Tony Oursler

Born in 1957 in New York; lives and works in New York. Attended California Institute for the Arts (BFA 1979). Teaches at Massachusetts College of Art, Boston.

Tony Oursler's work in the mediums of video, sculpture, installation, performance, and painting has been exhibited extensively in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, including Metro Pictures, New York; Portikus, Frankfurt; and Documenta, Kassel. A book on his work will be published this year by Portikus.

One-person Exhibitions:


University Art Museum, University of California, Berkley

"Video Viewpoints," Museum of Modern Art, New York

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago


The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Boston Film/Video Foundation, Boston

"A Scene," P.S. 1, New York

"Complete Works," The Kitchen, New York

Soho TV M/T Channel 10, New York


La Mamelle, San Francisco

"My Sets," Media Study, Buffalo

"Son of Oil," A Space, Toronto

LACE-Panic House, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles

"X Catholic," (performance in collaboration with Mike Kelley), Beyond Baroque,

Los Angeles


Anthology Film Archives, New York

"L-7, L-5," The Kitchen, New York

David Mo Gallery, New York

1985 Kijkhuis, Den Haag, The Netherlands

Kunst Delft, Delft, Holland

Espace Lyonnais d'Art Contemporain, Lyon, France

Schule fur Gestaltung, Basel

The American Center, Paris


"Spheres of Influence," Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (exhib. cat.)

New Langton Arts, San Francisco

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Nova Scotia

Boston Film/Video Foundation, Boston


The Kitchen, New York


"Tony Oursler's Works," Le Lieu, Quebec City

"Constellation: Intermission," Diane Brown Gallery, New York

Western Front, Vancouver

Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies/EZTV, Los Angeles


"Relatives" (video performance in collaboration with Constance DeJong), The

Kitchen, New York; Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyak; Seattle Arts

Museum, Washington; Mikery Theatre, Amsterdam; ECG-TV Studios, Frankfurt

"Drawings, Objects, Videotapes," Delta Gallery, Dusseldorf Museum

Folkwang Museum, Essen (exhib. cat.)

Collective for Living Cinema, New York

Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Basel

Bobo Gallery, San Francisco

1990 Hallwalls, Buffalo, New York

Diane Brown Gallery, New York

The Kitchen, New York

"On Our Own," Segue Gallery, New York


Diane Brown Gallery, New York

"Dummies, Hex Signs, Watercolours," The Living Room, San Francisco

The Pacific Film Archives, San Francisco

The Cinematheque, San Francisco


"F/X Plotter, 2 Way," Kijkhuis, The Hague, The Netherlands

"Station Project" (with James Casebere), Kortrijk Railway Station

The Space, Boston

The Knitting Factory, New York


"Phobic/White Trash," Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneve; Kunstwerke, Berlin;

Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (exhib. cat.)

The Living Room, San Francisco

"Dummies, Dolls, and Poison Candy," IKON Gallery, Birmingham; Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool (split site exhibition, exhib. cat.)


Lisson Gallery, London

Jean Bernier Gallery

Linda Cathcart Gallery, Santa Monica

"System for Dramatic Feedback," Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany (traveling, exhib. cat.)

"Dummies, Flowers, Alters, Clouds, and Organs," Metro Pictures (Oct. 29-Nov. 26)

"Tony Oursler-Recent Video Works," The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii (Nov. 16-Jan. 15)

1995 rum, Malmo, Sweden (Jan. 14-Feb. 19)

Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland (Jan. 26-May 21)

"Video Installations, Objects, Watercolors," Musee des Arts Modernes et Contemporains, Strasbourg, France (Feb. 18-April 2)

Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France

Stedlijk Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Holland

Wiener Secession, Austria (May 24-July 9)

Selected Group Exhibitions:

1984 "The Luminous Image," Stedjelijk Museum, Amsterdam

1987 "L'epoque, la mode, la morale, la passion," Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

