Clay Ketter



Born in Brunswick, Maine, 1961
Lives and works in Lilla Uppåkra, Sweden.


1986 State University of New York
Purchase Center for the Arts, BFA

Solo Exhibitions:

2013 “See What I Mean,” Bartha Contemporary, London
2012 “Road: Clay Ketter with Nils Bergendal,” Galleri Magnus Åklundh, Malmö, Sweden
“Clay Ketter on purpose,” Galleri Ping-Pong, Malmö, Sweden
“Clusterwork,” Martin Bryder Gallery  Lund, Sweden
“Courtyards and Symmetric Settlements,”Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
Sonnabend Gallery, New York
2010 Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Galleri Mårtenson&Persson, Båstad, Sweden
Bartha Contemporary, London
2009 Moderna Museet; May 30 – August 16
Galerie Daniel Templon
Sonnabend Gallery, New York
David Schwarz Project II: Clay Ketter, Richard & Dolly Maas  Gallery, School of Art+Design, Purchase College, S.U.N.Y., NY
Galleri Magnus Åklundh, Malmö [SE]
2008 “Coastal”, Brandstrom Stockholm
Bartha Contemporary, London
2007 Galleri Magnus Åklundh, Malmö, Sweden
Galleri Specta, Copenhagen
Brändström and Stene, Stockholm
Sonnabend Gallery, New York
2006 Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
2005 Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Brändström and Stene, Stockholm
Box 2.0, Copenhagen “Corner Bender”; (collaboration with B&K+)
2004 Galleri Magnus Åklundh, Malmö, Sweden
Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg
Galleri Specta, Copenhagen
2003 Niels Borch Jensen Verlag und Druck, Berlin
2002 Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Lunds Konsthall, Lund
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Galleri Specta, Copenhagen
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
Galleri Stefan Anderson, Umeå
2001 Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
Galleri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm
NEG/No Limits Gallery, Milan
Galleri Magnus Aklundh, Malmoe
Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg
1999 Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Galleri Specta, Copenhagen
Rose Art Gallery, Brandeis University
1999 Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Galleri Andreas Brandstrom, Stockholm, Sweden
1997 C/O – Atle Gerhardsen, Oslo
1996 Fargfabriken, Stockholm
Krognoshuset / Aura, Lund
White Cube/Jay Jopling, London
Galleri Mors Mossa, Goteborg
Galleri Andreas Brandstrom, Stockholm
1995 Art Cologne, BVDG International Sponsorship Programme /
Galleri Andreas Brandstrom
Stockholm Art Hotel, Gallerie Andreas Brandstrom, Stockholm
1994 Forumgalleriet, Malmo
Galleri Andreas Brandstrom, Stockholm
1993 Galleri Mors Mossa, Goteborg
1992 Pictura, Lund

Group Exhibitions:

2012 Freakshow, Malmö, Sweden
Collectors of Skies, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
photoGRAPHIC, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen
2011 MADRE, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, Naples
Sense and Capability, Collection of Tore A. Holm, Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tønsberg, Norway
Within / Beyond Borders, The Collection of the European Investment Bank
at the Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athens, Greece
De/Constructing the Norm, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Habitat, Galleri Specta, Copenhagen
MMK 1991-2011 20 Jahre Gegenwart, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Ileana Sonnabend. An Italian Portrait, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
Social Structures,Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketcham, Idaho
2010 Space Invasion, Niels Borch Jensen Gallery, Berlin
Galleri Örsta, Kumla, Sweden
Konstruktioner, Västerås konstmuseum
Contemporary Swedish Art and Design, American Ambassador’s Residence, Stockholm, Sweden
Icons of a Modern Age, Bartha Contemporary, London, UK
2009 Deformities of Speed, Sophienholm, Lyngby, Denmark
After Architecture. Typologies of the Afterwards, Arts Santa Mònica, Barçelona
Vitt, Vitt, Vitt, Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, Stockholm, Sweden
Branded and On Display (cur. Judith Hoos Fox & Ginger Gregg Duggan),
Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
2008 “Branded and on Display”; Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford,
Massachusetts; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona
“Presque Rien II”, Laure Genillard, London
The American Friends of the Moderna Museet Inc, Benefit Auction, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
2007 “Branded and on Display”; Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign
2006 “It depends… between Art and Design”; Biennale International Design 2006, Saint Etienne (cur. Lorand Hégyi – Marc Partouche)
“Homestories”; Galerie Münsterland, Emsdetten (cur. Stefan Rasche)
“Besökarna (The Visitors)”; Västra Hamnen, Malmö
2005 “The The”; Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London
“Contemporary Sculpture in the Nordic Countries 1980-2005”;
The Wanås Foundation; Knisslinge, Sweden
2004 “Visions of America: Contemporary Art from the Essl Collection and the Sonnabend Collection, New York”; Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuberg/Vienna; October 2004 – March 2005
“Objects versus Design – Le Design Autrement”; 4th Biennale Internationale de Design; Musée Art Moderne, Saint-Étienne Metropole
“Ruina: Esthetics of Destruction”; Estudio Helga de Alvear, Madrid
“Maleri?”, Galleri F15; Moss, Norway
Umedalen Skulptur, Umeå
2003 “Solares (The Ideal City)”; 2nd Bienal de Valencia
“Private/Corporate II: DaimlerChrysler Collection / Sonnabend Collection”, DaimlerChrysler Contemporary, Berlin
“Carnegie Art Award 2002”; Victoria Miro Warehouse
2002 “The Unthought Known” White Cube2, London
“From Pop to Now: Selections from the Sonnabend Collection”, The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
“Through a Sequence of Space”, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin
“Hovedbygningen Malmö”, Galleri F15, Moss
2001 “Le repubbliche dell’arte: Interferenze, Palazzo delle Papesse, Sienna
“Painting in Transformation”, Vikingsbergs Konstmuseum, Helsingborg
“Robert Ryman – Retrospective”, Kunstmuseum, Bonn
“Century of Innocence – The History of the White Monochrome” Liljevalchs konsthall, Stockholm
2000 “Painting Zero Degree” (cur. Carlos Basualdo), Independent Curators International, New York; traveling to: Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Fred Jones Jr. Art Museum, University of Oklahoma; Norman Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio (catalogue)
“Against Design” (cur. Steven Beyer), Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; traveling to: Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, Florida; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, California; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas city, Missouri (catalogue)
“New Work: Abstract Painting”, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco
Niels Borch Jensen, Berlin
Sonnabend Gallery, New York
“Work and Information”, Galleri Soren Houmann, Copenhagen
“Impostures: Clay Ketter and George Stoll” (cur. Lelia Amalfitano), Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
“Century of Innocence – The History of the White Monochrome” (cur. Asa Nacking, Bo Nilsson, Rooseum-Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo (catalogue)
Galleri Magnus Aklundh, Malmo
Galleri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm
“Robert Rymn-Retrospective” (cur. Dr. Bernhart Schwenk), Haus der Kunst, Munich; Kunstmuseum, Bonn (catalogue)
1999 “Primary Structures” (Martin Gerwers + Clay Ketter + Gerold Miller + Beat Zoderer) (cur. Jan Winkelmann) Galerie fur Zeitgenossische Kunst Leipzig (catalogue)
“Effulgent” (cur. Sven Lundh), Malmo Konstmuseum
“Built”, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica
“Hvid”, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (catalogue)
“Carnegie Art Award 1999” Oslo, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Reykjavik, London (catalogue)
1998 “Fischli & Weiss, Clay Ketter, Jeff Koons” Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Paul Morris Gallery, New York
“Lebensraum” Nordiska Museet, Stockholm
“Platser” Riksarkivet, Stockholm
“Young Americans 2” Saatchi Gallery, London
“Speculation” Specta, Copenhagen
“Everyday” 11th Biennale of Sydney
“Every Other Day” Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1997 “Thomas Demand + Clay Ketter” Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich
“Lousiana Udstillingen ‘97” Louisiana, Denmark
“Stefan Kern + Clay Ketter + Tobias Rehberger” Galerie Philomene Magers, Cologne
“Beau Geste” Angles Gallery, Los Angeles
“Deposition” Venice Biennale
“Junge Kunst International 97” Overbeck – Gesellshaft, Lubeck
1996 “Interiors” (Fischli-Weiss + Clay Ketter + Abigail Lane) Galerie Chantel Crousel, Paris
“Abstract/Real” Museum Moderner Kunst / Stiftung Ludvig, Vienna
“Form Follows Anything” (with Catharina Gabrielsson Aman) Fargfabriken, Stockholm (catalogue)
“Pa Tiden” Moderna Museet, Stockholm
“Tidsanda III” Malmo Konstmuseum
“Till Filmen” Goteborgs Konstmuseum
1995 “Shaking Patterns”, “Lagoon 2” W 139, Amsterdam
“Nutopi” Rooseum, Malmo
“Tilt” Malmo
1994 “Black and White” Galerie Anhava, Helsinki
“Lagenhet” Malmo – Goteborg
1993 “Floor Show” Anders Tornberg Gallery, Lund

Selected Bibliography:

2002 Nicole Büsing / Heiko Klaas
“Clay Ketter”,
Artist Kunstmagazin, #51, 2Daniel Birnbaum
“Nachträglich, like kissing the hand of history”
The Unthought Known, White Cube, LondonKen Johnson
“Clay Ketter / Sonnabend”
Art in Review, The New York Times
p.E44, Friday, Jan.18

Matthew Guy Nichols
“Clay Ketter at Sonnabend”
Art in America; #6, June

Nina Möntmann
“Clay Ketter/Galerie Vera Munro”
p. 146, April

Dan Jönsson
“Clay Ketter  & Lars Johan Claesson”
Moderna Museet c/o BoStad 02
Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Håkan Nillson
“Clay Ketter: Materializing the Context”
Konsthistorisk Tidskrift (Journal of Art History)
Taylor & Francis, London
Vol. 71, # 1-2

2000 Beyer, Steven and Brookhart, Melissa
“Things We Live With”,
Against Design exhibition catalogue
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PASozanski, Edward J.
“Along the fuzzy boundary between design and art”,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 13, p.A11Plagens, Peter.
“Against Design”, Feb.7

Hamilton, William L.
“New Art’s Interior Motive”
The New York Times, Feb.3

Nacking, Asa
“The Fading Perfection of Modernism Viewed Through Clay Ketter’s White Paintings”
Century of Innocence exhibition catalogue
Rooseum, Malmo

Ferguson, Bruce
“Labors of Love. Love’s Labors Lost”
Clay Ketter
Propexus, Malmo

Åsa Nacking
“Made Ready-Mades”
Nu: The Nordic Art Review, vol. II, #2

1998 Brooks, Adams and Lisa Liebmann.
“Nothing Left Undone”
Young Americans 2 exhibition catalogue
Saatchi Gallery, LondonAltenburger, Stefan and Brandlhuber, Arno
“Clay Ketter / Andreas Roth”
Specta, Copenhagen
1997 Kent, Sarah.
“Clay Ketter”
Deposition  exhibition catalogue
IASPIS, Venice Biennial XLVII
1996 Arrhenius, Sara.
“Clay Ketter @ Andreas Brandstrom, Stockholm,”
Flash Art , vol.XXIX, #189, summerNilsson, Hakan.
“Clay Ketter on Finding the Rules,”
Material, #30.Birnbaum, Daniel.
“IKEA at the End of Metaphysics,”

Hegyi, Lorand.
Abstrakt/ Real exhibition catalogue
Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien.  pp.206-209.

Birnbaum, Daniel.
Before and After Painting.  exhibition catalogue
BVDG International Sponsorship Programme, Art
also Art + Text, #54 (edited version)

1995 Decter, Joshua.
“Visionary Pragmatism and the Triumph of Chameleon Aesthetics” Nutopi  exhibition catalogue
Rooseum, Malmo


Arken, Denmark
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo
Bonnier Företagen, Stockholm
Dunkers Kulterhus, Helsingborg
European Investment Bank, Luxembourg
Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg
Goteborgs Konstmuseum, Goteborg
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington
High Museum of Art, Weighland Family Collection, Atlanta, Georgia
Jumex Collection, Mexico City
Källemo / Sven Lundh, Värnamo
Louisiana, Denmark
Løvbjergs Almene Fonds Samling, Denmark
Malmö Konstmuseet, Malmo
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Musée Art Moderne, Saint-Étienne Métropole
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Museum moderner kunst/ Stiftung Ludvig, Wien
Museum moderner kunst, Frankfurt
Saatchi Collection, London
Skissernas Museum, Lund
Sonnabend Collection, New York
Uppsala Meseet, Uppsala, Sweden
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Permanent Installations:

Foyer, Norrlandsoperan, Umeå