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 painter Agnes Martin, 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 often takes advertisements from African American magazines, and manipulates 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 in San Francisco, CA; and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France. Gallagher lives and works in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and New York, NY.

Timeline

1965
Born in Providence, RI
1982–1984
Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
1986–1987
SEA (Sea Education Association), Woods Hole, MA
1989
Studio 70, Ft. Thomas, KY
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

Exhibitions

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)

Literature

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