Spencer Sweeney

Born 1973, Philadelphia; Lives in New York.


1997 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Current & Forthcoming

2022 ‘Perfect’, The Brant Foundation, Greenwich

Solo Exhibitions

2021 ‘Queue’, Gagosian, Davies Street, London
2020 ‘Tennis Elbow: Spencer Sweeney’, Journal Gallery, New York
2019 ‘Smalls’, Gagosian , Paris
  ‘The Pastels’, The Modern Institute, Aird's Lane Bricks Space
2018 ‘Spencer Sweeney: Self-Portraits’, Gagosian Gallery Park & 75, New York
2017 ‘Viva Las Vegas’, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
2016 ‘The Grey Leg’, Cahiers D'Art, Paris
2015 KARMA, New York
  TRAMPS, London
  ‘Wake Up and Make Love’, Gavin Brown's Enterprise, 291 Grand Street, New York
2014 ‘SHE’, C L E A R I N G, Brussels
  ‘Monads and Party Paintings’, The Modern Institute, 14—20 Osborne Street, Glasgow
2013 ‘Berlin Paintings’, VeneKlasen Werner, Berlin
2012 Twig Gallery, Brussels
2011 ‘The Pharaoh's Lounge - Party Paintings and Sauna’, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York
  ‘Nudes’, The Green Gallery, Milwaukee
2010 ‘Egyptian Diving Board Part II’, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York
  ‘Teatr Laboratorium’, Veneklasen Werner Gallery, Berlin
2009 Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York
2008 ‘Our Gang’, The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow
  Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco
2006 AMT Gallery, Como
2005 The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow
  Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York
2003 ‘Works on paper’, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York
1999 Lawing gallery, Houston

Group Exhibitions

2021 ‘Midnight Fruits’, Galerie Lily Robert, Paris
2020 ‘Bustes de Femmes’, Gagosian , Paris
  ‘Hommage à Rainer Werner Fassbinder’, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
  ‘Everything Is Personal’, TRAMPS, New York
2019 ‘Meet Me In The Bathroom: The Art Show’, The Hole x UTA Artist Space, New York
2018 ‘Darren Bader 'more or less' with Anca Munteanu Rimnic, Michael E. Smith, and a cast of thousands’, Sadie Coles HQ, London
2016 ‘IOWA’, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris
  ‘Outside (curated by Matthew Higgs)’, Karma, Amagansett, New York
  ‘Goulding the Lolly (curated by Brian Belott)’, Gavin Brown's Enterprise, 291 Grand Street, New York
  ‘The Great Figure’, The Journal Gallery, New York
  ‘Lost For Words’, Murray Guy, New York
2014 ‘Painter's Painters: Gifts from Alex Katz’, High Museum of Art, Atlanta
2012 ‘Do Your Thing’, White Columns, New York
  ‘Portrait of a Generation’, The Hole, New York
  ‘PIZZA TIME!’, Marlborough Broom Street, New York
2010 ‘To NY with Love’, Don't Projects, Paris
  ‘Paintings From England and America’, Crisp Gallery, London
2009 ‘The Living and the Dead’, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York
  ‘Frenz’, Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia, PA
  ‘From NY with Love’, Galeria Candela, San Juan, Puerto Rico (cur. by Glorimarta Linares)
  ‘Le souci de soi’, Don't Projects, Paris
2008 ‘That Was Then... This is Now’
2006 ‘Day for Night: Whitney Biennial 2006’, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2005 ‘Red White Blue’, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York
  ‘Looking at Words: The Formal Presence of Text in Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper’, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
  ‘Drunk vs. Stoned 2’, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York
  ‘The Early Show’, White Columns, New York
2004 ‘Subway Series’, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York
2003 ‘Kareoke Death Machine’, Daniel Reich, New York
  ‘Today's Man’, John Connelly Presents, New York
  ‘My People Were Fair and Had Cum in their Hair (but now they're content to spray stars from your boughs)’, Team Gallery, New York
2002 ‘20th Anniversary Exhibition’, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York
  ‘Paintings: Steve DiBenedetto, Spencer Sweeney, and Joe Zucker’, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York
2001 American Fine Arts, New York
  Hysteric Glamour, Tokyo
2000 ‘Legal Paper Work’, Beyond Baroque, Venice, California
  ‘21st century group show’, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York
1999 American Fine Arts, New York
  ‘XXX-Mas show’, American Fine Arts, New York (Curator Colin Deland)
  ‘Paradise 8’, Exit Art, New York (Installation and performance), (curated by Kenny Schacter)
  Preview Party for Gary Gross, American Fine arts gallery
  Preview Party for John Waters opening, American Fine Arts Gallery
  ‘CrissCross: Some Young New Yorkers 3’, PS 1 Contemporary Arts Center, New York (installation and series performance)
  ‘Free Coke - Contemporary Drawing’, Greene Naftali, New York
1998 ‘Beyond the Matter of Space’, Beyond Baroque, Venice, California
1997 ‘Gift land’, Printed Matter, New York


