Brad Kahlhamer was born in 1956 in Tucson, Arizona to Native American parents and later adopted by a middle-class German-American family. He earned a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1982. Central to Kahlhamer’s work is his compelling life story. He grew up without knowledge of his tribal heritage. In reaction to this, his work explores his own displaced Native American identity as well as the influence of tribes, past and present, on mainstream American culture. Kahlhamer draws images related to the visionary tradition of American indigenous art. His inspirational sources are country western and Native American rock music, which add to his personal iconography.
1976-82 University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac and Oshkosh
Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine
Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece
Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, New Hampshire
Madison Museum on Contemporary Art, Madison, Wisconsin
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisoncsin
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas
Oppenheimer Collection, Nerman Museum, Overland Park, Kansas
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
Trevi Flash Art Museum of Contemporary Art, Trevi, Italy
Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina
Whitney Museum, New York, New York
2016 Nomadic Studio. Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, Portland, Oregon
2015 The Contemporary Artists Project Space, The Joslyn Museum, Omaha, NE
Fort Gotham Girls + Boys Club, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg
2014 The Four Hairs, Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Sweden
Fort Gottham Girls + Boys Club, Jack Shainman Gallery 20th St, New York, NY
2013 A Fist Full of Feathers, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
Bowery Nation, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Bowery Nation, The Aldridge Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Project Room Brad Kahlhamer, Anne De Villepoix, Paris, France
NDN Birds Over Fort Gotham 2011, Stephane Simoens, Knokke-Zoute, Belgium
Giverny/JEEV, Andrehn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Sweden
Topps and the Indians, Giverny/JEEV, Zidoun Gallery, Luxemburg
The Slow Game, James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe
Rapid City, Denver Museum of Contemporary Art
Rapid City, Modern Art, London
Brad Kahlhamer & Aaron Spangler, Kantor / Feuer Gallery, Los Angeles
Girls & Skulls, Deitch Projects, New York
Let’s Walk West, Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. Catalogue Essay by Susan Krane.
Road Trip USA, Andrehn Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Sweden
Let’s Walk West, Scottsdale Contemporary Museum of Art, Phoenix
Skull Project, Galleria Francesca Kaufmann, Milan, Italy
Apache Junction USA, Modern Art Inc., London, England
Almost American, James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe
Almost American, Galerie Drantmann, Brussels, Belgium
Almost American, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
Brad Kahlhamer, Galleria Francesca Kaufmann, Milan, Italy
Almost American, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen
2000 Almost American, Madison Art Center (now Madison Museum of Contemporary Art), Madison. Catalog, essays by Laura Hoptman and Sara Krajewski.
Friendly Frontier, Galleria Francesca Kaufmann, Milan, Italy
Almost American, Modern Art Inc., London, England, November
Friendly Frontier, Deitch Projects, New York. Catalog, texts by Jeffrey Deitch and Peter Fleissig; Deitch Projects,Catalog; Frontier interview by Margaret Archuleta.
KTNN, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY
Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY
Project Room, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY. Brochure, text by Melinda Gellman, Ph.D.
2017 Once Upon a Time…The Western : A New Frontier in Art and Film, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), Canada
Maker, Maker, Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York, NY
The Past is Present : Brad Kahlhamer, Turiya Magadlela, and Hank Willis Thomas, Jack Shainman Galery, New York, NY
2016 Island States, Tops Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
The New SFMOMA, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
2015 If You Leave Me Can I Come Too?, Hunter East Harlem Gallery, New York City, NY
Winter in America, The School, Kinderhook, New York
Weaving Past into Present: Experiments in Contemporary Native American Printmaking, International Print Center New York, NY
2014-2015 The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky, Museé du quai Branly, Paris, April 7–July 20, 2014. Traveling to: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, September 18, 2014–January 11, 2015 and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, March 3–May 10, 2015.
2014 Atopia: Migration, Heritage and Placelessness, Work from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection @ Museo de Arte de Zapopan MAZ, Guadalajara, Mexico
Wrong's What I Do Best, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Contemporary American Indian Art, The Nerman Museum Collection, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, KS
Mise en Scène, The School, Kinderhook NY
One Must Know The Animals, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison
Exit Art: Printed Histories, Sixteen Years of Exit Art Portfolios 1995-2011, Exit Art, NYC
America: Now and Here, National Tour, 2011-2012
Tale Spinning, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston
Postermat, The Hole, New York, NY
Legal Tender, Martha Otero Gallery, Los Angeles
The Old, Weird America: Folk Themes in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Anthology, Martha Otero Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, 31 Grand, New York, NY
Admirer, 31 Grand, New York, NY
2007 American Soil, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park
Shooting Back, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna
Tattoo Flash, Saved Tattoo, Brooklyn, NY
Block Party, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
I’m Sorry, Pilar Para & Romero Galeria de Arte, Madrid, Spain
Radar, Denver Art Museum, Denver. Works donated by Kent & Vicki Logan to the Denver Art Museum’s Modern & Contemporary Art Department.
