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BENJAMIN DEGEN

2 February 2018 – 10 March 2018

Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC


Installation View, 2018 Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC


We are all immigrants. To be human is to move. We had to move to get here. We have to move to keep going. We must move to become who we will be. We are all moving from here to there. We are a sea of humanity that flows as a contiguous mass in waves and tides. We flow across the entire earth: up to the tops of mountains; we fill the valleys; we wash onto the shores of the most remote islands. The salty blood within us, and our life itself, flows as a current in one unending ocean that cannot be confined by geography or boundary. My story of movement is not my own, and it is not only the story of my family moving before me, but it is also the story of all of the people who moved with them. It is a story of the refuge that was given to us and the refuge that we gave. Each of our lives is a story of compassion and bravery- a story of the people who worked to rescue and refuge and to free each other. Freedom cannot be experienced individually; it must be achieved and experienced collectively. We must move together. I painted these paintings in celebration of human movement. I painted these paintings in a moment of great division. But this is also a moment where we are empowered to make a choice: As a species, we can move together toward collective liberation, or move against each other on a path towards selfannihilation. - Benjamin Degen


Installation View, 2018 Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC


The master of a ship at sea which is in a position to be able to provide assistance on receiving a signal from any source that persons are in distress at sea, is bound to proceed with all speed to their assistance. -International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Chapter V, regulation 33 (1)

Man Taking a Child Out of the Sea, 2018 Oil and spray enamel on linen over panel 84 x 60 in.


Maggie’s Foot, 2017 Oil on canvas 18 x 24 in.

Blaze’s Foot, 2017 Oil on canvas 18 x 24 in.


David’s Foot, 2017 Oil on canvas 18 x 24 in.


Lucky Ones, 2017 Oil and spray enamel on canvas 60 x 84 in.


Brothers‌ a hundred thousand perils you have passed and reached the West. For us, so little time remains to keep the vigil of our living sense. Do not deny your will to win experience, behind the sun, of worlds where no man dwells. Hold clear in thought your seed and origin. You were not made to live as mindless brutes, but go in search of virtue and true knowledge. -Ulysses in Dante’s Inferno Canto XXVI

Night Move, 2018 Oil and spray enamel on canvas 60 x 84 in.


Goliath, 2017 Oil and spray enamel on linen over panel 42 x 60 in.


Snake in a Pile of Leaves and Garbage, 2017 (top) First Draft, 2017 (bottom) Oil and spray enamel on canvas 40 x 60 in. (each)


Old News, 2017 Oil and spray enamel on canvas 36 x 48 in.


Hold On, 2018 Oil and spray enamel on linen over panel 60 x 84 in.


I take refuge in the buddha. I take refuge in the dharma. I take refuge in the sangha. -The Three Refuges of Buddhist faith

As the Crow Flies, 2017 Oil and spray enamel on canvas 40 x 60 in.


Hypocrites and Good People, 2017 Oil and spray enamel on linen over panel 60 x 42 in.


Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel -Samuel Johnson, 1775


Oh Freedom, 2017 Oil and spray enamel on linen over panel 24 x 36 in.


Little bit from you / And a little bit from me / Simple as it gets / We set each other free. -Jeff Tweedy/Mavis Staples Little Bit Anti Records 2017

Forward, 2018 Oil and spray enamel on linen over panel 108 x 84 in.


Installation View, 2018 Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC


BIOGRAPHY

BENJAMIN DEGEN Born in Brooklyn, NY, 1976 Cooper Union School of Art and Science BFA, 1998 Yale Norfolk Painting Fellowship, 1997 Lives and Works in New York City “Color Against Color,” Curated by Eric

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Hibit, Oretega y Gasset Project, 2018 2015 2013

“Last Refuge,” Susan Inglett Gallery,

Brooklyn, NY

NYC

“The Guston Effect,” Steven Zevitas

“Where We Live,” Susan Inglett Gallery,

Gallery, Boston, MA

NYC

“Night Flights,” Curated by Norm Paris

“Shadow, Ripple and Reflection,” Susan

and Jackie Hoving, TSA New York,

Inglett Gallery, NYC 2010 2008 2007

2006

“Out of the dark, into the air,” Museum

Brooklyn, NY 2014

Fine Art, Port Chester, NY

“We can’t stop living,” Guild &

“Diamonds and Doughnuts,” Geoffrey

Greyshkul, NYC

Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

“Brick Layer,” Mario Diacono, Boston,

“art + crush: Xinyi Cheng - Benjamin

MA

Degen, Louis Fratino – David

“Medium,” St Barthelemy, French West

Humphrey,” Platform Gallery, Baltimore,

Indies

MD

“A Tree is Falling,” Kantor/Feuer

“Disaster!,” Geoffrey Young Gallery,

Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2004

“Brooklyn Art Party,” Nelson Macker

52, NYC

“Land Lives and Still Scapes,” Guild

Great Barrington, MA 2013

& Greyshkul, NYC

“Amor Fati,” Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY “Bathers,” Morgan Lehman Gallery, NYC “The Goddess,” Geoffrey Young Gallery,

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Great Barrington, MA 2016

“Life in Cities,” Benjamin Degen and

“Gran Prix,” Gresham’s

Yuri Masynj, Kayrock Screenprinting,

Ghost/Nudashank

Brooklyn, NY

Gallery, Baltimore, MD

“Postcard from New York – Part I,”

“Painting as a Radical Form,” Collezione

curated by Serena Trizzino , Rome, Italy

Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy

“Intimism,” curated by David Norr,

“Graphomania,” Geoffrey Young Gallery,

James Cohan Gallery, NYC

Great Barrington, MA

“Benjamin Degen and Yuri Masnyj.”

“Night X,” Benjamin Degen & Yuri

Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Masnyj, American Contemporary, NYC

“Render: Responding to Glass,” curated

“Brucennial,” Bruce High Quality

by Rachel Nackman, Urban Glass,

Foundation, NYC

Brooklyn, NY

2015

2012

2011

“From Where You Just Arrived,”

“Stark Imagery: The Male Nude in Art,”

Curated by Ryan Schneider, Pepin

The William Benton Museum of Art,

Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

University of Connecticut, CT

“Drawing Crazy Patterns on the

“Drawings,” Klaus Von Nichtssagend

Sheets,” Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great

Gallery, NYC

Barrington, MA


BIOGRAPHY

BENJAMIN DEGEN “Thisorganized,” Curated by Hope

Smith-Stewart, Mary Boone Gallery,

Gangloff, Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC

NYC

“LANY,” Curated by Mario Diacono, Peter

“Collection 2005/2006,” Galerie

Blum Gallery, NYC 2010

2009

“Reclining Nudes,” Geoffrey Young

Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium 2005

“Among the Trees,” The Visual Arts

Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ

“With Walls,” Museum 52 Gallery, NYC

“The Night Has a Thousand Eyes,” with

“Natural Renditions,” Marlborough

Yuri Masnyj, Guild & Greyshkul, NYC

Gallery Chelsea, NYC

“Looking at Words,” Andrea Rosen

“Kings County Biennial,” Kidd Yellin

Gallery, NYC

Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

“The General’s Jamboree,” Guild &

“Body Language,” Geoffrey Young

Greyshkul, New York, NY

Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

“Bebe le Strange,” D’Amelio Terras,

“Cave Painting,” Curated by Bob Nickas,

NYC

Gresham’s Ghost Gallery, NYC

“Ultimate Concern” Geoffrey Young

“New Work New York,” Fortune Cookie

Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Projects, Singapore

“Greater New York,” PS1 MOMA, Long

“Beyond Bounds – Glow,” The Nerman

Island City, NY

Museum, Overland Park, KS “Pink Panther,” Curated by Amy Smith-

“Landings,” Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC 2004

“Colored Pencil,” KS Art, NYC

Stewart, Hannah Dumes and Nicole

Guild & Greyshkul at Placemaker

O’Rourke, Kumukumu Gallery, NYC

Gallery, Miami, FL

“The Ankle Bones are Higher on the

“My Sources Say Yes,” Guild &

Inside,” Museum 52 Gallery, NYC

Greyshkul, NYC

“Garish,” Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great

“The New Topography,” Geoffrey Young

Barrington, MA

Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

“Variations on a Theme,” Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL

BIBLIOGRAPHY

“Transitions: Painting at the (other) End of Art,” Collezione Maramotti, Reggio 2008

Figurative Painting from the Big Apple

“Bob Nickas Collection, New York

Group Show at Anna Marra Gallery,”

Recent Acquisitions, Gifts and Works from Various Exhibitions 1985-2007,” White Columns, NYC “Three Landscapes (or More) in the Modern Style,” Western Exhibitions Gallery, Chicago, IL 2007

“Painting as Fact, Fact as Fiction,” Curated By Bob Nickas, DePury & Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland

2006

Sassi, Edoardo. “Postcard from New York,

Emilia, Italy

“Occupation,” Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA “View Eleven: Upstate,” Curated by Amy

Anna Marra Contemporanea, 14 June 2016. Brahimy, Gracie. “Three Summer Shows in New York’s Chelsea You Shouldn’t Miss,” Artlyst, 25 July 2016. Dafoe, Taylor. “Intimisms at James Cohan,” Blouin ArtInfo, 11 July 2016. Smith, Roberta. “What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week,” The New York Times, 7 July 2016. Miranda, Carolina A.. “Datebook: Abandoned buildings, new paintings and a show that


BIOGRAPHY

BENJAMIN DEGEN tackles race and violence,” Los Angeles Times, 25 March 2016. Best, Kenneth. “Exploring Masculinity Through Art,” UConn Today, 11 February 2016. Knudsen, Stephen. “Beyond Objecthood: A Conversation with Benjamin Degen,”

