Adam Pendleton

Adam Pendleton

Spanning painting, performance, video and writing, Adam Pendleton’s (b. 1984) practice is profoundly eclectic and critical. The artist engages with problematics inherent to mechanisms of representation, delving into language, abstraction and the notion of ‘blackness’. Working predominantly in black and white, Pendleton unpicks and deconstructs dominant historical, political, socio-cultural and aesthetic discourses, putting forward alternative narratives. Within his own concept of ‘Black Dada’, the artist investigates the past in order to ‘imagine alternate presents’. Relying on appropriation, Pendleton creates works that merge references ranging from Dadaism to the Black Arts Movement.

‘Pendleton is a rare artist in his ability to synthesise disciplines and mediums, and to steer with collaborators towards “total works”, which yet remain drafts of a larger essayistic practice. His works — like those of his many avant-garde forebears—are experimental in the truest sense. He sets up a laboratory in which our social and political desires can appear, however fleetingly. Historical materials (images, sounds, and printed language) become a point of departure for making present what cannot be grasped by representations of history (narratives, archives): the emergence of events and situations, which can only become known retroactively. Recent live art has rarely been more conscious of its origins in civil disobedience and the civil rights movement, where we view the body as a site of social antagonism, and as a “case” for struggles for recognition and justice. With Pendleton’s work, even though we are often left with aporias and blind spots, we feel the force of historical matter self-organizing and finding form beyond representability and essence. We discover the protest of the object—works of art and performance resisting their subsumption by common epistemological frameworks and modes of narration posing as truth.’

T. Donovan, ‘Adam Pendleton’, in BOMB Magazine, 2011

Image: Untitled (After Julius Eastman), 2019, silkscreen ink and spray paint on canvas, 91.4 x 71.1 cm.; 36 x 28 in. Photo: Andy Romer

Artist Interview

Solo Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

Selected Institutional Exhibitions




Born in Richmond, USA


Artspace Independent Study Program, Pietrasanta

Lives and works in Germantown and Brooklyn, New York


Allen Art Collection, Oberlin

Amorepacific Museum of Art, Seoul

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Centro de Art Mayo CA2M, Madrid 

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas

DePaul Art Museum, Chicago

Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis

Kistefos Museum, Jevnaker

Longlati Foundation, Shanghai

Los Angeles County Museum of Art 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis 

Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris 

Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Paris

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum, Providence

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

Tate, London

University of Chicago



To Divide By
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis

Blackness, White, and Light

Mumok, Vienna


These Things We’ve Done Together
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal

Adam Pendleton: Toy Solider
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Maag Areal, Zurich

Adam Pendleton: In Abstraction
Pace Gallery, Geneva


Pace Gallery, Palm Beach

Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris

Who Is Queen?
The Museum of Modern Art, New York (catalogue)

David Adjaye Adam Pendleton
Pace Gallery, Hong Kong (catalogue)


Begin Again
David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

Consortium Museum, Dijon

Elements of Me
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (catalogue)


These Elements of Me
Pace Gallery, Seoul

Who We Are
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (catalogue)

NO THING: Adam Pendleton / Pope L.
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich


Liam Gillick Adam Pendleton
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, New York

Our Ideas
Pace Gallery, London (catalogue)

New Works
Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon

what a day was this
Lever House, New York

List Projects
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge


Which We Can
Pace Gallery, Palo Alto

Front Room
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore

shot him in the face
KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin
Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

Becoming Incredible
Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland

Just back from Los Angeles: A portrait of Yvonne Rainer
Performa video comission premier at Anthology Film Archives, New York


Midnight in America
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich

Becoming Imperceptible
Contemporary arts center New Orleans, New Orleans;
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver;
Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (2017) (catalogue)


New Work
Pace Gallery, London


Selected Works
Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago

Pace Gallery, New York


I'll Be Your
Pace Gallery, London (catalogue)


New Black Dada Paintings
Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon

the women
Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago

Radio (One)
Salina Art Center, Kansas (catalogue)


The Kitchen, New York

Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary

EL T D K Los Angeles
Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles

chandelier across cognition generates glow linguistic signals perception
Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon


EL T D K Amsterdam. Part I: three scenes
Kunstverein, Amsterdam

Haunch of Venison, Berlin (catalogue)


Rendered in Black
Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indiana


Rendered in Black and Rendered
Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago


Bam Split Lab and the Afro Futuristic Underground
Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles


Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles

Deeper Down There
Yvon Lambert, New York

Gorilla, My Love
Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago


Being Here
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, University of Illinois, Urbana

Being Here
Wallspace Gallery, New York



In Defense of Symbolic Value: Artistic Procedures in the Resort, curated by Isabelle Graw
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Adam Pendleton: To Divide By
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis

Distant Voices
Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris


Burning at the Edges
Longlati Foundation, Shanghai

On Certainty: Gifts from Collection of Suzanne F. Cohen
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore

Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It’s Kept
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Performing Documents: Modes of Assembling
Center for Book Arts, New York

This Tender, Fragile Thing
Jack Shainman Gallery, The School, Kinderhook, New York

Seoul Pop-Up Exhibition
David Kordansky Gallery, Seoul


Oehlen, Pendleton, Pope.L, Sillman
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (catalogue)

Subliminal Horizons
Alexander Gray Associates, Germantown & New York

Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America
New Museum, New York (catalogue)

APMA, CHAPTER THREE – from the APMA Collection
Amorepacific Museum of Art, Seoul


Artists for New York
Hauser & Wirth, New York

Drawing 2020
Gladstone Gallery, New York

To Be Determined
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas

Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich

Mapping the Collection
Museum Ludwig, Cologne

Yesterday's Tomorrow: Selections from the Rose Collection, 1933–2018
Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham


If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv

Manifesto: Art X Agency
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington

Surface Tension
Carolina Nitsch Project Room, New York


LeWitt, Nevelson, Pendleton Part II
Pace Gallery, Geneva

Acquisition Selection 2018
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

DPAM Collects: Happy Little Trees and Other Recent Acquisitions
DePaul Art Museum, Chicago

LeWitt, Nevelson, Pendleton
Pace Gallery, Geneva

Second Sight: The Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick


Public Movement: On Art, Politics, and Dance
Moderna Museet, Malmö

Sonic Rebellion: Music as Resistance
Museum of Contemporray Art, Detroit

I am you, you are too
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

How to live together
Kunsthalle wien, Vienna

The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin
The Jewish Museum, New York

American African American
Phillips, London

OCCUPY MANA: Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale That Society Has the Capacity to Destroy (Year 1)
Mana Contemporary, Jersey City


The Eighth Climate (What does Art do?)
11th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju

The revolution will not be grey
Aspen Art Musuem, Colorado

The language of things
Public art fund, City Hall Park, New York

Blackness in Abstraction
Pace Galley, New York

New Visions
Tensta Konsthall, Spanga

Lorraine O´Grady: Initial Recognition
Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville


Personne et les autres
Belgian Pavilion, 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale de Venezia, Venice

Sharon Hayes, Tony Lewis, Adam Pendleton
Andrea Rosen Gallery 2, New York

Adventures of the black square: Abstract Art and Society 1915–2015
Whitechapel Gallery, London

Young, Gifted and Black
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

The 2015 Biennial of the Americas: Now? Now!
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver


Civil Rights
Void, Derry

Selected Works
Travesia Cuarto, Guadalajara

We Love Video This Summer
Pace, Beijng

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Love Story – The Anne & Wolfgang Titze Collection
Winter Palace and 21er Haus, Belvedere, Vienna

The Disappearance of the Fireflies
Collection Lambert, Avignon

Joan Jonas & Adam Pendleton
Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon


The 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts: Interruption
International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana

Warhol Ones
Half Gallery, New York

After Hours 2: Murals on the Bowery
Art Production Fund, in partnership with The New Museum, Bowery


Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art
Contemporary Art Museum, Houston;
Grey Art Gallery at New York University, New York (2013);
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2013);
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2014)

Books: Adam Pendleton, Matt Keegan and Ricardo Valentim
Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon

Alphabets/Heaps of Language
The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Phantom Limb: Approaches to Painting Today
Museum of Contemporary art, Chicago

La Triennale: Intense Proximity
Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Heart to Hand
Swiss Institute/Contemporary Art, New York


A Promise Is A Cloud
MetroTech Center, New York

Never Odd or Even
Grimmuseum, Berlin

Fifth Contour Biennial, Mechelen

Soft Machines
The Pace Gallery, New York


Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia

It Is Written
Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz

Greater New York 2010
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York

Collected: Reflections on the Permanent Collection
Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

Self as Disappearance
Centre d’Art Contemporain, La Synagogue de Delme, Delme

Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin

From Then to Now: Masterworks of Contemporary African American Art
Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland

Afro-Modernism: Journeys through the Black Atlantic
Tate Liverpool, Liverpool

Blood of a Poet
Thierry Goldberg Projects, New York


The One Hundred and Sixty-Third Floor
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