"Aspects of Media: Video," Department of Video/Art Advisory Service of the

Museum of Modern Art for Johnson & Johnson

"Japan 1987 Television and Video Festival, Spiral, Tokyo

"Documenta 8," Kassel

"Schema," Baskerville + Watson Gallery, New York

1988 "The BiNational: American Art of the Late 80s, German Art of the Late 80s," Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

"Film Video Arts, 17 Years," Museum of Modern Art, New York

"World Wide Video Festival," Den Haag

"Twilight, Festival Belluard 88 Bolwerk," Fribourg

"2nd Videonale," Bonn

"New York Dagen," Kunstichting, Rotterdam

"Videografia," Barcelona

"Varitish," Korea

"New York Musikk," Oslo

"Festival International du Nouveau Cinema et de la Video," Montreal

"Replacement," LACE, Los Angeles

"Interfermental 7," Hallwalls, Buffalo

"Serious Fun Festival," installation for Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center,

New York

1989 "Biennial Exhibition," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

"Video Sculpture 1963-1989," Kolnischer Kunstverein, Koln

"XII Salso Film & TV Festival," Salsomaggiore

"Masterpieces," Stadtgarten, Koln

"Nepotism," Hallwalls, Buffalo

"Video and Language," Museum of Modern Art, New York

"Sanity is Madness," The Artists Foundation Gallery, Boston

"World Wide Video Festival," Den Haag

1990 "The Technological Muse," Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York

"Tendance Multiples, Video des Annees 80," Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

"Video/Objects/Installations/Photography," Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston

"Video Transforms Television - Communicating Unease," New Langton Arts,

San Francisco

1991 "New York Times Festival," Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent, Belgium

"Triune," Bluecoat Gallery, Video Positive Festival, Liverpool

1992 "Documenta 9," Kassel

1993 "Love Again," Kunstraum Elbschloss

"3rd International Biennale in Nagoya-Artec '93," Nagoya City Art Museum

"Privat," Gallery F-15, Oslo, Norway

1994 "The Laugh of #12," Fort Asperen, Amsterdam

Galleria Galliani, Genoa, Italy (May 27-Oct. 1)

"The Figure," The Lobby Gallery, Deutsche Bank, New York (April 4-May 13)

"Tony Oursler and John Kessler," Salzburg Kunstverein, Austria (exhib. cat.)

Metro Pictures (summer)

Marian Goodman Gallery, NY

Laura Carpenter Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico (July 9-Aug. 2, 2-person show

with Jim Shaw)

"Home Video Redefined: Media, Sculpture and Domesticity," Center of

Contemporary Art, North Miami

"Light," ARTprop, New York (November-December)

"Medienbiennale 94, Minima Media," Leipzig, Germany (Oct. 22-Nov. 1)

"Oh Boy, It's a Girl: Feminismen in der Kunst," Kunstverein Munich (exhib. cat.)

1995 "ARS 95 Helsinki," Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

(Feb. 11-May 28)

"The Message is the Medium: Issues of Representation in Modern Technologies,"

Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, NY (Feb. 12-April 7)

"Zeichen & Wunder," Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland (March 30-June 18)


1976 "Joe, Joe's Transexual Brother and Joe's Woman," 25 mins., s/w

1977- "The Life of Phillis," 55 mins., s/w


1978- "Life," 10 mins., s/w

1979 "Good Things + Bad Things," 10 mins., s/w

1979 "Diamond Head," 25 mins., s/w

"Selected Shorts," 20 mins.

"The Rosery Finger of Dawn," 10 mins., Farbe

"The Loner," 32 mins., Farbe

1981 "Grand Mal," 23 mins., Farbe

1982 "Son of Oil," 18 mins., Farbe

1983 "Spinout," 17 mins.

"Theme Song from Si Fi," 5 mins.

"Rome Hilton," 2 mins.

"My Class," 12 mins., Farbe

1984 "EVOL," 30 mins.

1985 "Spheres d'Influence," 45 mins., Farbe

1986 "Diamond the 8 Lights: Spheres d'Influence," 55 mins.

1987 "Sucker," 5 mins.

1988 "ONOUROWN" (in collaboration with Joe Gibbons), 47 mins.

