Peter Coffin, American (1972 - )

Peter Coffin

Born 1972, Berkeley, California
Lives and works in New York.


2000 MFA, Carnegie Mellon University
1995 BS, University of California, Davis
1995 BA, University of California, Davis

Solo Exhibitions

Peter Coffin and Djordje Ozbolt, Herald Street, London, England
Michael Benevento, Los Angeles, CA
Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
Model of the Universe, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, FL
Peter Coffin, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
Tree Pants, The Horticultural Society of New York, New York, NY
The Idea of the Sun, Peter Coffin, le Confort Moderne, Poitier, France
Around, About Expanded Field, Herald Street, London, England
Hello Headspace, Galleria Fonti, Naples, Italy
New Work, Living Room D Lyx Gallery, Malmo, Sweden
Absinthe Drinker, The Wrong Gallery, New York, NY
It Chooses You, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
Perfect If On, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY

Museum Exhibitions

Accords Excentriques: Musiques et Arts Plastiques, B.P.S. 22, Charleroi, Belgium
Moscow Biennial, Lenin Museum, Moscow, Russia
The Idea of the Sun, Peter Coffin, le Confort Moderne, Poitier, France
Learn to Read, Tate Modern, London, England
Music for Plants (solo project), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
ÉTATS (faites-le vous-même) / Grow Your Own, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
When Interwoven Echoes Drip into a Hybrid Body - an Exhibition about Sound,
Performance and Sculpture
, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst,
Zurich, Switzerland
Greater New York, P.S.1/MoMA, Long Island City, New York, NY
Beating About The Bush, South London Gallery, London, England
Natural Habitat, The Paine Art Center, Osh Kosh, WI
Collection (or, How I Spent a Year), curated by Bob Nickas, P.S.1/MoMA,
Long Island City, NY
B-Hotel, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, P.S.1/MoMA, Long Island City, NY

