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Bronx, NY

Birth year

Lives in
Los Angeles, CA

Works in
Los Angeles, CA

University of California Irvine (UCI), 1997, MFA
The School of The Art Institute of Chicago

sculpture, installation, photography, multi-disciplinary


Kori Newkirk (b. 1970) is a celebrated multidisciplinary artist whose conceptual practice is based on transforming modest materials into loaded signifiers that question both cultural and aesthetic notions of beauty. Newkirk elegantly blends medium and message-using photographs, wax, hair pomade, beads and neon lights-to forge a new paradigm in art practice. (Text courtesy of The Studio museum, Harlem, NY)



1997 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine

1997 M.F.A., University of California, Irvine, CA

1993 B.F.A., The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Solo Exhibitions



Kori Newkirk: 1997-2007 Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY and Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA


The Project, New York, NY

MC, Los Angeles, CA


MCA San Diego, San Diego, CA

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Locust Projects, Miami, FL


Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH

Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery, Chicago, IL


The Fabric Museum and Workshop, Philadelphia, PA

Galleria francesca kaufmann, Milan, Italy

The Project, Los Angeles, CA

The Project, New York, NY

To See It All,  Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA


Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, TX

James Van Damme Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS


Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Galleria francesca kaufmann, Milan, Italy


The Project, New York, NY


Midnight Son, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Legacy, Deep River, Los Angeles, CA


Higher Standard, Project Room, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA


BLOWOUT, Fine Arts Gallery, University of California, Irvine, CA


Group Exhibitions2008


Depletion, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

Southern Exposure; Works from the Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia


Material for the Making, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY

Out of Nothing,  4 Walls, Austin, TX

The Show on Vegas,  M+B, Los Angeles, CA

Viewfinder, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

Black Light/ White Noise: Sound and Light in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX


Alien Nation, ICA, London (traveling)

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

Black Alphabet: conTEXTS of contemporary African American Art,

Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland

The Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

DAK'ART: 7th Dakar Biennial, Dakar, Senegal

Collection in Context: Gesture, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY



Bedolla, Myrtis. "Art Basel, Miami Beach: The African American Presence," TheInternational Review of African American Art, vol. 22 no.1, p. 54-56.

Luri, Aya and Nili Guren eds. Depletion: Works from the Doron Sebbag Art Collection,Tel Aviv Museum of Art, p.62.

Cotter, Holland. "The Topic Is Race; The Art Is Fearless", New York Times, March 30,2008.


Cotter, Holland. "Art", The New York Times, November 11, 2007. p 4.

Molon, Dominic. "Kori Newkirk", The Studio Museum in Harlem Magazine, Fall-Winter 2007-2008, pp. 3-4.

"Focus", ViewFinder, Henry Art Gallery, December 2007, p.15

Wilson, Michael. "Kori Newkirk", Previews section. Artforum, September 2007, p.158.

Schmerler, Sarah. "Post Tense", Time Out, August 23, 2007, p.59.

"Kori Newkirk: The Interpreter", VIBE Magazine, August 9, 2007, p.156.

Finkel, Jori. "A Reluctant Fraternity, Thinking Post-Black", The New York Times, June 10,2007, p.29.

Cassel Olivier, Valerie. Black Light/ White Noise: Sound and Light in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, p.48-49.

Molok, Nikolai. 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art: Footnotes on Geopolitics, Market, and Amnesia, Moscow Biennale Art Foundation, ArtChronika, p.196.

Hockley, Rujeko. "Kori Newkirk", The Studio Museum in Harlem Magazine, Fall-Winter 2006-07, p.24.

"Word of Mouth", Conde Nast Traveler, February 2007, p.31.

Time Out New York, issue 593, February 8-14, 2007, p.80.

Chasin, Noah. "Material for the Making", Time Out New York, issue 592, February 1-7, 2007, p.69.

Time Out New York, issue 592, February 1-7, 2007, p.72.

Time Out New York, issue 589, January 11-17, 2007, p.77.


37 W 57th Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10019 U.S.A.

Field, Marcus. "How do you invade a space this big?" The Independent on Sunday, December 17, 2006.