"Joy Ride TM" (in collaboration with Constance DeJong)

1990 "Tunic (for Karen)," 6 mins.

1991 "Kepone," 10 mins.

Selected Bibliography:


J. Hoberman, "The Weak Bullet; The Loner; Grand Mal," Voice, 23 March


Robert Atkins, "Chicago," Artforum, April


Arlene Zeichner, "Critique of Pure Reason," Voice , 3 April

Constance DeJong, "Tony Oursler L7-L5, 1984," The Luminous Image exhib. cat., Stedelijk Museum)


Kim Gordon, "American Prayers," Artforum, pp 73-77

Ann-Sargent Wooster, "Tony Oursler at MO David," Art in America, December


Centre Georges Pompidou, "Spheres d'Influence, Tony Oursler" (exhib. cat.)

Dorothee Lalanne, "Tony Oursler: Dernier Soir," Cinema, February


Jean Paul Fargier, "Installation a Beaubourg," Le Journal Cahiers du

Cinema, 380, February

Dorothee Lalanne, "Tony Oursler: Dernier Soir," Cinema, 10, February


John Berlinsky, "The Light Fantastic," Metro , October

Jurgen Hohmeyer, "Die Fernbedienung der Kunstgeschichte," Der Spiegel, 52

Elspeth Sage, "The Joy of Collaboration: An Interview with Constance DeJong nd Tony Oursler," Vancouver Guide , 4


C. Carr, "Constance DeJong and Tony Oursler: Relatives, The Kitchen," Artforum, 27, May

Charles Hagen, "Video Art: The Fabulous Chameleon," Artnews, 88, Summer

Regina Lange, "Media Power, Video-arbeiten von Tony Oursler," Apex-Heft, 70

Margaret Tiberio, "Method to this Media: An Interview with Tony Oursler,"

Visions, 3, (a publication for the media arts by the Boston Film/

Video Foundation), Summer

Michael Blowen, "A Stunning Mix of Images and Words at ICA," The Boston


1990 Jaako Lintinen, "Uudella Mediataiteella Taitaa Olla Halussaan 90-luvun Avaimet"

(To Break into the New Media Arts is to Possess the Key to the 1990s),

Taide (Finland), 2

Andy Grundberg, "Review/Photography, Tony Oursler, Diane Brown Gallery,"

The New York Times, 8 June

Amy Taubin, "Choices," Village Voice, 20 June

Doug Hall and Sally Jo Fifer eds., Illuminating Video: An Essential Guide to Video Art, New York: Aperture Foundation

David Joselit, "Mind Over Matter-- Tony Oursler and Ericka Beckman Master the

Politics of Art," The Boston Phoenix, 7 Sept.

Joshua Decter, "Tony Oursler, Diane Brown Gallery," Arts Magazine, 65,


John Miller, "Tony Oursler, Diane Brown Gallery," Artforum, 29, October

1991 Tony Labat, "Tony Oursler," Shift, 5

Heather Mackey, "Something Fishy Going On," After Dark, February

1992 Peter Iden, "Trotz groBer Fulle sehr, sehr wenig," Frankfurter Rundschau,

13 June

Alan G. Artner, "Matter Over Mind," The Chicago Tribune, 28 June

Regina Cornwell, "Great Videos, Shame About the Show," Art Monthly, Sept.

Y. Ramirez, "Diane Brown Gallery," Art in America , May

1993 Tony Oursler: White Trash and Phobic, Introduction by Elizabeth Janus;

Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneve and Kunst-werke, Berlin, (exhib. cat.)

Stephen Sarrazin, "Tony Oursler en de nieuwe gedaante van de videokunst,"

Metropolis M, 6

Chris Meigh-Andrews, "Tony Oursler," Art Monthly , November

Amy Taubin, "The Big Sleep," Voice, 3 Aug.

Gertrud Sandquist, "Privat," Parkett

1994 Waldemar Januszczak, "Heart of the Matter," The Sunday Times, 27 Feb.

Sarah Kent, "Dummy Copy," Time Out, 16 Feb.

