Born 1966 in Singapore
Lives and works in London
Sherman Sam is an artist and critic based in London and Singapore.
He has exhibited his paintings and drawings internationally, including one-person shows at The Suburban (Chicago), the Rubicon Gallery (Dublin), Lugar do Desenho (Porto), the Centro de Arte (San Joao de Madeira, Portugal), Some Walls (Oakland, CA) , Equator Art Projects (Singapore) and most recently at Annka Kultys Gallery (London). His work has also been included in numerous group shows in Europe, America and Southeast Asia, including M6: Around London (Andratx,Majorca), Sight Mapping (Sweden, Scotland, Spain), Plan D, an exhibition which he curated (Portugal, Ireland), Rhyme not Reason at the Janet Kurnatowski Gallery (Brooklyn), , Connected at Feature Inc (New York), The Theory and Practice of Small Paintings at Equator Art Projects (Singapore)
As a writer, he was contributing editor at www.kultureflash.com, and has written for The Brooklyn Rail and various British art magazines. Currently he contributes regularly to Artforum, artforum.com, ocula.com and artcritical.com. From 2006-8 he was the Inspire Curatorial Fellow at the Hayward Gallery in London, and was the selector for the Pro Arts 2010 Juried Annual in Oakland, California. Most recently “A poem for Agnes and Raoul”, a group show he selected was at Ancient and Modern in London through summer 2014.
Master of Letters in History of Art, University of Oxford
B.F.A. San Francisco Art Institute
Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
Solo shows at Ceysson Gallery
Sherman Sam, Wandhaff
January 13 - March 03, 2018
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Together We’re Heavy, Annka Kultys Gallery, London – UK
III (Celebration Day), Equator Art Projects, Project Space, Singapore — SG License to Ill, Equator Art Projects, solo presentation at ArtStage, Singapore — SG
Over the Rainbow: some drawings and some paintings for Some Walls, Some Walls, Oakland — US
Let's Stay Together, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin — IE
Pintura de Sherman Sam, Centro de Arte, S. João da a Madeira, S. João da Madeira — PT
Desanhos De Sherman Sam, Lugar do Desenho – Fundação Júlio Resende, Porto — PT
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2016
In this soup we swim, King
sgate Project Space (curated by Dan Howard-Birt), London — UK
Desire of the Other, Annka Kultys Gallery, London — UK Drawing Biennial 2015, The Drawing Room, London — UK
Do you believe in Angels? Mo Space, Manila, and Equator Art Projects (curated by Tony Godfrey), Singapore — SG
Soul’s Escape, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin — IE
The Theory and Practice of Small Paintings, Equator Art Projects (curated by Tony Godfrey),Singapore — SG
I like what you do, 43 Inverness Street (curated by Anthony Faroux), London — UK
Connected, Feature Inc, New York — US
Lines in Drawing, 43 Inverness Street, London — UK
Paper Works, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn — US
Paper: A-Z, Sue Scott Gallery, New York — US
Drawing 2011 Biennial, The Drawing Room, London — UK
Sherman Sam, Clive Hodgson and Gracjana Rejmer, Broadbent Gallery, London — UK
Rhyme, Not Reason, Janet Kurnatowksi Gallery (curated by John Yau), Brooklyn — US
M25 Sobre Londres, Kunsthalle Centro Cultural Andratx (curated by Barry Schwabsky), Majorca — ES
To and From, Metropole Galleries (curated by Anthony Heywood and Peter Fillingham), Folkestone — UK
Drawing 200, The Drawing Room, London — UK
Over the Sofa, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin — IE
25 Artists, 25 Drawings, The Drawing Gallery, London — UK
Flix, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin — IE
Photoptosis, Bilkin Gallery (curated by Patrick Michael Fitzgerald), Bilbao — ES A version of Sight Mapping, The Gallery at APT, London — UK
Drawn 2B Alive, Hales Gallery, London — UK
Heaven on Earth, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin — IE
Sight Mapping, Kunsthallen-Bohuslans Museum (curated by Andrew Bick), Uddevalla — SE
