Tomma Abts

Biography

1967
Born in Kiel

Lives and works in London

Education

1988-1995
Hochschule der Künste Berlin

Solo Exhibitions

2019
David Zwirner, New York

2018
Art Institute of Chicago, curated by James Rondeau & Lekha Hileman Waitoller, Chicago / Serpentine Gallery, London (catalogue)

2017
Galerie Buchholz, Berlin

2016
Greengrassi, London

2015
“Four New Etchings”, Crown Point Press, San Francisco

2014
David Zwirner, New York
“Mainly Drawings”, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (catalogue)

2013
Galerie Buchholz, Berlin

2011
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf (catalogue)
Greengrassi, London

2009
“Five Color Etchings”, Crown Point Press, San Francisco
Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin

2008
David Zwirner, New York
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (catalogue)
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (catalogue)

2006
Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
Turner Prize, Tate Britain, London (catalogue)
Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel

2005
Greengrassi, London (catalogue)
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
Kunsthalle Basel (catalogue)

2004
“Journal #7”, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (with Vincent Fecteau) (catalogue)
Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin

2003
Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
The Wrong Gallery, New York (catalogue)
“Recent Works”, Greengrassi, London

2002
“Paintings”, Greengrassi, London
Marc Foxx, Los Angeles (with Vincent Fecteau)

2001
Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin

1999
“Paintings”, Greengrassi, London

1998
Habitat, London

Group Exhibitions

2019
“Sixty Years”, Tate, London
“Dirty Protest: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection”, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
“Abstraction: Aspects of Contemporary Art”, The National Museum of Art, Osaka
“Photo”, Parkett Space Zurich, Zurich
“Summer exhibition”, Royal Academy of Art, London
“Vista View”, Galerie Buchholz, New York

2018
“David Zwirner: 25 Years”, David Zwirner, New York (catalogue)
“A Time Capsule Revisited: A New Installation of Works Made by Women for Parkett (1984-2017)”, Parkett Space, Zurich
“Autofiktionen – Zeichnung der Gegenwart”, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen (catalogue)
“Dialogue with a Collection”, Laure Genillard London, London

2017
Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
“Breakfast All Day”, Reading International at Munchees, Reading
“Summer Choices: A Group Exhibition”, Crown Point, San Francisco
“Eggy & Seedy”, Reading International at Munchees, Reading
“Abstract Painting Now!”, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems (catalogue)
“Les Dix ans du Prix de dessin de la Fondation d’art contemporain Daniel & Florence Guerlain”, Centre Pompidou, Paris
“Occasional Geometries: Rana Begum Curates the Arts Council Collection”, Longside Gallery at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (catalogue)

2016
“The Campaign for Art: Contemporary”, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Franscisco
“On Paper: Finding From”, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore
“Going Public – The Napoleone Collection”, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield / Touchstones, Rochdale
“Ghost of Other Stories”, The Model, Sligo
“Riot Grrls”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

2015
“The Bottom Line”, curated by Martin Germann and Philippe van Cauteren, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent
“Drawing Now”, curated by Elsy Lahner, Albertina, Vienna (catalogue)
“Prix de Dessin 2015 de la Fondation Daniel et Florence Guerlain: Tomma Abts, Jockum Nordström, Pavel Pepperstein”, Maison Guerlain, Paris
“Le Souffleur. Schürmann trifft Ludwig”, curated by Wilhelm Schürmann, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen
“Zero to one on paper”, Ratio 3, San Francisco
“CMYK”, Algus Greenspon, New York

2014
“Abstract Drawing”, curated by Richard Deacon, Drawing Room, London
“Persian Rose Chartreuse Muse Vancouver Grey”, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
“Primary Elements”, Marc Jancou, New York

