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Brian Calvin

Visalia, CA, United States

1 Works exhibited on Kooness

Current location

Los Angeles, CA

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Works by Brian Calvin



12.7 x 17.78cm

1958,04 €

Brian Calvin is an influential contemporary American painter. Known for his large-scale, stylized portraits of women, his paintings are characterized by their sun-drenched palettes and flattened planes of color that recall Alex Katz or David Hockney. Though the artist explains that the figures in his work are not based on real people, he has described them as being specifically about Californian youth. “Although the figures I paint are entirely invented,” he has said, “I pay close attention to how people construct their own identity and that certainly comes to bear on the paintings as they progress.” Born in Visalia, CA in 1969, he went on to study at the University of California in Berkeley before earning his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Anton Kern Gallery in New York, Almine Rech Gallery in Paris, and Corvi-Mora in London, among others. His work can be found in numerous public collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, and the Aïshti Foundation. Calvin lives and works in Ojai, CA.


MFA, School of The Art Institute of Chicago

BA, University of California at Berkeley

Solo exhibitions

'More Days', Almine Rech, Paris Matignon, France

'Fugue', Almine Rech, Paris, France 

‘Pressing On’, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL
‘Così fan tutte’, Gallery Met, Metropolitan Opera, New York, USA

'Brian Calvin', Anton Kern Gallery, New York
'Major Minor', Corvi-Mora, London, UK
'States', Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

'Brian Calvin: Early Work', Anton Kern Gallery, New York, USA 
'Hours', Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France 
'The Meditations: Chicago 1991 - 1999', Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago

'End of Messages', Le Consortium, Dijon, France
Travels to Mu.ZEE, Ostende, Belgium

‘Brian Calvin’ Anton Kern Gallery, New York, USA

‘Brian Calvin’, Corvi-Mora, London, UK
‘End of Messages’, The Finley Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

‘Brian Calvin: New Paintings’, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, Illinois, USA

‘Brian Calvin’, Corvi-Mora, London, UK

'Head', Anton Kern, New York

‘Brian Calvin’, Corvi-Mora, London, UK
‘Things’, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, California, USA

‘Brian Calvin’, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, USA

Corvi-Mora, London, UK
Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, California, USA

Anton Kern, New York

Corvi-Mora, London
'The Conversation', Marc Foxx, Los Angeles

'Unreal', Gallery Side 2, Tokyo
Marc Foxx, Los Angeles

Corvi-Mora, London

"Days", Marc Foxx, Los Angeles

"It's Easy to Make Friends", Gallery Side 2, Tokyo

"Good News", Gallery Side 2, Tokyo

"God's Plot & John Wilkes Booth", Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago

"New Paintings: Brian Calvin", Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago

Selected group exhibitions

'Salon de Peinture', Almine Rech, New York
'Brian Calvin Marcus Jahmal curated by Chris Martin', Anton Kern Gallery, New York

‘Summer’, Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France
'Painting Someone', Almine Rech, Shanghai, China

'Line and Verse', Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Sweden

'American Genre: Contemporary Painting', Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine, USA
'Brian Calvin', Anton Kern Gallery, New York
'Los Angeles, une fiction’, MAC, Lyon, France
'Brian Calvin/Wendy White', Cabinet, Milan, Italy
'Forest on the Edge of Time', The Pit II, Los Angeles, CA

'6 Implosion 20', Anton Kern Gallery, New York
'Los Angeles: A Fiction', Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo
'Outside', curated by Matthew Higgs, Karma, Amagansett, New York
'Wild Style', Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany 

'The Shell (Landscapes, Portraits & Shapes), a show by Eric Troncy', Almine Rech Gallery, Paris
'Tracing Shadows', Plateau, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

"California Landscape Into Abstraction: Works From The Orange County Museum of Art", Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California (cat)

"About Face", ACME, Los Angeles
"We The People", Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space, New York

David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
"Dystopia", CAPC Museé d’art Contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux

"This and That", Corvi-Mora, London

"Electric Mud", Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the University of Houston, Houston

"Dinner and a Group Show", GBE@passerby, New York
"Pretty Ugly", Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Maccarone, New York
"Live Undead", Transmission Gallery, Glasgow

"Good Morning, Midnight", Casey Kaplan, New York (curated by Bruce Hainley)
"If everybody had an Ocean. Brian Wilson an art exhibition", Tate St Ives, St Ives, UK; CAPC Musée d'art Contemporain, Bordeaux
"Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative", Thomas Dane, London
"After Cezanne", MOCA The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

"Red Eye. LA Artists from the Rubell Family Collection", Rubell Family Collection, Miami

California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach
"Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast and Contemporary Art", CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
"Now and Then Some", Claremont College, Claremont (curated by David Pagel)

Prague Biennale 1, Veletrzní Palác, Prague
"Giverny", Salon 94, New York
"Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast in Contemporary Art", Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; MCA San Diego; Vancouver Art Gallery; Vancouver, British Columbia; CCAC Watts Institute, Oakland (cat)
"Ishtar", Midway Contemporary Art, St. Paul, Minnesota (curated by Bruce Hainley) (cat)
"The Great Drawing Show: 1550-2003 AD", Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
"The Fourth Sex: Adolescent Extremes", Stazione Leopolda, Florence (curated by Francesco Bonami & Raf Simons) (cat)
"Youngstars", Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna
"Painting Pictures", Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
"Dear Painter, paint me", Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main (cat)

"Collectors Program: Sammlung Köhn", Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna
"Grey Gardens", Michael Kohn Gallery, (curated by Bruce Hainley)
"The Galleries Show: Contemporary Art in London", The Royal Academy of Arts, London
"Paintings", Marc Foxx, Los Angeles
"Dear Painter, paint me", Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (cat.)

"The Americans. New Art", Barbican Art Gallery, London (cat.)
"The Devil Is In The Details", Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston

"Collector's Choice", Exit Art, New York
Marc Foxx, Los Angeles

"Meanwhile...", Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago
Gallery Side 2, Tokyo

"Brian Calvin, Suzanne Doremus, Edward Henderson & Deborah Orapallo", Foster Gallery, The University of Wisconsin, Eau-Claire, Wisconsin
"X-sightings", Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, New York

"Created Here: a Salon d'Ecole", Richard Himmel Gallery, Chicago
"Recent Paintings", Gallery 2, School of The Art Institute of Chicago 
"Don Baum's Grab Bag", Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
"Discontents & Debutantes: Brian Calvin & Mike Cockrill", Center for the Visual Arts, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois

"Whose Broad Stripes & Bright Stars: Death, Reverence & the Struggle for Equality in America", Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago


Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon
DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, USA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, USA
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas, USA
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California, USA
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, USA


Brian Calvin, ‘Duet (with Chorus)’, First edition

Brian Calvin, ‘Brian Calvin — The Meditations : Chicago 1991-1999’, Corbett vs. Dempsey

Anton Kern Gallery, ‘Brian Calvin’, Black Dog Publishing

Jonathan Griffin, ‘Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting’, Phaidon Press, pp.70-
Mark Von Schlegell, ‘New Dystopia’, Sternberg Press, pp.153-171
Devin Johnston, ‘Traveler Poems’, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Michael Darling, Michael Holte, ‘RED EYE, LA Artists fom the The Rubell Family Collection’, Holte, Ecuador

Kraus, Tumlir & McFadden, ‘LA Artland’, Black Dog Publishing, pp.76-77
Alex Farquharson, ‘Brian Wilson: An Art Book’, edited by Alex Farquharson, Four Corners Books

Devin Johnston, ‘Looking Out’, Lung, Issue 8


Selected Press

‘In Pictures’, The Art Newspaper Daily, March 14, 2019

Claude Lorent, ‘Cliché: Brian Calvin ‘States’’, La Libre Belgique, May 10
‘Brian Calvin. States’, International Art Exhibitions 2017, April
L.D. Porter, ‘True Colors’, Santa Barbara Magazine, January 1, pp.95-96

Judicaël Lavrador, ‘Le syndrome de Bonnard, L’art de ne jamais achever une oeuvre’, Beaux-arts, October, pp.104-109
Éric Troncy, ‘L’art fait son numéro’, Numéro, June/July, pp.122-135
Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello,’ Brian Calvin’, Numéro, June/July, p.40
Thimothé Chaillou, ‘Brian Calvin : La peinture, une forme de voyage dans le temps‘, Lui Magazine, April 7
‘Brian Calvin, une jeunesse désenchantée ?’, Expo in the city, April, p.64-65
Charles Barachon ‘Le top 3 des expos du week-end’, Soustitre, March 18
Nicholas Forrest ‘Brian Calvin Hours of Painterly Pauses at Almine Rech Gallery’, Blouin Artinfo, March 17
Eric Troncy, ‘ Les figures libres de Brian Calvin à la galerie Almine Rech’, Numéro, March 4
‘L’image du jour : Brian Calvin’, Stiletto, March 4
Elie Villette, ‘Compter les heures’, Le cahier de tendances de l’Obs’, March, p.27
Anne-Claire Meffre, ‘Le monde de Calvin’, Madame Figaro Pocket N°37, February 24

