Friedrich Kunath
Lacan's Haircut
September 8October 27, 2012
Installation View
July 3August 28, 2010
Installation View
October 3November 14, 2009
Installation View
EMOH
October 24December 6, 2008
Installation view
I Have Always Been Here Before
March 4April 8, 2006
Installation View
We were the one thing in the galaxy God didn't have his eyes on
April 3May 1, 2004

Friedrich Kunath

Born in Chemnitz, Germany, 1974

Education               
University of Arts, Braunschweig, Germany, 1998 (studied with Professor Walter Dahn)

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

                                                                  

One-Person Exhibitions

2016
Juckreiz, Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf, Germany
The World Is a Beautiful Place (We're Not Here for Long), Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
My Loneliness Shines, VNH Gallery, Paris, France

2015
Sentimental Air, BQ, Berlin, Germany 

2014 
Earth to Fuckface, White Cube, Hong Kong, China
Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harber, NY
The Forest Smelled Like Bananas, Capri, Düsseldorf, Germany
If I Could Only Remember Your Name, Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven, Germany
Grand Optimist, Eastern Star Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Temptation to Exist (May Contain Nuts), Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
A Plan to Follow Summer Around the World, Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry – le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France

2013
I'm Running out of World, White Cube, Mason's Yard, London, UK             
Raymond Moody's Blues, Oxford Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK

2012
Lacan's Haircut, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA               
Your Life is Not for You, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
Things We Did When We Were Dead, BQ, Berlin, Germany

2011                 
Lonely Are the Free, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany
The Most Beautiful World in the World, White Cube, London, UK (cat.)

2010                 
Tropical Depression, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
I used to be darker, but then I got lighter and then I got dark again, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Friedrich Kunath, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Friedrich Kunath
, Kunstsaele, Berlin

2009                                   
Hello Walls, BQ, Berlin, Germany
7 x 14, Kunstalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
Home Wasn't Built in a Day, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany

2008                                   
Rising vs. Setting, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Emoh, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

2007                                   
Twilight, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY 
Kunst aus NRW in der ehemaligen Reichsabtei Aachen-Kornelimunster
BQ, Cologne, Germany

2006                                   
I have always been here before, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

2005                                   
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY

2004                 
We Were the One Thing in the Galaxy God Didn’t Have His Eyes on, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Our Endless Numbered Days, BQ, Cologne, Germany

2003                 
We Are Not As Far West As We Suppose We Are, The Bakery/Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands 

2002                                   
Welcome Home Steve Curry, BQ, Cologne, Germany

2001                 
Bonner Kunstverein, Peter Mertes Stipendium (with Thea Djordjadze), Bonn, Germany
Friedrich Kunath: Videos, CHAUSSE 37, Berlin, Germany

2000                 
One Day It Will All Make Sense, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland (weekend-show with Dirk Bell) 

1998                                    
Why Are My Friends Such Finks, BQ, Cologne, Germany (with Dirk Bell) (cat.)

Group Exhibitions

2016
Mount Analogue, Performance Ski, Aspen, CO
Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection: From Shōhaku and Rosanjin to Anselm Kiefer, Yokohama Art Museum, Yokohama, Japan
Tomorrow is a long time, Tim van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Group show, M+B, Los Angeles, CA 
Juxtapoz x Superflat, Pivot Art + Culture, Seattle, WA 

2015
If You Leave Me Can I Come Too?, Hunter East Harlem Gallery, City University of New York, New York
The Avant-Garde Won't Give Up: Cobra and Its Legacy, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Love or the Lack of It, Travesía Cuatro, Madrid, Spain
My wife does the dishes, I do the revolution, Kimmerich, Berlin, Germany
Second Chances, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO 

2014
Lone Tree, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY
Friendly Takeover: Artists Show Their Collection, MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany  

2013
Set Pieces, Cardi Black Box, Milan, Italy
More Young Americans, L’Enclos des Bernardins, Hotel de Miramion, Paris, France
The Hope of Wrecks, Museum of St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK
À triple tour: oeuvres de la collection Pinault, Centre des Monuments Nationaux, La Conciergerie, Paris, France

2012
Death Can Dance, Townhouse, Zurich, Switzerland
Stiftung Schloss Dyck, Juechen, Germany
Funny, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
Wonderful-Humboldt, Krokodil & Polke, Die Olbricht Collection, Me Collectors Room Berlin, Germany
You Should’ve Heard Just What I Seen, Riverview School, East Sandwich, MA 

2011
Dwelling, Marianne Boesky, New York, NYWatercolour, Tate Britain, London, UK
Midnight Party, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Herzliya Biennial, Herzliya, Israel
Gesamtkunstwerk, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Deserteure, Kunstpavillon, Innsbruck, Austria
Always, Sometimes, Often, Never, Gagosian, Beverly Hills, CA
MärklinWorld, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands
Collection Exhibition, Berezdivin Collection-Espacio 1414, San Juan, Puerto Rico
The Second Strike, 3rd Herzliya Biennial of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
Il mondo vi appartiene (The World Belongs to You), Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
Pamphile, Deichtorhallen Museum, Hamburg, Germany
Human Nature, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
MIAC III Away From the Horde, Miami-Dade Public Library System, Miami, FL
BS-VISITE, Braunschweig, Germany
Painting…Expanded, Berezdivin Collection – Espacio 1414, Puerto Rico  

2010
The Library of Babel: In and Out of Place, Zabludowicz Collection, Projectspace 176, London, UK
11th Triennale für Kleinplastik (Triennial of Small-scale Sculpture), Fellbach, Germany
Country Music, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London, UK
Captain Pamphile #2, Städtische Galerie Waldkraiburg, Waldkraiburg, Germany

2009
Play, Galeria Monica de Cardenas, Milan, Italy
Grin & Bear It: Cruel Humor in Art and Life, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
Inaugural Group Exhibition, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

2008
The Leisure Suite, The LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY
Informed by Function, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
Gravity in Art, Telic Art Exchange, Los Angeles, CA
Life on Mars: the 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Vertrautes Terrain: Aktuelle Kunst in/über Deutschland, ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany
The Eternal Flame, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland
Journeys to Nowhere: Selections from the Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN 

2007
Blind Date, Magazzino d’arte moderna, Rome, Italy
Dream and Trauma: Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria (cat.)
Learn to Read, Tate Modern, London
Seb Koberstädt / Friedrich Kunath: Förderpreisträger 2006, Kunst aus Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany
Verwendungsnachweis, Stipendiaten der Jurgen Ponto-Stiftung 2003-2006, MMK Frankfurt am Main, Germany 

2006
Bonanza, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY  
Nothing But Pleasure, BAWAG Foundation, Vienna, Austria
Spooky, Het Gebouw, Utrecht, Netherlands
Esquidor en el fondo de un pozo, Fundacción/Colección Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico

2005                                                     
Avalon Art Association, Revelin Castle, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Exile: New York Is a Good Hotel, Broadway 1602, New York, NY
Fabriques du Sublime, La Galerie, Centre d'art contemporain, Ville de Noisy-le-Sec, France
The Gravity in Art, De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Looking at Words: The Formal Presence of Text In Modern and Contemporary Works On Paper, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY

2004                 
No One Else Can Make Me Feel the Colors That You Bring,
Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Rhinegold: Art from Cologne, Tate Gallery Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Rings of Saturn, Rockwell Gallery, London, England
Strawberry Fields, O.P.A. Guadalajara and Galeria CANAIA, Mexico City, Mexico (cat.)

2003                                   
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

2002                 
Mise en scène: Curieux VI- Friedrich Kunath: When was the first time when you realized the next time would be the last time, Bonner Kunstverein & Videonale, Bonn, Germany
On the Other Hand You Have Different Fingers, Galerie Gait Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany
Present, Hammer Sidi, London, England
Superschloss, Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany

2001                 
Zero Gravity, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
1995-2001, BQ, Cologne, Germany

2000                                   
Parking Meters, Cologne, Germany
Make My Paper Sound, Studiogalerie Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany

1998                 
Junge Kunst im Zweiten, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
Dirty Windows, Berlin, Germany

1995                                   
VOXXX-Galerie, Chemnitz, Germany
Green Room, San Diego, CA

1994                 
The Easiest Thing to Grow in a Garden is Tired, Galerie Peters-Barenbrock, Braunschweig, Germany

Awards and Grants

Sprengel Prize for Visual Arts of the Lower Saxony Savings Bank Foundation, 2012
Grant for Young Artists of the Fedceral State of North Rhine, Westfalia, Germany, 2006
Grant/scholarship of the JürgenPeter Mertes Stipendium, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany, 2001
Arbeitsstipendium der Jürgen Ponto-Stiftung, Frankurt am Main, 2005
Peter Mertes Stipendium, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany, 2001

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Catalogues

2014
Taxter, Kelly. You Should've Heard Just What I Seen. New York: Gregory R. Miller & Co., 2014.

2013
Friedrich Kunath: In My Room. Texts by Michael Bracewell, Ory Dessau, Paul Luckcraft, and Claire le Restif. Cologne: König, 2013.
Price, Matt. Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing. New York: Phaidon, 2013.

2012
Jacobson, Heidi Zuckerman. Funny. New York: FLAG Art Foundation, 2012.
Kunath, Friedrich. Things We Did When We Were Dead. Berlin: BQ, 2012.
Kunath, Friedrich. You Owe Me a Feeling. Text by David Berman. Los Angeles: Blum & Poe, 2012.The Residue of Memory. Aspen, Colorado: Aspen Art Museum, 2012.