Group Exhibitions

Constraction, Deitch Projects, New York NY
Red Wind, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Peter Coffin and Djordje Ozbolt, Herald Street Gallery, London, England
New York is Dead, Gavin Brown's Passerby, New York, NY
Headlock, curated by Abe Orden, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, Austria
A New High in Getting Low, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY
Paraisos Indomitos/Untamed Paradises, Curated by Virginia Torrente. Marco, Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo. Vigo, Spain.
A New High in Getting Low, Curated by John Connelly, Art News Projects, Berlin, Germany
Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art, Lenin Museum, Moscow, Russia
Peter Coffin, Adam McEwen, Michael Phelan, Galerie Edward Mitterrand,
Geneva, Switzerland
"L'Amorce ou la Partition des Possibles (Sculptural bootlegs and remixed artworks)" curated by Davide Balula, L.I.A. Art Center, Grenoble, France
Ceci n'est pas… (This is not…), Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY
Psychobotany: Revolutionary Breakthroughs in Human/Plant Communication, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Aaron Gach)
Quotidian, Buia Gallery, New York, NY
The Impossible Landscape, University Gallery, University of Massachusetts
(curated by Mark Godfrey and Jodie Vicenta Jacobson)
Sculpture Park, Frieze Art Fair, London, exhibiting: Untitled (Treepants)
Shape Without Form, Shade Without Colour, Paralysed Force, Gesture Without
Motion, Galleria Francesca Kaufmann Gallery, Milan
Dice Thrown (Will Never Annul Chance), Bellwether Gallery, New York, NY
(curated by Joao Ribas and Becky Smith)
Strange Powers, Creative Time, New York, NY (curated by Laura Hoptman
and Peter Eleey)
Yes Bruce Nauman, Zwirner & Wirth, New York, NY
Kamp K48, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY
Bring the War Home, QED Gallery, Los Angeles, CA(organized by Drew Heitzler) and Elizabeth Dee Gallery, N New York, NY
Peter Coffin, Anne Collier, and Eileen Quinlan, United Artists Ltd., Marfa, TX
Supernova, Domaine Pommery, Reims, France. (curated by Judicael Lavrador)
Draw a Straight Line and Follow It, The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, (curated by Anna Gray)
Mystic River, Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Noah Sheldon)
Insight Out, The Wanas Foundation and Sculpture Park, Wanas, Sweden
Endless Summer, West London Projects, London, England (curated Gyonata Bonvicini)
I Love My Scene, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Jose Freire)
Happiness, Gagosian Gallery, Berlin, Germany (curated by Martin Germann)
as part of the 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art
The Fact, Abstract, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY (curated by
Claire Barliant)
Slow Burn, Galerie Edward Mitterrand, Geneva, Switzerland (curated by
Jonah Freeman)
Dynasty, Gallery MC, New York, NY, (curated by Amy Goldrich, Christopher Ho,
Omar Lopes-Chahoud and Sara Reisman)
Deaf, from Audible to Visible, Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris, France
Performa Biennial 05, 24-Hour Incidental, the Swiss Institute,
NY and WFMU radio, New York, NY
Different Wavelengths, Tina Kim Fine Art, New York, NY
Excitations, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
Fuzzy Logic, Bridgewater Hall Gallery, Manchester, England, (curated by
Jackie Passmore)
Threshold, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK (curated by Diana Baldon)
Desired Constellations, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, NY
There's a City in My Mind, South First Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Breaking Ground, Horticultural Society of New York, NY, (curated by
Jodie Vicente Jacobson)
The Feraliminal Lycanthropizer, Champion Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA (curated by
Craig Kalpakjian)
Good Titles from Bad Books, Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami ,FL (curated by
Matthew Brannon)
Post Notes, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN
Lesser New York, a Fia Backstrom production, New York, NY
Frisbee Exhibition, Official Project of the Armory VIP Group, New York, NY
On the Beach, Printed Matter, New York, NY, curated by Justin Lowe.
Boundless, curated by Henry Hughes, Stenersenmuseet, Oslo, Norway
and Changdong National Art Studio, Seoul, Korea
Slight of Hand, Lemon Sky Projects, Miami, FL (curated by Emily Wei and
Haan Chau)
We Could have Invited Everyone, Reg Vardy Gallery, University of Sunderland,
England (curated by Robert Blckson)
Blind Dates, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY
The Liverpool Biennial, "Transparent Eyeball", Liverpool, England (curated by
Duncan Hamilton)
Copy-art, ICA London, England
The Yugoslav Biennal of Young Artists, Konkordija Centre for Contemporary
Culture, Vrsac, Belgrade
Open, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Pennsylvania, (curated by Richard
Appendiks Bag Thiemers Magasin, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Infinite Fill Group Show, Foxy Production, New York, NY, (curated by
Cori + Jamie Archangel)
Definitively Provisional, Appendiks, Bag Thiemers Magasin, Copenhagen, Denmark
Cakewalk, Ambrosino Gallery, Miami, FL (curated by Jen Denike)
New Party: Markus Amm, Gerard Byrne, Peter Coffin, Dionisis,
Kavallieratos, Rodrigo Novaes, The Breeder, Athens, Greece
Works on Paper, Southfirst Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Art in The Office, Global Consulting Group, New York, NY (curated by
Matt Keegan)
Peter Coffin with Brett Milspaw, Jan Mancuska, Ara Peterson, Elif Uras,
Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
Household Psychedelics, Fia Backstróm Productions, Brooklyn, NY
Coffin - Lanz - Meagher, 2YK Galerie at Kunstfabrik, Berlin, Germany
Kult 48 Klubhouse, Deitch Projects, Williamsburg, NY curated by Scott Hug
Teenage Rebel: The Bedroom Show, Galerie du Jour, Agnes B., Paris, France
Peter Coffin, Brewster Projects, Brewster, New York, NY
Definitively Provisional, White Chapel Project Space, London
Karaoke Death Machine, Daniel Reich Presents, New York, NY.
Paintings, Drawings and Sculptures, Greener Pastures Contemporary Art,
Toronto, Canada
Putt-Putt Inferno, here Gallery, New York, NY
Emerging Artists Fellowship Exhibition, Socrates Sculpture Park, LIC,
New York, NY
Now More Than Ever, Citylights Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Free Manifesta, Manifesta 4, Frankfurt, Germany
Free Biennial, curated by Sal Randolph,
Artpact, The Flophouse, New York, NY, sponsored by DAAD.
Get Empty, Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, The Purnell Center for the Arts,
Pittsburgh, PA
Interchange: Simultaneity in Action, John Adams Foundation for Art, Amsterdam
Interspatiality, the Frame Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Inside/Outside with Birds, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.
Deep6, Ewart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Group Exhibit, Kunst Seminar Akademie, the Haid, Metzingen, Germany
Wats:on, the Forbes Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
The Abstract Word, Barclay Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Work/Space: Visual Relations Incorporate, Southern Exposure Gallery and
associated corporate sites in the Financial District, San Francisco, CA,
UC Davis and UC Irvine Galleries, College of Fine Arts Association New
York Gallery, University of Rochester Gallery.


Choppin, Elizabeth. "Peter Coffin". Art World Magazine. February - March.
Kazakina, Katya. "Riffs on Rock Posters, Playful Primates, Chopped Limbs: Hot Art". April 11.
Saltz, Jerry. "Critic's Pick: Peter Coffin 'You Are Me'". New York Magazine Online. April 11.
"Peter Coffin". The New Yorker. April 21.
Smith, Roberta. "Peter Coffin You Are Me". The New York Times. April 25.
Champenois, Michele. "Flânerie arty ý Miami". Le Monde. March.
Orden, Abraham. "What Sticks". Bing Magazine. Dec 2007 - March
Ribas, Joao. "Simple Procedures". Bing Magazine. October.
Rosenberg, Karen. "At Fairs by the Beach, The Sands of Creativity." The New York Times. December 8, 2007. p. B7
Wolff, Rachel. "Young Masters". New York Magazine. October p. 54
Cattelan, Maurizio. "Peter Coffin, A Heap of Language". Flash Art. October. p.106-110.
Smith, Roberta. "Peter Coffin: Tree Pants". The New York Times.
August 31, p.E26
O’Niell-Butler, Lauren. "Peter Coffin". Time Out New York. Issue 621, August
Schwendener, Martha. "Palisadenparenchym". The New York Times. August 3,
p. E31
Cotter, Holland. "Ceci nest pas…". The New York Times. August 3, p. E31
Schmidt, Daniel. "Curators Voice:Palisadenparenchym-Daniel Schmidt, Curator, Danese Gallery"., July
"Mitterand + Sana, Adam McEwen - Peter Coffin - Michael Phelan".Zürich sur la
. Nummer 5, Summer
Triming, Lee. "Peter Coffin" Flash Art. Issue No.354, May - June, p.136
"Music for Living Entities". Domus. May
Gygax, Raphael. "Peter Coffin". Contemporary. Issue #91, p. 32-35.
Eleey, Peter. "Peter Coffin: Disparate Models; abstraction and mysticism,
curiosity and skepticism". Frieze. Issue 106 April
Greenberg, Kerryn. “Peter Coffin”. Modern Painters. April, p.99.
Hall, Emily. “Quotidian”. March 21
“Poetry is the Antimatter of Consumer Society”. Palais de Tokyo /Magazine 02,
p. 14-15
“Grow your own”. Palais de Tokyo /Magazine 02, p.73-79
Saltz, Jerry. ”Non-Specific Objects”. Modern Painters. March,p.32-34
Bell, Eugenia. Critics Pick. February 16
"Brooklyn Artist Sees London, Sees France". Modern Painters. February.
"Music for Living Entities", Domus, May
"Peter Coffin & Maurizio Cattelan in Conversation", Wrong Times, edited by Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick.
"Peter Coffin & Miranda July in Conversation" Wrong Times, edited by Maurizio
Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick.
Doran, Ann. "Dice Thrown". Time Out, New York Issue 579. November 2-28
"Dice Thrown (Will Never Annul Chance)" The New Yorker. November 6
Smith, Roberta. "Dice Thrown (Will Never Annul Chance)". New York Times
November 3, pg.3E
Gronlund, Melissa. "Organ Grinder". Art Review, September
Saltz, Jerry. "The Whole Ball of Wax". The Village Voice, September 7
Schwendener, Martha. "Yes Bruce Nauman". Time Out New York, 147
September 7 – 13
Cohen, David. "A Chorus of 'Yes' in Homage to the King of 'No, No, No' ".
New York Sun, August 14
Smith, Roberta. "The Body, Electric and , Yes, Videotape". The New York
. August 4
Schwartz, Nicolene. "Object Lesson: Observation Validates Peter Coffin
Universe". Anthem Magazine. July - August
Harden-Guest, Anthony. "Under the Influence". FT Weekend. July 29
"Migros Musem fur Gegenwartskunst" .La Liberte Online. January
"Les sens au Musee". Migros-Magazine Gesamtausgabe f.Zurich. January
Von Basting, Barbara. "Die Motte als Perkussionistin". Tagesanzeiger. February
Bernard, Etienne. "Zodiaque". Zerodeux. Issue 37, p. 50
Gobbo, Stephane. "Musique et art, du flirt a l'expo". Le Courrier. Geneve. March
Kuni, Verena. "While Interwoven Echoes Drip into Hybrid Body ‚ An Exhibition
about Sound, Performance and Sculpture in migros museum". Kunstbulletin. March
"Migros Museum". tema celeste. March
Debailleux, Henri-Francois". A ecouter avec les yeux". Liberation. Saturday, Sunday April 2nd
B.B. "Deaf". Le Monde. Saturday April 1st
"Deaf". Spoon. March-April
"New York Reprtage, Peter Coffin". Monopol, May
Huberman, Anthony. “Missing in Action”. Art Review Magazine. November p 116-119
Ho, Christopher K. "Greater New York 2005". Modern Painters International. May
Pollack, Maika. "Peter Coffin". Flash Art. November-December
Kelly, James J. "Matter: The Material of Sculpture". The Sculptural Idea. pp.67
(4th Edition Illinois: Waveland Press)
Cotter, Holland. "Sampling Brooklyn, Where Eclectic Flames Continue to Flicker". The New York Times. January 23
Wilson, Peter. "Intersections: Art and New York Green". Paper Sky Magazine. Summer
Pollack, Maika. "'Karaoke Death Machine' at Daniel Reich". Flash Art. May/June,
Keenan, David. "Black Dice". The Wire. March
Fujieda, Manami. "Very New York!" issue. BT Magazine. January
Licht, Alan. "2002 Rewind, Alan Licht’s Pros". The Wire. January
Fox, Dan. "The Sound of Speed". Frieze. January/February
Not Another Magazine. (featured piece). February
Journal of Reproducible Art. featured "Barcode Piece". April
KintiKnit #2
Kult 48. (featured artwork)
Lee, David. "New York Artists: Peter Coffin". adm. June
Koether, Jutta. "Walk-In Collage". Texte Zur Kunst. June
Fujieda, Manami. "Sound Art". BT Magazine. Spring
Liese, Jennifer. "Not for Nothing". Ten x Ten Magazine. May
Gioni, Massimiliano. "New York Cut Up". Flash Art. May
Finch, Charlie. "From Harlem to MoMA". May 11
"Critics Pick". Time Out New York. April 11-18
"Peter Coffin". Time Out New York. April 11-18
Newhall, Edith. "Top Five: Team Efforts". New York Magazine, April 9
Rigney, Dan. "Artists Take Back The Streets". Boog City. April 8
Johnson, Ken. "Peter Coffin". The New York Times. April 5
Zuniga, Ricardo Miranda. "Perfect If On at Andrew Kreps". the Spleen. April 4
Levin, Kim. "Peter Coffin". The Village Voice, April 16
Wong, Sherri. "Bonus Biennials". March 21
"Curb Your Consumption". Adbusters, Journal of the Mental Environment.


