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Michelle Grabner

Wisconsin-born artist, Michelle Grabner, works in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, video and sculpture. She is most widely known for her abstract metalpoint works and her paintings of textile patterns appropriated from everyday domestic fabric. Incorporating writing, curating and teaching, with a studio practice grounded in process and productivity, she has created a multi-faceted and dynamic career.

I Work From Home, Michelle Grabner’s first comprehensive solo museum exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, organized by David Norr, opened in October of 2013 and was on view through February 2014. Grabner was also the subject of a solo exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art curated by Tricia Paik in May 2015. Solo exhibitions of Grabner’s work have also been held at Richard Heller Gallery, California; James Cohan Gallery, New York; INOVA, The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Ulrich Museum, Wichita; and University Galleries, Illinois State University. She has been included in group exhibitions at Richard Heller Gallery, California; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Tate St. Ives, UK; and Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland. Grabner’s work is included in the permanent collection of Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; MoCA, Chicago; MUDAM, Luxemburg; Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin; Daimler Contemporary, Berlin; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Grabner holds an MA in Art History and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and an MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University. She joined the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996, and became Chair of its prestigious Painting and Drawing Department in the Fall of 2009. She is also a senior critic at Yale University in the Department of Painting and Printmaking. Her writing has been published in Artforum, Modern Painters, Frieze, Art Press, and Art-Agenda, among others. Grabner also runs The Suburban and The Poor Farm with her husband, artist Brad Killam. She co curated the 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art along with Anthony Elms and Stuart Comer.

Born 1962 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Lives and works in Chicago, IL

1990   M.F.A. Art Theory and Practice, Northwestern University
1987   M.A. Art History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Thesis: "Postmodernism: A Spectacle of Reflexivity"
1984   B.F.A. Painting and Drawing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Michelle Grabner, James Cohan, New York, NY
Michelle Grabner, Gallery16, San Francisco, CA
Michelle Grabner: Northwest Work, Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University, Seattle, WA

Michelle Grabner: Paintings and Bronze Casts, Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Michelle Grabner: Gingham, Rocket Gallery, London, England
Weaving Life Into Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Curated by Tricia Park, Indianapolis, IN

James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
Brett Shaheen: Modern and Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, curated by David Norr (exhibition catalogue)
Autumn Space, Chicago, IL
Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
Shane Campbell Gallery, Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL
Brendan Fowler, Michelle Grabner, Shane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, IL

Cottage Works, Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Michelle Grabner: The Inova Survey, curated by John Riepenhoff, Inova, The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Against New York, Galleri Kant, Copenhagen, Denmark
Black Swan, Shane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, IL
Oshkosh, PS, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Like a Rare Morel, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? Original Jokes about the Suburban and the Poor Farm by the Artists Who Exhibited There, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

I speak now from the aesthetic and artistic point of view when I say that life with Michelle Grabner is dull, Leo Koenig Projekte, New York, NY
Flapjack, Rocket, London, UK
Get Better Mrs. Michelle, Minus Space, Brooklyn, NY
Chaos is rigidly structured in this chapter, Peregrine Program, Chicago, IL

Silverpoints with Guest Mobile, Green Gallery East, Milwaukee, WI
Silverpoints, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
Round Silverpoints, Shane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, IL
Silverpoints, PS, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Remain in Light, survey exhibition, Ulrich Museum, Wichita, KS (exhibition catalogue)
New Bedford Art Museum, Vault Series, New Bedford, MA

Michelle Grabner’s Never Quite Happy Home, Southfirst, Brooklyn, NY
Please Return My Kenneth Noland Catalogue, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
Please Return My Kenneth Noland Catalogue, PS, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA
Michelle Grabner, 809 Calgary, Canada
Remain in Light, survey exhibition, Wriston Art Center, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

1996-2006, Rocket, London, UK
Remain in Light, survey exhibition, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Project Room, Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL

Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA

Rocket, London, UK
Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Ten in One Gallery, New York (exhibition catalogue)
A Little Less of Me, Deluxe Projects, Chicago, IL
Ten in One Gallery: Project Space, New York, NY


Suburban Abstraction, Rocket, London, UK
Ten in One Gallery, New York, NY

In Situ, Aalst, Belgium
Ten in One Gallery, Chicago, IL
Hermetic Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Paintings for Modern Chairs, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Home Painting, Rocket, London, UK (exhibition catalogue)
Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Fuzzy, ICA, Portland, ME
Safety Patterns, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Safety Patterns, Rocket, London, UK

Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
INOVA (Institute of Visual Arts), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI

Ten in One Gallery, Chicago, IL
Hermetic Gallery, Milwaukee, WI


99 Cents or Less, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, organized by Jens Hoffmann
Gray Matters: Art en grisaille Curated by Michael Goodson, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH

Radical Plastic, Cue Art Foundation, New York, NY
Game on! Children’s Museum of Art, New York, NY
It Was Never Linear: Recent Paintings, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE
Group Show, curated by Astri Swendsrud, Eastside International, Los Angeles, CA
Material Considerations, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Living Rooms, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
An Unnamed Need: Pattern and Beauty in Contemporary Art, Leech, Hoffmaster & Kohler Galleries, Lawrence, University, Appleton, WI
Strange Abstraction, Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY
Expanded Fields, Nymphius Projekte, Berlin, Germany
Physical Painting, Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery SUNY, Purchase, NY, curated Jennifer Samet
Condensed Matter Community, Synchrotron Radiation Center: Home of Aladdin, Stoughton, WI

Volta NY, Richard Heller Gallery, New York, NY
Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY
The Works: Artists in and From Chicago, curated by Dieter Roelstraete, Abigail Winograd and Eleonore de Sadeleer, CAB Contemporary Art, Brussels, Belgium
Color Fields, Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
Linear Abstraction, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah College of Art Museum, Savannah, GA
Piece by Piece: Building a Collection, the Christy and Bill Gautreaux Collection, Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MO
Selections from the Cleve Carney Bequest, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL
Same Difference: Michelle Grabner, Simone Leigh, Russell Maltz, The Art Museum at The University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA
Sensitive Instruments, curated by Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL
Shakti, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy
Social Goth, Scandinavian Institute, New York, NY
Simplest Means, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY
Morning and Evening Asylum, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Germany (in collaboration with Off Vendome, Dusseldorf, Germany)
Repetitive Motion, curated by Jennifer Samet, Steven Harvey Projects/Projector, New York, NY
30/30 Image Archive Project: A Collective Collection (Edition #4) A|B|C Contemporary, Armin Berger Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
A Pattern Language: Michelle Grabner, Angie Wilson and Lena Wolff, Cult: Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA
Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business, The Bike Room, Chicago, IL
Auf Den Punkt, Raum 2810, Bonn, Germany
Division of Labor: Chicago Artist Parents, curated by Christa Donner and Thea Liberty Nichols, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
My Oyster #7: Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam, American University Museum, Katzen Art Center, Washington, DC
My Girl, curated by Luis Maldonado, Port Chester, NY
Rocket Run: Abstraction from Chicago, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE

PAINT OFF, PAINT ON, Halsey McKay, East Hampton, NY
Domestic Abstraction: Wendy Edwards and Michelle Grabner, Drive-By, Watertown, MA
Drawing on Habit: An Ambition, curated by Saul Ostrow and Lidija Slavkovic, The Betsey, Miami Beach, FL
Group show curated by Shane Campbell, Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome, Italy
To Pack and Wear, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY
On the Grid, curated by Sima Familant Lu Magnus, New York, NY
Work, organized by Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY
Faux Life, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Buzz, curated by Vik Muniz, Nara Roesler, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Spectator Sports, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
PS, Galerie Ruth Leuchter, Dusseldorf, Germany
19516 kilometers from Milwaukee or 12126 miles, Misako & Rosen, Tokyo, Japan
Selected Works, Southfirst, Brooklyn, NY
Compilation | painting, photography, sculpture, Rocket, London, UK
Point of Departure, The Arcade, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Inaugural Exhibition, Museum of Wisconsin, West Bend, WI

Chris Bradley, Michelle Grabner, Suzanne McClelland, Amanda Ross-Ho, Lisa Williamson, Shane Campbell Gallery: Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL
Lucie Fontaine: Estate, Marianne Boesky Gallery, 64th Street, New York NY
Land of the Seven Moles, PS, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Les Détours de l’abstraction, MUDAM, Luxembourg
The Indiscipline of Painting: International Abstraction from the 1960s to Now, Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, UK
More and Different Flags, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY
Neither Here Nor There But Anywhere, MINUS SPACE, Brooklyn, NY
Time Flies: 2 Years at Drive-By, BK Projects, Boston, MA
Time, Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Zurich, CH
Ongoing Minimalism (Stefan Eberstadt, Michelle Grabner, Ditty Ketting, Will Taylor, Lars Wolter), Rocket, London, UK
Minus Space: Editions & Multiples, curated by Matthew Deleget & Emi Winter, Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Did You See Heaven, Peregrine Program, Chicago, IL  
First Love, O’Connor Gallery, Dominican University, River Forrest, IL
Tops, curated by Sun Yu, Open Space, Long Island City, NY
Endless, PLUG PROJECTS, Kansas City, MO
Total Recall, two-person exhibition with Brad Killam, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI
Critology, Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University, NC and California State, University Los Angeles Art Galleries, Los Angeles, CA
The, Alternative Projects, Milwaukee, WI


A Painting Show, curated by Laura Raicovich and Jessie Washburne-Harris, Harris Lieberman, New York, NY
The Indiscipline of Painting: International Abstraction from the 1960’s to Now, Tate, St. Ives, Cornwall, UK
Women and Weaving: Polly Apfelbaum and Ariel Dill, Southfirst, Brooklyn, NY
Handler (a series of collaborative figurative sculptures presented by John Riepenhoff, featuring the paintings of Peter Barrickman, Michelle Grabner, Nicholas Frank, Jose Lerma, Scott Reeder and Tyson Reeder, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
Ding Dong, a collaboration with Brad Killam, Terrain, Oak Park, IL
Museum of Milwaukee Art, Green Gallery at 47 Canal, New York, NY
Dressing the Monument, curated by John Riepenhoff and Piper Marshall, Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee, WI
Kiss: New Sincerity & New Romanticism in Art, Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Murray, KY
A Shot in the Dark, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Sculpture Garden/Painting Show, curated by Andrew Greene, Iceberg Projects, Chicago, IL
Ways of Making: Work on Paper, Visual Arts Gallery, Governors State University, University Park, IL
Michelle Grabner and Sarah Blyth-Stephens, U·turn Art Space, Cincinnati, OH

