Martin Wong

Biography

1946
Born in Portland

1999
Died in San Francisco

Solo Exhibitions

2017
“Human Instamatic”, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley

2016
“SEWER GODDESS: Readings & Inspirations from the Martin Wong Poetry Scrolls”, P·P·O·W Gallery, New York
“Voices”, P·P·O·W Gallery, New York
“Human Instamatic”, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus

2015
“Human Instamatic”, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York
“Painting is Forbidden”, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco

2014
“City as Canvas: New York Graffiti from the Martin Wong Collection”, Museum of the City of New York, New York

2010
Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
Galerie Buchholz, Köln

2009
“Martin Wong: Everything Must Go”, P·P·O·W, New York
“Art, Archives and Activism= Martin Wong’s Downtown Crossing”, Asian/Pacific/American Institute, New York University, New York

2004
“Martin Wong’s Utopia”, Chinese Historical Society of America Museum of Art, San Francisco

2001
“Martin Wong: Storefronts 1984-86”, P·P·O·W, New York

1999
“Martin Wong: The Eureka Years”, Humbolt State University First Street Gallery, Eureka

1998
“Sweet Oblivion: The Urban Landscape of Martin Wong”, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
“Martin Wong: New Work”, P·P·O·W, New York
“Sweet Oblivion: The Urban Landscapes of Martin Wong”, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal

1994
York College, New York

1993
“San Francisco Art Institute”, San Francisco
“Chinatown USA”, P·P·O·W, New York

1991
“Soap, Erotic Jail Paintings”, The Pyramid Club, New York

1988
EXIT ART, New York
Frank Bernaducci Gallery, New York

1987
“Here and Now”, Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville
“Signs of Significance”, Sacco’s, Ridgefield
“Living for the City”, The Saint, New York

1986
Semaphore, New York

1985
Semaphore, New York

1984
Semaphore, New York

Group Exhibitions

2020
“Walls Turned Sideways: Artist Confront the Justice System”, Tufts University Art Galleries, Medford
“Art After Stonewall, 1969 to 1989”, The Patricia & Philip Frost Art Museum, Miami
“Art After Stonewall, 1969 to 1989”, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus

2019
“A New Moma”, MoMA, New York
“Maskulinitäten”, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn / Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne / Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf
“United by AIDS – An Exhibition About Loss, Remembrance, Activism and Art in Response to HIV/AIDS”, Migros, Zurich
“Hong Kong”, MX Gallery, New York
“About Face: Stonewell, Revolt, and the New Queer”, Wrightwood 659, Chicago
“Stonewall 50”, Clifford Chance, New York
“Art After Stonewall, 1969 to 1989”, Grey Art Gallery and Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York

2018
“Wall Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System”, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
“The Contested Body”, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis
“READYMADES BELONG TO EVERYONE”, Swiss Institute, New York
“A Page from My Intimate Journal (Part I) –”, Gordon Robicheau, New York
“Walking Point”, Greene Naftali, New York

2017
“AIDS at Home and Everyday Activism”, Museum of the City of New York, NY
“I Plan to Stay a Believer”, Andrew Kreps, New York
“Street Hassle”, Marlborough Contemporary, London
“Spectrosynthesis – Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei

2016
“An Uncanny Likeness”, Simon Lee Gallery, New York
“Art, AIDS, America”, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Atlanta
“Art, AIDS, America”, Bronx Museum of Art, New York
“Tie His Hands Gently”, Romeo, New York
“Desire”, Moore Building, Miami
“Painting 2.0. Expression in the Information Age”, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig,
Vienna
“Hardlove”, Martos Gallery, New York

