Lawrence Carroll (Australian, b.1954) is a painter and sculptor, best known for his table paintings made from everyday scrap materials. Born in Melbourne, Carroll grew up in California, and studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. The surfaces of Carroll’s work appear monochromatic, but are complex networks of fractures and repairs. For his ongoing series of White Paintings, begun in 1984, Carroll attaches sculptural pieces of canvas, wood, and cloth onto a white canvas, and paints the entire work in off-white. The resulting surface shows traces of the cracks and folds of the composite process, and patches of faint color.

Carroll’s series of Table Paintings, begun in the early 2000s, are organic structures that place his White Paintings, supported by wooden beams, onto tables or rectangular pedestals. These works recall the work of still-life painters, such as Giorgio Morandi, and the mixed-media work of Robert Rauschenberg. Carroll’s work has been exhibited at the Hotel des Arts in Toulon, France, the Museo Correr in Venice, and documenta IX in Kassel, Germany, among other institutions. His work is held by several public collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

He lives and works in Malibu and Venice, CA.

Timeline

1954
Born in Melbourne, Australia
1972–1975
Moorpark College, Moorpark, CA
1976–1980
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, ca
1980
Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, USA
Lives and works in Malibu and Venice, CA

Exhibitions

2013
Nothing Gold Can Stay, Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France (solo)
55th Venice Biennale, Vatican Pavilion, Venice, Italy
In the world I live, Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, Dublin, Ireland (solo)
2011–2012
Giorgio Morandi, Museo d'Arte, Villa Malpensata, Lugano, Switzerland
Another Life, Buchmann Galerie, Agra/Lugano, Switzerland (solo)
2011
Body and Soul (with Gotthard Graubner and Sean Scully), Hôtel des Arts, Toulon, France
Just love me, Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean Luxemburg
2009
Glasstress, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venice, Italy
Wall Works (Giovanni Anselmo, Daniel Buren, Lawrence Carroll, Mario Merz, Felice Varini, Lawrence Weiner), Buchmann Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland
Made in Munich, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (with Daniel Buren)
2008
Studio Trisorio (with Steve Riedell), Rome and Naples, Italy (solo)
Call it what you like!, Art Centre Silkeborg Bad, Silkeborg, Denmark
Museo Correr, Venice, Italy (catalogue) (solo)
Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland (solo)
2007
Galleria Cardi, Milan, Italy (solo)
Drawings 1995, Ace Gallery, Beverly Hills, USA (solo)
Hotel Des Arts, Toulon, France (catalogue) (solo)
Il Settimo Splendore. La modernita della melincolia, Palazzo Forti, Verona, Italy
SEA, Castillo di Santa Barbara, Alicante, Spain
2006
The Painting Show, curated by Pilar Ribal, Galeria Xavier Fiol, Palma, Spain
Lawrence Carroll, Janis Kounellis, Remo Salvadori, Giuseppe Uncini, Galleria Cardi, Milan, Italy
2006, The Year in Art, 5th annual exhibition, Sydney, Australia
EMMA Museum, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoon kaupunki, Helsinki, Finland
Museo Correr, Venice, Italy
Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland (solo)
Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Melbourne, Australia (solo)
Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia (solo)
2005
Westcoast Painting Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany
ACE Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
Villa Panza, Varese, Italy (solo)
Galleria Xavier Fiol, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (solo)
Gallerie Fumagalli, Bergamo, Italy
Schmidt Contemporary Art, St. Louis, USA (solo)
Buchmann Gallerie, Lugano, Switzerland (solo)
Bocconi University, Panza Collection, Milan, Italy
50 Years of Documenta, Kassel, Germany
Galeria Altari, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (solo)
Michela Rizzo Gallery, Venice, Italy (solo)
2004
Practice, curated by David McDonald, Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Villa Panza, Varesse, Italy
Museum Abtieberg, Monchengladbach, Germany
Poëziezomer Watou, SMAK Museum, Gent, Belgium
ECLiPS, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
Galleria Fumagalli, Bergamo, Italy
Tannery, London, England
Carles Taché, Barcelona, Spain
Galleria Trisorio, Naples, Italy
Galleria Trisorio, Rome, Italy
Disposistone, Gallery San Fedele, Milan, Italy
Shadow Paintings, Colored Paintings, ACE Gallery, Beverly Hills, USA
2003
Centro Cultural Pelaires (with Kounellis, Cragg, Scully, Rousse), Mallorca, Spain (catalogue)
Panza Collection, Museo del Palazzo Ducale, Gubbio, Italy
Gallery Forsblum, Helsinki, Finland (solo)
ACE Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
Studio la Città, Verona, Italy (catalogue) (solo)
2002
La percezione dello spazio, Palazzo della Gran Guardia, Verona, Italy
Le stanze dell’arte, MART, Rovereto, Italy
Buchmann Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Galerie Carles Taché, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
Getting Lost, Munich, Germany (solo)
Galeria Altair & Galeria Xavier Fiol, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (solo)
2001
Galerie Kaj Forsblum, Helsinki, Finland (solo)
Göteborg International Kunstbiennal, Göteborg, Sweden
Artisti americani ed europei dalla collezione Panza, Palazzo Ducale, Sassuolo, Italy
2000
Dello Spirituale nell’Arte, Lumezzane; Gardone; Orzinuovi; Breno, Switzerland
Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
Ace Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Deweer Art Gallery, Otogem, Belgium (solo)
Buchmann Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Studio La Città, Verona, Italy (catalogue) (solo)
1999
Lawrence Carroll, Sean Scully, Lawing Gallery, Houston, USA
Galerie Karsten Greve Paris, France
Project Room, Ace Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
1998
Buchmann Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Galerie Alexander Seis, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
Galerie der Stadt, Stuttgart, Germany (solo)
Galerie Buchmann, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Douglas Lawing Gallery, Houston, USA (solo)
Pollution, Galleria Gian Ferrari, Milan, Italy
Palazzo Ducale, Venice, Italy
Master Drawings, Galerie Peter Bäumler, Regensburg, Germany
1997
Städtische Ausstellungshalle, Münster, Germany (solo)
Galerie Peter Bäumler, Regensburg, Germany (solo)
Galleria Gianenzo Sperone, Milan, Italy (solo)
Galleria Gian Ferrari, Milan, Italy (solo)
After the Fall, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York, USA
L’ossessione del segno, Studio la Città, Verona (catalogue)
Galerie Baudouin Lebon, Paris, France
Museo Cantonale de Arte, Lugano, Switzerland
1996
Galleria Sperone, Rome, Italy
Paintings and Drawings, Buchmann Galerie, Cologne (solo)
Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium (solo)
Blanket for Rothko, Ace Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
Studio La Città, Verona, Italy (solo)
Galleria Milleventi, Turin, Italy (solo)
The Panza Collection, Palazzo delle Albere, Trent, Italy (catalogue)
Positionen: Reisen an die Grenzen der Malerei, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Silence, Douglas Lawing Gallery, Houston, USA
1995
Paintings and Drawings, Lawing Gallery, Houston, USA (solo)
Drawings, Ace Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
Galleria Trisorio, Naples (with John Millei), Italy (solo)
The Material Imagination, Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York, USA
Interventions in Space, Graham, Schwarz, Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela
1994
The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada
Galerie Buchmann, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
Städtische Galerie im Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (solo)
When Things Sleep, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Domaine de Kerguehennec, Bignan, France (solo)
Grand Salon, New York, USA (solo)
1993
Jim Schmidt Contemporary Fine Art, St. Louis, USA (solo)
Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany (solo)
Ace Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, USA
1992
Whiter Shade of Pale, Galerie Sophia Ungers, Cologne, Germany
Galerie Beaumont, Luxembourg (solo)
Stux Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
1991
Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris, France (solo)
Röntgen Kunst Institute, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1990
Stux Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
The Spirit of the Matter, Grand Salon, New York, USA
The Material Imagination, Guggenheim Museum Soho, New York, USA
Interventions in Space, Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela
Sperone/Westwater Gallery, New York, USA
Abstraction from Two Coasts, Douglas Lawing Gallery, Houston, USA
1989
Domain de Kerguéhennec, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Bignan, France
Stux Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Galerie Ryszard Varisella, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (solo)
The State of Things, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany
The Painting Show, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
Lawrence Carroll, Tony Cragg, Wilhelm Mundt, Galleria Manuela Allegrini, Brescia, Italy
Domain de Kerguéhennec, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Bignan, France
Holtegaard Museum, Vedaek, Denmark
1988
Stux Gallery, New York, USA
Stux Gallery, Boston, USA (solo)
Private: Lawrence Carroll, Tony Oursler, Galleri F 15, Moos, Norway
Extravagant (The Economy of Eloquence), Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA
Plötzlich ist eine Zeit hereingebrochen, in der alles möglich sein sollte, Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Germany
Beyond Paint, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, USA
Object Bodies, Depaw University, Greencastle, IN
Jours Tranquilles à Clichy, Paris, John Good Gallery, New York, USA
Residual Hope, S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Elvis Has Left the Building…, New York, USA
1987
Documenta IX, Kassel, Germany
Dealing with Art, Künstlerwerkstatt Lothringer Str., Munich, Germany
The New Physical Abstraction in Los Angeles, Ace Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, USA
Whiter Shade of Pale, Galerie Sophia Ungers, Cologne, Germany
Who’s Afraid of Duchamp, Minimalism and Passport Photography?, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, USA
Queens Museum Flushing, New York, USA
1986
Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
1985
Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France
Musée de Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Baltimore Sales and Rental Gallery, Baltimore, USA
Galerie Schmela, Dusseldorf, Germany
Major Rowan Gallery, London, England
All Quiet on the Western Front?, Galerie Antoine Candau, Paris, France
Now Gallery, New York, USA

Public Collections

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Jumex Collection, Mexico City, Mexico
Panza Collection, Varese, Italy
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia