Michael Joo (b. 1969, Ithaca, US) investigates the concepts of identity and knowledge in a hybrid contemporary world. He creates narratives that explore places, people and objects through reinterpreting perception.

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GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

Blain|Southern London
Radiohalo

Radiohalo

10 February – 9 April 2016

Blain|Southern London
Exit from the House of Being

Exit from the House of Being

25 April – 30 June 2012

INSTITUTIONS

Freer | Sackler Gallery, Washington D.C., US
Perspectives: Michael Joo

Perspectives: Michael Joo

2 July 2016 – 9 July 2017

SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, US
Barrier Island

Barrier Island

10 November 2016 – 5 February 2017

EVA International Biennale, Limerick, IE
Still (the) Barbarians

Still (the) Barbarians

16 April – 17 July 2016

NEWS

Michael Joo At The Museum Of American Glass

The works on display were created at the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center

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BIOGRAPHY

Why do we perceive as we perceive? Michael Joo’s non-linear, almost cyclical approach to his practice, together with his combination of scientific language and research, results in work that is a documentation of process. Whether chemically treated, silver-coated or photo-based, Joo’s artwork combines a range of techniques associated with sculpture, painting, photography and print-making. He continues to blur the boundaries between art and science through his investigation into ontology, epistemology and entropy; creating a cross-disciplinary and multi-dimensional dialogue to engage, question, meditate and explore.By juxtaposing humanity’s various pools of knowledge and culture, Joo addresses the fluid nature of identity itself. It seems as if the artist’s intention is to achieve the unachievable: to make us see an object in real life that is barely conceivable as thought alone.

Using silver nitrate, a chemical traditionally used, in photography, the artist explores the compounds inherent reflective properties and ability to render visible the invisible. It allows the viewer to both be bathed in the reflected light of the work whilst physically appearing within the work itself, at once seeing the artist’s work and their response to it.

Joo is more interested in the way we perceive than in what it is we are looking at in the symbolic as well as the literal sense. The seemingly liquid and hybrid environments that Joo creates reflect his own history: born to Korean parents in the United States, a science graduate turned artist, Joo comes from a multi-cultural background with a interdisciplinary academic history. The diversity of reference and material in his work mirrors the complexity and richness, which is so typical of identity – collective and individual – in modern contemporary society. It is a complexity that Joo has experienced and been influenced by since childhood.

Michael Joo received his MFA from the Yale School of Art, Yale University, New Haven, in 1991, after graduating with a BFA from Washington University, St Louis, 1989.

Solo exhibitions include: Seven Sins, Carolina Nitsch Project Room, New York, US (2017); Barrier Island, SCAD Georgia, Savannah, Georgia, US (2016); Perspectives: Michael Joo, Smithsonian Freer|Sackler Museum, Washington D.C., US (2016); Radiohalo, Blain|Southern, London, UK (2016);  Drift (Bronx), The Bronx Museum of Arts, New York, US (2014); Transparency Engine, SCAD Moot Gallery, Sham Shui Po HK (2014); Solo presentation of Doppelganger, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood UK (2014); Michael Joo: Drift, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut, US (2014); Michael Joo, M Building, Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, Miami, US (2013); Exit from the House of Being, Blain|Southern, London, UK (2012).

Joo was included in Korean Art: The Power of the Now, TransGlobe Publishing and Thames & Hudson, London in 2013 and was the cover art for Korean Contemporary Art published by Prestel in 2012. Other Criteria published Michael Joo with an interview between Hans Ulrich Obrist and Michael Joo, 2007. In 2006, Joo was awarded both the grand prize of the 6th Gwangju Biennale, for Bohdi Obfuscatus (Space Baby) and the United States Artists Fellowship.

Selected group exhibitions include: Ark, Chester Cathedral, Chester, UK; Emanation 2017: An Invitational Contemporary Art Exhibit, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Centre, New Jersey, US; Glasstress, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida, US; Vitreous Bodies: Assembled Visions in Glass, MASS Art (Stephen D. Paine Galleries), Boston, Massachusetts, US; Naturalia, curated by Danny Moynihan, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, US (all 2017); Anyang Public Art Project, Anyang-si, KR; Still (the) Barbarians, Curated by Koyo Kouoh, EVA International Biennale, Limerick, IE (both 2016); Seoul, Vite, Vite!, curated by Jean-Max Colard, as part of Lille3000, Euralille, FR; America Is Hard To See, Film & Video Screenings: MIND EYE BODY, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Glasstress 2015 Gotika, Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, Palazzo Franchetti, Venice, IT; Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, AE (all 2015); The Space Where I Am, Blain|Southern, London, UK (2014); White Light/White Heat, The Wallace Collection, London, UK.

