Chris Johanson

Born 1968, San Jose; Lives in Portland.

Solo Exhibitions

2020 ‘Tennis Elbow Window Week 22’, Journal Gallery, New York
2019 ‘Paintings’, Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
2018 ‘Ruminations, Meditations and The Homeostasis’, Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco
2017 ‘Soccer Club Club’, Drag City, Chicago
  The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn (with Johanna Jackson)
  Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York
  ‘Infused Paper’, Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
2016 ‘Imperfect Reality with Figures and Challenging Abstraction’, The Conversation, Berlin
2015 ‘The House of Escaping Forms’, Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia, PA (with Johanna Jackson)
  ‘Equations’, Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco
2014 ‘Continuity Escapes Me (My Selfishness in Los Angeles)’, Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
2013 ‘Considering’, The Modern Institute, 14—20 Osborne Street, Glasgow
  ‘Within The River of Time Is My Mind’, MOCA Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles
  ‘(Almost) Free-Formed: Chris Johanson, Barry McGee, and Laurie Reid in Collaboration’, City College Art Gallery, San Francisco
2012 ‘Windows’, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York
  ‘Two Days Art’, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen (festival)
  ‘A Perfect Day-Tekenshow’, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam
2011 ‘Alright, Alright’, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö
  ‘This, This, This, That’, Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco
2010 ‘Backwards Toward Forwards’, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago
  ‘The sound of energy in space, the space of energy on life’, Schunck Glaspaleis, Herleen, Netherlands
  ‘1991–2010. I was there’, Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
  ‘Not a waste of ...’, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria
2009 ‘Chris Johanson- Jean Debuffet’, Baronian Francey, Brussels
  ‘Continuality’, Van Every/Smith Galleries, Davidson college, Davidson
2008 ‘Conclusions on Boundaries’, Art of this Gallery, Minneapolis (collaboration with Johanna Jackson)
  Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco
  ‘Totalities’, Dietch Projects, New York
2007 ‘Paradise Library’, Le Meridien Hotel, San Francisco (with Jo Jackson)
  ‘Art Unlimited’, Art|38|Basel, Basel (with The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd and Galleri Nicolai Wallner)
  ‘Peaceable Kingdom’, Marella Gallery, Milan (with Jo Jackson)
  ‘APEX: CHRIS JOHANSON’, Portland Art Museum, Portland
2006 ‘I am in this weird area now’, Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
  ‘Contemporary Landscapes’, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago
  ‘I Can Feel It (Co-Exist In Modern Death): Alright Yeah!’, Jack Hanley Gallery, Los Angeles
2004 ‘Problem Does Not Compute’, The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow
  Marella Arte Contemporanea, Sarnico
  ‘Solo Show, Solo Soul’, Vedanta Gallery, Chicago
2003 ‘The More You Think About It, The More You Think About It and Keep Thinking About It More’, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco
  ‘This is Where You Are’, Galerie Georg Kargl, Vienna
  ‘SECA Award Show’, MOMA, San Francisco
  SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2002 ‘Now is Now’, Deitch Projects, New York
  ‘Many Ways’, Roberts & Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles
2001 Bodybuilder and Sportsman Gallery, Chicago
  Hammer Projects, UCLA Hammer Museum
  ‘Relationistism about Brownness’, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco
  Tracey Lawrence Gallery, Vancouver
  Vedanta Gallery, Chicago
2000 ‘The Ourselves Festival’, Alleged Fine Arts, New York
  ‘Le Nuage Brun (The Brown Cloud)’, Purple Institute, Paris
1998 ‘SWP’, Alleged Fine Arts, New York
  ‘All on Different Trips’, Four Walls, San Francisco
1997 ‘Ourlandia’, Scene/Escena, San Francisco
1995 ‘Sorry’, Figure 5, San Francisco
  ‘The Universe’, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco
1994 ‘Fantasy Island (Life Span)’, Kiki, San Francisco
1990 ‘Pictures and Words’, Emmanuel Ratnitsky Found Objects, San Francisco

Group Exhibitions

2020 ‘A Perfect Day Tekenshow’, A Perfect Day, Amsterdam
2019 ‘Small Worlds - Group Exhibitions of Miniature Works’, Augen Gallery, Portland
2017 ‘Converge 45’, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland
  ‘The Human Form’, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco
  ‘Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California’, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles
2016 ‘A Question/Some Mild Anxiety/The Results’, Demo Gallery, Co-Lab Projects, Austin, TX
  ‘Will And Be Going To’, Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco
  ‘Outside’, KARMA, New York
  ‘The Secret Staircase’, Adams and Ollman, Portland
  ‘AftermodernisM’, Nicole Ripka Gallery, NY
  ‘Future Developments’, David Petersen Gallery, Minneapolis
  ‘Architecture of Life’, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley
2014 ‘Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California’, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland
  ‘Score’, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College
  ‘Energy That is All Around’, Grey Art Gallery, NYU, New York
2013 ‘Project Los Altos’, SFMOMA (offsite), Downtown Los Altos
  ‘My Crippled Friend’, Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus
  ‘More Love: Art, Politics and Sharing Since the 1990s’, Cheekwood, Nashville
  ‘Mission School: Energy That is All Around’, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
  ‘Acharya Vyakul, Chris Johanson, Chris Corales’, Adams and Ollman, Portland
2012 ‘Two Person Exhibition With Kristin Baker’, EXPO Chicago, Chicago
  ‘Creature From the Blue Lagoon’, Martos Gallery, New York
  ‘Portrait of a Generation’, The Hole, New York
  ‘Pink Caviar’, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen
  ‘Streetopia’, The Luggage Store, San Francisco
  ‘Dialogue of Hands’, East Gymnasium, City of Glasgow College, Glasgow (Curated by Three Blows for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2012)
  ‘Illegitimate Business’, Will Brown Gallery, San Francisco
2011 ‘SECA Art Award’, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (Performance by Sun Foot and curating music for event)
  ‘In the Gardens’, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne
  ‘Twin Infinities’, Nomad Gallery, Los Angeles
  ‘Katherine Bernhardt, Alfred Jensen, Chris Johanson, Andrew Masullo and Judith Scott’, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York
  ‘Art Parcours Night’, Art|42| Basel, Basel (Chris Johanson performs with his band 'Sun Foot' )
  ‘New York Minute’, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow
  ‘The Mercury Seven and the New Nine’, Artery, Portland
  ‘Chris Johanson, Charley Harper & Matt Keegan’, Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco
  ‘It Takes A Tribe: Shrunken Head 5th Anniversary Show’, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland
2010 ‘75 Years of Looking Forward, 75th Anniversary Show’, MOMA, San Francisco
  ‘Salad Days’, The Journal Gallery, New York
  ‘Knock Knock’, Needles & Pens, San Francisco
  ‘Wild Thing’, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles
  ‘Draw’, Museo De La Ciudad De Mexico, Mexico City
  ‘Flower Show’, International Art Objects, Los Angeles
  ‘Aktualität eines Mediums – Nader Ahriman bis Chen Zhen’, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
  ‘Final San Francisco Show’, Jack Hanley Gallery, Los Angeles
  ‘Fine Line’, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria
  ‘Festival of Endless Gratitude’, Box Cutter Gallery, Copenhagen
  ‘Disorder Disorder’, Penrith Regional Gallery, New South Wales
  ‘Postermat’, The Hole, New York
2009 ‘The North County Invitational’, Cals Pharmacy, Portland
  ‘1999-10 Year Anniversary Show’, China Art Objects, Los Angeles
  ‘New York Minute’, Depart Foundation, Rome
  ‘A Mind Meld is a Terrible Thing to Waste’, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco
  ‘Constellations: Paintings from the MCA Collection’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
  ‘15 Years of New Image Art’, New Image Arts, Los Angeles
  ‘Songs from the Treetops’, PDX Contemporary, Portland (curated by Harrell Fletcher)
  ‘Impossible Instruments/Future Flags’, Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland
2008 ‘Lots Of Things Like That’, Apex Art, New York
  ‘Dropped Frames’, Elk Gallery, New York
  ‘Menagerie: Animals and Nature’, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York
  ‘Poster Renaissance 2’, New Image Art, West Hollywood, California
  ‘Second Nature’, Parc Heintz, Dexia Banque Internationale a Luxembourg, Luxembourg (Coordinated by Galerie Nosbaum and Reding)
  ‘Whateverʼs whatever’, The hydra school project, Hydra, Greece
  ‘Impossible Instruments Future Flags’, Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland
  ‘Dark Milk’, MILK CONTEMPORARY, Copenhagen
2007 ‘In the Fullness of Time: Celebrating Twenty Years’, The Luggage Store, San Francisco
  ‘Fractured Figure’, DESTE Foundation, Athens
  ‘Euphorion- Art From San Francisco’, Pierogu Leipzig, New York
