Banks Violette

Banks Violette

Banks Violette (b. 1973 in Ithaca, NY) lives and works in Brooklyn. Violette  studied at Columbia University and the School of Visual Arts in New York, and has been well represented institutionally since the mid-2000s. The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York held a solo exhibition of his work in 2004. With his shiny black sculptures and his hyperrealist drawings – often linked to the New Gothic Art movement – he has recourse to Heavy Metal iconography on both the formal, aesthetic and the level of content. He exemplifies the symbolism of death and decay, fluctuating between beauty and cruelty, as in scenes used by the subcultures of black metal music. Here, the dark recesses and absurdities of American society provide the thematic basis of his work.

Solo exhibitions


Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA (forthcoming January/February)



Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris



Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY

Museum Dhont-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium



Espacio Arte Contemporáneo La Conservera, Ceutí, Spain

Team Gallery, New York



Maureen Paley, London (forthcoming September/October)

Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels (forthcoming April)

Museum of Modern Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Focus: Banks Violette



Galerie ThaddaeuS Ropac, Salzburg

Team Gallery, New York, NY (forthcoming, June 28-August 17)

Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY (forthcoming, June 28-August 17)

Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway



Maureen Paley, London

gallery.sora, Tokyo (with Gardar Eide Einarsson, with catalogue)



Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, on black wings/six-channel bleed (with Stephen O'Malley)

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York, NY (with Walter Redinger)



MW Projects, London (with Nigel Shafran)

Peres Projects, Los Angeles, CA, Penteholocaust/The Sixty-Sided Stone of the Androgyne (with Matt




LISTE, Basel, Switzerland (under the auspices of Team Gallery)

Team Gallery, New York, NY, An Enquiry into those Kinds of Distress which excite agreeable

Sensations (1773): Slater Bradley & Banks Violette



Team Gallery, New York, NY, Arroyo Grande, 7.22.95



Team Gallery, New York, NY

Two-Person Exhibitions:


Group exhibitions


Golden Eggs, Team Gallery, New York, NY, USA.

Omul Negru, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, Romania.



BLACKOUT, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium.



DISASTER, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France.

Old Black, Team Gallery, New York, NY, USA.

Altars of Madness, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg.



Givon Art Forum, Tel Aviv, Israel, Accelerating Toward Apocalypse: Works from the Doron 

Sebbag Art Collection, ORS Ltd. (curated by Tal Yahas, traveling to Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany)

Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium, Dark Garnaal



Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, Black Swan (curated by the Dominic Sidhu)

Alison Jacques, London, Robert Mapplethorpe: Night Work (curated by the Scissor Sisters)



Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Kurt (curated by Michael Darling)

Project 176/The Zabludowicz Collection, London, The Library of Babel/In and Out of Place

Gallery Koko, Tokyo, Japan, NEW YORK The Loudest



Museum of Modern Art, New York, Compass in Hand: Selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection (organized by Christian Rattemeyer with Cornelia H. Butler)

Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria, Elevator to the Gallows (with catalogue, curated by Banks Violette and Gerald Matt)

Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Dark Summer

Art | 40 | Basel, Basel, Switzerland, Art Unlimited (with catalogue, under the auspices of Team Gallery and Gladstone Gallery)

The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, The End (curated by Eric Shiner)



Point Ephemere, Paris, Extra Light

Gagosian Gallery, Red October Chocolate Factory, Moscow, for what you are about to receive

P.S.1, New York, That was then… This is now

Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany, The Great Transformation- Art and Tactical Magic  (curated by Chus Martinez, with catalogue)

Art | 39 | Basel, Basel, Switzerland, Art Unlimited (with catalogue, under the auspices of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac)

Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon, Portugal, Murder Letters (curated by David Rimanelli)



Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK, When We Build Let Us Think That We Build Forever

Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium, My Sweet Sixteen Party

Sorlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway, White Light

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, The Shapes of Space

Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, Bastard Creature (forthcoming)

Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium, Disorder in the House

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland, Collection Show

Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA, The Eclectic Eye



The Royal Academy, London, England, USA Today (works from the Saatchi Collection)

P.S.1., New York, NY, Defamation of Character (curated by Neville Wakefield)

Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Saint Gallen, Switzerland, Lifestyle (curated by Konrad Bitterli, forthcoming

Fall, with catalogue)

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, Cosmic Wonder (curated by Betty Nguyen, with


MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Leon, Spain, Trial Balloons (curated by

Agustín Pérez Rubio, Octavio Zaya, Yuko Hasegawa, with catalogue)

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, Youth of Today (curated by Matthias Ulrich)

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, DARK (curated by Jan Grosfeld)

Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY, I Love My Scene: Scene One (curated by José Freire)

Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna, Austria, The Image Is Gone

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland, While Interwoven Echoes Drip into a

Hybrid Body - an Exhibition about Sound, Performance and Sculpture (curated by Heike Munder and

Raphael Gygax)



Sprüth Magers Projekte, Munich, Thank You for the Music (curated by Johannes Fricke Waldthausen)

Standard, Oslo, Blankness is Not a Void (curated by Gardar Eide Einarsson)

Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY, Bridge Freezes Before Road (curated by Neville


Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, La Beauté de l'Enfer: works on paper

P.S.1, New York, NY, Greater New York

Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna, Suburbia



Maureen Paley/Interim Art, London, The Black Album

Team Gallery, New York, NY, The Ice Age

Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY, Beginning Here: 101 Ways (curated by Jerry Saltz)

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, Art and Illusion: Selections

from the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation

Roth Horowitz, New York, NY, Power, Corruption and Lies (curated by Neville Wakefield)

alternative space, Paris, Noctambule (under the auspices of D'Amelio Terras Gallery, New York, NY)

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, The Whitney Biennial (with catalogue)

Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, Scream (curated by Fernanda Arruda and Michael Clifton,

exhibition traveled to the Moore Space, Miami, FL)



Deitch Projects, Brooklyn, NY, Kult 48 Klubhouse (curated by Scott Hug)

Michael Steinberg, New York, NY, Flesh and Blood (curated by Tracy Williams)

Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY, A Matter of Facts (curated by Clarissa Dalrymple)

Cohan Leslie and Browne, New York, NY, Back in Black

Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, Melvins (curated by Bob Nickas)

Kunstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis Gartnerhaus, Bregenz, Austria, The Return of the Creature (The

Continuing Saga of Elementalism, … Conceptual Practice and Romanticism After Robert Smithson, …

New Quasi-Cinemas, … and Post-Punk Existentialism) (curated by Steven Parrino)



Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, GA, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Sandroni-Rey Gallery, Venice, CA, Ghost Stories (curated by Casey McKinney)

P.P.O.W., New York, NY, Learned America (curated by Jason Murison)

Visual Arts Museum, New York, NY, Diversity Plus: Emerging Artists in a Rapid World (curated by

Jeanne Siegel, with catalogue)



Team, New York, NY, Summer with Friends

Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY, Two Friends and So On (curated by Rob Pruitt and Jonathan


alternative space, Brooklyn, NY, Columbia University M.F.A. Exhibition



Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY, Rachel Lowther and Banks Violette



Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY, Group Show (curated by Jeanne Siegel)



Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY, Group Show (curated by Carroll Dunham)

Lower East Side Community Center, New York, NY, MX Group Show



O’Brian, Glenn, “Banks Violette” Purple Magazine, no. 14

Smith, Roberta, “Self Fulfilling Prophecies,” The New York Times, Art in Review, April 16th

Smith, Roberta, “Swagger and Sideburns, Bad Boys in Galleries,” The New York Times, February 12 , pp.



Carvell, Nicky, “It’s Modern Mysticism; but Where’s the Magick?,” Super Super, p. 133.

Fano, Ramon, “Glossy,” Neo2, November, pp. 136-143.

Kurian, Ajay, “Banks Violette,” Psychonauten, pp. 203-207 (with illustrations).

Lieberman, Justin, “The (Continuing) Use-Value of Mike Kelley, An Open Letter Etc. Etc.,” Nero, Autumn, pp. 44-49 (with illustration).

Sachs, Brita, “Satanischer Minimalismus: Banks Violette bei Ropac in Salzburg,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, January 5, pp. 43 (with illustrations).

