wehr and Tom Eccles, New York, USA

2001

ESUS & Othr. Wks., (artist book), Riksutställningar ed., Stockholm, Sweden
Das Große Rattelschneck Buch (comics), Eulenspiegel Verlag ed., Berlin, Germany

2000

Drawings On Geology, text: Serge Onnen, J&L Books ed., USA

1998

Allein Verreisen (comics), Edition Moderne ed., Switzerland
Globus als Leckstein, (cd-rom), Navigo ed., Munich, Germany
Make me laugh, exhibition catalogue, text: Maria Lind, Susanne Gaensheimer, Munich, Germany

1997

Yearbook, text: Gerrit Gohlke,Institute of Modern Art ed., Nürenberg, Germany
Schönheit, text: Gerrit Gohlke,Shift e.V. ed., Berlin, Germany

1995

Park, Artist book, Künstlerhaus Bethanien ed., Berlin, Germany
Mehr Kundschaft (comics), Lappan Verlag ed., Oldenburg, Germany

1994

Dem weißen Häschen, (comics),Jochen Enterprises ed, Berlin, Germany
Revir, text : Scott Banks, “Pictures and Poll”, Kulturhuset ed, Stockholm, Sweden

1993

Kranke besuchen Gesunde (comics), Lappan Verlag ed, Oldenburg, Germany

1991

Ich habe keine Bremse (comics), Lappan Verlag ed, Oldenburg, Germany

Press articles

2013

Claude Laurent, « Blancheurs neigeuses au 340 », in La Libre Culture, august
Danièle Gillemon, « Minimalisme à tous les étages ! », in Mad, august
Marcus Weimer, « The Anniversary », Glänta

2012

Pernille Albrethsen, « Westphalens variété », in Kunstkritikk, 31 October
Astri von Arbin Ahlander, « Olav Westphalen», in thedaysofyore, July

2011

« The Drachma Project », in Greekleftreview.worldpress.com, 28 October

2010

Eva Diaz, Artforum, “Prow“, January
Stephen Squibb, Idiommag.com, “Anti-Prow and Prequel at Sarah Meltzer and AIG“,June 26
Claire Barliant, Artforum, “Prow“, April

2009

n.s, Aphabet Prime, “Recent Drawings“, Issue 1, Berlin/Stockholm
Shane Brennan, Creative Time Comics, “Olav Westphalen Interview”, October
n.s, Frieze, “Proclamation“, No. 122, April
n.s, Alphabet Prime, “Olav Westphalen, Recent Drawings“ No. 1, Berlin
Gerrit Gohlke, Artnet.de, “Schlingt nicht so, Kinder”_, April 18
Svenska Dagbladet, “Olav Westphalen vill pacera sig utanfor det forustagbara“, Stockholm, April 28

2008

Charlotte Bydler, Paletten, “You gotta say yes to another excess“, Stockholm, January
Serge Onnen (editor), J&L Books, “Drawings On Writing”, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Suzanne Hudson, Artforum, “Olav Westphalen“, December
Karen Rosenberg, New York Times, “Olav Westphalen“, September 26
Michael Wilson, Time Out New York, “Olav Westphalen, Waiting for the Barbarians“,10 February

2007

Joerg Heiser, Ploetzlich Diese Uebersicht, ”Slapstick Und Das Gerfrorene Grinsen : Maurizio Cattelan, Andreas Slominski, Olav Westphalen“, Berlin

2006

Sewell Chan, New York Times, “On Your Mark, Get Set, Create Something Arty“, June 12
Sarah Schmerler, Time Out New York, “Slow Revolution“, May 11
n.s., Apexart, “Neo-Sincerity: The Difference Between the Comic and the Cosmis is a Single Letter“, New York, February
n.s., Klassekampen, “Utstillingen vil vekke oss“, Oslo, February 18
n.s.,Texte zur Kunst “Gimme Shelter or i’m gonna fade away“, No. 61

2005

Sarah Lookofsky, Flash Art International, “Olav Westphalen“, January
Max Henry, The Paris Review, “Olav Westphalen, Greetings from America“, January
n.s., Monopol, “My Private Kubrick“, Berlin, February

2004

Judicaël Lavrador, Beaux-Arts Magazine, “Popular Ceramics“, September
Max Henry, Time Out New York, “Olav Westphalen”, November 4
Ariella Budik, New York Newsday, “Artifacts”, March 14
Barbara Pollack, Art News, “The Elephant in the Room”, September
n.s., CNN News, “Blimp Derby”, June

2003

Ken Jonsohn, NY Times, ”The First Long Island City Blimp Derby”, July 4
Steven Stern, Time Out New York, “Blimp Daddy”, June 26

