Ellen Gallagher  (American, 1965) 

Ellen Gallagher (American, b.1965) is a painter, collagist, and printmaker. Born in Providence, RI, she attended Oberlin College, OH, from 1982 to 1984, and Studio 70, in Fort Thomas, KY, in 1989. Gallagher earned a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston, MA, in 1992. She went on to attend the Skowhegan School of Art, ME, in 1993. Associated with the post-minimalists, Gallagher’s work often contains deeper meanings about race and stereotypes, particularly for African Americans. The artist’s aesthetic has been influenced by the minimalist style of the painter Agnes Martin (American/Canadian, 1912–2004) and the repetition in writings by Gertrude Stein. Gallagher’s DeLuxe, a portfolio of 60 prints, was exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, NY, in 2005. The artist took advertisements from African American magazines and manipulated the images by cutting them apart, removing text, and adding three-dimensional surfaces. In the series Watery Ecstatic, Gallagher examined history, myth, and identity. She carved sea creatures out of thick paper to mimic scrimshaw, the 19th-century art in which whalers carved animal bones to create tools and pictures. The artist’s works are shown internationally at renowned institutions such as the Tate Modern in London, UK, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France. Gallagher lives and works in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and New York City.

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Ellen Gallagher, Watery Ecstatic


Ellen Gallagher
Watery Ecstatic

Hauser & Wirth Zürich London New York
Ellen Gallagher, Ishmael


Ellen Gallagher

Two Palms
Ellen Gallagher, Abu Simbel


Ellen Gallagher
Abu Simbel
Two Palms
Ellen Gallagher, Untitled


Ellen Gallagher

William Shearburn Gallery
Ellen Gallagher, Untitled


Ellen Gallagher

Goya Contemporary & Goya-Girl Press
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Ellen Gallagher, Nu Nile #5


Ellen Gallagher
Nu Nile #5, 2001
oil, plasticine, watercolor, graphite and paper collage on paper


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Ellen Gallagher, DeLuxe (portfolio of 60)


Ellen Gallagher
DeLuxe (portfolio of 60), 2004-2005
printed objects w/aquatint, drypoint, photogravure, spit-bite, lithograph, silkscreen, embossing, tattoo machine engraving, laser-cutting, collage, crystals, cut paper, enamel, glitter, gold leaf, gouache, graphite, oil, plasticine, polymer


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Ellen Gallagher, Untitled


Ellen Gallagher
Untitled, 1996
ink, pencil and paper on misu paper


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1965   Born: Providence, Rhode Island
1982 - 1984   Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
1986 - 1987   S.E.A. (Sea Education Association), Woods Hole, MA
1989   Studio 70, Ft. Thomas, Kentucky
1992   School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA
1993   Skowhegan School of Art, Skowhegan, ME
  Lives and works in New York and Rotterdam
2012   Ashes and Gold: A World’s Journey, MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany. Traveled to: Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany
2012   Paris Triennial, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2012   Printin’, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2012   Print/Out, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2012   Six Yards Guaranteed Dutch Design, Museum Voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, Netherlands
2011   After Hours: Murals on the Bowery, Art Production Fund in Collaboration with the New
2011   Print/Out, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2011   Printin’, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2011   Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (through 2012)
2011   Six Yards Guaranteed Dutch Design, Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem, The Netherlands (through 2012)
2011   Pace Prints Chelsea: Publisher Spotlight. LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University School of the Arts, May 27-July 9
2011   Cleijne + Gallagher, Curry, Höller, Huyghe, Kusama, Warhol, Wright, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
2011   Stargazers: Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation with 21 Contemporary Artists. The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York
2011   Wunder, Diechtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany (through 2012)
2011   Ellen Gallagher, Gagosian Gallery, New York (West 24th Street) (solo)
2010   On Line: Drawing through the Twentieth Century, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2010   elles@centrepompidou, Centre Pompidou, Paris
2010   Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic, Centro Galego de arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
2010   Underwater. Towner Museum, UK, April 3-June 20; Spacex, Exeter, July 17-Sept. 11; Ferens Art Gallery, UK, Sept. 25-Nov. 28; Tulle House, UK, Feb. 19-May 2, 2011.
2010   Brune/Blonde, Cinemathèque française, Paris
2010   Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic, Tate Liverpool, UK
2010   Disquieted: Contemporary Voices from out of the Shadows. Les Mutantes/ I Mutanti, Villa Medici, Rome
2010   Collecting Biennials, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2010   Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2010   Underwater, Towner, Eastbourne, UK
2010   Contemporary Art from the Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2010   Take me to your leader!, The National Museum of Art, Oslo, Norway
2009   An Experiment of Unusual Opportunity, South London Gallery, London (solo)
2007   Ellen Gallagher, Tate Liverpool, United Kingdom (solo)
2007   Coral Cities, Tate Liverpool, UK, traveled to Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, Ireland (solo)
2006   Ellen Gallagher: Salt Eaters, Hauser& Wirth, London (solo)
2005   Ellen Gallagher: DeLuxe, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (solo)
2005   Ellen Gallagher: Ichthyosaurus, Freud Museum, London (solo)
2005   Ellen Gallagher: Murmur and DeLuxe , The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL (solo)
2004   Ellen Gallagher Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria (solo)
2004   Ellen Gallagher: Orbus, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland. (through 2005) (solo)
2004   Preserve/Murmur Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA (solo)
2004   Ellen Gallagher: eXelento, Gagosian Gallery, New York (Chelsea) (solo)
2003   Murmur Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (solo)
2003   POMP-BANG, Saint Louis Art Museum, MO (solo)
2001   Watery Ecstatic, ICA, Boston, MA. Traveled to: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia (through 2002) (solo)
2001   Preserve, Des Moines Art Center, IA. Traveled to: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Drawing Center, New York (through 2002) (solo)
2001   Blubber, Gagosian Gallery, New York (Chelsea) (solo)
2000   Ellen Gallagher, Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London (solo)
1999   Murmer – Drawings from the series Watery Ecstatic; Murmur - Animation, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (solo)
1999   Ellen Gallagher, Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, MA (solo)
2001    Ellen Gallagher
Gagosian Gallery, New York
2000    Ellen Gallagher. Pickling
Max Hetzler, Berlin
1998    Ellen Gallagher: New Paintings
Gagosian Gallery, New York
1998    Ellen Gallagher
IKON Gallery, Birmingham
1997    The Astonishing Nose
Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London
1995    Whitney Biennial
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York