Timeline

1960
Born in LA
1984
B.A. The University of California, Los Angeles, CA
1995
M.F.A. The University of California, Los Angeles, CA; M. F. A.
1996
City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Individual Artists Grant
1999
Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts Fellowship
2008
Guggenheim Fellowship Award
Currently lives and works in Sierra Madre, CA, USA

Exhibitions

2011
ACME., Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2011
Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, NY (solo)
2011
Works of Paper, ACME., Los Angeles, CA
2010
Bas Jan Ader: Suspended Between Laughter and Tears, curated by Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
2010
2010 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, New York, NY
2010
Five Songs, Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris, France (solo)
2009
Fat Iggy: Discography, Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris, France (solo)
2009
Second Nature: The Valentine Collection at the Hammer, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2009
Seriously Funny, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2008
Index: Conceptualism in California from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
2008
Vallois, Galerie Georges-Philippe and Nathalie Vallois, Paris, France
2008
California Video, The Getty Center Los Angeles, CA
2008
ACME., Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2008
Martin Kersels: Heavyweight Champion, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2008
Disorderly Conduct: Art in Tumultuous Times, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
2007
Sculptors Drawings: Ideas, Studies, Sketches, Proposals, and More, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2007
Martin Kersels: Heavyweight Champion, Tang Museum of Art, Saratoga Springs, NY (solo)
2006
Charms in a Throne Room, ACME., Los Angeles, CA
2006
Accidents, Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris, France
2005
Orchestra for Idiots, Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris, France
2005
Dionysiac, Pompidou Center, Paris, France
2004
100 Artists See God, Independent Curators International, New York, NY
2004
Illuminous, Guido Costa Projects, Turin, Italy (solo)
2004
Suburban House Kit, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
2003
ACME. @ Inman, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
2003
Yankee Remix: Artists Take on New England, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
2003
Neuro: An Art & Science Collaboration, The California Institute of Technology & The Art Center College of Art & Design, Pasadena, CA
2003
Wishing Well, ACME., Los Angeles, CA
2002
L.A. Post Cool, The San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
2002
Majestic Sprawl: Some Los Angeles Photography, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
2002
Strolling Through an Ancient Shrine and Garden, curated by Chip Tom and ACME., ACME., Los Angeles, CA
2002
Ideal Avalanche, The Pond, Chicago, IL
2002
Sudden Glory: Sight Gags and Slapstick in Contemporary Art, Logan Galleries, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco, CA
2002
Showette, ACME., Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2002
Fat Man, Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris, France (solo)
2002
Bracelet, Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA (solo)
2001
Modern Art, London, England (solo)
2001
Galerie Edward Mitterand, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
2001
ACME.,Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2001
Tumble Room, Deitch Projects, New York, NY (solo)
2001
Galerie G-P. & N. Vallois, Paris (solo)
2001
Deitch Projects, New York (solo)
2001
Portraits, Galerie Edward Mitterrand, Geneve, Switzerland
2001
The Americans: New Art., curated by Mark Sladen, Barbican Art Gallery, London, England
2001
Soliel de hiver/Sur un cheval/Une silouette gelae, Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris, France
2001
Ever Since Icarus, Lord Mori Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2001
The Sensational Line, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO
2001
The Americans: New Art., curated by Mark Sladen, Barbican Art Gallery, London, England
2001
Ever Since Icarus, Lord Mori Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2001
The Sensational Line, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO
2001
Portraits, Galerie Edward Mitterrand, Geneva, Switzerland
2001
Soliel d'hiver/Sur un cheval/Une silouette gelee, Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris, France
2000
Inventional, curated by Nowell J. Carten, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2000
SOS: Scenes of Sounds, curated by Charles Stainback, The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
2000
Kunst Halle de Berne, Suisse (solo)
2000
"Comment tuer le temps", Ecole des Beaux Arts de Quimper, France
2000
"Departures, 11 artists at the Getty", The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
2000
Haulin Ass, Pierogi in L.A., POST, Los Angeles, CA
2000
Made in California and Made in California NOW, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2000
Departures: 11 Artists at the Getty, curated by Lisa Lyons, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
1999
EXTRAetORDINAIRE, Printemps de Cahors, curator : Christine Macel
1999
Melbourne Biennial, Melbourne, Australia
1999
Spinning, Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris. (solo)
1999
Dan Bernier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. (solo)
1999
Group Show, Brett-Mitchell, Inc., Cleveland, OH
1999
L.A.X. - The L.A. Biennial, curated by Ann Ayres, Otis Parsons Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1999
Hooked on a Feeling, Kohn-Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1998
Young Americans 2, Saatchi Gallery, London, England
1998
Band Wi[d]th, Knitting Factory, New York, NY
1998
Group Show, W-139, Amsterdam, Holland
1998
Need for Speed, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria
1998
Cruising L.A.: Paul McCarthy, Martin Kersels, Catherine Opie, Lari Pittman, Jason Rhoades, curated by Alvaro Perdices, Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain
1998
Commotion: Martin Kersels, curated by Toby Kamps, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA (solo)
1998
Commotion: Martin Kersels, curated by Toby Kamps, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1998
Dan Bernier Gallery, Santa Monica, Californie. (solo)
1998
Th.e, Naples, Italie. (solo)
1998
"Young American 2", Saatchi Gallery, Londres.(cat.)
1997–1998
Madison Art Center, Center for the Arts, (solo)
1997–1998
Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco (cat.) (solo)
1997
Commotion: Martin Kersels, curated by Toby Kamps, Madison Art Center, Madison, WI (solo)
1997
Vanessa Beecroft, Hennifer Bornstein, Martin Kersels, Gillian Wearing, S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1997
COLA: 1996-1997 Individual Artists Grants, The Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA
1997
Celluloid Cave, Threadwaxing Space, curated by Dara Friedman, New York, NY
1997
Group Show, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
1997
Biennial of American Art, curated by Lisa Phillips and Louise Neri, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1997
Ten Los Angeles Artists, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1996
Power of Suggestion: Narrative and Notation in Contemporary Drawing, curated by Connie Butler, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
1996
Defining the Nineties: Consensus-Making in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, curated by Bonnie Clearwater, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
1996
Hero, Common Wealth Gallery, Madison, WI
1996
Left of Center, Ten in One Gallery, Chicago, IL
1996
Jay Gorney Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)
1995
Dan Bernier Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
1995
L.A. Video Sampler II, curated by Diana Thater, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, NY
1995
La Belle et La Bete: Un Choix de Jeunes Artistes Americains, curated by Lynn Gumpert, Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris, France
1995
Postmarked L.A., PPOW, New York, NY
1993
A/B Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)

Public Collections

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Museu dʼArt Contemporàni de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
University of Washington, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA