Chris Vasell
Installation View
October 3November 14, 2009
Installation View
July 2August 22, 2009
Gallery 1, Installation view
January 20February 24, 2007
Installation View
Don't go outside they are waiting for you
March 5April 9, 2005
Installation View
September 4October 4, 2003
Installation View
Adam McEwen, Steven Shearer, Aida Ruilova, Nigel Cooke, Julian Hoeber, Slater Bradley and Chris Vasell
February 8March 15, 2003


Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1974

MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL 
BA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Residency: Medium, Gustavia St. Barthélemy, French West Indies

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

One-Person Exhibitions

Cutouts, Team Gallery, New York, NY

The Estate of Chris Vasell,
Team Gallery, New York, NY

Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, CA

Gallery Min Min, Tokyo, Japan

Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, CA

Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
Don’t go outside they’re waiting for you,
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

Chris Vasell
, Boom, Oak Park, IL

Group Exhibitions

Paint Off, Paint On, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY  

, Bravin Lee Programs, New York, NY
Something Wicked this Way Comes
, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
15th Anniversary Inaugural Exhibition
, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Cave Painting: Installment #1, Gresham's Ghost, New York, NY (curated by Bob Nickas)

Gallery Min Min, Tokyo, Japan

Post Rose: Artists In and Out of the Hazard Park Complex
, Galerie Christian Nagel,  Berlin, Germany (curated by Sterling Ruby)
Where Was I? All About the Edges, Bag of Pockets, the Art of Semi-Autonomy
, Pauline, Los Angeles, CA

Having New Eyes
, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Trials and Terrors
, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Fast Forward
, House of Campari, Venice, CA (in affiliation with MoCA, curated by Scenic)
The General's Jamboree - Second Annual Watercolor Exhibition, Guild & Greyshkul, New York, NY

On Paper
, Nicole Klagsbrun, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (curated by Dominic Molon)
Summer Drawings and Some Are Not,
Mixture Contemporary Art, Houston, TX
Jesse Chapman, Noah Rorem, Chris Vasell, Shane Campbell,
Boom, Oak Park, IL

Inaugural Group Show, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
I See a Darkness
, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
Painting Show
, The Austrian Art Studio, Chicago, IL (curated by Esther Stocker)                                   
Some Things We Like…, Asprey Jaques, London, UK

Here and Now
, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL (curated by James Rondeau, Gregory Knight, Lanny Silverman, and Marianne Richter)
, Lawton Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, WI (curated by Shane Campbell)
A4 vs. Letter: A show of drawings
, Apt 1R, Chicago, IL
Sculpture In Chicago Now Part II
, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

The Stray Show
, The Suburban, Chicago, IL
The Stray Show
, Boom, Chicago, IL

Chicago Drawing Show
, Forcefield Exhibition Space, Chicago, IL
Nippon Steel Exhibition, Nippon Steel, Chicago, IL

Whitecaps, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI


Electronic Sound and Film/Video Art Series, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL 

Awards and Grants

Nippon Steel Scholarship

Leon Guggenheim Scholarship, SAIC (two year) 


Articles and Reviews

Smith, Roberta. “Chris Vasell: The Estate of Chris Vasell,” New York Times, December 17, 2010.

Shaw, Michael. “Chris Vasell at Blum & Poe,”, July 13, 2009.

Grove, Jeffrey. “Morris Louis Now?,” Hirshorn Magazine (Fall 2007): 11-12.
Myers, Holly. “Painting Creates a Sense of Absence,” Los Angeles Times, February 2, 2007.
Taft, Catherine. “Chris Vasell.” Modern Painters (April 2007): 97.
Taft, Catherine. “Neighbourhood Watch: Chris Vasell.” ArtReview, no. 7 (January 2007): 37.

Goncharov, Kathleen. “Whitney Biennal.” Tema Celeste, no. 116 (July-August 2006): 86-87.
Plagens, Peter. “Madison Avenue Ennui.” Art in America 94, no. 6 (June-July 2006): 76-79.
Tainor, James. “Chris Vasell.” Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, no. 1 (December-March, 2006): 20-23.

Pagel, David. “Eek! Are they watching us?,” Los Angeles Times, March 11, 2005.

Nesbett, Peter. “What Are You Looking At?: New Art Through the Eyes of Ten Curators and Directors.” Art on Paper (May/June 2004): 64-69.

Charlesworth, JJ. “Coastal Melancholy.” Modern Painters 16, no. 1 (Summer 2003): 36-38.
Grabner, Michelle. The Suburban: The Early Years 1999-2003. Chicago: The Suburban, 2003.
Knight, Christopher. “On the Underbelly of the Zeitgeist,” Los Angeles Times, February 21, 2001.
Worman, Alex. “L.A. Confidential,”, February 14, 2003.

Museum and Public Collections

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA



Pagel, David. "Eek! Are they watching us?" LOS ANGELES TIMES, March 11, 2005, p. E34
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Worman, Alex. "L.A. Confidential." ARTNET.COM. February 14, 2003
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