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Culling online images as source material, Gonzales amassed a collection of assassination-related images, which culminated in a 2001 Andy Warhol-style laserprint series on the investigation of JFK’s assassination. Free-association often leads viewers to connect even Gonzales’ less contextualized work to real-life events, a testament to his knack for tapping into the American zeitgeist. For instance, his 2008 paintings of faceless crowds, though often sourced from sporting events, conjure associations with alienation, anonymity, and even war protest.

Wayne Gonzales (b. 1957, New Orleans, Louisiana) lives and works in New York. Recent exhibitions include Stephen Friedman, London (2019) and May 68, New York (2017).

Wayne Gonzales cracks open images we think we already know and injects them with subversive sensuality and doubt.

Steel Stillman

Biography

Education

  • 1985

    University of New Orleans, LA, USA

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK

  • 2017

    May 68, New York, NY, USA

  • 2016

    Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA, USA

    Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK

  • 2015

    House of St. Barnabas, London, UK

  • 2013

    Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY, USA

  • 2012

    Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK

    Pei Ling Chan Gallery, Savannah, GA, USA

  • 2011

    New Orleans Museum of Art, LA, USA

    Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Malága, Malagá, Spain

  • 2010

    Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

    Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK

  • 2009

    Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY, USA

  • 2008

    Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK

    Seomi Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

    Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

    Free and Clear, Dinter Fine Art, New York, NY, USA

  • 2007

    Vincent Katz and Wayne Gonzales, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY, USA

  • 2006

    Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

    QED, Los Angeles, CA, USA

  • 2005

    Conner Contemporary Art, Washington, DC, USA

    Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY, USA

  • 2004

    Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

    Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France

  • 2003

    Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Mario Diacono, Boston, MA, USA

  • 2002

    Le Consortium, Dijon, France

  • 2001

    Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY, USA

  • 2000

    Reali Arte Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy

  • 1998

    Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY, USA

  • 1997

    Lauren Wittels Gallery, New York, NY, USA

  • 1995

    Galerie Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland

Public Collections

  • Italy

    Maramotti Collection, Reggio Emilia

  • US

    Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

    Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

    Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

    Microsoft Art Collection, Redmond, Washington, DC

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

    Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, NY

    Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Selected images