  ‘Pierogi Flatfilling’, ArtNews Projects, Berlin (an interactive curatorial project)
  ‘The Incomplete’, Chelsea Art Museum, New York
  ‘Group Show’, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York
  ‘A Collaboration’, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco
  ‘Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative’, Thomas Gane Gallery, London
2006 ‘Happiness/Berline Biennale , 4th Berlin Biennial’ (curated by Martin Germann)
  ‘Have New Yes’, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen
  ‘this talk we have, this talk we have had, this talk we have/have had’, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
  ‘Panic Room - Works from The Dakis Joannou Collection’, DESTE Foundation, Athens
  ‘New Works’, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago
  ‘SINCE 2000: Printmaking now’, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2005 ‘Looking at Words’, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
  ‘Good Timing’, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria
  ‘Monuments for the USA’, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco
  ‘Stoners vs. Drunks’, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York
  Istanbul Biennale, Turkey
  Jack Hanley Gallery, Los Angeles
  ‘Solo Show Solo Soul’, Baronian Francey, Brussels (project by Chris Johanson)
  ‘The Early Show’, White Columns, New York
2004 ‘Group Show’, Anne de Villepoix, Paris
  Christophe Daviet-Thery, Paris
  ‘Beautiful Losers’, Cincinnati Center for the Arts, Cincinatti
  ‘Color Wheel Oblivion’, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Sarnico (Curated by Chris Perez)
  ‘Recent Acquisitions’, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
  ‘Lo-Gressive Living: Works on Paper from the San Francisco Bay Area’, The Approach, London
2003 ‘Taqueria Cancun’, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston
  ‘Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast and Contemporary Art’, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
  ‘Comic Release’, The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania traveling to The Center for Contemporary Art
  ‘Flipping the Bird’, Vox Populi, Phildelphia
2002 Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco
  Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
  Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art
2001 ‘Widely Unknown’, Deitch Projects, New York
  Hammond Museum, North Salem
  ‘East Meets West’, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
  ‘The Sensational Line’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver
  ‘The Portrait Show’, New Image Arts, Los Angeles
  ‘Jess Hilliard: an undying fascination for all animals, especially the cute ones’, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco
  ‘Untitled 2001’, Spiral, Tokyo
  Wendy Cooper Gallery, Madison
2000 ‘Extra’, (Super)Meta', Center for the Arts Yerba Buena Gardens
  ‘Deterritorialization of Process’, Artist Space, San Francisco
  Collectors Choice, Exit Art
  ‘THE Happiness Show’, Dirt Gallery, San Francisco
  ‘Utopia’, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco
  Liste 2000, Basel
  ‘Pot O'Gold’, Patrizia Outore Gallery, Melbourne
  Rare, New York
1999 ‘Coup d'Etat’, Alleged Fine Arts, New York
  ‘Museum Pieces’, De Young Museum, San Francisco
  ‘The Levels’, La Panaderia, Mexico City
  Liste 99, Basel
  New Image Arts, Los Angeles
  ‘Scopic’, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose
  ‘Survivalists’, Southern Exposure, San Francisco
  ‘On Paper’, Stalke Gallery, Copenhagen
1998 ‘He Swam Down, Away’, Audiello Fine Arts, New York
  Clarion Alley Mural Project, San Francisco
  ‘The Mind Harvest Series’, La Panaderia, Mexico City
  ‘Move 2’, New Image Arts, Los Angeles
  ‘Selections Summer 98’, The Drawing Center, New York
  ‘Alter-Nativity’, The Jewish Museum, San Francisco
1997 ‘Oddity’, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco
  ‘The Independents’, Alleged Fine Arts, New York
  ‘Switch Stance’, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco
  ‘Mission Community Art Show’, Starcleaners, San Francisco
  ‘Me, Myself, and I’, Timithy Higbee Gallery, San Francisco
  ‘Bay Area Now’, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
  ‘Waveforms, Skate(board)ing the Urban Forest’, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
1996 ‘Necessary Evil Kneivel’, Alleged Fine Arts, New York
  ‘Guy’, Four Walls, San Francisco
  ‘Shred Sled Symposium’, The Thread Waxing Space, New York
1995 ‘Special Friends’, Adobe Book Shop, San Francisco
  ‘Dysfunctional, an exhibition of Skateboard Art and Design’, Blue Note Gallery, London
  ‘The Finale’, Figure 5, San Francisco
  ‘Wild Side’, L.A.C.E., San Francisco
  ‘The New Millenium Degenerate Art Show’, The Lab, San Francisco
1994 ‘Combine Effort’, Figure 5, San Francisco
1993 ‘The T-Shirt Show’, Works Gallery, San Jose
1991 ‘Chain Reaction’, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco
1990 ‘The Flower Show’, Emmanuel Ratnitsky Found Objects, San Francisco



