Merlin Carpenter  (British, 1967) 

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Merlin Carpenter (British, b.1967) is a Contemporary artist best known for conceptual paintings and installations that operate as blunt, antagonistic critiques of art world elitism and consumerism. Born in Pembury, Carpenter studied at Central St. Martins in London (1986–1989). He has had solo exhibitions at White Cube in London (2001), Galerie Christian Nagel in Cologne (2002, 2005, and 2008), Reena Spaulings Fine Art in New York (2005 and 2007), Galerie Mitterrand + Sanz in Zürich (2008), Simon Lee Gallery in London (2009), and Dépendance in Brussels (2009), among others. He lives and works in London.

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Merlin Carpenter, The Opening: Intrinsic Value: 2

 

Merlin Carpenter
The Opening: Intrinsic Value: 2
2009

Simon Lee
Merlin Carpenter, Tate Café 6

 

Merlin Carpenter
Tate Café 6
2011

Simon Lee
Merlin Carpenter, Tate Café 13

 

Merlin Carpenter
Tate Café 13
2011

Simon Lee
Merlin Carpenter, Tate Café 3

 

Merlin Carpenter
Tate Café 3
2011

Simon Lee
Merlin Carpenter, The Opening: The Corner: 7

 

Merlin Carpenter
The Opening: The Corner: 7
2008

Simon Lee
Merlin Carpenter, Gallows

 

Merlin Carpenter
Gallows
2006-2007

Simon Lee
Merlin Carpenter, TATE CAFE, Installation View, Simon Lee Gallery

 

Merlin Carpenter
TATE CAFE, Installation View, Simon Lee Gallery
Simon Lee
Merlin Carpenter, TATE CAFE, Installation View, Simon Lee Gallery

 

Merlin Carpenter
TATE CAFE, Installation View, Simon Lee Gallery
Simon Lee
Merlin Carpenter, TATE CAFE, Installation View, Simon Lee Gallery

 

Merlin Carpenter
TATE CAFE, Installation View, Simon Lee Gallery
Simon Lee
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Merlin Carpenter, Olivia Williams

 

Merlin Carpenter
Olivia Williams, 2003
oil on canvas

 

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Merlin Carpenter, Pieces of you

 

Merlin Carpenter
Pieces of you, 2001
oil on canvas

 

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Merlin Carpenter, Communism time for a bath

 

Merlin Carpenter
Communism time for a bath, 2003
acrylic paint on MDF box

 

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1967   Born in Pembury, Kent, Great Britain
1986 - 1989   St. Martin's School of Art, London
  Lives in London and Berlin
2011   TATE CAFÉ, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2011   The Institute of Mental Health is Burning, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Newport, UK
2011   Rituals of the Art World, Ludlow 38, New York, US
2011   Rebus, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK
2011   A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany
2011   Heroes, MD 72, Berlin, Germany
2011   Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles, CA, USA (solo)
2010   Ballad in Narnia, The Interzone, London (with Richard Perry) (solo)
2010   Merlin Carpenter - Solo Show, Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club, Miami, FL, USA (solo)
2010   Novel, Dépendance, Brussels, Belgium
2010   Barbaric Freedom, Simon Lee Gallery, London
2009   Sonic Youth etc.: Sensational Fix, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
2009   Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin, Germany
2009   Simon Lee Gallery, London
2009   Sonic Youth etc.: Sensational Fix, Malmö Konsthall, Sweden
2009   Untitled (History Painting), University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, USA
2009   RN IHRE ARBEIT, Galerie Sandra Bürgel, Berlin (show by Instituto Diverciado)
2009   The Opening, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2009   The Opening, Dependances, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2008   The Opening, Galerie Mitterrand + Sanz, Zürich (solo)
2008   The Opening, Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin (at Mercedes-Welt am Salzufer & The Corner Berlin) (solo)
2008   The Opening, Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles, CA, USA (solo)
2008   The Coma Lounge Edinburgh, The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
2008   Congratulations You Are Represented by Nang Gallery, Nang Gallery, London
2008   Sonic Youth etc.: Sensational Fix, Museion, Bolzano, Italy
2008   Painting: Now and Forever, Part II, Greene Naftali Gallery/Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2008   How Can You Represent When You Can't Pay The Rent, The New Dome, Cable St. Studios, London
2008   Zodiac 3000, International Project Space, Birmingham, UK
2008   DO WHAT THEY WILLT, Nang Gallery, London
2007   Élégance, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
2007   Genesis I'm Sorry, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York (in collaboration with Melanie Gilligan)
2007   The Opening, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, NY, USA (solo)
2007   Relax It's Only a Bad Cosima von Bonin Show, Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2006   Sounds of War, Galere Edward Mitterrand, Geneva (solo)
2006   LIVE HUMANS, The George Tavern, London
2006   Make Your Own Life, Institute of Contemporary Art University of Pennsylvania, Philidelphia, PA, USA
2006   slow burn (curated by Jonah Freeman), Galerie Edward Mitterrand, Geneva
2005   A Roaring RAMPAGE of Revenge, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, NY, USA (solo)
2005   Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne (solo)
2005   Look What You Made Me Do, Nergen Kunsthall, Norway (solo)
2005   Orchard, New York, NY, USA
2005   The Top Room: A Retrospective, Chelsea Space, London
2005   TOTAL ASBO, Pogo Cafe, London
2005   Miradas y conceptos en la colección Helga de Alvear, MEIAC, Badajoz, Spain
2005   Islands of Glory in Streets Caked with the Fæces of Decadence, Nang Gallery, London
2004   Werkleitz Biennale, Halle, Germany
2004   Edge of the Real, Whitechapel Gallery, London
2004   Nueva Generación, Distrito 4, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2004   Take It Easy Default, M-Project, Paris, France (solo)
2003   Children of the Projects, American Fine Arts, Co., New York, NY, USA (solo)
2003   Wild Nights: Remembering Colin de Land, CB's 313 Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2003   Messe in der Galerie, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne
2002   The Making of !945, 1997(screening)
The McAllister Institute, New York, USA
2002   Militant
Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne, Germany
2001   My Father, the Castaway
White Cube, Kunstakademi Bergen, Norway
2000   When You Drain the Pool, You Don't Consult the Frogs First
Magnani, London, England
2000   Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
2000   As a Painter I Call Myself the Estate of
Secession, Vienna, Austria (catalogue)
2000   VOLVO
Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Graz, Austria
1999   Survivors
Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne, Germany
1998   Doppelganger
The Top Room, London, England
1998   Chant No 1
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
1996   Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, USA
1995   Voluntary Effort
Tom Solomon's Garage, Los Angeles, USA (catalogue)
1994   Friedrich Petzel/Nina Borgmann, New York, USA
1993   Les Jeunes
Bruno Brunnet Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
1993   Meet You by the Strange Twisted Old Oak Tree on the Secluded Knoll at Dawn in Your Swimming Trunks and I'll Tell You Something Secret.(Don't Be Late).,
With Nils Norman, Galerie Z, Göttingen, Germany (catalogue)
1992   Meadow/Wiese
Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne, Germany
1991  
Pavillon Ryszard Varisella, organised by Galerie Grässlin-Ehrhardt, Frankfurt, Germany
1991   To the extreme
Fettstrasse 7A (Birgit Küng), Zürich, Switzerland
1990   Crusade
Münzstrasse 10, Hamburg, Germany
2010    Merlin Carpenter - Social Aesthetics, The Institute of Social Hypocrisy #3
2001    Jewels-in-Art
(with Jeremy Glogan, Jospehine Pryde and Sarah Staton), Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Graz
2000    As a Painter I Call Myself the Estate of
Secession, Vienna
1995    Voluntary Effort
For exhibition at Tom Solomon's Garage, Los Angeles
1993    Meet You by the Strange Twisted Old Oak Tree on the Secluded Knoll at Dawn in Your Swimming Trunks and I'll Tell You Something Secret


Published by MC and Nils Norman for fictional exhibition at Galerie Z, Göttingen