Julia Wachtel


Born in NYC, NY, 1956.

Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, B.A., 1977.
School of Visual Arts, NYC, NY, 1978.
Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, NY, Independent Study Program, 1979.

Lives and works in New York City.


Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY. Helpp.

Elizabeth Dee Gallery, NYC, NY. Julia Wachtel: Displacement.

Vilma Gold, London, England.

Elizabeth Dee Gallery, NYC, NY. Empowerment.

Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway.
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.
Independent New York & Elizabeth Dee Gallery, NYC, NY.

Vilma Gold, London, England.

Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris, France.

Crypte de l’Église del’Assomption, Rosnay-l'Hôpital, France.
L’église de Auménancourt, Marne, France.
Centre d’Art Contemporain, Troyes, France. Passages.
Gallerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris, France.

American Fine Arts, NYC, NY.

Galerie Faust, Geneva, Switzerland.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois. Options 41: Julia Wachtel.
American Fine Arts, NYC, NY.

Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris, France.

Diane Brown Gallery, NYC, NY.

Nature Morte Gallery, NYC, NY.

Nature Morte Gallery, NYC, NY.

Nature Morte Gallery, NYC, NY.

C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center Mall, NYC, NY. Haim Steinbach and Julia Wachtel: Social Conquest. (Two-person show)

Fashion Moda, Bronx, New York. Relations of Absence.


The Contemporary Austin, Austin, Texas. The Sorcerer’s Burden.
Super Dakota, Brussels, Belgium.
Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY. Paintings.

Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY. Paintings.
Westport Arts Center, Westport, Connecticut. Paradise.
Foxy Production, NYC, NY. Mature Themes.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC. Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s.

Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, NY. Fast Forward: Paintings from the 1980s.
Maruani Mercier, Brussels, Belgium. Man Alive.
Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles, California. Strange Attractors.

Le Consortium, Dijon, France. Almanch 16.
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ordinary Pictures.
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, Utah. Ideologue.
Saatchi Gallery, London, England. Champagne Life.
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio. Not in New York: Carl Solway and Cincinnati: Highlights of 20th Century Art.

White Columns, NYC, NY. Gallery 30/130: Thirty Years of Books and Catalogs.
Algus Greenspon, NYC, NY. The Shadow is Taken.
Zabriskie Point, Geneva, Switzerland.
Armada, Milan, Italy. Venganza (I don’t want to be friends).
Zabludowicz Foundation, London, England. 20 Years of Collecting.
Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland. TOYS REDUX — ON PLAY AND CRITIQUE.
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, NYC, NY. Call and Response.

Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris, France. Portrait de 3/4.
Derek Eller Gallery, NYC, NY. New Hells.
Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels, Belgium. Forever Young.
Elizabeth Dee Gallery, NYC, NY. Ericka Beckman / Julia Wachtel.

Elizabeth Dee Gallery, NYC, NY. Post Culture.
FRAC Champgne-Ardenne, Reims, France. Une odyssée: les 30 ans du frac champagne-ardenne.
Spritmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden. Selections from the Absolut Collection.
The Artist’s Institute, NYC, NY. Group Show.

Institute for Contemporary Art, London, England. Remote Control.
FRAC Poitou-Charantes, Angoulême, Paris. Face a Face.
Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland. The Old, the New, the Different.

Art & Public — Cabinet PH, Geneva, Switzerland. Situation New York 1986.
Vilma Gold, London, England. Group Show.

Le Magasin, Grenoble, France. Images et (Re)Presentation.
Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris, France. Group Show.

Cheim & Read, NYC, NY. I am the Walrus.

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dole, France. W Exhibition.

Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York. Urban Mythologies: The Bronx Represented Since the 1960s.
Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, England. Artlovers.
Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland. Sweet & Sour.
Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio. Text & Signifier.
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France. Absolut Collection.

Galerie Für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany. Weather Everything.

Basilico Fine Arts, NYC, NY. Can We Talk.

Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum, Graz, Austria. Pittura Immedia.
Les recontres d’Arles, Arles, France. Peinture, Photo et Cie.

fiction/non fiction, NYC, NY. Painting Culture.

Andrea Rosen Gallery, NYC, NY. Stendahl Syndrome: The Cure.
Le Consortium, Dijon, France. Le Choix des Femmes.
Simon Watson Gallery, NYC, NY. Total Metal.
Massimo Audiello Gallery, NYC, NY. The Last Laugh.

Achim Kubinski, Stuttgart, Germany. Group Show.
Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, New Jersey. The Mirror in Which Two Are Seen as One.