Szupinska, Joanna. "Paint It Black", Artillery, vol. 1 no.3, December 2006, pg.46.

Hubbard, Sue. "It's life, but not as we know it," The Independent, November 30, 2006.

Teeman, Tim. "Close encounters of the nerd kind," The Times, November 28, 2006.

"A real close encounter", Metro London, November 17, 2006.

Vellodi, Kamini. "Creative Space?" What's on in London, November 16, 2006.

Kent, Sarah. "States of the Art", Time Out, September 20, 2006.

Glover, Michael. "An Orgy of Appropriation", The Independent, September 13, 2006, pg.20.

Bedford, Christopher. "Picks",, September, 2006.

Wullschlager, Jackie. "Bright, brash, unmissable: the US legacy", The Financial Times Limited, September 14, 2006, 17:43.

Searle, Adrian. "Rebels without a cause", The Guardian, Tuesday, September 12, 2006.

Holte, Ned. "The Other Left Bank", Interview, September 2006, pp.172-179.

"Dak'Art 2006", Artkrush, issue 31, May 3, 2006.

Armetta, Amoreen. "Kori Newkirk, The Project", Flash Art, Vol. XXXIX, No. 248. May -June 2006, pp.124-125

Gebetsroither, Ines. "Moves, Cracks, Hair, David Hammons, Ellen Gallagher, Kori Newkirk", Spike Art Quarterly, Summer 2006, No.8, pp. 60 - 68.

Sheets, Hilarie M. "Kori Newkirk", Reviews: New York, ARTnews, Summer 2006, p.184

Gouveia, Georgette. "Touring the Whitney", The Journal News, April 9, 2006.

Newkirk, Kori. "Work in Progress", photographed by Jason Schmidt. V Magazine. Spring 2006. Vol.40. p.123.

"Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night", Studio: The Studio Museum in Harlem Magazine, Spring 2006, p.23

Smith, Roberta. "Kori Newkirk", Art In Review, The New York Times, March 17, 2006, p.E7.

Time Out New York, issue 546, March 16-22, 2006, p.84.

Time Out New York, issue 545, March 9-15, 2006, p.63.

Schoenkopf, Rebecca. "Sugar Rush", Orange County Weekly, Thursday, March 2, 2006.

Esplund, Lance. "Canned Rebellion", The New York Sun, March 2, 2006.

Knight, Christopher. "Adventurers enticed by the landscape", The Los Angeles Times, February 28, 2006.

Valdez, Sarah. Reviewed This Month. "Kori Newkirk". Paper Magazine. February 27, 2006.

Chang, Richard. "A Challenging ‘Landscape'", The Orange County Registrar, February 12, 2006

Dea, Cynthia. "Crafty Approach to the Art World", The Los Angeles Times, February 9, 2006, p.E50


Danto, Arthur C. "'Uncertian States of America' Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway", Artforum, December 2005, p.274.

Kleinman, Adam. "Litter and Glitter", artnet, December, 2005

Klaasmeyer, Kelly. "How Touching", Houston Press, September 8, 2005.

Greenberg, Randi. "House for Contemporary Art", Architectural Record, September

Meyers, Terry R."Kori Newkirk Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego", Modern Painters, April 2005.

Israel, Nico. "Candyland", Vogue, March 2005.

Milroy, Sarah. "Subjugation and illumination", The Globe and Mail, Monday, February 21, 2005, pp.R1-R2.

Pincus, Robert L. ‘‘Go with the current 'Glint' uses light to guide us to vision'' The San Diego Union Tribune, February 10, 2005.

Yates, Christopher. ‘'Scenic eye candy'' The Columbus Dispatch, Sunday, February 6, 2005.

Francis, Kedric. "Biennial Bliss", Riviera, February 2005.

Teagle, Rachel. "Cerca Series: Kori Newkirk", exhibition essay, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, February 2005.

Goodard, Peter. "Beads Speak of Suburban Dreams and Delusions" Toronto Star, January 29, 2005.

Temple, Kevin. "Nervy Newkirk", Now, January 27 - February 2, 2005, p. 67.