Michael Joo has participated in the EVA International Biennale, curated by Koyo Kouoh in Limerick, Ireland and mounted major solo exhibitions at SCAD, Savannah, Georgia and Freer|Sackler, Smithsonian Institution in 2016. His work is in numerous public and private collections, including FNAC, Paris; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Samsung Centre for Art and Culture, Seoul and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

 

 

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1969, Born in Ithaca, US
Lives and works in New York, US

EDUCATION

1991
M.F.A., Yale School of Art, Yale University, New Haven, US

1989
B.F.A., Washington University, St Louis, US


AWARDS

2006
United States Artists Fellowship, US
Grand Prize, 6th Gwangju Biennale 2006, KR (with co-recipient Song Dong)

2003
American Center Foundation Grant, US

2002
LEF Foundation Grant, US

2001
Warhol Foundation Grant, US

2000
Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters’ and Sculptors’ Grant, US

1998
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, US


RESIDENCIES

2012
Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship Program, Washington D.C., US

2006
Acadia Summer Arts Program, Mt. Desert, Maine, US

1998
International Artists Studio Program in Sweden (IASPIS), Stockholm, SE

1996-1997
Delfina Studio Trust, London, UK

1995
Royal Academy of Art, Stockholm, SE

1994
Royal Academy of Art, Copenhagen, DK

1990
Cité International Des Arts, Paris, FR

 
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017
Michael Joo, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, KR (forthcoming)
Michael Joo, La Galeria Carles Taché, Barcelona, ES
Seven Sins, Carolina Nitsch Project Room, New York, NY

2016
Barrier Island, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Georgia, US
Perspectives: Michael Joo, Smithsonian Freer|Sackler Museum, Washington D.C., US
Radiohalo, Blain|Southern London, UK

2014
Drift (Bronx), The Bronx Museum of Arts, New York, US
Transparency Engine, SCAD Moot Gallery, Sham Shui Po, HK
Solo presentation of Doppelganger, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, UK
Michael Joo: Drift, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut, US

2013
Michael Joo, M Building, Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, Miami, US

2012
Exit from the House of Being, Blain|Southern London, UK

2010
Galleria Marabini, Bologna, IT

2009
Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US
Bodhi Obfuscatus (Allegiance), Chelsea Art Museum, New York, US

2008
Circannual Rhythm, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK
PKM Gallery, Seoul, KR

2006
Michael Joo, Rodin Gallery (Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art), Seoul, KR

2005
Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US
Bodhi Obfuscatus (Space-Baby), Asia Society, New York, US
Still Lives, The Bohen Foundation, New York, US

2004
Michael Joo, Palm Beach Institute for Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, US

2003
Michael Joo, MIT List Visual Art Center, Cambridge, US

2002
Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US
Curti/Gambuzzi & Co., Milan, IT
PKM Gallery, Seoul, KR

2001
49th Venice Biennale, South Korean Pavilion, Venice, IT (with Do-Ho Suh)

1999
Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US

1998
White Cube, London, UK

1997
Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US

1996
Thomas Nordanstad Gallery, New York, US

1995
Crash, Anthony D'Offay Gallery, London, UK
Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, FR
Nature vs. Nature at the Glass Ceiling, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, NL (with Christiaan Bastiaans)
Thomas Nordanstad Gallery, New York, US

1994
Salt Transfer Cycle, Thomas Nordanstad Gallery, New York, US (in collaboration with Petzel/Borgmann Gallery)

1992
The Artifice of Expenditure, Nordanstad-Skarstedt Gallery, New York, US

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Ark, Chester Cathedral, UK 
Emanation 2017: An Invitational Contemporary Art Exhibit, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Centre,
New Jersey, US
Glasstress, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida, US
Vitreous Bodies: Assembled Visions in Glass, Stephen D. Paine Galleries, MassArts, Boston, US
Naturalia, curated by Danny Moynihan, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, US

2016
Anyang Public Art Project, Anyang-si, KR
Still (the) Barbarians, Curated by Koyo Kouoh, EVA International Biennale 2016, Limerick, IE
Force of Nature (curated by James Putnam), Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels, BE

2015
Antoine d'Agata, Bosco Sodi, Cornelia Parker, Javier Pérez, Keith Tyson, Michael Joo, Sean Scully and
Tony Cragg, Galeria Carles Taché, Barcelona, ES
Seoul, Vite, Vite! (curated by Jean-Max Colard), as part of Lille3000, Euralille, Lille, FR
America Is Hard To See, Film & Video Screenings: MIND EYE BODY, Whitney Museum of
American Art, New York, US
Glasstress 2015 Gotika, Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, Palazzo Franchetti, Venice, IT
Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, AE

2014
The Space Where I Am, Blain|Southern London, UK
BloodFlames, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, US
On the Blue Shore of Silence, Tracy Williams Ltd. And Fitzroy Gallery, New York, US 

2013
White Light/White Heat, The Wallace Collection, London, UK
Come Together: Surviving Sandy, curated by Phong Bui, Industry City, Brooklyn, New York, US
Indivisible, Art Basel Unlimited, Organized by Kukje Gallery, Basel, CH
White Light/White Heat, Glasstress 2013, Venice, IT
Amor Fati, Pioneer Works, New York, US
Vivere, Paddle 8, New York, US

2012
Freedom Not Genius, Works from Damien Hirst’s Murderme Collection (curated by Elena Geuna),
Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, IT; Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, RU
Roundtable, 9th Gwangju Biennale 2012, Gwangju, KR
Sculptors’ Drawings and Works on Paper, Pangolin London, London, UK
Glasstress New York, Museum of Art and Design, New York, US
Transforming Minds: Buddhism in Art, works from the Rockefeller Collection of Asian Art, Asia
Society Gallery, HK
2011
Surreal versus Surrealism in Contemporary Art, Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia, ES
Best of Silver: Selected Sculptures in Silver, Pangolin, London, UK
Glasstress 2011, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venice, IT

2010
Have You Ever Really Looked at the Sun?, Haunch of Venison, Berlin, DE (with Damien Hirst)
The Infinite Starburst of Your Cold Dark Eyes, PKM Gallery, Seoul, KR
Dirty Kunst, Seventeen Gallery, London, UK

2009
NeoHooDoo: Art of a Forgotten Faith, Miami Art Museum, FL
Incarnational Aesthetics, New York Center for Art & Media Studies (NYCAMS), US
Faces & Facts: Korean Contemporary Art in New York, Queens Museum of Art, New York, US

2008
Friends and Family, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US
NeoHooDoo: Art of a Forgotten Faith, The Menil Collection, Houston, USRe asia,
Haus der Kulturen, Berlin, DE
NeoHooDoo: Art of a Forgotten Faith, MoMA PS1, New York, US
Focus: The Figure (Art form the Logan Collection), Denver Art Museum, US

2007
New York States of Mind, Queens Museum of Art, New York, US
Triennale Bovisa: Timer 01, Milan, IT
Post Object, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough, Ontario, CA

2006
In The Darkest Hour There Will Be Light, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
The Bong Show, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, US
Postcards From The Edge, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, US
6th Gwangju Biennale 2006, Gwangju, CN
Eretica, Palazzo Sant’ Anna, Palermo, IT
Flux Factory, Lennon Weinberg Gallery, New York, US
Comunicato Stampo, Curti/Gambuzzi & Co., Milan, IT
Implosion!, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US
RADAR: Selections From The Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, Denver Art Museum, US

2005
Artwalk NY, Sotheby’s, New York, US
e-Flux Video Rental, The Moore Space, Miami, US
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, US
Monuments For The US, CCA Wattis Institute For Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; White
Columns, New York, US
Postcards From The Edge, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, US
This Must Be The Place, Center For Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, US
In The Darkest Hour There Will Be Light, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK 

2004

D.u.m.b.o. Short Film and Video Festival, Brooklyn, New York, US
Black Belt, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, US
f#@k perfection, Vertex List, Brooklyn, New York, US
Field (curated by Alyson Baker), Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, US
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, US
Needful Things: Recent Multiples, Cleveland Museum, US
Postcards From the Edge, Brent Sikkema Gallery, New York, US
Standing on a Bridge, Arario Gallery, Seoul, KR
Video Program, Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Beach, US

2003
Alumni Show, Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University, Middletown, US
Black Belt, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, US
Commodification of Buddhism, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, US
Fresh Talk Revisited, A/P/A Studies Gallery at New York University, US
Full Frontal, Contemporary Asian Artists from the Logan Collection, Denver Art Museum, US
Paradise/Paradox, Castle Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, US

2002
Black Mariah Film Festival, Jersey City, US
It's Unfair!, Museum de Paviljoens, Almere, NL
Manifeste, oder: Ergriffenheit–was ist das?, Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich, DE
The Mind is a Horse, Bloomberg Space, London, UK 

2001
A Contemporary Cabinet of Curiosities, Selections from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection,
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, US
I Love (benefit exhibition), Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US
Translated Acts, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, DE, Queens Museum of Art, New York, US