Hans Meyer Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany. Works Concepts Processes Situation Information.
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York. Appropriation and Syntax: The Uses of Photography in Contemporary Art.

Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, California. Nothing Sacred.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California. Avant-Garde in the Eighties.
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut. Post-Abstract Abstraction.
Galerie Pierre Huber, Geneva, Switzerland. The Art of the Real.
Knight Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina. Romance.
Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England. Comic Iconoclasm.
HIllwood Art Gallery, Greenvale, New York. Perverted by Language.

Colin de Land Fine Art, NYC, NY. American Fine Arts Co..
Bess Cutler Gallery, NYC, NY. When Attitudes Become Form.
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. The Ready Made Painted.
Metro Pictures, NYC, NY. Group Show.
Nature Morte Gallery, NYC, NY. Group Show.

Artists Space, NYC, NY. Split Vision.
Daniel Newburg Gallery, NYC, NY. Persona Non-Grata.
Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas. Infotainment. (traveled to Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; Vanguard Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado; De Selby Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and Galerie Montenay Del Sol, Paris, France) Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, NY. Americana.
Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, Canada. East Village.

University Art Museum, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California. Neo York: Reported on a Phenomenon.
L.A.C.E. Gallery, Los Angeles, California. Emblem.
Institute for Contemporary Art P.S. 1, Long Island City, New York. Timeline of Intervention in Central America.
Artists Space, NYC, NY. Hundreds of Drawings.
Center Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Group Show.
Sardoni Art Gallery, Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Contemporary Perspectives.

Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, New York. Group Show.
Latino Space, NYC, NY. Revolutionary High Art.

The Drawing Center, NYC, NY. Fifth Anniversary Exhibition.

Artists Space, NYC, NY. Selections.
The Drawing Center, NYC, NY. Selections 14.

Institute for Contemporary Art P.S. 1, Long Island City, New York. Film/Audio Installation.


Sargent, Antwaun, His Example Helped Them Find a Voice, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 4 November 2018, pp. AR20-AR21.

Buhe, Elizabeth, Julia Wachtel, ART IN AMERICA, 1 March 2018.

Shaw, Anny, Trump: the first year, THE ART NEWSPAPER, 10 January 2018.

Teyssou, Charles, Julia Wachtel, American Landscapes, L’OFFICIEL ART, Number 22, June/July/August 2017.

Schjeldahl, Peter, Fresh Paint, THE NEW YORKER, 6 February 2017.

Wolena, Ariella, Julia Wachtel, HOT AND COOL, Number 11, January 2017.

Homes, A.M., Spotlight: Social Landscapes, VANITY FAIR, October 2015.

Wilson, Michael, Julia Wachtel, ARTFORUM, September 2015.

Nickas, Bob, Portrait: Julia Wachtel, SPIKE MAGAZINE, Number 44, Summer 2015.

McDermott, Emily, Critically Thinking, INTERVIEW MAGAZINE, 27 May 2015.

Staff, Julia Wachtel, ART IN AMERICA, 21 May 2015.

Staff, Psy, Kim Jong-un, and Hillary Clinton Star in Julia Wachtel’s Controversial Show, ARTNET NEWS, 12 May 2015.

Mendelsohn, Meredith, Hillary Clinton, Psy, and More Star in Julia Wachtel’s Latest Show, ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, 30 April 2015.

Staff, Julia Wachtel, ELEPHANT, Spring 2015.

Indrisek, Scott, Critical pop: Mixing high and low (plus Kanye and Miley), MODERN PAINTERS, February 2015, p. 32.

Noble, Kathy, Julia Wachtel, FRIEZE, Issue 168, January-February 2015.

McLean-Ferris, Laura, Julia Wachtel, FLASH ART, November-December 2014.

Staff, Miley, Kanye, and Doofy Cartoons: Julia Wachtel Peruses Pop Culture, BLOUINARTINFO.COM, 19 November 2014.

Donoghue, Katy, Julia Wachtel on Kimye and The Champagne Life, WHITEWALL, 14 March 2014.

Cooper, Ashton, Independent Art Fair: New Territory, Brisk Sales on Opening Day, BLOUINARTINFO.COM, Armory Arts Week Edition, 7 March 2014.

Coxhead, Gabriel, Julia Wachtel: Post Culture, ART REVIEW, Summer 2013.

Blyde, Douglas, Food Meets Art: Valeria Napoleone, THE ARBUTURIAN, 21 November 2012.

Deboath, N., Preview: Remote Control, The Independent, FRIEZE ART FAIR YEARBOOK, 30 March 2012.

Nickas, Robert, Julia Wachtel, FLASH ART, February/March 1987.

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