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SOLO EXHBITIONS (*catalogue)  

2020         I drove to san francisco and back, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

2019         watching TV with my dealer, TIF SIGFRIDS, Athens, GA  

2017         Pictures, TIF SIGFRIDS, Los Angeles, CA 

2016         Mertzbau: an exhibition by Joe Sola featuring Albert Mertz, TIF SIGFRIDS, Los Angeles, CA 

2015         A Painted Horse by Joe Sola (with Matthew Chambers, Sayre Gomez, Rudy K. Slobeck, and others), TIF SIGFRIDS, Los Angeles, CA 

                 Car sales people selling my paintings at Art Los Angeles Contemporary, ALAC, TIF SIGFRIDS, Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, CA 

                 Studio Visit, Landmarks, University of Texas at Austin, TX  

                 Watercolor, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH

2014         Brownsound, Expo Chicago, TIF SIGFRIDS, Los Angeles, CA  

                 American Sex Room and Other Works, Blackston, New York, NY 

2013         Portraits: an exhibition in Tif Sigfrids’ ear, TIF SIGFRIDS, Los Angeles, CA 

                 Der Hintern in Der Luft, 356 Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA (performance with Michael Webster) 

2011         The Senior Discount, Blackston, New York, NY *  

2010         I found some Bic pens by the railroad tracks, The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, CA 

                 Talking about my drawings with escorts, MOT International, London, England curated by Becky Koblick 

2009         Open Space Cologne Art Fair, Hilary Crisp Gallery, Cologne, Germany 

2008         Male Fashion Models Make Conceptual Art, Hilary Crisp Gallery, London, England 

                 New York Mega Millions and other work, Bespoke Gallery, New York, NY 

2007         The buck stops here, Bucket Rider Gallery, Chicago, IL 

                 3’s, p/m Gallery, Toronto, Canada  

2006         Let’s go do some watercolor painting, Bespoke Gallery, New York, NY 

                 Grin and Bear It, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH 

                 Taking a Bullet, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA * 

2005         Taking a Bullet, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA * 


2021          re/collections, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

2020          Not/I, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA*  

2019          In Production: Art and the Studio System, Yuz Museum Shanghai, China, curated by Rita Gonzales

                  Scattered and Smothered, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA presented by Howard’s  

                  Household Effects, La Loma Projects, Pasadena, CA 

                  Video in Site, The Armory, Pasadena, CA (Screening) 

2018          Upstairs at Rental, Rental Gallery, East Hampton, New York 

2017          Videos for a Stadium, UK Art Museum, Lexington, KY (screening) 

2016          L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA 

                  Mystery Theatre Sports Bar, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Curated by Lucas Wrench 

                  MIKE! MIKE!, DXIX Projects, Venice, CA 

2015          Dallas Medianale, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX 

2014          Damage Control: Art and Destruction since 1950, Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, Luxembourg City, traveling to Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria* 

                  Another Cats Show, 356 Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 

                  A Variety Show: A Variety Show hosted by Denver Smith, TIF SIGFRIDS, Los Angeles, CA (performance) 

                  Greetings from L.A.: De los artistas norteamericanos Gracie Devito George Porcari y Joe Sola @Tif's Desks, The Colombo Americano, Bogota, Colombia 

2013          Damage Control: Art and Destruction since 1950, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, Curated by Russell Ferguson and Kerry Brougher* 

2012          Slow Motion Page Turn, Art Catalogues, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (performance) 

                  Hard Targets: Masculinity and Sport, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN 

2011          Me Gusto el Plastico, Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños, Oaxaca City, Mexico *

                  Hard Targets: Masculinity and Sport, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA 

                  En Garde II: omg,' Rondald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY 

                  The Lords and the New Creatures, Nye and Brown, Los Angeles, CA 

2010          Hard Targets: Masculinity and Sport, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH  

                  Substitute Teacher, Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, GA * 

                  Hunt & Chase, Salomon Contemporary, East Hamptons, NY Curated with Beth Rudin DeWoody *              

                  X Artworks in a Straight Line (Seeking the Perfect Sphere), Hilary Crisp, London, England 

2009          The Studio Sessions, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA 

                  Vancouver Biennale, Vancouver, BC, Canada  (exhibition runs through 2011) 