After 1968: Contemporary Artists and The Civil Rights Legacy
California African American Museum, Los Angeles

Performa 09: The Prompt
White Slab Palace, New York

Cargo/Cargo Manifest/Cargo Vision
Autocenter, Berlin

Infinitesimal Eternity
Yale University School of Art, New Haven

Black Hole
Kunsthalle Andratx, Mallorca

Constellations: Paintings from the MCA Collection
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Encodings: Artists in Residence, 2008–2009
Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

Talk Show
Institute of Contemporary Art, London

The Generational: Younger Than Jesus
New Museum, New York


Matter of Fact: Aftermath
Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo

U-TURN: Perform History II, U-TURN Quadrennial for Contemporary Art
Aarhus Art Building, Aarhus

Manifesto Marathon
Serpentine Gallery, London

Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles

Manifesta 7: Matter of Fact
Manifattura Tabacchi, Rovereto (catalogue)

Freeway Balconies
Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin

The Future as Disruption
The Kitchen, New York

After 1968: Contemporary Artists and the Civil Rights Legacy
High Museum of Art, Atlanta (catalogue)

Object: The Undeniable Success of Operations
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Hey Hey Glossolalia: The Eroticism of Pedagogy
Creative Time, Judson Memorial Church, New York (catalogue)


Performa 07: The Second Biennial of New Visual Art Performance
Stephen Weiss Studio, New York

Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago;
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2008);
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2008) (catalogue)

Resistance Is…
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Commemorating Thirty Years, Part III, 1991–2007
Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago


Intersteller Low Ways
Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago

R³: Reading ‘Ritin ‘Rithmetic, 30 Years Later
Castle Gallery, Inverness

Sea Change
Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles

Please Love Me
Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee

Figures de l’acteur: Le paradoxe du comédien
Collection Lambert, Avignon

Message Personnel
Yvon Lambert, Paris


Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (catalogue)

25 Bold Moves
House of Campari, New York

Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art since 1970
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (catalogue)


When Contemporary Art Speaks
Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indiana

Seven More (Things We Like)
Conner Contemporary Art, Washington D.C.

Black Milk: Theories on Suicide
Marvelli Gallery, New York

Optimo: Manifestations of Optimism in Contemporary Art
Ballroom Marfa, Texas

It’s About Memory
Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago


Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2023 (Eds.): Oehlen, Pendleton, Pope.L, Sillman, 2023

Galerie Max Hetzler (Ed.): Adam Pendleton: Who We Are, Berlin, 2019

Pace Gallery (Ed.): Adam Pendleton: Our Ideas, London, 2018

König Books (Ed.):Adam Pendleton: Black Dada Reader, London, 2017

Contemporary Arts Center (Ed.): Adam Pendleton: Becoming Imperceptible, New Orleans, 2016

Pace Gallery (Ed.): Adam Pendleton: I’ll Be Your, London, 2012

Salina Art Center (Ed.): RADIO, Salina, 2011

Haunch of Venison (Ed.): Adam Pendleton: EL T D K, Berlin, 2009

Kunstverein Publishing (Ed.): Grey-Blue Grain, Amsterdam, 2009

Galerie Yvon Lambert (Ed.): Adam Pendleton: So I Independent in Georgia in the 90's, Paris / New York, 2006



In Defence of Symbolic Value: Artistic Procedures in the Resort

Exhibition Poster

€ 10.00

Oehlen, Pendleton, Pope.L, Sillman

Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2023
With a conversation between Amy Sillman, Adam Pendleton, and Isabelle Graw

€ 30.00

Adam Pendleton: Oehlen, Pendleton, Pope.L, Sillman

Exhibition Poster

€ 20.00

Adam Pendleton: Who We Are

Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London, Berlin 2019
With texts by Omar Berrada

€ 50.00

Adam Pendleton, Who We Are

Exhibition Poster

€ 20.00

Adam Pendleton, Who We Are

Exhibition Poster

€ 20.00

Selected Press

Architectural Digest November 2022

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T Magazine September 2022

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Montreal Gazette March 2022

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frieze October 2021

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The New York Times September 2021

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Interview Magazine Summer 2021

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ARTnews June 2020

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Der Tagesspiegel June 2019

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The New York Times May 2018

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WSJ Magazine March 2018

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The Brooklyn Rail September 2016

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Art in America January 2015

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The New York Observer April 2012

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Artforum November 2011

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BOMB Magazine November 2010

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The New York Times May 2010

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