James Esber

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017
J.Fiber: He Said She Said, (Collaborative Show with Jane Fine), Gibson Gallery, State University of New York, Potsdam

2016
Dewey Defeats Truman, Pierogi, New York, NY

2014
Eighty-seven Ways to Kill Time, Clifford Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

2013
Fourteen Drawings and One Painting Perpetually Shown, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Parts and Labor, The Front, New Orleans, LA 

2012
Before Then After Now, The Art Museum, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY
J.Fiber: Split Decision, (Collaborative Show with Jane Fine),  Flood Gallery Fine Art Center, Asheville, NC

2011
Your Name Here, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT

2010
You, Me and Everybody Else, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
J.Fiber: Where Boys with Guns Wear Bows in Their Hair (Collaborative Show with Jane Fine), Wesley United Center for Digital Arts, New Orleans, LA

2008
Guy Walks Into a Bar, Pierogi Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
J.Fiber: World War Me (Collaborative Show with Jane Fine), Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY

2007
American Delirium, Southeast Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC

2006
No Natural Ingredients, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (catalog)

2004
Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA

2003
PPOW, New York, NY

2000
PPOW, New York, NY

1998
PPOW, New York, NY

1997
Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY

1996
Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (catalog)

1992
Hudson Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA


Selected Group Exhibitions

2017
Broad Stripes and Brights Stars, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT
Stack,
Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY

2016
Armory Show (with Pierogi), Pier 94, New York, NY

2015
The Nothing That Is: a drawing show in five parts, Contemporary At Museum, Raleigh, NC
Armory Show (with Pierogi), Pier 94, New York, NY

2014
One Work, Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (catalog)
Idiom, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Salon, Central Connecticut State Uninversity, New Britain, CT

2013
Unhinged, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY

2012
Image/Clot, Zola/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Beasts of Revelation, DC Moore Gallery, NY, NY
Cloud Nine, Front Room, Brooklyn, NY
Drawing the Mind: Neural Networks and the Emergence of Complexity, Osilas Gallery, Concordia
College, Bronxville, NY 

2011
Thinking Through Drawing: Practice into Knowledge, Macy Art Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY (catalog)
Williamsburg2000, Art 101, Brooklyn, NY
Subjective / Objective, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY 
Lines and Lives of the Face, Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC
Twin Twin Postcard Edition, Pierogi , Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Artists, Spinnerei Galleries, Leipzig, Germany

2010
Now What?, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
Seven: Pierogi in Miami (with Hales Gallery,  Ronald Feldman Fine Arts,  BravinLee programs, Postmasters Gallery,  PPOW and Winkleman Gallery), Miami, FL
Stuck Up, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
Instructions Not Included, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY

2009
Cream No Sugar, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY 
Wall Rockets: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Curated by Lisa Dennison (catalog)
Art Forum Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2008
Apocalyptic Summer, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
The Land of Earthly Delights, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA (catalog)
Art On Paper, Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC (catalog)
Wall Rockets: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY. Curated by Lisa Dennison
Drawing From The West Collection, SEI Gallery, Oaks, PA
Pierogi Et Al, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007
Ornament, Bravin Lee Program, New York, NY
Mr. President, University Museum, State University of Albany SUNY, Albany, NY (catalog)
Material Pursuits, Fleming Museum, Burlington, VT. Curated by Evelyn Hankins (catalog)
Next Wave Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Dan Cameron     
(Un)Natural Selection, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY

2006
Twice Drawn Part 2, Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (catalog)
Don’t Know Much About History, Artspace, New Haven, CT
Summer Group Show, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Inaugural Group Show, Pierogi, Leipzig, Germany
Twice Drawn Part 1, Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (catalog)Subverting the Status Quo, AXIS Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2005
American Obsessive, Volcker & Freunde, Berlin, Germany (catalog)
Reconfigure, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Animal Tales, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
Pie Fight, AR Contemporary Gallery, Milan, Italy
Thirty ways to Make a Painting, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinanati, OH
Decipher: Hand-painted Digital, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn,
NYInvitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY, NY

