Jon Key - CV + Bio

Jon Key (b. 1990, Seale, Alabama) received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (2013). He has had solo exhibitions at Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2019); Spring Break, New York (2019) and the Rubber Factory, New York (2019). His work has also been featured in group exhibitions at Jeffrey Dietch, New York and The Hole, New York. Key is also co-founder of Codify Art, a Brooklyn-based queer and trans people of color artist collective. He lives and works in Brooklyn.


Born 1990, Seale, Alabama
Lives and works in Brooklyn

Education
2013
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
BFA, Brown University, Providence
2008
Summer Program, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
2005
Summer Program, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions
2020
The Armory Show with Steve Turner, New York (Upcoming)
2019
Violet Alabama, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Violet: Mythologies and Other Truths, Rubber Factory, New York
Home Body, Spring/Break Art Fair, Ross+Kramer Gallery, New York
2018
UNTILL, Spring/Break Art Fair, Codify Art, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions
2019
Untitled Art Fair with Steve Turner, Miami Beach
Punch, Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, New York
The Key Twins, Studio 301, Brooklyn
Codify Art, The Public Theater, New York
2017
The Anxious Body, Angell Gallery, Toronto
We the People, Thought Matter, 41 Cooper Sq New York
32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts, MGLC, Ljubljana, Slovenia
If You Were in My Body, Fierman Gallery, New York
Rock Paper Scissors and a Three-Armed Shovel, Baxter St at CCNY, New York
Environmental Projection Agency, Bau Haus, Brooklyn
Standard Standard, Spring / Break Art Fair, New York
Brown Paper Zine and Small Press Fair, MoCADA Museum, Brooklyn
Endless Edition Zine and Art Bienniale, Endless Edition, New York
2016
You Are Here, Bau Haus, Brooklyn
Afropunk Featured Artist, Commodore Park, Brooklyn
Work., Outlet, Brooklyn
Bau Haus Semi-Annual, Bau Haus, Brooklyn, NY2015
2015
Odds and Ends Book Fair, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Artists Against Police Violence, EMW Bookstore, Boston, MA
About Face, Bau Haus, Brooklyn, NY

Bibliography

2020
“30 Under 30 – Art & Style 2020”, Forbes, 

2019
Walsh, Danielle. “The 5 Most Exciting Emerging Artists at Miami Art Week,” Vanity Fair, December 12
Russell, Tovey. Diament, Robert. “Jonathan Key.” Talk Art
Saltz, Jerry. “A Radical New History of Queer Modernism,” Vulture, April 8
Machado, Danilo. “Jon Key: Violet: Mythologies and Other Truths,” Brooklyn Rail, March
Cohen, Alina. “7 Artists Who Stole the Show at Spring/Break,” Artsy, March 6
Casconne, Sarah. “These 7 Outrageous SPRING/BREAK Installations Are Stranger Than Fiction,” Artnet News,  March 6
“Jon Key at Rubber Factory, New York,” ARTnews, February 26
McClure, Diana. “JON KEY’S PAINTINGS EXPLORE ‘MYTHOLOGIES’ OF IDENTITY,” AFROPUNK, February 19
Graves, Cassidy Dawn. “Art This Week: Construction, Windows, and Queer Black Bodies”, Bedford & Bowery, February 5
“Editors’ Picks: 5 Great Art and Design Events This Week,” Galerie, February 4

2018
Smith, Roberta. “Four Knockout Group Shows to See Now,” New York Times, October 19

2016
Cherry, Maurice. “Episode 136: Jon Key.” Revision Path
Meredith, Maya (2016) Wade in the Water, Justseeds

2015
“Jonathan Key: We are Bullet Proof”, ADC Global, September 25

The Armory Show

Laylah Ali & Jon Key

March 4-8, 2019

Untitled Miami Beach

Sarah Ball, Lydia Blakeley, Jon Key, Gabby Rosenberg, David Shrobe, Brittany Tucker

December 3–8, 2019