Merlin Carpenter

Merlin Carpenter
1967 born in Pembury, United Kingdom
Lives in London, United Kingdom

1986 - 1989 St. Martin's School of Art, London

Solo Exhibitions

"The Opening", Simon Lee Gallery, London.

"The Opening", Galerie Mitterand-Sanz, Zürich.
"The Opening", The Cornerberlin, Berlin.
"The Opening", Mercedes-Welt am Salzufer, Berlin.
"The Opening", Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles.

"The Opening", Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York.
"Relax It ́s Only a Bad Cosima von Bonin Show", Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Wien.

"Sounds of War", Galerie Edward Mitterand, Genf.

"A Roaring Rampage of Revenge!!", Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York.
Galerie Christian Nagel, Köln.
"Look What You Made Me Do", Kunsthall Bergen.

"Nueva Generación", Galería Distrito 4, Madrid.
"Take it easy default", M-Project, Paris.

"Children of the Projects", American Fine Arts, New York.
"When in Doubt Blame the Victim", mit Jeremy Glogan, Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Graz.

"The Making of !1945, 1997", (screening), The McAllister Institute, New York.
"Militant", Galerie Christian Nagel, Köln.

"My Father, The Castaway", White Cube, Bergen.

"When You Drain the Pool, You Don ́t Consult The Frogs First", Galerie Magnani, London.
"Merlin Carpenter, Neue Bilder", Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin.
"As a Painter I Call Myself the Estate of", Secession, Wien.
"Volovo", Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Graz.

"Survivors", Galerie Christian Nagel, Köln.

"Doppelgänger", The Top Room, London.
"Chant No 1", Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin.

Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York.

"Voluntary Effort", Tom Solomon ́s Garage, Los Angeles.

Friedrich Petzel / Nina Borgmann, New York.

"Meet You by the Strange Twisted Old Oak Tree on the Secluded Knoll at Dawn in Your Swimming Trunks and I ́ll tell You Something Secret. (Don ́t Be Late)", mit Nils Norman, Galerie Z, Göttingen.
"Les Jeunes", Bruno Brunnet Fine Arts, Berlin.

"Meadow/ Wiese",Galerie Max Hetzler, Köln.

"Electric", Pavillon Ryszard Varisella, organisiert von Galerie Gräßlin-Erhardt, Frankfurt.
"To the extreme", Fettstrass 7A, Birgit Küng, Zürich.

"Crusade", Münzstrasse 10, Hamburg.

Group Exhibitions

"Zodiac 3000", International Project Space, Birmingham.

"Élégance", Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln.
"Make Your Own Life: Artists In & Out of Cologne", Henry Art Galllery/University of Washington, Seattle; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida.

"Live Humans.One Hour Exhibition and Performance", The George Tavern, London.
espacio distritocu4tro, Galleria de Arte, Madrid.
"Make Your Own Life: Artists In and Out of Cologne", Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; The Power Plant, Toronto.
"slow burn", curated by Jonah Freeman), Galerie Edward Mitterand, Geneva.

"Painters Without Paintings & Paintings Without Painters", organisiert von Gareth James, Orchard, New York City.

"The Top Room: A Retrospective", Chelsea Space, London.
"Total Asbo",Pogo Café, London.
"Miradas y conceptos en la colección Helga de Alvear", Meiac, Badajoz, Spain.
"Islands of Glory In Streets Caked With the Fœces of Decadence", Nang Gallery, London.

"Werkleitz Biennale", Halle.
"Edge of the Real - A Painting Show", Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.

"Wild Nights: Remembering Colin de Land", CB ́s 313 Gallery, New York.
"Messe in der Galerie", Galerie Christian Nagel, Köln.
Frieze Art Fair London, Messestand der Galerie Christian Nagel, Köln/Berlin.
"Haupt- und Nebenwege", Galerie Christian Nagel, Köln.
"Malerei II Ausstellung Nulldrei", Galerie Christian Nagel, Köln.

"Art Crazy Nation Show", MKG, Milton Keynes, UK.

"Favoritin", Danzigerstr. 44, Berlin.
"Jewels-in-Art", Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Graz.
"Works on Aluminium Selected by Paper", White Cube, Kunstakademi Bergen, Norway.
"Musterkarte. Modelos de Pintura en Alemania 2001", Goethe Institut, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Galeria Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid.

"Girlfriend", Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig.
"21st Gear", The Top Room, London.
"It May be a Year of Thirteen Moons But it ́s Still the Year of Culture", Transmission Gallery, Glasgow.
"Drawings", Taché-Lévy Gallery, Brüssel.
"Part One", Magnani, London.

"Painting Lab", Entwistle Gallery, London.
"Malerei", INIT-Kunsthalle, Berlin.
"How will we behave", Robert Prime, London.
Taché-Lévy Gallery, Brüssel.

Art Club Berlin, Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona.
Art Club Berlin, Berlin Art Forum.

"The Message is the Medium: Issues Of Representation In Modern Technologies", Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle.

"The Ideal Place", Haags Centrum voor Aktuelle Kunst, Den Haag.
"Sarah Staton ́s Supastore Boutique", Laure Genillard Gallery, London.
"Untitled Group Show", Metro Pictures, New York.
Sammlung Volkmann, Berlin.
"Museum auf Zeit", slide projections at Museum Fridericianum, Kassel.

"London Photo Race", Friesenwall 120, Köln.
Galerie Fettsack, Friesenwall 120 Köln.

"A Show by Kiron Khosla", The Long Gallery, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London.
Bruno Brunnet Fine Arts, Berlin.

Paris Bar, Berlin.
Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York.
"Fallen und fallen lassen", Galerie Bleich- Rossi, Graz.

"Peace and anarchy & I love form but she doesn ́t love me & strange flowers & homage to Schnabel equals freedom and fun forever", 64-65 Guilford Street, London.
"Heimspiel", Kunstverein in Hamburg.

"Rotation - Art Critic ́s Art", Galerie Esther Schipper, Köln.


merlinstore, merchandising website.


1994 - 96
Poster Studio, London.


Militant, Christian Nagel Gallery, Cologne, 2002.

Jewels-in-Art, (with Jeremy Glogan, Jospehine Pryde and Sarah Staton), Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Graz, 2001.

As a Painter I Call Myself the Estate of, Secession, Vienna, 2000.

Voluntary Effort, for an exhibition at Tom Solomon's Garage, Los Angeles, 1995.

Meet You by the Strange Twisted Old Oak Tree on the Secluded Knoll at Dawn in Your Swimming Trunks and I'll Tell You Something Secret, Published by MC and Nils Norman for fictional exhibition at Galerie Z, Göttingen, 1993.

Texts on Merlin Carpenter

Gareth James, Please Kill Me, TEXTE ZUR KUNST, No. 51, September 2003, p. 155.

John Kelsey, Merlin Carpenter - American Fine Arts, Co., ARTFORUM, October 2003, p.171.

Alex Mar, Gallery - Going, THE NEW YORK SUN, August 7 2003, p.16.

Ken Johnson, Merlin Carpenter - Children of the Projects, THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 13 2003, p. E37.

Anon., Focus Painting Part II, FLASH ART, No. 227, November 2002, p. 81.
Mark Prince, Painting & Photography, ART MONTHLY, October 2002, p. 2.

David Bussel, in Vitamin P, ed. Valérie Breuvart, Phaidon, London/New York, 2002, p. 58.

Barbara Hess, in Art Now, ed. Uta Grosenick and Burkhard Reimschneider, Taschen, Köln, 2002, p. 84.

Michael Krebber: An der langen Leine, TEXTE ZUR KUNST, No. 46, 2002, p. 116 .

Merlin Carpenters Kunstzitate, KÖLNER STADTANZEIGER, 19. Feb. 2002, p. 26.

Matthew Collings, Art Crazy Nation, 21 Publishing, London, 2001, p. 212.

Mark Harris, Merlin Carpenter - Magnani, ART IN AMERICA, July 2001, p. 111.

Michael Wilson, Merlin Carpenter/Sigmar Polke, ART MONTHLY, February 2001, p. 34.

Michael Archer, Merlin Carpenter ­ Magnani, ARTFORUM, February 2001, p. 163.

Stefan Heidenreich, In der Luxuszone, FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG (Berliner Seiten), 17th October 2000.

Peter Herbstreuth, Angriff an der Oberfläche, DER TAGESSPIEGEL (Berlin), 7th October 2000.

Mercedes Bunz, Wo ist Kunst?, DE-BUG (Berlin), October 2000, p. 32.

Anselm Wagner, Das Picabia-Verfahren, FRAME, July/August 2000, p. 62.

Josephine Pryde, Merlin Carpenter at Secession, MODERN PAINTERS, Summer 2000, p. 52.

Martin Prinzhorn, Dislozierte Ikonen, TEXTE ZUR KUNST, No. 38, June 2000, p. 142.

Matthias Dusini, Malen Nach Zahlen, FALTER (Vienna), No. 17, 2000, p. 61.

Markus Mittringer, Bilder auf die feine englische Art, DER STANDARD (Vienna), 30th March 2000, p. 17.

Susanne Leeb, Notorische Zweifel, TEXTE ZUR KUNST, No.35, September 1999, p. 316.

Die Kritik am Betrieb, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, 8/9 May 1999, p. 39.

Jutta Koether, Chant No 1, TEXTE ZUR KUNST No. 30, June 1998, p. 168.

Anke Kempkes, Prinzipiell Sekundär, SPEX March 1998, p. 54.

Peter Herbstreuth, DER TAGESSPIEGEL (Berlin), 7th February 1998, p. 29.

Brigitte Werneburg, TAGESZEITUNG (Berlin), 24th January 1998.

Isabelle Graw, Vermintes Gelände, TEXTE ZUR KUNST, No. 23 August 1996.

Gérard A. Goodrow, Ironically Playful, ARTNEWS, September 1994, p. 111.

Roberta Smith, For the New Galleries of the 90s, Small (and Cheap) is Beautiful, NEW YORK TIMES, 22nd April 1994.

Joshua Decter, Merlin Carpenter - Petzel/Borgmann, ARTFORUM, Summer 1994.

Gregor Schwering/Christophe Marx, Merlin Carpenter - Max Hetzler, ZYMA, March/April 1993.

Tom Holert, Merlin Carpenter - Max Hetzler, FLASH ART, March 1993.

Peter Herbstreuth, DER TAGESSPIEGEL (Berlin), 17th February 1993.

Werner Köhler, Merlin Carpenter - Bruno Brunnett Fine Arts, ARTIS, June 1993.

Ulrich Clewing, Frech Kommt Weiter, ZITTY (Berlin), March 1993.

Texts by Merlin Carpenter
Back Seat Driver, in Gitarren, die nicht Gudrun heißen, Herausgegeben von Thomas Groetz, Galerie Max Hetzler/Holzwarth Publications, Berlin, 2002.
Media Guy, TEXTE ZUR KUNST, No. 45, March 2002, p.155.

The Sound of Bamboo, catalogue essay for Apothekerman by Michael Krebber, pub. Kunstverein Braunschweig, Stätische Galerie Wolfsburg, Walther König, 2000.

The Protest Had Already Impacted on London in the Form of its Absence, with Anthony Davies, in catalogue for the exhibition As a Painter I Call Myself the Estate of, Secession, Vienna, 2000.

Concentration, A.N.Y.P. No. 9 1999, p. 7.

Der Nichtzerbrochene Nichtspiegel, TEXTE ZUR KUNST, No. 31 September 1998, p. 66.


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