                  Nudes Descending a Staircase, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (screening) 

                  Invite, Circus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

2008          Hard Targets: Masculinity and Sport, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

                  California Video, J. Paul Getty Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (screening)  

2007          Super Secret Cachet, Angstrom Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

                  Inaugural Group Show, Bucket Rider Gallery, Chicago, IL 

                  Dark Mirror, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (screening) 

                  Night of the Living Dolls, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (performance) 

2006          Signs of Life, Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, GA Humor Me, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, KS 

                  Drawn In, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA 

                  Cavities, University Art Gallery, Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton, CA*             

2006          Delusionorium 3, Grand Central Arts, Fullerton, CA* 

                  Reckless Behavior, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA (screening) 

2005          Rogue Wave 05, LA LOUVER Gallery, Los Angeles, CA * 

                  Landmarks, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR  

                  Still: Things Fall from the Sky, UCR/California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA  

                  Dreaming of a More Better Future, Cleveland Institute of Arts, Cleveland, OH 

2004          Ritalin, Art2102, Los Angeles, CA curated by Renaud Proch 

                  Pop, Play, Replay, Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA 

2003          17 reasons, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, CA  

                  Recon/Decon, Pacific Film Archives, Berkley Museum of Art, Berkley, CA 

2002          California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA*   

                  Brand Spanking New, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH (screening) 

                  Gimme Shelter, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico, (screening) curated by Rita Gonzales 

                  WORDSinDEEDS, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, OR 

                  Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now, LOW Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

                  How Do We Know the Sky Isn’t Really Green and We’re not Just Colorblind? Johan Grimonprez Video Lounge, Project Room, Santa Monica Museum of Art, CA 

2001          City Game, Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam, Netherlands (screening)

                  Forever Infinite, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA 

                  Alone Again, (Naturally), The Standard Hotel, Los Angeles, CA curated by Yvonne Force

                  Fluxus Revisited, Art in General, New York, NY 

2000          In Site 2000, San Diego, CA + Tijuana, Mexico * 

                  Short Video Works, Instituto Cubano del Art e Industria  Cinematografico, Havana, Cuba in  conjunction with the Havana Biennial (screening) 

                  VA(MEDIA.DOC.)VA, Association for contemporary Art, Sophia, Bulgaria (screening)

1999          RE: Rauschenberg, Marcel Sitcoske Gallery, San Francisco, CA curated by Stuart Horodner 

                  Cold Drink, Artists Space Gallery, New York, NY 

                  Videophoto, Bucknell Art Gallery, Bucknell University, PA 

                  5th Mostra De Video, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Spain (screening)

                  Geneva Media Arts Biennial of Moving Images, Center for Contemporary Images Geneva, Switzerland * (screening) 


2020         Knight, Christopher. “Oscar steps into artist Joe Sola’s sly Hollywood Hall of Mirrors,” LA Times, February 19.

                 Vankin, Deborah. “Art Reality Studio arms artists with VR gear and asks: What if?” LA Times, April 25.

2018         Durantaye, Leland de la. “Fleeting impressions and abundance of detail” Artforum, Print, October 

                 Miranda, Carolina. “Artist-run space 356 Mission is leaving Boyle Heights. Founders Laura Owens and Wendy Yao explain why” LA Times, March 30. 

2017         Varadi, Keith.” Mertzbau at TIF SIGFRIDS” Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, February 1, 2017 

2016         Miranda, Carolina. Datebook: A new biennial focuses on Water, pay tribute to the Merzbau, a Barndall takeover” LA Times, July 14 

                 Stromberg, Matt. “ArtRx LA, Mertzbau: 419 Salvaged Chairs by Artists” Hyperallergic, July 12, 2016  

2015         Berardini, Andrew. “A Painted Horse by Joe Sola (with Matthew Chambers, Sayre Gomez, Rudy K. Slobeck, and others),” Spike Art Quarterly Kunstmagazine, #45 Autumn 2015. 

                 Blazedale, Alex. “Interview with Joe Sola, Who Will Have Car Salesmen Sell His Art at This Weekend’s ALAC,” L.A. Taco. January 29, 2015 

                 Drohojowska-Philip, Hunter. “Joe Sola at TIF SIGFRIDS,” Art Talk, KCRW, 23 July 2015 

                 Gardner, Chris. “Gotta See an Exhibit About Rainn Wilson’s Horse” The Hollywood Reporter, 1 August, 2015. 

