joan banach





background and credits


Lives and works in New York

Attended Brooklyn College; studied with Lee Bontecou, Harry Holtzman, Sylvia Stone

Enrico Donati Foundation Fellowship, 1986

Visiting Artist, Bennington College, Vermont, October 1999

John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for Painting, 2000

Guest artist for “Painting Today,” The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, March 2008, May 2010, March 2012

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 and presented in conjunction with “Compass in Hand,” selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection

Appointed to The Beijing DeTao Masters Academy, Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, China, 2012

—Included in MDC (Mario Diacono 100), a limited edition book of 100 numbered copies, with entries by 100 artist participants, celebrating Mario Diacono’s 85th birthday. Published by Danilo Montanari Editore, Ravenna, Italy, in concert with Luigi Marimotti and the Collezione Marimotti, November 2014.

—Contributing artist to Salvage #2 – Awaiting the Furies. A quarterly edited by China Miéville and Rosie Warren, (London: Salvage Publications) November 2015. Three Investigations: Mnemosyne (2006), Grassland (2011-15), and Splash Page (2007), p. 145-158, in color and black and white.





2018    —Ghost Story, The Painter’s Gallery, Fleischmann’s, New York, Spring (in preparation).


2017   —Phantom, The Painter’s Gallery, Fleischmann’s, New York, curated by Wanda   Siedlecka, (online photographic discourse), December.

            —Joan Banach and André Kruysen, The Fields Sculpture Park, Art Omi, Ghent,   New York, (2 person presentation curated by Folkert de Jong), May 27-Sept 1.

            —Gemeentemuseum den Haag, The Netherlands; Sandbox, a large-scale   collaborative sculptural installation created over the course of 2015 to 2017 with      Lee Bontecou, Feb 25-July 2.


2013    —The Studio of Joan Banach, an artist presentation for No. 8 by arrangement with the Robert Miller Gallery, New York, November 11 and 16.

            —ArtTable talk at the residence of Betsy Wittenborn Miller, by arrangement with the Robert Miller Gallery, New York, Sept 24.

            —5 Rooms, Robert Miller Gallery, NY, June 12-Aug 5 (5 person exhibition with Justin Allen, Joan Banach, Mark Fox, Yayoi Kusama, C.K. Rajan)


2012    Masters Presentation, Beijing DeTao Academy and the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, Shanghai, China, September (Inter-disciplinary review)

Brucennial 2012, a project of The Bruce High Quality Foundation and Vito Schnabel, 159 Bleecker Street, New York, Feb 29 – April 20 (Biennial)


2011    Chain Letter, Samson Gallery, Boston, July 16-Aug 25. An exhibition conceived by the Los Angeles based artist/writers Christian Cummings and Doug Harvey. Exhibition sites included the cities of New York, London, Paris, Johannesburg, Philadelphia, Boston, Seoul, San Francisco, Zurich, and Los Angeles (group)

Works on Paper (2nd Annual Invitational Exhibition), Danese Gallery, New York, Jan 7-Feb 5 (group)


2010    Cowgirls 3, curated by Rich Timperio (Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn), BRIK Gallery, Catskill, NY, Aug 14 -Sept 19 (group) 

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

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

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


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


2008    Joan Banach - Citizen, Laurel Gitlen/Small A Projects, New York, Nov 14-Dec 21 (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 – Aug 1 (group)

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

(group show, installation, performance; tabloid)


2007    Phantom, an exhibition of paintings on paper and polaroid stills from film noir, The Painters Storefront Gallery, Fleischmanns, NY, Sept 15-Oct 15 (solo; artist’s book)

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

            Aporia/Heuristics, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts 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, NJ, April 17-July 31 (group; catalogue)


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

Rudi Fuchs), The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, May 31-Dec 31 (survey;            catalogue raisonné)


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


2001    Hidden Identity, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, Jan 4-Feb 3 (group)


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-Jan 21, 2001 (group; catalogue)

            Joan Banach, Ansuya Blom, Robert Wilson (Drawings from the Stedelijk

Collection), Kabinet Over Holland, The 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, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Jan-April (survey)


1998    Joan Banach, Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, Sept 12-Oct 10 (solo; catalogue)

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


1997    Focus USA: Joan Banach/Dan Asher, Galerie Lelong, Zurich, Sept 19-

Nov 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 (one-day group installation)

            Swag and Puddle (curated by Janice Krasnow and Mary Jones), Lesley Heller/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, Sept-Oct. (group; chapbook)


1993    Rowles Studio, Hudson, NY, July 14-Aug 29 (group)

Works on Paper (curated by André Emmerich), The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Mass., Sept 25-Nov 5 (group; catalogue)


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





Critical Writing, Reviews, and Notices






A studio imprint created in April 2007 for occasional publications that serve as explications of my work and interests. The publications are in unique handmade and limited print and portfolio editions. is a site devoted to these publications currently in construction.





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

The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

The Zimmerli Museum (Rutgers Printmaking Archives)

The Karel Appel Foundation, Amsterdam