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David Humphrey

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Birth year

Lives in
New York

Works in
New York



David Humphrey received a BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1977 and a MA from New York University in 1980. He has shown nationally and internationally and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize among other awards. An anthology of his art writing, Blind Handshake, was published by Periscope Publishing in 2010. Mr. Humphrey is is represented by the Fredericks Freiser Gallery, New York, and was appointed critic in painting/printmaking at the Yale in 2007.


Born 1955
Lives and works in New York


MA, New York University, NY
BFA,  Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Honors and Awards

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
Thomas B. Clarke Prize from the National Academy of Design
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
New York Council for the Arts Grant
New York Council for the Arts Grant
Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome

Solo Exhibitions

Expecting Ecstasy, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Canada
Keith Talent Gallery, London
Fred Amaya Gallery, Miami, FL
New Paintings, Solomon Projects, Atlanta, GA
Frederic Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL
Snowman in Love, Triple Candie, NY
Oven Stuffer Roaster, Morsel, NY
Brent Sikkema Gallery, New York, NY
Both Less and More, Littlejohn Contemporary,    New York, NY
Lace, Bubbles, Milk, Pittsburgh Filmakers’ New Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (catalogue)
Holiday Melt, Solomon Projects, Atlanta, GA
Holiday Melt, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL
Holiday Melt, Saks Fifth Avenue Project Art, Palm Beach, FL
University of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
McKee Gallery, New York, NY
Sculptures, Deven Golden Fine Art Ltd, New York, NY
Me and My Friends, The Phillip Feldman Gallery, Pacific Northwest
College of Art, Portland, OR
Love Teams, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL (catalogue)
Works on Paper, Roy G Biv Gallery, Columbus, OH
Team SHaG, collaborative paintings by A. Sillman, D. Humphrey and E. Greene
Postmasters, New York, NY
Sculptures, Deven Golden Fine Art Ltd, New York, NY
Nancy Solomon Gallery, Atlanta, GA
David Humphrey: Paintings and Drawings 1987-1994, Wood Street Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (catalogue)
Head: Recent Paintings, I Space, Chicago, IL
David Humphrey: Paintings and Drawings 1987-1994,
The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH (catalogue)
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
McKee Gallery, New York, NY
Patricia Shea Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI (catalogue)
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
McKee Gallery, New York, NY
Krygier\Landau Contemporay Art, Santa Monica, CA
David McKee Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

