Loren Madsen: Bio

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1943 Born in Oakland, CA
1961-1963 Attends Reed College, Portland, OR
1966 Receives Bachelor of Arts, U.C.L.A.
1970 Receives Master of Arts, U.C.L.A.
1970-1977 Lives and works in Venice, CA
1975 Receives New Talent Purchase Award, Los Angeles County Museum, CA
1975-1976 Receives Fellowship-Grant, National Endowment for the Arts
1977 Moves to New York City
1980-1981 Receives Fellowship-Grant, National Endowment for the Arts
2000 Vermont Studio Center, Artists Residencies
2004 Receives Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
Lives and works in Northern California


1973 Riko Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1974 Riko Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles
1975 The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1976 David McKee Gallery, New York
L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA
SITE, San Francisco, CA
1977 David McKee Gallery, New York
L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice
Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1980 Floating Cross, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
Grey Plain, Hansen, Fuller, Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco
1981 Slight Slippage, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
1982 David McKee Gallery, New York
1984 Miami-Dade Community College, FL
David McKee Gallery, New York
1986-1987 * David McKee Gallery, New York
1990 David McKee Gallery, New York
1991 Loren Madsen: Missing Matter, University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Knots & Sculls, Haines Gallery, San Francisco
1992 Sculpture Installation, McKee Gallery, New York
1996 Objects: 1988-1995, McKee Gallery, New York
1998 Statistics: Untitled (titles), Art First, London
McKee Gallery, New York
1999 * 6,000,000,000 Monkeys, University Art Gallery, SUNY Stony Brook, NY
Loren Madsen: American Playhouse, Cox Gallery, Springfield, MO
Crime and Punishment, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
2005 Loren Madsen: gods&demons, McKee Gallery, New York
6,000,000,000 Monkeys, Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton, PA (brochure)

* catalogue


1972 Young Sculptors, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
1973 Sculptural Invitational, College of Marin, CA
Works On and Off Paper, Los Angeles County Museum
1974 Constructions, Long Beach Museum, CA
CA 90201, Baxter Art Gallery, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
8 Westside Artists, California State University, San Bernadino, CA
Six Artists, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
* 24 from Los Angeles, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery
New Talent – New Work, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
1975 Eight Los Angeles Artists, San Francisco Art Institute
Sculptor’s Drawings, David McKee Gallery, New York
The Condition of Sculpture, Hayward Gallery, London
1976 Dill, Ginnerver, Madsen, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Biennial of Sculpture, Sydney, Australia
Sequence, SITE, San Francisco
New Selections / New Talent Award Winners, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
New Work / California, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1977 Los Angeles in the Seventies, Fort Worth Art Center, TX
Riko Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles
1978 Constructs, Organization of Independent Artists, New York
1979 Los Angeles in the Seventies, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
Annual Awards Competition Show, American Academy and Institute of Arts and
Letters, New York
Loren Madsen, David Becker, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
1980 Maquettes and Small Works, Diane Brown Gallery, Washington, D.C.
* Sculpture in California 1975-80, San Diego Museum of Art, CA
* Stacking, Rigging, Binding: Ten Contemporary Sculptors, Washington Project for the
Arts, Washington, D.C.
1982 * Sculpture 1982, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
Los Angeles – New York, Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles
* Shift – L.A./N.Y., Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA and Neuberger
Museum, Purchase, NY
1983 Varieties of Sculptural Ideas: Drawings and Maquettes, Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York
1984 * Tit for Tatlin, The Alternative Museum, New York
American Sculpture, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
Preparation & Proposition, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
1985 * Ten, University Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
1986 Courtesy David McKee, Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
1987 * Computer Assisted: The Computer in Contemporary Art, Freedman Gallery, Albright
College, Reading, PA
1991 Orthinological Structures, “A” Space, New York (benefit for Children’s Aid Society)
1992 Technorama, Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York
1993 Nature for Art’s Sake, Nations Bank Plaza, Charlotte, NC
1997 79/97, An Exhibition of Works by Curators of The Visual Arts Gallery, 1979 – 1997, The
Visual Arts Gallery, New York
1998 * The Edward R. Broida Collection, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
Sculpture, McKee Gallery, New York
* Masters of the Masters: MFA Faculty of the School of Visual Arts, New York, 1983-1998,
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
1999 Actual Size, Apex Art, New York
Best of the Season, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
2000 Group Show, McKee Gallery, New York
* Silver & Gold, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
NEW Works, McKee Gallery, New York
2001 * All Systems Go, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
Silver & Gold, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, Traveled to Galerie Simonne Stern,
New Orleans
2001-2002 Lateral Thinking; Art of the 1990s, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
2002 * School of Visual Arts Commemorates 9/11: Art & Observance, Visual Arts Museum at the
School of Visual Arts, New York
2004 Voice of Site: Tokyo – Chicago – New York, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
(Tokyo Gei Dai) Chinretsukan Exhibition Hall, Former Sakamoto Shogakko Elementary School
Building, Gallery J2, Japan
2012 Data Deluge, Ballroom Marfa, Texas


