About

Georganne Deen is an artist, poet and musician whom the LA Times described as fierce.

Born in Fort Worth Texas, she wrote poetry and prose from an early age with a Goya-esque eye for subjects deemed inviolable in polite society. At East Texas State University she studied with printmaker Lee Baxter Davis who fostered a small group of artists devoted to the experimental narrative, which included underground comics and their incendiary, highly nuanced documentation of human nature. In 1980 Deen moved to Los Angeles to attend the California Institute of the Arts.

The rich trappings of the California lifestyle: new age and glamour marketing, pulp illustrations and commercial graphics of all epochs coalesce with her own distinctive visual sensibilities to form a vocabulary that is both intimate and deliberately universal. Reporting on the depths and heights of consciousness, where we’ve gone wrong, what’s holding up progress and the occasional glimpse of paradise, has been a constant project for Deen, one that doesn’t lend itself to formulas or processes. The results can be painstaking, messy affairs at times but they convey experiences charged with splendor and turmoil.

Deen has had solo exhibitions at The Power Plant, Toronto, The MAC, Dallas, The Dunedin Museum, New Zealand, Van Horn, Duesseldorf, Smith-Stewart, NY, Brand 10, Ft. Worth, Studio Camuffo, Venice and Christopher Grimes, Santa Monica. Group exhibitions include LACMA, The Drawing Center, NY, ENTWISTLE, London, The Aldrich Museum, Conn, The Blanton Museum, Austin, Museum for Contemporary Art, New Orleans, Mary Boone, Villa Merkel, Esslingen Germany, Museum de Fortuny, Venice, The Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas. She lives in Joshua Tree, California.

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GEORGANNE DEEN

EDUCATION: East Texas State 1974

Cal Arts Dept. Fine Arts 1980

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013  Brand 10, Fort Worth, Tx.  forever eve

2012  Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, Tx,  Song of Myself

2011   VAN HORN, Dusseldorf, Once Upon a Stratum of Consciousness

SALA DIAZ, San Antonio, Tex

2009   VAN HORN, Dusseldorf, The Dramatic Upheaval & Ultimate Fall of the Status Quo
2008   Smith-Stewart, New York, The Love That Has No Opposite

2007    VAN HORN, Dusseldorf, The Devil’s Daughter

2004    Mixture Contemporary Art, Houston,  The Heroine’s Trip

2003    Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, San Fransisco,   Western Witch, Season of the

2002    The MAC,    Dallas, Texas    Georganne Deen: 1992-2002

Barry Whistler Gallery,   Dallas, Texas     I Gave it All Away for Love

Mixture Contemporary Art,  Houston, Tx.  The New Alchemy (From Shit City)

2001    Babilonia 1808,  Berkeley, Ca.  The Secret Storm

2000   Waikato Museum of Art,  Hamilton, New Zealand   15 Psychic Orgasms

1999   Dunedin Public Art Gallery  Dunedin, New Zealand

1998   Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, Ca.   Un Fuc Me (and let me live

again)

The Power Plant  Public Art Gallery  Toronto, Ontario  Georganne Deen

1997    The Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University  L.A. Ca  Georganne Deen

Christopher Grimes   Santa Monica, Ca.  Thru the Super Mirror

Studio Camuffo  Venice, Italy  If That’s All You Can Remember

1996    Christopher Grimes Gallery  Santa Monica, Ca.  The Mind Hospital

1994    Christopher Grimes Gallery  Santa Monica, Ca.  The Mother Load

1988    La Luz de Jesus Gallery  L.A. Ca.     Crying Game

1981    Zero Zero Gallery  L.A. Ca.  Georganne Deen

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013   La Halle Saint Pierre , Paris  HEY! Part II

The Brandon, Houston Group Show

Contemporary Art Center, Las Vegas  Sampler: Las Vegas, curated by Matthew Couper

The Brandon, Houston , Lee Baxter Davis & the Lizard Cult: Gary Panter, Georganne Deen, Trenton Doyle Hancock, & Robyn O’Neil

2012 Galeria Juan Silio, Santander Spain, I Am You & You Are Me, Perhaps, curated by Kevin Power

Snake Pit, Auckland, Lost in a Dream, curated by Rob Garret

C24 Gallery, NY, CAMPAIGN, curated by Amy Smith-Stewart

arts factory, Paris, United Dead Artists

Bangkok University Gallery, Bangkok,  Transnational Narrations, curated by Kevin Power