Marked, Kittridge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
Unfinished Paintings: Unresolved Work by 40 Contemporary Artists, LACE, Los Angeles, CA

Between This Light and That Space, MINUS SPACE, curated by Doug Melini, Brooklyn, NY
Free Range-Painting and the University of Pennsylvania, Morgan Gallery, University of Philadelphia, PA

Collaborating with Michelle Grabner isn’t as much fun as you might think it is (two-person show with Brad Killam), Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA
Michelle Grabner and Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
The Elegant Drawing Show, Drive-By, Boston, MA  
Ornament and Crime (and Crime), Adds Donna, Chicago, IL
UND#6, Schwartz Gallery, London, UK
Newtonland: Orbits, Ellipses and other Planes of Activity, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO
Mother, NYU Steinhardt Commons Gallery, New York, NY
Art Scout, Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA
Borderland Abstraction, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
Don’t Piss on Me and Tell Me it’s Raining, curated by Bad at Sports, Apex Art, New York, NY
Emerging from a New Known, curated by Douglas Melini, New York, NY
On Painting, Julius Caesar, Chicago, IL
My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble, La Station, Nice, France


Halbjahresgaben, Tanzschule, Munich, Germany
Subvision, Hamburg, Germany
Constellations: Paintings from the MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Open House For Butterflies, Minus Space Project Space, Brooklyn, NY
PS, The Highland Institute for Contemporary Art, Inverness, Scotland
Because the Night, curated by Sabina Ott, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman College, Los Angeles, CA
Wallgasm, Angstrom Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Let’s Leave it at That…, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA
Of or relating to the sky or visible heavens, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
De-Centered Practice, curated by Jennifer Dudley, Ethan Greenbaum, Colleen Asper, Circus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
PS 1999-2009, Kunstruimte09, Groningen, Holland
Trance, Chance, Dreams and the Unconscious, Southfirst, Brooklyn, NY

Presents, curated by Milwaukee International, Rowley Kennerk, Chicago, IL
Sensory Overload: Forces of Light Sound and Motion, The Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
Und Croxhapox, Ghent, Belgium
No Leftovers, Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland                  
These Are The People In Your Neighborhood, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA

Maximinimalist, Inova, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI
Fast Forward: The School of the Art Institute in the 21st Century, Rockfort Art Museum, IL

Eldorado: with Gaylen Gerber, Musee d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
Figures in the Field, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Outside Europe: From the Daimler art Collection, Stadtgalerie, Keil, Germany
The Believers, Franklin Hudson Gallery, New York, NY
Strange Days, Samuel P. Harn Museum, Gainesville, FL
Slowness, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL

There’s a City in My Mind, Southfirst, Brooklyn, NY
Summer Show, Marlborough Gallery, Madrid
Group Show, Marlborough Gallery Chelsea, New York, NY
Op-ish, Sampson Projects, Boston, MA
Good Vibrations, McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY
Rocket at Paragraph, Paragraph, Kansas City, MI
Slow Down, University of Texas at Tyler, TX

Minimalism and After III, DaimlerChrysler AG, Berlin
Group Exhibition, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Project, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Hubris, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Agnes Martin, Cheonae Kim, Michelle Grabner, Klein Gallery, Chicago, IL
Strange Days, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Apartment Series #4: A component of Jeremy Boyle’s exhibition, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA
Books and Shelves, Gahlsberg Art Gallery, College of DuPage, IL
Summer Group Show, Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL

Michelle Grabner and Carla Arocha, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Clarity of Vision: Minimalist Prints and Drawings, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Michelle Grabner and Barbara Heath, Occasional Art, St. Paul, MN
The Undertones, Ten in One Gallery, New York, NY
Oak Park Home Works: Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA

Pressing, object […], Antwerp, Belgium
Loaded, Midway, Minneapolis, MN
Painting, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, WI
Home Work, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, England
Paper Products, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
Works on paper, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX


Sound Video Images Objects, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, IL
Reductive, Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, TX
Domestic Culture, Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Counting Color, Rocket Gallery, London, UK
Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Northwestern, Evanston, IL
Armory Show, Ten in One Gallery, New York, NY
Post Hypnotic (exhibition catalogue), Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL
Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN


Compression, Feigen Contemporary, New York, NY
What’s New, Lendl Eugen, Graz, Austria
Domestic Bliss, Rocket Gallery, London, UK
Oil, Standard Gallery, Chicago, IL
Factory Soiree, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Michelle Grabner and Robin Dash, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA
Telesthesia and Amnescopic, Betty Rymer Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Post Hypnotic (exhibition catalogue), Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Minimal Pop, Traywick Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Out of Line (exhibition catalogue), Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Post Hypnotic (exhibition catalogue), Illinois State Art Gallery, Bloomington, IL; The Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati; The MAC Dallas, TX
It Looks Easy, Gallery 400, UIC, Chicago, IL
Abstract Chicago, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
Milwaukee Love, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Color Theory, College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN

Michelle Grabner/Jim Isserman, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA                  
A Show, Ten in One Gallery, Chicago, IL
Chicago Hip, Rocket Gallery, London, UK                  
Uncomfortable Show, TZ Art & Co., New York, NY
Some Young Fun, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Post-Pop, Post-Pictures, Smart Museum, University of Chicago, IL
Distraction (exhibition catalogue), TBA Gallery, Chicago, IL
Cool Painting, Barat College, Chicago, IL
Wisconsin Art Since 1990: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI

Mist: Kay Rosen, Julia Fish, Carla Priess and Michelle Grabner, Hermetic Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Wisconsin Triennial (exhibition catalogue), Madison Art Center, Madison, WI


25 Americans: Paintings in the 90’s (exhibition catalogue), Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

"Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life," Phaidon Press 2015

"I Work From Home," Mousse Publication, edited by David Norr with essays by Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Dan Byers, Rose Bouthillier, Peter Ribic, David Robbins and David Norr
"Element 47: The Art Collection," essays by Barbara Bloemink, Maruand Books

"Michelle Grabner: The INOVA Survey," exhibition catalogue, essays by Nicholas Frank, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Green Gallery Press

"The Indiscipline of Painting," Martin Clark (Editor), Sarah Shalgosky (Editor), Daniel Sturgis (Editor), Tate Publishing, October 1
"On Painting," Poor Farm Press, with an essay by: Ann Craven, Susanna Coffey, Anoka Faruqee, Michelle Grabner, Peter Halley, Thomas Lawson, Judy Ledgerwood, Rebecca Morris, Carrie Moyer, Jon Pestoni, Sabina Ott, Scott Reeder, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung

"No Soul For Sale—A Festival of Independents, The Tate Modern," edited by Cecilia Alemani, Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni, Ali Subotnick, Charley Independents Publication
"These Are The People in Your Neighborhood: Sixteen Years of Gallery 16" essay by Mark Van Proyen
"Can I come Over to Your House: The First Ten Years of the Suburban," Poor Farm Press, with an essay by Michael Newman
"The Studio Reader," The University of Chicago Press edited by Mary Jane Jacob and Michelle Grabner, Introduction by Michelle Grabner
"There are many things in the air and all of them are for free," Poor Farm Press, with an essay by Nicholas Frank

"Michelle Grabner’s Black Circle Paintings," Poor Farm Press, with an essay by Annika Marie

"Remain in Light," Illinois State University, with essays by Lane Relyea and Peter Ribic

"Minimalism and After," Hatje Cantz essay by Renate Wieghager, Claudia Kleinbub, Friederike Nymphius, Rudolf Scheutle and Claudia Seidel

"The Suburban: The Early Years," self-published, with essays by Nicholas Frank, Matthew Higgs, and Peter Ribic

"Sweetness and Light," self-published, with essays by Shane Campbell and Nicholas Frank
"Charley 01," edited by Maurizio Cattelan, Charley Independents Publication

"Post-Hypnotic," Illinois State University Press, with essays by Dave Hickey, Barry Blinderman, Peter Halley and Tom Moody
"Home Painting," published by Rocket Gallery, London, with an essay by Jerome Sans

"If Walls Could Talk," published by Hermetic Gallery, Milwaukee, with an essay by Nicholas Frank

"25 Americans: Painting in the 90s," Milwaukee Art Museum, with an essay by Dean Sobel  

Selected Bibliography
Selected Bibliography

Adamson, Glenn, “Michelle Grabner,” Art in America, March 2017
“Michelle Grabner,” The New Yorker, January 11, 2017

“Michelle Grabner,” School of the Art Institute of Chicago, October 21, 2016
Wolff, Carlo, “FRONT Aims to Put Cleveland at the Center of Modern Art,” Cleveland Jewish News, August 11, 2016
Graves, Jen, “You Don’t Have to Be a Sexist Fool to Want More from Michelle Grabner’s Art,” The Stranger, August 1, 2016
Kennedy, Rand, “Cleveland Gets an Art Triennial,” The New York Times, August 4, 2016
Indrisik, Scott, “Engaging the State: Portland Biennial’s Sprawling Joys,” Blouin Art Info, July 20, 2016
Anderson, Jennifer, “Disjecta Biennial Forges Regional Identity,” Portland Tribune, July 7, 2016
Burbank, Negan, “Yes, Portland has a Biennial,” The Portland Mercury News, July 6, 2016
Clemans, Gayle, “New Curator of Seattle University Art Galleries Focuses on Innovation, Engagement,” The Seattle Times, June 28, 2016