ARTPULSE, No. 24, Vol. 7, 2015. Wolkoff, Julia. “Benjamin Degen,” Art in America, 30 October 2015. Martin, Alison. “Benjamin Degen illustrates how ‘Where We Live’ becomes a part of one’s identity,” The Examiner, 26 October 2015. Steadman, Ryan. “12 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before October 25,” The New York Observer, 22 October 2015. Hendricks, Christian. “Night Flight at Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery,” Huffington Post, 11 June 2015. Indrisek, Scott. “Benjamin Degen,” Modern Painters, February 2013. Knudsen, Stephen. “Top Ten Contemporary Art Exhibits in 2013,” Huffington Post, 2 January 2014. “Benjamin Degen,” Folioleaf, 2 January 2014. Trizzino, Serena. “Benjamin Degen,” Creem Magazine, 26 December 2013. Beer, Jonathan. “Benjamin Degen,” The Brooklyn Rail, 18 December 2013. Heinrich, Will. “’Benjamin Degen: Shadow, Ripple and Reflection’ at Susan Inglett Gallery,” The New York Observer, 19 November 2013. Schjeldahl, Peter. “Benjamin Degen,” The New Yorker, 4 November 2013. Bilsborough, Michael. SVA Continuing Education Blog, 22 November 2013. Kerr, Merrily. “Benjamin Degen at Susan Inglett Gallery,” New York Art Tours, 19 November 2013. Nickas, Bob. “Benjamin Degen,” Annual Magazine, Issue #6, October 2013, p 132-134.

Johnson, Paddy. “Purple: Benjamin Degen at Susan Inglett Gallery” Artfagcity, 21 October 2013. Diacono, Mario. “Archetypes and Historicity: Painting and Other Radical Forms 19952007,” Silvana Editoriale, Italy, 2012. Capelli, Pia. “Le Forme Radicali della pittura americana alla collecione Maramotti,”

ARTE, 2012, p 24-25. Staff. “Maramotti From the Radical Forms of Painting,” Lastampa.It, 23 October 2012. Staff. “Photo Galleries,” ARTINFO, 30 July 2012. Quinn, Bryony. “Benjamin Degen,” Its Nice That, 5 December 2011. Radujko, Gabriella. “Mythopoeic LANY Group Show at Peter Blum Gallery in Chelsea,”

Artcards, 19 July 2011. Smith, Roberta. “ART IN REVIEW: The Ankle Bones are Higher on the Inside,” The

New York Times, 31 July 2009. Smith, Roberta. “A Gallery Goes Out in a Burst of Energy,” The New York Times, 7 February 2009, p C5. Staff. “Review: Benjamin Degen,” The New

Yorker, 24 March 2008. Curcio, Seth. “Benjamin Degen,” Daily Serving, 24 May 2007. Scott, Andrea K. “Local Heroes: MoMA P.S. 1 survey the past five years of emerging art in New York,” Timeout New York, Issue 496, May 2005. PUBLICATIONS

Diacono, Mario, “Archetypes and Historicity: Painting and Other Radical Forms 19952007,” Silvana Editoriale, Italy, 2012. “New American Paintings #92,” Open Studio Press, Boston, 2011. “Vitamin P2” Phaidon Press, 2011. “The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawing Collection,


BIOGRAPHY

BENJAMIN DEGEN Catalog Raisonne,” Museum of Modern

2013

Art. New York, 2009. “Beyond Bounds-Glow,” Nerman Museum of

Contemporary Art 2012

Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas, 2009.

Visiting Artist Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art

2011

“Off the books – Drawing in Text Space,” curated by Benjamin Degen, Frederieke

Visiting Artist Maryland Institute of

Visiting Artist Yale University School of Art Norfolk Program

2009

Visiting Artist Brooklyn College

Taylor Gallery, New York, 2009. “Oppenheimer Collection,” Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park,

RESIDENCIES

Kansas, 2008. “Post-war and contemporary art 17 may 2008” Rago Art and Auction Center.

2007

Me.di.um, St. Barthelemy, French West Indies

Lambertville, New Jersey, 2008. “Painting as Fact – Fact as Fiction,” de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland, 2007. “Greater New York,” P.S.1. Contemporary Art Center / Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2005. COLLECTIONS

Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy The Hort Foundation, New York The Museum of Modern Art, NYC The Nerman MoCA, Kansas The Judith Rothschild Foundation, New York Contemporary Drawings Collection, New York The Tang Museum at Skidmore College, New York UBS Art Collection, New York TEACHING

2012-Present

Visiting Artist Rhode Island School of Design

2016

Drawing as a Process for Visual Thinking, Pioneer Works, NYC

2006-2014 2014

The Cooper Union, NYC

Drawing as a Process for Visual Thinking, Pioneer Works, NYC

2014

Visiting Artist Brandeis University

2013

Visiting Artist Yale University School of Art Norfolk Program


Shell on a Sill, 2017 Oil and spray enamel on linen over panel 24 x 36 in.


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