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

2012


Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA


 


2011


Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2010


Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA


Museum Dhont-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium


 


2009


Espacio Arte Contemporáneo La Conservera, Ceutí, Spain


Team Gallery, New York, USA


 


2008


Maureen Paley, London, UK


Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Belgium


Focus: Banks Violette, Museum of Modern Art, Fort Worth, TX, USA


 


2007


Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


Team Gallery, New York, USA


Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA


Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway


 


2006


Maureen Paley, London, UK


gallery.sora, Tokyo, Japan


 


2005


on black wings/six-channel bleed, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium


The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA


Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York, USA


 


2004


MW Projects, London, UK


Penteholocaust/The Sixty-Sided Stone of the Androgyne, Peres Projects, Los Angeles, USA


 


2003


LISTE, Basel, Switzerland


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


 


2002


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


 


2000


Team Gallery, New York, USA 


Group exhibitions

2016


Golden Eggs, Team Gallery, New York, USA


Omul Negru, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, Romania


 


2014


BLACKOUT, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium


 


2013


DISASTER, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France


Old Black, Team Gallery, New York, USA


Altars of Madness, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg


 


2012


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


Dark Garnaal, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium


 


2011


Black Swan, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, USA


Robert Mapplethorpe: Night Work, Alison Jacques, London, UK 


 


2010


Kurt, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA


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


NEW YORK The Loudest, Gallery Koko, Tokyo, Japan


 


2009


Compass in Hand: Selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA


Elevator to the Gallows, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria


Dark Summer, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium


Art Unlimited, Art | 40 | Basel, Basel, Switzerland


The End, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA


 


2008


Extra Light, Point Ephemere, Paris, France


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


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


The Great Transformation- Art and Tactical Magic, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany


Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland


Murder Letters, Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon, Portugal


 


2007


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


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


White Light, Sorlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway


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


Bastard Creature, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France


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


Collection Show, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland


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


 


2006


USA Today, The Royal Academy, London, UK


Defamation of Character, P.S.1., New York, USA


Lifestyle, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Saint Gallen, Switzerland,


Cosmic Wonder, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA


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


Youth of Today, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany


DARK, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


I Love My Scene: Scene One, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA


The Image Is Gone, Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna


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


 


2005


Thank You for the Music, Sprüth Magers Projekte, Munich, Germany


Blankness is Not a Void, Standard, Oslo, Norway


Bridge Freezes Before Road, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA


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


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


Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna, Suburbia


 


2004


The Black Album, Maureen Paley/Interim Art, London, UK


The Ice Age, Team Gallery, New York, USA


Beginning Here: 101 Ways, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, USA


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


Corruption and Lies, Roth Horowitz, New York, USA


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


The Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA


Scream, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, USA


Moore Space, Miami, FL, USA


 


2003


Kult 48 Klubhouse, Deitch Projects, Brooklyn, NY, USA


Flesh and Blood, Michael Steinberg, New York, NY, USA


A Matter of Facts, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY, USA


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


Melvins, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, USA


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


 


2001


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


Ghost Stories, Sandroni-Rey Gallery, Venice, CA, USA


Learned America, P.P.O.W., New York, NY, USA


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


 


2000


Summer with Friends, Team, New York, NY, USA


Two Friends and So On, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY, USA


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


 


1999


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


 


1998


Group Show, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


1997


Group Show, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY, USA


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


Public and private collections

Mexico


The Coppel Foundation


The Jumex Foundation


 


Netherlands


The OverHolland Collection, Amsterdam


 


Portugal


The Ellipse Foundation


 


Switzerland


Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich


Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva


 


USA


Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles


Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles


MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York


The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum


Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation


Whitney Museum of American Art