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Nicola Tyson


Born in 1960, London.

Lives and works in New York.


1986 - 89
Central / Saint Martin School of Art, London

1980 - 81
St. Martin School of Art, London

1979 - 80
Chelsea School of Art, London

Solo exhibitions

- The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA
- Beyond the Trace, The Drawing Room, London, UK

- GOODBYE/HELLO, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris

- Bowie Nights at Billy’s Club, London, 1978, Sadie Coles HQ, London

- White Columns, New York

- Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York

- Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York
- Sadie Coles HQ, London

- Marc Foxx, Los Angeles
- Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York

- Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York,

- The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland,

- Sadie Coles HQ, London

- Heads, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York

- Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York

- Galeria Camargo Vilaca, Sao Paulo

- Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris

- Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York
- Sadie Coles HQ, Londres
- Kunsthalle, Zürich

- Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris

- Galerie Friedrich Petzel, New York

- Galerie Anthony d'Offay, Londres
- Galerie Entwistle, Londres
- Galerie Friedrich Petzel, New York

- Trial Balloon, New York


Group exhibitions

- ISelf Collection: Bumped Bodies , Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

- Drawing Biennial 2017 , The Drawing Room, London, UK
- Exposition d'été, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels

- Belief + Doubt: Selections from the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Collection, NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

- The marked self - Between annihilation and Masquerade - Drawing Now, Neue Galerie Graz, Osterreich, Austria

- The Nakeds, Drawing Room, London - travelling to De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, Sussex, 2015

- Facture and Fidelity : Painting Between Abstraction and Figuration, 1945-2010, Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio
- The Cat Show, White Columns, New York

- Bowie Nights at Billy’s Club, London, 1978, White Columns, New York
- I glove U, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, Virginia

- Looking Back / The 6th White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York Dark Christmas, Leo Koenig, New York
- Readykeulous: The Hurtful Healer: The Correspondence Issue, Invisible-Exports, New York
- A Painting Show, Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York
- Clap, CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art
- Never Let Me Go, curated by Terry R Myers, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
- Kick in the Eye, Vox Populi, Philadelphia

- The 242nd Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition,, Invited Room at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2010, London, Group show curated by Fiona Rae. With Rina Banerjee, Cecily Brown, Glenn Brown, George Condo, Nigel Cooke, Rosson Crow, Ansel Krut, Martin Maloney, Frank Nitsche, Dan Perfect...
- Monster, West Vancouver Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
- Monster, West Vancouver Museum, Vancouver, Canada
- A Site, Teverina Fine Art, Cortona, Italy

- Group show, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels
- Kunst Im Heim, Capitain Petzel Gallery, Berlin
- Second Thoughts, Hessel Museum of Art, Center of Curatorial Studies, Bard College
- Out of Shape: Stylistic Distortions of the Human Form in Art from the Logan Collection, The Frances Lehnman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie

- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen
- Shared Women, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles
- Stuff: International Contemporary Art from the Collection of Burt Aaron, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit
- At Home, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York
- Don’t Look, Contemporary Drawings from an Alumna’s Collection (Martina Yamin, Class of 1958), Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College
- Exhibitionism: An Exhibition of Exhibitions of Works from the Marieluise Hessel Collection, Center of Curatorial Studies, Bard College

- « Traits pour traits Œuvres de la collection du FRAC Haute-Normandie », FRAC,
- Ridykeulous, Participant Inc., New York,
- Donald Baechler, Saint Clair Cemin, George Condo, Nicola Tyson, Rebecca Warren: Works from the, Hydra Workshops, Greece
- Drawn into the World, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

- Les Grands Spectacles-120 Years of Art and Mass Culture, Museum der Moderne Saltzburg, Saltzburg,
- Level 3: Material Gestures, Tate Modern, London,
- Art Now: Confronting Figures, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury,
- Art Now: Confronting Figures, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury,
- Slices of Life, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York,

- Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris
- Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Art, London,
- Sexy Beasts 1963-2004, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York,

- "Gallery Swap, Sadie Coles H.Q. London " at Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel-Aviv Israël

- "Blurry Lines", John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Shoboygan,WI, 8 oct 00 -14 jan 01

- "Greater New York", PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, fev-juin 2000
- Sadie Coles HQ, London England, April-June 2000
- " Drawing on the Figure ": Works on Paper from the Manilow Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois

- "Pop Surréalisme", Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut
- "Drawings IV", Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles
- "Some Women/Pretty Girls", Florida Atlantic University / Ritter Art Gallery, Florida
- Galeria Camargo Vilaça, Sao Paulo, Brazil
- "Chaos, Control, Chaos, Control. You Like? You Like?", curator Anne Lemieux, Elias Fine Art, Boston

- "Recent Acquisitions", The Museum of Modern Art, New York
- "Project Paintinng", Basilico Fine Arts &Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, (cat.)
- "Best of Season", Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut
- "Packhage Holiday : Works by British artists in the Ophiucus Collection, commissaires Pauline Karpidas and Sadie Coles, Hydra, Grèce, (cat.)
- "New York : Drawings Today", curators Janet Bishop et Gary Garrel, Museum of modern art San Francisco, California

- "Psycho-Morphing", Caren Golden Fine Art, New York

- "Works on Paper : Paul Myoda at Nicola Tyson", Galerie Friedrich Petzel, New York
- "In a Different light", curators Nayland Blake and Laurence Rinder, University Art Museum, Berkeley, California

- "The Unsuccess Story", commissaire Kenny Schachter, 479 Broome St., New York
Galeries Petzel / Borgmann, New York
- "Fierce ! NYC", Galerie PS 122, New York
- "Identity Crisis", commissaires Kenny Scachter et Laurie Ourlicht, Fondation Puffin, New York
- "I Could Do That", commissaire Kenny Schachter, 109 Greene Street, New York
- "part FANTASY", Université British Colombia, Vancouver / Université de Manitoba, Winniperg, Canada

- "part FANTASY", Galerie Jack Hanley, San Francisco
- "New York, London Photo Race", Friesenwall 120, Koln
- "The Return of the Cadavre Exquis", The Drawing Center, New York

- "part FANTASY", Trial BALLOON, New York

- "Queer", Minor Injury, New York

- Galerie Milch, London

1989 - 88
- " The WhiteChapel Open ", The Whitechapel Gallery, London


Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Tate Gallery, London
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona


Searle, Adrian, The Nakeds: artists get turned on by the body laid bare, The Guardian, October 29, 2014
Gemma, Blackstone, The Nakeds, Cornerhouse, London, 2014
Ginwala, Natasha, “New Dawn”, Art Agenda, July 30, 2014
Frank, Priscilla, Artist Perfectly Captures The Feeling Of Trouble In Paradise, The Huffington Post, March 20, 2014

Serafinowicz, Sylwia, A Journey through London Subculture, Artforum, October 24, 2013
Rankin, Seija, Art Attack! Bowie’s BFF Serves Up Snaps Of Global Party Times, Refinery, 29, May 29, 2013
Chistensen, Lauren, Nicola Tyson on Documenting London’s Underground Punk Movement and Her Latest Photo Exhibit of ‘Deadly Glamorous’ Cats, Vanity Fair, May 8, 2013
Russeth, Andrew, Grave Matters: Read an Exclusive Excerpt of Nicola Tyson’s ‘Dead Letter Men,’ GalleristNY, February 5, 2013
Lewis, Tim, ‘Billy’s was where clubbing in London was born,’ The Observer, January 27, 2013 pp. 28-29
Nicola Tyson’s Bowie night shots come to London, Phaidon News Online, January 2013

Helemore, Edward, Making a Scene, W Magazine, November 2012
Wolin, Joseph R. Nicola Tyson: Bowie Nights at Billy’s Club, London, 1978, Time Out New York November 2012
In Conversation: Nicola Tyson Interviews Angela Dufrense, NY Arts, Wednesday 22, 2012

Gratza, Agnieszka, Nicola Tyson, Frieze Magazine, Issue 144
Strick, Charlotte, Women by Women, The Paris Review, Winter 2011, No. 199 p. 98
Ebony, David, Nicola Tyson, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, Art in America, November p. 165-166
Ding, Chinnie, Nicola Tyson, Artforum, Critics' Picks, October 26 2011
Rooney, Kara L. Nicola Tyson, The Brooklyn Rail, October 2011
Coates, Jennifer, Review: Nicola Tyson, The artist is hard on her subject, Time Out New York October 24, 2011
Duray, Dan, Lily Pulitzer Meets a Concentration Camp: Nicola Tyson at Friedrich Petzel, New York Observer, September 9 2009
Duray, Dan, Nicola Tyson Pens Letters to Manet and Picasso, New York Observer, September 27 2011
Heinrich, Will, A Portrait of the Artist at Work: Nicola Tyson at Friedrich Petzel Gallery, The Observer, September 13 2011
Top five shows: The best of the week in art, Time Out New York, September 8-14, 2011
Harpers, Readings, August 2011, p. 17
Landi, Ann, Dear Picasso, Art News, Volume 110, May 2011, pp. 92-99
Smith, Roberta, Art in Review, Vivid, The New York Times, January 21, 2011
Smyth, Cherry, Nicola Tyson, Art Review, Issue 31, April 2009, p. 114
Smith, Roberta, Rewards and Clarity in a Show of Restraint, The New York Times, February 19, 2009
Douglas, Sarah, Select Crowd, Art & Auction, February 2009, p. 29
O'Reilly, Sally, Nicola Tyson at Sadie Coles South Audley St, Time Out London, January 29-February 4, 2009, p. 46
Saltz, Jerry, No Images of Man,, August 25, 2008
Baker, R.C., Retro Man, Village Voice, July 9-15, 2008, p. 36
Recent Acquisition, At the Johnson: Cornell University, Members' Newsletter, back cover, Spring 2008
Out of Shape: Stylistic Distortions of the Human Form in Art from the Logan
Collection, Art, January 10, 2008
Impulse: Works on Paper, The Logan Collection Vail, 2007, Catalogue, p. 154
Kröner, Magdalena, Nicola Tyson, Monopol, August 2007, p. 18
Falconer, Morgan, Nicola Tyson, Art Review, July & August 2007, p. 132
Cristobal, Sarah, Nicola Tyson: Yvon Lambert,, July, 2007,
Brooks, Amra, Nicola Tyson: Marc Foxx Gallery, Artforum, Summer 2007, p. 506
Myers, Terry R., Nicola Tyson: Marc Foxx, Modern Painters, June 2007, p. 113
Bedford, Christopher, Critics' Picks: Nicola Tyson at Marc Foxx,, March 28, 2007
Brooks, Amra, Must See Art: Nicola Tyson and Charline von Heyl, L.A. Weekly, March 28, 2007
i, Andrew, Scene & Herd: Painting the Town,, March 21, 2007
Hirsch, Faye, Nicola Tyson at Friedrich Petzel, Art in America, October 2006, p.197
Hudson, Suzanne, Nicola Tyson, Artforum, March 2006, p. 292
Conner, Justin, Nicola Tyson, Artkrush, February 8 - 21, 2006
Yablonsky, Linda, Reviews: Nicola Tyson, Time Out New York, February 2 - 8, 2006, p. 62
Gleuck, Grace, Art in Review, The New York Times, January 27, 2006, E33
Calendar, New York Sun, January 26, 2006, p. 10
Searle, Adrian, Where Laughter Comes In, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Exhibition catalogue, 2005, pp. 1-4
Colman, David, The Country Girl, Elle Décor, November, 2005, pp.204-209
Nicola Tyson, Keith Edmier, The Dubliner, July 15, 2005
Dunne, Aidan, Fascinating Bodies of Work, Irish Times, July 6, 2005
Leen, Catherine, Nicola Tyson, Sunday Times, July 3, 2005
Feaver, William, Nicola Tyson, Artnews, June 2005,  p.134
Falconer, Morgan, Contemporary Painting: London, The Burlington Magazine, April 2005, p. 269-271
Nicola Tyson, Tema Celeste, issue 108, March-April 2005,
Smyth, Cherry, Nicola Tyson, Art Monthly, March 2005,
Grassner, Hubertus, Preface, Moving energies # 02 1, Museum Folkwang Essen, 2004 (rep.)
Hirsch, Faye, Special: Monotypes, Art on Paper, May-June 2003, pp. 64-65
Barone, Mary, Out With Mary,, February 4, 2003
Levin, Kim, Jon Pylypchuk + Nicola Tyson, The Village Voice, February 12,
Gruner, Fisun, Colorful Characters, Metro Life, January 21, 2003
Cotter, Holland, "Art in Review" Nicola Tyson, The New York Times, May 24, p. E37
Quadt, Edgar, Kunst als Ritual, Art Investor, no. 03, 2002, p. 12
Krajewski, Sara, Extended Review: Blurry Lines, John Michael Kohler Center for the Arts, New Art Examiner, March 2001, p. 47
D'Souza, Aruna, Nicola Tyson, Art in America, February 2000, pp. 124-125
Coomer, Martin, Time Out London, March 17-24. p. 50
Nicola Tyson, The New Yorker, November 1, 1999
Grant, Simon, The Guide, The Guardian, February 27-March 5, 1999      
Hirsch, Faye, Paper Trail, Art On Paper, March-April 1999, vol. 3-4, pp. 22-23
Hirsch, Faye, Working Proof, Art on Paper, January-February 1999, vol. 3,  p. 55
Johnson, Ken, "Art in Review" Nicola Tyson, The New York Times, October 29, 1999
Schwender, Martha, Nicola Tyson, Time Out New York, November 11-18, 1999, p. 86
Burgi, Mendes, The Beginning of Transformation, Kunsthalle Zürich, 1998
Katz, Vincent, Art in America, January 1998, no. 1, pp. 98-99
Kimmelman, Michael,  In Connecticut, Where Caravaggio First Landed, New York Times, July 17, 1998
Kurjakovic, Daniel, Nicola Tyson in der Kunsthalle Zürich, Kunst-Bulletin, no. 3, 1998
Rabi, Thomas, Wandlungen der Selbstwahrnehmung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, January 29, 1998
Nigg, Marie Louise, in sich versponnen, Zürichsee-Zeitungen, January 28, 1998
Maurer, Simon, Heimliche Selbstbildnisse, Tages-Anzeiger, January  19, 1998
Kunsthalle Zürich: Nicola Tyson, Basler Zeitung, January 20, 1998
Wüst, Karl, Verstümmelte Innenansichten, Bünder Zeitung,  January 19, 1998
Cotter, Holland. Ideas from the Air, Wrapped in Paper, The New York Times, December 19, 1997, p. E39
Danbrot, Lisa, Nicola Tyson,  Zing Magazine, Summer 1997, pp. 230-231
Ebony, David, New York's Top Ten, Artnet Magazine Online
Jana, Reena, New Work: Drawings Today, Flash Art, October 1997,  p. 75
Levin, Kim, Voice Choices: Nicola Tyson, Village Voice, April 1, 1997, p. 13
Nicola Tyson, The New Yorker, April 7, 1997
Sand, Olivia, Nicola Tyson at Friedrich Petzel Gallery, Artis, June-July 1997,  pp. 66-67
Schjeldahl, Peter, Painting Rules, The Village Voice, September 30, p. 97
Smith, Roberta, "Art in Review" Nicola Tyson, The New York Times, March 1997,  p. C27
Beech, David, Enttaeuschung & Katastrophe. Ein Besuch der Nicola Tyson-Ausstellung in den Anthony d'Offay Galleries, London, Texte Zur Kunst, March 1996, no. 21, pp. 187-190
Lyttleton, Celia, Nicola Tyson, Tatler, January 1996, p. 16
Plagens, Peter, Lady Painters? Smile When You Say That, Newsweek, September 30, 1996, pp. 82-83
Searle, Adrian, Time Out London, January 3-10, p. 46
Searle, Adrian, The Independent, November 7, 1995, p. 8
Smyth, Cherry, Nicola Tyson, Art Monthly, September 1995, pp. 35-37
Cameron, Dan, Nicola Tyson,  Frieze, Summer 1995, p. 74
Hirsch, Faye, Erotic Autopsy, World Art, Summer 1995, pp. 42-44 
Seward, Keith, Nicola Tyson, Artforum, Summer 1995, pp. 106-107          
Pederson, Victoria, Nicola Tyson, Paper, April 1995, p. 106
Glueck, Grace, Nicola Tyson, New York Observer, April 10, 1995, p. 22
Kimmelman, Michael, "Art in Review" Nicola Tyson, New York Times, March 17, 1995
Saltz, Jerry, Art in America, May 1994
Hall, James, Art International, Spring-Summer 1991, no. 14,  p.73
Morgan, Stuart, Milch is Good for You, Artscribe, January 1991, no. 85, pp. 13-14
Morgan, Stuart, Time Out, August 22-29, 1990
Hilton, Tim, The Bubble Bursts, The Guardian, October 5, 1990


Calendar, Tate Diary, March
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Galleri Faurschou, pp. 46-49

Donald Baechler, Saint Clair Cemin, George Condo, Nicola Tyson, Rebecca Warren: Works from the Ophiuchus Collection, Hydra Workshops, Greece, p.7, 13, 15, 19
Mullins, Charlotte, The Figure Unraveled, Painting People: figure painting today, Distributed Art Publishers, p. 42-43

Nicola Tyson, Dublin, The Douglas Hyde Gallery
Brehm, Margrit, Balancing Acts and Masquerades, Les Grands Spectacles – 120     Years of Art and Mass Culture, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Hatje Cantz     Verlag, pp. 156-165

Hammond, Harmony. Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History, Rizzoli, New York

Pop Surrealism, Exhibition Catalogue, Aldrich Museum, p. 126
Nicola Tyson, Exhibition Catalogue, Kunsthalle Zurich

Nicola Tyson, Exhibition Catalogue, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York

Smith, Cherry, Damn Fine Art By New Lesbian Artists, London, Cassell, pp. 19-20

A Brief History of Trial Balloon. : Different Light: Visual Culture, Sexual Identity, Queer Practice, San Francisco, City Lights Books, pp. 67-71