                 Hirsh, Liz.  “A Painted Horse by Joe Sola (with Matthew Chambers, Sayre Gomez, Rudy K. Slobeck,   and others),” Brooklyn Rail, 8 September 2015. 

                 Holcomb, Shelly.  “Studio Visit: Joe Sola, Welcome to Joe’s World, Los Angeles,” Curate LA, March 15, 2015 

                 Holcomb, Shelly. “5 Must See Art Events in LA This Weekend: Joe Sola, A Painted Horse” Time Out Los Angeles, 7 August 2015 

                 Mihn Swenson, Eric. “Joe Sola’s Kingdom For a Painted Horse” The Huffington Post. July 24, 2015 

                 Peterson, Jennifer. “Joe Sola,” Critics’ Picks,, July 2015 

                 Reels, Allison. “5 Cool Things We Saw At ALAC,” Los Angeles Confidential. February 2, 2015 

                 Simek, Peter. “Even if you Can’t Pronounce the Name, the Dallas Medianale Demands to Be Seen”, DMagazine. Feb 13, 2015 

                 Stromberg, Matt. “Car Salesman Hawks Joe Sola Paintings at Tif Sigfrids ALAC Booth,” Glasstire. February 2,  2015 

                 Stromberg, Matt. “Joe Sola’s Equestrian Abstraction,” Glasstire, 7 August, 2015 

                 Wagley, Catherine.  “A Painted Horse by Joe Sola” LA WEEKLY, July 21, 2015 

                 Williams, Maxwell. “Strong Momentum and Brisk Sales at the Art Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair,” Artsy. Feb 3, 2015 

                 Wyrick, Christopher. “Tobey Maguire, Other Industry Collectors Take in L.A.’s Weekend Art Fairs,” The Hollywood Reporter. Feb 1, 2015 

                 Wilkinson, Marjorie. “A Painted Horse Goes to Hollywood,” Horse Collaborative, 3 August, 2015

2014         Mueller, Kurt. “Joe Sola.” Modern Painters. January 2014, p.98. 

                 M Daily. “Joe Sola Examines Absurdity and American Sex at Blackston Gallery,” M Daily, May,  

                 Horodner, Stuart “Joe Sola by Stuart Horodner.” BOMB Magazine. Number 128 Summer 2014 

                 Woodward, Richard. “Creative Destruction.” Wall Street Journal. 4 January, 2014 

                 Schwendener, Martha. “Joe Sola: American Sex Room and other Works” New York Times.  11 April 2014 C24 

2013         Azzarello, Nina. Joe Sola Exhibits Six Microscopic Paintings in Gallerist’s Ear.” Design Boom. 7 October 2013 

                 Diehl, Travis. “Ifs, Ands or Butts.” Slant, 1 October 2013 

                 Cheh, Carol. “Gallerist Displays Paintings Inside her Own Ear.” LA Weekly, 30 October 2011 

                 Cotter, Holland. “Destruction Feeding Creation.” New York Times. 12 December 2013 

                 Ollman, Leah. “Joe Sola’s Mega-Amusing Micro-Art Exhibition.” Los Angeles Times. 25  October 2013 

                 Frank, Priscilla. Artist Creates Entire Exhibit Inside a Human Ear. Yes, You Read That Right.” The Huffington Post, 11 October 2013 

                 Houston, Kerr. “Burning Bright at the Hirshhorn.” bmore<art>. 18 November 2013 

                 Kennicott, Philip. “Damage Control at the Hirshhorn.” Washington Post. 1 November 2013

                 Kramer, Kathryn. “Damage Control: Art and Destruction since 1950.” 28  December 2013 

                 Sigfrids, Tif. “Is that An Art Exhibition in Your Ear?” Zocalo Public Square. 6 November 2013 

                 Scordelis, Alex. “LA Painter Joe Sola Has an Ear for Art.” Papermag. 4 November 2013 

                 Williams, Maxwell. “Joe Sola Shows Microscopic Paintings in Dealers Ear.” Art in 2 October 2013 

2012         Boucher, Brian. “Joe Sola” Art in America, January, 2012, Vol. 100, No. 1, pp 101-2 

2011         Ashe, Brandy.  “’Tarot Deck Art’ deals unusual hand.”  12 June 2011 

                 Bisbort, Alan.  “Wesleyan Art Exhibit Explores What It Means To Be a Manly, Jocky Athlete.”  15 September 2011  

                 Dambrot, Shana Nys. “Something Borrowed, Something Bizzare” LA Weekly. 28 October 2011 

                 Doran, Anne. “Joe Sola” Time Out New York, December 1-7, 2012, issue 839, p. 37 

                 Dunne, Susan.  “’Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports’ At Wesleyan.”  Hartford Courant: courant.c September 2011 

                 Engel, Shira. “Shira Engel ’14 reviews ‘Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports.’” Wesleyan  University: Creative Campus. 15  Sept. 2011 

                 Fallon, Michael.  “Narcissus of the Ball Field.”  UTNE READER:  The Best of the Alternative Press. 16 June 2011 

                 Higgins, Jim.  “2 shows at Pittsburgh’s Warhol Museum go beyond namesake.”  5 July 2011 

                 Hodges, Brooke. “Seeing Things: Getting Hubbied.” New York Times. 15 September 2011 

                 Johnson, Chris. “Mixed Signals” Artpapers, July/August, Vol 35, No 4, pp. 55-56 

                 Kamps, Toby. “Joe Sola’s Gesamtkunstbombs” Joe Sola 2006-2011, catalogue essay, Blackston   

                 Maranda, Carolina A. “Biting the Hand that Feed Them, ARTnews, Dec., 2011, pp. 86-91 2011

                 Nolfi, Joey. “Warhol exhibit questions sports industry's idea of masculinity’’ Pittsburgh Post, July 20, 2011 

                 Polston, Pamela.  “Jock Doctrine.”  Seven Days:  Vermont’s Independent Voice.  16 February 2011 

                 Robins, Jenna.  “Mixed Signals: Zilkha Gallery Exhibit Reexamines Gender Roles.”   The Wesleyan Argus.  15 September 2011 

                 Schuster, Robert. 'En Garde II: omg' at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts,’ Village Voice, January 19, 2011  

                 Shaw, Kurt.  “Artists tackle sports images at Andy Warhol Museum.”  Pittsburg Tribune-Review.  3 July 2011 

                 “Wesleyan University’s Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery presents Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports.” September 2011 

2010         Berardini, Andrew. ”Rackroom: an interview with Joe Sola, Artslant, February 2010 

                 Green, Tyler.  “MAN’s 2010 top ten list.”  ArtInfo:  International Edition:  Modern Art Notes. 28 December 2010 

                 Knight, Christopher. “Watercolors and a short film,” Los Angeles Times, January 22, E17 

                 “"Hard Targets" at the Wexner Center for the Arts.’” 

                 Modern Art Notes Tyler Green's modern & contemporary art blog.  22 March 2010 

                 Hebron, Micol. “Critic’s Pick”, January 20- February 16, 2010

                 Sandals, Leah.  “Athletic Art:  Q&A on Mixed Signals at the Art Gallery of Calgary.”  Unedit my heart.  25 June 2010 

                 Sandals, Leah.  “The wide, homosocial world of sports.”  National Post.  25 June 2010 

                 Wigley, Katherine. “Carefully Orchestrated Failures.” Daily Serving, February 2010 

2009         Halfand, Glen. Critics Picks, “Studio Sessions” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,, August  

                 Hodges, Michael H. “Cranbrook Art Museum’s new exhibits ‘Mixed Signals,’ ‘Superheroes’ explore guys.”  The Detroit News: 14 February 2009

                 Smith, Roberta. “Chelsea Galleries-Chockablock With Art Encyclopedic in Range, The New York Times,  November 18, 2009, A. 1 

2008         Bedford, Chris. Hard Targets Masculinity and Sport. Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Smith

                 Sarah-Neel. “Hard Target: Masculinity and Sport” Frieze, October, Vol 119, 2008. P.100. 

2007         Eler, Alicia. “Joe Sola” Time Out Chicago, Issue 141: November 8-14, 2007, p. 68 

                 Hawthorne, Christopher.  “Reminder of our impermanence here,” Los Angeles Times, 15 May, 2007,  E1+16. 