2011
Kunath, Friedrich. The Most Beautiful World in the World. London: White Cube, [2011].

2009
Kunath, Friedrich. Home Wasn’t Built in a Day. Berlin: Sternberg Press; Kunstverein Hannover, 2009.
Kunath, Friedrich. In Someone’s Shadow. Text by Rod McKuen. Berlin: BQ, 2009.

2008
Rising vs. Setting. Texts by Heidi Zuckerman Jaconson, Gregor Jansen, Anna Grande, and Jeff Poe. Aspen, CO: Aspen Art Museum, 2008.

2007
Blancsubé, Michel. Fundacion/Coleccion Jumex presents: Esquiador en el fondo de un pozo September 4. February 2007: 124. [cat.]
Grayson, Kathy, ed. Panic Room: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Works on Paper Collection. July 2007: 70, index. [cat.]
Kunath, Friedrich. Friedrich Kunath. Cologne: BQ, 2007.

2004
Friedrich Kunath: alles macht weiter. Cologne: BQ, 2004. 

2002
Kunath, Friedrich. I Would Kill for a Noble Peace Prize. Cologne: BQ, 2002.

2001
Let’s Not and Say We Did: Friedrich Kunath. Bonn: Bonner Kunstverein, 2001.
Zero Gravity. Düsseldorf: Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, 2001: 60-63, 106.

1998
Kunath, Friedrich and Dirk Bell. Why Are My Friends Such Finks?. Cologne: BQ, 1998.

 

Articles and Reviews

2016
Shapton, Leanne. "Thirteen Contemporary Artists Portray Their Own Children." T: The New York Times Style Magazine, March 18, 2016. 

2015
Cotter, Holland. “‘If You Leave Me Can I Come Too?’ A Show Whose Subject Is Death.” New York Times, December 24, 2015.
Herbert, Martin. “Friedrich Kunath.” Artforum 54, no. 4 (December 2015): 271-272.

2014
Gingeras, Alison M. "For Real." Artforum 52, no. 7 (March 2014): 266-69.
Goffstein, Sarah. "Friedrich Kunath: The Temptation to Exist (May Contain Nuts)." Brooklyn Rail, May 6, 2014.
Rimanelli, David. “Best of 2014.” Artforum 53, no. 4 (December 2014): 256.

2013
Diehl, Travis. "You Owe Me a Feeling." Art Book Review, June 13, 2013.
Stein, Lorin. "What We're Loving: Fires, Isolation, Whispering Gallery." Paris Review, February 1, 2013.
Tylevich, Katya. "Friedrich Kunath: This Is Where the West Ends." Elephant, no. 13 (Winter 2012-2013): 132-43. 

2012
Bowles, Hamish. “Testino Royale.” Vogue 202, no. 3 (March 2012): 518-531.
Finkel, Jori. "Friedrich Kunath's Fever Dream at Blum & Poe." Los Angeles Times, October 14, 2012.
Herbert, Martin. “Now See This.” ArtReview, no. 59 (May 2012): 30-31.
Johnson, Vincent. "The Art of LA Based German Born Artist Friedrich Kunath." Fireplace Chats (blog), October 28, 2012, http://fireplacechats.wordpress.com.
Losk, Alice. “FLAG Does Funny.” Artsicle.com (blog), September 26, 2012.
Poyourow, Jill. "Artist in Focus: Friedrich Kunath." Fireplace Chats (blog), February 14, 2012, http://fireplacechats.wordpress.com.
“’Rheingold' Offers Contemporary Art." Kölnische Rundschau, April 19, 2012.
Shaw, Michael. “Friedrich Kunath.” ArtScene 32, no. 2 (October 2012).
Steffen, Patrick. “Friedrich Kunath.” Flash Art 45, no. 287 (November-December 2012): 111.

2011
Bourgeois, Caroline. “The World Belongs to You.” L’uomo Vogue, no. 421 (May-June 2011): 168, 170, 177.
Hopkins, Echo. “Friedrich Kunath at White Cube, London.” Artwrit, no. 1 (May 2011).

2010
Ackermann, Tim. “Die Bionadewerdung der Kunst,” TAZ, January 7, 2010.
Stoeber, Michael. “Friedrich Kunath.” Artist Kunstmagazin (February-April 2010).
Stoeber, Michael. “Gescheiterte Melancholie.” Kunstforum (March-April 2010).                               

2009
Beradini, Andrew. “Friedrich Kunath: EMOH.” Art Review, (January 2009): 112.
“Friedrich Kunath: Home Wasn’t Built in a Day, KUNST Magazin (Berlin), December 2009.
Gescheiterte Hoffnung,” Schädelspalter, December 2009.
Di Blasi, Johanna. “Der Duft von Denim,” Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, November 27, 2009.
Ddp. Kunstverein Hannover zeigt Werke von Friedrich Kunath, ddp, November 25, 2009.
Dpa. Sehnsucht und Melancholie im Kunstverein, DPA, November 14, 2009.
“Ausstellungen im November: Highlights,” Kultur Spiegel, November 2009.
“Friedrich Kunath: Home Wasn’t Built in a Day,” Stadtkind Hannover, November 2009.
Moldenhauer, Anna. “Friedrich Kunath: Home Wasn’t Built in a Day im Kunstverein Hannover,” Kunstportal.de, December 21, 2009.
Probst, Carsten. “Scheiternde Pop-Träume,” kultiversum.de Die kulturplattform, November 29, 2009.
Probst, Carsten.Schöne bunte Bilderwelt,Deutschlandfunk, December 5, 2009.
Wallentin, Susanne. “Am Anfang das Ende: Kunstverein zeigt Kunath,” Neue Presse, November 27, 2009.
Weber, Simona. “Friedrich Kunath im Kunstverein,” h-eins-tv-0511/tv.lokal, November 27, 2009.
Zimmer, Klaus. T-Shirt-Aufschrift: “Das ist nicht das Leben, das ich bestellt habe,Deister – und Weserzeitung, December 29, 2009. 

2008
Cashdan, Marina. “Cruz Control.” Whitewall (Winter 2008): 105.
Falconer, Morgan. “Friedrich Kunath.” Frieze, Issue 112 (January/February 2008).
Fogle, Douglas. Life on mars: 55th Carnegie International. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum of Art, 2008 [cat.]
Heiser, Jorg. “55th Carnegie International.” Frieze (September 2008): 187-188.
Jacobson, Heidi Zuckerman. “History with a Twist.” Aspen Magazine (Summer 2008): 68. 
“The Listings.” The Aspen Times Weekly, July 13, 2008.
Rhodes, Richard. “Mars Explorer: Life I Space at 55th Carnegie International.” Canadian Art Magazine (Fall 2008).
Stunda, Hilary. “Friedrich Kunath: The Aspen Art Museum.” ArtInfo (September 2008).
Williamson, Damien. “AAM Exhibit Expolore the Duality of Art.” The Aspen Daily News (September 2008).

2007
Smolik, Noemi. “Friedrich Kunath,” Artforum (September 2007): 482.

2006
Knight, Christopher.  “Looking for Paths of Change, Release,” Los Angeles Times (March 24, 2006): E14 & E15.
Kunath, Friedrich. “Top Ten.” Artforum (May 2006): 100.
Wood, Eve. “Friedrich Kunath.” Flash Art (May/June 2006): 126.

2004
“Friedrich Kunath.” Artscenecal.com, May 2004.
Knight, Christopher. “Kunath does odd work, but well,” Los Angeles Times (April 16, 2004): E32.

2003
Fox, Dan. “A Song in my Heart.” Frieze, Issue 79 (November/December 2003): 60-63.

2002
Backhaus, Catrin. “Friedrich Kunath in der Galerie BQ.” Kunst-Bulletin (June 2002): 55.
Kröner, Magdalena. “Friedrich Kunath at BQ.” Flash Art 34, no. 225 (July-September 2002): 52.
Wege, Astrid. “Friedrich Kunath.” Artforum International (October 2002): 163-164.

 

 

Museum and Public Collections

The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center, Los Angeles
Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands

Herbert, Martin. “Friedrich Kunath.” Artforum 54, no. 4 (December 2015): 271-272.
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Gingeras, Alison M. "For Real." Artforum 52, no. 7 (March 2014): 266-69.
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Diehl, Travis. "You Owe Me a Feeling." Art Book Review, June 13, 2013.
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Tylevich, Katya. "Friedrich Kunath: This Is Where the West Ends." Elephant, no. 13 (Winter 2012-2013): 132-43.
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Finkel, Jori. "Friedrich Kunath's Fever Dream at Blum & Poe." Los Angeles Times, October 14, 2012.
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Beradini, Andrew. "Reviews USA: Friedrich Kunath, EMOH." Art Review, January 2009, p.112
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Smolik, Noemi. "Friedrich Kunath." Artforum, September, p.482
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Knight, Christopher. "Looking for paths of change, release." Los Angeles Times, March 24, 2006, pg. E14 & E15
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Wood, Eve. "Friedrich Kunath," Flash Art, May/June 2006, p.126
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Fox, Dan. "A Song in my Heart." Frieze, November/December 2003, p. 60-63
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