Jack Pierson  (American, 1960) 

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Jack Pierson (American, b.1960) is a photographer, sculptor, and draftsman. Considered to be exceptionally prolific and comfortable working with a variety of media, Pierson is best known for his photography, Abstract sculptures, and collages. He is openly gay, and many of his photographs are images of men shot in a casual, erotic fashion. Pierson was born in Plymouth, MA. He received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA, in 1984.

Pierson is considered to be part of the Boston School, which is a term used to refer to a group of photographers who worked in Boston in the early 1980s. Mark Morrisoroe (American, 1959–1989), David Armstrong (American, b.1954), Nan Goldin (American, b.1953), and Philip-Lorca diCorcia (American, b.1951) were all part of the Boston School and created a style of photography that centered on them photographing their mutual friends in intimate or casual settings. In 1990, Pierson created Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Part II, a collection of soap bars that referenced not only the titular brick road but also musicals, fantasy, and the glamor of Hollywood. In 1993, he created the photographs Chris and Neal and his Tunafish Salad.

Pierson published a series of 15 portraits under the title of Self Portrait in 2003. The book features photographs of men arranged from oldest to youngest, but photographs of Pierson are not included in the work. In 2004, his Self-Portrait series was part of the Whitney Biennial. Other examples of his work were shown in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In 2011, Pierson and Elliotte Puckette (American, b.1967) were united in a two-person show of collages at the Danzinger Gallery. Pierson is also known for photographing noted celebrities and models, such as Snoop Dogg, Brad Pitt, Naomi Campbell, and Michael Bergin. He lives and works in Southern California and New York, and is currently represented by Cheim & Read.

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Jack Pierson, Truro

 

Jack Pierson
Truro
2010

Xavier Hufkens
Jack Pierson, C.V.D. #7; C.V.D. #8; and C.V.D. #10 (3 works)

 

Jack Pierson
C.V.D. #7; C.V.D. #8; and C.V.D. #10 (3 works)
2000

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Jack Pierson, Glory

 

Jack Pierson
Glory
2009

Barbara Mathes Gallery
Jack Pierson, New York in Spring

 

Jack Pierson
New York in Spring
1997

Oxenberg Fine Art
Jack Pierson, Untitled (Collage IX)

 

Jack Pierson
Untitled (Collage IX)
2001

Cheim & Read
Jack Pierson, Where Was Thou

 

Jack Pierson
Where Was Thou
2009

Cheim & Read
Jack Pierson, Where or When

 

Jack Pierson
Where or When
2012

Cheim & Read
Jack Pierson, Stardust

 

Jack Pierson
Stardust
2012

Galerie Fluegel-Roncak
Jack Pierson, Desperate ?

 

Jack Pierson
Desperate ?
2009

Xavier Hufkens
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Jack Pierson, George M. Cohan statue, Time Square

 

Jack Pierson
George M. Cohan statue, Time Square, 1997
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Jack Pierson, Untitled

 

Jack Pierson
Untitled, 1997
chromogenic print

 

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Jack Pierson, Fate

 

