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Born 1958

Karla Knight is a visual artist born in New York City and currently living and working in Connecticut. Her work has been widely exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and she is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Walker Art Center, and Emily Fisher Landau, among others. She has been the recipient of various awards and fellowships including The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo Corporation, and two Connecticut Artist Fellowships. Karla Knight's work consists of imaginary language, objects, diagrams, and symbols. It forms a pictorial language of symbol and writing whose underlying system is not known. Simultaneously ancient and futuristic, the work creates an alternative culture which plays with the mystery of life, and what lies hidden underneath.

 

 

EDUCATION

1980 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, BFA Painting
1980 RISD European Honors Program, Rome, Italy
 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS/THREE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS*

2018
"Spaceship Drawings," EBK Gallery, Hartford, CT

2010
"Life in Space: Charcoal Drawings," Artspace, New Haven, CT

2004
“Pondering the Marvelous,” Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery, Bronx, NY*

1990
Lorence-Monk Gallery, New York

1987
Lorence-Monk Gallery, New York

1986
Dart Gallery, Chicago

1981
William Francis Gallery, Providence, RI
 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Summer Exhibition: Recent Works, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY

2018
"April 14, 1561," Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
"21st Century Cyphers," 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM

2017
"Underlying system is not known," Western Exhibitions, Chicago
"Rhyme & Reason," Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism Gallery, Hartford, CT

2016
"Intuitive Progression," Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, NY
"Magic," Mercer County Community College, NJ (Tiffany Calvert, curator)

2015
Digging: A Group Show, Brooklyn Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY (Becky Kinder, curator)

2014
Momenta Art Benefit, Brooklyn, NY

2012
"Diagram," Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
Momenta Art Benefit, Brooklyn, NY
Nurture Art Benefit, Brooklyn, NY

2011
"Drawing and Illustration," Maslow Study Gallery for Contemporary Art, Marywood University, Scranton, PA

2010
"All Things Being Equal," Raritan Valley Community College, Bridgewater, NJ. (Tiffany Calvert, curator)
"Power to the People," Feature, Inc., New York, NY

2009
"FIVE DECADES OF PASSION Part Two: The Founding of the Center, 1989-1991," Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, NY
White Columns, New York. Work instated in Curated Artist Registry.
"Contemporary Women Artists: Work on Paper," Maslow Study Gallery for Contemporary Art, Marywood University, Scranton, PA

2008
Pierogi Flatfiles, "Desire," Art Forum Berlin, Berlin, Germany
"Worlds Away," Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism Gallery, Hartford, CT

2007
“Paper,” Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, NY
Pierogi. Flatfiling, Artnews Projects. Berlin, Germany

2006
Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, New York. Work instated in flat file.
“Statements and Symbols: Selected Paintings and Prints from the Maslow Collection, Marywood University Suraci Gallery, Scranton, PA

2002
"40 by 40," Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York

2001
“Double Visions,” Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York

2000
“Quirky,” Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York
"Ambiguity: Layers of Information," Contemporary Gallery, Marywood University, Scranton, PA

1998
“Imaginary Friend,” Rupert Goldsworthy Gallery, New York (Nayland Blake, curator)

1997
“Invitational,” Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York

1995
“Selections,” Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York

1993
“The Return of the Cadavre Exquis,” Drawing Center, New York

1991
“New Works on Paper,” Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

1990
“Art Against AIDS,” Washington, DC
Lorence-Monk Gallery, New York

1989
“Group Show,” Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore
Fawbush Gallery, New York

1988
“Works on Paper,” Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
Dart Gallery, Chicago
“The Power of Drawings,” Center for Contemporary Art, Chicago

1987
“Group Painting Exhibition, Lorence-Monk Gallery, New York
“Art Against AIDS,” Lorence-Monk Gallery, New York

1986
“Painting the Object,” Lorence-Monk Gallery, New York

1985
“Real Surreal,” Lorence-Monk Gallery, New York

1980
European Honors Thesis Show, RISD, Palazzo-Cenci, Rome, Italy
Two-person exhibition, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI
 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2019
Smith, Roberta. "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," The New York Times, January 9.

2018
Halle, Howard. "April 14, 1561," Time Out New York, December 17. Photo repro.
Halle, Howard. "The Top five New York art shows this week," Time Out New York, December 17. Photo repro.
Roberts, Kathaleen. "21st Century Cyphers," Albuquerque Journal, May 13. Photo repro.
Dunne, Susan. "Karla Knight's Spaceship Drawings at EBK in Hartford," Hartford Courant, June 16. Photo repro.

2016
TimesLedger, "Intuitive Progression," Steve Barnes, August 25

2014
Post Road Magazine, Issue 26, "Ground Control"

2012
The Hartford Courant, "Diagram at Real Art Ways," Susan Dunne, Nov. 14
Samelson, Henry. Buddy of Work, blog. February 19, 2012.

2010
New Haven Advocate, "Knowing and Forgetting," Geoffrey Detrani, April 5

2004
The New York Times, “You and Them!” October 31, Arts and Leisure
Wave Hill News, Autumn 200
The Riverdale Press, “Natural Notions,” September 23

1991
Brooklyn Museum Newsletter, Summer 1991

1989
Dorsey, John. "Works by Emerging Artists," Baltimore Sun, February 1989

1988
Cohrs, Timothy. “Karla Knight,” Arts, January

1987
Cameron, Dan. "Opening Salvos, Part One," Arts, December

1986
Cohrs, Timothy. “Group Show,” Arts, February
Bomb, Spring 1986, pp. 32, 33. Photo repro.
Saltz, Jerry. Beyond Boundaries, New York’s New Art, Alfred van der Marck Editions
 

COLLECTIONS

The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Brooklyn Museum
Walker Art Center
Emily Fisher Landau
Maslow Collection
Chase Manhattan Bank
Prudential, Inc.
Tamayo Museum, Mexico City
Hart-Abrams, Inc.
McCrory Corporation
Middlebury College Museum of Art


AWARDS/FELLOWSHIPS/RESIDENCIES

2018
Yaddo Corporation, Saratoga Springs, NY: Artist Residency

2016
Yaddo Corporation, Saratoga Springs, NY: Artist Residency

2015
Connecticut Office of the Arts: Artist Fellowship

2014
The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH: Fellowship

2012
Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant: Nominee

2006
Connecticut Office of the Arts: Artist Fellowship

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