Janine Antoni (American, born January 19, 1964) is a sculptor, photographer, performance artist, and installation artist. She was born in Freeport, Bahamas, and later moved to Florida in 1977 to attend boarding school. In 1986, Antoni earned a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She went on to earn an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989. Antoni describes herself as “a storyteller with many stories to tell,” but she leaves room for the viewer’s imagination to expand on those stories and develop their own.

Antoni is greatly influenced by Robert Smithson and Louise Bourgeois. Using her body as a tool, Antoni demonstrates daily rituals through sculptural processes. In the sculpture installation piece Gnaw (1992), Antoni chewed 600-pound cubes of chocolate and lard until she was too exhausted to continue. In a public performance at the Anthony d’Offay Gallery called Loving Care (1993), Antoni mopped the floor using her hair and a bucket of dye.

Over the course of her career, Antoni has received a Painting and Sculpture Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a Larry Aldrich Foundation Award. From 1993 to 2000, she participated in the Venice, Whitney, Johannesburg, Istanbul, Kwangju, and Korea biennials. She currently lives and works in New York City.

Timeline

1964
Born in Freeport, Bahamas
1986
Received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, NY
1989
Received a MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
1996
IMMA Glen Dimplex Artists Award
1998
The Joan Mitchell Foundation, Inc. Painting and Sculpture Grant
1999
New Media Award, ICA Boston, MA
Larry Aldrich Foundation Award
2011
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award
2012
Creative Capital Grant
Lives and works in New York, NY

Exhibitions

2013
Explosion! Painting as Action, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain
2012
Explosion! Painting as Action, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Beasts of Revelation, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
Caribbean Crossroads, Queens Museum, Queens, NY
Conversation with Contemporary Works, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL
Decade: Contemporary Collecting 2002-2012, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Into the Mix, at Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY
The Kids Are All Right: An Exhibition, Joan Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, England
New Territories: International Festival of Live Art, Glasgow, Scotland
Once Removed, The Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
The Persistence of Pollock, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, NY
Room in My Head: Staging Psychological Spaces, Savannah College of Art and Design, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, NC
Semi-Permeable, Hosfelt Gallery, New York, NY
What To Desire, La Caixa Forum, Barcelon, Spain
2011
Touch, Museum Kunst der Westküste, Alkersum/Föhr, Germany (solo)
Adrift, The Hyde Gallery at the Nesin Graduate School, Memphis, TN
Creative Time, Park Avenue Café, New York, NY
Dance/Draw, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Move: Art and Dance Since the 60’s, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Move: Choreographing You, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany
Touched: A Space of Relations, bitforms Gallery, New York, NY
Wishing and Praying, CRG Gallery, New York, NY
Untitled, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN
2010
At Home in the Body, University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA (solo)
Artist’s Body, Coreana Museum, Seoul, Korea
Behind the Green Door, Harris Lieberman, New York, NY
Carnival Within – An Exhibition Made in America, UferHallen Berlin-Wedding Uferstrabe, Berlin, Germany
Duetto, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, Australia
Other than Beauty, Friedman Benda, New York, NY
Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection, New Museum, New York, NY
Thrice upon a time, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Twenty Five, Luhring Augustine, New York, NY
2009
Up Against, Luhring Augustine, New York, NY (solo)
Bad Habits, Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY
Carnival Within, Uferhallen, Berlin, Germany
Collect with us, Armand Bartos Fine Art, New York, NY
Materials and Meanings, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Mercosul Biennial, Mercosul, Brazil
Objects of Value, The Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL (catalogue)
Portrait of the Artist as a Biker, Magasin: Centre National D’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France
PS: Parsing Spirituality, Affirmation Arts, New York, NY
2008
Cancelled, Erased & Removed, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
In Repose, The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
Objects of Value, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
2007
Janine Antoni, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC (solo)
Family Pictures, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Fast Forward, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Fractured Figure, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
Going, Staying: Movement, Body, Place in Contemporary Art, Kunst Museum, Bonn, Germany
Take Two: Women Revisiting Art History, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA
2 x 4, Luhring Augustine, New York, NY
Role Exchange, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
Facades, Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, Champaign, IL
2006–2007
Touch My Shadows. New media works from the Goetz Collection. The Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
2006
At Home in the World, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Got Cow? Cattle in American Art, 1820-2000, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
Into Me/Out of Me, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens, NY
Shoot the Family, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
Hypervision, Westport Art Center, Westport, CT
Horizon, Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University, AK
Portraits of Artists: A selection of photographic works from the collection of Rex Capital, Rhode Island. Luhring Augustine, New York
Tales of Places, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Monuments for the USA, White Columns, New York, NY
2005
Ready or Not Here I Come, Institute of International Visual Arts, London, UK (solo)
Centre of Gravity, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey
The Divine Body: God, Gender and the Diversity of Early Christianity, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, NY
Monuments for the USA, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
Post Modern Portraiture, The Logan Collection Vail, CO
Empreinte moi, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris
2004
Touch, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
Bodily Space: New Obsessions in Figurative Sculpture, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Monument To Now, The Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens, Greece
Speaking with Hands: Photographs from the Buhl Collection, Guggenheim Museum, New York
The Paper Sculpture Show, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Infinitely Specific, Monserrat Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
Artes Mundi Prize. Wales International Visual Art Prize, National Museum & Gallery of Wales, Cardiff, UK
Walk Ways, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Hallifax, Nova Scotia
Freedman Gallery, Albright College Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
Treasure Maps, Apexart, New York, NY
2003
To Draw a Line, Luhring Augustine, New York, NY (solo)
Undomesticated Interiors, Smith College of Art, Northhampton, MA
Janine Antoni and Paul Ramirez Jonas, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
The Paper Sculpture Show, Cabinet Magazine, Independent Curators International and Sculturecenter, Long Island City, NY
Everyday Aesthetics, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Olso, Norway
Family Ties. A Contemporary Perspective, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Taught Tether Teeter, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
2002
To Draw a Line, The 2001 Sandra Garrard Memorial Lecture, Newcomb Art Department Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (solo)
SITE, Santa Fe, CA (solo)
2001
The Girl Made of Butter, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT (solo)
ARCO 2001, Project Room, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2000
Projects 70, Janine Antoni, Shazia Sikander, Kara Walker, banners for the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Open Ends: Minimalism and After, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
WANAS 2000, The Wanas Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden
Janine Antoni, Paul Ramirez Jonas, IASPIS Galleriet, Stockholm, Sweden
Unnatural Science, Mass MOCA, Williamstown, MA
Outbound: Passages from the 90s, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX
Kwangju Biennale 2000, Kwangju, Korea
The End, Exit Art, New York, NY
Friends and Neighbors, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Ireland
Who’s That Girl?, Sandra Gering Gallery, Italy
Beauty Now, Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Walking, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Quiet in the Land, Museu de Arte Moderna, Bahia, Salvador, Brazil
Art at MoMA since 1980, MoMa, New York, NY
EV + A 2000: Friends and Neighbors, EV + A, Limerick, Ireland
1999
Regarding Beauty: A View of the Late Twentieth Century, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Head To Toe, Impressing The Body, University Gallery, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Best of Season, Chronos & Kairos, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
1999 Drawings, Alexander and Bonin, New York, NY
The Viewing Room, Artpace, H&R Block Artpace at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, KS
Best of the Season: Selected Work from the 1988-99 Manhattan Exhibition Season, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Looking at Ourselves: Works by Women Artists from the Logan Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1998
Swoon, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (solo)
Corpus Virtu, Sean Kelly, New York, NY
Veronica’s Revenge, Stedelijk Museum, Sittard, The Netherlands
Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark
Luhring Augustine, New York, NY
1997
Swoon, Capp Street Project, San Francisco, CA (solo)
On Life, Beauty, Translations and Other Difficulties, The 5th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
De-Genderism, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Quiet in the Land, Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Mirror Enough Self-Portraits, Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York, NY
Indentity Crisis: Self-Portraiture at the End of the Century, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
Family and Friends, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
1996
Art at the Edge, The High Museum, Atlanta, GA (solo)
Janine Antoni/Matrix 129, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
Activitats Escultural, Sala Montcada de Fundacio "la Caixa,” Barcelona, Spain (solo)
Exposure, Luhring Augustine, NY
The Hugo Boss Prize: 1996, Guggenheim Museum Soho, New York, NY
3 Legged Race: Janine Antoni, Marcel Odenbach and Nari Ward, Harlem Fire House, New York, NY
Defining the Nineties: Consensus-making in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
Warp and Woof: Comfort and Dissent, Artists Space, New York, NY
Burning in Hell, Franklin Furnace, New York, NY
1995
Slip of the Tongue, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, Scotland (solo)
Cocido y Crudo, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
1992
Gnaw, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

Public Collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
The New Museum, New York, NY
Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA