Private: Deborah Grant - CV + Bio

Deborah Grant appropriates from artworks by famous male artists including Picasso, Bacon, Basquiat and Matisse as well as from lesser known artists such as Bill Traylor and William H. Johnson. She then reworks their images to address narratives pertinent to her own life experience and identity while conflating important historical events with current events.

Deborah Grant received a BFA at Columbia College, Chicago (1996), an MFA in painting from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia (1999) and did residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (1996); The Studio Museum in Harlem (2002/2003); Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito (2004); A.S.A.P Residency in Mount Desert Island, Maine (2005). She has had solo exhibitions at The Drawing Center, New York (2014), Roebling Hall, New York (2006), Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas (2007) and Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles (2007 & 2012). Grant’s work has also been included in the group exhibitions When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem (2014), Agitated Histories, Site Santa Fe (2011); After 1968: Contemporary Artists and the Civil Rights Legacy, High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2008); The Old Weird America, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2008) and Greater New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City (2005).


Born in Toronto, Canada

Lives and works in New York

Education

1996
BFA, painting, Columbia College, Chicago

1996
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine

1999
MFA, painting, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014
Christ You Know it Ain’t Easy!!, The Drawing Center, New York

2012
Deborah Grant The Provenance and Crowning of King William, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles

2011
Deborah Grant, VOLTA NY, New York

2009
Deborah Grant: Bacon, Egg, Toast in Lard, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum (Matrix 228), Berkeley

2007
By The Skin Of Our Teeth, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas
A Gin Cure, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles
Getting Blood Out of Bed Sheets, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles

2006
A Gin Cure, Roebling Hall, New York

2004
Like a Witch’s Teat, Satellite, a division of Roebling Hall, New York

2002
Random Select Drawings and Paintings By Deborah Grant, The Scene Gallery, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015
Black Pulp! (curated by William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson), Yale University Edgewood Gallery, New Haven (upcoming)

Group Exhibition (organized by Pamela Auchincloss), NeueHouse, Hollywood
20 Years / 20 Shows (Spring), Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe
Space Program, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2014
Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham
When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

2013
Biennale Internationale d’Art Contemporain, Fort-de-France, Martinique
Present Tense Future Perfect, Carol Jazzar Contemporary Art, Miami

2012
Solo ESAS Mujeres: Documenting the Universal, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco

2011
Agitated Histories, Site Santa Fe
Pulp, Beta Pictoris Gallery, Birmingham

2010
Inquiring Eyes, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina
After 1968, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York
Reinventing Ritual, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
Tenth Anniversary Group Show, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas

2009
Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life, The
Jewish Museum, New York (curated by Daniel Belasco)

2008
The Other Mainstream II, Arizona State Art Museum, Tempe
After 1968: Contemporary Artists and the Civil Rights Legacy, High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Black Is, Black Ain’t, Curated by Hamza Walker at The Renaissance Society, Chicago
The Old, Weird America, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (traveling exhibition)
The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (curated by Berin Golonu)
Shotgun Shack Series (Print Project), Lower Eastside Print Shop, New York
RANDOM SELECT (Print Project), Lower Eastside Print Shop, New York
The Future Must Be Sweet, Lower Eastside Print Shop, New York
Something New, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas

2007
M*A*S*H*, Amory Group Exhibition, New York (curated by Amy Smith Stewart and Omar Lopez-Chahoud)
Intelligent Design, Momenta Art, New York (curated by Aunrico Gaston and Ellie Murphy)
Emergency Room Show, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, M.O.M.A. Affiliate, New York
Group Art Show Works, Branch Gallery, Dunham, North Carolina
SPAM Art Fair, Barcelona
Taking Possession, University of Arkansas, Little Rock
Arte Povera Now and Then, Esso Gallery and Books, New York
Welcome To My World, Alexandre Pollazzon Ltd, London
Everything, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas

2006
Two Person Exhibition A GIN CURE series, Steve Turner Gallery, Beverly Hills
The “F” Word, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (curated by Elizabeth Thomas)
FINE PRINT, Berrie Art Center Ramapo College of New Jersey (curated by Isolde Brielmaier)

2005
Co-Dependent, The Living Room, Miami (curated by Isolde Brielmaier)
Relics and Remnants, Jamaica Center for the Arts, New York
Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas (curated by Fairfax Dorn)
Propeller, Steve Turner Gallery, Beverly Hills (curated by Trevor Schoomaker)
Greater New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Brooklyn
The Check Is In The Mail, Triple Candie, New York

2004
Creating Their Own Image, Parsons School of Design, Aronson Galleries, New York (curated by Lisa E. Farrington)
Word, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx (curated by Renne Riccardo and Paul Laster)
Notorious Improprieties, Samson Projects, Boston (curated by Franklin Sirmans)
Bush League, Roebling Hall, Brooklyn
Seeds and Roots, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (curated by Thelma Golden)
Paper Chase, Axel Raben Gallery, New York (curated by Renne Ricardo)

2003
Seeing Red, Arena Gallery, New York
Hands On Hands Down, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (curated by Christine Y. Kim)
Lean To, Real Art Ways, Hartford (curated by Eungie Joo)
Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation, Regina Gouger
Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh; Center for Contemporary Art, New Orleans;
University of North Texas in Denton, Texas and Western Washington
University Bellingham, Washington
7 Walls, 8 Views, Arena Gallery, New York

2002
A Moment’s Notice, Inman Gallery, Houston
AIM 22, Bronx Museum, Bronx
Afflicted, Roebling Hall, Brooklyn
Random Select Drawings and Paintings, The Scene Gallery, New York

2001
Rumors of War, Triple Candie Gallery, New York
Invoking Marcus Garvey, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Freestyle, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica
Freestyle, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

2000
Traveling Flatfiles, Pierogi 2000, New York

1996
Open Air, Enid Okla Homa Gallery, Chicago

Selected Awards & Grants & Lectures

2011
William H. Johnson Prize

2007
The Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant
Lower East Side Print Project with Master Printers Doug Bennett and Jamie Miller

2006
Who Cares Dialogue: War Culture CREATIVETIME

2004
Nimoy Foundation Grant (Leonard and Susan Nimoy) for HCA Artists
Headlands Center For The Arts Salon Lecture Series

2003
Tides Lambent Foundation Grant
Triple Candie Gallery, Deborah Grant Lecture New York
Tyler School Of Art, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

2002
Studio Museum in Harlem (Stipend Award One Year)
Rema Hort Mann Grant
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx

2001
A.I.M. Program, Bronx Museum Of the Arts
LEF Foundation Sponsorship (ART OMI Foundation)
International Arts Center, Art Omi, New York

Selected Residencies

2005
Vermont Studio Program, Johnson, Vermont
Acadia Summer Art Program, Mt. Desert Island, Maine

2004
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito

2003
Mary’s College, The Artist House and Studio, Saint Mary’s City

2002
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

Selected Bibliography

2014
Rosenberg, Karen. “Creation in Personal Utopias ‘When the Stars Begin to Fall’ at Studio Museum in Harlem,” The New York Times, April 17
Budick, Ariella. “‘When The Stars Begin to Fall’, Studio Museum, Harlem, New York,” Financial Times, April 11
“When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South,” The New Yorker, April 9
Ebony, David. “Deborah Grant: Drawing Center,” Art in America, April
Beasley, Kevin. “Survey of Outsider Artists Challenges the Meaning of ‘Black Art,’” The Huffington Post, February 27
Yau, John. “Deborah Grant’s Archive of Real and Imagined Encounters,” Hyperallergic, February 23
Baker, R.C. “Engrossing Collage Imagery in Deborah Grant: ‘Christ You Know It Ain’t Easy!’”, The Village Voice, February 12
Walleston, Aimee. “Deborah Grant Plays Matchmaker,” Art in America, January 28
Denton, Monroe. “Some Thoughts About Deborah Grant: Christ You Know it Ain’t Easy!!,” Art New England, January 24

2010
Merjian, Ara H. “30 seconds off an Inch,” Frieze Magazine Issue 130, Studio Museum in Harlem

2009
Sigler, Jeremy. “Jennie C. Jones + Deborah Grant,” Modern Painters, January

2008
Grove, Jeffery D. “Deborah Grant, 1968: Contemporary Artists and the Civil Rights Legacy,” High Museum of Art
Portfolio: Deborah Grant,” BOMB, Summer
Kamps, Toby. “Deborah Grant, The Old, Weird America: Folk Theme in Contemporary Art,” Contemporary Art Museum Houston
Spears, Dorothy.  “60’s Legacy, Personal Histories,” New York Times, June 1

2007
Myers, Holly. “Deborah Grant Engages Picasso On His Own Terms,” Los Angeles Times, February 2

2006
Boucher, Brian. “Deborah Grant at Roebling Hall,” Art In America, October
Smith, Roberta. “Deborah Grant: A Gin Cure,” The New York Times, May 2

2005
Bae, James. Deborah Grant, “You Are Here,” ARTLies (Fall Edition #48)
Fall Propeller at Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles Times, April 22

2004
Sicha, Choire. “Top Ten,” ARTFORUM (International), September
Nichols, Matthew Guy. “‘Hands On, Hands Down’ at the Studio Museum in Harlem,” Art In America, February

2003
Genocchio, Benjamin. “‘Lean To’ Brings a Hip Urbanity to Hartford,” The New York Times, March 30

2002
Bayliss, Sarah. “Where Art Can Be Made As Well as Hun,” The New York Times, December 8
Cotter, Holland. “Rumors Of War: A Contemporary Exhibition Inspired By The Art Of Jacob Lawrence, The New York Times, January 4

2001
Cotter, Holland. “Invoking Marcus Garvey While Looking Ahead,” The New York Times, August 24
Viveros-Faune, Christian. “Freestyle, New York Press, May 30
Cotter, Holland.  “A Full Studio Museum Show Starts with 28 Young Artist and A Shoehorn,” The New York Times, May 11
Sirmans, Franklin.  Freestyle,” Studio Museum in Harlem, April 29