William Villalongo lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He was born in 1975 in Hollywood, FL and raised in the town of Bridgeton, NJ. Villalongo is the recipient of the prestigious Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptor's Grant. His work is included in several notable collections including the Studio Museum In Harlem, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and Princeton University Art Museum, El Museo del Barrio and Denver Art Museum. His work has been reviewed in Art In America, The New Yorker and the New York Times. Villalongo is currently represented by Susan Inglett Gallery, New York and is an Assistant Professor at The Cooper Union School of Art.
The artist navigates the politics of historical erasure directing his work towards a reassessment of Western, American and African Art histories. Working out of the notion of Blackness as a verb he reframes familiar images, events, and themes in our cultural landscape. He explores dualities such as male-female, visibility/invisibility, humanity/nature incorporating appropriations from ancient myth to contemporary politics. This vast time frame narrates a conversation between images by which current existential concerns of representation are made more visible. Villalongo’s figures are held somewhere between magic and the factualness of being in a body, desire and discord. The surface and materiality of the work breaks between flatness and dimensionality, making the presence of the object an important measure for understanding it. Seeing and recognition become critical metaphors for the artist in framing his subjects.
2012 NYFA Artist’s Fellowship
2006 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award
2005 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award
Black Pulp! edited by William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson. Catalogue, Yale School of Art, 2016.
Disguises: Masks and Global African Art catalogue, Seattle Art Museum, Yale University Press, 2015.
Donahue, James and Derek Maus, eds.,”Post-Soul Satire: Black Identity after Civil Rights,” University Press of Mississippi, 2014.
Editions 07 catalogue, Lower Eastside Printshop Inc., NYC, 2007.
The S Files: El Museo’s 5th Biennial catalogue, El Museo del Barrio, NYC, 2007.
Innervisions catalogue, Esso Gallery, NYC, 2007.
Louis Comfort Tiffany Award catalogue, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, 2005.
Greater NY 2005 catalogue, P.S.1 Contemporary, NYC, 2005.
Frequency catalogue, Studio Museum In Harlem, NYC, 2005.
Open House catalogue, Brooklyn Museum, NY, 2005.
A.I.R catalogue, Studio Museum In Harlem, NYC, 2004.
WORKSHOPS / LECTURES / PANELS
2017 Drawing Lines: The Black American Experience. With Con. John Lewis and [H]afrocentric. The Cooper Union Great Hall, NYC. 13 May 2017
