Erick Swenson

Biography

1972 Born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Currently lives and works in Dallas, Texas

Education

1999 B.F.A., University of North Texas, Denton

Grants And Awards

2004 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant Program Award, The Joan Mitchell Foundation
1999 The Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund, The Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

Solo Exhibitions

2012 Sightings, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas
2010 Erick Swenson: A Selection of Works, James Cohan Gallery, New York
2009 Caught Captive, Red Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia,
traveling to Trois Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, Georgia
2007 Erick Swenson, James Cohan Gallery, New York
2005 Q.E.D., Los Angeles, California
2004 Erick Swenson, James Cohan Gallery, New York
2003 UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California
2002 Villa Stuck Museum, Munich, Germany
1998 Obviously a Movie, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1996 Push to Prime, Diverse Works Art Space, Houston, Texas
Microwaveable, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton, Texas

Group Exhibitions

2013 Ex Libris, Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2012 Bending the Mirror, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH
Collapse, RH Gallery, New York, New York
2011 New Variations, Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Selections from the Permanent Collection, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas
2010 Floor Plan, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
2009 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
Young Americans, James Cohan Gallery Shanghai, Shanghai, China
2008 Like animals (Comme des bêtes), Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland
2007 Art in America, Now, Shanghai MOCA, Shanghai, China
2006 USA Today, The Saatchi Gallery, London, England
Road Agent Ambush 2006 (Stand and Deliver: Your Money or Your Life), Road Agent,
Dallas, Texas
A Brighter Day, James Cohan Gallery, New York
2005 Springtide, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
2004 Summer Show, James Cohan Gallery, New York
Whitney Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Natural Histories: Realism Revisited, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona
2003 Air, James Cohan Gallery, New York
Erick Swenson and Ricky Swallow, Karen Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2002 Summer, James Cohan Gallery, New York
2001 Swallow Swenson, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, curator Rachel Kent (catalogue)
New Orleans Triennial, New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana, curator William A. Fagley (catalogue)
The Big ID, James Cohan Gallery, New York, New York
2000 Keith Edmier, Ricky Swallow, Erick Swenson, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
Out of the Ordinary: New Art From Texas, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas, curators Lynn Herbert and Paola Morsiani (catalogue)
Artistic Centers: Dallas/Ft Worth, TFAA/Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin, Texas, curator Suzanne Weaver, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Charles Wiley, Curator of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Texas (traveled)
Natural Deceits, Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art, Texas, curator Michael Auping (catalogue)
1999 Description Without Place, Staff USA/AC Project Room, New York
Fire Sale 2000, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Good/Bad Art Collective: Joey on ICU, ABC no Rio, New York, TX
True Stories, Arlington Museum of Art, Texas, curators Joan Davidow and Sean Slattery (catalogue)
Senior Show, Cora Stafford Gallery, University of North Texas, Denton
1998 Texas Dialogues Parallels, Blue Star Art Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, curator Franco Mondini-Ruiz
Good/Bad Burns, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton, Texas
Welcome to Important Town, Conduit Gallery Annex, Dallas, Texas
Its a Peeece in Itself, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton, Texas
1997 Wee Coma, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton, Texas
Hallowmas, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton, Texas
Strange Loops, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton, Texas, curator Sean Slattery
Very Fake, but Real, Diverse Works Art Space, Houston, Texas (catalogue)
Red Rover Issues, Revolution Summer Art Space, Houston, Texas (catalogue)
One Person Show Featuring ..., Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton, Texas
Gay Art/Straight Play, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton, Texas
1996 Isolation Chamber, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton, Texas
el clumsio, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Sailors on Shoreleave: the Designs of Bob Mackie, 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Popo y Lupe, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton, Texas
Mad, Good/Bad, and Dangerous to Know, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton, Texas

Museum Collections

Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth, Texas
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
The Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Public Collections

Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska

Press

2012

Simek, Peter, “The Labor of the Idea”, D Magazine, June 5, 2012
Weeks, Jerome, “Death + Poetry in Plastic: Erick Swenson at the Nasher”, Art + Seek, April 25, 2012
Granberry, Michael, “Scavenging for Life’s Meaning”, The Dallas Morning News, April 22, 2012
Robinson, Gaile, “Sculptor Erick Swenson’s Shell Games”, DFW.com, April 18, 2012
Gamerman, Ellen, “An Art Fair with a Texas Twist”, The Wall Street Journal, April 6, 2012
Brinkley, Rob, “Sightings: Erick Swenson”, The Dallas Morning News, March 29, 2012

2011 Branch, Kathryn, “The Jam I Spencer Sweeney”, The New York Times Style Magazine, July 1, 2011
2010

Grobmyer, Melissa, “Art Basel Miami,” Glasstire, December 2010
Simek, Lucia, “Dunn and Brown’s Summer Show Engages the Gallery’s All-Star Artists in Conversation,” D Magazine, July 15, 2010

2009 Hersh, Allison, “Art and Soul: (Un)Natural history,” Savannah Morning News – Savannah Now, August 23, 2009
2007

"Recommended: Erick Swenson, James Cohan Gallery," TimeOut New York, May 17, 2007
Goodbody, Bridget.  “Erick Swenson,” Art in Review, The New York Times, June 15, 2007.
Art in Action
(exhibition catalogue).  San Francisco: The Natural World Museum. Text by Noa Jones with forward by Achim Steiner.  Curated by Barry Rosenberg.

