1962 Born Boulder (CO), USA
1984 BFA, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (PA), USA
1986 MFA, Yale University, New Haven (CT), USA 

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Sadie Coles HQ, London
Paintings, Museo Stefano Bardini, Florence, Italy 
2015 Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills (CA), USA
2013 Gagosian Gallery, Paris
2012 Sadie Coles HQ, London
2011 DHC / ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada
John Currin meets Cornelis van Haarlem, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands
2010 John Currin: New Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, New York (NY)
2009 John Currin - Works on Paper: A Fifteen Year Survey of Women, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (NY)
2008 Sadie Coles HQ, London
2006 Gagosian Gallery, New York (NY)
2003 Sadie Coles HQ, London
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (IL), USA; Serpentine Gallery, London; Whitney Museum of Art, New York (NY)
John Currin: Works on Paper, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines (IA), USA; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (CO), USA; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee (WI), USA
John Currin Selects, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MA), USA
2002 Regen Projects, Los Angeles (CA), USA
The Honeymooners (with Rachel Feinstein), Hydra Workshops, Greece
2001 Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (NY)
2000 Monika Spruth Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Sadie Coles HQ, London
1999 Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (NY)
Regen Projects, Los Angeles (CA), USA
1997 Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (NY)
Sadie Coles HQ, London
1996 Regen Projects, Los Angeles (CA), USA
1995 Institute of Contemporary Art, London
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (NY)
Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain, Limousin, Limoges, France
Donald Young Gallery, Seattle (WA), USA
Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco (CA), USA
1994 Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (NY)
1993 Critical Distance (curated by Luk Lambrecht), Ado Gallery, Belgium
Galerie Monika Spruth, Cologne, Germany
1992 Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (NY)
1989 White Columns, New York (NY)

Group Exhibitions

2017 Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from the Tate, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Lucas Cranach the Elder: 500 Years of the Power of Temptation, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
 2016 Lucas Cranach the Elder: 500 Years of the Power of Temptation, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Japan
Desire, Moore Building, Miami (FL), USA
Nude: From Modigliani to Currin, Gagosian, Madison Avenue, New York (NY)
2015 America Is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (NY)
The Shell (Landscapes, Portraits & Shapes), a show by Éric Troncy, Almine Rech Gallery, Paris
Dans un Intérieur. Meubles, oeuvres murales & textiles d'artistes. Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels
As Is Is, Altman Siegel, San Francisco (CA), USA
La Peregrina
, curated by Jenny Saville, Rubens and His Legacy, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Sleepless – The bed in history and contemporary art, 21er Haus, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna (curated by Mario Codognato)
2014 She: Picturing Women at the Turn of the 21st Century, David Winton Bell Gallery and the Cohen Gallery, Brown University, Providence (RI), USA
FIERCE CREATIVITY, Pace Gallery, New York (NY)
Urs Fischer curated show
, Sadie Coles HQ, London
Somos Libres II: Works from the Mario Testino Collection, curated by Neville Wakefield, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, Italy
2013 NYC: 1993: Experimental Jet St, Trash and No Star, New Museum, New York (NY)
2012 Freedom Not Genius, Works from Damien Hirst’s collection, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, Italy
Curators’ Series #5. Bouvard and Pécuchet's, Compendious Quest for Beauty, David Roberts Art Foundation, London
Absentee Landlord, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (MN), USA
2011 Celebrating the Golden Age, Frans Hals Museum, Amsterdam
The Deer, Le Consortium, Dijon, France
Compass: Drawings of the Museum of Modern Art New York, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
2010 Crash: Homage to JG Ballard, Gagosian Gallery, London
Lebenslust und Totentanz, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austria
Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London
In the Company of Alice, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
Connecticut - D'Amelio Terras, New York City (NY)
Lust for Life & Dance of Death. Olbricht Collection, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria
Crash, Gagosian Gallery, London
2009 Mary Magdalene, The Metropolitan Opera, New York (NY), USA
Slow Paintings, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
Tears of Eros, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Oscar Tuazon. That's Not Made For That, David Roberts Foundation, London
Paint Made Flesh, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester
(NY) USA, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville (TN), USA, The Phillips Collection, Washington (DC), USA
The Figure and Dr Freud, Haunch of Venison, New York (NY)
Talk Dirty to Me..., Larissa Goldston Gallery, New York (NY)
Fatal Attraction: Diana and Actaeon – The Forbidden Gaze. Compton Verney, Warwickshire (England)
Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, MoMA , New York (NY)