Cherie Henderson, "Household items star in art show," The Miami Herald,

6 Feb.

Helen L.Kohen, "Home video never looked like this," The Miami Herald,

27 Feb.

Geraldine Norman, "Saatchi Swoops for Video Pieces," The London Times,


Richard Dorment, "Portraits for the Age of Anxiety," Daily Telegraph,

London (Feb. or March)

Kim Levin, "Trans-Europe Express," Voice, 27 Sept., Vol. XXXIV, No. 39,

page 94

Carlo McCormick, "True Terror," Paper, November, page 31

Elizabeth Janus, "Sue Williams, Renee Green, Tony Oursler," Furor (Voltaire), September, No. 26

Renate Puvogel, "Tony Oursler-System for Dramatic Feedback," Kunstforum,

November, pages 403-404

Rudolf Schmitz, "Frankfurt: Tony Oursler im Portikus," Kunstbulletin,

October, page 39

Let Geerling, "De lach van de gehangene," Metropolis M, No. 4, page 34-39

Din Pieters, "Het geheim achter het lachen," NRC Handelsblad, Oct. 6

Marijn Van Derjagt, "Reis van onder-naar bovenlichaam," De Groene

Amsterdammer, June 15

Martin Pesch, "Tony Ourslers Videoskulpturen in Frankfurt: Mehr als Medien-

Feedback," Frankfurt Neue Presse (Die Tageszeitung) , Sept. 30

GN, "Der Betrachter wird selber zum Objekt," Frankfurter Neue Presse,

Aug. 27

GN, "Der Mensch von heute schreit sein Angst heraus," Frankfurter Neue Presse

Dorothee Baer-Bogenschutz, "Beobachter der Beobachter," Frankfurter Rundschau, Sept. 22

Peter Schjeldahl, "Get Out of Here," Village Voice, Nov. 29, page 97

Roberta Smith, "Tony Oursler," The New York Times , Friday, Nov. 25,

page C24

Jorg Heiser, "Den Plot ernst nehmet-- Tony Ourslers Installation 'System for

Dramatic Feedback'," Texte Zur Kunst, pages 191-194

Andreas Spiegel, "Jon Kessler/Tony Oursler," Arti , Nov./Dec., Vol. 22,

page 208-211

1995 Martha Schwendener, "Tony Oursler: Dummies, Flowers, Alters, Clouds, and

Organs," Art Papers, January/February, page 59

Michael Duncan, "Tony Oursler at Metro Pictures," Art in America, January,

page 105

Joshua Decter, "Tony Oursler, Metro Pictures," Artforum, February, page 89

Gregory Volk, "Tony Oursler, Metro Pictures," Artnews , February, page 127

Robert G. Edelman, "Tony Oursler," Art Press , February, No. 199, pages VI-VII

Friedemann Malsch and Elizabeth Janus, eds., Dummies, Clouds, Organs,

Flowers, Watercolors, Videotapes, Alters, Performances and Dolls,

published by: Portikus Frankfurt, Les Musees de la Ville do Strasbourg,

Centre d'Art Contemporain Geneve, Stedelijk Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven,

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Isabelle Bratschi, "Tony Oursler Parvient a Faire Parler d'Etranges Poupees,"

Le Courrier, Geneva, Feb. 3

Monique-Priscille Druey, "L'Americain Oursler Hurle a Geneve," Tribune des

Arts, March, page 15

J.P.F., "Tony Oursler," Le Monde, March 19-20

Selected Publications by the Artist:

1987 "Phototrophic" in Forehead Bd. 2, reprinted in Illuminating Video: An Essential Guide to Video Art, Aperture Foundation

1988 "Vampire," Communications Video, 48, November

1990 "Phototrophic," Illuminating Video: An Essential Guide to Video Art, Eds. Doug Hall, Sally Jo Fifer, New York, Aperture Foundation

1991 "Triune: A Work in Progress," Visions, 5, Summer


The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

The Depont Foundation, Tilburg, Amsterdam

The Museum of Modern Art, NY

The Saatchi Collection, London

The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

March 1995

Fantastic Prayers