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James Gobel

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Portland, Oregon

Birth year

Lives in
San Francisco

Works in
San Francisco



Born1972, Portland, Oregon


1996 BFA, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
1999 MFA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010 I Get What I Want, and Always Get It Again!, Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco
2008 Bear Hunting, Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco
Happy Hour, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles
Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco
2007 I [heart] JCRT, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York
2005 Ridicule is Nothing to Be Scared of, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York
2002 Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York
Hayworth Gallery, Los Angeles
2001 Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York
2000 UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Huge, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara
Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York
1999 Fatty, Sheppard Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011 Rough Edges and Loose Ends, Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington
Artadia Awardees2009 San Francisco, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta (Curated by Stuart Horodner)
2010 Underground Pop, Parrish Art Museum, New York
Pattern ID, Akron Art Museum
2009 Big Rock Candy Mountain, Naomi Arin Contemporary Art, Las Vegas
All Messed Up, Sam Francis Gallery, Crossroads School, Santa Monica
2007 Las Vegas Diaspora: The Emergence of Contemporary Art from the Neon Homeland, Las Vegas Art Museum (curated by Dave Hickey)
2006 Naughty, Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco
Art Rotterdam
Gigantic, Auto Gallery, Oakland
2005 Superfat, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn
The Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Art Rotterdam
Unexpected Developments, Playspace Gallery, San Francisco
Smack, The Brewery Project, Los Angeles

The Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, Consolidated Works, Seattle
2004 Eye of the Needle, Robert & Tilton, Los Angeles
Kontainer Gallery, Los Angeles
The Armory Show, New York
Art as Autobiography, Rare (curated by Norman Dubrow), New York
One Hundred Artists See God, iCI, tarveling exhibition (curated by John Baldessari & Meg Cranston), New York
2003 Beauty: A Group Painting Show, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York
Today’s Man, John Connelly Presents, New York
Summer Romance, Sandroni Rey, Los Angeles
Art a Century Apart: 1903 and 2003, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson
2002 21 Paintings from LA, Fullerton Art Museum and Cal State San Bernardino
Outside: A Group Show of Three LA Based Artists, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York
The Dubrow Biennial, Kagan Martos Gallery, New York
Almost Heaven…, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, (curated by Aaron Baker)
Subject Matters, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York , (curated by Norman Dubrow)
2001 [Las] Vegans, James Kelley Gallery (curated by Dave Hickey), Santa Fe
The Magic Hour-Art and Las Vegas, Center for the Visual Arts, Cardiff, Wales (traveled to Cornerhouse, Manchester England; Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria; College of Creative Studies, UCSB, Santa Barbara; Sheppard Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno)
Installed Collections/ Collections Installed, Zimmerli Museum of Art, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Summer group show, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York
Spring, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York
Before They Became Who They Are, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, (curated by Norman Dubrow)
2000 Collector’s Choice, ExitArt, New York
Tan Lines, Purple Orchid Gallery, Dallas, (curated by Jane Callister)
College of Creative Studies Gallery, University California Santa Barbara
Sheppard Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno
1999 Grin and Bare It, Ridley-Tree, Santa Barbara
Summer Group Show, Kravets/ Wehby Gallery, New York
James Gobel, Gina Magid, Aaron Romine, Kravets/Wehby Gallery
1998, Post Gallery, Los Angeles
Sweet, FM Gallery, New York
100 Dollar Show & Up, Post Gallery, Los Angeles
1-15, Post Gallery, New York, (curated by Jeffrey Vallence)
Fat City, Gallery 1434, UC Santa Barbara, California
1997 Easy to Chew, Hard to Swallow, College of Creative Studies Gallery, Santa Barbara
Cranberry Show, Oceanspray Factory, Henderson, Nevada, (curated by Jeffrey Vallance)
1996 The Magic Show, O’Sheas Movie and Magic Museum, Las Vegas, (curated by Jeffery Vallence)
Debbie Reynolds Exhibition, Debbie Reynolds Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Liberace! The Man, the Myth, Contemporary Arts Collective, Las Vegas

1995 Liberace, A Visual Tribute to Mr. Showmanship, Liberace Museum, Las Vegas

Recent Exhibits

James Gobel participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2016 Shaky Towns
Alter Space
May, 2013 Proximities 1: What Time Is It There?
Asian Art Museum
Jul, 2012 All I Want is a Picture of You
Angles Gallery
Feb, 2012 Fancy Wonder Free
Steve Turner
Oct, 2011 Passport 2011, 3rd Annual DIY Art Collecting Event Comes to the Castro
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (Main Gallery)
Jun, 2011 Sea Change: The 10th Anniversary Exhibition (Part One)
Marx & Zavattero
Click here to see all exhibits for James Gobel
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