Edward Kienholz (American, 1927–1994) used his art as a way to comment on the hypocrisy of modern society and American consumerism through life-size installations referred to as “tableaux.” Kienholz was born in Fairfield, WA, and moved to Los Angeles in 1953. In 1975, he was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. A major retrospective of his work was held posthumously at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1996, as well as solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Pace Gallery, LA Louver Gallery, Braunstein/Quay Gallery, and Haunch of Venison, among others.

Timeline

1927
Born: Fairfield, WA
1948
Attended Eastern Washington College of Education, Cheney, WA
1948
Attended Whitworth College, Spokane, WA
1953
Moved to Los Angeles, CA
1956
Founded NOW Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1957
Founded Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1960
Completed his first installation, Roxy's, Los Angeles, CA
1972
Married Nancy Reddin
1973
Guest artist of the German Academic Exchange Service, Berlin, Germany
1973
Established studio with his wife, Berlin, Germany
1975
Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
1981
Declared that all his work created after his marriage should be co-signed Nancy Kienholz
1994
Died: Sandpoint, ID

Exhibitions

2009
"Time & Place: Los Angeles, 1958-1968", Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland
2008
"Time & Place: Los Angeles, 1958-1968", Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
2007
Haunch of Venison, Zurich, Switzerland (solo exhibition)
2005
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England
(traveled to: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia)
2004
Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo exhibition)
2002–2003
Portland Art Museum, OR (installation)
2002
PaceWildenstein, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
2002
L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA (solo exhibition)
1996
Retrospective Whitney Museum, New York, NY
1994
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (solo exhibition)
1989
L. A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA (solo exhibition)
1981
Galerie Maeght, Zurich, Switzerland (solo exhibition)
1980
Gemini G.E.L. Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo exhibition)
1979
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (solo exhibition)
1979
University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA (solo exhibition)
1977
Hope Gallery, Hope, ID (solo exhibition)
1976
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (solo exhibition)
1975
Onnasch Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1975
Galerie Christel, Helsinki, Finland (solo exhibition)
1971
Wide White Space, Antwerp, Belgium (solo exhibition)
1971
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England (solo exhibition)
1970
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (solo exhibition)
1970
Städtishce Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo exhibition)
1969
Eugenia Butler Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo exhibition)
1968
Documenta IV, Kassel, Germany (installation of Roxy’s)
1968
Boise Gallery of Art, Boise, ID (solo exhibition)
1967
Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Washington, DC (solo exhibition)
1967
Dwan Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1966
Retrospective Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
1966
Dwan Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1966
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, Canada (solo exhibition)
1966
Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Saskatchewan, Canada (solo exhibition)
1965
Dwan Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1964
Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo exhibition)
1963
Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York, NY (installation of Roxy’s)
1963
Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo exhibition)
1962
Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (first installation of Roxy’s)
1961
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA (solo exhibition)
1960
Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo exhibition)
1958
Exodus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo exhibition)
1958
Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo exhibition)
1956
Syndell Studio, Los Angeles, CA (solo exhibition)
1955
Coronet Louvre, Los Angeles, CA (solo exhibition)
1955
Café Galleria, Los Angeles, CA (solo exhibition)

Public Collections

National galerie, Berlin, Germany
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Staatsgalerie Stuttgard, Germany
The Lousiana Museum, Humlebeak, Denmark
The Ludwig Museum, Koln, Germany
The Sara Hilden Museum, Tampere, Finland
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Centre National d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
MacKenzie Art Gallery, Saskatchewan, Canada
ModernaMuseet, Stockholm, Sweden
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas, Venezuela
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Literature

1996
Tuchman, Maurice, Edward Kienholz, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1996.
1996
Hopps, Walter et al., Kienholz: A Retrospective, New York, NY: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1996.
1990
Pincus, Robert L., On a Scale that Competes with the World: the Art of Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, Berkeley: University of California Press, c. 1990.