Will Cotton

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Born in 1965 in the USA, Will Cotton lives and works in New York. The artist belongs to the generation of American painters who have taken the language of figurative style painting in a totally new direction. He works in his studio building giant confectionary-based assemblages, such as gingerbread houses, sweets, cake mountains and chocolate seas, opening the door to the creation of a new reality. Will Cotton sees his works as utopias that explore the notions of temptation and excess.






Born in 1965 in Melrose, Massachusetts, USA
Lives and works in New York City, USA


EDUCATION

1985 Beaux-Arts de Rouen, France
1987 B.F.A., Cooper Union, New York, USA
1988 New York Academy of Art, New York, USA


SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2020
The Taming of the Cowboy, Galerie Templon, Brussels, Belgium

2018
Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL, USA

2017       
Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY, USA
The Influx Series: Will Cotton, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL, USA
                
2015
Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO, USA
Will Cotton: Vistas of Candyland, Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Ithaca, NY, USA
                
2014
Ronchini Gallery, London, UK

2013       
Pace Prints, New York, USA
                
2012       
Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA
Cockaigne, Performance as part of WERK! Armitage Gone Variety Show, Abrons Arts Center, New York, USA
                
2011
Cockaigne, Performance at Prince George Ballroom as part of Performa 11, New York, USA
Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
                
2010       
Will Cotton: New Works on Paper, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO, USA
Will Cotton: Monoprints, Pace Prints, New York, USA
Galerie Templon, Paris, France

2009    
Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA

2008    
Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado, USA

2007    
Drawings, Glenn Horowitz Gallery, East Hampton, New York, USA

2005    
New Paintings and Works on Paper, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2004
The big eat: from pop til the present, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany
Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA

2003
Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, USA
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

2002
Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA

2001
Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA
Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany

2000
Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA

1999
Devil's fudge falls, I-20 Gallery, New York, USA

1998
Silverstein Gallery, New York, USA

1996
Silverstein Gallery, New York, USA

1995
Distentions, Silverstein Gallery, New York, USA


GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2019       
Like Sugar, Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, USA
Drawn Together Again, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, USA
Paintings, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA
                
2018       
Castles in the Sky: Fantasy Architecture in Contemporary Art, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY, USA
Paintings, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA
Paper/Print: American Hand Papermaking, 1960s TO TODAY, International Print Center New York, New York, USA
Peers & Influences, The Bo Bartlett Center, Columbus, GA, USA
                
2017       
Really?, Wilding Cran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
About face, Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, NY, USA
Cake Hole, Mrs. Gallery, Maspeth, NY, USA

2016       
Tom Friedman (+the Birthday Show), 1969 Gallery, New York, USA
Summer School, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, USA

2015
Eye pop: the celebrity gaze, The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., USA
River crossings: contemporary art comes home, Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY, USA
The triumph of Love: Beth Rudin Dewoody Collects, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, USA
                
2014
Disturbing innocence, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, USA
Homeland [in]security: Vanishing Dreams, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, New York, USA
Close-up: Contemporary Portraiture, Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, NY, USA
On the blue shore of silence, Tracy Williams, Ltd., New York, USA
Look at me: Portraiture from Manet to the Present, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA
Last night, Salomon Contemporary, New York, USA
                
2013
Come like shadows: Palimpsests, Traces, Specters of the Silver Screen, Nightlife, Veils, The Absent Present, Zurcher Studio, New York, USA
Fruits of captiva, Robert Rauschenberg Project Space, New York, USA

2012       
American dreamers, Strozzina Centre For Contemporary Culture, Florence, Italy
                
2011        
Tous cannibales, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France, USA
                
2010       
Divine comedy, Sotheby’s, New York, USA
Accessories to an artwork, Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, NY, USA

2009  
A tribute to Ron Warren, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA
Transitions. Painting at the (other) end of art, 24 mai - 31 octobre, Maramotti collection of contemporary art, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Aspects of Pop-Art, Galerie Gmurzynska, Zurich, Switzerland
I Want Candy: The Sweet Stuff in American Art (exposition mobile), 26 juin - 6 septembre, Fresno Metropolitan Museum, Fresno, California, USA
Chelsea visits Havanna, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Havane, Cuba
Drawings by Will Cotton, Atlantic Center's Pabst Visitor center and Gallery, New Smyrna, Florida, USA
Talk dirty to me, Larissa Goldstone Gallery, New York, USA

2008    
2nd Biennale of Canary Islands, Canary Islands, Spain
Wall Rockets: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, The flag Art Fondation, New York, USA
In Monet’s Garden: The Lure of Giverny, Musée Marmottan, Giverny, France

2007    
Timer .01: Intimità/Intimacy, Triennale Bovisa, Milan, Italy
In Monet’s Garden: The Lure of Giverny, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, USA
I Want Candy: The Sweet Stuff in American Art, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York, USA
Abbondanza, Salvatore Ferragamo Gallery, New York, USA
A House is not a Home, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, USA

2006    
Why the Nude? Contemporary Approaches, The Art Students League of New York, USA
The Food Show: The Hungry Eye, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA

2005
Hors d’oeuvre : ordre et désordres de la nourriture, CAPC - Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux, France

2004
Summer 2004, Lucas Schoormans Gallery, New York, NY, USA
La Grande Bouffe - The Big Eat in Art, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany

2003
Sweet tooth, Copia, The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts, Napa, CA, USA
Giverny, Salon 94, New York, USA

2002
The Contemporary art project, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA

2000
The darker side of playland: childhood imagery from the Logan Collection, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, USA
Emotional rescue: the contemporary art project coalition, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, Washington, USA

1999
Will Cotton and Stuart Elster, Tate, New York, USA
A Room with a view, Sixth @ Prince Fine Art, New York, USA







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