(b.1982) Portland, Oregon
Lives and works in Queens, NY
Appropriation has long been understood as one of the defining practices of modern art. This art of the copy, however, is not limited to that which came after the age of reproduction. The conscious duplication of preexisting artworks is as present in Warhol as it is in Ovid’s reconfigurations of Virgil. The push and pull between homage and authorship is central to an artist forming their own language; and just as Rubens copied and contorted the work of Titian, Chris Oh co-opts masterpieces from the Western canon in order to forge his own singular oeuvre. Altogether, Oh’s work is a resurrection of art history. To view these delicate paintings is to see the artist recall some of the most sublime reflections on 15th and 16th - century life and use them as mirrors through which to observe our own moment in time.
Born 1982 Portland, Oregon
Lives and works in Queens, NY
2004: School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, B.F.A.
2021: Landscapes, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY
2020: Esprit, solo presentation at Independent, New York, NY
2018: Interiors, Sargent's Daughters, New York, NY
2016: PLAYS, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2022: In Search of the Miraculous, curated by Jonathan Rider, Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY
2021: Nine Lives, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY
2021: Desire Encapsulated, Make Room, Los Angeles, CA
2021: Interiors, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, NY
2021: Balloons Dropping from a Ceiling Fan, curated by Morgan Blair, Left Field Gallery, Los Osos, CA
2021: Hunters in the Snow, curated by Fortnight Institute at 303 Gallery, New York, NY
2020: Painting is Panting’s Food: Art History as Muse, curated by Alison Gingeras, South Etna, Montauk NY
2019: GARDEN, Shrine/Sargent’s Daughters, NY
2019: The Views: Paintings of Windows, Fisher Parrish Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2018: Life Expectancy, curated by Joseph Dolinsky, SSD, New York NY
2018: The Ashtray Show, Fisher Parrish Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2018: A Tree Falls in the Woods, curated by FMLY Projects, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco CA
2017: Timeshare, curated by Eden Deering and Sydney Fishman, Zaha Hadid 520 West 28th Street, New York NY
2017: Another Man’s Treasure, Edward Ressle Gallery, New York NY
2017: The Paperweight Show, Fisher Parrish Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2016: Summer Reading, Fortnight Institute, New York NY
2016: Painter Production Parity, Small Editions, Brooklyn NY
2016: Subcurrent, Galerie Manque, Brooklyn NY
2015: Philip H Ashley & Chris Oh, Safe Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2015: Days Have Gone By, Galerie Manque, Brooklyn NY
2015: Maybe I’m Amazed, curated by Sorry Archive, Knockdown Center, Maspeth NY
2015: Chris Oh, Andy Mister, Eric Elms, Heath West, Joe Garvey, Freight Elevator, Brooklyn NY
2015: Salon Society 2, Salon Society, Brooklyn NY
2015: Take It Easy, Dubrovnik Contemporary, Dubrovnik Croatia
THIS SUMMER, NEW YORK ART IS MAGIC, MYSTIC AND UNCANNYAnnie Armstrong, Cultured, August 12, 2021
Nine LivesJohanna Fateman, The New Yorker, August 9, 2021
Podcast: Chris OhHumor and the Abject, April 29, 2018
Chris Oh Sargent’s DaughtersAlex Garner, Artforum, April 2, 2018
Across the Spectrum of Taste: In Conversation with Chris OhZach Sokol, Art in America, January 12, 2017
5 Events to Attend in New York City This WeekArt News, December 19, 2016
Nine Lives22 Jul - 21 Aug 2021Nine Lives is a group exhibition that looks to examine the perennial motif of cats within art. Across generations and cultures, felines have been used as a vehicle for symbolism,...
Hunters in the SnowCurated by Fortnight Institute at 303 Gallery, NYC 6 Feb - 7 Mar 2021Pieter Bruegel’s Series of the Month depicts January as a solemn time, one in which the struggle for survival is most acute. The month is captured in his painting, Hunters...
CHRIS OHPlays 19 Dec - 9 Feb 2016Chris Oh's first solo exhibition which draws on the allusion of Old Master paintings and drawings. References to Leonardo Da Vinci, Sofonisba Anguissola, Dieric Bouts, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Caravaggio, Cristofano Allori,...
Garner, Alex. Reviews: Alex Garner on Chris Oh, Artforum. April, 2018: 186. Print.
Sokol, Zach, Across the Spectrum of Taste: In Conversation with Chris Oh, Art in America, Jan 12, 2017 (print and online).
Gallery: Chris Oh, Let's Panic Issue 04. Fall/Winter 2017: 206-7.
Oh, Chris, Codex, Melbourne: Heavy Time Books, 2016. Print.
New World Unltd. New York: Social Malpractice Publishing, 2016.
Cover RATs #2, Melbourne: Heavy Time Books, 2016: 38-41. Print.
Carney, Sean J Patrick, I'll Have What Chris Oh is Smoking, seanjosephpatrickcarney.com, 2015.