Karin Davie, American (1965 - )

Born in Toronto, Canada, 1965.

Queens University, Kingston, Ontario B.F.A., 1987.
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, M.F.A., 1989.

Lives in New York City.
Selected Solo Shows
2008 The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut.
2007 Karin Davie: Underworlds, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

New Drawings and Sculpture, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.
2006 Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden.

Karin Davie - Dangerous Curves, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York.
2005 Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY.
2004 Galleria Il Capricorno, Venice, Italy.
2003 Mario Diacono at Ars Libri, Boston, MA.

Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM.
2002 Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY.

Until Now, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY.
2001 White Cube, London, England.
1999 Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY.

Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY.
1997 Turner & Runyon Gallery, Dallas, TX.
1996 Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, MA.
1994 Fawbush Gallery, New York, NY.
1993 Kim Light Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
1992 Feature, Inc., New York, NY.

Jason Rubell Gallery, Miami Beach, FL.
Selected Group Shows
2006 New Trajectories I: Relocations: Recent Painting, Drawing and Multi-Media Work from the Ovitz Family Collection, Los Angeles, Cooley Gallery, Reed College, Portland, Oregon.
2005 Extreme Abstraction, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. (Curated by Louis Grachos and Claire Schneider)

Big Band, Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Brussels, Belgium. (Curated by Raphael Rubinstein)

Big Band, Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris, France. (Curated by Raphael Rubinstein)

View Eight: A Few Domestic Objects Interrogate a Few Works of Art, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY. (Curated by Bruce Ferguson)
2004 Recent Acquisitions, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

Art on Paper 2004, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC.

Crosscurrents at Century's End: Selections from the Neuberger Berman Art Collection, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL.
2003 OnLine, Feigen Contemporary, New York, NY.
2002 Art Downtown: New York Painting and Sculpture, 48 Wall Street, New York, NY. (Curated by Richard Marshall)
2001 Against the Wall: Painting Against the Grid, Surface, Frame, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA.

Hypermental, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany. (Curated by Bice Curiger)
2000 Group Show, Heland Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden.

Post-Pop, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA.

New Work: Abstraction, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Hypermental, Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland. (Curated by Bice Curiger)

Emotional Rescue: The Contemporary Art Project Collection, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA.

Group Show, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY.

Post-Hypnotic, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL.

Post-Hypnotic, Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
1999 Post-Hypnotic, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Post-Hypnotic, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL. (Curated by Barry Blinderman)

Ultra Buzz: Karin Davie, Peter Hopkins, Tom Moody, James Siena, Fred Tomaselli, Gallery of Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KN.

At Century’s End: The John P. Morrissey Collection of Nineties’ Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, FL.

American Academy Invitational Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY.

Girls’ School, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA. (Curated by Catherine Morris and Maureen Mahoney)
1998 Sassy Nuggets, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY.

Group Show, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Associations, New York, NY. (Curated by Bea Medinger)

Projects 63: Karin Davie, Udomsak Krisanamis, Bruce Pearson, Fred Tomaselli, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.
1997 After the Fall: Aspects of Abstract Painting Since 1970, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY.

New York/North York, Gallery of North York, North York, Canada.
1996 Works on Paper, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY.

Landscape Reclaimed, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT.

Painting in an Expanding Field, Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington, VT. (Curated by Saul Ostrow)

Individuals on Paper, Devon Golden Fine Art Gallery, New York, NY.
1995 Gallery Artists, Fawbush Gallery, New York, NY.
1994 New York on Paper, Jim Schmidt Fine Art, Saint Louis, Missouri.

Gallery Artists, Fawbush Gallery, New York, NY.

Abstraction...Tradition of Collecting in Miami, Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, FL.

Hunk, Jose Freire Fine Art, New York, NY.

Promising Suspects, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT.

Again, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL.
1993 Jacqueline Humphries, Jessica Stockholder, Karin Davie, John Good Gallery, New York, NY.
1992 The Radio Show: Unrealized Projects, Artists Space, New York, NY. (Curated by Janine Antoni)

Off Balance, Jason Rubell Gallery, Palm Beach, FL.

Collector’s Choice of Emerging Artists, Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY. (Curated by Ross Bleckner).

Summer Invitational, Blum Helman Warehouse, New York, NY.

Abstraction, Amy Lipton Gallery, New York, NY.

Ageometry, Michael Klein, Inc., New York, NY.
1991 In Full Effect, White Columns, New York, NY.

Ornament, John Post Lee, New York, NY.