2000
The Whitney Biennale, New York, US
Drawings 2000, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, US
Korean Embassy, New York, US
Juvenilia, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California, US
Koreamericakorea, Artsonje Center, Seoul, KR; Sonje Museum, Kyungju, KR
The Korean War and American Art: Fifty Years Later, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, US
Media_City Seoul 2000, National Historical Museum, Seoul, KR
Psycho, Art and Anatomy, Anne Faggianto Fine Art, London, UK
Whitney Biennial 2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US

1998
Matthew McCaslin, Susan Etkin, Michael Joo, MoMA PS1, New York, US
Nine International Artists at Wanås, Wanås Foundation, Knislinge, SE
Selections from the Permanent Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, US

1997
2nd Johannesburg Biennial 1997, Museum of Africa, Johannesburg, ZA
Art Club Berlin, Berlin, DE
Art in the Anchorage, Creative Time, Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, Brooklyn, New York, US
Group Show: Painting, Photography, Drawing, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US
Techno-Seduction, Cooper Union School of Art, New York, US
Transmission, L´Ecole des Beaux Arts Galerie, Paris, FR

1996
Against, Anthony D'Offay Gallery, London, UK
The Damien Hirst Collection, Quo Vadis, London, UK
Joo, Sheward & White, Wigram, The Post Office, London, UK
Patrick Painter Editions, Bloom Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

1995
La Belle et la Bête, (Beauty and the Beast), Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, FR
Better Living Through Chemistry, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, US
Configura 2 - Dialog der Kulturen, Erfurt, DE
Institute of Cultural Anxiety, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London, UK
Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju Contemporary Museum, KR
Some Went Mad, Some Ran Away, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, US
Portalen, Copenhagen, DK
Thomas Nordanstad Gallery, New York, US

1994
Institute of Cultural Anxiety, ICA, London, UK
Some Went Mad, Some Ran Away, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
Nordic Arts Centre, Helsinki, Finland; Kunstverein, Hannover, DE
What Is in Your Mind?, Tekniska Museet, Stockholm, SE

1993
Across the Pacific, Queens Museum of Art, New York, US
Aperto-93, 45th Venice Biennale, Venice, IT
Changing I: Dense Cities, Shedhalle, Zurich, CH
The Final Frontier, New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York, US
Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne, DE
In Out of the Cold, Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena, San Francisco, US
Nordanstad Gallery, New York, US (with Rachel Berwick)
Recent Acquisitions, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SE
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE

1992
Galerie Metropol, Vienna, AT
Mimique, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, US
Unfair, Nordanstad Gallery at Balloni Halle, Cologne, DE

1988
Demolition Daze, exhibition/auction, Rifle Sport Gallery, Minneapolis, US


PUBLICATIONS

2016
Michael Joo and Emily Jackson, eds., Michael Joo, Blain|Southern, London, UK

2013
Hossein Amirsadeghi, Korean Art: The Power of the Now, TransGlobe Publishing and Thames &
Hudson, London, UK
‘A Conversation Between Ernesto Caivano and Michael Joo,” in Ernesto Caivano, Settlements, Intercourse Publishing, New York, US 

2012
Miki Wick Kim, Korean Contemporary Art, Prestel, London, UK

2011
Maria Wiberg, et al., eds. Exhibition Catalogue, Stockholm, Glasstress Stockholm
Francesca Giubilei, ed., Glasstress 2011, Marsilio Editori, Venice, IT
Nancy Tieken, ed., Companion to Focus: The Figure: Art from the Logan Collection, Denver Art Museum, US
Susan Cahan and Zoya Kocur, eds., Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education, Routledge, New York, US
Exhibition Catalogue, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Transforming Minds: Buddhism in Art

2010
John Gray and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Exhibition Catalogue, London, Haunch of Venison, Damien Hirst, Michael Joo: Have You Ever Really Looked at the Sun?

2008
F.Sirmans, Neo-HooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith, Yale University Press, New Haven, US

2007
Bruce W. Ferguson, Paul Black, Hyunsun Tae and Hans Ulrich Obrist, eds., Michael Joo 87 – 07, Other Criteria, London, UK

2006
Hyunsun Tae, Michael Joo, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, KR
RADAR: Selections from the Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, Denver Art Museum, US
Alyson Baker and Ivana Mestrovic, eds., Socrates Sculpture Park, Yale University Press, New
Haven, US

2004
Jane Farver, Daniel Birnbaum and Charles Gaines, Michael Joo, MIT List Visual Arts Center,
Cambridge, US

2003
Gina Dent, ‘Michael Joo: a Rock and a Hard Place’, In Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: Conversations on
Asian American Art, Elaine Kim, Margo Machida, and Sharon Mizota, eds., University of California Press, Berkeley, US
Madeleine Grynsztejn, Supernova: Art of the 1990s from the Logan Collection, San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art, US
Christine Kim, Black Belt, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, US
J.Farver, D.Birnbaum, C. Gaines and M.Joo, Michael Joo, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, US