2015
“Painting 2.0. Malerei im Informationszeitalter”, Museum Brandhorst, Munich
“Magnificient Obsessions: The Artist as Collector”, Barbican Centre, London
“Once Upon a Time and Now”, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Center, New York
“Art, AIDS, America”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
“Art, AIDS, America”, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma
“Talk to the Hand”, LYNCH THAM, New York
“afterlife”, Galerie Buchholz, New York
“40: The Anniversary Exhibition”, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York
“Meets the Dam”, Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam
“Are We Sufficiently Bored?”, Tyler Galleries, Temple University, Philadelphia
“America is Hard to See”, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
“Slip of the Tongue”, Punta della Dogana, Palazzo Grassi, Venice
“Once Upon a Time and Now”, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Center, New York
“Left Coast: California Political Art”, CUNY Graduate Center’s James Gallery, New York

2014
“Loisaida: New York’s Lower East Side in the ’80s”, Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover
“City as Canvas”, The Museum of the City of New York, New York

2013
“Secrets, Loss, Memory, Courage: Works by Gay Male Artists”, Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover
“Double Hamburger Deluxe”, Marlborough Chelsea, New York
“Blues for Smoke”, The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus
“NOT OVER: 25 Years of Visual AIDS”, La Mama La GalleriaI, New York
“Taiping Tianguo”, SALT, Istanbul
“IMUUR2”, Martin Wong’s Collection, Installation by Danh Vo, The Guggenheim Museum, New York
“IMUUR2”, Martin Wong’s Collection, Installation by Danh Vo, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

2012
“The Happy Fainting of Painting”, Zwinger Galerie, Berlin
“Neptune Society, San Francisco Columbarium,
4th Fl., Dome Room, South Wall, Tier 4, Niche 2”, Julie Ault / Heinz Peter Knes / Danh Vo / Martin Wong, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
“The Spectrum of Sexuality”, Hebrew Union College Museum, New York
“Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, 1969-1989”, The New Museum, New York
“We The People”, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York
“B-OUT”, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
“Silence”, The Menil Collection, Houston
“Taiping Tianguo, A History of Possible Encounters”, Para / Site Art Space, Hong Kong
“Every Exit is an Entrance: 30 years of Exit Art”, Exit Art, New York
“Blues for Smoke”, MOCA Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles
“Contemporary Painting, 1960 to the Present”, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

2011
“Quodlibet III – Alphabets and Instruments”, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
“Art, Access & Decay: NY 1975-1985”, Subliminal Projects Gallery, Los Angeles
“Art in the Streets, Martin Wong’s collection of graffiti paintings and black books: from
Museum of the City of New York”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

2010
“Strange Comfort”, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel
“Urban Archives”, The Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx
“Global/National: The Order of Chaos”, Exit Art, New York
“Downtown Pix: Mining the Fales Archives”, Grey Gallery, New York

2009
“Between Art and Life: The Painting and Sculpture Collection”, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

2008
“The Dorthy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States”, National Gallery of Art, Washington
“Asian/American/Modern Art: Shifting Currents 1900-1970”, curated by Mark Johnson, de Young Museum, San Francisco
“The Louvrefritos”, Cuchifritos Gallery and Project Space, New York
“Street art Street Life: From 1950s to Now”, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York
“Idle Yout”h, Gladstone Gallery, curated by Russell Ferguson, New York
“Side X Side, Visual AIDS”, curated by Dean Daderko, New York
“Related Exhibition: Sweet Oblivion: Graffiti, Drawings, and Photos from the Martin Wong Papers”, New York University, Fales Library Special Collection, New York

2007
“The Price of Nothing: Luxury after the Real Estate Show”, EFA Gallery, New York

2006
“Big City Fall”, P.P.O.W, New York
“New York’s Own”, curated by Chris Daze Ellis, Fuse Gallery, New York
“The Downtown Show, The New York Art Scene 1974-1984”, curated by Carlo McCormick, The NYU Grey Art Gallery and The Fales Library, New York

2005
“It’s a rough world, how’s your armor?”, thebody.com (online exhibition)

2004
“21”, P·P·O·W, New York
“East Village USA”, curated by Dan Cameron, New Museum of Contemporary Art

2003
“Charlie Ahearn: Artists”, P·P·O·W, New York
“Look Up! Contemplating the Skies”, curated by Thomas Woodruff, New York Academy of Sciences, New York
“Commodification of Buddhism”, Bronx Museum, New York

2002
“Social Landscape”, P·P·O·W, New York
“Subject Matters: An Exhibition of Subject Driven Art”, curated by Norman Dubrow, Kravitz/Wehby Gallery, New York
“Sex Pots: The Erotic Life of Clay”, San Francisco State University Fine Arts Gallery,
San Francisco
“One Planet Under A Groove: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art”, Bronx Museum of Art, New York
“Context: Recent Art from Cuba in the Permanent Collection”, Bronx Museum of Art, New York
“Humor and Rage: 5 Contemporary Painters from the United States”, Fundacio Caixa Catalunya, Barcelona
“Pollack to Today”, Whitney Museum of American Art, Permanent collections, New York, NY

2000
“Manhattan Contrasts”, NY Historic Society, New York, NY
“The Figure: Another Side of Modernism, Paintings from 1950 to the Present”, Newhouse Center for “Contemporary Art”, curated by Lilly Wie, Staten Island, New York
Bronx Museum of Art, Permanent collection, New York

1999
“Radiant Children: Art of the East Village”, curated by Jonathan Weinberg and Joel Handorff, Lamia Ink!, New York

1998
“Conviviality & Confetti: Holiday Imagery in Art”, The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville
“FotoGraf”, The Web Gallery, New York

1997
“Reflections of Taste, American Art from Greenwich Collections”, Bruce Museum, Greenwich
The Web Gallery, http://www.webgallerynyc.com, New York

1996
“Sites of Chinatown”, Museum of Chinese in the Americas, New York
“The Usual Suspects”, curated by Daze, Avanti Gallery New York
“Blood Fairies”, curated by Frank Moore, Geoff Hendricks and Sur Rodney (Sur), Artists Space, New York
“Arts Communities/AIDS Communities: Realizing the Archive Project”, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston
“Give Life to Art: The First Step”, presented by Gallery (+) Positive and Visual AIDS, Fire Island Pines
“Our Dieties”, ISE Art Foundation, New York

1995
“Art for Education: Public Art in the School System”, The Palace Hotel, New York
“Art at the Edge: Social Turf”, High Museum of Art, Atlanta
“Murder”, curated by John Yau, travelling to Thread Waxing Space, New York
“In a Different Light”, University Art Museum Berkeley, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley
“Art as Dramatic Comedy: an exhibition exploring comic traditions as defined by literature in contemporary art”, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago
“Imperfect”, Herter Art Gallery, Amherst
“Drawn on the Museum”, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield
“New York Realism: Past and Present”, curated by Doug Dreishpoon, Odakyu Museum, Tokyo, Japan / Kagoshima City Museum of Art; Japan / Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art; The Museum of Art, Kintetsu, Osaka, Japan / Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan / Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa

1993
“Fallen Idylls: American Figurative Painting”, curated by Christopher Sweet and P·P·O·W
Art Miami 1994, Miami, FL; traveled to The Martin County Council for the Arts, Stuart

1992
“The New American Cityscape”, curated by Amy Simon, Fairfield University, Fairfield
“Malcom X Show”, curated by Jeremy Nader, City College of New York, New York
Benefit Auction for White Columns, New York
“Contemporary Male Nudes”, Graham Modern, New York