2008 Diana And Actaeon: The Forbidden Sight of Nudity, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany
Bad Painting, Good Art
, MUMUK, Museum of Modern Art, Vienna
Pretty Ugly, Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York, NY
THE OLYMP - Works on Paper, Burkhard Eikelmann Com, Düsseldorf, Germany
L´Homme Merveilleux, Château de Malbrouck , Manderen, France
Second Thoughts, Hessel Museum of Art & Center for Curatorial Studies Galleries at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson (NY), USA
Out of Shape:Stylistic Distortions of the Human Form in Art, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie (NY) USA
2007 Old School, Hauser & Wirth Colnaghi, London; Zwirner & Wirth, New York (NY)
Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative (curated by Jens Hoffman), Thomas Dane Gallery, London
Insight?, Gagosian Gallery, Moscow
What is Painting? - Contemporary Art from the Collection, MoMa- Museum of Modern Art, New York (NY)
Zurück zur Figur - Malerei der Gegenwart, KunstHaus Wien, Vienna
News on Paper, Galerie Burkhard Eikelmann • Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany
Rockers Island - Olbricht Collection, Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen, Germany
Timer 01, Triennale Bovisa, Milan, Italy
Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative, Thomas Dane Gallery, London
Painting Now! - Back to Figuration, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Jake & Dinos Chapman and John Currin, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm
2006 In the Darkest Hour there may be light, Work’s from Damien Hirst’s Murderme Collection, Serpentine Gallery, London (cat.)
Surprise, Surprise, ICA, London
Zurück zur Figur: Marlerei der Gegenwart, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich, Germany;Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (cat.)
Painting Codes: I Codici della Pittura, Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, Monfalcone, Italy
Prints, Sadie Coles HQ, London
Dryden Goodwin - Portrait Perspectives, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
The Power of Women, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea di Trento, Trento, Italy
Back to the Figure: Contemporary Painting, Kunsthalle der Hypo- Kulturstiftung, Munich, Germany
Sweets and Beauties, Fredericks and Freiser, New York (NY)
New York, New York, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, France
2005 Girls on Film, (curated by Kristine Bell), Zwriner and Wirth Gallery, New York (NY)
Drawing from the Modern, 1975-2005, Museum of Modern Art, New York (NY)
Idols of Perversity, Bellwether, New York (NY)
In Limbo, Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, University of Denver, Denver (CO), USA
Getting Emotional, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (MA), USA
Works on Paper, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills (CA), USA
The Figurative Impulse - Works from the UBS Art Collection, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Santurce, Puerto Rico
Fondos Regionales de Arte Contemporáneo Île-de-France y Poitou-Charentes, MAMBA - Museo de Arte Moderno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Syzygy, Shaheem Modern and Contemporary Art, Cleveland (OH), USA
2004 SITE, Sante Fe’s Fifth International Biennal: Disparities and Deformations: Our Grotesque, SITE Santa Fe Biennial, Santa Fe (NM), USA
She’s Come Undone, Artemis, Greenberg van Doren Gallery, New York (NY)
Now Is a Good Time, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (NY)
Painting Now: Selections from the Permanent Selection. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego (CA), USA
15 year anniversary of Regen Projects, Regen Projects, Los Angeles (CA), USA
Selections from the Collection of William and Ruth True, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (WA), USA
II Nudo: Fra Ideale e Realta, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
The Charged Image: From the Collection of Douglas S. Cramer, Joseloff Gallery, West Hartford (CT), USA
Projet Cône Sud, Museo De Arte de Lima, Peru; Centro Cultural Matucana 100, Santiago, Chile; Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo, Uruguay
2003 Inaugural Exhibition, Regen Projects, Los Angeles (CA), USA
20th Anniversary Show, Monika Spruth / Philomene Magers, Cologne, Germany
John Currin Selects, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MA), USA
An International Legacy: Selections from Carnegie Museum of Art, Oklahoma City
Museum of Art, Oklahoma City (OK), USA; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno (NV), USA; Mobile Art Museum, Mobile (AL), USA
Supernova: Art of the 1990s from the Logan Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (CA), USA
Fast Forward (twenty years of white rooms) White Columns, New York (NY)
Reverie - Works from the Collection of Douglas S. Cramer, Speed Art Museum, Louisville (KY), USA
Pittura/painting: From Rauschenberg to Murakami, 1964-2003, Museo Correr, Venice, Italy
Trésors Publics: 20 Ans de Création dans les Fonds Régionaux d’Art Contemporain, Villa Greiner, Strasbourg, France
DC: Lily van der Stokker: Small Talk, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
As Time Goes By, Leo Koenig, New York (NY)
Awakenings, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson (NY), USA
The Great Drawing Show, 1550-2003, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
2002 Liebe Maler, male mir…Dear Painter, paint me…Cher peintre, peins-moi (curated by Alison Gingeras), Pompidou Centre, Paris; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany (cat.)
Drawing Now: Eight Propositions, Museum of Modern Art, New York (NY)
American Standard (Para) Normality and Everyday Life, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York (NY)
The Honeymooners: John Currin and Rachel Feinstein, The Hydra Workshop, Hydra, Greece
Its Unfair!,Museum De Paviljoens, Almere, Spain
Art for Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis (IN), USA
…Curious Pictures… Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (NY)
Walk around Town: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (MN), USA
New York Renaissance: Masterworks from the Whitney Museum, Palazzon Reale, Milan, Italy
Les Vertus sont des Titres, Les Souffrances sont des Droits, Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporaian Poitou- Charantes, Angoulême, France
Cher Peintre: Peintures Figuratives depuis l’Ultime Picabia. Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
American Standard: (Para) Normality and Everyday Life, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York (NY)
2001 Form Follows Fiction, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
Azerty, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
About Faces, C & M Arts, New York (NY)
Naked Since 1950, C & M Arts, New York (NY)
The Way I See It, Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris
Drawings, Regen Projects, Los Angeles (CA), USA
Works on Paper from Acconci to Zittel, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
A Room of Their Own From Arbus to Gober, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles (CA), USA
Painting At The Edge Of The World, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (MN), USA
Lateral Thinking: Art of the 1990s, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla (CA), USA
New To the Modern: Recent Acquisitions from the Department of Drawings, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (NY)
2000 Kin, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
00, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York (NY)
Innuendo, Dee/Glasoe Gallery, New York (NY)
Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (NY)
Couples, Cheim & Read, New York (NY)
Art on Paper 2000 (curated by Ron Platt), Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro (NC), USA
Of the Moment - Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco (CA), USA
2002 Drawing on the Figure: Works on Paper of the 1990s from the Manilow Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago - MCA Chicago, Chicago (IL), USA
CONTEMPORARY COLLECTORS XV, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - MCASD La Jolla, La Jolla (CA), USA
State of the Art: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (MN), USA
1999 Art Lovers, Compton House, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK
I’m Not Here: Constructing Identity at the Turn of the Century, The Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg (PA), USA
Carnegie International 1999/2000, CI:99/00, The Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh (PA), USA
The Great Drawing Show: 1550 to 1999, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles (CA), USA
Malerei, INIT-Kunsthalle, Berlin
The Nude in Contemporary Art, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield (CT), USA
TroubleSpot: Painting, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwepren (MUHKA), Antwerp, Belgium
Examining Pictures: exhibiting paintings (curated by Francesco Bonami), Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (IL), USA
Etcetera Spacex (curated by Tommaso Corvi-Mora), Exeter, UK
Painters: John Currin and Elizabeth Peyton (curated by Peter Schjeldahl), Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, (MA), USA
Salome: Images of Women in Contemporary Art (curated by Katherine Gass), Castle Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle (NY), USA
Positioning, Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (NY)
7 Women, 7 Years later, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (NY)
1998 More Fake, More Real, Yet Ever Closer (curated by Robert Evren) Castle Gallery, The College of New Rochelle (NY), USA
The Risk of Existence, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York (NY)
“Young Americans 2; Part Two”, Saatchi Gallery, London
From Here to Eternity: Painting in 1998, Max Protetch Gallery, New York (NY)
Hungry Ghosts, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Portraits: People, Places and Things, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (NY)
Pop Surrealism, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Aldrich (CT), USA
Now and Later, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven (CT), USA
1997 Heart, Mind, Body, Soul: American Art in the 1990s, Selections from the Permanent Collection, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (NY)
The Tate Gallery Selects: American Realities - Views from Abroad: European Perspectives on American Art 3, (curated by Nicolas Serota and Sandy Nairne) The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (NY)
Painting Project, Basilico Fine Arts and Lehmann Maupin, New York (NY)
Projects #60: Currin, Peyton, Tuymans (curated by Laura Hoptman), The Museum of Modern Art, New York (NY)
Views From Abroad: European Perspectives on American Art 3, American Realities. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (NY)
Feminine Image (curated by Donald Kuspit), Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor (NY), USA
1996 a/drift: Scenes from the Penetrable Culture (curated by Joshua Decter) Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson (NY), USA
Figure, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Pittura, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
Variations, op. 96: une selection d’oeuvres du Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain, Poitou-Charentes, Musée de Cognac, Cognac, France
Answered Prayers, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
Sugar Mountain (curated by Paul Ha and Andrea Scott), White Columns, New York (NY), USA
Face to Face, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
Controfigura, Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy
Narcissism: Artists Reflect Themselves, California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido (CA), USA (cat.)