‘Brian Calvin in MU.ZEE’, ArtExpo, December
‘Brian Calvin’, Art Forum, December
Bill Powers, ‘Brian Calvin Flow West’, MuseMagazine.it, September 29
Antoine Espinasseau, ‘The Shell’, Frog, Fall-Winter 2015-2016
Olivier Zahm, ‘Eric Troncy’, Purple Magazine, Fall-Winter 2015
Eric Troncy, ‘Brian Calvin’, Frog, Fall-Winter 2015
Eric Troncy, ‘Figures de style’, Numéro N°165, July 23
Claire Moulène, ‘Brian Calvin: les yeux en face des trous’, Les Inrocks, July 13
Judicaël Lavrador, ‘Brian Calvin, mission impassible’, Libération, June 27

Anne Prentnieks, ‘Brian Calvin’, Artforum.com, September

Thomas Davis, ‘Brian Calvin at the Corvi-Mora Gallery’, Hero magazine, October 28
‘Brian Calvin’s L.A. Youths: the artist behind Raf Simons’ spring 13 prints’, SSENSE, May
T.S., ‘7 Questions: Brian Calvin’, Painting in L.A. Blog, April 24

Bruce Hainley, ‘Sadgasm’, Spike, Issue 34, Winter, pp. 79-89
William Oliver, ‘The, Now, Next – Raf Simons Talks to Dazed, Reflecting on his
Stellar Collection, Dior Couture, LA Artist Brian Calvin and Grunge’, dazeddigital.com, June 28

Judicaël Lavrador, ‘Qu’est-ce que la peinture aujourd’hui?’, Beaux Arts Éditions, November, pp. 70-71

Bridget Goodbody, ‘Brian Calvin at Anton Kern Gallery’, Time Out New York, September 28, pp. 72
Sonia Campagnola, ‘Focus Los Angeles’, Flash Art International, January/February, pp. 69

Charlotte Mullins, ‘Telling Tales’, Vogue, October, pp. 117-120
Cathy Horyn, ‘Raf’, The New York Times, September 18
‘Brian Calvin’, Flash Art no.243, July-September
David Pagel, ‘Sober, steady, yet electrifying’, L.A. Times, May 13

Michael Wilson, ‘Brian Calvin’, Artforum, December, p.195
Jack Bankowsky, ‘Best of 2004’, Artforum, December, pp.162-163
David Cohen, ‘Ellen Gallagher: Exelento. Brian Calvin. James Rielly’, New York Sun, October 7
Ken Johnson, ‘Brian Calvin at Anton Kern’, The New York Times, September 17
Christopher Knight, ‘Coastal Confluence’, LA Times Sunday, February 1

Sara Harrison, ‘Brian Calvin’, Time Out, September 17, p.62
Fisun Güner, ‘Brian Calvin’, Metro, September 9, p.22
Jessica Lack, ‘Brian Calvin’, The Guardian (G2), September 8, p.18
‘Still waters run deep’, ArtReview, September, p.22
David Pagel, ‘The unmemorable now unforgettable’, The Los Angeles Times, May 9, p.21
Marc Foxx, The Los Angeles Times, May 9, p.21

‘Focus Painting Part I’, Flash Art, Vol.XXXIV. No.226, October, p.80
Brian Sewell, ‘The Galleries Show at the Royal Academy’, Metro Life (Evening Standard), September 19, pp.48-49
Roberta Smith, ‘The staying power (and it’s not a freeze frame) of paint’, The New York Times, July 21, pp.25-27
Zoo, March, no.12, p.84
Jennifer Higgie, ‘Brian Calvin’, Frieze, February
Ilaria Bonacossa, ‘The Americans: New Art’, Flash Art, January, p.48

David Gleeson, ‘Brian Calvin’, Time Out, no. 1609, p.59
Mark Sladen, ‘Young Americans’, Blueprint, November, pp.50-56
Jennifer Higgie, ‘Brian Calvin’, Frieze, September, p.89-96
Susan Corrigan, ‘New York sucks’, i-D, October, pp.184-190
Martin Herbert, ‘States of the art’, Art Review, Autumn, pp.50-51
Bruce Hainley, ‘Brian Calvin’, Artforum, February, pp.140-141

Bruce Hainley, Artforum, Best of 2000 Issue, December, p.133
Alison Gingeras, ‘Subversion du kitsch: conjectures on conceptual uses of figurative realism’, Art Press, December, pp.28-36

Monty DiPietro, ‘Brian Calvin: Documenting the moments in the nooks and crannies of life’, The Japan Times, December 25
Hanatsubakll, no.585, Tokyo, March

After Hours, no.7, Tokyo, October
LUNG, no.7, Chicago

New American Paintings, no.11, Open Studio Press, Wellesley, MS, August
Chicago Review, vol.43, no.1, Chicago, Winter

Todd Meyers, ‘Reviews: Brian Calvin’, New Art Examiner, April
Susan Buck-Morse, ‘Galleries’, Chicago Tribune, February 2
Margaret Hawkins, ‘Evil is the watchword in separate exhibitions’, Chicago Sun Times, January 19