2002

Ken Johnson, The New York Times, “Olav Westphalen”, March 5
Saul Anton, Art Forum, “Openings: Olav Westphalen”, September
Michael Wilson, Frieze, “Tell Tale Signs”, October
David Hammons, Art Forum, “Mood Swing”, Summer

2001

Saul Anton, Frieze, “Olav Westphalen“, January

2000

Sandra Danicke, Frankfurter Rundschau, “Annäherung an Unfassbares“, July 14
Christopher Philips, Tageszeitung, “Greater New York”, April

1999

Holland Cotter, The New York Times, “Sampling“, July 11
Martha Schwendener, TimeOut New York, “Sampling“, July 1st
Martina Batan, NY Arts Magazine, “Curator's Choice“, July
Holm Friebe, Jungle World, “Flaschendreh ins Glück“, August 18
Bregtje van der Haak, MetropolisM, “Pitch“, August
Ann Doran, Grand Street, “Berlin“, August

1998

Jelena Zetterström, Sydsvenska Dagbladet, “Fyndig och fräck humor“, March
Thomas Eller, NYArts Magazine, “Letter from Berlin“, October
Harald Fricke, Neue bildende Kunst, “Kamikaze im Marstall“, April
Axel Wieder, De:Bug, “Kamikaze: Marstall Berlin“, April
Niclas Östlind, INDEX, “An artist in the guise of a comedian – Olav Westphalen“, April
Knut Ebeling, Der Tagesspiegel, “Die Künstlichkeit der Paradiese“, February 5

1997

Maria Porges, Sculpture, “Olav Westphalen“, September
Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, “Is small beautiful ?“, April
Stephen Jenkins, Artweek, “Olav Westphalen“, April

1996

Sarah Borusso, Hotwired, “Works by Olav Westphalen“, November
n.s., Frankfurter Rundschau, May
n.s.,HR 3, Television, May

1995

Franz Ackermann, Texte zur Kunst, “Olav Westphalen“, May
Gerrit Gohlke, Catalog Park, “Extrovert Gaps“, Berlin, February
Claudia Hart, Flash Art, “Olav Westphalen“, May
Robert L. Pincus, San Diego Union Tribune, February 12
Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, February 16
n.s., Was der Fall ist, Jan Linders, Brochure, éd. KH Bethanien, February

1994

Stefan Germer, BE Magazin, “Daß die Sprache“, october
Kraig Cavanaugh, Gallery News, “Gallery News Interview“, october
Peter Herbstreut, Tagesspiegel, “Man muß ein bißchen Zirkus machen“, August 14

1993

Theresa Allen, Gallery News, “Soft Sell – Hard Soap“, october
Robert L. Pincus, San Diego Union Tribune, “Artist gives soap a shot“, October 27
Judith Christensen, Visions, “SITE-SEEING”, Spring

Published texts by Olav Westphalen (selection)

2010

“Dreamcatcher”,SITE Magazine, Stockholm
“Excerpts from Desert Dreams”, Shifter Magazine, Berlin/NY
“Deadpan 2.0”, artnet.de
“The Fate of Irony”, Kai 10, Dusseldorf

2009

“Recent Drawings”, Alphabet Prime, Issue 1, Stockholm
“Creative Time Comics: A Graphic Record of the Here and Now”, Creative Time, New York, october
“Proclamation”, Frieze, No 122, april, London

2007 – 09

Monthly cartoon on Artnet.de

2008

“Ü-Drawings“ Oslo : Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Sous la direction de Serge Onnen “Drawings On Writing“, J&L Books, New York
Olav Westphalen et Henrik Schrat, “Disaster Casual“, Eastside Projects, Birmingham

2006

“Kitsch II”, BE magazine, No. 13, Berlin
“A Short And Indecorous Statement On The Predicament Of Experimental Art“, Borderline, Essen

2003

“Top Ten“, Art Forum, october, New York
“Hit Me With Your Rythm Stick, Hit Me“, Documenta 11, Kassel

2002

“Veiled Controversy“, Parkett, No. 65, Zürich
“Harmony bei Armory“, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Berlin

2001

“Deadpan, The Next Generation“, BE Magazine, No. 7, Berlin
“Ich habe immer gern Sachen gebaut“, interview with Chris Burden, Material No. 4, Zürich

1995

“The Container, the Cap, and the Sticky Oustside of the Interior“, BE Magazine, No. 3, Berlin

1994

“Ketchup is Ketchup and not Blood“, interview with Paul McCarthy, BE Magazine, No. 2, Berlin

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