Jenna Gribbon

Jenna Gribbon was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1978. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, US.

Gribbon’s paintings explore the feelings and implications of seeing and being seen. Her paintings are intimate portraits of her friends, partner, family and fellow painters, which encourage the viewer to reflect on their role as a consumer of beauty, and intimacy and as voyeurs of the narratives of others.

A focus on vision permeates every layer of Gribbon’s work, with titles such as ‘Ritualized Looking’, ‘Deck Peek’ and ‘When I looked at you, the light changed’. The scenes are painted from Gribbon’s first point perspective, making the artist’s presence felt by emphasising her particular viewpoint. The viewer directly replaces the artist, seeing Gribbon’s subject from the exact position that she occupied in the scene, not only looking at the subject but invited to view Gribbon’s own experience of looking at them

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Solo exhibitions
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
F, Dog Tricks, MASSIMODECARLO Pièce Unique, Paris
USA, Jenna Gribbon: The Honeymoon Show!, Lévy Gorvy Dayan, New York
PRC, A Domestic Cast, MASSIMODECARLO, Hong Kong
I, Mirages, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia
D, Empowerment, Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg
UK, Light Holding, MASSIMODECARLO, London
USA, Uscapes, Fredericks & Freiser, New York
USA, The Artist Eroticized, Tennis Elbow, The Journal Gallery, New York
D, Regarding Me Regarding You, GNYP Gallery, Berlin
USA, GAY, GAY, GAY!, Howard's Gallery, Athens, Georgia
USA, When I Looked at You the Light Changed, Fredericks & Freiser, New York
USA, I promise I won’t paint you while you’re sleeping, Modern Love Club, New York, NY
USA, re: The Mirrored Veil, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, NY
USA, Jenna Gribbon, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
USA, Visions of an Insomniac Soothsayer, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, NY
USA, Empty Paintings and Imaginary Sculptures, Sarah Bowen Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Group exhibitions
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
USA, When You See Me: Visibility in Contemporary Art/History, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
I, Effetto Notte: Day for Night, Palazzo Barberini, Roma
USA, Rear View, LGDR, New York
USA, Making Their Mark Curated by Cecilia Alemani, Shah Garg Foundation, New York
USA, Dreaming of Home, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York
USA, In New York, Thinking of You, FLAG Art Foundation, New York
D, Queering the Narrative, NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen
D, Empowerment, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
DN, Heroic Bodies, Rudolph Tegners Museum, Dronningmølle
D, Queering the Narrative, NAK, Aquisgrana
I, Pupille. Ci fioriscono gli occhi se ci guardiamo Curated by Rita Selvaggio, Casa Masaccio Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea, San Giovanni Valdarno
USA, Taxonomies of Imagination Curated by Andrew Sandor, MAKE ROOM, Los Angeles
USA, Pictus Porrectus, Art & Newport Foundation in conjunction with Newport Preservation Society, Newport
USA, I do my own stunts Curated by Jack Siebert and Caio Twombly, Spazio Amanita, Hollywood
USA, Living Histories: Queer Views and Old Masters, The Frick Collection
USA, Women Painting Women, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth
Holland, Equal Affections Curated by Edwin Oostmeijer, Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam
F, Portraiture One Century Apart, MASSIMODECARLO Pièce Unique, Paris
UK, Portraiture One Century Apart, MASSIMODECARLO, London
USA, Mother and Child, Friends Indeed, San Francisco
USA, Towards a More Beautiful Oblivion, Fredericks & Freiser, New York
USA, and I will wear you in my heart of heart, Flag Art Foundation, New York
J, I Care Because You Do Curated by Matt Black, The Mass, Tokyo
F, Women in Paris Curated by Henry Relph, William Leung and Michael Dupouy, Hussenot Gallery, Paris
NL, Equal Affections, GRIMM, Amsterdam
D, Female Body: The view of the feminine from Albrecht Dürer to Marina Abramović, Kurpfälzisches Museum Heidelberg, Heidelberg
UK, Jenna Gribbon and Agnès Varda, Sim Smith, London
UK, Contemporary Domesticity,, Taymour Grahne Projects, London
I, San Damiano Sessions, Carl Koystál, Milan
UK, Portraiture One Century Apart, MASSIMODECARLO, London
USA, Sit Still Curated by Deborah Brown and Patty Horing, Anna Zorina Gallery, New York, NY
USA, I Want to Feel Alive Again, Lyles & King, New York, NY


Author, Publication Title, Date
Crain, Julia, PIQUE Magazine, October
Dafoe, Taylor, Artnet News, August
Luong, Tony, The New York Times, July
Slash Magazine, May
Feldman, Sonia, Creative Boom
Woolbright, Andrew, Two Coats of Paint
Reyburn, Scott, The Art Newspaper, November
Zahm, Oliver, Purple Magazine (issue #34)
Bonilla-Edgington, Jennifer R., Artspeak, October
Bogojev, Sasha, Juxtapoz, October
Saltz, Jerry, VULTURE, October
Indrisek, Scott, Artforum, September
Vogel, Maria, Art of Choice, August
Art Reveal Magazine, July
Tenzer, Harrison, Cultured Magazine, June
Watlington, Emily, Art in America, October
White, Katie, Artnet News, September
Goldstein, Caroline, Artnet News, July
Neuman, Barry N., WHITEHOT MAGAZINE, January
Greenberg, Kevin, The Last Magazine, April
Wylde, Kaitlyn, NYLON, June
Leverett, Louise, Rock the Tribes, December
Elwick-Bates, Emma, Vogue, July
Guzio, Taryn, REALSTYLE, July
Bar, Karin, The Unlimited Magazine, October
Interview Magazine, July
Refinery, April
Tips & Picks, NY Arts Magazine, October
Fine Art of Family, October
Lange, C e N Ohlsen, Kunsthalle Emden, Exhibition Catalogue. 'p' 86, February

Public collections

X Museum, Beijing
Deji Art Museum, Nanjing
Kurpfälzisches Museum, Heidelberg
Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia
MAMCO, Genève
United States of America
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans
Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Brooklyn Museum, New York
SMFMoMA, San Francisco
MFA, Boston
the Netherlands
Kunstmuseum, The Hague


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