Sam, Sherman, “Michelle Grabner,” Artforum, December 2015
Tyson, Janet, “Finding Art in the Smallness of Everyday Enthusiasms,” Hyperallergic, October 28, 2015
Zarley, Brian, “Art by the Balls,” Vice Sports, October 21, 2015
Mohammad, Sehba, “Michelle Grabner on Soccer Balls & Art in the American Interior,” Flavorpill, September 22, 2015
"Art 50: Chicago's Artists' Artists," New City, September 19, 2015
“Balls: Michelle Grabner’s Soccer Mom Art,” The Sport Spectacle, September 14, 2015
Artspace editors, “Artist Michelle Grabner’s Picks From EXPO Chicago 2015,” Artspace, September 14, 2015
Chiaverina, John. “Before Moving to Milwaukee, Michelle Grabner’s Oak Park Garage Gallery, The Suburban, Makes a Pit Stop In Indianapolis,” Art News, September 2, 2015
Calvo, Paula, “5 Questions: Michelle Grabner,” F Newsmagazine, August 28, 2015
Chayka, Kyle, “10 Chicago Art Personalities You Should Know,” Complex, July 13, 2015
“Art Of The Northeast Enjoys Run At New Canaan's Silvermine,” New Canaan Daily Voice, July 7, 2015
“Michelle Grabner Named Curator of Portland’s Contemporary Art Biennial,” Artforum, June 15, 2015
Grabner, Michelle, “Erika Rothenberg,” Artforum, June 2015
Peiffer, Prudence, “’Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today’," Artforum, May 2015
Gura, Judith, “MAD Gives Women in Applied Arts Long-Overdue Recognition,” Art +Auction, April 25, 2015
Gamerman, Ellen, “Under Fire, MoMA Vows to Learn from Björk Show,” The Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2015
Strasnick, Stephanie, “Discover Works by the Leading Ladies of Modernist Craft at the Museum of Arts and Design,” Architectural Digest, April 10, 2015
Heddaya, Mostafa, “Manifest Destiny? Volta New York Goes West,” Blouin Artinfo, March 6, 2015
Raphael, Rebecca Bronfein, “5 Female Artists Breaking the Glass Ceiling at ADAA,” Artsy, February 25, 2015
Munro, Cait,” What Top Galleries Are Bringing to the ADAA Art Show,” Artnet News, March 3, 2015
Baumgardner, Julie, “Things Are Not What They Appear,” W Magazine, March 25, 2015
Grabner, Michelle, “Walter Robinson,” Artforum, March 2015
Grabner, Michelle, “Westward Homes,” Art in America, January 2015
Puleo, Risa, “Michelle Grabner,” Modern Painters, January 2015
Schwabsky, Barry, “Michelle Grabner,” Artforum, January 1, 2015

Schumacher, Mary Louise, “The year in art and architecture,” Journal Sentinel, December 27, 2014
Liebman, Kate, “Michelle Grabner,” The Brooklyn Rail, December 18, 2014
Grabner, Michelle, “Mickalene Thomas,” Artforum, December 2014
Robbins, David and Mary Louise Schumacher, “David Robbins on 'A Few Minutes With Michelle Grabner,'” Journal Sentinel, November 14, 2014
Steinhauer, Jillian, “On Ken Johnson and the Question of Sexism,” Hyperallergic, November 4, 2014
Fyfe, Joe, “The Uses of Pleasure: Michelle Grabner at James Cohan,” Hyperallergic, November 1, 2014
Jovanovich, Alex, “Michelle Grabner,” Artforum, November 2014
“Michelle Grabner,” The New Yorker, November 3, 2014
Kurchanova, Natasha, “Michelle Grabner interview: ‘My family is an important part of my life as an artist,’” Studio International, October 29, 2014
Halle, Howard, “Art,” Time Out New York, October 23-29, 2014
Schumacher, Mary Louise, “Why Michelle Grabner warrants more scrutiny,” Journal Sentinel, October 28, 2014
Schumacher, Mary Louise, “New York Times critic calls Michelle Grabner a soccer mom with 'bland' art in lazy review,” Journal Sentinel, October 27, 2014
Kirsch, Corinna, ““Soccer Mom,” Michelle Grabner Likes Math,” Artfcity, October 24, 2014
Plagens, Peter, “Art Review: Gallery Exhibitions of Inka Essenhigh, Michelle Grabner and Russian Avant-Garde Art,” The Wall Street Journal, October 24, 2014
Johnson, Ken, “Michelle Grabner,” The New York Times, October 23, 2014
Ebony, David, “David Ebony's Top 10 New York Gallery Shows for October,” Artnet News, October 22, 2014
“Michelle Grabner at James Cohan Gallery, New York,” Mousse, October 17, 2014 “James Cohan Gallery opens debut exhibition with Michelle Grabner,” Artdaily, October 18, 2014
“The 100 Most Powerful Women in Art: Part One,” Artnet News, October 15, 2014
Halle, Howard, “Art,” Time Out New York, October 9-15, 2014
“Michelle Grabner,” Wall Street International, October 13, 2014
Indrisek, Scott, “Parts and Labor: Michelle Grabner Gets to Work,” Artinfo, October 10,
Zevitas, Steven, “Must-see Painting Shows: October 2014,” The Huffington Post, October 9, 2014
“Michelle Grabner,” Time Out New York, October 1, 2014
Grabner, Michelle, “The People’s Palace,” Art in America, October 2014.
Trucco, Terry, “Labor of Love,” IN New York, October 2014
“Art 50: Chicago's Artists' Artists,” September 19, 2014
“Top 100 Fall Shows,” Modern Painters, September 2014
“We Asked 20 Women “Is the Art World Biased?” Here’s What They Said,” Artnet News, September 16, 2014
Grabner, Michelle, “Maddie Reyna,” Artforum, September 2014
Kino, Carol, “Artists on Artists: Michelle Grabner on Christopher Williams’s Vivid, Exacting Photographs,” The New York Times Style Magazine, May 9, 2014
Miller, Leigh Anne, “Inside Frieze New York with Michelle Grabner,” Art in America, May 8, 2014
“Whitney Museum: 2014 Whitney Biennial,” The New Yorker, March 24, 2014
Saltz, Jerry, “Sapphires in the Mud: There’s a Smart Show Buried in this Big Bland Whitney Bienniel,” New York Magazine, March 10-23, 2014
Borrelli, Christopher, “Meet Artist Michelle Grabner Whitney Biennial 2014 Curator,” Chicago Tribune, March 7, 2014
Michel, Karen, “Too Many Artists, Too Little Time: The Problems And Promise Of The Whitney,” All Things Considered, National Public Radio, March 7, 2014
Cotter, Holland, “One Last Dance in the Old Place: 2014 Whitney Biennial Has New Faces and Interesting Choices,” The New York Times, March 6, 2014
Johnson, Ken, “On the Piers, Armory Show Evokes Cut and Paste,” The New York Times, March 6, 2014
Miller, Michael H., “At the Armory Show, a Reminder that Whitney Biennial Curator Michelle Grabner Paints, Too,” Gallerist, March 6, 2014
“Five Questions for Michelle Grabner,” Artsy, March 5, 2014
Pollack, Barbara, “Meet the Artist Who’s Co-Curating the Whitney Biennial,”ARTnews, March 3, 2014
Saletnik, Jeffrey, “Michelle Grabner: Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland,” Artforum, March 2014
Munro, Cait, “Curating the Biennial Is Not a Fair and Equitable Process,” Artnet News, February 21, 2014
Paulsen, Kris, “Michelle Grabner ‘I Work from Home’ at MOCA Cleveland,” Mousse, January 9, 2014