2011  Shoshona Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, Chain Mail curated by Doug Harvey and Christian Cummings

NADA Miami, VAN HORN

Webb Art Gallery, Waxahachie Texas  Lady Comix Art curated by Esther Pearl Watson

La Luz de Jesus, L.A. 25 Anniversary Exhibition

2010   The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin Texas, Desire

Puerto de Santander. Spain Libro de Cuentos collecion Fernando Fernadez

2009   Smith-Stewart Gallery, NY, Pink Panther

Art Forum Berlin, VAN HORN

Liste, Basel VAN HORN

FIAC, Paris, VAN HORN

2008   Villa Merkel, Esslingen Germany, 5000 Years of Modern Art

Liste, Basel, VAN HORN

House of Campari, N.Y. Defining a Moment: 25 New York Artists

Grand Central Art Center, Fullerton California, Aspects of Mel’s Hole

(curated by Doug Harvey)

Armory , Pasadena, Good Dolls, Bad Dolls, curated by Michael Duncan

Track 16, Santa Monica, “Some Paintings” The 2007 LA Weekly Annual Biennial

curated by Doug Harvey

2007   NADA, Miami, VAN HORN (Dusseldorf) Smith-Stewart (New York)

GMUR, Berlin,  Bonjour Monsieur Ensor

Espace Beaurepaire, Paris,   Le Dernier Cri

Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany  Rockers Island

Mandrake, Los Angeles, (the) Melvins Curated by Bob Nickas

Smith-Stewart. N.Y. Foam of the Daze

Clementine, N.Y. The Lizard Cult

2006    Mary Boone Gallery, N.Y.  Heartbreaker

Track 16, Santa Monica, 5 Stories High

Exit Art, N.Y. Wild Girls

2005    New Image Art, Los Angeles, Truly She Is None Other

Future Prospects, Manila,  Mystery Meat

2004    Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, Drawing Under the Influence

NADA Miami, Mixture Contemporary Art

2003    Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans,  Comic Release

Mixture Contemporary Art,  Houston, Tx,  Sweet Tooth

Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica,  Le Dernier Cri: Legendary Publishers of the             International Underground    (curated by Deen)

2002    Track 16,  Santa Monica   The Godfrey Daniels School of Charm

2001     Babilonia 1808,  Berkeley, Ca.  Circos Globulos

Spin Gallery,  Toronto, Ontario   Princess  Princess

University Of Texas Dallas,  Dallas, Tx  Hung

2000    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, L. A. Ca.  Made in California, 1900-2000

The Drawing Center  New York, N.Y.   Selections Summer 2000

Adam Baumgold Fine Art   New York, N.Y.  Quirky

Cornell Fine Arts Museum   Winter Park FLorida   Bizarro World! The Parallel

Universe of Comics and Fine Arts

Barry Whistler Gallery  Dallas, Tx. Luck of the Drawn

1999    Pamela Auchincloss Gallery  New York, N.Y.  The New Surrealism

Barry Whistler Gallery  Dallas, Texas  Group Exhibition

DIRT Gallery   L.A., Ca.  The Last Spring

1998  Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University  Orange, Ca.  Juvenescence

San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego Ca.  Double Trouble: The

Patchett Collection

ENTWISTLE Gallery,   London, England  Codex USA

The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art   Ridgefield, Conn.  Pop Surrealism

1997    Carl Hammer Gallery   Chicago, Il.   Small Wonders

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art    Boulder Colo. Art and Provocation:

Images from Rebels

Joseph Helman Gallery,   New York, N.Y.    Nu Glu

1996    Spring Street Gallery   L.A. Ca.   Group Exhibition

Palazzo delle Esposizioni,  Rome, Italy   New Pop

1995    Morris Healy Gallery   New York, N.Y.   Group Exhibition

Museo di Triennale   MIlan, Italy   New Pop

Carl Hammer Gallery  Chicago, Il.   Co Mix Art

1994    Museum de Fortuny   Venice, Italy  New Pop

Santa Monica Museum of Art    Santa Monica, Ca.  The Return of the Cadvre Exquis

New Langton Arts    San Francisco, Ca.  Tiny Shoes

1993    Carl Hammer Gallery    Chicago, Il.  Woman x 3

Exit Art    New York, N.Y.   Comic Power

Laguna Art Museum,   Laguna Beach, Ca.     Kustom Kulture

1992    Carl Hammer Gallery   Chicago, Il.

1990    La Foret Museum    Tokyo, Japan   American Pop

1987    Otis Art Institute   L.A. Ca.    Bad Influences

1986    La Foret Museum    Tokyo, Japan   American Pop

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, L.A. Ca.  Social Distortion