Legend, Domain of Chamarande, France
Paraisos Indomitos/Untamed Paradises, Curated by Virginia Torrente. Marco Fundacion at the Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Vigo, Spain
Performa, New Visual Art Performance, edited by Roselee Goldberg
Moscow Biennial: footnotes on geopolitics, market, and amnesi, Lenin Museum,
Moscow artchronika
Socrates Sculpture Park. Edited by Alyson Baker and Ivana Mestrovic.
Yale University Press, New Haven and London
Draw a Straight Line and Follow It. The Center for Curatorial Studies at
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Catalogue edited by Anna Gray
Mystic River, edited by Noah Sheldon. Catalogue for Mystic River at
SouthFirst Gallery, NY
Supernova, Experience Pommery #3, Beaux Arts Magazine Catalogue.
edited by Paul-Francois Vranken and Judicael Lavrador
Insight Out, Wanas Foundation Catalogue. edited by Linda Rydberg and
Marika Wachmeister
When Interwoven Echoes Drip into a Hybrid Body. Catalogue for the
Exhibition at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich. Edited by Curators Heike Munder and Raphael Gygax
Dynasty. Catalogue for an Exhibition Modeled After the Dynamic of
Multigenerational Families. edited by Amy Goldrich, Christopher Ho, Omar Lopes-Chahoud and Sara Reisman.
Greater New York Catalogue. P.S.1/MoMA
Wrong Times "Peter Coffin & Maurizio Cattelan in Conversation". Edited by Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick,.
Transparent Eyeball, Liverpool Biennial, 2004. edited by Duncan Hamilton
Jugoslovenski Bijenale Mladih 2004 Vrsac. Jos Uvek Bez Naziva
Untitled As Yet. Svebor Midzic.
Collection Diary. Catalogue to accompany "How I Spent a Year" at PS1/MoMA, LIC, New York. Curated by Bob Nickas. Published by JRP/Ringier,
Zurich, Switzerland

Curated Projects

Deaf 2 "From the Audible to the Visible" curated by Peter Coffin Galerie
Frank Elbaz, Paris, France
Grow Your Own, curated by Peter Coffin, Palais De Tokyo, Paris, France
I Didn't Come to this Forest for Food, Sculpture Center, New York
We Could Have Invited Everyone, curated by Robert Blackson and Peter Coffin,
Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
Music for Plants, Various Artists, (Music Compilation)


Incidental Music, 24-Hour Incidental, curated by Jordan Wolfson, the Swiss Institute, Performa 05
Untitled (news), Blind Dates, Arena, Sculpture Center, Queens, New York
Inside/Outside with Birds, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.

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