2016 U.S. Latino/a Arts Futures Symposium, Ford Foundation, NYC, 16 September 2016.
2016 Disguise (Part 1): Saya Woolfalk + William Villalongo, Hosted by Jake Nussbaum, Clocktower, NYC, 18 April.
2014 The 2014 Afro-Latinas Now!, El Museo del Barrio, NYC, 25 October.
4 Painters Lecture Series, SMFA Boston, 17 April.
2016 The Fountainhead, Miami, FL
2014 The Hermitage Artist Retreat
2013 Studio-f Visiting Artist Program/Univ. of Tampa
2009 Sixty Minutes, an invitational project with Olaf Breuning, Kate Gilmore, and Luis Gispert
2005 Marie Walsh Sharp Studio Program.
2004 Christian A. Johnson A.I.R. Middlebury College
2003-04 Studio Museum in Harlem, Artist in
2002 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Deutsche Bank Collection, NYC
El Museo del Barrio, NYC
Grinnell College Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell, IA
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC
Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC
Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
2016 “William Villalongo: Window on Broad,” Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2015 “Mind, Body and Soul,” Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC
2013 “New Mythologies,” The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, Charlotte, NC
“Fierce,” Real Art Ways, Hartford,
Scarfone Hartley Gallery, University of Tampa, FL
2012 “Sista Ancesta,” Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC
2010 “Bathing Nymph,” Susan Inglett Gallery,
2009 “Eden’s Remix,” Susan Inglett
2007 “Innervisions,” Esso Gallery, NYC
“How The West Was Won,” Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, MN
2017 "Woke!" CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM | Institute for Research in Art, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL June 2-July 22
2017 "Political Discourse" University Hall Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
2016 “American Histories,” Pi Artworks, London
“November’s Bone,” Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY
“The BRIC Biennial: Volume II, Bed Stuy/Crown Heights Edition,” BRIC, Brooklyn, NY
Samson Projects, NADA, NYC
2015 “Figure and Form: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection,” El Museo del Barrio, NYC
“Greater New York,” MoMA PS1, Queens, NY
“Affinity Atlas,” Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY
“Disguise: Masks and Global African Art,” Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; traveling to Fowler Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
“Look at Me Now!,” curated by Allison Glenn, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL
“The Image of the Artists in their Absence: The Self Portrait,” National Academy Museum & School, NYC
2014“On Paper: Alternate Realities,” The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
“Guns in the Hands of Artists,” Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA; traveling to Aspen Institute, CO
“If You Build it, They Will Come,” No Longer Empty, NYC
2013 “The Shadows Took Shape,” Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC
“On the Relativity of Distance (and some of its consequences): American and Italian Art, 1963-2013,” curated by Filippo Fossati and Maurizio Pellegrin, National Academy Museum, NYC
"The Fourth Dimension," curated by Saya Woolfalk including Trenton Doyle Hancock and Chitra Ganesh, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“The Emo Show,” The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NYC
“Hypertrophic Visions,” curated by Robin Reisenfeld, NYCAMS, NYC
“Voces y Visiones: Highlights from the Collection of El Museo del Barrio, New
York,” Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
2012 “Art on Paper,” Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
“Inside Out and from the Ground Up,” Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH
“...Game On,” Peveto, Houston, TX
2017 “Black Pulp!” Tour: USFCAM June 2-July 22 & Wesleyan University Sept. 19-Dec. 10 curated by William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson.
2016 “Black Pulp!” curated by William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson, Yale School of Art 32 Edgewood Gallery, CT; traveling to International Print Center New York (IPCNY), NYC
2014 “Species: Nathaniel Mary Quinn” curated by William Villalongo, Bunker 259, Brooklyn, NYC
2013 “American Beauty” curated by William Villalongo, Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC
2013 “BYTS” curated by William Villalongo, Stedelijk Museum, ’s- Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
2006 “Possibly Being” curated by William Villalongo, Esso Gallery, NYC
GROUP Exhibitions CONT...
2011 “The Bearden Project,” Studio Museum
in Harlem, NYC
“Summertime in Paris,” Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Canada
“Collected. Vignettes,” Studio Museum
in Harlem, NYC
2010 “Next Wave Art,” curated by Dan
Cameron, Brooklyn Academy of Music,
“Desire,” Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
2009 “Liberty & The Land,” Cuchifritos, NYC
“The Kitchen Block Party,” NYC
“Permanent Collection,” Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
“Back to the Garden,” Deutsche Bank, NYC
“Sixty Minutes,” Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
2008 “The Future Must be Sweet: Lower East Side Printshop Celebrates 40 Years,” International Print Center, NYC
“The Future As Disruption,” The Kitchen, NYC
2007 “Welcome to My World,” Alexandre Pollazzon Gallery, London, England
“MASK,” James Cohan Gallery, NYC
“The S Files,” El Museo del Barrio, NYC
“Sirens Song,” Arthouse, Austin, TX
2006 “Interplay,” Exit Art, NYC
“Possibly Being,” Esso Gallery, NYC
2005 “Frequency,” Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC
“You Are Here,” Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX
“Hanging by a Thread,” The Moore Space, Miami, FL
“Delicate Demons and Heavenly Delights,” Oliver Kamm, NYC
“Pulp!,” Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Collection In Context,” Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC
“Greater New York 2005,” P.S.1, Long Island, NY
2004 “Figuratively: A.I.R. Exhibition,” Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC
“Open House,” Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
2003 “Group Show: All Together Now,” Rush Arts, NYC
“Online,” Feigen Contemporary, NYC