David Kordansky Gallery

  • Large HBO, 2018, enamel on canvas, 68 x 84 1/8 x 1 1/8 inches (172.7 x 213.7 x 2.9 cm)
  • Mega Cookies, 2018, oil on canvas, 98 x 82 inches (248.9 x 208.3 cm)
  • Joe Bradley, Oscar Tuazon, Michael Williams, 2018, The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, CT, Installation view
  • Truth About Painting 2, 2017, inkjet on canvas, 128 x 84 3/4 inches (325.1 x 215.3 cm)
  • Untitled Puzzle Drawing, 2017, pen and collage on paper, 12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm)
  • Michael Williams, 2017, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, Installation view
  • New Field, 2016, oil, acrylic and inkjet on canvas, 122 1/4 x 82 1/2 x 1 inches (310.5 x 209.6 x 2.5 cm)
  • High Anxiety: New Acquisitions, 2016, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL, Installation view
  • Your Funk Myx, 2015, inkjet and airbrush on canvas, 100 1/4 x 79 x 1 1/2 inches (254.6 x 200.7 x 3.8 cm)
  • Yard Salsa, 2015, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, Montréal, Canada, Installation view
  • Yoga Online Series (detail), 2014, collage and pen on paper 26 parts, each: 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches (29.2 x 21.6 cm)
  • New File, 2014, inkjet on canvas, 108 5/8 x 83 1/8 x 1 3/8 inches (276 x 211 x 3.5 cm)
  • The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, 2015, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, Installation view
  • Honk if You Don't Exist, 2013, inkjet and airbrush on canvas, 100 1/4 x 80 3/4 inches (254.6 x 205.1 cm)
  • Everything Bagel, 2011, oil and airbrush on canvas, 68 x 52 inches (172.7 x 132.1 cm)
  • Surf n' Turf, 2008, oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches (101.6 x 152.4 cm)


born 1978, Doylestown, PA
lives and works in Los Angeles, CA


BFA, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Summer Studies at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

(* indicates a publication)

Eva Presenhuber, New York, NY

Fructis, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

*The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
*Tobias Pils, Michael Williams, Le Consortium, Dijon, France

*Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
*Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Yard Salsa, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montreal, Montreal, Canada
Tribal Frog Tattoo, Gallery Met, New York, NY

New Paintings, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
5 Paintings, Karma, Amagansett, NY
*Morning Zoo, Michael Werner, London, England

*Paintings, CANADA, New York

*This Means Something to My Horse, VeneKlasen/Werner, Berlin, Germany
Michael Williams and John Altoon, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY

Montgomery's Tubercles, The Journal Gallery, New York, NY
*Straightforward as a Noodle, CANADA, New York, NY

Puzzle Paintings, LTD Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Uncle Big, CANADA, New York, NY
If God Could Draw, with Nick Lowe, The Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Wood, Perugi Artecontemporanea Gallery, Padova, Italy
Fried Paint, Christina Wilson Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Cancuned and Other Paintings from 2007, CANADA, New York, NY

(* indicates a publication)

INPUT / OUTPUT: PAINTING AFTER TECHNOLOGY, Galerie Max Hetzler, London, England
Fatherhood, Over The Influence, Los Angeles, CA

TRANCE, curated by Albert Oehlen, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon
*Joe Bradley, Oscar Tuazon, Michael Williams, The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, CT
Mixed Bag: Drawings, curated by Joe Bradley and Jeremy Willis, Real Estate, Brooklyn, NY
Kinder Gentler Nation, Karma, New York, NY
Selections from the Marciano Collection, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Crossroads: Carnegie Museum of Art’s Collection, 1945 to Now, organized by Eric Crosby, Carnegie Art Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

*The Trick Brain, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon
Drawing Island, The Journal Gallery, New York, NY

High Anxiety: New Acquisitions, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL
Make Painting Great Again, CANADA, New York, NY
Colliding Alien Cargo, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY
Inside Out, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
Surreal, Konig Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Love for Three Oranges, Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Call and Response, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY
Image Search, Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Works on Paper, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
*Artists and Poets, curated by Ugo Rondinone, Secession, Vienna, Austria

*The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, organized by Laura Hoptman, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Live and Let Die, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London, England
This One's Optimistic: Pincushion, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
Never Enough: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Comic Future, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
LIFE, curated by The Journal Gallery, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, NY
Fractured Realities, Delaware County Community College, Media, PA
Imaginary Portraits, Gallery Met, New York, NY
The Age of Small Things, Dodge Gallery, New York, NY
New Image Painting, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL

Draw Gym, organized by Brian Belott, 247365 & Know More Games, New York, NY
Tumesence, Michael Werner Gallery, New York, NY
Comic Future, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX
Alexandre da Cunha, Michael Rey, Michael Williams, B. Wurtz, Office Baroque, Antwerp, Belgium
Summer Drawings, The Journal Gallery, New York, NY

Bernhardt, Frost, Kitaj, Rivers, Schumann, Williams, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY
The Beatles, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
The Art Of The Joke, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
East West Shift to The Middle Pt. 1, Bill Brady/KC, Kansas City, MO

Dadarhea, CANADA, New York, NY
Time Wounds All Heels, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO
New York Minute, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia
Copper Kettle, The Journal Gallery, ReMap3, Athens, Greece
Go Figure, Dodge Gallery, New York, NY
Dirt Don't Hurt, Jolie Laide, Philadelphia, PA
One Dozen Paintings, The Journal Gallery, New York, NY
Canada, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris, France
Facemaker, Royal/T, Los Angeles, CA

Salad Days, The Journal Gallery, New York, NY
The Craft, Lehman College Art Gallery, New York, NY
Tuesday Afternoon in a Cage, LTD Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Big Picture, Priska Jushka, New York, NY
DADARHEA, OHWOW Gallery, Miami, FL
Not Quite Open for Business, The Hole, New York, NY
In There, Out Here, Leo Koenig Gallery, New York, NY
With Walls, Museum 52, New York, NY
Inside/Outside, Portugal Arte, Lisbon, Portugal
Clean Break, Charlie Horse, New York, NY

Jr. and Sons, Curated by Joe Bradley, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY
Nice Sizes, Good Prices!, Galleri Chrsitina Wilson, Copenhagen, Denmark
Warren Oates in the Economic Crisis of 2008, Okay Mountain Gallery, Austin, TX

My Brain’s a Cliff and My Heart’s a Bitter Buffalo, Jonathan Viner, London, England; castillo/corrales, Paris, France
Peanut Gallery, The Journal Gallery, New York, NY

Macronauts, Andreas Melas Presents, Athens, Greece
New Mutants, CANADA, New York, NY
Crystal Crunch, Perugi Artecontemporanea Gallery, Padova, Italy
From the Froth, Stairwell Gallery, Providence, RI
Contact, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Time Booth, The Journal Gallery, New York, NY

Cosmic Satellites, Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Searching for Love & Fire, David Castillo Modern & Contemporary, Miami, FL
Ulrich Project Series: General Store, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS
Mr. Ravestic's Mess Age, Sagamore Hotel, Miami, FL
2nd worst performance ever, MoMA PS1, New York, NY
Goose Steppin, ATM Gallery, New York, NY

Half Hour of Power, Cavalier Hotel, Miami, FL
Tedious Limbs, Deitch Projects, New York, NY

Brothers, Fresh Up Club, Austin, TX
The Skull Show, Hanna, Tokyo, Japan
Tedious Limbs, Flynn Farm, Los Angeles, CA
Beat The Reaper!, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA
Rowdy Remix, ATM Gallery, New York, NY

You Are My Sunshine, You Is My Sunshine, CANADA, New York, NY
Barkley's Barnyard Critters, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
Worst performance ever, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA

Group Show, Matthew Berliant, St. Louis, MO

The Bowling Show, Arcade Lanes, St. Louis, MO

(* indicates non-periodical book, catalog, or other publication)

*Michael Williams, with texts by Richard Shiff and Bill Powers, New York and Zurich: Gladstone Gallery and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, 2019
Finkel, Jori, “Kordansky’s artist roster on the rise,” The Art Newspaper, February 14-15, 2019, p.2

Powers, Bill, "Michael Williams: Synthetic," Muse, 2018, pp. 74-81
Michno, Christopher, "Michael Williams," ArtilleryMag.com, November 6, 2018
Herriman, Kat, "Two Art World Heavyweights Discuss Painting and Parenting," NYTimes.com, September 7, 2018
Freeman, Nate, “Michael Williams Is Now Represented by David Kordansky Gallery,” ArtNews.com, January 10, 2018

*Michael Williams, with texts by Eric Crosby and Suzanne Hudson, Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum of Art, 2017
*Traditional Cornish Cottages, New York: Karma, 2017
*Things You Shouldn’t Understand, New York: Karma, 2017
Neuendorf, Henri, “Michael Williams Makes Solo Museum Debut in the US,” Artnet.com, May 9, 2017
Newton, Amani, “Heralded painter Michael Williams on his new show at the Carnegie,” PGHCitypaper.com, April 26, 2017
Wilson, Michael, "Michael Williams," TimeOut.com, April 25, 2017
Hudson, Suzanne, “Michael Williams: The truth about painting,” Blog.CMOA.org, April 20, 2017
Nadel, Dan, “Luck of the Draw: Dan Nadel on the Art of Michael Williams,” Artforum, April 2017, pp. cover, 184-193
Kazanijian, Dodie, "A Guide to This Spring's Best Art Shows," Vogue, March 31, 2017

*How to Ruin An Omelet, with text by Jeff Rian, New York: Karma, 2016
*Melick, Tom and Rebecca Morril, “Michael Williams,” Vitamin P3: New Perspective in Painting, London and New York: Phaidon, 2016, pp. 330-331
Steer, Emily, “Now Showing: Michael Williams at Galerie Eva Presenhuber,” Elephant, September 2016
Pereira, Lorenzo, “Michael Williams comes to Brussels with Gladstone Gallery,” Widewalls.ch, March 2016
Kuromiya, Naomi, “Bread Tin and Thumbtacks: A Gallery Tour with the Forever Now Artist Michael Williams,” Moma.org, January 30, 2016

*Michael Williams, with text by George Pendle and Dan Nadel, Zurich: JRP|Ringier, 2015
*Artists and Poets, Vienna/Berlin: secession/Revolver Publishing, 2015
*Northern California Land for Sale!!, New York: Karma, 2015
Francon, S., “Art infiltre: Bhabha et Michael Williams en conversations,” L’Officiel, 2015
Beckwith, C. and A. Fisher, “ALLI ANTECHNIK,” Kaleidoscope, No. 23, 2015
Steadman, Ryan, "O Canada! Another Artist Departs Lower East Side Gallery… Sort Of," Observer.com, November 16, 2015
Frankel, Eddy, “Michael Williams: Morning Zoo,” TimeOut.com, January 20, 2015
"Consumer Reports: Michael Williams," ArtNews.com, January 13, 2015

*Morning Zoo, with text by Caroll Dunham, London: Michael Werner Gallery, 2014
*Paintings, New York: Karma, 2014
*Yoga Online, New York: Karma, 2014
*The Forever Now: Painting in an Atemporal World, text by Laura Hoptman, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2014, pp. 160-165
Saltz, Jerry, “Forever Now Is MoMA's Market Moment,” Vulture.com, December 12, 2014
Smith, Roberta, “The Forever Now: A Survey of Contemporary Painting at MoMA,” New York Times, December 11, 2014
Powers, Bill, “Images of Existential Crisis Almost Look Cute to Us Now: A Talk with Michael Williams,” ArtNews.com, December 3, 2014
"Artist Michael Williams interview," Independent.co.uk, November 21, 2014
Heinrich, Will, “‘The Age of Small Things’ at Dodge Gallery,” Observer, February 5, 2014

*Williams, Michael, “White Smurf,” the journal, Entry 33, supplement, 2013
*Prince Igor for Imaginary Portraits, New York: Karma, 2013
Smith, Roberta, “Michael Williams: ‘Paintings,’” New York Times, December 5, 2013
Zevitas, Steven, “14 Painters (+ 2) to Watch in 2014,” Huffington Post, December 20, 2013
Russeth, Andrew, “The Year in, and Beyond, the Galleries,” The New York Observer, December 18, 2013
Stipanovich, Alezandre, “In the Studio with Michael Williams,” OpeningCeremony.com, December 17, 2013
“Michael Williams,” The New Yorker, December 16, 2013
Smith, Roberta, "Michael Williams: ‘Paintings’," NYTimes.com, December 5, 2013
Saltz, Jerry, “Seeing Out Loud: Jerry Saltz on ‘Michael Williams: Painting’ at Canada Gallery,” New York Magazine, November 2013
Stillman, Nick, “Review: Katherine Bernhardt,” Artforum, October 2013

*This Means Something to My Horse, Berlin: Veneklasen/Werner, 2012
Grauer, Phil, “Michael Williams: Interview,” the journal, Entry #31, 2011
Frederick, Jeff, “Michael Williams: CANADA,” Art in America, October 2011
DiBenedetto, Steve, “Michael Williams,” BOMB, Summer 2011
"Michael Williams," NewYorker.com, Art, June 1, 2011
Smith, Roberta, “Free-for-All Spirit Breezes Into a Vast Fair,” The New York Times, March 4, 2011
Kitano, Takeshi, “Takeshi Art Beats,” NHK BShi Television, Tokyo, Japan, January 16, 2011
Smith, Roberta, “Dadarhea,” The New York Times, March 18, 2011
Wilson, Calvin, “Is This Art Funny? You Decide: ‘Michael Williams,’” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 20, 2011

*This Fucken Piece O Shit City, Self-published, 2010
Stillman, Nick, “Michael Williams,” Artforum, January 2010

*Copenhagen Summer 2009, New York: Picturebox Inc., 2009
Smith, Roberta, "Uncle Big," NYTimes.com, November 5, 2009
Cotter, Holland, “Peanut Gallery,” The New York Times, January 30, 2009

Paterson, Liberty, “Michael Williams,” Kopenhagen Magasin, December 15, 2008
Lewis, David, “Critics’ Picks: ‘My Brain’s a Cliff and My Heart’s a Bitter Buffalo,’” Artforum, March 2008
Nadel, Dan, “Time Booth,” the journal, Entry #22, 2008
Palmerton, Elwyn, “Michael Williams,” Artillery, Vol. 2., No. 3., January 2008

*The Garden, New York: Picturebox Inc., 2007
“Goings On About Town: Michael Williams,” The New Yorker, November 12, 2007
Cohen, David, “Catching the Crest of the L.E.S. Wave,” The New York Sun, November 8, 2007

“Color Us Cool,” Time Out New York, April 12, 2006

D'Augustine, Corey, “Introducing…The Slow Jams Band,” NYFA Interactive, June 2005

Stillman, Nick, “Critics’ Picks: ‘Rowdy Remix,’” Artforum, June 2004

Schambelan, Elizabeth, “Critics’ Picks: ‘You Are My Sunshine/You Is My Sunshine,’” Artforum, June 2003

*Gallery Michael Williamses Closet Newsletter, 1-8, Self-published, 1999-2000
Silva, Eddie, “Closet Case,” The Riverfront Times, March 14, 2000
Kerman, Byron, “Best of St. Louis: Best Defunct Organization,” The Riverfront Times, September 27, 2000
“Art Swims Out of the Mainstream,” The St. Louis Post Dispatch, April 2000

Rockof, Jon, “Designs on Street Signs,” The Providence Journal, July 14, 1998
Rockof, Jon, “Artists Canvas Public,” The Providence Journal, December 16, 1998

    Selected Press

  • NYTimes.com
    Two Art World Heavyweights Discuss Painting and Parenting
    Kat Herriman
  • ArtNet.com
    Michael Williams Is Now Represented by David Kordansky Gallery
    Nate Freeman
  • ArtNet.com
    Michael Williams Makes Solo Museum Debut in the US
    Henri Neuendorf
  • Artforum
    Luck of the Draw: Dan Nadel on the Art of Michael Williams
    Dan Nadel
  • Michael Williams
    Drain the Swamp
    Eric Crosby
  • Michael Williams
    The Truth about Painting
    Suzanne Hudson
  • Artnews.com
    'Images of Existential Crisis Almost Look Cute to Us Now': A Talk with Michael Williams
    Bill Powers
  • Independent.co.uk
    Artist Michael Williams interview: ‘I spend 30 per cent looking, 50 per cent procrastinating and 20 per cent working'
  • NYTimes.com
    Michael Williams: ‘Paintings'
    Roberta Smith
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