1974 Prudential Insurance Company, Florham Park, NJ
1977 Los Angeles County Museum Sculpture Garden, CA
Cedar Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
Prudential Insurance Company, Woodland Hills, CA
1979 Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA
Michael’s Restaurant, Santa Monica, CA
Prudential Insurance Company, Woodlands Hills, CA (new sculpture for
destroyed original)
1981 Social Security Administration, Metro West, Baltimore, MD (GSA)
First Bank Atrium, Pillsbury Center, Minneapolis, MN
Area 2 Police Center, Chicago, IL
1983 Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Hines, IL
1984 Brookhollow Mall, San Antonio, TX
Republic Bank, San Antonio, TX
Horton Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
1986 Chevy Chase Metro Center, Chevy Chase, MD
Schering Corporation, Kenilworth, NJ
1989-1990 Pacific Enterprises, Los Angeles, CA
1991 La Guardia Community College, Long Island City, NY
1997 JR Kinshicho Project, Tokyo, Japan


1972 Scripps College, Claremont, CA
1973 Long Beach City College, Claremont
1975 The Museum of Modern Art, New York
1976 Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
1977 Fort Worth Art Museum, TX
1978 Grant Park, Chicago (temporary installation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago;
installed again at the University of Chicago)
1979 * Directions, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
1980 Wright State University, Dayton
1981 Fine Arts Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
1991 Missing Matter, University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville
1992 Nations Bank Plaza, Charlotte
1999 University Art Gallery, SUNY Stony Brook, NY


Akron Art Institute, OH
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
Musee National d`Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach
Vancouver Museum of Art, Vancouver, Canada
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN


Henry J. Seldis, “Art Walk,” Los Angeles Times, February 23, 1973.
Cara Montgomery, “West Coast Report,” Arts Magazine, April 1973.
Peter Plagens, “Loren Madsen,” Art in America, May – June 1973.
Henry J. Seldis, “8 Venice Artists at Cal Tech,” Los Angeles Times, April 22, 1974.
Sandy Ballatore, “8 Venice Artists,” ArtWeek, April 27, 1974.
Sandy Ballatore, “Mary Corse, Loren Madsen,” ArtWeek, July 27, 1974.
Peter Plagens, “L.A. 6,” ARTFORUM, October 1974.
Alan Moore, “Loren Madsen, Museum of Modern Art,” ARTFORUM, May 1975.
“The Condition of Sculpture at the Hayward,” Art International, September 1975.
Lawrence Alloway, “Caro’s Art – Tucker’s Choice,” ARTFORUM, October 1975.
Judith Dunham, “8 Los Angeles Artists,” ArtWeek, October 25, 1975.
Peter Frank, “Loren Madsen,” ARTnews, April 1976.
Noel Frackman, “Loren Madsen,” Arts Magazine, April 1976.
Don Morrison, “Floating Bricks Show Magic in the Mundane,” Minneapolis Star, May 7, 1976.
Lindsay Stamm Shapiro, “Loren Madsen,” Art in America, July – August 1976.
Thomas Albright, “Three-Plank Artistry,” San Francisco Chronicle, August 7, 1976.
Carol Nuckols, “Bricks, Sandbags, ‘Crickets’ Utilized in Art Show,” Fort Worth Star, October 9, 1977.
J. Kutner, “Fort Worth Art Museum,” Dallas Morning News, October 10, 1977.
Jerry Tallmer, “A Work of Art that’s No Bric-a-Brac,” New York Post, December 17, 1977.
“Projects: Keeping the Museum Doors Open to a New Generation of Artists,” MOMA #5, Winter 1978.
Madeline Burnside, “Loren Madsen,” ARTnews, 1978.
Peter Frank, “Loren Madsen,” Village Voice, January 1978.
“Loren Madsen,” Art International, January 1978.
Deborah Perlberg, “Loren Madsen,” ARTFORUM, February 1978.
William Wilson and Suzanne Muchnic, “Art Walk: Venice,” Los Angeles Times, November 3, 1978.
Adriene Rosenthal, “Form and Weight in Tension and Balance,” ArtWeek, November 18, 1978.
Joanna Frueh, “Loren Madsen at Zolla-Lieberman,” The (Chicago) Reader, January 5, 1979.
Barbara Noah, “Loren Madsen at L.A. Louver,” Art in America, January – February 1979.
Paul Richard, “The Right ‘Directions’,” The Washington Post, June 14, 1979.
Howard Fox, “Brute Sculpture,” Directions, Smithsonian Institute Press, Washington, D.C. 1979.
Howard Fox, “The Thorny Issues of Temporary Art,” Museum News, July – August 1979.
Betty Dietz Krebs, “Sculptor`s Bricks Float at WSU with an ‘Inside You Can’t Get To’,” Dayton Daily News, February 21, 1980.
Elizabeth Hoxie, “Jones & Madsen: Site Specificity,” Dialogue, Ohio’s Art Journal, May – June 1980.
Robin Karson, “Loren Madsen,” Arts Magazine, April 1981.
“Atrium Sculpture has Roots in Canadian Quarry,” First Press Minneapolis, November 18, 1981.
“Metro Gallery,” The Minneapolis Star, November 20, 1981.
Marcia Tucker, “East Meets West…Again…and Again,” Shift – L.A. / N.Y., Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA, 1982.
Rebecca Fanning, “Atrium Sculpture,” Building Stone Magazine, November – December 1982.
“A Long Blue Arm for the Law: Area 2 Police Center, Chicago,” Architectural Record, January 1983.
Grace Glueck, “Loren Madsen,” New York Times, January 7, 1983.
Kim Levin, “Loren Madsen,” The Village Voice, January 12-18, 1983.
Stephen Westfall, “Loren Madsen,” Arts Magazine, March 1983.
Lee Fleming, Images and Issues, March – April 1983.
Richard Armstrong, “Loren Madsen,” ARTFORUM, April 1983.
Loren Madsen, “Revitalization,” Architecture, May 1984.
Corinne Robbins, The Pluralist Era: 1968 – 1981, New York, Harper & Row Publishers, 1984.
Robert L. Pincus, “Madsen’s Art Strikes a Delicate Balance,” The San Diego Union, August 28, 1985.
Kathryn Johnson, “Government Art: Beauty or Eyesore?,” U.S. News & World Report,
September 23,1985.
Roberta Smith, “Loren Madsen,” New York Times, December 26, 1986.
Kim Levin, “Loren Madsen,” The Village Voice, January 13, 1987.
Roberto Olivo, “Loren Madsen,” New York Native, January 26, 1987.
Louise Hamlin, “Loren Madsen,” Cover: Arts New York, February 1987.
Gretchen Faust, “New York in Review,” Arts Magazine, May 1990.
The Art Collection of Pacific Enterprises, with essay “About the Collections Artists,” by Jan Butterfield, Pacific Enterprises, Los Angeles, CA, 1991.
Robert Taplin, “Loren Madsen at McKee,” Art in America, March 1993.
Nicolas Oliveira, Nicola Oxley, and Michael Petry, Installation Art, with text by Michael Archer, Thames and Hudson Ltd., London, 1994. Illustrated half-title (color) page 170.
“Loren Madsen,” Galleries-Uptown, New Yorker, February 5, 1996.
David Frankel, “Loren Madsen,” McKee Gallery, ARTFORUM, Summer 1996.
“Flash Asia,” Flash Art, January – February 1998.
Amy Blankstein, “Commissions,” Sculpture, February 1998.
Cara Maniaci, “Loren Madsen,” NY Arts, December 1998.
Joyce Korotkin, “Loren Madsen,” The New York Art World (Vol. 2, No.5), January 1999.
Michael Kwan, “6,000,000,000 Artists,” The Stony Brook Statesman, Thursday, November 11, 1999.
Phyllis Braff, “For the Mind as Well as the Eyes: Loren Madsen: 6 Billion Monkeys,” New York Times,
November 28, 1999.
Chain #7 memoir / anti-memoir, Loren Madsen, contributor, “The Long Scroll,” Small Press Distribution, Berkeley, CA, 2000.
All Systems Go, Perspectives: 125, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX, format catalogue publication 2001.
Nadine Fiedler, “Making Visual Sense, Seven alumni artists and their work,” Reed, Reed College, Portland, OR, Vol. 80, No. 2, May 2001.
“School of Visual Arts Commemorates 9/11: Art & Observance,” exhibition catalogue, SVA Faculty and Student Exhibition, September 11 – October 9, 2002. Illustrated in black and white, page 20.
James Leonard, “news / culture blog, 57th Street Vicinity and Upper East Side Crawls,” February 10, 2005 [web page]; http://www.jamesleonard.org/index.htm. [Accessed February 16, 2005].
Ken Johnson, “Loren Madsen: Gods and Demons: An Installation,” Galleries: 57th Street, The New York Times, Friday, February 25 and March 4, 2005.
Geoff Gehman, “Abstract Sculpture Artist Loves to Monkey Around With Images,” The Morning Call, Go Art, Thursday, April 7, 2005.
Tiffany Bell, Review of Loren Madsen at McKee Gallery, Art in America, October 2005.