2001
Kyung-mee Park and Ronald Jones, Michael Joo, Korean Culture & Arts Foundation, Seoul, KR
Yu Yeon Kim, Gao Ming-Lu, Fumio Nanjo, and Wang Mo-lin, eds.,Translated Acts: Performance and
Body Art from East Asia 1990-2001, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, DE
Exhibition Catalogue, Venice, la Biennale di Venezia, La Biennale di Venezia, 49. Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte: Plateau dell’Umanita.
Ralph Rugoff, A Contemporary Cabinet of Curiosities: Selections from the Vicki and Kent Logan
Collection, California College of the Arts, San Francisco and Oakland, US 

2000
David Ross, Miwon Kwon, and Laura Kang; forward by Christine Bosworth, Koreamericakorea,
Artsonje Center, Seoul, KR
Maxwell Anderson, Michael Auping et al., Whitney Biennial 2000, New York, US
Klaus Kertess, ed,. Exhibition Catalogue, New York, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, 00: Drawings 2000
Misook Song, Barbara London, et al.,Media_City Seoul 2000, Seoul, KR
Simon Taylor and Christine Y. Kim, Exhibition Catlogue, East Hampton, Guild Hall Museum, The Korean War in American Art and Culture: Fifty Years Later

1998
Marika and Charles Wachtmeister and Robert Storr, Wanås 1998. Knislinge, Wanås Foundation,
Kinslinge, SE
Jonathan Hay and Mimi Young, eds., Contemporary Asian & Asian American Art, New York
University Press, New York, US and London, UK

1997
Robert Rindler and Deborah Willis, Technoseduction, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of
Science and Art, New York, US

1996
Francesco Bonami, Echoes: Contemporary Art at the Age of Endless Conclusion, The Monacelli
Press, New York, US

1995
Klaus and Heiner Muhlmann, et al., Crash der Kulturen; Herausgegeben im Auftrag der
Landeshauptstadt Erfurt und des Freistaates Thuringen von Configura-Projekt / Configura 2;
Dialog der Kulturen; Band 3), Erfurt, DE
Lynn Gumpert, La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast), Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de
Paris, Paris, FR
Jeremy Millar and Francis McKee, Exhibition Catalogue, London, ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), The Institute of Cultural Anxiety: Works from the Collection
Eon-jong Song, Lim Yung-bang, Lee Yongwoo, et al., Exhibition Catalogue, Seoul, Kwang-Ju Biennale Foundation, International exhibition of contemporary art: beyond the borders: Kwang-Ju Biennale 1995
Jane Farver, Elaine Kim and Young Chul Lee, Across the Pacific, Queens Museum of Art, New
York, US

1994
Richard Shone, Exhibition Catalogue, London Serpentine Gallery Trust, Some Went Mad, Some Ran Away

1993
Renny Pritikin and René de Guzman, Exhibition Catalogue, San Francisco, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, In/Out of the Cold

 

ARTICLES AND REVIEWS

2017
C. McQuaid, “Glassy-eyed, in a very good way, at MassArt”, bostonglobe.com, 1 February
W. Lilley, “ ‘Barrier Island’ : Michael Joo Explores Sapelo Island, a Tribute and Memorial to Its Slave
Past”, artnews.com, January.

2016
Un-authored, “artnet News Critics Picks: The Most Memorable Artworks of 2016”, Artnet news, December
J.Mckenzie, “Michael Joo: I was taken by the fact that there was a space that was inaccessible but
Real”, studiointernational.com, 17 August.
S. Love, “Using science and art, Michael Joo examines the life of the red-crowned crane”,
washingtonpost.com, 18 August.
A.Young, “Meditations on migration: Michael Joo at the Smithsonian”, Apollo Magazine, 13 July.
A. Dunne, “Carsten Höller: Nobody I’ve met is aware of what sort of person they are”, Irishtimes.com, 7 May
I. Barnard, “ ‘800 years of oppression!’ Ireland’s contemporary art biennial”, Apollo Magazine, May Issue.
Un-authored, “Michael Joo, Radiohalo”, ArtReview, April
Un-authored, “Michael Joo: Radiohalo”, Thisistomorrow.info, April
A. Rajgopal, “Art, science and perception: American – Korean artist Michael Joo: artist profile”,
Art Radar Journal.com, 6 March
P.Black, “Michael Joo’s Latest Solo Show At Blain|Southern London”, NYartsmagazine.com, 26 February
R.Barry, “Archeologies Of The Future: Michael Joo’s Radiohalo At Blain|Southern”, The
Quietus.com, 21 February
T.Howells, “Borders and boundaries: Michael Joo at Blain|Southern”, Wallpaper.com, 21
February