Selected Bibliography

Mays, John Bentley, Karin Davie: From a Different Place, CANADIAN ART, September 2006, pp. 110-115.

(illus: Pushed, Pulled, Depleted & Duplicated #14, Cover, C).

Dault, Gary Michael, A Feast for the Sensuous, THE GLOBE AND MAIL (Toronto), 26 August 2006, p. R15.

Huntington, Richard, Focal Point: A Critic's View, THE BUFFALO NEWS, 31 March 2006, p. 14.

Gaasch, Cynnie, Invitation to Dance: Karin Davie's Paintings at the Albright-Knox Sweep You Off Your Feet, ARTVOICE (Buffalo), 9 March 2006, p. 18.

Waltemath, Joan, In Conversation: Karin Davie with Joan Waltemath, THE BROOKLYN RAIL, March 2006, pp. 16-17.

Staff, Karin Davie, CANADIAN ART, March 2006, p. 29.

Cunningham, Lora, More Curves than You Can Handle, THE SPECTRUM (Buffalo), 27 February 2006.

Nichols, Matthew Guy, Karin Davie at Mary Boone, ART IN AMERICA, September 2005, p. 155.

Baird, Daniel, Subjective Abstractionists, BORDER CROSSINGS, August 2005, pp. 38-49. (illus: Between My Eye and Heart N° 17, Cover, C).

Kamholz, Roger, Karin Davie, THE BROOKLYN RAIL, June 2005, p. 21.

Gardner, James, Art Attack: Karin Davie, NEW YORK POST, 28 May 2005, p. 27.

Baker, R.C., Galleries/Pick: Karin Davie, THE VILLAGE VOICE, 25 May 2005, p. 75.

Cohen, David, Gallery-Going: Karin Davie, THE NEW YORK SUN, 5 May 2005, p. 20.

Coubetergues, Philippe, Big Band, PARIS-ART.COM, May 2005.

Pollack, Barbara, Stripe Tease, ART NEWS, May 2005, pp. 94, 96.

Yablonsky, Linda, What Makes a Painting a Painting?, ART NEWS, April 2005, pp. 96 – 101.

Eggen, P.S., A Shared Passion: The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, KC LUXURY LIVING AND HOME DESIGN, March 2005, pp. 120 – 123.

Johnson, Ken, View Eight, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 21 January 2005, p. E37.

Staff, The Artist’s Artists: Karin Davie, ARTFORUM, December 2004, p. 85.

Staff, Pushed, Pulled, Depleted & Duplicated, ZING MAGAZINE, Issue 19, March 2004, pp. 210 – 225.

Pollack, Barbara, OnLine, ART NEWS, September 2003, p. 135.

Golden, Deven, Notes on...Karin Davie, ARTCRITICAL.COM, September 2003.

Collins, Tom, Art And The Machine, ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL NORTH/VENUE NORTH, 13 June 2003, p. 6.


Staff, Karin Davie, Roxy Paine/Second Nature, Susan Silton, SANTA FE REPORTER, 23 April 2003.

Amy, Michael, Karin Davie at Mary Boone, ART IN AMERICA, April 2003, p. 143.

Staff, Karin Davie, THE NEW YORKER, 25 November 2002, pp. 17 – 18.

Johnson, Ken, Karin Davie, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 22 November 2002, p. E33.

Kazanjian, Dodie, Art: In the Loop, VOGUE, November 2002, p. 338.

Staff, Karin Davie, THE NEW YORKER, 3 June 2002, p. 18.

Valdez, Sarah, Karin Davie, PAPER, June 2002, p. 134.

Staff, The Artist’s Way, O MAGAZINE, November 2001, pp. 224 – 231.

Staff, Karin Davie, BRITISH VOGUE, February 2001, p. 37.

Buck, Louisa, Louisa Buck’s Choice of London Contemporary Galleries, THE ART NEWSPAPER, February 2001, p. 63.

De Cruz, Gemma, Profile: Karin Davie, ART REVIEW, February 2001, p. 47. (illus: Untitled (Curve #5), Cover, p. 47, C).

Kent, Sarah, Karin Davie, TIME OUT LONDON, 31 January 2001, p. 51.

Taylor, Tanis, Metro Life: Art, THE METRO (London), 23 January 2001, p. 18.

Gomez, Edward M., Where Pluralism Rules, ART & ANTIQUES, December 1999, pp. 64 – 71.

Schwabsky, Barry, Karin Davie, ARTFORUM, September 1999, p. 166.

Kutner, Janet, Like, wow, man, Op Art’s back, THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 27 June 1999, p. 1C.