2013
Galerie Buchholz, Cologne
“Painting Now: Five Contemporary Artists”, Tate Britain, London (catalogue)

2012
“Architectural Dispositions”, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles
“Automaton”, Galerie Buchholz, Cologne
“Stand still like the Hummingbird”, David Zwirner, New York
“Contemporary Painting, 1960 to the Present: Selections from the SFMOMA Collection”, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
“Rendezvous der Maler II – Malerei an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf von 1986 bis heute”, Akademie Galerie, Die Neue Sammlung, Düsseldorf (catalogue)
“Summer Exhibition 2012”, Royal Academy of Arts, London
“Editions! “, Grieder Contemporary, Zurich
“Made In Britain: Contemporary Art From The British Council Collection 1980-2010”, National Gallery of Arts, Tirana / Benaki Museum, Athens
“The Indiscipline of Painting”, Mead Gallery – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

2011
“Absentee Landlord”, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
“Quodlibet III – Alphabets and Instruments”, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
“Seeing as a Kind of Thinking: A Jim Nutt Companion”, curated by Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
“The Indiscipline of Painting”, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives
“Public Private Paintings”, Mu.ZEE, Ostend
“Made in Britain: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection 1980-2010”, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong / Sichuan Provincial Museum, Chengdu / Xi’an Art Museum, Xi’an / Suzhou Museum, Suzhou

2010
“High Ideals & Crazy Dreams”, Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg
“Wunsch Zettel: Neuerwerbungswünsche”, Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart
“At Home/Not At Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg”, CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-On-Hudson (catalogue)

2009
“Slow Paintings”, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen (catalogue)
“4th Tirana Biennale”, Tirana Institute of Contemporary Art, Tirana (catalogue)
“Cave Paninting”, PSM Gallery, Berlin
“Quodlibet II”, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
“Chance and Construction”, Crown Point Press, San Francisco

2008
“The Gallery”, David Zwirner, New York
“Framåt”, Galerie Rekord, Oslo
“Yes, No & Other Options”, curated by Jan Verwoert, Art Sheffield 08, S1 Artspace, Sheffield
“History in the Making: A Retrospective of the Turner Prize”, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (catalogue)

2007
Turner Prize: A Retrospective, Tate Britain, London / Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow / Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (catalogue)
“Von Abts bis Zmijewski – Neue Werke aus der Sammlung Gegenwartskunst”, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich

2006
“Hyper Design”, The Shanghai Bienniale 2006, Shanghai (catalogue)
“Of Mice and Men”, 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Berlin (catalogue)
“Axis of Praxis”, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis
“Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Köln, at Metro Pictures”, Metro Pictures, New York
“Abts, Ahtila, Bruguera, Genzken”, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel
“Turner Prize”, Tate Britain, London (catalogue)

2005
“British Art Show 6”, organized by the Hayward Gallery, London traveling to Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead / The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester / Arnolfini, Bristol / Nottingham Castle, Nottingham

2004
“Matisse and Beyond: The Painting and Sculpture Collection”, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
“54th Carnegie International”, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (catalogue)
“Formalismus. Moderne Kunst Heute”, Kunstverein in Hamburg (catalogue)
“Müllberg”, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
“Werke aus der Sammlung Boros”, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe (catalogue)
“Journal #7: Tomma Abts – Vincent Fecteau”, Stedelijk Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven

2003
“Black Rainbow, Lucky Tackle”, curated by Anne Collier, Lucky Tackle, Oakland
“Honey, I rearranged the Collection”, Greengrassi / Corvi Mora, London
“Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße in Bremen”, Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen (catalogue)
“Hot, Blue and Righteous”, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin
“Deutschemalereizweitausenddrei”, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (catalogue)

2002
Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
“Tomma Abts & Vincent Fecteau”, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles

2001
“The Devil is in the Details”, curated by Bruce Hainley, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston
“Egofugal”, 7th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (catalogue)

1999
“Limit Less”, curated by Matthew Higgs, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
“Etcetera”, curated by Alex Farquharson, Spacex Gallery, Exeter

1998
“The Origin of Parties”, Greengrassi, London
“The Vauxhall Gardens”, Norwich Art Gallery, Norwich

1996
“Fast”, 520 King Street West, Toronto

1995
“Filmcuts”, Galerie Neugerriemschneider, Berlin

Awards

2015
Daniel and Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation Drawing Prize

2006
Turner Prize

2004
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award