Loos, Ted, “15 Highlights You Can’t Miss at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013,” Vogue, December 3, 2013
Sutton, Benjamin, “Here Are Your 2014 Whitney Biennial Artists,” Blouin Artinfo, November 14, 2013
Wolff, Carol, “MOCA opening exhibits paint different strokes,” Cleveland Jewish News, November 7, 2013
Michelle Grabner: The INOVA Survey, exhibition catalog with contributions by Nicholas Frank, Molly Zuckerman Hartung, John Riepenhoff, published by Green Gallery Press and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2013
Trigg, Sarah. Studio Life: Rituals, Collections, Tools, and Observations on the Artistic Process, Princeton Architectural Press, 2013
Cooper, Ashton, “Artist, Curator, Critic: Michelle Grabner's Eclectic Career, On View at MOCA Cleveland,”Artinfo, November 4, 2013
Walker Burke, Cassie. “Michelle Grabner is a Renaissance Woman.” Chicago Mag, October 2013
Nelson, Solveig. “Michelle Grabner: I Work From Home.” Artforum, September 2013
“Interview: Michelle Grabner,” Cultural Reproducers, September 8, 2013
Williams, Griff. “Celebrations, Broken Hearts and Autopsies: An Interview with Michelle Grabner.” San Francisco Arts Quarterly, May 2013
Picard, Caroline, “Embracing the Cliché: An Interview with Michelle Grabner.” Art: 21 Blog, March 26, 2013
Schmid, Christina, “Criticism on the Spot." The Brooklyn Rail, May 3, 2013 McManaman, Angela, “Many Curators are Called,” UWM Alumni Magazine, Spring 2013
Halperin, Julia, “26 Questions for Tondo Painter Michelle Grabner,” Artinfo, February 19, 2013

“Art 50: Chicago’s Artists’ Artists,” New City, September 19, 2012
Murrell, Kat, “Michelle Grabner Looks Back and Moves On,” Express Milwaukee, September 5, 2012
Moriarty, Judith Ann, “Michelle Grabner, deja vu all over again,” Third Coast Daily, August 5, 2012
Zuckerman-Hartung, Molly, “Visiting Artist,” New City, April 5, 2012
Schwabsky, Barry, “In Conversation: Michelle Grabner and Barry Schwabsky” (cover image), The Brooklyn Rail, March 2012
Oliveria, Filipa, “The Indiscipline of Painting,”, 2012
Schumacher, Mary Louise, “Michelle Grabner at the Green Gallery,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 24, 2012
Moriarty, Judith Ann, “Michelle Grabner: Homespun Sophistication,” Third Coast Daily, January 24, 2012

Martin Clark (Editor), Sarah Shalgosky (Editor), Daniel Sturgis Editor), The Indiscipline of Painting, Tate Publishing, October 1, 2011
Boucher, Brian, “New York Gets Green, Milwaukee Style,” Art in America, Review, August 18, 2011
“Women and Weaving, Southfirst,” The New Yorker, July 15, 2011
Schmerler, Sarah, “Between This Light and That Space,” Time Out New York, July11, 2011
Canevet, Rozenn, “Chicago City Report,” Art Press, July 2011
Cheh, Carol, “Lace’s ‘Unfinished Paintings’ show Asks the Question: What Makes a Painting Unfinished,” LA Weekly, June 22, 2011
Waxman, Lori, “An Alternative to Summer Reading List,” Chicago Tribune, July 13, 2011
Neff, John, “On Chicago Abstraction: A Series,” New American Paintings / Blog, February 17, 2011
Morris, Matt, “Michelle Grabner and Sara Blyth-Stevens,” Catalogue essay, 2011

