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  • December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM
    December 31, 1969
    7:00 PM

Jeff Sonhouse

Born in New York, NY, 1968
Lives and works in New York, NY

Day 18: Jeff Sonhouse

Jeff Sonhouse concentrates on themes of black masculinity in his striking paintings that often find his subjects donning menacing, multipatterned masks and vivid, dandy-like suits. At times focusing on iconic or controversial figures, Sonhouse has created portraits of Colin Powell, Michael Jackson, and Diddy. In 2008, Sonhouse broke the mode of depicting only men with his exhibition Pawnography, which included a portrait of former U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.

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2001 M.F.A., Hunter College of The City University of New York, New York, NY
1998 B.F.A., School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2008 Jeff Sonhouse, Tilton Gallery, New York, NY
2005 The Panoptic Con, Jack Tilton/Anna Kustera Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Probable Cause, Summer Solos, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA
2002 Tailored Larceny, Jack Tilton/Anna Kustera Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2006 black alphabet – contexts of contemporary african-american art, Zacheta National Gallery of Art,
Warsaw, Poland [cat.]
Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery, New York Historical Society, New York, NY [cat.]
2005 Frequency, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY [cat.]
2004 Notorious Impropriety, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
2003 The Changing Same: Artists with Studios in Harlem, Triple Candie, New York, NY

Selected Collections

Artist Pension Trust, New York, NY

30 Americans is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. The presenting sponsor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is Altria Group.

Additional support has been provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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