2015
Z. Jumabhoy, “Sands of Time”, Art India, Volume XIX Issue III, June
“Brilliant Ideas”, Bloomberg TV, June
H.Masters,”FIELD TRIP: SHARJAH BIENNIAL 12”, ArtAsiaPacific, Online blog, 9 March

2014
P.Laster, “Asian Art at Expo Chicago 2014”, ArtAsiaPacific, 30 September
I.Belcher, “Outdoor Art in Britain”, Telegraph Travel, 13 August
S.Hodara, “Exploring the Continuity of the Radical”, The New York Times, 27 June
P.Laster, “Fragmentation and Unification: Interview with Michael Joo”, ArtAsiaPacific, 27 June
P.George, “Michael Joo Exhibition: ‘Transparency Engine’“, Arthongkong.net, June
“Salt Transfer Cycle: A Video Piece by Artist Michael Joo.” Red Flag Magazine, Issue 8 (Winter)
M.Rappolt, “Through the Looking Glass”, Art Review, May 

2013
“Michael Joo”, Asian Art, Vol. 16, #10, October
 J. M.R.Torres, “Indivisible by Michael Joo at Basel’s Unlimited”, WUM An online journal for the
 arts, 14 June

2012
Hanae Ko,”Devolution: Michael Joo”, ArtAsiaPacific, Issue 80, Sept/Oct, pp. 90-99
Kwon Mee-Yoo, “Grasping the Context”, The Korea Times, August
P.Black,”Michael Joo, Exit from the House of Being”, NY Arts Magazine, July
H.Rui An, “Michael Joo: Exit from the House of Being”, Art Asia Pacific, July
G. Coxhead, “Michael Joo: Exit from the House of Being”, Time Out, 21 May
B.Williams, “Michael Joo at Blain|Southern”, Garage Magazine, 10 May
“’Exit from the House of Being’ is Michael Joo’s first exhibition at Blain|Southern”, Art Daily, 25
April
“ArtInfo UK’s Top 3 Exhibitions opening this week”, ArtInfo, 23 April
Alexandra Seno, “Contemporary Takes on Buddha”, Wall Street Journal, February
Joyce Hor-Chung Lau, “Asia Society Opens in Hong Kong”, New York Times, Arts Section, 22
February

2011
B.Sutton, Brooklyn Museum Announces Series of Exhibitions Showcasing Emerging Brooklyn
Artists, The L Magazine, July
“Questionnaire: Michael Joo”, ArtAsiaPacific, Issue #73, May/June, p. 168 

2010
S.O’Reilly, “Dirty Kunst”, Time Out London, November
D.Rimanelli, “Michael Joo at Anton Kern Gallery”, Artforum, February, p. 198
“Michael Joo, tra sceinze e spiritualitá”, Corriere Di Bologna, January

2009
M.Wilson, “Michael Joo at Anton Kern Gallery”, Time Out New York, #739, 26 November – 2
December, p. 48

2008
T.J.Carlin, “NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith”, Time Out New York, January

2007
H.Yang, “Pursuing A Passage: The World of Michael Joo”, Public Art (Seoul), January, pp. 64-69

2006
A.C.Baker,”Buzz Worthy: The Bong Show”, Village Voice, 21 December
H.Halle, “Can Abyss”, Time Out (New York), #585 14 – 27 December, p. 12
N.Murai and K.Yeshin, “Gwangju Biennale”, CAA Reviews, 14 December
R.Dorment, “The Monster We”re Lucky To Have”, Telegraph, 28 November
A.Akbar, “Murderme: Hirst’s £100m Art Collection On View.” The Independent, 25 November, p. 8
K.MacMillan, “Eye-Popping Art: At The Hamilton, A Spectacular Blast From the Here and Now”,
Denver Post, 25 November
B.Sewell, “The Darkest Hour of Damien Hirst”, Evening Standard, 24 November, pp. 36-37
G.Burke, “Distance Up Close: The Asian Biennials”, Art Asia Pacific, no. 50, Fall 2006, pp. 86-89
V.Chandler, “Special Exhibitions From Within”, Rocky Mountain News, 11 October
“Building A Work of Art: Exploring the Frederic C. Hamilton Building, An Addition to the Denver Art
Museum”, Denver Post, 6 October
T.Verlende, “Fever Variations—The 6th Gwangju Biennale 2006”, NY Arts, September/October
“Art”, Joong Ang Daily, 9 September
D.Seo, “Kwangju Art Festival Stands at Crossroads”, The Korea Times, 8 September
S.Park, “Gwangju’s Artists Link Up with Asia”, Joong Ang Daily, 25 August
“Asia Catches Biennale Bug”, International Herald Tribune, 13 June
B.Boucher, “Michael Joo at the Bohen Foundation”, Art In America, vol. 94, #3, March, p. 147
G.Glueck, “Michael Joo”, The New York Times, 20 January
L.Zeitz, “Ein Zebra ohne seine Streifen”, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 14 January
Y.Hwang, “Exhibition Transcends Boundaries, Collisions”, The Korea Herald

2005
E.Tsai “Michael Joo: ‘Still Lives’“, Time Out (New York),#528, 10 – 16 November, p. 67
“Michael Joo”, The Korea Daily, 8 November, p. 14
W.Goodman, “Let’s Play Dream House”, New York Magazine, vol. 38, #39, 7 November, p. 56
“Michael Joo”, New York Magazine, vol. 38, #39, 7 November, p. 144
“On Now, On Soon”, Flash Art International, v.38, no. 244, October, p. 62
P.Black,”The Real and the Imagined: A Conversation with Michael Joo”, Sculpture, Vol. 24, #5,
June, p. 4
“Asia Society.” The New Yorker, Vol. 81, #6, 28 March, p. 13
R.Jana, “Age of Enlightenment: Michael Joo Gets the Buddha Ready for His Closeup at the Asia
Society”, Time Out New York, no. 491, 24 February – 2 March, p. 71
K.Baker, “Artists Around World Answer the Call of a Monumental Task”, San Francisco
Chronicle, p. 16

2004
J.Sjostrom, “Maintaining A Fragile Balance”, Palm Beach Daily News, 3 May
M.Mills, “Wandering Joo”, New Times Broward-Palm Beach, 29 April – 5 May
K.Barnett, “Korean-American Artist Shows Work In LW”, Lake Worth Forum, 20 April
C.Russell, “Northern Exposures”, City Link (Palm Beach), 31 March
F.Koslow Miller, “Michael Joo – MIT List Visual Arts Center”, Artforum, February

2003
C.Jun, “The Metaphoric Musings of a Korean-American Artist”, The Korea Herald, 4 December
B.Genocchio, “Old Faces Inaugurate a Renovated Gallery for Wesleyan”, New York Times, 16
November
J.Silver, “There’s (Scientific) Method To His Madness”, Boston Herald, 14 November
“Michael Joo: The List Visual Arts Center”, The Art Newspaper, October
“Michael Joo”, Flash Art, July-September
C.Jun, “[Sculpture] Coyote Howling; The Metaphoric Musings of a Korean-American artist”, Korea
Now (Digital Korea Herald) 26 July
K. M.Park, “Michael Joo”, ART AsiaPacific, no.37 January/February/March, p. 75
O.Sand, “Asian Art Profile, Michael Joo and Doho Suh”, The Asian Art Newspaper, v.6, no.3, p.  

S.Schmerler, “Spirited Away: Three Exhibitions of Buddhist Art Point the Way to Enlightenment”,Time Out New York, no.396, 1-8 May, p. 56

2002
M.Anderson,”Artist Tinkers with Notions of Sculpture”, The Korea Times, p. 30
M.Kerr, “Michael Joo at Anton Kern Gallery”, Tema Celeste, no. 94, December
A.Church “Michael Joo at Anton Kern Gallery”, Flash Art, v. 35, no. 227, November/December
N.Princenthal, “Michael Joo at Anton Kern”, Art in America, v.90, no.11, November, p. 153
City Edition, no. 16193, November, p. 16
“Michael Joo”, The New Yorker, 30 September
M.Schwendener, “Michael Joo–Anton Kern Gallery”, Time Out New York, no.364, 19-26
September
“The Mind is a Horse”, Time Out London, 18 September, p55
A.Dannat, “Michael Joo–Anton Kern Gallery”, The Art Newspaper, no.128, SeptemberM.Meneguzzo, “Michael Joo at Paolo Curti & Co”, Artforum, v.40, no.10, Summer, p. 184
E.Heartney, “Import/Export: The Body East”, Art in America, v.90, no.4, April, pp. 44- 7, 49
H.Cotter, “Calligraphy, Cavorting Pigs and Other Body-Minded Happenings”, New York Times, 25
January, Late Edition—Final, Section E, Column 1, p. 45

2001
D.Chong, “Korean American Views: on Exile, Travel, and Belonging”, ARTAsiaPacific (Australia), no.29, pp. 27-9
M.Hubl, Susanne Boecker, Doris von Drather, Heinz-Norbert Jocks and Paolo, Bianchi, “Die
Landerpavillons: ein Fotorundgang von Wolfgang Tragers”, Kunstforum International (Germany),
no.156, August-October, pp. 187-287
L.Yee., “Balancing Act,” Asian American Arts Dialogue, Spring, pp. 12-17