2004
SITE Santa Fe’s Fifth International Biennial: Disparities and Deformations: Our Grotesque, Santa Fe, NM. Curated by Robert Storr (catalog)
Open House, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Charlotta Kotik (catalog)
The Drawn Page, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
Vacation Nation, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Impact: New Mural Projects, PPOW, New York, NY
Endless Love, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY

2003
Cartoon, Riva Gallery, New York , NY
On and Off the Wall, Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, New York, NY
Williamsburg, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Brooklyn on 57th Street, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY
Armory Show (with PPOW), Pier 88, New York, NY

2002
New-Economy Painting, ACME Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Armory Show (with PPOW), Pier 90, New York, NY
Touchy Feely, Eyewash @ Front Room, Brooklyn, NY
InterSEXion, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Small Works from the Fine Arts Work Center, Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis, MA

2001
My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa; travels to the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH, Tampa Museum of Art, Chicago cultural Center, Akron Museum of Art, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, and Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama (catalog)
Out of Hibernation, IM n IL, Brooklyn, NY
Skank, Plus Ultra, Brooklyn, NY
Smile, Hereart, New York, NY
Small Works, Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis, Mass.

2000
Haulin’ Ass, Post Gallery, Los Angelas, CA
Art On Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (catalog)
Flat Files (Organized by Pierogi 2000), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Drawing From Pierogi 2000, Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
Yaddo Centennial Exhibition, Art in General, New York, NY; traveled to The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY
Superduper New York, Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, NY

1999
Brooklyn: New Work, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
RE: Rauschenberg, Marcel Sitcoske Gallery, San Francisco, CA (catalog)
Rage For Art, Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, NY
Flat Files (Organized by Pierogi 2000), Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Valentine, Eyewash, Brooklyn, NY
Room with a View, Sixth @ Prince Fine Art, New York, NY
Installation (Gallery Three), PPOW, New York, NY

1998
Pop Surrealism, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT (catalog)
Fashioned, White Box Gallery, New York; traveled to White Box Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (catalog)
Hide And Seek, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA (catalog)
Summer Group Exhibition, PPOW,  New York, NY
Including Clay, Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY
Mediennacht, Alten Lok Fabric, Berlin, Germany
Flatfiles (with Pierogi 2000), Kunstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
Drawings from Pierogi 2000, Vasser College, Poughkeepsie, NY

1997
Current Undercurrent, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Just What Do You Think You’re Doing, Dave?, WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY
New York Drawers, Gasworks, London; traveled to Cornerhouse, Manchester

1996
Painting in an Expanding Field, Bennington College, Bennington, VT. Curated by Saul Ostrow
Drawings, Rupert Goldsworthy Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Cadmium Cathode, Sauce, Brooklyn, NY
Living Room, 558 Broadway, New York, NY
Central Industrial Supply Show, 446 Broadway, New York, NY. Curated by Gene Pool

1995
Maux Faux, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
Wacko, The Work Space, New York, NY
Other Rooms, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
Works for a Fun House, E.S. Vandam, New York
Close Proximity, MMC Gallery, New York, NY
Spirit of New York  (expanded exhibition), Spazio Cesare di Sesto, Pallazzo Communale,Varese, Italy.
Crest Hardware Show II, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Gene Pool

1994
Faux, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
Page 5, 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY
Spirit of New York, Spazio Emilio de marchi, Milan, Italy. Curated by Florence Lynch
Crest Hardware Show, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Gene Pool

1993
Four Walls Benefit Exhibition, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, NY
James Esber, Mary Behrens, Hudson Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA

1992
Morphologic, Art in General, New York, NY
Salon of the Mating Spiders, Herron Test Site Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1991
FIAR International: Art Under 30, Palazzo della Permanente, Milan, Italy; travelled to Galleria del Chiostro, Rome, L’Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, Accademia Italiana della Arti, London, National Academy of Design, New York and UCLA Wight Art Gallery, Los Angeles. Curated by Dan Cameron (catalog)
High Density Abstraction, Procter Art Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Benefit Exhibition, White Columns, New York, NY
Maps and Madness, Bronx Council on the Arts, Longwood Arts Gallery, Bronx, NY; Curated by Fred Wilson (catalog)
Group Show,  Hudson Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA

1990
Dumb Animals, White Columns, New York, NY
Topologies, MMC Gallery, New York, NY

1989
Signs of Landscape, Soho Center for Visual Artists, New York, NY
No Relief—Drawing on the Walls, 124 Ridge Street Gallery, New York, NY

1988
Ten Painters, White Columns, New York, NY


Awards & Fellowships

2017
Hermitage Artists Retreat, Residency, Englewood, FL

2016
Hermitage Artists Retreat, Residency, Englewood, FL

2015
Hermitage Artists Retreat, Residency, Englewood, FL

2012
Yaddo, Artist Residency, Saratoga Springs, NY

2010
Central City Artist Project, Artist Residency, New Orleans, LA

2008
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship

2005  
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
American Academy of Arts and Letters, Purchase Award 

2002
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship

2001
MacDowell Colony, Artist Residency, Peterborough, NH

1998
Bucknell University, Artist Summer Residency, Cowan, PA
Cite International des Arts, Artist Residency, Paris, France

1997
Yaddo, Artist Residency, Saratoga Springs, NY

1992
Macdowell Colony, Artist Residency, Peterborough, NH

1991
Fine Arts Work Center, Fellowship, Provincetown, MA
FIAR International, Milan, Italy, Honorable Mention

1990
Yaddo, Artist Residency, Saratoga Springs, New York
Art Matters Inc., Fellowship


Bibliography

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J. Fiber: One Question/ One Answer, Romanov Grave, September 9, 2015
Hunt, Stephanie, Artistic Edge, WNC Magazine, September/October, 2013.
Bisbort, Alan, The BibLaden Bounce: An Exhibit of bin Laden “portriaits” has a new vibe following his death, The Hartford
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Miller, Robert, A Sudden Shift of History: Osam bin Laden: Images take on new meaning at Aldrich, News-Times, May 3, 2011 
Reid, Macklin, Terrorists death Reverberates in Hearts and Minds – and Art, Ridgefield Press, May 5, 2011
Maines, Stephen, The Aldrich at a Crossroads, Artcritical, May 5, 2011
Schwendener, Martha, In These Portraits, a Challenge to Labels of ‘Sitter’ and ‘Artist’, The New York Times, April 30, 2011
Smith Roberta, Last Chance: James Esber, You, Me and Everybody Else, The New York Times, December 30, 2010.
Smith, Roberta, An Artist and His Friends Take on Bin Laden, The New York Times, Dec. 23, 2010.
James Esber and Friends Do Art with Osama Bin Laden, Juxtapoz, December 22, 2010.
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Supanik, Jim, This is Not a Portrait, As a Chimney Draws, Nov 27, 2010
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Birke, Judy, Artspace’s Provocative ‘History’ Goes Beyond any Textbook, New Haven Register, Dec 10, 2006
Markonish, Denise, What a Wonderful World this Could Be, Don’t Know Much about History (catalog essay), Nov 2006 
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Lectures / Panels / Visiting Artist

2017
State University of New York, Potsdam

2016
Hamilton College, Clinton, NY

2015
Artist Lecture Series, 152 Eagle Street, Brooklyn, NY

2014
Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Interview before a live audience, One Work, Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT

2013
Talking Images. Panel moderated by Ian Berry, Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Loyola University, New Orleans, LA

2012
State University of New York, Potsdam
Kent State University, Kent, OH
Drawing the Mind: Neural Networks and the Emergence of Complexity, Panel moderated by Andrea
Kantrowitz, Osilas Gallery, Concordia College, Bronxville, NY

2011
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT

2009
Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT

2008
Queens College, Flushing, NY        
Contemporary Art Classroom Project, Winston-Salem, NC

2007
Panel with Mark Veca and Bill Fick, Southeast Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
Center for Art and Design, College of Saint Rose, Albany NY

2006
Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

2004
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

2002
Brooklyn Now, MacDowell panel organized by Robert Storr, Judith Rothschild Foundation, NY, NY

2001
Brooklyn Museum of Art
State University of New York, Albany
Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA

2000
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Bennington College, Bennington, VT

1998
Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA

1997
Alfred University, Alfred, NY

1996
University of Massachusetts, Boston


Public Collections

The Norton Museum of Art

The Tang Museum 

The West Collection

Progressive Corporation

Stanley and Nancy Singer Collection

The Flag Collection