Sandow Birk  (American, 1962) 

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Sandow Birk Biography
1962   Born: in Detroit, MI
1981 - 1983   Otis Art Institute of Parson’s School of Design, Los Angeles, CA
1984 - 1985   American College in Paris/Parson’s School of Design, Paris, France
1985   Bath Academy of Art, Bath, UK
1988   Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), Otis Art Institute of Parson’s School of Design, Los Angeles, CA
1994   Western States Art Federation/NEA Grant
1995   NEA U.S./Mexico International Exchange Scholarship to Mexico City
1997   Fulbright Scholarship to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1998   The Basil H. Alkazzi Award
1999   J. Paul Getty Fellowship for Visual Arts
2007   Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship Award, Washington, D.C.
2008   Artist of the Year - Distinguished Arts Award, Arts Council for the City of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
Artist in Residence, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
Selected Exhibitions
2010   Depravities of War, McKinney Ave. Contemporary, Dallas, TX (solo)
Sandow Birk, Stadt Reutlingen Museum, Reutlingen, Germany (solo)
American Qur'an, PPOW Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
On Paper, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY
2009   American Qur’an, Koplin Del Rio, Culver City, CA; Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Sandow Birk, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA (solo)
Sandow Birk, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany (solo)
Sandow Birk, Death, War, and Deceit, Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA (solo)
The Depravities of War, First Street Gallery, Humboldt State Univ, Eureka, CA; Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada; Rymer Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR;San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA (solo)
West Coast Drawing VIII, Davidson Gallery, Seattle, WA
Hobos to Street People, California Historical Society, San Francisco, CA
Seeing the Figure Anew: Selections from the Darrel and Marsha Anderson Collection, Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavillion, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
2008   Art and Democracy: War and Empire, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Looky See: A Summer Show, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA
The Depravities of War, Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington, DC; Lousiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA;The Chocolate Factory, Phoenix, AZ (solo)
CRIMINAL, San Francisco State University Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007   Ag2S, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Culver City, CA
Drawing from History, ASU Art Museum, Pheonix, AZ
Emerging Wor(l)ds, Tina-B Art Fair, Prague, Czech Republic
Treasures of the West: Art from Desert Collections, Palm Springs Museum of Art, Palm Springs, CA
The S-Word: The State of Spirituality in Contemporary Art, Cathedral Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, CA
Representation 2007, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA & New York, NY
The California Files: Re-reviewing Side Effects of Cultural Memory, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA
The Depravities of War, Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA;University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA; Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, Maui, HI (solo)
Dante’s Inferno, The Horse Hospital, London, UK (solo)
2006   The Leading Causes of Death in America, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, West Hollywood, CA (solo)
Lithographs: Contemporary adaptation of Dante’s Divine Comedy, San Luis Obispo Art Center and Cuesta College Art Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA (solo)
Reality Effect, Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA
The S-Word: The State of Spirituality in Contemporary Art, The Judson Gallery of Contemporary and Traditional Art, Los Angeles, CA
Otis: Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art Historical Survey of Fine Art by Alumni, Los Angeles, CA
Hui No’eau, Visual Arts Center, Maui, HI
Divine Comedy, San Luis Obispo Art Center, CA;Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ; South Texas Institute for the Arts, Corpus Christi, TX (solo)
Politick, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA
Locked in Place: Securing our Built Environment, Terrence Rogers Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA
2005   Variations on the Picturesque, Vancouver, Canada
Inside Out: West Coast, East Coast, and Beyond, L2Kontemporary Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Other Mainstream, ASU Art Museum- Nelson Fine Arts Center, Tempe, AZ
Art From the Collections of Loyola Marymount University and Law School, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
The Divine Comedy, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; California State University, Fullerton & Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA; South Texas Institute for the Arts, Corpus Christi, TX (solo)
Dante’s Paradiso, Hearst Art Gallery of Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, CA; PPOW Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
The Divine Comedy- Sandow Birk, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA (solo)
Contemporary Links: Sandow Birk, The Leading Causes of Death in America, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA (solo)
2004   Finesse,Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Dante’s Purgatorio, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Take this Bread, Gallery C, Hermosa Beach, CA
Paper Bullets: A War of Words, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Prints: System, Style and Subject, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA
100 Artists See Satan, Cal State Fullerton, Santa Ana, CA
Drawings VII, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, West Hollywood, CA
On the Edge: Skateboard Art, Pico Rivera Centre for the Arts, Pico Rivera, CA
The Political Landscape, The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003   Surf Culture, Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
Dante's Inferno, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, West Hollywood, CA
Incarcerated, Samuel Dorsky Museum, NY
2002   Maximum Security: New York in the21st Century, Debs & Co. Gallery, New York, NY
In Smog and Thunder: Historical Works from the Great War of the Californias, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA
Stonewall and Beyond, Advocate Gallery, L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, Hollywood, CA
Homefront: Propaganda posters from the Great War of the Californias, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA; 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Incarcerated: Visions of CA in the 21st Century, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Drawings VI, Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Unreal: Sandow Birk, Kathleen Gilje, and Kim Keevers, Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MN (solo)
Surf Culture: The Art History of Surfing, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
The Story Is in the Telling, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Bay Area Printmakers: Works from Trillium Press, Kala Art Institute, made In California, and Paulson Press, The Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Raw Draw, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles: Gates of Hell, The Advocate Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Post-Landscape: Between Nature and Culture, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
Representing L.A., Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
C.O.L.A. Individual Artists Grants, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
2001   Prisonation, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA (solo)
2000   Prisonation, Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Smog and Thunder: Historical Works from the Great War of the Californias, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA (solo)
C2C, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
Surf Trip, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Made in California: 1900-2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Drawings V, Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1999   Historical Works from the Stonewall Riots and Beyond, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Earl McGrath Gallery, New York, NY
Carioca: A Year Among the Natives of Rio de Janeiro, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA (solo)
Historical Works from the Stonewall Riots and Beyone, Earl McGrath Gallery, New York, NY
Sandow Birk: New Work, Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Smog and Thunder: Historical Works From The War of The Californias (Part II), Koplin Gallery, West Hollywood, CA (solo)
Smog and Thunder: Historical Works from The War of The Californias (Part I), Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1997   Carioca :A Year Among the Natives of Rio De Janeiro, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA (solo)
Skatistas, Moleques y Mendigos: New Drawings From Rio de Janeiro, Spruce Street Forum, San Diego, CA (solo)
1996   Historical Paintings of the Great Battle of San Francisco, Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Sandow Birk-Recent Paintings, Michael Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH (solo)
Chilangos: Drawings by Sandow Birk and the Rise and Fall of Los Angeles: New Work by Sandow Birk, Koplin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
Tales of the Cities, Morphos Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1995   The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles - New Work by Sandow Birk, Koplin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
Chilangos - Drawings by Sandow Birk, Nacional de Artes Plásticas "La Esmeralda", Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City, Mexico (solo)
1994   Skaters, Koplin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Asphalt Landscape, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL
1993   Truce: Sandow Birk, Julie Rico Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
1992   The Gates of Hell: L.A. Landscapes of the '90's, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
Sandow Birk, Bess Cutler Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
1989   Velvet, Earl McGrath Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
Selected Public Collections
  San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, CA
  Harvard University Art Museum, Cambridge, MA
  Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
  San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
  New York Public Library, New York, NY
  New York Historical Society, New York, NY
  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
  The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA
  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
  Fullerton College Museum, Fullerton, CA
  Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
  Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
  University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
  Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
  Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma, Italy
  Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, GA
  De Young Museum – Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA
  Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA