Michael Joo

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b. 1969, Ithaca, US Lives and works in New York, US

Joo is a Senior Critic in Sculpture at Yale University and teaches in the Columbia University MFA program. His work is in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Denver Art Museum; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.


Why do we perceive as we perceive? Michael Joo’s non-linear, almost cyclical approach to his practice, together with his combination of scientific language and research, results in work that is a documentation of process. Whether chemically treated, silver-coated or photo-based, Joo’s artwork combines a range of techniques associated with sculp-ture, painting, photography and printmaking. He continues to blur the boundaries between art and science through his investigation into ontology, epistemology and entropy; creating a cross-disciplinary and multi-dimensional dialogue to engage, question, meditate and explore. By juxtaposing humanity’s various pools of knowledge and culture, Joo addresses the fluid nature of identity itself. It seems as if the artist’s intention is to achieve the unachievable: to make us see an object in real life that is barely conceivable as thought alone.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021Michael Joo, Sensory Meridian, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, IL

2019Project: Michael Joo, February-March, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, US

2018 Simultaneity Biases, Blain Southern Berlin, Germany
Absentialis, Real DMZ Project, Cheorwon, South Korea
Verfremdungseffekt, 4th Art Sonje Project, Cheorwon, South Korea

2017 Single Breath Transfer, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Uniformitarian Assumptions (and other ghosts), La Galeria Carles Taché, Barcelona, Spain
Seven Sins, Carolina Nitsch Project Room, New York, NY

2016Barrier Island, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Georgia, US
Perspectives: Michael Joo, Smithsonian Freer|Sackler Museum, Washington D.C., VA
Radiohalo, Blain|Southern London, UK

2014 Drift (Bronx), The Bronx Museum of Arts, New York, US
Transparency Engine, SCAD Moot Gallery, Sham Shui Po, HK
Solo presentation of Doppelganger, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, UK
Michael Joo: Drift, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT

2013 Michael Joo, M Building, Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, Miami, US

2012 Exit from the House of Being, Blain|Southern London, UK

2010Galleria Marabini, Bologna, IT

2009Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US

Bodhi Obfuscatus (Allegiance), Chelsea Art Museum, New York, US

2008 Circannual Rhythm, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK

PKM Gallery, Seoul, KR

2006Michael Joo: Edge as Center, Rodin Gallery (Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art), Seoul, South Korea

2005Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US

Bodhi Obfuscatus (Space-Baby), Asia Society, New York, US

Still Lives, The Bohen Foundation, New York, US

2004 Michael Joo, Palm Beach Institute for Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, FL

2003Michael Joo, MIT List Visual Art Center, Cambridge, MA

2002 Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US

Curti/Gambuzzi & Co., Milan, IT

PKM Gallery, Seoul, KR

200149th Venice Biennale, South Korean Pavilion, Venice, IT (with Do-Ho Suh)

1999 Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US

1998 White Cube, London, UK

1997Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US

1996 Thomas Nordanstad Gallery, New York, US

1995 Crash, Anthony D’Offay Gallery, London, UK

Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, FR

Nature vs. Nature at the Glass Ceiling, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, NL (with Christiaan Bastiaans)

Thomas Nordanstad Gallery, New York, US

1994Salt Transfer Cycle, Thomas Nordanstad Gallery, New York, US (in collaboration with Petzel/Borgmann Gallery)

1992 The Artifice of Expenditure, Nordanstad-Skarstedt Gallery, New York, US


Selected Group Exhibitions

2020The Written Word, online exhibition, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, IL
Radical Optimism, online exhibition, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, IL
The Art of Collecting, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2019Reason Gives No Answers: Selected Works from the Collection, Newport Street Gallery, London, UK

2018 Postcards from the Edge, Metro Pictures, New York, NY

Second Edition of The Sculpture Park at Madavenra, Jaipur, India

Der Duft der Bilder Werke der coleccion olorVISUAL, Barcelona, Kunst-und Kulturstiftung Opelvillen Russelsheim, DE

NGORONGORO II, Lehderstrasse 34, Berlin, DE

2017Ark, Chester Cathedral, UK 

Emanation 2017: An Invitational Contemporary Art Exhibit, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Centre, Millville, NJ

Glasstress, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL

Vitreous Bodies: Assembled Visions in Glass, Stephen D. Paine Galleries, MassArts, Boston, MA

Naturalia, curated by Danny Moynihan, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, US

2016Anyang Public Art Project, Anyang-si, KR

Still (the) Barbarians, Curated by Koyo Kouoh, EVA International Biennale 2016, Limerick, IE

Force of Nature (curated by James Putnam), Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels, BE

2015Antoine d’Agata, Bosco Sodi, Cornelia Parker, Javier Pérez, Keith Tyson, Michael Joo, Sean Scully and Tony Cragg, Galeria Carles Taché, Barcelona, ES

Seoul, Vite, Vite! (curated by Jean-Max Colard), as part of Lille3000, Euralille, Lille, FR

America Is Hard To See, Film & Video Screenings: MIND EYE BODY, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Glasstress 2015 Gotika, Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, Palazzo Franchetti, Venice, IT

Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

2014 The Space Where I Am, Blain|Southern London, UK

BloodFlames, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, US

On the Blue Shore of Silence, Tracy Williams Ltd. And Fitzroy Gallery, New York, US

2013 White Light/White Heat, The Wallace Collection, London, UK

Come Together: Surviving Sandy, curated by Phong Bui, Industry City, Brooklyn, New York, US

Indivisible, Art Basel Unlimited, Organized by Kukje Gallery, Basel, CH

White Light/White Heat, Glasstress 2013, Venice, IT

Amor Fati, Pioneer Works, New York, US

Vivere, Paddle 8, New York, US

2012Freedom Not Genius, Works from Damien Hirst’s Murderme Collection (curated by Elena Geuna)

Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, IT; Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, RU

Roundtable, 9th Gwangju Biennale 2012, Gwangju, KR

Sculptors’ Drawings and Works on Paper, Pangolin London, London, UK

Glasstress New York, Museum of Art and Design, New York, US

Transforming Minds: Buddhism in Art, works from the Rockefeller Collection of Asian Art, Asia Society Gallery, HK

2011 Surreal versus Surrealism in Contemporary Art, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia, ES

Best of Silver: Selected Sculptures in Silver, Pangolin, London, UK

Glasstress 2011, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venice, IT

2010 Have You Ever Really Looked at the Sun?, Haunch of Venison, Berlin, DE (with Damien Hirst)

The Infinite Starburst of Your Cold Dark Eyes, PKM Gallery, Seoul, KR

Dirty Kunst, Seventeen Gallery, London, UK

2009NeoHooDoo: Art of a Forgotten Faith, Miami Art Museum, FL

Incarnational Aesthetics, New York Center for Art & Media Studies (NYCAMS), US

Faces & Facts: Korean Contemporary Art in New York, Queens Museum of Art, New York, US

2008Friends and Family, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US

NeoHooDoo: Art of a Forgotten Faith, The Menil Collection, Houston, US

Re asia, Haus der Kulturen, Berlin, DE

NeoHooDoo: Art of a Forgotten Faith, MoMA PS1, New York, US

Focus: The Figure (Art form the Logan Collection), Denver Art Museum, US

2007New York States of Mind, Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY

Triennale Bovisa: Timer 01, Milan, IT

Post Object, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough, Ontario, CA

2006 In The Darkest Hour There Will Be Light, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

The Bong Show, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, NY

Postcards From The Edge, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY

6th Gwangju Biennale 2006, Gwangju, CN

Eretica, Palazzo Sant’ Anna, Palermo, IT

Flux Factory, Lennon Weinberg Gallery, New York, NY

Comunicato Stampo, Curti/Gambuzzi & Co., Milan, IT

Implosion!, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY

Wallin vs Joo, Galleri Ping-Pong, Malmö, SE

RADAR: Selections From The Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, Denver Art Museum, US

2005Artwalk NY, Sotheby’s, New York, NY

e-Flux Video Rental, The Moore Space, Miami, FL

Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

Monuments For The US, CCA Wattis Institute For Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; White

Columns, New York, NY

Postcards From The Edge, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY

This Must Be The Place, Center For Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

In The Darkest Hour There Will Be Light, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

2004D.u.m.b.o. Short Film and Video Festival, Brooklyn, New York, NY

Black Belt, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

f#@k perfection, Vertex List, Brooklyn, New York, NY

Field (curated by Alyson Baker), Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY

Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

Needful Things: Recent Multiples, Cleveland Museum, OH

Postcards From the Edge, Brent Sikkema Gallery, New York, NY

Standing on a Bridge, Arario Gallery, Seoul, KR

Video Program, Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Beach, NY

2003Alumni Show, Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University, Middletown, PA

Black Belt, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

Commodification of Buddhism, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, NY

Fresh Talk Revisited, A/P/A Studies Gallery at New York University, NY

Full Frontal, Contemporary Asian Artists from the Logan Collection, Denver Art Museum, CO

Paradise/Paradox, Castle Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, NY

2002 Black Mariah Film Festival, Jersey City, NJ

It’s Unfair!, Museum de Paviljoens, Almere, NL

Manifeste, oder: Ergriffenheit–was ist das?, Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich, DE

The Mind is a Horse, Bloomberg Space, London, UK

2001A Contemporary Cabinet of Curiosities, Selections from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection,

California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, US

I Love (benefit exhibition), Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US

Translated Acts, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, DE, Queens Museum of Art, New York, US

2000The Whitney Biennale, New York, US

Drawings 2000, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, US

Korean Embassy, New York, US

Juvenilia, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California, US

Koreamericakorea, Artsonje Center, Seoul, KR; Sonje Museum, Kyungju, KR

Media_City Seoul 2000, National Historical Museum, Seoul, KR

Psycho, Art and Anatomy, Anne Faggianto Fine Art, London, UK

Whitney Biennial 2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US

The Korean War and American Art: Fifty Years Later, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, US

1998Matthew McCaslin, Susan Etkin, Michael Joo, MoMA PS1, New York, US

Nine International Artists at Wanås, Wanås Foundation, Knislinge, SE

Selections from the Permanent Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, US

19972nd Johannesburg Biennial 1997, Museum of Africa, Johannesburg, ZA

Art Club Berlin, Berlin, DE

Art in the Anchorage, Creative Time, Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, Brooklyn, New York, US

Techno-Seduction, Cooper Union School of Art, New York, US

Transmission, L´Ecole des Beaux Arts Galerie, Paris, FR

Group Show: Painting, Photography, Drawing, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US

1996 Against, Anthony D’Offay Gallery, London, UK

The Damien Hirst Collection, Quo Vadis, London, UK

Joo, Sheward & White, Wigram, The Post Office, London, UK

Patrick Painter Editions, Bloom Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

1995La Belle et la Bête, (Beauty and the Beast), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, FR

Better Living Through Chemistry, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, US

Configura 2 – Dialog der Kulturen, Erfurt, DE

Institute of Cultural Anxiety, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London, UK

Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju Contemporary Museum, KR

Some Went Mad, Some Ran Away, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, US

Portalen, Copenhagen, DK

Thomas Nordanstad Gallery, New York, US

1994 Institute of Cultural Anxiety, ICA, London, UK

Some Went Mad, Some Ran Away, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

Nordic Arts Centre, Helsinki, Finland; Kunstverein, Hannover, DE

What Is in Your Mind?, Tekniska Museet, Stockholm, SE

1993 Across the Pacific, Queens Museum of Art, New York, US

Aperto-93, 45th Venice Biennale, Venice, IT

Changing I: Dense Cities, Shedhalle, Zurich, CH

The Final Frontier, New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York, US

Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne, DE

In Out of the Cold, Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena, San Francisco, US

Nordanstad Gallery, New York, US (with Rachel Berwick)

Recent Acquisitions, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SE

Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE

1992Galerie Metropol, Vienna, AT

Mimique, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, US

Unfair, Nordanstad Gallery at Balloni Halle, Cologne, DE

1988Demolition Daze, exhibition/auction, Rifle Sport Gallery, Minneapolis, US






“Kukje Gallery is pleased to announce Single Breath Transfer, a solo exhibition of new work by Michael Joo on view from November 30 to December 31, 2017. This is the artist’s first solo show at KukjeGallery and his first major exhibition in Korea in almost ten years. The comprehensive exhibition will be installed in both the K2 and K3 galleries and consists of discrete but interrelated bodies of work that explore important areas.”

Michael Joo — In Conversation: Michael Joo & Charles Gaines

In Conversation: Michael Joo & Charles Gaines

Michael Joo — Michael Joo, Sensory Meridian, 2021

Walkthrough of Michael Joo, Sensory Meridian, 2021 at Kavi gupta.