Joe Coleman is a world-renowned painter, writer and performer who has exhibited for four decades in major museums throughout the world including one-man exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, the Barbican Centre in London, Tilton Gallery and Dickinson Gallery in New York. He was recently featured in the ground-breaking "Unrealism" show in Miami presented by Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian.
His performance work from the 1980's was some of the most radical of its time, and can be seen in the films Mondo New York (1988) and Captured (2008). The new book on extreme performance, Avant Garde from Below: Transgressive Performance from Iggy Pop to Joe Coleman and G.G. Allin by Clemens Marschall, explores Coleman's influence during this pivotal period.
An avid and passionate collector, Coleman's "Odditorium" is a private museum where sideshow objects, wax figures, crime artifacts and works of religious devotion live together to form a dark mirror that reflects the alternative side of the American psyche. His work has been published in numerous books, prints and records.
Joe Coleman was the subject of an award-winning feature length documentary, Rest in Pieces: A Portrait of Joe Coleman (1997). He has appeared in acting roles in films such as Asia Argento's Scarlet Diva (2000) and The Cruel Tale of the Medicine Man (2015). He lives with his wife Whitney Ward in Brooklyn, New York.
1955, Norwalk, CT
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
We Shall Make America Wonder, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
Doorway to Joe : The Art of Joe Coleman, Begovich Gallery, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
Stories for Ways and Means, Book project with Tom Waits published by Waxploitation, Los Angeles, CA
Unrealism, Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian, During Art Basel Miami Beach
When the Curtain Never Comes Down, American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY
Raw Vision: 25 Years of Art Brut, Halle Saint Pierre, Paris
Hey! Modern Art & Pop Culture Part II: Halle Saint Pierre
One on One, KW Institute, Berlin Germany
Joe Coleman - Auto-Portrait, Dickinson Gallery, New York, NY
Houdini: Art and Magic, The Jewish Museum, New York City
The Endless Renaissance, Bass Museum, Miami
The Triptych in Modern Art, KunstMuseum, Stuttgart, Germany
Joe Coleman's "War" Tryptich exhibited with Otto Dix War Tryptich
Man Son 1969 - The Horror of the Situation, Hamburger Kunsthalle in Hamburg, Germany.
Devotio Moderno: Joe Coleman/Northern Primitives, Dickinson Gallery, New York, NY
Joe Coleman: Internal Digging, The largest solo exhibition to date 4 floors at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany.
Joe Coleman: 14 Paintings, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.
Subject, Real Art Ways Hartford, CT.
Joe Coleman: 30 Paintings and a Selection from the Odditorium, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York City.
Wormhole, Franz Hals Museum in Haarlem, The Netherlands
Acquiring Taste, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
The Circus in Twentieth Century Art, The Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, CT
Outsider Art/ Music Barbican Theatre London, England (A film of Coleman's paintings accompanied by the music of The Delgados)
Hieronymus Bosch Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
War and Peace, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore.
Recent Paintings, The Odditorium, Presented by Jim Corcoran at Ernie Wolf Gallery, Los Angeles.
Joe Coleman: Matrix 139, Solo exhibition at The Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, CT.
Original Sin, The Horse Hospital, London, England
Joe Coleman, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL.
R.I.P: Rest in Pieces, a documentary film about Coleman by Robert Pejo (Prisma Films) premieres at the Rotterdam Film Festival, The Netherlands.
The End is Near! American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Cult Rapture Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA.
One Man Exhibition, solo show La Luz de Jesus Gallery Los Angeles, CA
The Physical Manifestation of Internal Pain, solo show Psychedelic Solution, New York, NY
Joe Coleman / recent works, La Luz de Jesus Gallery Los Angeles, CA
Joe Coleman Chronocide, New York, NY
Joe Coleman, La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Joe Coleman, Chronocide, New York, NY
PERFORMANCES AND FILM/TV
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown “Lower East Side”
Live From Miskatonic: Joe Coleman - Stealing Fire: The Mastery of the Outsider (Live conversation and film presentation.), Film Noir Cinema, Brooklyn, NY
The Doorway to Joe: The Art of Joe Coleman (A conversation between the artist and writer, Harold Schechter.), Greenwood Cemetery Chapel, Brooklyn, NY
Joe Coleman with Lydia Lunch, Berlin, NY, NY
Asia Argento and Friends, Salo, Paris
Into the Night with Jim Rose and Joe Coleman (Arte TV, Germany), Nantes, France
Killing Time: The Chronology of Creativity in Outsider Art (panel discussion), Outsider Art Fair, NY, NY
The Plutonium Particle Fission Follies (Vaudeville performance with Billy Leroy and Lorraine Leckie), The Slipper Room, NY, NY
The Cruel Tale of the Medicine Man (Feature directed by James Habacker. Joe plays title character in this burlesque horror thriller.)
Don Peyote (Feature film by Mike Canzoniero. Joe plays John the Baptist.)
One on One (Performance installation), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Carl Panzram: The Spirit of Hatred and Vengeance (Feature documentary by John Borowski. Interview with and artwork by Joe.)
Performance with legendary sideshow impresario Ward Hall Sideshow by the Seashore/Coney Island, NY
Derring Do (performance)
Sideshow by the Seashore/Coney Island, NY
Bit Rare Fiend (Short film directed by Joe)
One Dream Rush Film Festival, Beijing, China
Monsterland (TV documentary by Jörg Buttgereit, Joe appears as a talking head.)
Albert Fish (Documentary feature by John Borowski. Interview with and images by Joe.)
Lecture at The Mindstates Conference, Costa Rica, Central America
Into the Night with Joe Coleman and Asia Argento (Arte TV, Germany) NYC
Welcome to the Real World (Documentary about New York artists: Joe Coleman and Clayton Patterson)
Memoirs of My Nervous Illness (Feature film by Julian Hobbs. Joe plays Dr. Moritz
Retinal Stigmatics: An Evening with Joe Coleman (Live multi-media event.), Fantasia Festival, Montreal, Canada
Disinformation: The Complete Series (2 Disc DVD set originally aired on BBC. Interviews with Joe by Richard Metzger.)
Llik Your Idols (Documentary by Angelique Bosio. Joe is featured along with Lydia Lunch and Richard Kern.)
Doppelgänger (Mockumentary by Paris. Joe plays a psychotic derelict.)
Someplace in Nowhere (Joe’s “opera” performed with original score by Norwegian band, Motorpsycho.), Festpillenne-Bergen International Festival, Bergen, Norway
Someplace in Nowhere (Joe’s “opera” performed with original score by Scottish band, The Delgados.)
“Outsider Art/Music”, The Barbican Centre Theatre, London, England
Scarlet Diva (Feature by Asia Argento. Joe plays a sleazy Hollywood producer based on Harvey Weinstein.)
Collectors (Documentary by Julian Hobbs. Joe is featured as a talking head and collector of serial-killer artwork.)
Exploding Preacher man (Explosive performance and sermon.)
Disinfo.con Conference, NY, NY
Joe Coleman/Matrix 139 (Lecture and film screening during “Joe Coleman/Matrix 139: The Pathological Portraiture of Joe Coleman” exhibition.), The Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT
Lecture followed by performance with legendary one-man band, Hasil Adkins, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
Clayton Patterson Presents: Joe Coleman (Verite’ video portrait by Patterson.) M/W/F Video Club, Staten Island, NY
An Audience with the Artist (Q & A at UK launch party for his solo exhibition, Original Sin.), The Horse Hospital, London, UK
R.I.P.: Rest in Pieces/A Portrait of Joe Coleman (Feature documentary about Joe by Robert Pejo)
Trail of Blood (Feature by Ari Roussimoff. Joe plays a criminologist.)
“Cult Rapture” (Lecture and screening), Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
Black Hearts Bleed Red (Independent film by Jeri Cain Rossi. Joe plays a major role as “The Misfit”.)
Shadows in the City (Feature by Ari Roussimoff. Joe plays “Mephisto”.)
Final performance as “Mombooze-o”
Boston Film and Video Foundation, Boston, MA
Professor Mombooze-o Performance, Venice Beach, CA
Mondo New York (Documentary feature by Harvey Keith. Joe is featured doing a
preaching geek performance.)
Amok Press Presents: The Archive of Doctor Mombooze-o (Joe screens private collection of rare 16mm films.)
DCTV, NY, NY
Professor Mombooze-o Performance
Hotel Amazon, NY, NY
Lecture and screening at The Werkstattkino, Munich, Germany
Lecture and screening at The Göteborg Film Festival, Göteborg, Sweden
Lecture about Joe’s paintings and comics, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Pranks! TV (Produced by RE/Search Publications. Interview with Joe who was featured in the Pranks! book.)
Professor Mombooze-o Performance, Cuando Theater, NY, NY
The Uncle Floyd Show (Joe as “Mad Dog” performs with his band The Steel Tips on children’s TV show.), New Jersey Cable TV
Where Evil Dwells (Film by David Wojnarowicz and Tommy Turner. Joe plays Satan.)
Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed (Film by Manuel Delanda. Joe wrote and did voiceover.)
Professor Mombooze-o Performance, The Kitchen, NY, NY
Ten-year High School Reunion Performance (Joe impersonates deceased class member, Doug Sprag.), Oceanside, L.I, NY
Raw Nerves (Film by Manuel Delanda, co-written by Joe.)
Incontinence: A Diarrhetic Flow of Mismatches (Film by Manuel Delanda. Joe’s first appearance on film as “Professor Mombooze-o”.)
Uncle Ted’s Ghoul Show (Pennsylvania Cable TV show. Joe cameos as a “monster robot” and “Rondo the Self-decapitating Wonder”.
Joe performs with his band The Steel Tips.