Rodolphe Janssen | Betty Tompkins

Betty Tompkins

Way back in the 1960s at the exact same moment that Chuck Close was doing it with the faces, Betty Tompkins was making enormous black-and-white photorealist paintings — not of faces — but graphically pornographic images (...), ripped from straight male porn magazines (yes, kids — people used to masturbate to still black-and-white pics back in the day; not color videos like all of you); beautiful paintings of blow jobs, female fingerings, spread-eagle women doing anything you might imagine. I remember seeing images of this work back then and thinking, Wow! I like these way more than Chuck Close; this is someone really going for it in scale, technique, and holding nothing back about image. Sadly and undeservedly — and probably because it was too scary for a woman to be handling in-your-face imagery and scale like this — Tompkins was dealt out of a little history before storming back in about 15 years ago; she's one of the strongest artists out there now, always sparing nothing, using contemporary porn (all-shaved, of course, and bigger dicks, not sure why), in a show that is a must-see for the legions of curators who are always beating the bushes to "rediscover" other "older women artists."

Jerry Salz in Vulture, 23.09.2015

BIOGRAPHY

Born 1945 in Washington D.C. USA

Lives and works in New York and Mt. Pleasant, PA USA

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY USA

Virgins, P·P·O·W, New York, NY USA

Sex Works / WOMEN Words: Words, Phrases and Stories, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL USA

2016

Sex Works / WOMEN Words: Words, Phrases and Stories, Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles, CA USA

WOMEN Words Phrases and Stories, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY USA

2015

Real Ersatz, FUG, New York City, NY USA

2014

Art Basel Feature, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Basel, Switzerland

Paintings & Works On Paper 1972-2013, Sarah Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL USA

2013

Woman Words, Dinter Fine Art, project room #63, New York, NY USA

Home alone 2, Betty Tompkins and Dadamaino, New York, NY USA

2012

Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium

2011

Sex Works, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland

2009

New Work, Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York, NY USA

2007

Sex Works, Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York, NY USA

2008

Lawrimore project, Seattle, WA USA

2006

Fuck Paintings and Drawings, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland

2005

New Paintings and Drawings, Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York, NY USA

2002

Fuck Paintings 1969-74, Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York, NY USA

2000

Egizio’s Project, New York, NY USA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

Uniques en leurs genres, Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris, France

Dicks, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY USA

Betty Tompkins and Bill Mutter, Plato's Cave at EIDIA House, Brooklyn, NY USA

Amy Greenan - Eric Magnuson - Brad Phillips - Betty Tompkins, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY USA

Das Loch, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen, Germany

Summer Reading, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY USA

X, Lyles & King Gallery, New York, NY USA

The Female Gaze Part 2, Cheim & Read, New York, NY USA

Landscapes, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY USA

Black Sheep Feminism, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX USA

2015

A Sight For Sore Eyes, Artsy at Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium (with Lucas Jardin)

Word by Word, Luxembourg & Dayan, London, UK curated by Francesco Bonami

Viewer Discretion…Children of Bataille, Stux Haller Gallery, New York, NY USA. curated by Kathleen Cullen

Verganza (I don’t want to be friends), organized by Gea Polity, Milan, Italy

Lust, HVCCA, Peeksil, New York, NY USA

Fertility, presented by Jane Kim, 33 Orchard, New York, NY USA

The Shell (Landscapes, Portaits & Shapes) a show by Eric Troncy, Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France

Eureka! curated by Kendell Geers, Galerist, New York, NY USA

2014

Rear Window Treatment, Louis B. James, New York, NY USA

A Drawing Show, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY USA

CORPUS, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

A Chromatic Loss, curated by Jeffrey Uslip, Bortolami, New York, NY USA

Selections from the SaraH and Matchelle Vance Waddel Collection, Art Academy of Cincinatti, Cincinatti, OH USA

2013

Independents, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Sunsets and Pussy, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Nex York, NY USA

Skin Trade, an in-depth look at the surface of things, P.P.O.W Gallery, New York, NY USA

Jew York, Unt/tled & Zach Feuer, New York, NY USA

DSM-V, curated by David Rimaneli, presented by Vito Schnabel, Farley Post Office, New York, NY, USA

A few of my favorite things, CB ! Gallery, Los Angeles, CA USA

Temporary Autonomous Zone / 2 Erogenous Zone, Galerie im Körnerpark & Pony Royal, Berlin, Germany

The Origin of the World/The Force of the Source/The Cause of the Vigor, Samsøn, Boston, MA USA

Betty Tompkins and Dadamaino, Home Alone 2 Gallery, New York, NY USA

Sex, Money and Power, Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium

2012

Dark Garnaal, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Summer Project, Villa Knokke, Knokke Heist, Belgium

Newtopia, Special guest of Kendell Geers, Kazerne Dossin Memorial, Mechelen, Belgium

In the Pink, Joe Sheftel Gallery, New York, NY USA

Screw you, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY USA

Character Analysis, Joe Sheftel Gallery, New York, NY USA

2011

Grisaille, Luxembourg & Dayan, New York, NY USA

Narrative to the Perverse II, Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, CA USA

Invitation to the Voyage – Charles Baudelaire, Algus Greenspon, New York, NY USA

No government No cry, a project by Kendell Geers, CIAP Actuele Kunst, Hasselt, Belgium

2010

Lust and Vice : The Seven Deadly Sins From Durer to Naumann, Kunstmuseum Bern and Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland

Visible Vagina, Francis Naumann Gallery, New York, NY USA

Consider The Oyster, James graham & Sons, New York, NY USA

2009

elles@centrepompidou, Centre Pompidou, Musée d’art moderne, Paris, France

Naked! Size Matters, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY USA

Revolver, COCO, Vienna, Austria

The Line Is A Lonely Hunter - Drawings In New Jersey, New Jersey, Basel, Switzerland

2008

Images, Head, Geneva, Switerland

How To Cook A Wolf: Part 1, Dinter Fine Art, New York, NY USA

www.Women, Headbones Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2007

Into Position, Baurnmarkt, Vienna, Austria

Le Plaisir au Dessin, Musee de Beaux Arts, Lyon, France

Handsome Young Doctor, Cubitt Gallery, London, UK

2006

Exquisite Corpse-Cadavre Exquis, Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York, NY USA

Uncertain States of America, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK and traveling

2005

La Beauté de l’Enfer, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium

2004

[Untitled/Nudes], Printed Matter, New York, NY USA

Nouvelles Acquisitions, Oeuvres Contemporaines, Centre Pompidou, Musée National D’Art Moderne, Paris, France

2003

It Happened Tomorrow, Biennale de Lyon, Lyon France

AWARDS

1998

Weir Farm Trust/National Park Service Wilton CT USA

1996

Director’s Award, Warren Tanner Memorial Fund

1994

Project Development Grant, New School, New York, NY USA

1990

Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY Macdowell Colony (also 82, 83, 88) Peterborough, NH

1988

New York Foundation for the Arts

1983

CAPS Grant

1979

Ossabaw Island Project, Savannah, GA

COLLECTIONS

Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY USA

Allen Art Museum, Oberlin, OH USA

Centre Pompidou, Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France

Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY USA

Museum Of The City Of New York, NY USA

Stamford Museum, Stamford, CT USA

Zimmereli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ USA