Alex Olson

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1978  Born in Boston, Massachusetts
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California

EDUCATION

2008  MFA California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California
2001  BA Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

 

AWARDS/PRIZES/SCHOLARSHIPS

2011  Steep Rock Arts Residency
2010  Nancy Graves Foundation Grant

 

SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2017

Alex Olson, Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco

2015

Loose Is Vision, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago
Scene of Elastic Sight
, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London

2013

Interior Address: Paintings by Alex Olson (Notes by M. Malliaris), Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago
Bravo Zebra,
Laura Bartlett Gallery, London

2012

Palmist and Editor, Lisa Cooley, New York
Selected Coats, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago

2010

As a Verb, As a Noun, In Peach and Silver, Lisa Cooley, New York

2009

Alex Olson and Lisa Williamson, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago
The Mandrake, Los Angeles

2008

Exteriors, &, Apartment 2, Los Angeles

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

Breather, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London

2014

Reductive Minimalism: Two Generations of Women Artists in Dialogue 1960-2014, curated by Erica Barrish, University of Michigan Museum of Art
Variations: Conversations in and around Abstract Painting
, LACMA, Los Angeles

2013

Ten Years, Wallspace Gallery, New York
You Should’ve Heard Just What I Seen,
Part II, Selections from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, curated by Kelly Texter, Review School, East Sandwich
The Stand In, (or a Glass of Milk), 
curated by Alexandra Gaty & Lauren Mackler, The Museum of Public Fiction, Los Angeles
Murmurs: Recent Contemporary Acquisitions, curated by Rita Gonzalez, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Painter Painter, curated by Eric Crosby and Bartholomew Ryan,Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

2012

Made in L.A. 2012, Hammer Museum in collaboration with LAXART, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Verena Dengler, Ellen Gronemeyer, Helena Hunecke, Alex Olson, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago
Today, Lisa Cooley, New York
Jessica Dickinson, Liam Everett, Alex Olson, Josh Smith, Garth Weiser, Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco

2011

Alex Olson, Tania Perez Cordova, Florian Schmidt, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London
No Swan So Fine, cur. by Joanna Fiduccia, Michael Benevento, Los Angeles
Emerge Selections 2011, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Illinois

2010

Drawing, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago
No Barrier Fun, Lisa Cooley, New York
Group Show, Rental Gallery, New York
Contemporary Topics in Painting, Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles

2009

Ooga Booga Reading Room, Swiss Institute, New York
Don’t Perish, Leo Koenig Projekte, New York
To the Left of the Rising Sun, Small A Projects, Greenwich, New York
Joe Bradley, Mario Correa, Allison Miller, Alex Olson, Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles
Thunk, Khastoo Gallery, Los Angeles
Extra, Extra! China Art Objects, Los Angeles
Boofthle Booth – Booth : Deux / The Hollywood Biennale, Pauline, Los Angeles

2008

Mr. Reverse Psychology, Norma Desmond Projects, Los Angeles
We Need A New Object, CalArts Graduation Show, Acuna Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles
New Insight, Art Chicago, Chicago
As if This Land Were Yours, Eveningside Drive, Val Verde, California

2007

The Juice Is Loose, 507 Rose Gallery, Venice, California
Exquisite Acts and Everyday Rebellions, CalArts, Valencia, California

 

PRESS

2016

Jonathan Griffin, Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting, Phaidon Publication
Jonathan Griffin, Review: The Ocular Bowl, Frieze, April Issue
Suzanne Hudson, The Ocular Bowl, Los Angeles Reviews

2015

Jamie Sterns, Summer Colors: Alex Olson at Laura Bartlett Gallery, ARTnews

2014

Suzanne Hudson, Openings, Alex Olson, Artforum, October 2014: pp. 268-269
Andrew Berardini,
The Empty Handed Painter from your Streets is Drawing Crazy on your Sheets, Lisa Williamson | Alex Olson | Laura Owens, Mousse, Issue 43, April-May 2014, p.204-212
Lea Weingarten, Creative License: Lea Weingarten, Luxe Magazine, pp. 268 – 269

2013

Christina Travaglini and Eric Crosby, Painter Painter’ interview by Cristina Travaglini. Kaleidoscope. Issue 17, Winter 2012/13, p. 128-135
Mary Abbe, Painters return to Walker in a new show, Star Tribune, February
Sam Cornish, Minimalism Redux, Abstract Critical.com, April 18
Michelle Grabner, Surface Exchange, Alex Olson, Publication by Laura Bartlett Gallery
Jonathan Thomas, Painter Painter, Frieze no. 156
West Branch. Number 72, Lewisburgh, Pennsylvania: Bucknell University, Winter, Cover

2012

Kristen M. Jones, Alex Olson, Frieze. Issue 151, November, 172
Eric Crosby, Remarks on Surface: An Interview with Alex Olson, Walker Art Center Blog, October 5
Tyler Coburn, Made in L.A., ArtReview.Issue 61, September, 137
Lesley Moon, Alex Olson, Made in L.A. 2012. Exhibition catalogue.Los Angeles: Hammer Museum in collaboration with LAXART
Jonathan Griffin, Alex Olson, Frieze Art Fair Yearbook 2011-2012. ed. Sam Phillips. London: Frieze
Cristina Travaglini and Eric Crosby, Painter Painter’ interview by Cristina Travaglini, Kaleidoscope. Issue 17, November: 128-135

2011

Joanna Fiduccia, Holte, Michael Ned, in conversation, These Memories Can’t Wait, Kaleidoscope, Issue 09, Winter 2010-11: 50-55
Charlie Schultz, Meme: Abstract Los Angeles,Modern Painters, May
Jo-ey Tang, The Potential of Twist Ties Remains Elusive, PaperMonument.com, January
Flash Art International, Top 100 Artists, Vol. 44, No 281, Nov-Dec

2010

Alex Olson, Portfolio. ANPQuarterly, Volume 2, Issue 5: 68-75
Eric Sutphin, The Grammar of the Grid,www.artcritical.com, 30 September
———. New York: Alex Olson at Lisa Cooley, www.moussemagazine.it, 23 September
Arty Nelson, Abstract L.A., Slake, Issue 1: 115, August 3.
Andrew Russeth, In New York: The Avalanche of Gallery Openings This Week, ARTINFO.com, 8 Sept
Alex Gartenfeld, Surface Tension, Interview Magazine, August: 47
Alex Olson, Coco, Matisse, Issue 1. Edited by Carter Mull and Jesse Willenbring: 1-2, 4, 6-7, 9
Dushko Petrovich, Early Autumn Orchard: Alex Olson, PaperMonument.com, September
Roberta Smith, Varieties in Abstraction,The New York Times, August 6: C21

2009

Dan Gunn, Artists in Analog, Artslant, 16 November
David Pagel, ’Thunk’ Delivers Some Artful Funk, Los Angeles Times, July 3: D10-D11
Michael Ned Holte, Boofthle Booth – Booth : Deux / The Hollywood Biennale, Artforum, April
Lauren Weinberg, Alex Olson and Lisa Williamson, Time Out Chicago, December 31

2008

Andrew Berardini, Notes From the Underground, LA CityBeat, September 18
New Insight, Art Chicago catalogue
Benjamin Weissman, ed. Beyond the Valley of the Ultra, CalArts MFA publication: Canada

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
Hammer Museum Collection, Los Angeles
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis