Benjamin Weissman

Benjamin Weissman


Born 1957

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA



1981          BFA           California Institute of the Arts, Post Studio Art





We Never Kissed, The Box, Los Angeles, CA



What Every Snowflake Knows in its Heart (in collaboration with Yutaka Sone), Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA



Quilting Sessions 1997 – 2008 (in collaboration with Paul McCarthy), Galleria Zacheta Narodowa Galeria Sztiki, Warszawa



Quilting Sessions 1997 – 2008 (in collaboration with Paul McCarthy), Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento



Two Snowmen (in collaboration with Paul McCarthy), Christopher Grimes Gallery



I, Robot, Christopher Grimes Gallery



Horror A Vacui (in collaboration with Jim Shaw), Linda Cathcart Gallery

The Virility Room and Other Stories, Roy Boyd Gallery







Black & White Mike (curator), Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, CA

Drawing Show, Greene Exhibitions



A Public Fiction: Made in L.A., Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Men in L.A.: 3 Generations of Drawing, The Box, Los Angeles, CA

Valley Vista: Art in the San Fernando Valley, 1970 – 1990, curated by Damon Willick, Cal State University, Northridge, CA

Four Figures, curated by Tom Knechtel, Marc Selwyn Gallery, CA

Cherub, curated by Andrew Berardini & Brian Kennon, 2nd Cannons, CA



The Pursuit of Happiness: Experiments in Radical Leisure, (w/David Humphrey), curated by Kiersten Puusemp, The Archives: A Ship in the Woods, Del Mar, CA



The Lateral Slip, curated by Jan Tumlir, Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside, CA

The Picture I Carry in My Head, curated by Terri Phillips, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA



Pet Sounds, Walking on Elbows, curated by Mindy Shapiro, Anna Helwings Gallery

The Dogs, curated by Francesca Gabbiani, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery

100 Artists See God, traveling, ICA, London & elsewhere, curated by John Baldessari & Meg Cranston

Frozen Fears & The Axxxpressunizm Show, Vilma Gold Gallery, London, UK

80 X 80 (in collaboration with Damon McCarthy), Athens



Kohn: Youngstars, Galerie Krinzinger, 2003



Mapping the Process (in collaboration with Paul McCarthy),Essor Gallery, London, UK

Homage to Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Galerie Krinzinger

Line Up: A drawing Show, Lord Mori aka The Happy Lion

London is Balling, Bart Wells Institute



Snow, Practice Space, Los Angeles, CA

Civil Disobedience, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover

Recent Acquisitions Featuring The Norton Gift, Berkeley Art Museum, CA



The Fashion Show, George’s Los Angeles, CA

Not Coming, Projections: Intermission images VII, Laemmle Grande Fourplex



Alpenblick, Kunssthalle, Vienna, 1998

L.A. On Paper 1, RE-LAX, Galerie Krinzinger, 1998

I’m Still In Love With You, Woman’s 20th Century Club, 1998



The Eagle Rock Show, Eagle Rock, CA



The Comic Depiection of Sex in American Art, Lisa Ungar Galerie

Art Against AIDS, Galerie Mikael Anderson, Copenhagen

Mass Ive Lie Be (sound artists meet visual artists), Kunstwerk/Brasilica, Vienna



Raymond Pettibon, Jim Shaw, Benjamin Weissman, Galerie Praz-Delavallade, Paris, FR

An Offering to San Simon, Christopher Grimes Gallery



Red Rover Red Rover, Three Day Weekend

Utopische Kunst Kunstliche Utopie, Verein Kunst Werk

Grammarians, Chapman University



Bair, Cranston, Strode, Weissman, 1301 Gallery

The Language of Art, Kunsthalle, Vienna

Mr. Serling’s Neighborhood, Christopher Grimes Gallery

The Return of the Cadavre Exquis, The Drawing Center



LAX: Burden, Kelley, McCarthy, Pettibon, Pittman, Rubens, Shaw, Weissman, Vallance

Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna

Examples Cool & Lonely, Roy Boyd Gallery



Helter Skelter  (in collaboration w/Jim Shaw)




Headless & Dear Dead Person (2007, U-Factory, Russian language edition)

Headless (2004, Akashic)

Dear Dead Person (1994, Serpent’s Tail)




Paul McCarthy & Benjamin Weissman: Quilting Sessions 1997 – 2008 Silvana Editoriale)




McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Night Papers, Artforum, Bookforum, Modern Painters, Amokkoma, Parkett, The Believer, L.A. Times Book Review, Frieze, Freeze, Powder, Snow, Salon, Spin, Surfing, Women Outside, Western Humanities Review, Purple, Bomb, Index, Santa Monica Review, L.A. Weekly, L.A. Reader, Los Angeles Magazine, Village Voice Literary Supplement, Shiny, Hub, Snap, Hand Turkey, Cake Walk, Ribot, Rodentia, Tongue, The Crunge, High Performance, LAICA Journal, L.A. Style, Blind Date, Visions, Documents SurL’Art, Farm, Framework, Mirage, Magazine, Pee Stories Magazine, Animal Magazine Stories, Color This, Barney, Postille, Silver Jews (Lookout Mountain Lookout Sea), Soft Targets, Spectacle, Springer, B-City, Rut Roh, New Observations, Brooklyn Review, Art Issues, Artspace, Adult Video News, More & Less, X-tra, Nerve, V-Life, Zyzzyva




Freeze Magazine, Features Editor (Time Warner) 1999 – 2001

Bomb, Contributing Editor, 1994 – present

Fishwrap, Advisory Editor (Art Center College of Design) 2001 – 2008

Issue, Advisory Editor (Art Center College of Design) 1999 – 2001

Snowflake, Editor (Smart Art Press), 1996 – 1997

Otis Magazine, Editor (Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design), 1989 – 1992

Harbinger: Fiction & Poetry by L.A. Writers (w/Terry Wolverton) (Los Angeles Festival), 1990

Forehead, Fiction Editor (Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center), 1987 - 1990

Storytellers, Editor (Foundation for Art Resources), 1985 – 1986



REVIEWS:(of Headless & Dear Dead Person)

New York Times, London Times, The Believer, Entertainment Weekly, Art in America, The Oregonian, Los Angeles Times, Spin, Library Journal, Kirkus Review, Publishers Weekly, The Bay Chronicle, Small Press, Cups, City Pages, Main, Options, Attitude, L.A. Reader, The Rocket, Rain Taxi, Art Das Kunstmagazin







The Pursuit of Happiness: Experiments in Radical Leisure (editor Kiersten Puusemp), 2011

Steven Hull’s Multi-book Extravaganza Which I Don’t know the Exact Name of, 2007

A Fictional History of the United States with Huge Chunks Missing (ed, T. Cooper & Adam Mansbach), 2006

Ab Ovo, (Hull Editions), 2006

Frozen Tears (ed, John Russell), 2004

Another City: Writing from Los Angeles (City Lights), 2001

Unnatural Disasters (Incommunicado), 1996

Absolute Disasters (Dove), 1996

High Risk 2, Writings of Death, Sex, and Subversion (Plume), 1994



Boris Lurie (The Box), 2013

Nine Dwarves, Paul McCarthy, (Kukje Gallery), 2012

Paul McCarthy: Three Sculptures (L & M Arts), 2010

Yutaka Sone, The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, 2006

Matthew Greene, Deitch Projects, 2006

Raymond Pettibon (CAC Malaga: Centro De Arte Contemporaneo de Malaga), 2006

Yutaka Sone (Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo), 2003

Tom Knechtel (Otis Gallery), 2002

Lari Pittman (Goetz Collection, Munchen), 2002

Darren Waterston (St. Anne’s Press), 2002

Patrick Hogan (Otis Gallery), 2001

Ghosts Adrift: Thaddeus Strode (Kunstverein Heilbronn), 2000

Park: The Main Exhibition of Momentum (Nordic Festival of Contemporary Art), 2000

Wendy L. Moore (leveland Center for Contemporary Art), 1998

Hirsch Perlman (Museum of Modern Art), 1998

Concrete and Buckshot: William Burroughs (Smart Art Press), 1997

Things That Quicken the Heart (ed, Soo Jin Kim), 1996

Binaera: 14 Interaktionen—Kunst Und Technologie (Kunsthalle, Vienna), 1993

Helter Skelter (Museum of Contemporary Art), 1991

Cindy Bernard Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery), 1990

The Conceptual Impulse (Security Pacific Gallery), 1990

Loaded (Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery), 1989

L.A. Hot and Cool (M.I.T. List Visual Arts Center) 1987

TV Generations (LACE)

Mike Kelley, Assignment Outback (w/Tim Martin), (Newport Harbor Art Museum), 1985



Los Angeles Downtown Public Library, forthcoming, February 2015

Visiting Artist (reading, slide talk), USC Graduate School of Fine Art, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2013

Drawings & Paintings UCLA Graduate School of Fine Art, 2004

The Autobiography of Paul McCarthy (lecture), Museum of Contemporary Art, 2000

Ed Ruscha, (lecture w/Amy Gerstler), Walker Art Center, 2000

Loser Fiction ( lecture/reading), California Institute of the Arts, 2005 & 2000

Visiting Artist (reading/lecture), Otis Art Institute, 2004, ’03, ’02, ’01, ‘00

History of Beyond Baroque (w/Dennis Cooper, et al) New School University, 1999

Get It In Writing (reading w/Aimee Bender) Beyond Baroque, 1999

Fiction Reading (w/James Elroy), Huntington Beach Art Center 1996

Fiction Reading (w/John Cale), The Drawing Center, NYC, 1994

Narrative Strategies for Center’s End,  (w/Kathy Acker) New College, San Francisco, 1993

Christopher Williams, MoCA, 1991

Fiction Reading (w/Edmund White) Beyond Baroque, 1990 




Push Comes to Love, Stephen Prina (Drag City), 1999

45 (Jim Shaw), 1996

Oostende (Bigg Truck Records), 1994




UCLA Graduate School of Fine Art, grad & under, 2016-Present; 2002, 1997

Art Center College of Design, Graduate Advisor, 2004 – Present

Otis College of Art and Design, Fine Art Grad Dept 2001 – Present

Otis College of Art and Design, Graduate writing 2004 - 2008

University of Utah, graduate school of writing, 1999

California Institute of the Arts, 1996, 2008

Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, 1988 – 1992




New American Writing, UCLA Hammer Museum, 2001 – 2012

Raymond Pettibon Tribute, Museum of Contemporary Art, 2000

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center,Director of Programming, 1986 - 1996



Jul 6 2017pdflink

Review: Benjamin Weissman

Flash Art

by Jared Baxter

July 6, 2017

Jun 29 2017link

KCRW Art Talk: Chris Finley, Benjamin Weissman and Cindy Bernard

Jun 16 2017pdflink

It started with a sex dream about a gorilla

Los Angeles Times

Sharon Mizota