John Divola

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1949  Born in Los Angeles
Lives and works in Los Angeles

EDUCATION

1974 M.F.A. University of California, Los Angeles
1973 M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
1971 B.A. California State University, Northridge

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)

2016

Theodore Street Project, Maccarone, New York
John Divola: Denta and Abrasions, Gallery Luisotti, California

2015

Despite Intensions, Pedro Alfacinha, Lisbon

2014

John Divola: Clive Wearing’s Dilemma, Wallspace, New York

2013

John Divola: As Far as I Could Get, solo exhibition across three venues: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Art Museum (LACMA) and Pomona College Art Museum, Los Angeles

2012
John Divola, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London
John Divola: Notes on the Observer, Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA
Surface Conditions, Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany
 
2011
Vandalism Series: John Divola LAXART, Los Angeles, 
Trees for the Forest!, Wallspace, New York,
The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington
In Focus: The Sky, Getty Center: Museum, Los Angeles
Street Sight, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica
2010

The Green of this Notebook, LAXART, Los Angeles

2009

Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA

2006

Charles Cowles Gallery, New York
Patricia Faure Gallery, Los Angeles

2005

Arles Recontres De La Photographie, Espace Van Gogh, Arles, France

2004

Charles Cowles Gallery,New York

2003

Patricia Faure Gallery, Los Angeles

2001

Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan
Janet Borden Gallery, NY, New York
Palm Springs Museum of Art, Jorgensen Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

2000

Patricia Faure Gallery, Los Angeles

1999

G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, Washington
Blue Sky Gallery, Portland Oregon

1998

Patricia Faure Gallery, Los Angeles

1997

Wooster Gardens, New York
Jessica Fredericks Gallery, New York

1992

Rewdex Contemporary Art Gallery, Koyoto, Japan

1990

Galerie Niki Diana Marquardt, Paris

1987

Seibu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Gallery Min, Tokyo, Japan (catalog)

1986

Jayne Baum Gallery, New York

1985

John Divola, Selected Work, 1974-85, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles

1983

The Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

1982

University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico

1981

Gallerie Del Cavallino, Venice

1980

The Photographers Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

1979

Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Camera Obscura, Stockholm
Print Galleri, Copenhagen

1978

Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Image Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark

1976

The Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ

1975

Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)

2017

Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
A Handful of Dust, curated by David Campany, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Auto photo, Fondation Cartier, Paris

2016

Los Angeles – A Fiction, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo
Strength in Numbers: Photography in Groups, Gallery One, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
How Things Shouldn’t Be Done,
Clement & Schneider, Bonn
The Pleasure Principle,
Pro Artibus, Helsinki
Under a Falling Sky,
Laura Bartlett Gallery, London
Ordinary Pictures, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
The Pleasure Principle, Sinne Gallery, Helsinki
Still life with Fish: Photography from the Collection, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Low, Lyles & King, New York
A Handful of Dust, curated by David Campany, Pratt Institute, New York
Webber Gallery, London

2015

A Handful of Dust, curated by David Company, Le Bal, Paris
Images Moving Onto Space,
Tate St Ives, Cornwall
Take One: Contemporary Photography, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

2014

Bill Bollinger, John Divola, Magali Reus, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York 
Blue Sky,
The Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts at 40, Portland
Interior
, Modern Art, London

2013
Photo Levallois Festival, Levallois, France  
Push Pins In Elastic Space, curated by Gabriel Kuri, Galerie Nelseon Freemann, Paris
La Derniere Vague: Surf, Skate Et Custom Cultures Dans L’art Contemporain, La Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille, France
Coquilles Mecanique, Crac Alsace, Altkirch, Alsace
Days in Lieu, David Zwirner, London 
2012

Natural History, curated by Dan Byers, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
No Person May Carry a Fish into a Bar, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
L’IDEE FIXE, Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles
Sight Specific: LACPS and the Politics of Community, USC Fisher Art Museum, Los Angeles
Backyard Oasis, The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-82, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
The End, curated by Michael Bühler-Rose and John Connelly, Vogt Gallery, New York
Prairies, 3rd edition of Les Ateliers de Rennes – biennial for contemporary art, Rennes
Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-81, part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980, curated by Paul Schimmel, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles,
Common Thread, California State University at Fullerton Begovich Gallery, CA
It Startled The Natives, Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica
This Was Funny Yesterday, CCS Gallery, University of California Santa Barbara, Los Angeles
Coquilles Mecaniques, Centre Rhenan d’Art Contemprain, Alsace-Altkirch, France
The Unspecific Index, 601 Artspace, New York

