2012    Brucennial 2012, organized by the Bruce High Quality Foundation and Vito Schnabel, New York, Feb 29 – April 20. (group)

2011    Chain Letter, Samson Gallery, Boston, July 16-August 25. A global group exhibition conceived by the Los Angeles based artist/writers Christian Cummings and Doug Harvey in 2006. Exhibition sites include the cities of New York, London, Paris, Johannesburg, Philadelphia, Boston, Seoul, San Francisco, Zurich, and Los Angeles.

Works on Paper - 2nd Annual Invitational exhibition, Danese Gallery, NY, Jan 7 -  Feb 5, 2011

2010    Cowgirls 3: The eclectic all-woman group show, curated by Richard Timperio, at BRIK Gallery, Catskill, NY,

Aug 14 -Sept 19

           Myths of the Near Future, Nicole Fiacco Gallery, Hudson, NY, June 12 – July 19 (group)

           The Brucennial 2010: Miseducation, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, Feb 24-May 22. (Biennial)

           (Re)Visions, Nicole Fiacco Gallery, Hudson, NY, January 2 (four person)

2009    Joan Banach: Monuments of Ur, Nicole Fiacco Gallery, Hudson, New York, May 30-July 7 (solo)

2008    Joan Banach: Citizen, Small A Projects, New York, NY, 14 Nov-21 Dec (solo)

           Détournement of Pictures from the Past, University of California, Berkeley, December. (special project presentation)

           The Future as Disruption (curated by Rashida Bumbray and Matthew Lyons), The

Kitchen, New York, June 18 – August 1. (group)

           Disarmory, The Open Gallery, 201 Mulberry Street, New York, March 28-30.

(group show and installation; newspaper)

           Art Rotterdam, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York, February 7-10.

2007    Phantom, The Painters Storefront Gallery, Fleischmanns, New York, September

15-October 15. (solo)

           Aporia:Aporia, LACE, Los Angeles, June 13-August 19. (group; coloring book)

           Aporia/Heuristics, EFA Gallery, New York, April 1-May 25. (group; catalogue)

2005    Modern Stories: Narrative Prints from the Rutgers Archives for Printmaking

Studios, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, April 17-July 31. (group; catalogue)

2003    Tot Zo Fer/Up to Now (A farewell presentation from the collection curated by

Rudi Fuchs), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, May 31-December 31. (survey)

2002    Into the Woods, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, June 28-August 16. (group)

2001    Hidden Identity, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, January 4-February 3.


2000    Another Side of Modernism: The Human Figure in Painting from 1950 to the Present, curated by Lilly Wei with John Yau, Alexi Worth and Robert Bunkin, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York, June 4, 2000-January 21. (group; catalogue)

           Joan Banach, Ansuya Blom, Robert Wilson (Drawings from the Museum’s

Collection), Kabinet Over Holland, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Sept 16-Dec 11. (three person)

           Private Worlds, Art in General, New York, curated by Joan Semmel and Arnold

Mesches, May 31-July 8. (group)

1999    Works on Paper, Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Bergamot Station, Los Angeles, November. (group)

           Recent Acquisitions, Stedelijk Museum, January-April. (group)

1998    Joan Banach, Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, September 12-

October 10. (solo; catalogue)

           Figures and Fragments: Peintures, Dessins, Sculptures et Gravures, Galerie Lelong, Zurich, February 7-March 5. (group)

1997    Focus USA (Joan Banach/Dan Asher), Galerie Lelong, Zurich, September 19-

November 15. (two person, broadside)

           One Great Jones, New York, June-August 15. (group)

           Joan Banach, One Great Jones, New York, April-May. (solo)

1996    Salon des Tree, organized by Austin Ackles and Mary Jones, Belvedere Castle, Central Park, New York, June 12. (group)

           Swag and Puddle, curated by Janice Krasnow and Mary Jones, The Work Space Gallery, New York, March-May. (group)

1995    Artswalk New York (To Benefit Coalition for the Homeless), The Puck Building, New York, November. (group)

           Small Format Abstract Paintings, Bill Maynes Contemporary Art, New York, September-October. (group; chapbook)

1993    Rowles Studio, Hudson, New York, July 14-August 29. (group)

           Works on Paper, curated by Andre Emmerich, The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Mass., September 25-November 5. (group; catalogue)

1984    Gimpel Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York, September. (solo)




Critical Writing and Notices


Corbett, Rachel. Brucennial 2012 High and Low, Artnet Magazine, March 1, 2012

Andrew, Jason. Brucennial Defends Nothing, Represents Everything,, March 1, 2012 (online review)

Miller, Michael. At Brucennial, Harder to Get Into Than the Whitney Biennial, Gallerist NY, March 1, 2012 (online review)

Johnson, Ken. Brucennial 2012, Art in Review, The New York Times, March 1, 2012.

Bhattacharya, Arijoy. Aphorisms, January 2012, an unpublished essay, 4 pages.

Kane, Tim. Think Visually: ‘Mythologies of the Near Future,’ Times Union, Albany, New York, July 8, 2010, illustrated (review).

Represented in the collection, and included in the library and archive of the Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy.  The archive is composed of books, documents, and critical references that relate to the artists in the collection of Achille Maramotti, directed by the scholar, gallerist and writer Mario Diacono, who worked closely with Mr. Maramotti in assembling the collection.
The bibliographic corpus includes artist's unique and limited edition books, and books of concrete and visual poetry.
The online catalogue may be accessed through the website of the collection at

Burket, Brent. The Brucennial: Piece by Piece,, March 17, 2010 (online review).

Rattemayer, Christian. The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection.  New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2009 p. 86 (catalogue raisonné).

Ashton, Dore. Joan Banach Through a Glass Darkly. (unpublished essay), September 2009.

Pozzi, Lucio.  Articulo Pozzi - New York, Il Giornale dell’Arte, Turin, September 2009 (review).

Butler, Sharon, Joan Banach: GeoAb with a shot of vulgarity please, Two Coats of Paint, online review at

Micchelli, Thomas, Joan Banach: Citizen, Artseen, The Brooklyn Rail, February 2009, p. 48 (review).

Citizen/Picture of the Week,, weekend of November 22-23, 2008.

Rosenberg, Karen, “The Future as Disruption,” Art in Review, The New York Times,

August 1, 2008, p. E29 (review).

Amir, Yaelle, “Smoke in the Kitchen,” Art/Slant, July 15, 2008 (review).

“The Future as Disruption,” The Imagist, July 2008, (review).

Chamberlain, Colby, “The Future As Disruption,” Artforum Critic’s Picks, July 2008


Wagner, James, “Disarmory,” James, Culture Pundits, May 8, 2008


Melius, Jeremy, “In Flagrante,” The Disarmory Newspaper, DB Foundation, New York, Vol. 1, March 28-30, 2008, p. 7 (illustrated newsprint tabloid).

Marcus, David, “Armory Show Ripoff,” The Disarmory Newspaper, DB Foundation,

New York, Vol. 1, March 28-30, 2008, p. 1.

Russell, Christopher, “Aporia: Aporia,” Artus Magazine, Los Angeles, November 2007, p. 16. (review)

Byrum, Greta and Daou, Annabel, “Impossibility Made Easy,” LACE, Los Angeles, July 2007. (catalogue)

Myers, Holly. “Artists are Limited Only by Imagination at Los Angeles Contemporary

Exhibitions,” Around the Galleries, Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2007. (review)

“Aanwinsten/Acquisitions 1993 – 2003,” Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, p. 146 (color

illustrations no. 2 and 3), p. 383. (catalogue)

Marcus, David. “Aporia,” Artseen, The Brooklyn Rail, Brooklyn, New York, May 2006, p. 30. (review)

Kley, Elisabeth. “Aporia,” TimeOut, New York, issue 551, April 20-26, 2006. (review)

Byrum, Greta. “Pattern Recognition: Fragment Study,” and Byrum, Greta and Daou,

Annabel, “Diagrammatic Substitution: Storyboard,” Heuristics, (New York: The

Elizabeth Foundation and dB Foundation), April 2006, p. 6-9 and p. 12-13 respectively.


Obrist, Hans Ulrich, “An interview with Karel Appel,” Amsterdam, May 2003, p. 7.

Transcript by Nicolas Boutoux at the Karel Appel Foundation Archive, Amsterdam. In

French. (unpublished).

Wei, Lilly. “The Figure: Another Side of Modernism,” Newhouse Center for

Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York, 2001, p. 5-8,

37 (color illustration), 158, 202. (catalogue)

Johnson, Ken. “Hidden Identity,” New York Times, January 26, 2001, p. E38. (review)

DeRevisor, featured artist for issue no. 5/2000, Amsterdam. Cover image in color; black and white illustrations p. 4, 35, 41, 49, 62. (Dutch literary journal)

Glueck, Grace. “Private Worlds,” New York Times, June 12, 2000. (review)

Johnson, Ken. “Another Side of Modernism,” New York Times, July 24, 2000. (review)

Lloyd, Ann Wilson. “Paintings by Joan Banach at Mario Diacono,” Art in America,

February 1999, p. 116. (review)

Garber, Randy. “Paintings by Joan Banach at Mario Diacono,” Artsmedia Magazine,

Boston, winter issue, 1998-1999, p. 22 (illustrated review)

Diacono, Mario. “Beauty and the Past,” October 1998. Translated from the Italian by

Marguerite Shore, n.p. (catalogue)

Affentranger-Kirchrath, Angelika, “Dan Asher und Joan Banach at Galerie Lelong,”

Artis Magazine, November 1997, p. 57. (review)

Kraft, Martin, “Barocke Visionen Joan Banach,” Tages-Anzeiger Zuritip, October 10,

1997, p. 47. (illustrated review)

Pozzi, Lucio. “Una pittura che non sara mai visibile su Internet,” Il Giornale Dell’Arte,

no. 153, March 1997, p. 66. (illustrated text)

Nahas, Dominique. “Joan Banach,” Review Magazine, New York , May 15, 1997, p. 5-6. (review)

Holtzman, Harry, “Tempest in a Teapot,” ca. 1976 (essay, unpublished).




Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Collezione Marimotti, Emilia, Italy

David and Audrey Mirvish Collection, Toronto

The High Museum of Art, Atlanta

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

The Zimmerli Museum (Rutgers Printmaking Archives)


background notations in brief


Born 26 September 1948, Brooklyn, New York

Attended Lafayette High School; recipient of The Art Chairmans Award sponsored by The Youth Friends Association

Attended Brooklyn College; studied with Lee Bontecou, Harry Holtzman, Robert Henry, Sylvia Stone, David Sawin

Donati Foundation Fellowship, 1984

Visiting Artist, Bennington College, Vermont, October 1999

John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for Painting, 2000

Guest artist for “Painting Today,” an undergraduate and graduate program at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, March 2008 and May 2010

Participating artist in 5 x 20 x 20. A talk at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, May 21, 2009, moderated by Christian Rattemayer; a series of public programs presented in conjunction with an exhibition of selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection.