Jane Dickson

Jane Dickson (b. 1952, Chicago) is a painter fascinated by the underbelly of American life. Dickson arrived in New York in 1977 and quickly became embedded in the city’s counterculture, participating in artist and fashion collectives such as Fashion Moda, Collaborative Projects Inc., and Group Material. Working figuratively, Dickson was drawn to strip clubs, diners, motels, sex workers, and their seemingly straight-laced foils: suburban homes, driveways, and businessmen. Using oils and acrylic on canvas and linen alongside a range of atypical surfaces such as vinyl, felt, and sandpaper, Dickson achieves impressionistic textures evocative of smears of lipstick, often blurring her subjects in a haze of neon and darkness. Transgression and voyeurism remain central themes of Dickson’s work which she attributes partly to her experience of Times Square in the early 1980s, with its concomitant grittiness and disarray. It was there that she worked as an animator for One Times Square and would draw people in bars and clubs and later commissioned by the Village Voice to draw portraits of Times Square strip clubs. Dickson has remained committed to exploring the psychogeography of American belonging from below. In particular, in her depictions of sex work, Dickson challenged the terrain of second-wave Feminism through her bold studies of eros and power. Alongside New York, Dickson paints carnivals, peep shows, nocturnal scenes off of the US interstate, and Los Angeles—emphasizing the entangled connections which undergird her subject matter and, in the process, articulating a visual encyclopedia of her inner world.

Dickson’s work has been exhibited in several museums, including the 2022 Whitney Biennial and a group exhibition at the Whitney Museum in 2017. Dickson was included in the 1985 Whitney Biennial as part of Group Material. Her work has been exhibited at the Art Institute, Chicago (2012), the Museum of Modern Art (2009), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2001). In 1980, as part of Collaborative Projects, Inc, Dickson was shown in hallmark exhibitions “The Times Square Show” and the “Real Estate Show.” Her work has recently been exhibited at James Fuentes, New York (2022), Stems Gallery, Belgium (2021), and Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project, New York (2020). Her work is held in numerous public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; the Bronx Museum, New York New York; the Brooklyn Museum, New York, New York; the Jewish Museum, New York, New York; Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Minneapolis Museum of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.; Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York.

Photo by Nan Goldin

Photo by Nan Goldin

Born 1952, Chicago, Illinois
Lives and works in New York



BA, Visual Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA



James Fuentes Gallery, New York, 99¢ Dreams


Stems Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, Lucky Food


Howl! Happening Gallery, New York, Hot, Hot, Hot

Stems Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, Lucky Food


James Fuentes Gallery, New York, Slot Club

James Fuentes Gallery, New York, All That is Solid Melts Into Air


Steve Harvey Fine Arts, New York, Witness


Boo Hooray, New York, Black Plastic Buildings and Dicks

SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, The Solipsism of Anatomy


Wallworks, New York, The Return of City Maze

Steven Harvey Fine Arts, New York, Seen


Art Omi, Columbia County, New York, Out of Here Paintings 1999-2013


William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey, Whose World Is This?

Valentine Gallery, New York, Eat Slots, Play Free


MTA Times Square Subway Station, New York, The Revelers


Galleria Petrus, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sin Titul

Jersey City Museum – Project Room, Jersey City, New Jersey, Almost There


Marlborough Chelsea, New York, Every One’s A Winner


Marlborough Gallery, New York, New Work


Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, Out of Here

Lemberg Gallery, Ferndale, Michigan, Road Trip

Worldhouse Gallery, New York, Someplace Else

Miller Block Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, Lucky Food

Scolar Fine Art, London, United Kingdom, More Live Girls


University Galleries at California State, Sacramento, California, Almost Home

Sandroni Rey, Los Angeles, California, New Work


Temple Gallery, London, United Kingdom, Saints Grow Up


The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Paradise Alley

New York Kunsthalle, New York, Peep Show


University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, Peepland: Paintings by Jane Dickson 1983-1993


Anne Jaffe Gallery, New York Dickson, Dill

Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York, Sandpaper


42nd Street Art Instillation, New York, The Bride

Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York, Trust Me


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Selected Prints


Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York, Revelers 1990


Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Life Under Neon


Fawbush Gallery, New York, Jane Dickson Drawings

Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York, Demolition Derby


Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York, City of Night


Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York, Amusements


Delahunty Gallery, New York, New Work


Fun Gallery, New York, Times Square


Fashion Moda, New York, City Maze



Museum of the City of New York, New York, This Is New York: 100 Years of NYC in Art and Pop Culture (forthcoming)

The Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, Who You Staring AtCulture visuelle de la scène no wave des années 1970 et 1980


UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China, Somewhere Downtown

Whitney Biennial, New York, Quiet as It’s Kept


Allouche Gallery, New York, The Intricate Intimate

Western Exhibitions, New York, New York in the 80s: Selections from The Barry Blinderman Collection


Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York, Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Albertz Benda, New York, Fragmented Bodies


Curated by Roger Gastman, Los Angeles, California, Beyond the Streets

Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York, Summer of ‘82

Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, Yard

Andrew Freedman Home, Bronx, New York, Evolution

Schunck Museum of Art, Herleen, The Netherlands, Basquiat: The Artist and His New York Scene


Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea, New York Underground: East Village In the 80s

Cooper Union Gallery, New York, We Dissent, Design of the Women’s Movement In New York

How! Happening and Maier Museum of Art, New York, Zeitgeist: The Art Scene Of Teenage Basquiat

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Park, Washington, D.C, Brand New

Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, New York, The Idiosyncratic Pencil

Page Gallery, Camden, Maine, East Village

Pace University Faculty Show, New York, One Art Space

Bard College Library, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, Early Books

Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C, Brand New

Lyman Allyn Art Museum, London, Winter Circus


Münster Art Fair, Münster, Not Quite Under_Ground, curated by Michael Smith

The Museum of the City of New York, New York, Art in the Open: Fifty Years of Public Art in New York, curated by Lilly Tuttle

Uniqlo Soho, New York, Artist Multiples, curated by Jeffrey Deitch

The Art Galleries, ART For Change

Davis & Schweitzer, New York, Pussy Power, curated by Jennifer Samet and Michael David

Fingesten Gallery, New York, Up, In, Out and Away: Painting Across Landscapes 

Belgrave Gallery, St Ives, Winter Exhibition 2017: Prints and Drawings

Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, The Painters and the Printer, in collaboration with Master Printer Gary Lichtenstein

Pierogi Gallery, New York, Double Down 

Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, Paintings the Visible World

Fat Free Art Gallery, New York, Fem.Is.In, curated by Alice Mizrachi


The Fine Art Museum of Karamay, Karamay, Inaugural Exhibition

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, Recent Acquisitions Exhibition

Printed Matter, New York, A Book about Colab

LaMama Galleria, New York, Introductions, curated by Roberto Juarez

Martos Gallery, New York, Hard Love, curated by Barry Blinderman

Sacramento State University Gallery, Sacramento, Pump Up The Volume, with Joe Lewis


National Academy, New York, The Annual 2015: The Depth of the Surface

Borough of Manhattan Community College, Shirley Fiterman Art Center, New York, City Lives, curated by Michael Klein

Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Painting 2.0, curated by Achim Hochdörfer, David Joselit, Manuela Ammer and Tonio Kröner

Modern Art Research Institute, Kyiv, Mistakes Were Made, curated by John Miller

Coney Art Walls, New York, Coney Art Walls, curated by Jeffrey Deitch

Edgewood Gallery, Yale School of Art, New Haven, The Side Show, curated by Lisa Kereszi

Bronx Art Space, New York, Turn Up the Volume

Dorian Grey Gallery, New York, Places and Things

Materials for the Arts, New York, MFTA Loves NYC: A Retrospective of Creative Reuse, curated by Olivia Roldan

Museum of American Illustration, New York, New York View


Steven Harvey Fine Arts, New York, City Nights with Bill Rice, 

Metro Pictures, New York, Bad Conscience, curated by John Miller

Adelphi University, Long Island, On the Horizon: Contemporary Landscape


Luisotti Gallery, Santa Monica, The Way We Live Now, curated by Shirley Irons

Smart Clothes Gallery, New York, Thrills

Steven Harvey FIne Arts, New York, Door Room Window


Hunter College, The Bertha and Karl Luebsdorf Gallery, New York, Times Square Show Revisited, curated by Shawna Cooper and Karli Wurzelbacher

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania, The Female Gaze, curated by Robert Cozzolino

Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, Rarely Seen Contemporary Works on Paper

Steven Vail Fine Arts, Des Moines, Sourced


Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Art in the Streets, curated by Jeffrey Deitch, Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose

Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, Art, Access, & Decay, curated by Peter Frank and Lisa Kahane

Nose Job, Eric Firestone Gallery, New York, curated by Carlo Mckormick


Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, Down by Law

Kunsthalle Vienna, Vienna, The Street as Studio, curated by Cathérine Hug, Thomas Mießgang

McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Neither Model nor Muse, Women as Artists, curated by Rene Barilleaux

Adam BaumGold Gallery, New York, American Iconography


The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Looking at Music: Side 2, curated by Barbara London

McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Recent Acquisitions

New York University, New york, Martin Wong’s Downtown Crossings


Magasin-Centre national d’art contemporain, Grenoble, Espèces d’espace: Les années 1980 – Première partie, curated by Yves Aupetitallot


Western Michigan University, Monroe Brown Gallery, Kalamazoo, Keeping It Real, curated by Jerry Kearns


Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, Downtown, curated by Carlo Mckormick in consultation with Lynn Gumpert and Marvin J. Taylor


Marlborough Gallery, Madrid, New York, New York

Lehman College, New York, The Urban Landscape

The Museum of Sex, New York, Get Off!, curated by Kirby Gookin

Ruben Museum of Art, New york, The Flag Project


Axa Gallery, New York, At The Crossroads of Desire

New Museum, New York, East Village USA, curated by Dan Cameron


Mellon, New York, Big Cry Baby Smack, curated by Jerry Kearns


The Workspace, New York, Proximity


Central Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Beijing and Ghent, Reconfiguration: Works on Paper

Castle Gallery, New Rochelle, Driving Women, Identity, and the Automobile


Contemporary Museum, Baltimore and Ridgefield, Snapshot

Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, Recent Acquisitions

Harn Museum of Art and Parrish Art Museum, Gainesville and Southampton NY, The Perpetual Well: Contemporary Art from the Collection of the Jewish Museum, curated by Donna Harkavy


The Art Gallery and Guggenheim Gallery, New Orleans and Orange CA, Beyond The Mountains: The Contemporary American Landscape

The Art Museum, New Hampshire, 1999Together/Working

Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, Urban Mythologies


The Jewish Museum, New York, The Ten Commandments


Exit Art and The Art Centre, New York and Pasadena, Public Notice Exit Art/The First World

Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Group Show

Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Badajoz, Alem Da Agua, Copacabana


National Museum of Women In The Arts, Washington DC, Partners in Printmaking: SOLO Press

Franklin Furnace, New York, Voyeurs’ Delight

The Drawing Center, New York, Cultural Economies


The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Published by Joe Fawbush

Lombard/Freid Fine Arts, New York, Wheel of Fortune

American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, 47th Annual Academy Purchase Exhibition

Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth and 10 Midwestern venues, Women in Print: Prints from 3M by Contemporary Women Printmakers 

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Hopper and the American Imagination

Creative Time, New York, Material Matters Art at the Anchorage

Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, Alternatives: 20 years of Hallwalls


The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

The Bronx Museum, New York New York

The Brooklyn Museum, New York, New York

The Jewish Museum, New York, New York

Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York

National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.

Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York



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