Screen (curated by Joshua Decter), Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York (NY)
1995 Wild Walls, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, tour to the ICA, London (cat.)
25 Americans: Painting in the 90’s, Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee (WI), USA (cat.)
Collection, fin XXe, Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain Poitou-Charentes, Angouleme, France (cat.)
White Columns Benefit, New York (NY)
B-Movie (curated by Sarah Morris), Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco (CA), USA
1994 A series of rotating installations: Week 1: John Currin and Andrea Zittel, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (NY)
Exhibited, Center For Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on Hudson, New York (NY)
Summer Group Show, Donald Young Gallery, Seattle (WA), USA
Up the Establishment (curated by Dan Cameron), (Benefit sale for Independent Curators Incorporated)
Intercourse, Mustard, New York (NY)
Kathe Burkhart, John Currin, José A. Hernandez Diez, Tony Oursler, Lorna Simpson, Sue Williams. Galleria Galliani, Genoa, Italy.
Sonnabend Gallery, New York (NY)
Galleria Galliani, Genoa, Italy
Don’t Postpone Joy or Collecting Can Be Fun! (curated by Rudi Molacek and Barbara Steffen), Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria; Austrian Cultural Institute, New York (NY)
Intercourse (curated by Pedro Gomez and Daniel Carello), Mustard, New York (NY), USA
Passing Through (curated by Ugo Rondinone), Galerie Walcheturm, Zurich,
Switzerland
White Columns Benefit 1994, White Columns, New York (NY)
1993 Medium Messages (curated by Vik Muniz), Wooster Gardens, New York (NY)
Look at the Window (curated by Jose Lebrero Stals) Museum Het Kruithuis, Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, (cat.)
One of Us (Since You Stayed Here) (curated by Mark Wilson & Cokkie Snoei), Kunsthal Rotterdam, The Netherlands
After the Event (curated by Mike Hubert) Aperto 93, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (cat.)
Just what is it that makes today's home so different, so appealing?, Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris
Project Unite Firminy (curated by Yves Aupetitalot), Unité D'Habitation Le Corbusier, Firminy, France (cat.)
Prospect '93: Eine Ausstellung des Frankfurter Kunstvereins im Steinernen Hans und der Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (cat.)
SOHO at Duke IV, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham (NC), USA
Aperto 93: Emergency /Emergenza. XLV Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
1992 Figurative Work from the Permanent Collection, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (NY)
Double Identity, Johnen & Schottle, Cologne, Germany
Dead Cat Bounce, Robbin Lockett Gallery, Chicago (IL), USA
Galerie Rudiger Schottle, Munich, Germany, tour to Galerie Rudiger Schottle, Paris
Art under 30: FIAR International Prize (organized by FIAR Milan). New York (NY)
New Deal, Bruno Brunnet Fine Arts, Berlin
1991 Malerei, Johnen & Schottle, Cologne, Germany
Art Under 30, The FIAR International Prize, Milan, Italy; Rome, Italy; Paris; London; New York (NY); Los Angeles (CA), USA (cat.)
Shared Skin: Sub-Social Identifiers (organized by Janet Biggs), Dooley Le Cappellaine Gallery, New York (NY)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Violence and Knowledge in Recent American Art (curated by Klaus Ottman), Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Wesleyan (MA), USA
Gulliver's Travels, Sophia Ungers Galerie, Cologne, Germany
7 Women, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (NY)
Andrea Rosen Gallery (two person exhibition with Robin Kahn), New York (NY)
1990 (not so) Simple Pleasures, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston (MA), USA (cat.)
Total Metal (curated by Richard Phillips), Simon Watson Gallery, New York (NY) (cat.)
White Columns Benefit, New York (NY)
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (NY)
Program Update White Columns, White Columns, New York (NY) (cat.)
Update:1980-1990. White Columns, New York (NY)
1989 Amerikarma (curated by Dan Levine) Hallwalls, Buffalo (NY), USA