Joe Fyfe

Born in 1952, in New York, USA.

Lives and works in Brooklyn, USA.


1976   Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Arts in Philadelphia, USA.


Joe Fyfe has exhibited worldwide since the early 1980s.

He has shown internationally throughout the last three decades. Recent solo exhibitions include Longhouse Projects, New York, White Columns, New York; Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne; ACME, Los Angeles; Graham, New York; Ryllega, Hanoi, Vietnam; and Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg. Fyfe was awarded a Fulbright in 2006, spending six months in Vietnam and Cambodia and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. He has also received several Pollock-Krasner and Gottleib foundation awards and most recently (2015) received an award from the Artadia Foundation.

In 2010, he curated the widely recognized "Le Tableau" at Cheim & Read, New York, that re-introduced number of French abstractionists, including Claude Viallat into a contemporary dialogue with American abstraction. Additionally, he has curated 12 exhibitions at venues including Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton; Zurcher Studio, New York; and Apex Art, New York.

Fyfe has written reviews and essays for Artforum, Art in America, Arts AsiaPacific,, Hyperallergic, Modern Matter, Kilimanjaro and BOMB as well as numerous catalog essays. He is represented by Galerie Christian Lethert in Cologne, Germany and Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg, Geneva, Paris and St. Etienne.

   Awards and Residencies

2017   The Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

2014   Pollock-Krasner, USA

2008   Bourse Guggenheim, USA

           Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Award, USA

           Yaddo fellowships, USA

2007   Sitterwerk Zentrum für Kunst und Kulturwirtschaf, résidence, Atelierhaus, Germany

2006   Fulbright Award, Research in Vietnam and Cambodia

           Fundacion Paraiso Mojacar, Spain

2005   Pollock-Krasner Award, USA

           Yaddo fellowships, USA

2003   Yaddo fellowships, USA

2002   Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Award, USA

2001   Yaddo fellowships, USA

1999   Handhollow Foundation Award (PFAW Fellowship), USA

1998   McDowell fellowship, USA

           Yaddo fellowships, USA

1996   Bessie Award, Set design for "The Memory Theatre of Guilio Camillo", USA

The latest works by Joe Fyfe - who is evolving within a moving space suspended between painting, sculpture and drawing - explore both the legacy of non-figurative art and its current trends. In his work, his writings and conservation projects - including his curatorship of the controversial "Le tableau" exhibition organised in 2010 for Cheim & Read in New York - Fyfe acknowledges the utopian aspiration of the early expressions of non-figurative art, while adapting a more pragmatic (and often playful) approach to the alternations of our material culture.

In an intensification of the poetics of everyday life, of the marginal and overlooked, Fyfe has increasingly made use of materials found by the wayside, like a kite abandoned by a child, a sign that has been thrown away or an abandoned banner. He thus creates almost abstract compositions influenced both by serendipity and by the noblest expressions of formalism. In so doing, Fyfe creates a sort of contraction in his work, a "push and pull" between happenstance and reflection, which in turn endows his apparently informal works with an obsessive precision.

Solo shows at Ceysson Gallery
Joe Fyfe, Wandhaff
January 13 - March 03, 2018

JOE FYFE, Genève
January 14 - March 12, 2016

Group shows at Ceysson Gallery
Spring Saint-Étienne, Saint-Etienne
June 12 - July 25, 2020

Joe Fyfe - Claude Viallat, Saint-Etienne
December 21, 2018 - February 23, 2019

September 26, 2015 - January 30, 2016

Special Guest New York, Offsite
September 08 - September 28, 2015

Denis Castellas - Joe Fyfe, Luxembourg
November 23, 2013 - February 01, 2014

Solo Shows

Joe Fyfe: but a flag has flown away, Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York, USA

Vagabond Paintings, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Geneva, Switzerland

Make Me One With Everything, Longhouse Projects, New York, USA

Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg

Elecciones, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne, Germany
White Colums, New York, USA

James Graham & Sons, New York,USA

ACME Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, USA

James Graham & Sons, New-York, USA

JG Contemporary, New York, USA
Ryllega Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam
Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, USA

JG Contemporary, New York, USA
Galerie Pitch, Paris, France

Mai's Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Jay Grimm Gallery, New York, USA

Nicholas Davies Gallery, New York, USA

Morehead State University, Morehead, USA
Nicholas Davies Gallery, New York, USA

Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York, USA

Group shows (Selection)

Printemps , Galerie Ceysson & Bénétière, Saint-Étienne, France

68-18, Shin Gallery, New York, USA

Polaroids: The Disappearing, Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York, USA
In Neuen Räumen, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne, Germany

Boys and Girls Can Still Draw, Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York, USA

Human Nature, Salon 659 Jefferson Ave., curated by Claire Corey, New York, USA
Group exhibition, Galerie Christian Lethert. Cologne, Germany
Between the Eyes, Crosstown Arts, Memphis, USA
Summer painting exhibition, Longhouse Projects, New York, USA
Special Guest, Bernard Ceysson at Galerie Zurcher, New York, USA
Feed The Meter, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg

Picture/Painting/Object, Albert Baronian Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
On the Blue Shore of Silence, Fitzroy Gallery, New York, USA
The Bulletin Board, White Columns, New York, USA

Donut Muffin, Dorsky Projects, New York, USA
Wit, Painting Center, New York, USA
Group Show, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne, Germany
Memphis Social, Tenn, Memphis, USA
My Crippled Friend, CCAD Columbus, Columbus, USA
Building Materials, Real Art Ways, Hartford, USA
Taking Note or the Curious Eye, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne, Germany
Arbeiten auf Papier, Zietkunst Galerie, Kitzbühel, Austria
ARCO, Madrid, Spain
B. Wurtz & Co. Group Show, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA
Peinture mode d'emploi, Centre régional d'art contemporain, Montbéliard, France
Ever Since | Put Your Picture in a Frame, Glasgow International Exhibition of Visual Art, Glasgow, United-Kingdom
Abstraction Everyday - Everyday Abstraction, New York, USA
NADA, New York, USA

Flag Day, Art Museum, Islip, USA

Take Five, Plus Gallery, Denver, USA
Devotion, Züricher Studio, New York, USA
Redi-Mix, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, USA
Le Tableau, Cheim&Read, New York, USA
Consider the Oyster, James Graham & Sons, New York, USA
Between Picture and Viewer : The Image in Contemporary Painting, SVA Gallery, New York, USA

Abstractionists Unite ! Who Give You Just Enough To Last A Life Time, Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, USA
Chunky Monkey, Red Flagg, New York, USA
Assemblage Abstract, Dinter Fine Art, New York, USA
Blue, James Graham & Sons, New York, USA

Present Tense, Spanierman Gallery, New York, USA

Intersections, Myers School of Art, USA
Paint/Not Paint, Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art, New York, USA
Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art, New York, USA
Carton Rouge, Atelier Tampon-Ramier, Paris, France

Traces Everywhere, Tracy Williams, New York, USA
Field Questions, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
Helter Skelter, Capsule Gallery, New York, USA

Summer, Bruno Marina Gallery, Brooklyn, USA
A Conversation, Marvelli Gallery, New York, USA
Under the Influence, Barbara Mathes, New York, USA

Grisaille, JG Contemporary, New York, USA
Simple Marks, Cheim&Read, New York, USA
The Invisible Thread ; Buddhist Spirit in Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, USA

Contra/post, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, USA
Landscape, Lindsey Brown Gallery, New York, USA
Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, USA

Project Wall, Pierogi 2001, New York, USA
Marcel Sitcoske Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Abstractions II, New York Studio School, New York, USA

Project Wall, Pierogi 2000, New York, USA
Fundamental Occurrences, Malca Fine Arts, New York, USA

Joe Fyfe, James Hyde, Merlin James : Drawings, Thomas Korzelius Gallery, New York, USA
Double Vision, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, USA
Painting III, New York, N-3 Project Space, New York, USA

Madeleines, Apex Art, New York, USA
Fin de Siècle, Nicholas Davies Gallery, New York, USA
Art Exchange Show, New York, USA
Living Room, 558 Broadway, New York, USA

Visiting Faculty Biennial, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

Men, myths and masculinities, LedisFlam Gallery, New York, USA

360, Pino Molica Gallery, New York, USA

Drawings, Knight Gallery, Charlotte, USA

Painting and Sculpture Today : 1984, Indianapolis Museum, Indianapolis, USA

Art on Paper : 1983, Weatherspoon Gallery, Greensborough, USA

Spring Exhibition, Weatherspoon Gallery, Greensborough, USA

The Times Square Show, Colab, New York, USA
Ken JOHNSON, "Wayne Koestenbaum, Jane Corrigan, Joe Fyfe", Art In Review, New York Times
David PAGEL, "All The Arts, All The Time", Los Angeles Times

Walter ROBINSON, "Joe Fyfe : Painter's Apotheosis, Artnet,

Albert MACADAM, "Le Tableau", ARTnews, october
James GLISSON, "Le Tableau",, summer
Andrew RUSSETH, "Le Tableau", Modern Painters, august
Robert C. MORGAN, "When Hypothesis Trumps Quality",, july
Lance ESPLUND, "Le Tableau", Wall Street Journal, august
Michael WILSON, "Le Tableau", Time Out NY, august
The New Yorker, 'Le Tableau', august
Roberta SMITH, "Le Tableau", New York Times, july
David COHEN, "Orgy in the Raw", New York Sun, june
Fredric KOEPPEL, "Reality rendered in vibrant colors", Gomemphis, march

Lamar CLARKSON, "Joe Fyfe: James Graham & Sons", ARTnews, may
Stephanie BUHMANN, "
Joe Fyfe: Recent Work at James Graham & Sons",, march

James BISHOP, "Painting by other means", october
John ARMLEDER, "Used Verbatim or Slightly Altered, february

Roberta SMITH, "Joe Fyfe Paintings 2004-07", New York Times, march
"Joe Fyfe", The New Yorker, march 12th
David COHEN, "Minimalism with feeling...", New York Sun, february 2nd
Stephen MUELLER, "A Contrarian's Esthetic", inGay City News, february 16th
Stephen MAINE, "Joe Fyfe at JG Contemporary", Art in America, september

Vietnam News November, december

Jackie GENDEL, "Le Vu", february
Ken JOHNSON, "Joe Fyfe. Paintings from Vietnam", New York Times, april 27th
Stephanie BUHMAN, "Joe Fyfe. Paintings from Vietnam", Brooklyn Rail, april
David COHEN, "Joe Fyfe, Mary Heilman...", New York Sun, april 12th
Benjamin LA ROCCO, "Traces everywhere", Brooklyn Rail, february
Edward SOZANSKI, "Abstracts with no obvious links", The Philadelphia Inquirer, january 28th
"A painters question", Fallon&Rosoff's Artblog, january 24th

James KALMAN, "A boom grows in Brooklyn", Brooklyn Rail, july
"Americans message to Vietnam", Vietnam net bridges, june 27th
Thu NGOC, "Exhibit samples the simple by US artist", Vietnam News, june 1st

"Joe Fyfe at Jay Grimm Gallery", Art in America, march
"Simple Marks", The New Yorker, september 3rd

"Joe Fyfe. Review", The New Yorker, july 1st, august

Ken JOHNSON, "Fundamental Occurences. Malca Gallery", New York Times, july 1st

Alfred CORN, "Joe Fyfe at Nicholas Davies", Art in America, april
"This Wonderful Exile of the Artist", Modern Painters, autumn, pp. 77-79
Ken JOHNSON, "Drawings", New York Times, october 22nd

"Joe Fyfe's Land of Make Believe", Artnet, february 11th


Appearances, n°24


Art, Das Kunstmagazin, december, pp.89-91

Ecrits de l'artiste


"Sopheap pich at Tyler Rollins", Artforum, february


"A French Alternative Martin Barré", january


"In Deep Water: Jun-Nguyen Hatsushiba", september
"Things the mind already knows Urs Fischer at Tony Shafrzi", september


« On his work, on the work of others and on ohter places », Studio School, New York, december
"Outside the system: despite continuing problems with officialdom, Saigon Open City exhibition series reveals the vitality of Vietnam's contemporary art scene", october
"Hans Josephsohn's Lateness" september


"The Heart at Midnight. On the work of the Late Bill Rice", march


"Making it new: despite limited funds and bureaucratic trepidation, Hanoi has a burgeoning art scene that features performance, video and collaborative", january
"Requiems for a lost future? Epic scale and forceful geometric forms have long preoccupied Al Held, perhaps nowhere more than in his "Requiem" and "Siena"… four monumental paintings by Al Held, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center", january


"The Art of Failure: in recent years, Michael Smith and Joshua White have created a series of highly detailed installations that satirize society in general…", january
"Alma Thomas's late blossoms: an African-American woman artist who emerged in the mid-20th century, Thomas was a pioneer throughout her career…in 1964 when, close to paralysis and bedridden, the 73-year-old...", january
Claude Viallat - Joe Fyfe, une rencontre et une oeuvre
L'essor de la Loire - Daniel Brignon
January 05, 2019
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Luxembourg Wort - Mireille Petitgenêt
February 12, 2018
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Trois fois New York
Le Quotidien - Mylène Carrière
February 08, 2018
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November 18, 2015