1991
“Belly of the Beast”, curated by Francisco Hernandez, Charles Lucien Gallery, New York
“Your House is Mine”, project by Andrew Castrucci and Nadia Cohen, Center for Book Arts,
New York
“The New Depressionists”, curated by Lee Quinones, Kenkeleba House, New York
Benefit for Asian American Women’s Center, New York
“In the Looking Glass”, Mint Museum, Charlotte
“Queer Art Show”, curated by Nayland Blake, New Langton Arts, San Francisco
“Hip-Hop”, curated by Anne Pasternack and Francisco Hernandez, New Art Ways, Hartford
“Office Installations”, curated by Judy Collishan, CW Post Campus, Long Island University, New York
National Gay and Lesbian Conference, Rutgers University
“Access, (Art and Representing the Handicapped)”, Islip Museum, Islip Long Island
“Della Cova”, Anne Plumb Gallery, New York
“The Hybrid State”, EXIT ART, New York
“Images of Labor: The 90s”, Gallery 1199, New York

1990
Benefit for “God’s Love We Deliver,” Sotheby’s, New York
“Brick Dicks and Swastikas”, with Benjamin Liepelt, CBGB’s, New York
“Tiananmen Memorial Show”, curated by Asian American Arts Center, Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong
“Flaneur/Flaneuse: Out on a Stroll”, Barbara Fendrick, New York
“Decade Show 1990”, MOCHA, New York
“Inside the Beast”, curated by Francisco Hernandez, Charles Lucien Gallery, New York
“Lower East Side Print Shop Retrospective”, Tompkins Square Park Library, New York
“Your House is Mine”, Bullet Space, New York
“Bastille Day Show”, Steve Mass, New York
“Queer”, Wessel-O’Conner Gallery, New York
“AIDS Time-Line”, curated by Ken Chu, The Clocktower, New York
“Jazz and the Blues Aesthetics”, Studio Museum of Harlem, New York
“Brut 90”, White Columns, New York

1989
“Interiors”, Bennington College, Bennington
“Future Now”, Bass Museum, Miami
“Uptown Downtown”, curated by Bob Lee, City Gallery, Columbus Circle, New York
“Urban Images”, Madison Arts Center, Madison
“Free Puerto Rico, Black and White in Color”, Bronx, New York
“The Blues Aesthetics”, WPA, Washington
“Center Show”, Gay and Lesbian Cultural Center, New York
“First Amendment Show”, Sally Hawkins, New York
“Flag Show”, Red Zone, New York
“Democracy”, curated by Group Material, DIA Art Foundation, New York
“Visions of Revolution”, El Castillo Cultural Center, New York
“China, June 4”, curated by Asian American Arts Center, Blum Helman Warehouse, New York
Benefit for San Salvador, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York

1988
“The Social Club”, EXIT ART, New York
“The 1980s: A New Generation, American Painters and Sculptors”, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
“Acts of Faith”, curated by Lucy Lippard, Cleveland State University, Ohio
Politics and Election installations by Group Material, Dia Art Foundation, New York
“AIDS and Democracy”, installations by Group Material, Dia Art Foundation, New York
“100 Years of the Lower East Side”, curated by Anton van Dalen, P·P·O·W, New York
“The Immoral Show”, curated by Ron English, Tunnel, New York

1987
“Art of the Eighties”, Karl Bornstein Gallery, Santa Monica
“Three Jack-o-Lanterns”, Halloween party, Bleecker Gallery, New York
“Curators’ Choice”, Gerstadt Gallery, New York
“Urban Visions”, Adelphi University, Adelphi
“Bigger and Deffer”, curated by D.D. Chapin, Seventh Avenue Space, New York
“Two Man Show”, with Benjamin Lipalet, Milk Bar, New York
“Constitution”, curated by Group Material, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
“GNARLY-MO”, curated by Steven Schwartz, Limelight, New York
“The Castle”, an installation by Group Material, at Documenta 8, Kassel
“The Mind’s I, Part 1”, Asian Arts Institute, New York
“Resistance, (Anti-Baudrillard)”, Group Material, White Columns, New York
“Art for Mone”y, a benefit for Fashion Moda, Art and Industrie, New York