Jack Pierson
Fate, 1992
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1960   Born in Plymouth, MA
1984   BFA, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
  Lives and works in New York, NY and Southern California
2013   THE END OF THE WORLD, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA
2012   The Art of Collaboration with Bottega Veneta
2010   Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia (solo)
Go There Now and Take This With You, Bortolami Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC (solo)
Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)
Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Jack Pierson: New Photographs, Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich, Germany (solo)
2009   Jack Pierson: Abstracts, Cheim & Read, New York, NY (solo)
Jack Pierson, Galleria Christian Stein, Milan, Italy (solo)
Flower Power, Villa Giulia - Centro di Ricerca Arte Attuale, Torino, Italy
Chelsea Visits Havana, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba
From The Archives: 40 Years, 40 Projects, White Columns, New York, NY
Les Rencontres Photographiques d’Arles, Arles, France
Le Chant de la Carpe, Parc Saint Léger – Centre d'art contemporain, Pougues-les-eaux, France
CAC Malaga, Malaga, Spain
2008   Other People: Portraits from Grunwald and Hammer Collections, Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Ego Documents - The Autobiographical in Contemporary Art, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Listen darling…the world is yours, Ellipse Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, Cascais, Portugal
Pretty Ugly, Maccarone, New York, NY
The Sum of Its Parts, Cheim & Read, New York, NY
Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
2007   Centre d'Art Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
Self Portraits, Sabine Knust, Munich, Germany (solo)
Jack Pierson, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Stripped Bare, C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany
I Am As You Will Be - The Skeleton in Art, Cheim & Read, New York, NY
Martin Maloney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jack Pierson, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium
2006   The Golden Hour, Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Berlin, Germany
Melancholia Passing into Madness, Cheim & Read, New York, NY
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
Survivor, Bortolami Dayan, New York, NY
Seeing the Light, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Seeing…Blue, The Gallery at Buck House, New York, NY
2005   Looking at Words: The Formal Presence of Text in Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
Project MTL, Centre d’Amherst, Montreal, Canada
Closing Down, Bortolami Dayan, New York, NY
Romance, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
All in the Family (NY Edition), Mailena Braun, curator, Texas Gallery, Houston, TX
The Culture of Queer, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
A Thousand Words, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Self Portraits, Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid, Spain
Danziger Projects, New York, NY
Male Desire Two, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY
Word Play, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY
Getting Emotional, ICA, Boston, MA
Drawings A to Z: Colecao Madeira Corporate Services, Porta 33, Ilha da Madeira, Portugal
Early Works and Beyond – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, NY
Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK
2004   Word of Mouth, A Selection: Part I, Dinter Fine Art, New York, NY
Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich, Germany
Self Portraits, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Whitney Biennial, New York, NY
Jack Pierson, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2003   Gallerie Roger Björkholmen, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
New Work, Hamiltons, London, UK (solo)
Neue Galerie Graz, Graz, Austria
Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, Germany
Cheim & Read, New York, NY
Why Jack Pierson, University of the Arts, Rosenwald – Wolf and Hamilton Galleries, London, Uk
2002   Truth, Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, Germany
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Germany
Jack Pierson: Recent Work, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, TX
Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
André Simoens Gallery, Knokke, Belgium
2001   Glenn Horowitz Bookstore, East Hampton, NY
Under the Top, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Taché – Lévy Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Galleria Photology, Milan, Italy
Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France
2000   Cheim & Read, New York, NY
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
La Vie, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
Robert Pearre Fine Art, Tuscon, AZ
1999   Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Kunstverein Heilbronn, Heilbronn, Germany
Cheim & Reid, New York, NY
Texas Gallery, Houston, TX (solo)
Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA (solo)
The Art Association, Provincetown, MA (solo)
Sprengel Museum Hanover (solo)
Espacio Aglutinador, Havana, Cuba (solo)
Roger Bjorkholmen Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
1998   Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Emotions & Relations, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
American Fine Arts Co., New York, NY
1997   Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux, France
Kunstverein Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain
1996   Galerie Phillipe Rizzo, Paris, France
Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Defining the Nineties: Consensus making in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL and MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
Art at the End of the 20th century: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
NZET Project, Gent, Belgium (solo)
Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York (solo)
White Cube, London, England (solo)
Module Centro Difuso de Arte, Lisbon, Portugal
Galerija Dante Marino Cettina, Stella Maris, Croatia
1995   Boston School, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
1993   1993 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Drawing the Line Against AIDS, Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York, NY
1992   True Stories, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
Tom Cugllani Gallery, New York, NY
Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, Germany
1990   Simon Watson, New York, NY (solo)
  Norsk Museum of Fotografi, Preus Fotomuseum, Horten, Norway
  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
  Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
  The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
  The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  Baltimore Museum of Contemporary Art, Baltimore, MD
  CAPC, Bordeaux, France
  Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
  FRAC, Korsika, France
  Graphische Sammlung der ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
  Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2008    Juncosa, Enrique, Wayne Koestenbaum and Rachael Thomas. Jack Pierson. Milan: Charta, 2008.
2006    Kotz, Liz and Richard Marshall. Jack Pierson Desire/Despair: A Retrospective: Selected Works 1985-2005. New York: Rizzoli, 2006.