2015 Thibault, Sarah : Solve for X: Chris Johanson‘s Equations at Altman Siegel, SFAQ, 16/11/2015
  Gregory, Hannah : ‘Mission School’ Artist Chris Johanson Captures California‘s Singular Ethos, Artsy, 24/07/2015
2014 Johnson, Ken: ‘Prickly but Puppyish in San Francisco’, New York Times, 24/04/2014
2012 McGee, Barry and Johanson, Chris: ‘GURU(S): Artists Barry McGee and Chris Johanson’, Papermag, 11/2012
  Jon Raymond: ‘Golden State. Jon Raymond on the art of Chris Johanson’, Artforum, 10/2012
  Chris Johanson ‘I‘ve lived quite a few lifetimes‘, Believer Magazine, 02/2012
  Johanson, Chris and Jackson, Jo: ‘Chris and Jo: The Way We Live’, Apartamento, 09 2012
2011 Lepage, Anaïs: ‘Chris Johanson American Dream, Ici Et Maintenant’, Roven, 28/02/2011
  ‘Normal Natural Shit: Chris Johanson speaks to Nadiah Fellah’, New American Paintings, 19/01/2011
  ‘Artist to watch’, The Art Economist, Issue 7 2011
2004 bwana: ‘cj landia’, Pencil Fight, 2004
2003 Johanson, Chris: ‘Death’, Arkitip, Issue 0022 30/11/2003
  Wilson, Michael: ‘One Piece at a Time’, Frieze, Issue 79 11/2003
  Berger, Jamie: Adobe proved fertile ground for ‘Mission School’ artist, San Francisco Chronicle, 10/04/2003
  Helfand, Glen: ‘Big time’, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, 19/03/2003
2002 Helfand, Glen: ‘The Mission School’, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Volume 36, Number 28 10/04/2002
2000 Johanson, Chris: ‘YOU ARE THERE’, Alleged Press, New York, 2000
1995 Porges, Maria: ‘Chris Johanson’, Art Issues, 09/1995