2000
S.Canning, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Sifting through the Whitney Biennial 2000;
Home Sweet Home ‘Greater New York’ Bucks the Biennial”, Art Papers, July/August, pp. 20-5
G.Glueck, “Push a Show’s Buttons and It Pushes Back”, New York Times, 20 June, Late Edition—
Final, Section C, Column 3, p. 22
L.Jae-hee, “Exhibition focuses on Korean-American Heritage”, The Korea Herald, 27 May, no.14,
490, p. 12
Lily Wei, “2000 Biennial Exhibition”, ARTnews, v.99, no.5, May, p. 225
M.Kimmelman,”A New Team at the Whitney Makes Its Biennial Pitch”, New York Times, 24
March, Late Edition—Final, Section E, Column 1, p. 31
H.Cotter, “Deterritorialization of Process”, New York Times, 17 March, Late Edition—Final,
Section E. column 3, p. 37
R.Mahoney, “Deterritorialization of Process”, Time Out New York, no.233, 9-16 March, p. 59

1999
R.Jones, “Michael Joo”, Frieze, no.49, November-December, p. 106
R.Mahoney,”Michael Joo at Anton Kern Gallery”, Time Out New York, no.196, 24 June-1 July, p.
67
K.Johnson, “Michael Joo”, New York Times, 4 June, Late Edition—Final, Section E, Column 4, p.
33
D.Pinchbeck,”Michael Joo”, Art Newspaper, v.10. no.93, June, p. 69
Barry Schwabsky, “Report from Sweden: Surrounded by Sculpture”, Art in America, v.87, no.1,
January, pp. 56-7, p. 59

1998
A.Yang, “MSG: The Processed Art of Michael Joo”, Yang, Why Asia? 

1997
H.Cotter, “Michael Joo”, New York Times, 24 January, Late Edition—Final, Section C, Column 4, p.29
“Techno-Seduction: An Exhibition of Multimedia Installation Work by Forty Artists”, Art Journal,
v.56, no.1, Spring, pp. 113-45

1996
A. Dannat, “La Belle et La Bête”, Flash Art International, v.29, no.187, March/April, p. 50
Y.Kim, “In the Eye of the Tiger: New Korean Art in the U.S”, ART AsiaPacific (Sydney, Australia),
v.3, no.3, pp. 77-80
R.Vine, “Michael Joo at Galerie Anne de Villepoix and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de
Paris, France”, Art in America, v.84, no.3, March, p. 109

1995
F.Bonami, “Kwangju Biennale”, Flash Art International, v.28, no.185, November/December, pp.
39, 46
Margriet Schavemaker, “Stragglers”, Bureau Amsterdam, The Netherlands Bulletin (Stedelijk
Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands), no.17, October
D.Barrett, “Michael Joo at Anthony D’Offay Gallery”, Frieze, no.22, May-June, pp. 66-7
L.Gillick,”Miss Me”, Art Monthly (London), no.185, April, pp. 11-13
“Metro Choice”, The Independent (London), 19 February
Adrian Searle, “Art Review”, Time Out London, February 

1994
M. Ritchie, “Michael Joo”, Flash Art International, v.27, no.179, November/ December, p. 69-70
E. Heartney, “Import/Export. Hybrid Identities”, Art in America, v.82, no.9, September, p. 47-51
C. Schwartzman, “Michael Joo,” New Art Examiner, no.27, September, p. 55-57
L. Nesbitt, “Michael Joo: Nordanstad Gallery, Petzel/Borgmann Gallery,” Artforum, v.33, no.1,
September
K. F. Magnan, “Michael Joo at Nordanstad/Petzel-Borgmann”, Asian Art News, v.4, no.4,
July/August,pp. 89-90
A.Wilson, “Out of Control”, Art Monthly, no.177, June, p. 3-9
A.Choon, “Openings….”, Art & Antiques, v.XVII, no.3, March, p. 20
R. Jones, P. Lee, and M. Joo, “Learning from Waco”, Flash Art International, v.27, no.173,
January/February, pp. 82-3

1993
H.Cotter, “Across the Pacific,” New York Times, 10 December
K.Levin, “Seoul Searching”, The Village Voice, v.38, no.44, 2 November, p. 104
R.Bogawa and M.Joo,”Exchange/Expansion/Expenditure”, Documents, v.1, no.3, Spring, pp. 36-
48

1992
J.Connelly, “Michael Joo at Nordanstad/Skarstedt”, Flash Art International, v.25, no.165,
July/August, p. 112

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