Sight Mapping, GoMA (curated by Andrew Bick), Glasgow — UK Sight Mapping, Sala Rekalde (curated by Andrew Bick), Bilbao — ES
SELECTED CURATED EXHIBITIONS
Poem for Raoul and Agnes, Ancient & Modern, London — UK
Phyllida Barlow STACK, FENCE, Southbank Centre, London — UK
Point of No Return, Rubicon Gallery (co-curated with Caroline Hancock), Dublin — IE
Plan D, Palacete dos Viscondes de Balsemão, Porto — PT Plan D, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin — IE
Plan D, Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo — IE
MONOGRAPHS, SOLO EXHIBITION CATALOGUES & ARTIST BOOKS (PUBLICATIONS)
Sherman Sam in conversation with Tony Godfrey. Text by Tony Godfrey and Sherman Sam, Equator Art Gallery, Singapore. (exh. catalogue)
Sherman Sam: Over the Rainbow. Text by Chris Ashley, Some Walls, Oakland. (exh catalogue)
On Second Thought. Text by Marcus Verhagen, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin. (exh. catalogue)
Waking up to Sherman Sam. Text by Andrew Bick, The Suburban, Chicago. (exh. catalogue)
Sherman Sam: Plan D. Text by Sherman Sam, et al. Palacete dos Viscondes de Balsemão, Porto. (exh. catalogue)
Sherman Sam. Text by Sally O’Reilly, Centro de Arte S. João da Madeira, S. João da Madeira. (exh. catalogue)
In the pink. Text by Martin Herbert, Lugar du Desenho, Porto. (exh. catalogue)
SELECTED BOOKS & GROUP EXHIBITION CATALOGUES (PUBLICATIONS)
The Theory and Practice of the Small Painting, Text by Tony Godfrey. Equator Art Gallery, Singapore. (exh. catalogue)
Can I Come Over to Your House? The First Ten Years of The Suburban. Texts by Michelle Grabner, Brad Killim, Forrest Nash and Jason Pickleman. The Subruban, Manawa Wisconsin. (exh. catalogue)
Sherman Sam: Plan D. Palacete dos Viscondes de Balsemão, Porto. (exh. catalogue)
Sight Mapping, Texts by Andrew Bick, Mark Gisbourne and Sherman Sam. Bohuslans Museum, GoMA, and Sala Rekalde, Bilbao. (exh. catalogue)
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY (ARTICLES & REVIEWS)
Colvin, Rob. “Artists Pick Artists: Sherman Sam,” Hyperallergic (9 Feb 2015).
Art Radar. “10 great artists at Art Stage Singapore,” Art Radar (16 Jan, 2014).
Wolin, Joseph. “Anonymous Tantra/Connected,” Time Out NY (7 Feb 2012). Dillion, Noah. “Connected,” The Brooklyn Rail, (Feb 2012).
Naves, Mario. “Rhyme Not Reason,” City Arts (28 Sept 2010).
Schwabsky, Barry. “Review of Let's stay together,” Artforum (Summer 2009).
Clancy, Luke. “Review of Let's stay together,” Art Review (Summer 2009).
Dunne, Aidan. "Remarkable work inspired by the unremarkable things in life,” The Irish Times (29 April 2009).
Butler, Kate. “Let's stay together,” The Sunday Times (19 April 2009).
Conley, Sue. "Abstract of faith,” The Herald (April 9th, 2009).
Conley, Susan. “Plan D,” Irish Independent (8 April 2005).
“Back to Basics,” The Irish Times (2 April 2005).
Dunne, Aidan. “Facing up to familiar scenes,” The Irish Times (April 2005).
Bonde, Lisbeth. “Sight Mapping,” Modern Painters (Winter 2002). Domke, Graham. “Sight Mapping,” Contemporary No.50.
SELECTED ARTIST TALKS
Sherman Sam and Tony Godfrey in conversation, Equator Arts Projects, Singapore
Sherman Sam, Charles Lim and Song-Ming Ang in conversation with Tony Godfrey, ArtStage, Singapore
TEACHING AND SEMINARS 2012-2014
Goldsmith, University of London, Year Zero/Foundation, Art History 1998 – 2005
Ruskin School of Drawing, University of Oxford, visiting lecturer 2001
Oxford Brookes University, visiting lecturer 2000-1
Tate, London, visiting lecturer 1996
North Oxfordshire College and School of Art, Foundation course
AWARDS, GRANTS & RESIDENCIES
Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong — CN (nominee) 2009
Centro Cultural Andratx, Majorca — ES
Arts Council, Inspire Curatorial Fellow, Hayward Gallery, London — UK
Australian Art Awards, National Museum of Art, Singapore — SG
Painting of the Year Award, National Museum of Art, Singapore — SG
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
CCA Andratx, Mallorca — ES
Luxembourg Wort - Mireille Petitgenêt
February 12, 2018