Exhibition Reviews

2013 McFarland, Mack: ‘Acharya Vyakul, Chris Johanson, and Chris Corales at Adams and Ollman‘, NY Arts, 18/09/2013
  Vankin, Deborah: ‘Chris Johanson MOCA art show: life, death, and the ‘River of Time‘’, Los Angeles Times, 26/06/2013
2012 Walsh, Brienne: ‘Chris Johanson‘, Art in America online, 26/12/2012
  Martinez, Christina Catherine: ‘Invaluable Objects’, ArtSlant San Francisco, 28/02/2012
2011 ‘Chris Johanson: Alright Alright’, this is tomorrow, 17/11/2011
  Smith, Roberta: ‘Katherine Bernhardt, Alfred Jensen, Chris Johanson, Andrew Masullo and Judith Scott‘, New York Times, 15/07/2011
  Helfand, Glen: ‘Chris Johanson: Altman Siegel’, Artforum, 07/2011
  ‘The Malmö Konsthall Presents Chris Johanson‘s Playful & Humorous Works’, Art Knowledge News, 2011
2010 Kuennen, Joel: ‘Backwards Towards the Future‘, ArtSlant Chicago, 13/09/2010
2009 Wolff, Jon: ‘Chris Johanson’s ‘Continuality’ opens‘, The Davidson online, 19/03/2009
  Farrell, Katie: ‘A Meld of Gallery Artists‘, ArtSlant San Francisco, 23/02/2009
  McClintock, Diana: ‘Review: Chris Johanson at Van Every Smith Galleries‘, Sculpture Magazine, Volume 28 2009
2008 O'Neill Butler, Lauren: ‘Chris Johanson: Deitch Projects’, Artforum International, 12/2008
  O'Neill Butler, Lauren: ‘Chris Johanson: Deitch Projects‘, Artforum International, 12/2008
  Westcott, James: ‘Chris Johanson: Totalities‘, Art Review Online, 30/09/2008
  Johnson, Paddy: ‘Chris Johanson at Deitch Projects‘, The L Magazine, 17/09/2008
2006 Nelson, Arty: ‘He Walks the Line’, LA Weekly, 08/06/2006
2004 Mansfield, Susan: ‘Medium first, then meaning‘, The Scotsman, 23/11/2004
  Hedges, Ruth: ‘Disturbed by the ‘burbs‘, The List, 04/11/2004
2003 Helfand, Glen: ‘Crtitic‘s Picks: Chris Johanson’, Artforum, 09/2003
  Sheets, Hilarie M: ‘The Dude Is New Age And He’s Proud of It’, The New York Times, 20/04/2003
2002 Johnson, Ken: ‘Chris Johanson: Now Is Now’, The New York Times, 22/11/2002
  Gioni, Massimiliano: ‘The Whitney Biennial: All the Small Things’, Flash Art, 05/2002
  Cotter, Holland: ‘Depicting Spiritual America, From Ecstatic to Transcendent’, The New York Times, 08/03/2002
2000 Frank, Peter: ‘S.F. DRAWING SHOW, THE HAPPINESS SHOW‘, LA Weekly, 06/2000
  Golonu, Berin: ‘Scopic: Magnify the Times‘, Artweek, 02/2000
  ‘THE REAL JUNK: Garbage Man Chris Johanson Draws Shitty’, Vice, Volume 7 2000
1998 Baker, Kenneth: ‘Jarring Street Scenes In Johanson’s ‘Trips‘, San Francisco Chronicle, 10/09/1998
  Freedman, Marcy: ‘Chris Johanson‘, San Francisco Weekly, 02/09/1998


2013 Chris Johanson, Phaidon Press, London/ New York
2011 Peaceable Kingdom, Nieves, Zurich
2007 PLEASE LISTEN I HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU ABOUT WHAT IS by CHRIS JOHNSON (monograph), Alleged Press/ Damiani Editore, Bologna
2006 A limited edition book by Chris Johnson, Alleged Press, New York
  I am glad for you that you exist, Nieves, Zurich
2005 VITAMIN D, Phaidon Press, London/ New York
2004 Chris Johanson, Deitch projects, New York
  The Beauty and the Blemish, Deitch projects, New York

Exhibition Publications

2012 Windows, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York
2010 Totalities, Deitch projects, New York
2004 Color Wheel Oblivion, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan
2002 2002 SECA Art Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco