UPCOMING and CURRENT


2018

The Book of the WORD, a hard back book for Thames & Hudson by Petry

2017

Nature Morte: contemporary artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition, The Four Domes Pavilion

Museum Narodowego we Wroclawiu (National Museum, Wroclaw, Poland) then at the Guildhall Art Gallery, London, curated by Petry

The WORD, exhibition curated by Petry for Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki

Lest we forget the Gods, solo exhibition, Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert

At the foot of the Gods, installation for the Biënnale Oosterhou, Holland

Marcus Eek: A Journey, historical survey of Eek's work by Petry for Prestel Publishing Limited

In the Realm of the Gods, solo exhibition, Holburne Museum, Bath


One Man Exhibitions

2016

A Prussian Requiem, performance by the London Philharmonia orchestra, libretto: Petry, Music: John Powell, and A History of Thunder, exhibition curated by Petry, Fine Art Society, London

A Twist in Time, solo exhibition at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (July 2015 – March 2016)

2015

AT the core of the Algorithm, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston

The Trouble with Michael, The Campbell Lecture Series, 3 lectures by Petry at Rice University on his art and writing

Libations to Eros, Melissa Morgan Gallery, Palm Dessert

2014

Eros and Thanatos, solo exhibition and performance, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe

Kali, Mary Wilfred Moffett Gallery, Louisiana Tech University, School of Design, Ruston


2013

Joshua D's Wall, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston

2012

The Touch of the Oracle, Palm Springs Art Museum

Bad Restoration, Hiram Butler Gallery , Houston

Joshua D's Wall and New Works, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe

2011

Bad Seed, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, Artist in Residence

2010

Touching the Neoclassical and the Romantic, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, Artist in Residence

2009

The Revenge of the Florist, Westbrook Gallery, London

The NETWORK, commissioned  installation , IVY Restaurant, London

KALI, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston

2007

A New Love, Westbrook Gallery, London

True Love, Muzeum Mierdzi, Legnica, Poland

True Love, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston

Extract, GX Gallery, London

America the Beautiful, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

In the Garden of Eden, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston

2006

The Treasure of Memory, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston

True Love, Westbrook Gallery, London

2005

The Space Between: Superstring Installation II, Mathematics, Art and Cultural Industry, Cetraro, Italy

The Space Between: Superstring Installation, Art, Complexity & Technology, I.S.I Foundation, Turin,  Italy

2004

WAS: white as snow, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston

The Milky Way and other Fairy Tales, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

2003

The Sound of Breaking Glass, Prowler Project Space, London

2001

Barely Legal, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston

2000

Laughing at Time, HŒ gamle prestegard, Norway  

Contagion, Gardner Centre for the Arts, Brighton Festival, BN1  

1999

The History of the World, Rice Art Gallery, Houston

The Fluid Man, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston

1998

Nothing Changes: London, Pride Arts Festival, Strike Gallery,  London

1996

You see what I mean, BN1 Event 3, Fabrica, Brighton

1994

The Garden of Enlightenment, South London Gallery

The Chemistry of Love III, Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Germany

1993

The Chemistry of Love II, Atlantis Gallery, London

1992

The Chemistry of Love, James Hockey Gallery, Farnham

1991

North, True North: Part 1, Nine Elms Cold Store, London

The Skirting Boards, Gallery Mangisch, Zurich, Switzerland

1990

Flight From Technology: The Sexuality of the Universe Part 2, Museum of Installation,  London

1989

Hollywood Portraits, Zero One Gallery, Los Angeles

1988

International Monument to the Unknown Civilian, Slaughterhouse  Gallery, London

More Paperwork, Bellerive  Museum,  Zurich,  Switzerland

Chaos Human Atomica: The Birth of the Parallel Universe, Unit 7 Gallery, London

Parallel Works, Adam Gallery, London, 1988

1987

Kunster und Schmuckler, Amerika Haus, Gallery Geilsdorfer, Cologne, Germany

This Human Earth, Unit 7 Gallery, London

1985

The Golden Age, Gallery Geilsdorfer, Gallery Mattar, and Tanzprojekte Koln, Cologne

The Spring Collection, Coracle Press Gallery, London


Group Shows

2016

Another Way of Telling, Malaspina Printmakers, Vancouver

Nature Morte: contemporary artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition, Konsthallen- Bohusläns, Sweden

2015

Nature Morte: contemporary artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition, Ha gamle prestegard, Norway

Performance and Remnant, Fine Arts Society, London

Frontiers Reimagined, Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Official Collateral Event as part of the 56th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia

The Fall of the Rebel Angels, 56th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia

One-Night-Stand with Maciej Urbanek: Michael Petry

Inspired by Soane, Sir John Soane's Museum, London



2014

AT the core of the Algorithm, installation for British Glass, Glazenhuis, Lommel, Belgium

We Could Not Agree, Cavendish Square, London

The Faberge Big Egg Hunt, New York

Giedymin 44, Galeria Sztuki, Legnica, Poland

Birthday Party II, The Gallery of Art in Legnica, Poland

2013

Back to Front, The New Art Gallery Walsall

Big Deal No.5, Cavendish Square, London

Home, group show at LUBOMIROV-EASTON, London

The Art of Not Making, HΠgamle prestegard, Norway

The Big Egg Hunt, London, Birmingham,  Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow

2012

The Fabricated Object, Sumarria Lunn Gallery,  London (curated by Petry) with

To Make or Not to Make, Symposium at the Royal Academy Schools (chaired by Petry)

Hanging Around: Necklaces from the MAD Collection, Museum of Arts & Design, New York

BOWER, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston

Rock-Paper-Scissors, Galleria Uno piu Ono, Milan, Italy

Paper Cuts & Plaster, Antico Borgo, Dogliani , Italy

A Question of Sport: LGBT artists and their relationship to inclusivity, Clifford Chance, London

2011

RAW: Peter Bailey | Jaap De Vries | Erik Sommer | Michael Petry | Eric Butcher, Pertwee , Anderson & Gold, London

Sagacity, Forman's Smokehouse Gallery, London

Meister der Moderne, Handwerkskammer  fŸr MŸnchen und Oberbayern , Munich

2010

Small Show Huge Talent, Sotheby's, London

Inspired  By Soane,  Sir John Soane 's Museum, London

Es perltÉ Handwerkskammer  fŸr MŸnchen und Oberbayern , Munich

Glasswear, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, USA

LINGAM, Museum Catharijne Convent, Utrecht,  Holland, Place de la Grande Pecherie, Mons, Belgium

Shop, Shop, London

2009

DOGMA, HDLU (Croatian Association of Artists) Museum, Zagreb, Croatia

Glasswear, Museum of Arts and Design, New York

Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile Alabama

Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester

Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi

LINGAM, Konstfack, Stockholm

Here and Now, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

Crime & Punishment – The Sequel, Kortil Gallery, Rijeka, Croatia

2008

ESCAPE, Galerija Meno Nisa, Vilnius, Lithuania  

Sculpture & Touch,  The Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Treasure of Memory in Glasswear,  Glazen Huis Vlaams Centrum voor Hedendaagse Glaskunst, Lommel, Belgium

Trans- Atlantic Pride Exhibition, Clifford Chance Gallery, London

Golden Rain, in On the Edge exhibition,Stavanger 2008, Ha gamle prestegard, and at the Eigeroya Lighthouse, Egersund, Norway

Four Bits of Scarlet for George the Second, Borders + Identities, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich, London

2007

Treasure of Memory in Glasswear, Toledo Museum of Art

UNBOUND, Contemporary Art Platform, London

Leben Lieben, Rise Gallery, Berlin

Yeehaw!, Vegas Gallery, London

2006

First Sudden Gone the One First Sudden Back, Project 133, London

Next Level, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

2005

Erotic Pioneers, Antebellum, Hollywood

Natvar Bhavsar, Stan Gregory, Nathan Slate Joseph, Michael Petry, Sohan Qadri, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New

York

The Binary Tower, "Incantations", South Presentation Convent, ART Trail, Cork, Ireland

2004

Hidden Histories: 20th Century Male Same Sex Lovers in the Visual Arts, (curated by Petry), The New Art Gallery Walsall,

2003

Sex for Sale, 'Independence Show', South London Gallery

The Axis, 'In the Gloaming', ArtOMI, Hudson New York, curated by Koan Jeff Baysa

Pearl Paintings, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

2002

Blood Line: Passage, 'Lysis', Pamela Auchincloss Project Space, New York, curated by Koan Jeff Baysa

Zero Carat: Works from the Donna Schneier Collection, American Museum of Craft, New York

2001

Self Portrait 2001, 'The Difference between you & us', Five Years, London

Fears, 'Blackout' (curated by Petry), Brixton Art Gallery, London

2000

Nothing Changes: Stavanger,'UTOPIA', Rogaland Kunstmuseum, Stavanger, Norway

1999

54x54x54, (curated by Petry), Museum of Contemporary Art, London Financial Times Building

1998

TWISTOR, Commissioned for the '7th Papier Biennale - Electric Paper', Leopold Hoesch Museum, Duren, Germany, Twistor won 2nd prize     

The Wormhole, 'Dark Matter', Turnpike Gallery (Leigh), Angel Row Gallery (Nottingham), and Howard Gardens Gallery (Cardiff)

Nothing Changes: Amsterdam, The Gay Games Art Festival, Vrieshuis and Art Kitchen, Amsterdam

1997

Nothing Changes, 'Partie 5', Brandenburgische Kunsttage, Internationales Kunstforum Drewen, Germany

1996

Constellations, Commissioned for Mercedes Benz at the Birmingham Motor show             

The Wormhole, Peterborough Museum of Art, Derby Museum, Wooster Museum of Art

1995

63 foot painting,  'Southwark Open', London

65 inch sculpture, 'Eigen + ART/Berlin at The Independent Art Space', London

1994

The Blizzard, Commissioned for the '5th Papier Biennale', Leopold Hoesch Museum, Duren, Germany

1993

Measuring Up, ART LA/93, the Convention Centre,  Los Angeles

North - True North: A Question of Scale, 'ACER pseudoplatunus', Sydenham Hill woods, London

The Uncle Mikey Fine Art Game Show,  'Venice Biennale' (Progretto Container), Venice

1991

Elemental Sensuality: The Sexuality of the Universe Part 4,  'Excavating the Present' at Kettles Yard and the Corn Exchange, Cambridge

1990

The Pin-Up, 'Simulationists Exhibition', Submarine Gallery, London

1989

International Monument to the Unknown Civilian: PFORZHEIM, 'ORNAMENTA 1', Rathaus, Pforzheim, Germany

1988

The Invisible Man, curated by Kate Smith and Kate Love.  Goldsmith's Gallery, London

1986

Three Weeks of the Truth,  '1st International Biennale fur Papierkunst'. Leopold Hoesch Museum, Duren,  Germany  

Auto Didactic Painting, Coracle Gallery, London


Books/Texts


2016

Thank you for Coming, chapter in Global Mobilities: Refugees, Exiles and Immigrants in Museums and Archives, Routledge

2014

Sculpture and Touch, Peter Dent, Ed., The Touch of the Oracle essay by Petry, Ashgate Publishing

Giedymin Jablonski 44, Cast Your Mind Back, essay by Petry (text in Polish and English), Galeria Sztuki, Legnica, Poland

2013

Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate the Still-Life Tradition, Michael Petry, Thames & Hudson

Hardback ISBN: 9780500239063

Nature Morte:Stillleben in der Zeitgenossischen kunst, Michael Petry, Hirmer

Hardback ISBN: 9783777420783

Stille Levens: Kunstenaars van nu geven nieuwe visie op de nature morte, Michael Petry, Ludion

Hardback ISBN: 9789461301147

Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography, Hans Maes (Ed.), A Queer Balance: power relations in homosexual representations and in choosing flowers essay by Petry, Palgrave Macmillan, black and white