1998 ‘Hey, You Never Know’, New York (performance; curated by Carol Greene)



2019 Bartz, Edek: ‘Spencer Sweeney’, Gagosian Quarterly, 02/2019
2016 Herriman, Kat: ‘Two Decades of Downtown Art (and Club) Antics, in Pictures’, T Magazine, 11/04/2016
2013 Stipanovich, Alexandre: ‘Frieze 2013: A Guided Tour with Spencer Sweeney’, Opening Ceremony, 13/05/2013
  ‘Spencer Sweeney Heads Uptown for Caviar’, New York Magazine, 26/04/2013
  ‘New York Artists Now: Next Generation’, GalleristNY, 02/2013
2012 Sutton, Benjamin: See Spencer Sweeney‘s Nerdy New Smashed Window Installation at Home Alone Gallery, Artinfo, 29/08/2012
  Grunthaner, Jeffrey: ‘Sweeney Style’, Bomb Blog, 30/05/2012
  Duray, Dan: ‘Spencer Sweeney Provided Loft and Paintings for New Abel Ferrara Movie’, New York Observer, 22/03/2012
2010 Colman, David: ‘A Turquoise Link to Willie Nelson’, New York Times, 17/12/2010
  ‘Nights at the Museum’, NOWNESS, 11/04/2010
  Andrew W.K: ‘Spencer Sweeney’, Interview Magazine, 04/2010
  Harris, Jane: ‘The Pains of Being Spencer Sweeney’, Art in America, 13/01/2010
  Lee, Carol: The Gallery‘s a Stage for Spencer Sweeney, Papermag, 01/2010
2009 ‘Biennials and Survey Shows’, Frieze, 120 02/2009
2008 Johnson, Ken: ‘Will the Revolution Be Museumized? Will There Be a Revolution?’, New York Times, 25/07/2008
  Mayer, Aubrey: ‘Artist Residency: Spencer Sweeney’, Papermag, 15/04/2008
  Mottram, Jack: ‘Gang war declared on the modern rule book’, The Herald, 25/01/2008
2006 Richter, Aaron: Santa‘s Party, BlackBook, 11/2006
  Plagens, Peter: ‘The Art of the Deal’, Newsweek, 06/03/2006
  Saltz, Jerry: ‘Biennial in Babylon’, Village Voice, 03/2006
  Sweeney, Spencer: ‘Work in Progress’, V magazine, 2006
2003 Pearson, Jesse: ‘I Do This, I Do That’, Parkett, 69 2003
2002 ‘Review’, Village Voice, 12/2002
  ‘Crazy in Love (illustration)’, Paper, 05/2002
  Lee, Carol: ‘Into the Groove’, Papermag, 05/2002
2001 Lee, Carol: ‘Youth Gone Wild’, Paper, 11/2001
2000 ‘A Pose is Worth a Thousand Pictures’, Made in USA, 2000
  Simpson, Bennet: ‘Actress’, artext, 2000
1999 ‘You said that you...’, Self Service, 30/11/1999
  Art Club 2000: ‘Top Ten’, Artforum, 10/1999
  ‘Changes Aside, SoHo is Still Very Much SoHo’, The New York Times, 12/02/1999
  McCraw, Gary: ‘Null New York’, Music Magazine, 1999

Exhibition Reviews

2013 ‘Spencer Sweeney "Berlin Paintings" at VW (VeneKlasen/Werner), Berlin’, Mousse Blog, 19/05/2013
2012 Baudouin, Galler: ‘Spencer Sweeney a la Twig Gallery‘, Expo Decryptee, 06/2012
2010 Lee, Carol: ‘Art in Real Time‘, Papermag, 13/01/2010
2008 Kennedy, Alexander: ‘Spencer Sweeney‘, The List, 31/01/2008
  McDermott, Leon: ‘Spencer Sweeney: Our Gang‘, Metro, 17/01/2008
2006 Plagens, Peter: ‘Madison avenue Ennui‘, Art in America, 06/2006
  Saltz, Jerry: ‘Biennial in Babylon’, Village Voice, 28/02/2006
2005 Kennedy, Alexander: ‘Spencer Sweeney’, The List, 2005
2001 ‘Review‘, Village Voice, 12/2001
  Smith, Roberta: ‘Review’, New York Times, 30/11/2001
2000 ‘Review’, New Yorker, 31/07/2000


2015 Spencer Sweeney, Kiito-San, New York
2012 Big Gurls, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

Exhibition Publications

2006 Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York