about


Born in Chicago, Costan has been living and working in New York since 1985. Solo shows began with Windows on White and three consecutive solo shows at the Avenue B Gallery. In 1989 she exhibited paintings and a series of gouaches in two solo shows, at the Germans Van Eck Gallery in Soho and the Peter Miller Gallery in Chicago. Other solo shows followed including F.A.O. Gallery in 1996 and at Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art in 1998, 2000 and 2004. From large scale paintings, she has shifted her concentration to works on paper and sculpture. Her solo show (2004), BodySuit, Works on Paper and Sculptures at the Oresman Gallery, Smith College Museum of Art.

Costan attended artist residency programs at Nota Bene in Cadaques, Spain, and the Stone Barn Center for the Arts in Rome, NY. She received an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant and awarded an Individual Award from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work has been nationally collected by institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She has been reviewed in major publications such as ARTnews, Artforum, Flash Art, New York Magazine and Details magazine.

 

Solo Exhibitions

2004      Bodysuit; Works on Paper and Sculptures; Oresman Gallery, Smith College Museum of Art,

             Northampton, MA

             Findings; Works on Paper and Sculptures Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, New York, NY

2000      Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, New York, NY

1998      Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, New York, NY

1996      Fao Gallery, New York, NY

1988      Germans Van Eck Gallery, New York, NY

             Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL

1987      Avenue B Gallery, New York, NY

1986      Avenue B Gallery, New York, NY

1985      Avenue B Gallery, New York, NY

             Windows on White, New York, NY

1985      Chicago Books, New York, NY

 

Group Exhibitions

2017      Me, My Selfie and I, Hudson Guild Gallery, NYC

2015      Angels and Demons

             I am Grund 21, Worthsee, Germany

2013      Momentum, The Hudson Guild, New York, NY.

             Social Photography III, Carriage Trade Gallery, New York, NY

2012      The Good Outlaw, AC Institute (547 W 27 St), New York, NY. With Jeffrey Cyphers Wright

2011      Social Photography, Cell Phone Photographs, carriage trade, New York, NY

2010      100 Works on Paper, Kentler International Drawing Space, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY

             BYOA: Bring Your Own Art – X Initiative (548 W 22 St), New York, NY

             here and NOW and then, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

2009      Freaks, Geeks, and Sword Swallowers, Monkeyhouse Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008      Art in a Box, Cheryl Pelavin Gallery, New York, NY

2007      New York Foundation for the Arts Benefit, New York, NY

             “20 Years of Printmaking”, Cheryl Pelavin Gallery, New York, NY

2005      Sporadic, 475 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Betsy Kelleher

2004      Art Star/ Sausage Factory, Debs and Co., New York, NY

             Inaugural Group Exhibit of Resident Artists, Stone Barn Castle Center for the Arts, Rome, NY

             Fundamental Change, A.D.D. Gallery, Hudson, NY

2003      Newer Genres; Twenty Years of the Rutgers Archive for Printmaking Studios,

              Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers    

1998      Spring Group Show, Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, New York, NY

1995      Stand Up Straight, 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY

             Internal/External (catalog), Foster Goldstrum Gallery, New York, NY

1994      Drop Dead Painting, 103 Reade St., New York, NY

             Benefit Exhibition, Dieu Donne Press and Paper, New York, NY

             Four Artists, Welles Gallery, Lenox Public Library, Lenox, MA

             Return of the Cadavre Esquis, The Drawing Center, New York, NY (catalog) traveling to:

             …Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

             …The American Center, Paris, France

             …Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MI

             …Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

             Xenographia Nomadic Wall, Cinema Elysees. L’Amour Parallele, Festivale

             Internationale du Nouveau Cinema Video, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1993      Xenographia Nomadic Wall, XLV Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

             Return of the Cadavre Esquis, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

             Cognitive Abstraction, B 4 A Gallery, New York, NY

             The Atmosphere: Art, Native Wisdom and Science, The University Gallery, Albany, NY

1992      Apocalypse and Resurrection (catalog) The Gallery 30, New York, NY

1991      Presswork: The Art of Women Printmakers (catalog), National Museum of Women in the

             Arts, Washington, DC

             Hot off the Press (catalog), Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ

1990      Intaglio Printmaking in the 1980’s, Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ (catalog)

             Print Selections from the Permanent Collection, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

1989      Art By Chance, Kansas City, MS Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, (catalog)

             New Work, New York, Seattle Art Museum, curated by Kay Larson Seattle, WA (catalog)

             New Work, New York, Lawrence, KS Spencer Museum of Art

1988      Committed to Print (catalog)New York, NY Museum of Modern Art,

             Exposure, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL

             Detonation, Connotation, Implication, Eisner Gallery, C.C.N.Y., New York, NY

             Art in Nature, One Penn Plaza, New York, NY, curated by Ronny Cohen

             Group Exhibition, Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

             Reconstruction Project, Galerie Powerhouse, Montreal, Canada

1986      Happy, Happy, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, NY

             Present Intelligence, BACA Downtown, Brooklyn, NY

             Group Show, Avenue B Gallery, New York, NY

             Forshpeiz, Avenue B Gallery, New York, NY

1985      Getting Off, Civilian Warfare Gallery, New York, NY

             Windows, 10 on 8, New York, NY

             Small Works by Big Thinkers, Bess Cutler Gallery, New York, NY

             Group Show, Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, CA

             Color Xerox, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

1984      Difference and Style, 112 Greene, New York, NY

             Reconstruction Project, Artists Space, New York, NY                           

             The Elements, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, New York, NY

             Art and Ego, 419 Lafayette Street, New York, NY

             Selections, Colby College of Art, Waterville, ME

1983      The Urban Girls, 55 Mercer, New York, NY

             Terminal New York, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn, NY

             Pieced Work, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA              

             Two Painters, Esta Robinson Gallery, New York, NY

             Color: Harmonious and Discordant, Marymount Manhattan College,

             Money on Money, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, NY

             Protective Devices, Windows on White, New York, NY

1982      Challenge and Response, Turman Gallery, Terre Haute, IN

             Pieced Work, Jacob Javits Federal Building, New York, NY

             The Lamp Show, Public Image Gallery, New York, NY

             On the Shelf, 14 Sculptors Gallery,  New York, NY

             5th Annual Invitational Exhibit, Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY

             Heresies Collaborative Installation, Herter Gallery, Amherst, MA

 

Permanent Collections

Grand Rapids Museum of Art, Elvehjiem Art Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Miami-Dade Community College, North Dakota Museum of Art, Newark Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Dayton Art Institute, Amarillo Art Center, Roanoke Museum, Montclair Art Museum, Newport Harbor Art Museum, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Zimmerli Art Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Dieu Donne Press & Paper, Palm Springs Desert Museum

 

Corporate Collections

Lang Communications Inc., Prudential Insurance Inc, Ernst & Young Inc, Dow Jones Inc, Arthur Anderson Inc, Walt Disney Corporation, Marshall Erdman & Associates, Champion Paper

 

Bibliography

“Just Do Art!” East Villager News, December 11, 2013

“Just Do Art!” art: Momentum” Downtown Express, Oct 9, 2013

Malcolm, Janet “Nobody’s Looking at You”, The New Yorker, September 23, 2013, page 63

“Chris Costan’s Bodysuit Wraps Up in Northampton” Town Crier, March 5, 2004

Mitchell, Phoebe, “Structures of Everyday Life” Daily Hampshire Gazette, February 13, 2004

Silverstein, Joel, “Chris Costan, Montages” Reviewny.com/current/00_01/October_1/review8.html, 2000

Silverstein, Joel, “Chris Costan”, Cover, Vol. 12, #5, October 1999

Dalton, Jennifer, “Chris Costan’s Paintings Set the Imagination Awhirl”, The TriBeCa Trib, October 1998

Grant, Daniel, “Art in Brief” Berkshire Eagle, July 21, 1994

Larson, Kay, “Art/Kay Larson” New York Magazine, March 9, 1992

Colby, Joy Hakanson, “Collect Calling” The Detroit News, November 6, 1990

Ebihara, Yoshiko, “New York Art Scene is a Survival Game” Brutus, (Tokyo), Aug. 15, 1989

Hoffman, Daniel, “Spencer Exhibit” The Kansas City Star, September 4, 1988 (also republished in The Topeka Capital Journal)

Hackett, Regina, “Seattle Art Museum Trio is Impressive” Seattle Post Intelligencer, Nov. 23, 1988

Larson, Kay, “Art” New York Magazine, Feb. 8, 1988

Cohen, Ronny, “New York Reviews” Art Forum, May 1987

Larson, Kay, “In Brief” New York Magazine, March 9, 1987

Schwabsky, Barry, “New York Reviews” Flash Art, May/June 1986

Brody, Jacqueline, “Prints and Photographs Published” The Print Collector’s Newsletter, May/June 1986

 

Books and Catalogues

Social Photography III,  carriage trade, NYC, 2014

Maintenant 8, Dada Journal, May 6, 2014, Three Rooms Press, NYC, 2014

“Sea” 2011, Live Mag, Issue 9

Internal/External, Foster/Goldstrum Gallery, 1995

Return of the Cadavre Esquis, The Drawing Center, 1993

Apocalypse and Ressurection, essay by Douglas Maxwell, 1992

A Benefit Auction for the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 1992

Presswork: The Art of Women Printmakers, essays by Trudy Hansen and Eleanor Heartney, 1991

Intaglio Printmaking in the 1980’s, essay by Trudy Hansen, 1990

Art by Chance, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, essay by George McKenna, 1989

New Work, New York, Spenser Museum of Art, essay by Kay Larson, 1988

Between C & D, (cover design), Vol.2, No. 1, 1985

Reconstruction Project, Edited and compiled by Sabra Moore, 1984

 

Education

MFA in Visual Art from the University of Wisconsin, Madison

BA in Visual Art from the University of Illinois, Chicago