1986
“Freedom of Painting”, Galerie Paradis, Paris
“Text/Texture”, curated by Peggy Cyphers, Ground Zero, New York
“The East Village”, curated by Richard Martin, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
“Short Stories”, curated by Judd Tully, One Penn Plaza, New York
“Eight Urban Painters”, Fine Arts Center, State University of New York at Stony Brook
“Strange Brew”, Chronocide, New York
“Ten Chinatown”, Asian Arts Institute, New York

1985
“Hard Cold Facts”, curated by Rick Prol, B-Side Gallery, New York
“Benefit for Fashion Moda”, curated by James Poppitz, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York
“Innocence and Experience”, Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC and First Street Gallery, New York
“Photosynthesis”, curated by Ellen Lubell, One Penn Plaza, New York
“Cross Currents”, curated by Joe Stabilito, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia
“Audacious: Some Extremist Tendencies in East Village Art”, curated by Dan Cameron,
Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago
“Urban Spirit”, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark
“East Village Art Collection”, The Palladium, New York
“Works on Paper”, Semaphore East, New York
“Precious”, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York and the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk
American Occult, Kamikaze, New York
“Tight as Spring”, curated by Barry Blinderman, Kamikaze, New York
“Illuminations”, curated by Joey Handorff, Dramatic Personae Gallery, New York
“Auto da Fe”, curated by Steve Whitesell, P·P·O·W, New York
“The Monster Show”, Nico Smith Gallery, New York
Semaphore and Semaphore East Galleries, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
East Village at Centre, Centre Sakdye Bronfman, Montreal

1984
“Urban Landscapes”, Semaphore East, New York
“East Infection”, curated by Carlo McCormick, Zero One, Los Angeles
“Small Works”, NOW Gallery, New York
“New Narrative Painting”, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City
“Bacchanalia”, New York Public Library, Tompkins Square Branch, New York
“New York Now”, curated by Manuela Filiaci & Carlo McCormick, Nello Studio di Corrado Levi, Milan
“The Acid Test”, Sensory Evolution Gallery, New York
“Aspects of the City”, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
“Neo York”, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
“Street Politics”, Real Art Waves, Hartford
“Chill Out New York”, curated by Steve L. Kaplan, Kenkeleba House, New York
“Conspiracies”, Limbo Lounge, New York
“Carnival”, Kamikaze, New York
“10th St. & Avenue B/East Village Art Today”, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach
“Extravaganza”, Dramatic Personae Gallery, New York
“Psychology”, New York Public Library, Tompkins Square Branch, New York
“In My End is My Beginning”, Semaphore, New York
“The New Portrait”, curated by Jeffrey Deitch, P.S.1, Long Island City
“Limbo”, curated by Walter Robinson and Carlo McCormick, P.S.1, Long Island City
“Climbing: The East Village”, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York
“Situation”, curated by Steven L. Kaplan, Bess Cutler Gallery, New York
“Dr. Mueller’s Theotherapy”, curated by Cookie Mueller, Kamikaze, New York
“East Side Story”, curated by Rick Prol, Cat Club, New York
“Martin Wong & Sharp”, Limbo Lounge, New York
“Urban Artists”, Kamikaze, New York

1983
“Gracie Mansion Presents”, Kamikaze, New York
“A. More Store”, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York
“Science Fair”, Danceteria, New York
“Science and Prophecy”, curated by Steve Whitesell and Joel Handorff, White Columns, New York
“Underdog”, curated by Rick Prol, East 7th Street Gallery, New York
“Lower East Side Polygon-Part II”, Danceteria, New York
“Contemporary Prints”, Tibor de Nagy, New York
“Terminal New York”, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn, New York
“Wish You’d Been Here”, curated by Carlo McCormick, ABC No Rio, New York
“Resurrection, ” St. Mark’s Intercollegiate Church, New York

1982
“Group Show”, 301 Houston Street Gallery, New York
“Crime Show”, curated by John Spencer, ABC No Rio, New York