Hardback ISBN: 978-0230368200

Nightsong: Nick Fox, Matthew  Hearn, Ed. Happy Endings: recent work by Nick Fox essay by Michael Petry, Art Editions North

Hardback ISBN 978-1-906832-07-02012

2012

The Touch of the Oracle: Michael Petry Works 2003/12, texts by Adrian George,  Katherine Hough, Michael Petry, Palm Springs Art Museum, MOCA London, distributed  by Thames & Hudson

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9569116-1-2

The Art of Not Making: the new artist/artisan relationship, Michael Petry, Thames & Hudson, London

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-500-29026-2

2011

The Art of Not Making: the new artist/artisan relationship, Michael Petry, Thames & Hudson, London

Hardback ISBN: 978-0-500-23882-0

Smoke & Mirrors, Michael Petry, MOCA London and Sir John Soane's Museum, London

Paperback: ISBN: 978-0-9559453-5-9

Identity/Identiteetti,  Michael Petry, MOCA London and the Royal Academy Schools,  London

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9569116-0-5

One Spirit Showcase: The Art of Seeing, Michael Petry and Hines UK, London

Hardback ISBN: 978-0-9557699-9-3

Design Behind Desire, Lisa Morgan (ed.), texts  and works by Petry, Farameh Media, NewYork,

Hardback ISBN: 978-0-9830831-5-3

2010

Gender, Sexuality, and Museums: a Routledge Reader, Amy K. Levin, Ed., Hidden Histories: The Experience of Curating a Male Same Sex Exhibition and the Problems Encountered essay by Petry, Routledge, 322 pages, colour, Paperback ISBN: 978-0-415-55492-3

Silvano Rubino, In equilibrio tra due punti sospesi, The Complexity of Production essay by Petry (text in Italian and English), Damiani, Bologna

Paperback ISBN: 978-88-6208-149-8, 96 pages, full colour

Jungles, Jungle Love essay by Petry (text in German and English), Galerie Maurer, Frankfurt,32 pages, full colour

2009

The Revenge of the Florist, Michael Petry, Westbrook Gallery, London

Paperback: ISBN 978-0-9559453-4-2,16 pages, full colour

Anima Mundi, The Waiting Game essay in English and Dutch, Glazen Huis, Lommel, Belgium

Paperback ISBN: 9789490212001, 56 pages, colour and black and white

2008

Golden Rain Volumes 1& 11, MOCA London and Ha gamle prestegard

Paperback: ISBN: 978-0-9557699-3-1

Fin Serck-Hanssen: Normalizing Judgement, Teknisk Industri AS, Oslo

Hard back SBN: 978-82-997894-0-0

Contemporary Glass, Blackdog Publishing, London

Paperback ISBN: 978 1 906155 360

2004

Hidden Histories: 20th Century Male Same Sex Lovers in the Visual Arts, Artmedia Press, London

Paperback ISBN: 1-902889-10-X

2003

Installation Art in the New Millennium, Thames and Hudson, London

Hard back: ISBN 0-500-23808-1

Paper back: ISBN 0-500-28451-2

Installation II l'empire des sens, De Oliveira, Oxley, Petry, Thames and Hudson, Paris

Paperback ISBN: 782878 112320, 208 pages, full colour

2001

The Trouble with Michael,  Artmedia Press, London

Paper back: ISBN: 1-90288903-7

1997

Installation l'art en situation, Thames and Hudson, London

Paper back ISBN: 2-87811-119-2

A Thing of Beauty is...., Art and Design,  Academy Editions, London

Paper back ISBN: 0-471-97684-9

1996

Installation Art, Thames and Hudson (Reprints 1997, 2000), London

Paperback ISBN: 0-500-27828-8

Abstract Eroticism, Art and Design, Academy Editions, London

Paperback ISBN: 1-85490-231-8

1994

Installation Art, Thames and Hudson, London Hard back ISBN: 0-500-23672-0 and Smithsonian, Washington DC

Hardback ISBN: 1-560-98-347-7


Works in the following Collections

The National Collection, UK                                                             

Museum of Arts and Design, New York                                             

Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Germany       

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston                                                  

Palm Springs Art Museum                                                            

Toledo Museum of Art, USA                                                              

British Museum, London                                                            

The New Art Gallery Walsall, UK                                                        

The Gallery of Art, Legnica, Poland                                                       

Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christie, Texas                                             

Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama                                          

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina     

Rogaland Kunstmuseum, Stavanger, Norway                                          

Leopold Hoesch Museum, Duren, Germany                                             

Bellerive Museum, Zurich                                                            

Private collections


Performances

2014

Libation to Eros, Alentejo Triennial, Portugal and Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe

2000

Brothers, St Mathew's Tower, The London Biennale

1997

Flowers, Leopold Hoesch Museum, Duren, Kunst und Austellungshalle Bonn, Gothaer Kunstforum, Koln, Stadt Museum, Mulheim, Zaal de Unie, Rotterdam, Transmedia Video Fest, Berlin, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund

1995

An Englishman, an Irishman, and a Frenchman, a performance art opera Direction, design and libretto by Petry, Music by Gavin Greenaway and John Powell, Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Germany. Sponsors:The British Council, Escada, Pesch,

Uncle Mikey's Lover's Tea, World Tea Party, Media Park, Cologne, Germany

1987

Deceptions, National Review of Live Art, Riverside Studios, London, 3rd Eye Arts Centre, Glasgow, Music: Greenaway/Powell.  

...Turns Modern Figurative Sculpture Out with the Trash, Victoria Miro Gallery London

1986

Potentially Dangerous Scenarios, Commissioned by New Music America, Houston, and Chisenhale Studios, London

1985

The Working Week, Commissioned by the Houston Festival. Interfirst Bank, Square One Gallery, Houston, Music: Mark Fraser

1984

Movements in Jewellery, Electrum and Aspects Galleries, Commissioned by the Goldsmith's Hall, London

1983

Stone Dancing Parts 1 and 2 of 3, Elgin Marbles Room (Duveen Gallery of the Marbles of the Parthenon), British Museum, London

Walking in the Ruins, Royal Academy, Cork Street, London




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MICHAEL PETRY

Portrait by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Michael Petry (b. Texas, 1960) has lived in London since 1981. He studied at Rice University, Houston (BA), London Guildhall University (MA), and has a Doctor in Arts from Middlesex University. Petry is an artist, author and Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) London, and Guest Curator for Futurecity.  He co-founded the Museum of Installation, was Guest Curator at the Kunstakademiet, Oslo, Research Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton and was Curator of the Royal Academy Schools Gallery. Petry is a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors (FRBS) and a Brother of the Art Workers Guild. Petry co-authored Installation Art (1994), and Installation in the New Millennium (2003), and authored Abstract Eroticism (1996) and A Thing of Beauty is...(1997). The Trouble with Michael, a monograph of his practice, was published by Art Media Press in 2001.  Petry's book Hidden Histories: 20th century male same sex lovers in the visual arts (2004) was the first comprehensive survey of its kind, and accompanied the exhibition Hidden Histories he curated for The New Art Gallery Walsall. His two-volume book Golden Rain (2008) accompanied his installation for the On the Edge exhibition for Stavanger 2008, European Capital of Culture. Petry's book, The Art of Not Making: The New Artist Artisan Relationship for Thames & Hudson (T&H) was published in hardback in 2011 (paperback, 2012).  Petry was the first Artist in Residence at Sir John Soane's Museum (2010/11) exhibiting two bodies of work, published in Smoke & Mirrors (2011). His one man show The Touch of the Oracle at the Palm Springs Art Museum (2012) was accompanied by a ten year career review book. His current book Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition (2013) was published in 4 hard back editions, T&H (UK/American), Hirmer (German) and Ludion (Dutch) and the touring exhibition based on the book will have its final installation at London's Guildhall in 2017. Petry's work was included in the 2015 Frontiers Reimagined at the Venice Biennale, and his one-man show AT the Core of the Algorithm accompanied his Campbell Lectures at Rice University, which will become a book - Art and Ethics for the University of Chicago.