Clay Ketter

Selected works

Clay Ketter was born in 1967 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
Lives and works Malm, Sweden


Clay Ketter : Out of my Hands, Cecilia Hilstrm Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Clay Ketter : Companion Studies, Galleri Thomassen, Gteborg, 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, Copenhagen, Denmark

Clay Ketter: Q&A, Cecilia Hillstrm Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Recalcitration, Kansas, New York, USA

Ah Pook Was Here, Galleri Ping Pong, Malm, Sweden

Martin Bryder Gallery, Lund, Sweden
Clay Ketter, Photography, Sonnabend Gallery, New York, USA
Scope, not scape, Cecilia Hillstrm Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

See What I Mean, Bartha Contemporary, London, UK

Road Clay Ketter with Nils Bergendal, Galleri Magnus klundh, Malm, Sweden
Clay Ketter on purpose, Galleri Ping-Pong, Malm, Sweden
Cluster One, Martin Bryder Gallery, Lund, Sweden
Clay Ketter, Sonnabend Gallery, 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 Mrtenson&Persson, Bstad, Sweden
Bartha Contemporary, London, UK

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

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

My Birthday in Spain, Galleri Specta, Copenhagen, Denmark
Galerie Sonnabend, New York, USA
Galleri Magnus klundh, Malm, Sweden

New Works, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

Sonnabend Gallery, New York, USA
Cornered, Brndstrm & Stene, Stockholm, Sweden
Shifter (with the architect Arno Brandlhuber), Box 2.0, Copenhagen, Denmark

Galleri Magnus Aklund, Malm, Sweden
New sculpture, Galleri Spectra, Copenhague, Denmark
Vera Munro Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

Niels Borch Jensen Verlag und Druck, Berlin, Germany

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

Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg, Germany

Recent Works, Galleri Specta, Copenhagen, Denmark

New Work, White Cube, London, UK


Clay Ketter/Eva Hild/Love Lundell/ Janne Peltokangas, Daslands Konstmuseum, Sweden

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

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

Et grnseland,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
Hr/ Nu, Artipelag, Stockholm, Sweden
Landscapes in a Dcollet –the Window as an Element and a Metaphor, Opelvillen Rsselsheim, Rsselsheim, 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, Malm, 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, Italie
Sense and Capability, Collection of Tore A. Holm, Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tnsberg, Norvge
Within / Beyond Borders, The Collection of the European Investment Bank at the Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athnes, Grce
De/Constructing the Norm, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sude
Habitat, Galleri Specta, Copenhague, Danemark
MMK 1991-2011 20 Jahre Gegenwart, Museum fr Moderne Kunst, Frankfort sur le Main, Allemagne
Ileana Sonnabend. An Italian Portrait, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venise, Italie
Social Structures, Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketcham, USA cur. Courtney Gilbert [US]

Space Invasion, Niels Borch Jensen Gallery, Berlin, Allemagne
Galleri rsta, Kumla, Sude
Konstruktioner, Vsters konstmuseum, Sude
Contemporary Swedish Art and Design, American Ambassador's Residence, Stockholm, Sude
Icons of a Modern Age, Bartha Contemporary, Londres, UK

Branded and on Display, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, USA
Vitt, Vitt, Vitt, Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, Stockholm, Sude
After Architecture. Typologies of the Afterwards, Arts Santa Mnica, Barcelone, Espagne
Deformities of Speed, Sophienholm, Lyngby

Galleri Specta, Copenhagen, 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 Muse d'Art Moderne - L'art aprs 1960 dans les collections, Muse 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, Copenhagen, Sweden
50 years, Lund Konsthal, Lund, Sweden
Branded and On Display, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, USA

First Choice, Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg, Germany
Andersen Associations, Galleri Specta, Copenhagen, Sweden

Visions of America, Sammlung Essl - Kunsthaus, Klosterneuburg, Sweden
Kabusa Konsthall, Kpingebro, Sweden
Umedalen Skulptur, Ume, Sweden
Taller Niels Borch Jensen, Impresor Dans, Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City, Mexico
Ruina - Aesthetic of Destruction, Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain
RealityReal, Galerie Gebr Lehmann, Dresden, 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, Copenhagen, Denmark
Exquisit works, Galleri Specta, Copenhagen, 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 - Dresden, 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, Malm, Sweden
Carnegie Art Award 1999, Barbican, London, UK
Carnegie Art Award 1999, Reykjavk Art Museum - Kjarvalsstair, Reykjavik, Island
Photogravre, 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 fr Zeitgenssische Kunst - GfZK, Leipzig, Germany

Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

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



Mario Codognato, "Clay Ketter" Ileana Sonnabend. An Italian Portrait (, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

Wetterling Gallery, Clay Ketter: We Do What We Do (exhib. cat.), Stockholm, Sweden
Torstern Andersson, Rolf Hansson, Clay Ketter (exhib. cat.), Galleri rsta, Kumla, Sweden

Lyngby Kunstforening, Deformities of Speed (exhib. cat.), Lyngby, Denmark
Mart Peran, Andrea Aguado, After Architecture. Typologies of the Afterwards (, Arts Santa Mnica, Barelona, Spain
Clay Ketter, "Soft and Roundabout", Soft and Roundabout - Beat Zoderer (, Galleri Mrtenson & Persson, Bstad, Sweden
Sven-Olov Wallenstein, Magnus af Petersens, Lars Nittve, Moderna Museet (, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Ed. Steidl Verlag, Gttingen, Germany