Baker, Kenneth, “Where Collaboration Ends,” San Francisco Chronicle, December 11, 2010
Vanderhyden, Philip, “The Secret of My Success,” Lobby catalogue, College of DuPage, 2010
Saltz, Jerry, “Critics Pick,” New York Magazine, May 2010
Heti, Sheila, “The Studio Reader,” Bookforum, May 25, 2010
Viera, Lauren, “Suburban Makes Its Mark on Urban Scene,” Chicago Tribune, September 12, 2010
Sam, Sherman, Kultureflash, June 10, 2010
“Claudine Ise talks with Michelle Grabner about The Suburban,”, June 2010
“The Pragmatist: Michelle Grabner interviewed by Saul Ostrow,” Art in America, March 2010
“Bad at Sports podcast with Annika Marie, Richard Holland and Duncan McKenzie (episode 232),” Bad at Sports, 2010

Weinberg, Lauren, “Constellations at the MCA,” ARTnews, December 2009
Velez, Pedro, “Chicago Build Up,” Artnet, March 2009
Cozzone, Francesca, “Attempting the Impossible,” The Leader, March 26, 2009 Marie, Annika, “Michelle Grabner’s Black Circle Paintings,” Catalogue essay, 2009
Marple, Mieke, “Interview with Michelle Grabner,” The Highlights, March 2009

Marple, Mieke, “Interview with Michelle Grabner,” The Highlights, March 2009
Elms, Anthony, “Michelle Grabner/The Suburban,” Modern Painters, March 2008
Relyea, Lane and Peter Ribic, Exhibition catalogue essays for Remain in Light, 2008 “Michelle Grabner,” Chicago Artists Resource, January 8, 2008

Rosen, Kay, "Top Ten: Kay Rosen," Artforum, April 2007
Frank, Nicholas, "Paper Thin and Maximinimalism," Catalogue essay for INOVA, 2007
Topor, Joanna, "After Paschke," Chicago Magazine, April 2007
Vogt, Jess, "Grabner Welcomes Art to 'The Suburb'," The Lawrentian, January 26, 2007
Martini, Tiffany, "Michelle Grabner Makes a Good Point," San Francisco Examiner, March 20, 2007
Artner, Alan, "Grabner's Solo Show Reveals Pop Influences," Chicago Tribune, January 19, 2007

Schwabsky, Barry, “Michelle Grabner: Rocket,” Artforum, 2006
Roosa, Wayne, “The Pleasures of Merely Circulating,” Exhibition catalogue, 2006 Time Out London, August 10, 2006
Hoare, Lottie, “1996-2006: Michelle Grabner Paintings,” Exhibition catalogue, 2006
Bredin, Lucinda, The Week, London, July 22, 2006
Blinderman, Barry and Relyea, Lane, “Remain in Light,” Exhibition catalogue essays, 2006
Myers, Terry R, “Time is on Our Side,” exhibition essay, Slowness, Heaven Gallery, 2006 Arney, Steve, “Art for the Artist,” The Pantagraph, March 2006

Rubi, Amalia, “USA Hoy Pintura y escutura Norte Americana,” El Punto, July 2005
Hemmings, Jessica, “PURL: Six Artists Inspired by MoDD’a Collections,” Surface Design Journal, Summer 2005
Artner, Alan, “Michelle Grabner at Wendy Cooper Gallery,” Chicago Tribune, May 20, 2005
Weinberg, Lauren, "Michelle Grabner," Time Out Chicago, April 9, 2005
Ott, Sabina, “Broad Shoulders,” Stretcher, April 2005

Gotz, Henning, “Go Munchen,” September 19, 2004
Schwarz, Franziska, SzeneMagazine, September 9, 2004
Rundfunk, Bayerischr, BR-Online, September 2, 2004
Seidel, Florian, Bauwelt, September 2004
Dattenberger, Simone, Munchener Merkur, August 27, 2004
Huber, Cornelia, AZ Wochenende, August 22, 2004
Schneeberger, Ruth, Munchner Kultur, August 21-22, 2004
Eisenack, Marco, SZ-Extra, August 2004
Hannum, Terence, “Inner Positive,” Artnet, April 2004
Saunders, Gill, “Purl: Six Artists inspired by MoDA’s Collection,” Catalogue Essay, 2004
Workman, Michael, “Modest Minimalism,” New City, February 25,
Miles, Christopher, “Tracking Patterns, Report from Santa Monica II,” Art in America, February 2004

Van Proyen, Mark, “Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam: Gallery 16 –San Francisco,” Art in America, October 2003
Kirk, Sarah, “The Path of Minimalism,” Milwaukee Art Museum Publication, 2003
Van Dyke, Aaron, “The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful,” Occasional Art Publication, 2003

Stein, Lisa, “Artist Profile,” Chicago Tribune, May 26, 2002
Artner, Alan, “Paper Exhibition Breaks Out into a New Dimension,” Chicago Tribune, March 21, 2002

Thompson, Nato, “Michelle Grabner,” FGA, 2001
Dailey, Meghan, “Michelle Grabner,” Time Out New York, November 20–December 6, 2001
Campbell, Shane, “Sweetness and Light,” catalogue essay, 2001
Frank, Nicholas, “Over The Rainbow: A Survey of Goodness,” catalogue essay, 2001 Levin, Kim, “Michelle Grabner,” Village Voice, November 20, 2001
Young, Donald, “Sound Video Images Objects,” Flash Art, July 2001
Glueck, Grace, “Art in Review: ‘Compression,’” The New York Times, January 5, 2001