Balzer, David; "Curtain Call", Eye Weekly: Toronto, January 20, 2005

"Winter Preview :2005", Artforum, January 2005.

Jacques, Michelle. "Present Tense: Kori Newkirk", exhibition essay, Art Gallery of Ontario, January 2005.

Hagen, Susan. "Fabrications", New York Foundation for the Arts, 2005.

"Uncertain States of America", essay and exhibition catalog, Strup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo,

Newkirk, Kori. African American Art, Volume 20 Number 2, 2005, p.9.


Schoenkopf, Rebecca. "Neo Classy", Orange County Weekly, October 15, 2004.

Chang, Richard. "The Art of the New", The Orange County Register, Sunday, October 10, 2004.

"A.C." The New Yorker, September 6, 2004

Metro-New York, August 25, 2004

Hawkins, Margaret. "Gender, Racial issues braided with a touch of humor in HairStories", Chicago Sun-Times, May 14, 2004.

King, Rachel. "The Shock of the ‘ Do", Art News, May 2004, p. 46.

Nys Dambrot, Shana. "Reviews - National", Art News, May 2004, p. 156.

Glassman, Anthony. "Waging the culture war with hair pomade", Gay People's Chronicle, April 2004.

Herrmann, Andrew. "Axle grease, afros, cornrows, hot combs, dreadlocks", Chicago Sun- Times, Friday, April 30, 2004.

Chang, Aimee. "Changing the rules of the game", NYFA, Spring 2004, pp. 2-3.

Chattopadhyay, Colette. "Fading Into View", Artweek, March 2004, pp. 12-13.

Pence, Elizabeth. "'RE:' at Bank", Artweek, March 2004, pp.19-20.

Jovich, Don. "MOCA opens double display", Times Register, March 11, 2004. pg.15, 16.

Tranberg, Dan. "The walls are the canvas for MOCA Cleveland show", The Plain Dealer, February 27, 2004, pg.47, 48.

Hall, Emily. "Doing the Do, Black Hair is in the House", The Stranger, February 19 - 25,

Knight, Christopher. "A Chronicle of race, rage, ritual", LA Times, February 17, 2004, pp. E1-8.

Abbe, Mary. "A potnet show comes to the Weisman Museum" Star Tribune, February 13, 2004.

Cruchfield, Margo A. "Curve: Kori Newkirk", exhibition essay, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, February 2004.

Chaich, John. "Sexuality Meets the Streets", A & U, February 2004.

Top Ten, Artforum, February 2004.

Ammirati, Domenick. "Black Belt", ArtUS, February-January 2004.

Sozanski, Edward J. Philadelphia Inquirer, January 23, 2004.

Miles, Christopher. "Kori Newkirk", Artforum, January 2004, p. 160.


Busser, Martin. "Pass the Mic to the Museum", Konkret, Hamburg, December 12, 2003.

Sonna, Birgit. "Der Duft der Bronx", Neue Zuricher Zeitung, December 11, 2003.

Vanesian, Kathleen. "Day of the Dreads", Phoenix News Times, December 4, 2003.

Golden, Thelma. "Like a Virgin", Artforum, December 2003, p. 126.

Palazzolo, James. "HAIR & NOW, HAIR STORIES AT SMoCA", Java Mag, December 2003, No. 109, p.16

Murray, Derek Conrad. "Kori Newkirk at The Project", Art in America, November 2003, p.160.

Bloomston, Carrie. "Hairstories: Exploring Identity through the Do", Shade, October- November, pp.28-31.

Cotter, Holland. "DL: The Down Low in Contemporary Art", The New York Times, 24 October 2003, p. B33.

Franzen, K. Eric. "Bronx goes Bogenhausen", Frankfurter Rundschau, October 23, 2003

Dattenberger, Simone. " Stuck Villa: Hip Hop und die Kunst", Munchner Merkur, October 18/19, 2003.

Williams, ArnE. "'HairStories,' Explores History, Style, Meaning Of Black Hair", Arizona Informant, pp.1-2.

Kelley, Brendan Joel. " Hair Tactics", New Times, October 2, 2003.

"Exhibit explores aspects of black hair", Scottsdale Views, October 1, 2003.

Villani, John Carlos. "Community Roots: ‘Hairstories' Cuts to Heart of a Culture," The Arizona Republic. September 28, 2003.

"'Hairstories', Exhibition to Open at SMoCA", Arizona Informant, September 24, 2003.

Martin, Courtney J. "New York New York", Flash Art, July-September 2003, p. 67-68.

Inside Out. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary: Art Events and Exhibition. September-December 2003.

Kim, Christine Y. "Color Blind", V magazine, March-April 2003.

Kirsch, Elizabeth. "Black Vision", The Kansas City Star, February 7, 2003.

Stoesz, David. "Review", Seattle Weekly. January 2003, p. 55.

Only Skin Deep, International Center of Photography, New York, 2003 [ISBN 0-8109-4635-1]


Murray, Dereck. "One Nation Under a Groove", Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art, Fall Winter 2002.

Spalding, David. "The Missing Link: Art, Biotechnology, and the Disappearance of Difference", Artweek, October 2002.

White, Susan. "Painting the Beaded Curtains of Allusion", The Review, July/August, 2002. p. 70- 71.

Thorson, Alice. "Drawing a Bead on Art", Kansas City Star, May 26, 2002. p. J1-J8.

Ilesanmi, Olukemi. "Kori Newkirk", JCCC publication, May 2002.

Kaufmann, Gina. "Hair Apparent", Pitch Weekly, May 09, 2002.

Joo, Eungie. "Bring that Beat Back", NYFA, Spring 2002, vol. 18 no. 1.

Banai, Nuit. "In the Groove",, review, February 28, 2002.

Federico, Giuliano. "Oltre La Corrida", L'Uomo Vogue, February 2002.

Ramsey, David. "Homecoming", STARS, February 17, 2002.

Kramer, Kathryn. "Kori Newkirk", Dowd Gallery Catalog, February 8 - March 8, 2002.

Hall, Katie. "Emerging Artists", Cortland Standard, February 5, 2002.

Kangas, Matthew. "Artists tell ‘Short Stories' in unique ways", Seattle Times, January 18, 2002.

Smith, Roberta. "Hip Hop : One Planet Under a Groove", New York Times, Jan 18 2002.

Caramanica, Jon. "Hip-Hop Don't Stop", review, Village Voice, January 9 - 15, 2002.

Honigman, Ana. "Freestyle : The Studio Museum : Harlem, New York", Zing Magazine, 2002.

Irvin, Steve. "Freestyle", Artweek, December 2001-January 2002, pp. 18-19.


Ross, Trine. "Gadens kunst pǻ museum", Kultur & Debat. Fredag 28. December 2001.

Mink, Andreas Von. "Musik fur's Auge", Agenda, December 2001.

Bowles, John. "Snapshot", review, Artpapers, November/December 2001, p. 73.

Waxman, Lori. "Freestyle", review, New Art Examiner, November/December 2001, p. 90.

Frank, Peter. "Artpic of the Week", LA Weekly, November 16 - 22, 2001.

Takahashi, Corey. "One World, One Groove", New York News Day, October 2001, p.B12-B13.

Subotnick, Ali. "Snapshot: New Art from Los Angeles", review, Frieze, October 2001, pp.99 - 100.

Ed. California Classroom : Learning Link to Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles Times, October 5, 2001 p. F8.

Knight, Christopher. "Cultural Evolution in Freestyle", review, Los Angeles Times, October 2, 2001, pp F1, F8.

Tumlir, Jan. "Snapshot", review, Artforum, October 2001, p 155.

Lydia Yee, Franklin Sirmans, Greg Tate. "One Nation Under a Groove", catalog essay, Bronx Museum, October 2001.

Dambrot, Shana Nys. "Snapshot", review, Tema Celeste, September/October 2001, p.102.

Valdez, Sarah. "Freestyling", review and reproduction, Art in America, September 2001, pp 134-139.

Ed. The Vibe 100, article, VIBE, September 2001, p 182.

Murray, Derek Conrad. "Freestyle", review, Nka, Fall/Winter 2001, pp. 92-3.

Princenthal, Nancy. "Freestyle", review, Artext, August-October 2001, p. 92.

Gioni, Massimiliano. "Freestyle", review, Flash Art, July-September 2001, p. 72.

Viveros-Faune, Christian. "Freestyle", review, New York Press, June 2001.

Garnett, Joy. "Freestyle at the Studio Museum in Harlem", online review and reproduction,, June 26, 2001.

Harvey, Doug. "Multiple Exposures", LA Weekly, June 22-28, 2001, p. 53.

Knight, Christopher. "Ideas are being bounced around in these basketball puns", review, Los Angeles Times, June 22, 2001, p. F22.

"A ‘Snapshot' of L.A. Artists", review, Los Angeles Times, June 6, 2001, pp. F1, F4.

Mashaka Croal, Aida. "Freestylin' at the Studio Museum of Harlem",

Saltz, Jerry. "Post-Black", review, The Village Voice, May 16-22, 2001.

Cotter, Holland. "A Full Studio Museum Show Starts with 28 Young Artists and a

Shoehorn", The New York Times, May 11, 2001.

Kuipers, Dean. "L.A. Artists Portfolio", essay and reproductions, ZOO #8, spring 2001.

Golden, Thelma et al. "Freestyle", exhibition catalogue, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, 2001.

Chua, Lawrence. "Body Issues", Jalouse, May 2001, pp. 66-69. Ed. The New Masters, feature article, VIBE, May, 2001, pp. 138-43.

"Portrait of the Artist, feature profile", GQ, April 2001, p. 214.

Kent, Sarah. "Paintings 2001", review, Time Out London, March 7-14, 2001, p. 63.

Taylor, Tanis. "Metro Life", review, London, February 6, 2001, p 18 (reproduction).

Ed. Painting 2001, preview, Evening Standard (London), "Going Out," January 31, 2001.


"Ed. Galleries - Uptown, Art Domantay/Kori Newkirk", The New Yorker, November 13, 2000, pp. 33-34.

Cotter, Holland. "Innovators burst on scene one (Ka-pow!) at a time", review, The New York Times, November 11, 2000.

Harvey, Doug. "Gender, Race", review, LA Weekly, August 4-10, 2000, p. 47.

Duncan, Michael. "Blinded by Buzzwords", Art in America, July 2000, pp. 40-41.

Cotter, Holland. "A Gallery in Harlem Beats the Odds", The New York Times, July 19, 2000, pp. B1, B3.

Colpitt, Frances. "Kori Newkirk at Rosamund Felsen", review, Art in America, April 2000, p. 165.

Harris, Juliet. "What it is? Art at the end of the Century", cover reproduction, International Review of African American Art, Vol. 16 No. 4, Spring 2000.

Hainley, Bruce. "Kori Newkirk at Rosamund Felsen", review, Artforum, February 2000, p. 124.

Ennis. Ciara. "Midnight Son", online review, <>, January 2000.


Harvey, Doug. "Closures, Openings", review, LA Weekly, November 26-December 2, 1999. p. 54(reproduction).

"Ed. Portfolio: Deep River", reproduction, Poliester, Mexico City, spring/summer 1999, p 54.

Weidig, Alexis. "Los Angeles", column, Sun Valley Art, Summer 1999.

Anderson, Michael. "Autosuggestion: the car in the mind of Southern Californians", catalogue essay for Southern California Car Culture, Irvine Fine Arts Center, 1999.

Recent Exhibits

Kori Newkirk participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2016 Kori Newkirk
Roberts & Tilton
Aug, 2015 Hard Edged: Geometrical Abstraction and Beyond
California African American Museum
May, 2015 "Black SoCal: Art and Practice in an Evolving Landscape"
La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale), Pallazzo Querini Stampalia
May, 2014 Left Coast: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Jan, 2014 Sometimes Always Perhaps Never - Book Launch at LACMA Art Catalogues
LM Projects
May, 2013 A Cosmic Encounter
Cirrus Gallery
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