(curated by Mike Kelley)

1985    Zero One Gallery   L.A. Ca.   Western Exterminators

Semaphore East    New York, N.Y.

Civilian Warfare  New York, N.Y.

1983   Hallwalls    Buffalo, N.Y.  Comic Relief

PERFORMANCES

Lady Sings the Browns, Highways Performance Space, L.A. June 1,2 2007

The Magnificent Obsession, ADM Projects, Los Angeles, 2006

A Baroque Prayer in Search of a Hearing Aid, Highways Performance Space, Los Angeles, 2006

The Heroine’s Trip Toronto Alternative Art Fair at the Gladstone Hotel  Oct 2 2004

Gorgonie Time The Great American Music Hall  San Francisco  Mar 4 2004

The Troubador  Los Angeles   Mar 2004

Cinespace   Los Angleles   June 2004

14 Songs of Love Adobe Books   San Francisco   Valentine’s Day  2004

You Play the Fool this Time REDCAT Gallery at Disney Hall  L.A.   Dec  2003

Mixture Contemporary Gallery  Houston   Jan  2002

Filthy Witch Smart Gals Speakeasy    Los Angeles  Oct 2003

Western Witch, Season of the (with Thurston Moore)  New Image Art    L.A.   Aug 2003

You Play the Beast This Time Hammer Museum  Los Angeles     Oct 31 2001

PUBLICATIONS

The Corncob Cotillion Went Thataway published by Le Dernier Cri , Marseille France  2011

Southern Gothic Vol. 1 Western Witch Publishing  2011

The Powder Room, catalogue from exhibition co-curated with Christine Wertheim, Track 16 Gallery,  Smart Art Press  2007

Western Witch, Season of the forward by Thurston Moore    Perceval Press     2003

The Godfrey Daniels School of Charm at Track 16, Smart Art Press and Western Witch 2002

Georganne Deen 1992-2002 essay by Doug Harvey  catalogue from The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas Tex.  2002

Georganne Deen catalogue  from The Power Plant, essay by Philip Monk, Toronto Ontario Canada 1998

Georganne Deen  an Exhibition of Paintings essays by Michael Duncan, Amy Gerstler  Smart Art Press  Santa Monica California  1997

If That’s All You Can Remember poetry and paintings    Studio Camuffo   Venezia  1997

ARTICLES

HEY! Sensate Blow interview w/ Georganne Deen  Summer 2011

Fee, Georgia, Artslant, Interview w/ Georganne Deen” Apr 22, 2008

Bors, Chris, Artinfo, “Georganne Deen in New York”, Apr 3, 2008

Reverend Jen, Artnet, Diary of an Art Star” Mar 31, 2008

Tanner, Matt, “Beware the Wild Children” Grand Street News, Mar 2008

Powers, Kevin, “Interview with Georganne Deen” Artes & Leiloes (Portugal) Nov 2007

Behrens, Katja “Verspielter Exorzismus”, TAZ nrw, 20. March 2007

Wertheim, Christine  “Georganne Deen: Underground Woman”  X-tra Winter 2006

Harvey, Doug  “I Art the 80’s” L.A. Weekly,  March 2006

Fahl, David   “Text Hook” Houston Press,  June 17, 2004

Klaasmeyer, Kelly,   Deen’s List”   Houston Press,   Jan.2, 2003

Lowry, Mark,  “Artist’s Work Hits Close to Home”   Fort Worth Star Telegram,  Mar. 13, 2002

Mitchell, Charles Dee,  “Self Examination Turns Disturbing”  The Dallas Morning News   Feb. 28, 2002

Deen, Georganne ,  “The Girlfriend and The Devil”  Grand Street #70

Halstrup, Anjee   “Georganne Deen: The Secret Storm and the Vogue Book of the Dead”  ZERO magazine  July 2001

Rodriguez, Juan  “Georganne Deen at Babilonia 1808”  Artweek  June 2001

McEwam, Ann  “15 Psychic Orgasms”  Waitako Times  Mar 8, 2000

Mutch, Nicola  “Ads Undermine American Dream”  Otago Daily Times  Oct 26, 1999

Munro, Bruce   “Artist Explores Dream World”  The Star  Oct 27, 1999

Madoff, Steven Henry  “Pop Surrealism”   ARTFORUM,  Oct. 1998

Gopnick, Blake  “Old Wounds Healed Through Older Art Form”  The Globe & Mail  Jul 29, 1998

Hume, Christopher  “Allegories of Her Hateful Family Tree”  The Toronto Star  Jul 11, 1998

Schoenkopf, Rebecca  “The Glamour of Ugly”  Orange County Weekly,  Sept 19, 1997

Curtis, Cathy  “Light Images, Dark Truth”  Los Angeles Times,  Sept 9, 1997

Dambrot, Shana Nys  “Georganne Deen”  JUXTAPOZ,   Fall 1997

Kim, Soo Jin   “Georganne Deen” Art Issues, Summer 1997

Kandel, Susan   “Fierce: Georganne Deen”  Los Angeles Times,  Feb 28, 1997

McKenna, Kristine   “Los Angeles”  Art & Antiques, Summer 1996

Zellen, Jody   “The Mother Load”   World Art,  Summer 1995

Lueck, Brock   “Co-Mix Art: Fine Tooning Pop”  The New Art Examiner,  Mar 1995

McKenna, Kristine   “Coming to Terms With Mom”  L.A. Times,   Dec 18, 1994

Desmarais, Charles  “Georganne Deen”  Grand Street #49   1994

Dubin, Zan    “Experiences of a Girl as Seen by a Woman”  L.A. Times,   Oct 23, 1993

Rose, Cynthia  “Pacific Meltdown”   British Vogue,  Jul 1991

Carlin, John  “Bad Influences”   The Paper,  Jun 1988

Smith, Alton  “Reinventing the Wheel”  Village Voice,  Nov 29, 1988

Tanney, Kathy   “Paper Tigers, Plastic Toys”,  Art Week, Aug 22, 1987

Knight, Christopher   “Bad Influences Knocks Popular Culture Wisdom”  L.A. Herald Examiner  Aug 4,1987

Leston, Kimberely  “Georganne Deen”  the Face,  Dec. 1986

Pincus, Robt.  “Voyage on Sculpture May Make Some Viewers Ill”  San Diego Union  Jul 10, 1986

Wilson, Wm. “Social Distortion Exhibition”  L.A. Times,  Jul 10, 1986

Rugoff, Ralph  “Exterminating Angel” Los Angeles Weekly,  Oct 11, 1985

Drohojowska, Hunter  “The Art World’s Biggest Pests”, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Oct 20, 1985

TEACHING

Callifornia College of the Arts, Oakland California  Jan 2004-May 2004 (visiting artist award)

OTIS Institute of Art,  Los Angeles   Sept. 1982-Dec.1995

University of California Los Angeles  Feb. 1987-May 1987

The School of Visual Arts, New York  Sept. 1976-May 1978

WORKSHOPS

Otago Polytechic School of Art,  Dunedin, New Zealand  Oct.- Nov. 1999

University of Illinois,  Champaign, Illinois  Apr. 1999

Museo di Triennale   Milan, Italy  Jun. 1995

COLLECTIONS

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Blanton Museum of Art, Austin Tx.

San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, Ca.

Centro Cultural Asbaek, Mallorca Spain

Spirit Museum, Stockholm Sweden

Peter Norton, New York

Eileen Norton, Santa Monica

Wilhelm Schuermann, Berlin

Olbricht Collection, Essen, Germany

Collection Ringier, Switzerland

Tom Patchett, Santa Monica

Fernando Fernández Garcia, Spain

Neuberger Berman, New York

A.G. Rosen, New York

Malou Babilonia, Berkeley

Danny Elfman, L.A.

George Morton and Karol Howard, Plano, Texas

Jeff Kerns, L.A.