2011

The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the W.M. Hunt Collection, The George Esatman House International Museum of Photography, Rochester, New York
A Darkness More Than Night, Derby QUAD Market Place, Derby
Under the Big Black Sun, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angles
The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
Ground Control, See Line Gallery, Los Angeles
The Long Range, ltd Los Angeles, Los Angeles
California Continued: New Approaches in West Coast Photography, Smith Andersen North Gallery, San Anselmo, CAJohn Divola and Amir Zaki, Angles Gallery, Los Angeles

2010

Palms Won’t Grow Here and Other Myths: John Divola, Cyprien Gaillard, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London
The Artist Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles,
Inscription …text…image…action…, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Norwalk, CA
The Fleeting Glimpse: Selections in Modern and Contemporary Photography from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Swagger, Drag, Fit Together, Wallspace Gallery, New York
Sunless (works from the American west: 1938-1985), curated by Walead Beshty, Thomas Dane Gallery, London
The Fleeting Glimpse: Selections in Modern and Contemporary Photography from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, Roanoke Virginia
Starburst: Color Photography in America 1970 – 1980, Cincinnati Art Museum
Masterworks of American Photography: Popular Culture, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
Spectral, Galician Center for Contemporary Art, Santiago, Spain
View From Here, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

2009

The Conspiracy, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Into the Sunset: Photography’s Image of the West, The Museum Of Modern Art, New York

2008

This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in L.A. Photographs. Boone Gallery , The Huntington, San Marino, CA June14 – September 15. – Sept. 15th, 2008, Exhibition travels_ Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, January 30 to April 19, 2009, & Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône, France

2007

Mixed Emotions, Domus Artium 2002 (DA2) Salamanca, Spain

2006

Where We Live: Photographs of American from the Berman Collection, Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Los Angeles 1955-85, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2004

Esperando Unha Chamada (Awaiting a Call), The Centro Galago de Arte Contemporanea, Galicia, Spain

2002

Imago 2002, Museo de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain (catalog)
New Acquisitions / New Work / New Directions 3: Contemporary Selections, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Friends of the West, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

2001

Capturing Light: Masterpieces of California Photography 1950 to the Present, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
Blind Date, Three Person Exhibition, Brent Sikkema Gallery, New York
Modern Times III/Something Happened, Hasselblad Center, Goteborg, Sweden

2000

Photography: Process, Preservation, and Conservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Architecture Hot and Cold, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity 1900-2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Beyond Boundaries,: Contemporary Photography in California, Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Forum, California State University, Long Beach, The Friends of Photography, San Francisco
COLA Exhibition, Hammer / UCLA Museum, Los Angeles

1999

William Eggleston and the Color Tradition, Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Innovation / Imagination: 50 Years of Polaroid Photography, Friends of Photography, Ansel Adams Center, San Francisco

1998

Desapercibidos, (Wim Winders and John Divola), Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City
Ghost Story, Kunstlerhaus, Vienna

1997

Scene of The Crime, Hammer/UCLA Art Museum, Los Angeles

1996

Crossing the Frontier: Photographs of the Developing West, 1849 to the Present, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Perpetual Mirage: The Desert in American Photographic Books and Prints, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1995

Photo Binennale, Enschede (Obsessions. From Wunderkammer to Cyberspace), Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enchede, Netherlands
The Photographic Condition, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
PLAN: Photography L.A. Now, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

1994

After Art: Rethinking 150 Years of Photography, Henry Gallery, Seattle, Washington

1993

Multiple Images; Photographs since 1965 from the Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

1992

Proof: Los Angeles Art and Photography, 1960-80, Laguna Art Museum, Traveling to, De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, Mass.; Friends of Photography, Ansel Adams Center, San Francisco; Montgomery (Ala.) Museum of Fine Arts; Tampa (Fla.) Museum of Art; and Des Moines (Iowa) Art Center. (Catalog)
More Than One Photography: Work Since 1980 From the Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

1991

Individual Realities in the California Art Scene, Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan (Traveling) (Catalog)

1989

California Photography: Remaking Make Believe, curated by Susan Kismaric, Museum of Modern Art, New York, traveling: Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO; University Art Gallery, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH; Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI; Virginia Beach Center for the Arts, Virginia Beach, VA, (Catalog)
Das Konstruierte Bild, (“Constructed Realities”), curated by Michael Kohler, Kunstrverein, Munchen, Germany, traveling: Kunsthalle Nurnburg; Forum Bottcherstrabe, Bremen, Baldischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe, (Catalog)

1988

Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, Illinois (with Chris Koules) With Jack Fulton, Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, CA

1987-89

Photography and Art: Interactions Since 1946, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Los Angeles, CA, traveling: Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Fl; Queens Museum, Flushing, NY; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa (catalog)

1986

Photographic Fictions, Whitney Museum of American Art, Stamford, CT
LACE Annual, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles
Contemporary American Photography, Gallery Min, Tokyo
Artist Response to Architecture, Nave Museum, Victoria, Texas
Southern California Focus, Los Angeles County Museum of Art”, Los Angeles
Contemporary Constructs, Otis Parsons, Los Angeles

