Born 1944 in Charleston, South Carolina
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California

Education

1967 M.F.A, Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Art and Design
1966 B.A, Jersey City State College

Grants & Awards

2013
Guggenheim Fellowship
2008
Faculty Residency, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
2007
United States Artists Fellowship
Norton Family Foundation Grant, Los Angeles
2004
Durfee Foundation Grant, Los Angeles
California Institute of the Arts, Dean’s Grant, Valencia, CA
2001
Adoline Kent Award, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
1977
National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C.

One-Person Exhibitions

2017
Charles Gaines: Numbers and Trees: Central Park Series IV, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL (12/1/17—11/4/18)
2016
Charles Gaines: Numbers and Trees: Central Park Series II, Susanne Vielmetter Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (10/29-12/16/16)
Charles Gaines: Grids: Numbers and Trees III, and Palm Trees II, Max Hetzler Gallery, Paris France (11/26-1/14/16)
Numbers and Trees: Central Park Series I, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
2015
Charles Gaines:Librettos Manuel de Falla/Stokely Carmichael, Art + Practice, Los Angeles, CA (2/28-5/30/15)
2014
Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974 – 1989, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; travelling to Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2/7 - 5/24/15)
2013
Notes on Social Justice, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
2012
In The Shadow of Numbers, Charles Gaines Selected Works from 1975-2012,
Pomona College Museum of Art and Pitzer Art Gallery, Pomona and Claremont, CA
2011
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
2008
Manifestos, Kent Gallery, New York, NY
Susanne Vielmetter Berlin Projects, Berlin, Germany
2007
Greenhouse, LA><ART, Los Angeles, CA
La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (curated by Robert Storr)
Brigitte March Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
2006
Drawings from the ‘Explosion’ and the ‘Randomized Text’ Series, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
Snake River, collaboration with Edgar Arceneaux and the LA Philharmonic, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA
Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria (curated by Clara Kim and Stella Rollig)
Kapinos Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2005
Steve Wolf Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004
Survey exhibition 1991-2004, Triple Candie, New York, NY
2003
Lurid Stories: Charles Gaines Projects 1995-2001, Phoebe Conley Art Gallery
2002
Lurid Stories: Charles Gaines Projects 1995-2001, Luckman Fine Art Gallery, Cal State University, Los Angeles
2001
Lurid Stories: Charles Gaines Projects 1995-2001, Adoline Kent Award Exhibition,
Walter/McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2000
John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
The Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC), two one-person shows, Charles Gaines and Kara Walker, City University of New York, NY
1997
Brigitte March Galerie99, Stuttgart, Germany
Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1996
Conley Art Gallery, California State University, Fresno, CA
John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
1995
Santa Monica Museum, Santa Monica, CA
1993
Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA
1991
Charles Gaines: A Survey Exhibition, 1979-1991, Gallery Lavignes-Bastille, Paris; John Weber Gallery, New York, NY; Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY; Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1990
Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1989
John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Fresh Visions, Santa Monica, CA
1988
Gallery Lavignes-Bastille, Paris, France
Brigitte March Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
1987
John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
1985
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
1984
Artist of the Month Exhibition, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
1981
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
1980
John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Daniel Weinberg Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Thomas Segal Gallery, Boston, MA
1979
Young Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Fresno Art Center, Fresno, CA
1978
Daniel Weinberg Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1975
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
1972
Cinque Gallery, New York, NY
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
1971
Louisville School of Art, Anchorage, KY
1969
State University of New York, College at Oswego, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