Taylor, Mary Blair, “Banks Violette,” i-D, January (with illustrations).



Bollen, Christopher, “Banks Violette,” Interview, December, p. 160 (with illustration).

Falconer, Morgan, “Banks Violette,” Art World, October/November, pp. 76-79

(with illustrations).

Sherwin, Skye, “New Trends in Art: Black on Black,” ArtReview, January, pp. 63-69 (with illustrations).

Westcott, James, “Banks Violette,”, September 15 (with illustrations).



Rosen, Misako, "Banks & Gardar," Tokion, January, pp. 32-7, 137 (with illustrations).



Kopsa, Maxine, "Banks Violette's Death Metal," MetropolisM, Issue 5, pp. 64-5, 101-2 (with


Homes, A.M., "The Way They Work," Vanity Fair, December, pp. 340, 354-7 (with illustrations).

Regan, Kai, "Studio Visit," Black Book, October/November (with illustration).

Trembley, Nicolas, "L'oeuvre au noir," Numero, October, pp.88-92(with illustrations).

Needham, Alex, "kill to get the money," i-D, September, pp.188-91 (with illustrations).

Sherwin, Skye, "Banks Violette," ArtReview, September, p.134 (with illustrations).

Schwendener, Martha, "War on 45," Time Out New York, Aug 31- September 6 (with illustration).

Smith, Roberta, "Chelsea is a Battlefield: Galleries Muster Groups," The New York Times, July 28, p. __.

Leffingwell, Edward, "Group Exhibitions at Mary Boone," Art in America, June/July, pp.198-9.

Spiegler, Marc, "American Renaissance," The Art Newspaper, June 14, p. _ (with illustration).

Turner, Luke, "Arts: Slat of the Sun," Stool Pigeon, June, p.36-7, (with illustrations).

Wilson, Michael, "Subcultural Capital,", June 6, (with illustration).

Abbott, Jeremy, "blackened is the end winter it will send," i-D, June, pp.128-33.

Needham, Alex, "Art: Banks Violette," i-D, June, pp.70-1 (with illustration).

Umar, Saheer, "Studio: Banks Violette," Tokion, June/July, p.122 (with illustration.)

Wray, John, "Heady Metal," The New York Times Magazine, May 28, pp.31-5.

Johnson, Ken, "I Love My Scene: Scene 1," The New York Times, February 17, p_.



Smith, Roberta, "Spotting an Aesthetic Dispute and Embracing All Sides," The New York Times,

December 17.

Ekroth, Power, "Blankness Is Not a Void,", December 7 (with illustration).

Castro, Jan Garden, "Conversations with Ghosts: Banks Violette," Sculpture, December, pp. 18-9

(with illustrations.)

Cohen, Michael, "Banks Violette," Flash Art, October, p. 76 (with illustration).

Jones, Kristin M., "Bridge Freezes Before Road," Frieze, October, pp. 217-8.

Cohen, Michael J., "Banks Violette: Cryptologist," Spike, Issue 5, pp. cover, pp. 36-45 (with


Barliant, Claire, "Banks Violette: Whitney Museum of American Art," Artforum, October, p. 273 (with


Egan, Maura, "School of Goul," The New York Times Men's Style Magazine, Fall, p. 76 (with


Sonnenborn, Katie Stone, "Displaced Histories: The Art of Banks Violette," The Brooklyn Rail,

September, p. 10 (with illustration).

Violette, Banks, "Glisten Up," The New York Times Style Magazine, Fall, pp. 74, 211 (with


Colman, David, "A Southern Gothic Memento Mori", The New York Times, August 7th, p. 8 (with


Davis, Ben, "Ultra Violette,", August 4th (with illustrations).

Cotter, Holland, "Fanciful to Figurative to Wryly Inscrutable," The New York Times, p. E29, 31.

Smith, Roberta, "Banks Violette," The New York Times, July 1st, p.E8 (with illustration).

Kley, Elisabeth, "Burnt Churches and Salt Pillars," New York Press, June 7th, p.26 (with illustration)

Gural, Natasha, "Whitney Museum commissions first solo museum exhibition…",, June 3.