1985-87

Eileen Cowin & John Divola: New Work, traveling, (catalog) La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, Ca. Aug.-Oct 1985 Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, Co. June-July 1986 Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin Oct.-Dec. 1986 Halle Sud,Geneva

1984

California Photography: 1945-1980, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

1981

1981 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

1978

Mirrors and Windows, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York

 

PUBLICATIONS

2013

John Divola: As Far As I Could Get, Published by Prestel, NY
John Divola, Artie Vierkant, Erwan Frotin. Photo Levallois 6th Edition, essays by Paul Frèches, Levallois, France,

2010

John Divola and Cyprien Gaillard, Palms won’t grow here and other myths, published on the occasion of the exhibition, essay by Jan Tumlir, published by Laura Bartlett Gallery, London

2009

John Divola, The Green of this Notebook, Nazraeli Press, 42 pages

2007

John Divola, 7 Dogs, Nazraeli Press One Picture Book #45, Seven Image Original Artwork, 20 pages

2006

John Divola, Three Acts, book of original artwork, essay by David Campany, interview by Jan Tumlir, 144 pages, Aperture, NY

2005

John Divola, Dog Chasing My Car in the Desert, by Nazraeli Press

2000
John Divola, Isolated Houses, essay by Jan Tumlir, by Nazraeli Press
1998

John Divola, Continuity, book published by RAM Publications and Smart Art Press

1987

John Divola, John Divola, book of original artwork with essay by Mark Johnstone, 89 pages, Gallery Min, Tokyo, Japan

 

PRESS

2016

Michael Slenske, Vandal Supreme: John Divola puts an artistic spin on structural interventions, Wallpaper, 19 April
Alexxa Gotthardt, Photographer John Divola on Capturing Human Life through Abandoned Buildings, Artsy, March 16
Alexander Schulan, Interview with John Divola: The Californian Photographer’s Portraits of Vandalized Homes are Artifacts of his Engagement with Time, Place, and Circumstance, Kaleidoscope

2014

Courtney Fiske, John Divola at Wallspace, Art in America, 10 December
Jason E.Hill, John Divola’s Incidental Photographs, X-Tra Contemporary Art Quarterly, www.x-traonline.org
Eli Diner, John Divola, Artfourm
, January
Carmen Winant, John Divola, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Pomona College Museum, Frieze Magazine, January-February 2013
Marius Engh, Out There: John Divola, PARIS,LA, Issue 11 Spring

2013

Ingrid Reeve, John Divola’s evocative photographs visit Claremont, Inland Empire Weekly, 3 October 2013
Jonathan Griffin, John Divola at His Riverside Workplace, Aperture, Issue 211 www.aperture.org
Colleen Kelsey, John Divola’s floating eye, Interview Magazine, October.
Laura McLean-Ferris, John Divola, Frieze, no. 153, March, p. 156-157
John Divola at Laura Bartlett Gallery, Mousse Magazine
66 Zuma Series, photographs, John Divola, Doingbird Magazine, January
Jan Tumlir, John Divola: As Far As I Would Get, Artforum, Vol. 52, No 1, September
Maxell Williams, John Divola’s SoCal Moment, Art in America, October

2012

Mark Prince, John Divola, Art in America, 28 Dec
John Divola, exhibition review,Art Review, Issue 64, Dec
Matthias Connor, From the Chateau to Skidrow,Nero Magazine, November
John Divola, interview by Ariella Wolens, 4Hot & Cool, Issue 4,  Summer
John Divola, from Prairies, 3rd edition of Les Ateliers de Rennes, October
Cover,John Divola, Afterimage, No6
John Divola:Notes on the Observer, www.faculty.ucr.edu

2011

Alex Moshakis, John Divola, It’s Nice that, issue 5, March
Chris Wiley, Giving Up the Ghost, Kaleidoscope, Spring
Karen Rosenberg, JOHN DIVOLA: ‘Trees for the Forest’,The New York Times, May
Chris Wiley, John Divola,Artforum, June
Christopher Hart Chambers, John Divola at Wallspace,New York, Flash Art, July
Dan Abbe, John Divola, Chased by Dogs, Turns a Wild Encounter Into Art,American Photo, October
Elizabeth Schambelan, Postrcards from the Edge, Artforum, October 2011

2001

Janet Borden, John Divola, ART News, Summer
Ken Johnson, John Divola, Isolated Houses exhibition review,New York Times, Jan

1985

Andy Grundberg, John Divola at the Municipal Art Gallery, Art In America Survey Review, Nov

1981

Mark Johnstone, John Divola: Facts of the Imagination, Published in: Exposure 19:1 (1981) pp. 38-45, Camera (Lucerne, Switzerland); Part I, July 1981; Part II, August 1981