Chunky Monkey, Red Flagg, NY
Spazi Aperti, Romanian Academy, Rome, Italy
Perversions of Theater, Apex Art, New York, NY
Inside the Pale, Thrust Projects, New York, NY
Mr President, University Art Museum, SUNY Albany, NY
Neointegrity, Derek Eller Gallery, NY
Complicit,  University of Virginia Art Museum, Richmond, VA
Normal, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL
Jeff Gauntt & David Humphrey, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY
Life and Limb, Feigen Contemporary, New York, NY
When I Think of You I Touch Myself, New York Academy of Art, New York
New Prints, McKee Gallery, New York, NY
4 x 4, Artist’s Union, St. Petersburg, Russia
Pop thru Out, Araio Gallery, Choongchungnma, Korea (catalogue)
The Burbs, DFN Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
Pasted On, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL
Super Natural Payground, Gallerie Marella, Milan Italy (catalogue)
177th Annual, National Academy of Design Musuem, New York, NY (catalogue)
Hair Stories, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY
Words in Deeds, PICA, Portland ,OR
Someone’s Been Telling Lies, Forde Gallery, Geneva Switzerland
Luscious Too, Zolla/Lieberman, Chicago, IL
Fhuh…, Fishtank Gallery, New York, NY
Self Made Men, DC Moore Gallery, NY
Objects that Flicker, Solomon Projects, Atlanta, GA
Exit Art, New York, NY
Rapture, Janet Phelps, New York, NY
The Figure, Another Side of Modernism, Snug Harbor
Art Center, NY (catalogue)
Collaborations, Bucknell University Art Gallery, Lewisburg, PA
Toys, Kagan Martos Gallery, New York, NY
Drawing in the Present Tense, Parsons School of Design, NY
Body Parts, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
The Mind Is a Beast, The Work Space, NY
Road Show, dfn Gallery, NY
La Tradicion, Performance Painting, Exit Art, New York, NY
Lubiana Biennial, Lubiana, Slovenia (catalogue)
Drawn & Quartered,  Karen McCready Fine Art, New York, NY
Hair-Do, Curated by Nancy Brett, The Work Space, New York, NY
Thing,  Deven Golden Fine Art, New York, NY
Photographism (in painting), Pratt Galleries, New York, NY
Face, One Great Jones, New York, NY (catalogue)
Some Friends In My Apartment, Barbara Pollack, New York, NY
Psycho-Morphing, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, NY
True Bliss, LACE, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue)
Crystal Blue Persuassion, Feature, New York, NY
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC (catalogue)
Internal/External, Foster Goldstrom Gallery, New York, NY  (catalogue)
More Than Real, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago,  IL
On Target, Horodner Romley Gallery, New York, NY
Arresting Images, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
Digressions, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, NY
Flooding Camera, The Work Space, New York, NY
Family Values, Russet Lederman Productions
Art in the Age of Information, Wood Street Galleries and 808 Penn Modern, Pittsburgh, PA (catalogue)
Pittsburgh Collects, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
Appraising the Preternatural, Patricia Shea Gallery, Santa Monica,  CA (organized by Sue Spaid and Michael Anderson)
Psychological Impact, Northampton Community College,  Bethlehem, PA (curated by Rhonda Wall)
Robert Morrison Gallery, New York
Personal Imagery, Chicago/New York, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, NY
43rd Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Painting, The Corcoran Gallery  of Art, Washington, D.C. (catalogue)
Dysfunction in the Family Album, Diane Brown Gallery, New York,  NY, (curated by David Humphrey)
Underthings, Bliss, Pasadena, CA
(Drawing) Pictures, Four Walls at P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY, (organized by Amy Sillman)
Hair, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, W I
Personal Portrait, Annina Nosei Gallery, NY
Mute, Solo Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Susan Tallman)
Expressive Visions and Exquisite Images:  Two Aspects of Art of  the 80′s From The Richard Brown Baker Collection,     Meadowbrook Art Gallery, Oakland University, CA     (catalogue)
Landscape as Stage, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (organized by  Meyer Raphael Rubenstein)
Prints & Monotypes, Pelavin Editions, New York, NY
Faces, Marc Richards Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Unique Print: 70′s into the 90′s, Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA (catalogue)

Selected Writings by David Humphrey

(In addition to this list, Humphrey wrote regularly for Art issues magazine until 2001 and more recently for Art in America. Catalogue essays include Catherine Howe, Jill Giegerich, Laurence Hegarty and Katherine Kuharic, Julie Heffernan and Ian Dawson)
Blind Handshake: art writing + art 1990 – 2008
“Hi, My Name is Artwork,” M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online #1, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
“Describable  Beauty,” New Observations #113.
“On the Fantastic,” Tema Celeste.
“Telepathy” (a collaborative artists’ book project with Bill Jones).
“The Abject Romance of Low Resolution,” Lusitania, Vol. 1 #4.
“Hair Piece,” Art issues, February.
“Stained Sheets/Holy Shroud,” Arts Magazine, December
“The Dictator’s Body,” Stanford Italian Review (drawings)

Curated Exhibitions

Horizon, EFA Gallery, New York, NY
19 Penis’
Life and Limb, Feigen Contemporary, New York, NY
When I Think of You I Touch Myself, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
Hello to Handmade Words, K.S. Art, New York, NY
Fhuh, Promiscuously Subarticulate Paintings, Fishtank,  New York, NY
Normotic, One Great Jones, New York, NY
Dysfunction in the Family Album, Diane Brown Gallery,  New York, NY
Stained Sheets: Holy Shroud, Krygier/Landau Contemporary Art,
Santa Monica, CA

Private and Public Collections

Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
Chemical Bank, New York, NY
Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, OH
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Exxon Corporation, New York, NY
First Bank Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN
Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
McCrory Corporation, New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA
The Progressive Corporation, OH
Prudential Insurance Corporation, Newark, NJ
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

Recent Exhibits

David Humphrey participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2016 Representing Rainbows
GP Presents
Feb, 2016 Young Frankensteins
Lesley Heller Workspace
Aug, 2015 Un(Real)
David Richard Gallery
Aug, 2015 Gallery Discussion: “The (Un)Real World” with curators Mary Dinaburg and Howard Rutkowski
David Richard Gallery
Oct, 2014 Work and Play
Fredericks & Freiser
May, 2014 Betty re Testers 2
Pocket Utopia
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Zürcher Studio 440 Gallery
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