Clay Ketter

Selected works



Clay Ketter was born in 1961 in the USA and has been living in Sweden for over 20 years. He made a name for himself in the 1990s with his hybrid works using painting, building materials and photography. His work follows in the American abstract painting tradition as shaped by artists from Jackson Pollock to Robert Ryman. Ketter’s abstract surfaces, with their unexpected textures and a strange flatness, probe the strange beauty of building and demolition sites.

Born in 1961 in Brunswick, Maine, USA
He works and lives in Malmö, Sweden

BFA, School of Art+Design, Purchase College, State University of New York


Clay Ketter : Out of my Hands, Cecilia Hilström Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Clay Ketter : Companion Studies,Galleri Thomassen, Göteborg, Sweden
Clay Ketter : Like This, Galleri Ping-Pong, Malmö, Sweden

Clay Ketter : Registration, Bartha Contemporary, London, UK
Clay Ketter : Abstraktion 2005–2018, Galleri Thomas Wallner, Simris, Sweden
Clay Ketter : Grafika, Staffanstorps konsthall, Sweden
Do You See What I Mean?, Galleri Kant, Copenhague, Denmark
Clay Ketter: Q&A, Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Recalcitration, Kansas, New York, USA
Ah Pook Was Here, Galleri Ping Pong, Malmö, Sweden
Martin Bryder Gallery, Lund, Sweden
Clay Ketter, Photography, Sonnabend Gallery, New York, USA
Scope, not scape, Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
See What I Mean, Bartha Contemporary, London, UK

Road Clay Ketter with Nils Bergendal, Galleri Magnus Åklundh, Malmö, Sweden
Clay Ketter on purpose, Galleri Ping-Pong, Malmö, Sweden
Cluster One, Martin Bryder Gallery, Lund, Sweden
Clay Ketter, Galerie Sonnabend, New York, USA
Courtyards and Symmetric Settlements, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

Social structures, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, USA

We do what we do, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Galleri Mårtenson&Persson, Båstad, Sweden
Bartha Contemporary, London, UK

New Paintings, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Clay Ketter, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Galerie Sonnabend, New York, USA

Gulf coast slabs, Bartha Contemporary, London, UK
Coastal, Brändström & Stene, Stockholm, Sweden

My Birthday in Spain, Galleri Specta, Copenhague, Denmark
Galerie Sonnabend, New York, USA
Galleri Magnus Åklundh, Malmö, Sweden

New Works, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

Sonnabend Gallery, New York, USA
Cornered, Brändström & Stene, Stockholm, Sweden
Shifter (avec l’architecte Arno Brandlhuber), Box 2.0, Copenhague, Denmark

Galleri Magnus Aklund, Malmö, Sweden
New sculpture, Galleri Spectra, Copenhague, Denmark
Galerie Vera Munro, Hambourg, Germany

Niels Borch Jensen Verlag und Druck, Berlin, Germany

Sonnabend Gallery, New York, USA
Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Galleri Specta, Copenhague, Denmark
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Das befreite nichts (Gruppenausstellung), Galerie Vera Munro, Hambourg, Germany

Galerie Vera Munro, Hambourg, Germany

Recent Works, Galleri Specta, Copenhague, Denmark

New Work, White Cube, London, UK

Clay Ketter/Eva Hild/Love Lundell/ Janne Peltokangas, Daslands Konstmuseum, Sweden
Gaia, que deviens-tu ?, Maison Guerlain, Paris, France

Thomas Bang/Simon Callery/Clay Ketter, Galleri KANT, Copenhague, Denmark
The Sultans of Salvage: Clay Ketter & Michael Johansson, Kristinehamns Konstmuseum, Sweden

Polyfoni 4, Galleri Thomas Wallner Simris, Sweden
Next: Utopia, Norrköpings Konstmuseum, Norrköpings, Sweden
The Sonnabend Collection, Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal

Et grænseland,Dronninglund Kunstcenter, Dronninglund, Denmark
Tree Installation, Skandaloss Festival, Art Program, Gagnef, Sweden
Space Invaders: Sculptors Vision, Bartha Contemporary, London, UK
Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art Society 1915-2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

Post Pop: East Meets West, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Här/ Nu, Artipelag, Stockholm, Sweden
Landscapes in a Décolleté –the Window as an Element and a Metaphor, Opelvillen Rüsselsheim, Rüsselsheim, Germany

Sverige i FN–Konst och samtal i det globala rummet, Skissernas Museum, Lund, Sweden
Come Together, Surviving Sandy, Daedalus Foundation, Industry City, Brooklyn, New York, USA
The Sonnabend Collection, Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna di Ca’ Pescaro, Venice, Italy
Freakshow, Malmö, Sweden

Works on Paper by Gallery Artist, Bartha Contemporary, London, UK
Collectors of Skies, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, USA
photoGRAPHIC, Fotografisk Center, Copenhague, Denmark

