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Will Boone

Will Boone (b. 1982, Houston, TX) is a Houston-based artist who draws inspiration from a breadth of cultural and subcultural sources. These include movies, music, industrial manufacturing, conspiracy theories, and the iconographies of Houston and South Texas. Since his early days designing concert posters and T-shirts for rock bands, Boone has both reflected and subverted the tropes of DIY and lo-fi in his work. His fascination with horror movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), as well as the rapid, low-budget quality of their production, can be felt across his multimedia work. Boone’s sculptures and paintings, which often resemble setpieces and cinematic tableaus, are an exercise in nostalgia, highlighting the mythologies of American culture.

Boone presented his first solo show in New York at Karma in 2011 and has since shown at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2019); Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris (2018); David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (2018); Desert X, Coachella Valley (2017); and the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida (2014), among others. In 2019-2020, Boone had his first solo museum exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. In February 2020, Boone’s sculptures were featured in the backlot of Paramount Pictures Studios as part of Frieze Projects, a special Frieze LA presentation co-curated by Rita Gonzalez, the chief curator at LACMA, and Pilar Tompkins Rivas, the director of Vincent Price Art Museum. Public collections include Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida; Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida; and Fundación Baruch Spinoza, Lisbon, Portugal, among others.

Photo: Stephanie Boone

Photo: Stephanie Boone

Born 1982, Houston, Texas
Lives and works in Houston

EDUCATION

2007

University of Houston, Texas

SELECTED SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2023

Karma, New York (forthcoming)

2019

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Highway Hex

2018

Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris
David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, Garage

2017

Karma, New York, Sea Wall

2016

163 N. Mission Road, Los Angeles, Scenes
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, with William Pope L.

2014

Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Paradise
Karma, New York, GRACELAND
Jonathan Viner, London, GOLIAD

2013

Karma, New York, Sigils

2012

Karma, New York, Yes No Goodbye

2011

Karma, New York, Psycho Ads

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022

Various Small Fires, Dallas, Texan: Part I

LACMA, Los Angeles, Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined 

2018

Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, Zombies: Pay Attention!, curated by Heidi Zuckerman

2017

Desert X, Coachella Valley, California, Monument
VENUS, Los Angeles, Concrete Island
Luhring Augustine, Brooklyn, New York, White Trash

2016

BBQLA, Los Angeles, Slightly Undercooked, curated by Thomas Linder
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, with William Pope L
Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris, Olympia
VENUS, New York, Fétiche
VENUS, Los Angeles, Piston Head II
Gagosian Gallery, Rome, Prototypology
Almine Rech, London, In Different Ways
Nicodim Gallery, Cantacuzino Palace, Bucharest, Romania, Omul Negro, curated by Aaron Moulton
Performance Ski, Aspen, Mount Analogue, curated by Neville Wakefield

2015

Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris, Lost in the Flood
Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Love For Three Oranges
Simon Preston Gallery, New York, Grand Illusion(s), curated by Christopher Eamon
Luxembourg and Dayan, London, Word by Word, curated by Francesco Bonami
VENUS, New York, #RAWHIDE
David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, The World is Flat
Gallery Steinslander Berliner, Berlin, Slam Section, curated by Leo Fitz Patrick

2014

Monte Carlo Hotel, Miami, 24/7; organized by Alex Bacon & Harrison Tenzer
Middlemarch, Brussels, 173 E. 94th Street/Chaussée De Waterloo 550, organized by Alex Bacon
Peres Projects, Berlin, Group Spirit

2013

Marlborough Gallery, New York, PIZZA TIME!

2012

Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, Detourement: Signs of the Times, curated by Carlo McCormick

2011

White Flag Projects, St. Louis, Missouri, Karma

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida
Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida
Fundación Baruch Spinoza, Lisbon, Portugal
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany

PUBLICATIONS

2020

The Highway Hex
Essays by Patricia Restrepo, Randy Kennedy, and Pilar Tompkins Rivas
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
136 pages, hardcover
12 1/2 × 10 1/2 inches

2018

Will Boone
It Came Out of the Sky
68 pages
Edition of 200, signed (Out of print)
11 × 8 1/2 inches

2016

Will Boone, Car
Story by Harry Crews
Karma, New York
40 pages
10 1/2 × 8 1/2 inches

2014

Will Boone, Paradise
Karma, New York
88 pages
Edition of 500
10 1/2 × 7 3/4 inches

 

Will Boone, Prison Rodeo
Karma, New York
48 pages
Edition of 750
10 1/2 × 8 2/4 inches

 

Will Boone, Elvis
Karma, New York
32 pages
Edition of 500 (Out of print)
10 1/2 × 8 inches

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