                 Waxman, Lori. “Joe Sola”, November 8-14. 

2006         Auslander, Philip. “Joe Sola, Atlanta College of Art Gallery” Artforum, April. 2006,Volume 64, No. 8, p. 252

                 Corsano, Otiono. “Cliffhanger” ART US, June-August, Volume 14, pp 18-21. 

                 Fester, Felecity. “Movie Crazy” Creative Loafing, March 7-14, 2006, p.24 

                 Frank, Peter. “Still Things Fall from the Sky” Artweek, February Volume 37, Issue 1, 2006, pp. 15-16 

                 Niemi, Llona. “Humor Me” Artpapers, May/June, Vol 30, No 3, p. 60 

                 Nesbitt, Peter. “Slight of Hand: Understated drawing in an overstated time”  Art on  Paper, Vol 10. No. 5, pp 33-35 

                 Sirlin, Deanna. “Joe Sola Atlanta” Artpapers, March/April, Volume 30, No 2. pp.53-54 

                 Thorson, Alice. “’Humor Me’ is heavier than it looks” The Kansas City Star, February 23, 2006 p. 30 

2005         Fogarty, Steve. “Worlds of Tomorrow” The Chronicle-Telegram, October 21, 2005 

                 Goddu, Jenn. “Things fall into Place for ‘Sky’ group show, Chicago Tribune, June 10, 2005 C32

                 Hickson, Katherine. “The sky is falling“ Time Out Chicago, July 9-16, 2005, p56. 

                 Litt, Steven. “Artists’ visions of the future range from goofy to grave” The Plain Dealer, November 27, 2005 J6 

                 Ollman, Leah. “Things Fall,’ but not quite together,” Los Angeles Times, November 23, 2005, E24-25 

                 Pagel, David. "Summer sampler has a dark side" Los Angeles Times, 8 July, 2005, E2 

2004         Buck, David. ‘Tonite!’ at Spanganga” Artweek, Issue 10, Dec 2003/Jan 2004, p.34 

                 Myers, Julian. “tonite” Frieze, January, Issue 80, pp. 102-103 

2002         Frank, Peter. “2002 California Biennial” LA Weekly, August 30-September 5, 2002, p. 136 

                 Gellantly, Andrew, “2002 Orange County Biennial Orange County Museum of Art,” Frieze. Nov/Dec, Issue 71, 2002, p. 112 

                 Hofmann, Irene. ‘Joe Sola’, Newport Beach, Orange County Museum of Art, 2002. 

                 Marlos, Daniel. “Climax Artist,” Adult Video News, December, 2002 

                 Mendenhall, Lauri. “A Multi-Layered Debut,” Coast, June 2002, pp 86-88 

                 Pagel, David. “‘California Biennial’ is on the right laugh track,” Los Angeles Times, July 17, 2002, F1

                 Pincus, Robert. “Ordinary Strangeness,” The San Diego Union-Tribune, June 20, 2002, p. 38-39 

                 Row, D. K. “Two Hands Clapping,” The Orgonian, June 23, 2002 

                 Row, D. K. “The Connectors, The Orgonian, May 12, 2002,  D1* 

                 Schoenkoph, Rebecca. “ Conceptualists’ Stories,”  OC Weekly, July 12, 2002, p. 11 Walsh, Daniella. “Avant Art” Rivera, May-June, 2002, pp 198-1999 

                 Walsh, Daniella “Exhibit Two Years Young,” Orange County Register, June 2, 2000 


2019         Henry Clews Award, La Napoule, France

2005         Wexner Center for the Arts Residency, Columbus, OH

2003         Wexner Center for the Arts Residency, Columbus, OH

2002         LEF Foundation, St. Helena, California

2001         Wexner Center for the Arts Residency, Columbus, OH

1999         Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship

1997         Jerome Foundation New York City Media Arts Grant, St. Paul, MN



2017         Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

2016         Landmarks Foundation, University of Texas, Austin, TX

2013         Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

2007         Saint Louis Museum of Art, Saint Louis, MO

2005         High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

2003         Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

2002         Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA




1999          M.F.A. Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

1989          B.A. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, (American Literature)

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