MADRE, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, Naples, Italy
Sense and Capability, Collection of Tore A. Holm, Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tønsberg, Norway
Within / Beyond Borders, The Collection of the European Investment Bank at the Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athènes, Grèce
De/Constructing the Norm, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Habitat, Galleri Specta, Copenhague, Denmark
MMK 1991-2011 20 Jahre Gegenwart, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfort sur le Main, Germany
Ileana Sonnabend. An Italian Portrait, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
Social Structures, curated by Courtney Gilbert, Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketcham, USA

Space Invasion, Niels Borch Jensen Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Galleri Örsta, Kumla, Sweden
Konstruktioner, Västerås konstmuseum, Sweden
Contemporary Swedish Art and Design, American Ambassador’s Residence, Stockholm, Sweden
Icons of a Modern Age, Bartha Contemporary, London, UK

Branded and on Display, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, USA
Vitt, Vitt, Vitt, Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, Stockholm, Sweden
After Architecture. Typologies of the Afterwards, Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona, Spain
Deformities of Speed, Sophienholm, Lyngby, Denmark

Galleri Specta, Copenhague, Denmark
Branded and On Display, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art – SMoCA, Scottsdale, USA
Toys R Us, Brandstrom Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Branded and On Display, Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, USA

20 ans du Musée d’Art Moderne – L’art après 1960 dans les collections, Musée d’Art moderne de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne, France
Beck, Gilbert & George, Ketter, Pondick, Le Va and Ross, Sonnabend Gallery, New York, USA
Branded and On Display, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, USA
Photo, Galleri Specta, Copenhague, Denmark
50 years, Lund Konsthal, Lund, Sweden
Branded and On Display, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, USA

First Choice, Galerie Vera Munro, Hambourg, Germany 
Andersen Associations, Galleri Specta, Copenhague, Denmark

Visions of America, Sammlung Essl – Kunsthaus, Klosterneuburg, Sweden
Kabusa Konsthall, Köpingebro, Sweden
Umedalen Skulptur, Umeå, Sweden
Taller Niels Borch Jensen, Impresor Danés, Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City, Mexique
Ruina – Aesthetic of Destruction, Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain
RealityReal, Galerie Gebr Lehmann, Dresde, Germany 

Private / Corporate II – ein Dialog der Sammlungen, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany 
La Ciudad Ideal, Biennale de Valence, Spain 
The ARKEN Collection, ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Copenhague, Denmark
Exquisit works, Galleri Specta, Copenhague, Denmark

Unexpected selection from the Martin Margulies collection, MAM – Miami Art Museum, Miami ; Frost Art Museum, Miami, USA
Through a Sequence of Space, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany 
from the cool light, Niels Borch Jensen Galerie & Verlag, Berlin, Germany
That Place, The Moore Space, Miami, USA
The Unthought Known, White Cube, London, UK
Prints, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann – Dresde, Germany 

Monotypien – Radierungen – Photogravuren, Niels Borch Jensen Galerie & Verlag, Berlin, Germany 

Century of Innocence – The History of the White Monochrome, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden
Carnegie Art Award 1999, Barbican, London, UK
Carnegie Art Award 1999, Reykjavík Art Museum – Kjarvalsstaðir, Reykjavik, Iceland
Photogravüre, Niels Borch Jensen Galerie & Verlag, Berlin, Germany 
Against Design, ICA – Institute of Contemporary Art – University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

Carnegie Art Award 1999, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland 
Carnegie Art Award 1999, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
Built, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, USA
Primary Structures, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst – GfZK, Leipzig, Germany

Biennale de Sydney, Sydney, Australia  

Nutopi / Nowtopia, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden

Black and White, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland
Lägenhet, 12 vacant apartments, Malmö, Göteborg, Sweden
Floor Show, Anders Tornberg Gallery, Lund, Sweden
Reject Show, ABCnoRIO, November, New York, USA


Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA
Arken, Ishøj, Denmark
Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway
Bonnierföretagen, Stockholm, Sweden
Brooklyn Museum, USA
Dunkers Kuturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, USA
European Investment Bank, Luxembourg
Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg, Germany
Museum moderner Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Göteborg, Sweden
Fondation d’Art Contemporain Daniel et Florence Guerlain, Paris, France
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, USA
High Museum of Art, Weiland Family Collection, Atlanta, USA
Jumex Collection, Mexico City, Mexico
Källemo/Sven Lundh, Värnamo, Sweden
Louisiana, Humlebæk, Denmark
Løvbjergs Almene Fonds Samling, Denmark
Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Musée Art Moderne, Saint-Étienne Métropole, France
Prada Foundation, Milano, Italy
Perez Museum Collections, Miami, USA
Saatchi Collection, London, UK
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA
Skissernas Museum, Lund, Sweden
Sonnabend Collection, New York, USA
Uppsala Museet, Uppsala, Sweden
Museum moderner kunst, Stiftung Ludvig, Vienne, Austria
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA


Malltavia, Grundskolan Munspelet, Lund, Sweden

Foyer, Norrlandsoperan, Umeå, Sweden