Selections from the Leroy Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York ? NY
Looking at Words, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
Different Wavelengths, Tina Kim Fine Art, New York, NY
Monuments for the USA, White Columns, New York, NY
2004 Dessins et des autres, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France
Lewis and Clark Territory: Contemporary Artists Revisit Place, Race and Memory, Tacoma Art Museum, Washington. Catalog texts by Thomas Haukaas and Rock Hushka.
Monument to Now, Deste Foundation: Center for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece,. Catalog by Deste Foundation: Center for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece. Catalog texts by Dan Cameron, Jeffrey Deitch, Alison M. Gingeras, Massimiliano Gioni and Nancy Spector.
The Print Show, Exit Art, New York
Picturing Change; the impact of Ledger Drawing on Native American Art, The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, NH
Supernova, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Fresh: Works on Paper, A Fifth Anniversary Show, James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe
Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation, Regina Gouger Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. Catalog texts by Vicky A. Clark, Barbara J. Bloemink, Ana Merino, Rick Gribenas and George D. Wallace. Traveled to Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana; University Art Gallery, University of North Texas, Denton; University of Arizona Museum of Art, University of Arizona, Tucson; Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham; Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California; Art House, Austin, Texas.
Art on Paper 2002, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Contemporary Art Project, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Catalog, texts by Lisa Corrin and Tarra Reddy Young.
Five Years of the Altoids Curiously Strong Collection 1998-2002, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
New Visions of the West, Nassau County Museum of Art, New York
West RETROSPECTACLE: 25 Years of Collecting Modern & Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum, Catalog text by Diane Perry Vanderlip.
Best of the season: Selected Works from the 2000-2001 Manhattan Exhibition Season, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Catalog text by Richard Klein.
Ghost World, Cais Gallery, Seoul, South Korea. Catalog text by Michael Cohen.
Issues of Identity in Recent American Art, Gibson Gallery, State University of New York at Potsdam. Traveled to Gibson Gallery, State University of New York at Potsdam, 12 March - 22 April ; Art University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal. Catalog text by Dan Mills.
Precious Cargo: A Revolving Exhibition of Contemporary Art, KBond, Los Angeles.
Spiritual America, Audiello Fine Art, New York, NY
Waterworks: U.S. Akvarell 2001, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn, Sweden. Catalog texts by Kim Levin and Berndt Arell.
Tirana Biennale 1, National Gallery & Chinese Pavilion
Endpapers, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York. Catalog text by Judy Collischan.
Ghosts, Invisible Museum
Greater New York: New Art in New York Now, P.S.1 MOMA, Long Island City. CD-ROM P.S.1 MOMA, CD-ROM Nowcatalog with booklet.
ID/Y2K: Identity at the Millennium, Castle Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, New York
Lost, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England
1999 Self Portrait, Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada
The Constructed Landscape, Brent Sikkema Gallery, New York, NY
Infra-Slim Spaces - The Physical and Spiritual in the Art of Today, Birmingham
Museum of Art, Birmingham
PETS, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY
Solo Painting: Voices in Contemporary Abstraction, The North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks
Basically Black and White, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, NY
Landscape USA, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY
Road Show ’97, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY
Up, Andrew Mummery Gallery, London, England, UK
Structures, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Art Exchange Show, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY
Red River Crossings: Ten Contemporary Native American Artists Respond to Peter Rindisbacher (1806-1834), Swiss Institute, New York. Catalog texts by Margaret Archuleta, Henry E. Bovay and Gregory Sholette.
Square Bubbles, Mandeville Gallery, Union College, Schenectady.
Sweat, Exit Art, New York, NY
Wish You Were Here, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY
Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York (two-person show with Michael Ashkin
Extremely Refrigerated, Meatlocker, New York, NY
Obsession, Chassie Post Gallery, New York, NY
Pop Up, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, NY
The Garden of Sculptural Delights, Exit Art, New York, NY
...It’s How You Play the Game, Exit Art, New York, NY
Markets of Resistance, White Columns, New York, NY
Simply Made in America, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefi eld. Traveled to Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; Palm Beach Community College of Art, Florida; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington. Catalog text by Barry A. Rosenberg.
W139-NY, Gallerie W139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sculpture: The Day after Today, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY
AWARDS & RESIDENCIES
2015 Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Visiting Artist-in-Residence in partnership with the Josyln Museum of Art, Omaha, NE
Rauschenberg Foundation; Residency 10, Captiva Island, FL
2012 TBA-21 Lopud Academy, Croatia
Participates in the invited-artist program at The Monet Foundation, Giverny, France
TBA 21 Imagine Lopud, Croatia
Receives Joan Mitchell Award
Participates in the invited-artist program at The LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University, New York
Commissioned by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian to write score for the silent film Red Skins, 1929 (Paramount, 81 minutes); National Braid (Kahlhamer and violinist Laura Ortman) performs score at Native Cinema Showcase, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2002; Febio Fest, Prague, 2003; Tribeca Film Festival, New York, 2003; and 22nd Pordenone Silent Film Festival, Sacile, Italy, 2003
Receives The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in painting
Receives The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation studio grant
2001 The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in painting
1995 The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation studio grant
BOOKS AND CATALOGUES
2015 Kahlhamer, Brad. "SUPR NDN." Super Indian; Fritz Scholder 1967-1980 , Lukavic, John P. et. al. Del Monico Books & Denver Art Museum 2015
Selene Wendt. Fresh Paint,TBA-21, The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Charta Publishing
Von Hapsburg, Francesca. Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary, TBA-21, The Collections Book, Vienna
Kamps, Toby. The Old Weird America, Folk Themes in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston 2008
Deitch, Jeffrey, Sobel, Dean, Casadio, Mariuccia, Brad Kahlhamer, Monograph Charta/Deitch Projects
Van Hapsburg, Francesca, Zyman, Daniela, Shooting Back, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna
Hartman, Bruce, Oppenheimer Collection, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas
Schmidt, Jason, Artists: Edition 7L, Steidl
Caruso, Laura. RADAR: Selections from the Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan. Denver: Denver Art Museum, 2006.
Jacobs, Dan, Jillian M. Desmond and Elizabeth A. Murphy. Negotiating Reality: Recent Works from the Logan Collection. Denver, Colorado: University of Denver, Victoria H. Myhren Gallery,
School of Art and Art History, 2006.
Schlesinger, Emily. Brad Kahlhamer: Girls & Skulls. New York: Deitch Projects, 2006.
Post Modern Portraiture from The Logan Collection. San Francisco, California: Overseas Printing Corporation, 2005.
Richer, Francesca and Matthew Rosenzweig. No. 1: First Works by 362 Artists. New York: D.A.P. Distributed Art Publishers, 2005.
Rugoff, Ralph. Monuments for the USA. Oakland, California: Solstice Press, 2005.
Cameron, Dan, Jeffrey Deitch, Alison M. Gingeras, Massimiliano Gioni and Nancy Spector. Monument to Now. Athens, Greece: Deste Foundation: Center for Contemporary Art, 2004.
Haukaas, Thomas and Rock Hushka. Lewis and Clark Territory: Contemporary Artists Revisit Place, Race and Memory. Tacoma, Washington: Tacoma Art Museum with University of Washington Press, Seattle, 2004.
Krane, Susan. Brad Kahlhamer: Let’s Walk West. Scottsdale, Arizona: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 2004.
Benezra, Neal, Dan Cameron, Madeleine Grynstejn, Kent Logan, Jessica Morgan, Ralph Rugoff, Amada Cruz and Katy Siegel. Supernova: Art of the Nineties from the Logan Collection. San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2003.
Bloemink, Barbara, Vicky A. Clark, Rick Gribenas, Ana Merino and George D. Wallace. Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation. Pittsburgh: Regina Gouger Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003.
Corrin, Lisa and Tara Reddy Young. Seattle Art Museum Collection: Contemporary Art Project. Seattle Art Museum Collection: Contemporary Art Project. Young Seattle: Seattle Art Museum, 2002.
Frankel, David. Artists to Artists: A Decade of the Space Program. Colorado Springs: The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, 2002.
Garrels, Gary, et. al. The Logan Collection: Portrait of Our Times. Vail, Colorado: The Logan Collection, 2002.
Politti, Giancarlo, Politti, Gia, Tirana Biennale1, Giancarlo Politti Editions/Flash Art
Cohen, Michael. Ghost World. Seoul: Cais Gallery, 2001.
Levin, Kim and Berndt Arell. Waterworks: U.S. Akvarell 2001. Skärhamn, Sweden: Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, 2001.
Mills, Dan. Issues of Identity in Recent American Art. Potsdam, New York: Gibson Gallery, State University of New York at Potsdam, 2001.
Collischan, Judy. Endpapers: drawings 1890-1900 and 1990-2000. Purchase, New York: Neuberger Museum, Purchase College, State University of New York, 2000.
Hoptman, Laura and Sara Krajewski.
Almost American. Madison, Wisconsin: Madison Art Center and Aspen Art Museum
Deitch, Jeffery, Peter Fleissig and Margaret Archuleta. Brad Kahlhamer: Friendly Frontier. New York: Deitch Projects, 1999.
Diehl, Matt, Matt Freedman, Martha McPhee, and Darcey Steinke. KTTN (CD-ROM with brochure). New York: Full Pelt Productions and Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, 1998.
Archuleta, Margaret, Gregory Sholette and Henry E. Bovay. American Artists Respond to Peter Rindisbacher (1806-1834). New York: Swiss Institute, 1996.
Iossel, Mikhail. Square Bubbles. Schenectady, New York: Mandeville Gallery, Union College, 1996.
Gellman, Melinda. Brad Kahlhamer. New York: Thread Waxing Space, 1994.
Leigh, Christian. Sculpture: The Day After Today. New York: Thread Waxing Space, 1992
Rosenberg, Barry A. “The World As We Find It,” in Simply Made in America. Ridgefield, Connecticut: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 1992.
Sisley Art Project
GAP Project Red/Art Production Fund Artist Edition Tees