Kennedy, Randy, "Master of the Dark Arts," The New York Times, May 15, Section 2, pp.1, 30 (with


Cotter, Holland, "Walter Redinger, Banks Violette," The New York Times, May 13, E36.

Rimanelli, David, "Greater New York 2005," Artforum, May, pp. 239-40 (with illustration).

Saltz, Jerry, "Lesser New York" Village Voice, March 28, p. 77.

Kimmelman, Michael, "Youth and the Market: Love at First Sight," The New York Times, March 18,

99.E37, 39 (with illustration).

O'Reilly, Sally, "The Black Album," Time Out London, 12-19 January, p.57.

Jones, Jonathan, "The Black Album," The Guardian, January 10.



Tumlir, Jan, "My Pop: Banks Violette," Artforum, October, p.86 (with illustration).

Garrett, Craig, "Noctambule," Flash Art, October, p.60 (with illustration).

Slimane, Hedi, "Interview with Banks Violette," Doingbird, Issue #8, pp. 80-3 (with illustrations).

Rawsthorn, Alice, "A Gothic Romance," Pop, Issue 9, pp.222-229.

Lee, Chris, "Death Becomes Them," Blackbook," Fall, pp.190-192 (with illustration).  

Slimane, Hedi, "Ritual," Dazed & Confused, August, pp.66-97 (with illustrations).

DeBeer, Sue, "Artists on Artists: Banks Violette," Bomb, Summer, pp.52-3 (with illustrations).

Heartney, Eleanor, "The well-tempered Biennial," Art in America, June-July, pp.71-77.

Corread, Stephane, "Noctambule Spectral et Decale," Beaux Arts, June, pp.35-36

Dunn, Melissa, "Whitney Biennial 2004: A Good-Looking Corpse," Flash Art, May-June, pp.63, 80.

Rothkopf, Scott, "Many Happy Returns: Subject Matters," Artforum, May, pp.176-7, 233.

Bankowsky, Jack, "Many Happy Returns: This is Today," Artforum, May, pp.160-171, 233 (with


Kimmelman, Michael, "Touching All Bases At The Biennial," The New York Times, March 12, pp. E27,


Violette, Banks, "Whitney Bound", V Magazine, Spring, pp., (with illustration).

Caniglia, Julie, "American Splendor," Travel + Leisure, March, p.60 (with illustration).

Rosenberg, Karen, "Biennial Favorites," New York, March 1, pp.37-41 (with illustration).

Johnson, Ken, "Art in Review: 'Scream'," The New York Times, February 13, p.E36.

Saltz, Jerry, "Modern Gothic," Village Voice, February 4-10, p.86.

Pearson, Jesse, "I Do This, I Do That: The Personality Artist and Heavy Metal Dandyism," Parkett,

February, pp.180-183 (with illustrations).

Violette, Banks, "Top Ten," Artforum, January, p.59 (with illustration).




Iles, Chrissie, "Best of 2003," Artforum, December, pp. 122-123 (with illustration).

Harris, Jane, "Review of 'An Enquiry…'," Time Out New York, October 2, p. 63.

Schwendener, Martha, "Review of 'Back in Black'," Time Out New York, July 31, p. 53 (with


Cohen, Michael, "The New Gothic," FlashArt International, July-September, pp. 108-110 (with


Wysong, Brennen. "Fiend Club", Flyer, June, p.__. (with illustration).



Jones, Jonathan, "Stop Spreading the News," The Guardian, August 28, pp. __-__.

Worth, Alexi, "Art Choice," The New Yorker, August 19, p. 38.

Johnson, Ken, "Art In Review: 'Banks Violette'" The New York Times, August 2. p. E33.

Levin, Kim, "Voice Choice," The Village Voice, July 30, p. 96.

Honigman, Ana Finel, "Review", Time Out New York, July 25, p. 54 (with illustration).

MacKenzie, Michael A., "Banks Violette: Investigations into Alienation," Visual Arts Journal, Summer, pp. 10-11 (with illustrations).

Public and private collections

The Coppel Foundation, Mexico

The Ellipse Foundation, Portugal

The Jumex Foundation, Mexico

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland

Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Museum of Modern Art, New York

The OverHolland Collection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York