Smith, Roberta, Karin Davie, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 23 April 1999, p. E35.

Yood, James, Post-Hypnotic, ARTFORUM, April 1999, p. 120.

Adams, Brooks, The New Wavy, INTERVIEW, March 1999, pp. 146 – 149, 174.

Hoban, Phoebe, The Mod Squad, NEW YORK MAGAZINE, 11 January 1999, pp. 30 – 37.

Rubinstein, Raphael, Nine Lives of Painting, ART IN AMERICA, September 1998, pp. 90 – 99. (illus: Hysteric, Cover, p. 93, C).

Brak, Yvette, Sassy Nuggets, TIME OUT NEW YORK, 23 July 1998.

Kino, Carol, Projects 63, TIME OUT NEW YORK, 25 June 1998.

Tone, Lilian, and Anne Umland, Projects 63: In Your Eye, MoMA MAGAZINE, May 1998, pp. 10 – 12. (illus: In Out, In Out 24/25, Cover, p. 1, C.)

Tone, Lilian, and Anne Umland, Projects 63, MoMA EXHIBITION BROCHURE, May 1998.

Odom, Michael, Karin Davie/Turner & Runyon Gallery, ARTFORUM, February 1998, p. 96.

Posner, Michael, Art World Snowbirds Nest in New York, THE GLOBE & MAIL, 29 November 1997.

Kutner, Janet, Paint Rush, THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5 September 1997.

Landi, Ann, Generation Next, ART NEWS 200, Summer 1997, pp. 28 – 40.

McQuaid, Cate, Joyride of a Different Stripe, THE BOSTON GLOBE, 8 February 1996.

Mac Adam, Barbara A., Karin Davie, ART NEWS, October 1994, p. 190.

Wei, Lilly, Karin Davie at Fawbush, ART IN AMERICA, October 1994, pp. 129 – 130.

Sussler, Betsy, Karin Davie, BOMB, Summer 1994.

Schwabsky, Barry, Confessions of a Male Gaze, NEW ART EXAMINER, April 1994.

Pagel, David, Davie’s Abstraction Offers Treat for Mind–Not Eyes, LOS ANGELES TIMES, 27 May 1993.

Clarkson, David, Karin Davie at Jason Rubell, FLASH ART, March 1993.

Scott, Sue, Ageometry, Art News, May 1993, pp. 141 – 142.

Tommaney, Jim, Karin Davie at the Rubell Gallery, WIRE MAGAZINE, 17 December 1992.

Braff, Phyllis, Seven Artists with Bright Futures, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 13 September 1992.

Selected Catalogues
Carbone, Kristen, and Douglas Dreishpoon, KARIN DAVIE: DANGEROUS CURVES, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, 2006.

Grachos, Louis, Barry Schwabsky, and Lynne Tillman, KARIN DAVIE, Rizzoli, NYC, NY, 2006.

Schneider, Claire, EXTREME ABSTRACTION, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, 2005.

Perry, Vicky, ABSTRACT PAINTING - CONCEPTS AND TECHNIQUES, Watson-Guptill Publications, NYC, NY, 2005.

Schwendener, Martha, KARIN DAVIE, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY, 2005.

Coetzee, Mark, NOT AFRAID: RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION, Phaidon Press, London, England, 2004.

Danoff, I. Michael, CROSSCURRENTS AT CENTURY’S END: SELECTIONS FROM THE NEUBERGER BERMAN ART COLLECTION, University of Washington Press, Seattle, Washington, 2004.

Forde, J.A., UNFRAMED: ARTISTS RESPOND TO AIDS, Powerhouse Books, NYC, NY, 2002.

Gillick, Liam, WHITE CUBE: 44 DUKE STREET, ST. JAMES’S LONDON, Steidl Publishers, London, England, 2002.


Curiger, Bice, HYPERMENTAL, Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, 2001.

Blinderman, Barry, POST-HYPNOTIC, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, 1999.

Tone, Lilian, and Anne Umland, PROJECTS 63: IN YOUR EYE, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC, NY, 1998.

Wei, Lilly, AFTER THE FALL: ASPECTS OF ABSTRACT PAINTING SINCE 1970/VOLUME 1, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York, 1997.

Princenthal, Nancy, LANDSCAPE RECLAIMED, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut, 1996.

Rosenberg, Barry, PROMISING SUSPECTS, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut, 1994.

Schwabsky, Barry, KARIN DAVIE: ODALISQUES, Kim Light Gallery, Los Angeles, California, 1993.


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