Waxman, Lori, “Electraslip Knife,” New Art Examiner, November 2000
Bulka, Michael, “Electraslip Knife,” New City, July 6, 2000
Shane, Nicola, "Money Matters," Art Review, June 2000
Radio Interview with Victoria Lautmann, WBBZ, Chicago's NPR station, May 11, 2000
Helfand, Glen, “Critics Choice: Minimal Pop,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, May 3, 2000
Roch, Kate and Neal, Jennifer, “Chicago Headliners,” AHEAD, Spring 2000
Laridaer, Cheryl, "ROYGBIV," Post-Crescent, February 27, 2000
Naves, Mario, “Noguchi and Kelly Talk: Pollock's True Legacy,” The New York Observer, February 14, 2000
Cotter, Holland, "Art Review; Surging into Chelsea," The New York Times, January 21, 2000

Bonettti, David, "Gallery Watch," San Francisco Examiner, December 18, 1999
Baker, Kenneth, "At Home with Grabner and Isermann," San Francisco Chronicle, December 1999
Gustafson, John, "It Looks Easy: A Cross Section of Recent Painting in Chicago, “ New Art Examiner, December/January, 1999 (p. 49-50)
Sans, Jerome, “Home Painting,” Exhibition catalogue, Rocket Gallery, 1999
Artner, Alan, "Grabner Homes in On Subject Matter," Chicago Tribune, May 27, 1999
Auer, James, "Work Added to Sesquicentennial Portfolio,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 12, 1999
Lambrecht, Luk, "Kunstgrepen," Brussels Daily News, May 1999
Snodgrass, Susan, "Letter from Chicago," C, May-August, 1999
Snodgrass, Susan, "Report from Chicago: Staying Alive,” Art in America, April 1999
Radio Interview with Russell Panczenko, Wisconsin Public Radio, March 1999
Porges, Tim, "A Demolition Derby of Art," The Octopus, January 15-21, 1999
Bamberger, Tom, "Where Have All the Artists Gone," Milwaukee Magazine, January 1999
Brehmer, Debra, "Snow White," Metro Milwaukee Weekly, January 1999

Miller, Cliff, “Sesquicentennial Art Show Bear's Appleton's 1998
Signature: Prosse, Grabner Play Prominent Roles,” Appleton Post- Crescent, December 3, 1998
Guha, Tania, "Michelle Grabner at Rocket Gallery," Time Out London, August 26-September 2, 1998
Saltz, Jerry, "Uncomfortable," Time Out New York, July 31-August 7, 1998
Miller, Cliff, "Lasting Tribute," Appleton Post Crescent, July 27, 1998
Mickelson, Sandy, "The Art of Intrigue," Oshkosh Northwestern, July 23, 1998
Lusher, Tim, "Michelle Grabner: Home Painting," Evening Standard, June 4, 1998
Tan, Eugene, "Michelle Grabner," Contemporary Visual Arts 19, 1998

Ullrich, Polly, "The Workmanship of Risk: The Re-emergence of Handicraft in Smith, Courtenay, “Post-Pop, Post-Pictures,” Smart Museum, The University of Chicago, exhibition catalogue, 1997
Kind, Joshua, "Post-Pop, Post-Pictures," New Art Examiner, November 1997
Frank, Nicholas, “If Walls Could Talk” exhibition catalogue, Hermetic Gallery, 1997
Aukeman, Anastasia, "Small Budget, Large Ambition," ARTnews, October 1997
Wasserman, Nadine, "Michelle Grabner," New Art Examiner, October 1997
Hawkins, Margaret, "Gen X Artists Flaunt Their Indifference," Chicago Sun-Times, September 5, 1997
Auer, James, "Tracking the Rising Stars in Art, Music, Dance Theater," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 24, 1997
Auer, James, "Painter's Work Takes a Deep, Concentrated Look at Surfaces," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 28, 1997
Artner, Alan, "Distraction," Chicago Tribune, May 2, 1997
Iannaccone, Carmine, "Michelle Grabner," Frieze, May 1997
Carley, Michal, "Michelle Grabner," Art Papers, March/April 1997
Forgacs, Eva, "Michelle Grabner at Richard Heller," Art Issues, March/April 1997
Pagal, David, "Michelle Grabner at Richard Heller," Los Angeles Times, January 20, 1997

Auer, James, "State Wide Show Embraces Vast Array of Styles," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sunday, November 3, 1996
Taylor, Sue, "Michelle Grabner: Ten in One Gallery-Chicago, Illinois," Art in America, September 1996
Yood, James. "Michelle Grabner at Ten in One Gallery." Artforum, Summer 1996
Porges, Timothy. "In With the Out Crowd." Dialogue, May/June 1996
Scarborough, James. "Michelle Grabner at Ten in One Gallery." New Art Examiner, April 1996
Artner, Alan, "Domestic Turns Abstract in Grabner's Work," Chicago Tribune, March 22, 1996

“25 Americans: Painting in the 90s,” Milwaukee Art Museum, with an essay by Dean Sobel    

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
MUDAM - Musée d’Art Moderne, Luxembourg
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Artist Pension Trust, New York, NY


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