2017
We Need to Talk, Petzel Gallery, New York (1/7-2/11/17)
Active Ingredients: Prompts, Props, Performance, Williams College Museum of Art (10/20/17-1/7/18)
Naming Rights, Thomas Dane Gallery, London (8/22—9/20/17)
Field Guide, Remai Modern Museum, Saskatoon, Canada (10/21/17-2/25/18)
Never free to rest, curated by Eungie Joo, Kurimanzutto, Mexico City, Mexico (11/11—12/16/17)
On Another Note: New Musical Sculpture, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT (12/2/17—3/11/18)
Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/ Giuffrida Collection, presented by the Helis Foundation, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD (9/30/17—1/21/18)
Never Free to Rest, Kurimanzutto Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico (10/10—12/16/17)
Time As Landscape: Inquiries of Art and Science, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, Florida (9-29—12/31/17)
2016
Trees in the Forest, curated by Kari Rittenbach, Yale Union, Portland, OR (7/23-9/4/16)
Nervous Systems, Haus de Kuluren der Welt, Berlin, Germany (3/9-5/5/16)
California 101: Art from the Collection, AD&A Museum UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA (1/22 – 5/1/16)
Rhona Hoffman 40 Years, Part 1, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL (9/16-10/22/16)
Performing the Grid, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College, Los Angeles, CA (1/23 – 5/15/16)
From Minimalism to Algorithm, The Kitchen, New York, NY (3/3-4/2/16)
Drawing Dialogues: The Sol LeWitt Collection, The Drawing Center, NY (4/15 – 6/12/16)
2015
When Artists Speak Truth, 8th Floor, New York, NY (10/12/15 – 3/18/16)
Afterword via Fantasia, Catherine Bastide Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (9/11 – 11/7/15)
The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music,1965 to Now, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL (performance: 10/16-17/15; traveling to Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, September 2016)
Charles Gaines, Franka Hörnschemeyer & Carla Guagliardi, Galleri Opdahl, Stravanger, Norway
All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor, 56th Venice Biennale, Giardini-Arsenale, Venice, Italy
Drawing in L.A.: The 1960s and 70s, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
America is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Paradox in Language: What I look at is never what I wish to see, curated by Allyson Unzicker, University of California Irvine Art Gallery, Irvine, CA
Looking Back / The 9th White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York, NY
2014
Group Exhibition, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
Sites of Reason: A Selection of Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2013
Jonathan Borofsky, Sam Durant, Charles Gaines, Liz Glynn, Wayne Gonzales, Hans Haacke, Walid Raad, Carey Young, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
Selections from the Grunwald Center and the Hammer Contemporary Collection, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Adicott Collection, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA
2012
Blues for Smoke, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
ANOMALIA, University of California San Diego, CA
Mind the Gap, Kent Fine Art, New York, NY
2011
Shared Sensibilities: Sol LeWitt and His Friends, Mattatuck Museum Arts & HistoryCenter, Waterbury, CT
Locations, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
Dance / Draw, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Ground Control, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Human Nature Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
All Of This and Nothing, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA; Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC Canada; SITE Santa Fe, NM; The Bronx Museum, New York, NY
2010
Summer Group Show, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA
The Artist’s Museum: Los Angeles Artists 1980-2010, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Seventh House, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX
The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions, curated by Biddy Tran,Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Noir Complex, Magazin 4, Bregenzer Kunstverein, Austria; Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam, Germany
Edgar Arceneaux, Andrea Bowers, Olga Koumoundouros, Rodney McMillian, Charles Gaines, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX
Man Son, Vom Schrecken der Situation, Galerien Der Stadt Esslingen, Esslingen Am Necker, Germany
Conceptual Works from the Collection, University Art Museum, UC Santa Barbara, CA
2009
Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty Years, 1980 – Now, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
Oz: New Offerings from Angel City, Regional Museum of Guadalajara, Mexico
Attempt to Raise Hell, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art Downtown, San Diego, CA
30 Seconds off an Inch, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Charles Gaines/ Terry Adkins Collaborative: Part of Get Weird (performance), New Museum, New York, NY
30 Seconds off an Inch, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
WRONG: a program of text & image, Eighth Veil, Los Angeles, CA, curated byJibade-Kahlil Huffman
Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC, NY
2008
Thunderbolt Special: The Great Electric Show and Dance after Lightnin’ Hopkins, curated by Terrry Adkins, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX
Index: Conceptualism in California from the Permanent Collection, The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, CA
Weighing and Wanting Musuem of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Entre Chien et Loup, Kent Gallery, New York, NY
Wild Signals – Artistic Postions between Symptom and Analysis, Wuerttembergischer Kunsverein,Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Idea, Text and Image, the Schneider Museum of Art, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR
2007
Im Wort, Kunsthalle Göppingen, Göppingen, Germany
Read Me: Text in Art, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA (curated by Malik Gaines)
From Close to Home: Recent Acquisitions of Los Angeles Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Kapinos Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2005
Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
Hommage to Friedrich Schiller, Brigitte March Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
Kamm Gallery Anniversary Exhibition, Galerie Kamm, Berlin, Germany
2004
Fade (1990-Present): African American Artists in Los Angeles, a Survey Exhibition, Luckman Gallery and the University Fine Arts Gallery, Cal State LA (curated by Malik Gaines)
Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Recherche-entdeckt! Bilderarchive der Unsichtbarkeiten (Research-discovered! Picture Archive of the Invisibilities), Sixth Esslingen International Photo Triennial, Galerie de Stadt, Esslingen am Neckar
Group Show, Arena Gallery, Santa Monica, CA., curated by Bruria Finkel
2003
Structure of Difference: Painting, Sculpture, and Photography of the Past 50 Years, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
Rhythm of Structure, Fire Patrol No. 5 Gallery, New York, NY
Urban Aesthetics 2003, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Prints from Segura Press, group show, New Mexico State University Art Museum, NM
The Night of the Hunter, Brigitte March Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
Selections from the LeWitt Collection, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
2002
Math Art, Art Gallery, Ringling School of Art, Sarasota, FL
What About Hegel, Brigitte March Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
2001
Installation of Airplanecrashclock, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, Rhapsody, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tucson, AZ
Song Poems: Lyrics into Songs into Videos, Posters and Album Covers, a project by Steven Hull. Cohan Leslie and Browne, New York, NY
2000
Deep Distance-Die Entfernung der Fotografie, Kunsthalle Basel; curated by Wilhelm Schürmann
A Selective Survey of Political Art, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
1999
Mixed Media: Selections from the Segura Publishing Archives, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
Pictures of Other People’s Bodies, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
More than Meets the Eye: Triennale der Photographie, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany, organized by Wilhelm Schümann
Landschaft—Stadtlandschaft (Landscape—Cityscape), Brigitte March Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
Landscape Memories, organized by Steven Hull, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Touring the Frame, organized by Charles Gaines, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1998
other related areas, Art Gallery, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA
1997
National Museum of art (Stadtgalerie), Die Magie Der Zahl, Stuttgart, Germany
1996
Castles, two person collaboration, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Castles, Full Moon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Some Grids: The Grid in Twentieth Century Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
1995
Recent publications, Chicago Art Fair, Segura Press, Tempe. Arizona, Chicago, IL
1994
Cologne Art Fair, Brigitte March Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany; Cologne, Germany
Earthworks and Landscapes, Fuel Gallery, Seattle, WA
Paper Work, John Weber Gallery, New York City, NY
Group show (works from the collection), Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport, CA
1993
The Naming of the Colors, White Columns, New York, NY
Artists Writing Reading Room, Side Street Projects, Santa Monica, CA
L.A. Next: Six Los Angeles Artists, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA
The Return of the Cadavre Exquis, (collaboration on a work by Robin Kahn), The Drawing Center, New York, NY
1992
Open Mind: The LeWitt Collection, Wadswoth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
Force/Sight, International Kunst der Gegenwart, Schloss Presteneck, (Stein am Kocher), Wurzburg, Germany, organized by Brigitte March
No Justice, No Peace, California Afro-American Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Counterweight, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum Santa Barbara, CA
LAX: The Los Angeles Exhibition (simultaneous exhibitions by several participating arts institutions), Otis Art Institute Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1990
The Grid: Organization and Idea, Ben Shahn Galleries, William Patterson College, Patterson, NJ
1989
Landscape Visions, Office of the Chancellor, CSU Art Gallery, Long Beach, CA
1988
Cologne Art Fair (Brigitte March Gallery), Cologne, Germany
1986
Work from the Collection of Sol LeWitt, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL
1985
Selections from the William Hokin Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago,
Work from the Collection of Sol LeWitt, Auckland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Everhart Art Museum, Scranton, PA; The Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY
Process and Construction, sponsored by Archives of Contemporary Thought, Brigitte March Gallery, Kunstlerwerkstatt and Lenbachaus Museum; Kunstler Werkstatt and Lenbachaus, Munich, Germany
Black and White Drawings from the David Nellis Collection, Fine Arts Gallery, Cal State University, Los Angeles
Artists Forum: Selected Faculty Artists form the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, Los Angeles
1984
Contemporary Watercolors, University Art Gallery, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Work From the Collection of Sol LeWitt, California State University Art Museum, Long Beach, CA
1982
Selections, Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont at Burlington, VT
Selections, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI
Works form the Collection of Sol LeWitt, Wesleyan University Art Museum, CT (travelling in 1984)
Numero Quattro, Basel Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
1981
Artists from the John Weber Gallery, Florida International University, Tamiami Trail, Miami, FL
Post Modernist Metaphors, organized by Horace Brockington, The Alternative Museum, New York
New Dimensions in Drawing: 1950-1980, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, R
Ridgefield, CT
Selections from the Chase Manhattan Bank Art Collection, University of
Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (traveling in 1982)
1980
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Systems, Inquiry, Translation, Touchstone Gallery, New York, NY
An Exhibition of Drawings from the Margo Leavin Gallery, California State College, Bakersfield, CA
Benefit Show for the Center for the Performing Arts, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
Artists from the John Weber Gallery, University of South Florida Art Galleries, College of Fine Art, Tampa, FL
Prints from the Landfall Press, Melinda Wyatt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1979
Exchanges, Henry Street Settlement, New York
The Grid, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
Portraits, Center for the Visual Arts, Aspen, CO
Gallery Artists Show, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
Gallery Artists Summer Show, Young Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Texas Gallery, Houston, TX
1978
John Weber Invitational, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
Works on Paper, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
Numerals: Mathematical Concepts in Contemporary Art, curated by Rainer Crone, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York (travels in 1978-79)
Yale University Galleries, New Haven, CT
Numerals, Dartmouth College Gallery, University Art Gallery, Hanover, NH; University of North Dakota, Grand Forks; Fine Arts Gallery, University of California, Irvine; Art Museum of North Texas, Corpus Christi; Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA; The New Gallery, Cleveland, OH
Minneapolis College of Arts and Design, Minneapolis, MN
Recent Publications, Landfall Press, Chicago, IL
1977
Golden West College, Los Angeles, CA
1976
Golden West College, Los Angeles, CA
1975
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1974
Black Artists Recent Attitudes, California State University, Fresno, CA
1973
California Arts Council, Sacramento, CA
Oakland Museum (permanent installation), Oakland, CA

Updated: December 1, 2017