2006

Falconer, Morgan, “The States They’re In,” The Times, London, England, October 4, 2006
Gibb, Brian, “Erick Swenson Interview,” Art Prostitute, August 2006
Lewis, Caroline, “Saatchi’s USA Today at The Royal Academy of Arts London,” review, 24 Hour Museum, May 2006
Kutner, Janet, “Portrait in Obsession,” Dallas Morning News, July 19, 2006

2005

Sozanski, Edward J., “Extraordinary equines at heart of ICA exhibit,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 5, 2005
Pagel, David, “What Happens Naturally,” Los Angeles Times, Around the Galleries, June 3rd, 2005 Horton, C. Sean, “Erick Swenson, James Cohan Gallery,” Sculpture, March 2005

2004

Zamudio-Taylor, “ArtPace / A Foundation for Contemporary Art,” Arco, winter 2004 (mention)
Leffingwell, Edward, “Erick Swenson at James Cohan,” Art in America, October 2004.                                                     
Dailey, Meghan, “Erick Swenson”, review, ArtForum, September 2004.
Casadio, Mariuccia, “Dreamy”, Vogue Italia, May 2004.
Plagens, Peter. “Art’s ‘Star Search’”, Newsweek, March 22, 2004.
French, Christopher. “How do Texans stack up at the Whitney?”, Houston Chronicle, April 30, 2004.
Plagens, Peter, “Art’s ‘Star Search’”, Newsweek, March 22, 2004
Lagnado, Caroline, “Whitney Biennial Well Worth the Visit”, Tufts Daily, Friday, April 16, 2004

2003

Knight, Christopher, “Erick Swenson at UCLA Hammer Museum”, The Los Angeles Times, Friday, February 21, 2003
Mitchell, Charles Dee, “Erick Swenson at UCLA Hammer Museum”, (brochure essay) January 26-May 4, 2003
Smith, Roberta, “Air”, The New York Times, Friday, January 24, 2003
Wei, Lilly, “Air”, New York Reviews, Artnews, April 2003, p. 123
Time Out
, Art Reviews, Issue no. 384, February 6-13, 2003
Zamet, Kate, “Air”, Contemporary, Issue 49, pp. 86-7
Viveros-Fauné, Christian, “Fresh Air”, New York Press, February 5-11, 2003
Artpace
, Artist Review, February 2003
“Air Supply”, Women’s Wear Daily, Thursday, January 9, 2003

2002 Wilson-Goldie, Kaelen, “Fawning”, Dutch, May/June 2002, p. 30
2001

Bayliss, Sarah, “Best Bets,” Artnews, Summer 2001
Drake, James, New Orleans Triennial, (catalogue), New Orleans Museum of Art, 2001, pp. 108–111
The New Yorker
, “The Big Id,” March 19, 2001
Flash Art
, Swallow & Swenson @MCA Sydney, November/December 2001, p. 45

2000

Auping, Michael, “Natural Deceits,” catalogue, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 2000, pp. 1-11
Caywood, Mark, “Who’s Deceived?” FW Weekly, May 18-25, 2000
Cohen, Mark Daniel. “Keith Edmier, Ricky Swallow, Erick Swenson,” reviewny.com (Review Magazine), September 15, 2000
Daniel, Mike, “Natural Deceits,” Dallas Morning News Guide, May 12, 2000
Herbert, Lynn, “Erick Swenson,” Out of the Ordinary: New Art from Texas, catalogue, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, 2000, pp. 84-91, reproductions
Klaasmeyer, Kelly, “Everyday Art: Mundane Objects make for Out of the Ordinary works,” Houston Post, Aug 24, 2000
Krider, Dylan Otto, “Two Baboons and a Body Bag,” Houston Press, August 10, 2000
Kutner, Janet, “Art Outlet,” The Dallas Morning News, Saturday, July 8, 2000,pp. 5C-7C
Kutner, Janet, “Imposter art disguises meaning,” Dallas Morning News, May 14, 2000
Rees, Christina, “Cheers and Tallyho,” Dallas Observer, February 17–23, 2000
Rees, Christina, “Biting Back,” Dallas Observer, February 10 - 16, 2000, pp.14–23

1999

“Description without Place,” The New Yorker, November 29, 1999
Henry, Max, “Description Without Place,” artnet.com, November 4, 1999
Massey-Helber, Annabelle, “Blink,” Dallas Observer, November 4-10, 1999, p. 85
Mitchell, Charles Dee, “Erick Swenson at Angstrom Gallery,” Art in America, January 1999, p. 110

1998

Rees, Christina, “Framed: Best of 1998,” Dallas Observer, December 31 - January 6, 1998, p. 56
Slattery, Sean, “Obviously a Movie,” Artlies Magazine, Fall 1998, no 20, p. 55
Rees, Christina, “Frozen Fantasies,” Dallas Observer, September 10-16, 1998, p. 62
Massey-Helber, Annabelle, “Erick Swenson,” The Met Magazine, September 2-9, 1998, p. 39

1997

Good/Bad Art Collective, Entertainment Chronicle (Denton Record Chronicle), 1997, p. 34

1996

McMullan, Dawn, “Isolated Art,” Denton Record Chronicle, no 17, 1996, p. 4
Vanucci, Delphina, “Erick Swenson: Push to Prime,” ArtLies Magazine, Fall 1996, pp. 34, 41
Houston Press
, vol. 8, no 37, September 12 –18, 1996
Public News, Houstons Alternative Newseekly
, no. 774, September 11, 1996