Larry Johnson Untitled; 1986

Installation View

Larry Johnson Untitled (Heh, Heh); 1987

An ad run by the New York Times to promote the column of humorist Russell Baker; Colour photo, framed, 101,6 x 101,6 cm; Edition 2/5

Larry Johnson Untitled (The World's a Mess; It's in my Kiss); 1987

Lyric sheet from the L.P. "Los Angeles" by the band X, ektacolor print, framed, 101,6 x 101,6 cm; Edition 2/5

Larry Johnson Untitled (I hated that about you); 1987

From the Film "The Razors' Edge", 1986, as written and read by actor/comic Bill Murray as a eulogy for comic John Belushi; Colour photo, framed, 101,6 x 101,6 cm; Edition 2/5

Larry Johnson Untitled; 1986

Edition of 3

Larry Johnson Untitled; 1986

Edition of 3

Larry Johnson Untitled (I Swear I Won't Tell A Soul: Who Would I Tell?); 1989

Ectacolor-print, 160 x 118 cm; 174 x 118 cm, diptych; Edition: 2/3

Larry Johnson Untitled (Betty Ford); 1989

Ectacolor-print, 168 x 118 cm; Edition 2/3

Larry Johnson Untitled (Which Dazzled the People of Ayr); 1989

Ectacolor-print, 167 x 119,5 cm; Edition 2/3

Larry Johnson Untitled (It Could Make Tonight The Best Part Of Your Day); 1989

Ectacolor-print, 160 x 119 cm; Edition 2/3

Larry Johnson Untitled (Fella); 1989

Ectacolor-print, 167,6 x 122 cm

Coming soon


born in Long Beach

lives and works in Los Angeles

solo exhibitions (selected)


Larry Johnson’s Hits from the 80s, Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica

Frame Tales, Marc Jancou Contemporary, New York


Hammer Museum, Los Angeles


Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica

Marc Jancou Contemporary, New York


New Photographs, Cohan, Leslie & Browne, New York


The Thinking Man’s Judy Garland and Other Works, Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica

Modern Art Inc., London


Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles


Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver


Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles


Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles


Patrick de Brok Gallery, Knokke, Belgium


303 Gallery, New York

Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco

Johnen & Schottle, Köln


303 Gallery, New York

Galerie Isabella Kacprzak, Köln

Stuart Regen Gallery, Los Angeles


303 Gallery, New York


Galerie Isabella Kacprzak, Stuttgart

303 Gallery, New York

Kuhlenschmidt / Simon Gallery, Los Angeles


303 Gallery, New York

group exhibitions (selected)


The Perfect Show, 303 Gallery, New York, NY

Arctic Summer, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

25 Years of Talent, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY


How Many Billboards? Art in Stead, MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, Los Angeles

Rive Gauche/Rive Droite, Marc Jancou Contemporary, New York

The Last Newspaper, The New Museum, New York


Geography of the Imagination, Lead Apron, Los Angeles

Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty Years, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles


Endless Summer, Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale

Heroes and Villains, Marc Jancou Contemporary, New York

Idle Youth, Gladstone Gallery, New York


Good Morning, Midnight, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York

L.A. Desire, Galerie Dennis Kimmerich, Düsseldorf


Kunst aus Los Angeles der 60er bis 90er Jahre, Kunstverein Braunschweig e.V., Braunschweig

Hiding in the Light, Mary Boone Gallery, New York


Interstate, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York


Sign Language, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

100 Artists See God, organized by Independent Curators International; Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL; The Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, NY; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Contemporary Art Center of Virginia,Virginia Beach, VA; Albright College Freedman Art Gallery, Reading, PA; Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville


Ishtar, Midway Contemporary Art, St. Paul, MN

Unreal Estate Opportunities, PKM Gallery, Seoul, Korea


Mirror Image, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Summer Reading, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles

23rd Annual Benefit Art Auction, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles


The Slide Area, James Van Damme Gallery, Brussels, Belgium


The Big G Stands for Goodness: Corita Kent’s 1960s Pop exhibition tour, Luckman Gallery, California State University, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, USU, Logan,UT; Donna Beam Fine Arts Gallery, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV; Art Gallery, UTSA, San Antonio, TX Beaver College Art Gallery, Arcadia University, Glenside


Jay Gorney Modern Art, New York

Just Past: The Contemporary in MOCA’s Permanent Collection, 1975-96, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

SAMPLER 2—More Videos from Southern California, David Zwirner Gallery, New York

Larry Johnson / Allen Ruppersberg, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles; Jay Gorney Modern Art, New York


25 Years: An Exhibition of Selected Works, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles

About Place: Recent Art of the Americas, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

In a Different Light: Visual Culture, Sexual Identity, Queer Practice, University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA

Narcissistic Disturbance, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles

New Testament, Marc Foxx Gallery, Santa Monica

Untitled (Reading Room), Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles

Word for Word, Beaver College, Glenside


Dan Graham, Jeff Wall, Rodney Graham, Lincoln Tobier, Larry Johnson, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco

In the Field: Landscape in Recent Photography, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles

Los Angeles Mind Quakes: Breda Fotografica ’94, Museum de Beyerd, Breda, The Netherlands

Love in the Ruins: Art and the Inspiration of L.A., Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach

Romance, Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena

Benefit for Dennis Cooper’s “Frisk”, Thomas Solomon’s Garage, Los Angeles


The Language of Art (Die Sprache der Kunst), Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria; traveled to Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main

Legend in My Living Room, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago

Object Bodies, Emison Art Center, De Pauw University, Greencastle, traveled to Turman Art Gallery, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, (organized by Terry R.Myers)

Painter Editions, Johnen & Schottle, Köln

Standing Still and Walking in Los Angeles, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills


Bedroom Pictures, Asher/Faure, Los Angeles

Group Drawing Show, Stuart Regen Gallery, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Hollywood, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena

Lust for Life, Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles

There Is a Light that Never Goes Out, Amy Lipton Gallery, New York

True Stories: Mark Dion, Renee Green, Larry Johnson, Karen Kilimnik, Raymond Pettibon, Jack Pierson, Jim Shaw, Institute for Contemporary Art, London

Voyage to Los Angeles, Castello di Rivera, Italy


1991 Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Aussenraum-Innenstadt, Sprengel Museum, Hannover

Matthew Barney, Michael Joaquin Grey, Larry Johnson, Liz Larner, Richard Prince, Thomas Ruff, Rosemarie Trockel, Meg Webster, Lawrence Weiner, Stuart Regen Gallery, Los Angeles

A Dialogue about Recent American and European Photography, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing? The Hyde Collection, Glen Falls

New Work by Gallery Artists, 303 Gallery, New York

Words & #s, Museum of Contemporary Art, Wright State University, Dayton

Vero, Vero, Le Case d’Arte, Milan, Italy


De Afstandt, Witte De With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam

Le Case d’Arte, Milan, Italy

The Charade of Mastery: Deciphering Modernism in Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown at Federal Reserve Plaza, New York

Constructive Anger, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston

Drinking and Driving, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland

The Indomitable Spirit, International Center of Photography; traveled to Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles

The Köln Show, various galleries, Köln

Landscape as Stage, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia

Language in Art, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield

Word as Image: American Art, 1960-1990, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; traveled to Oklahoma City Art Museum, Oklahoma City, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

The Young and the Restless: Vanguard Artists from the Current SoHo Scene, The Sales and Rental Gallery, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, (organized by Arnold Lehman and Brenda Richardson)


Art About AIDS, Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading

Beyond Family of Man, Northeastern University Art Gallery, Boston

David Bussel, Nan Goldin, Larry Johnson, American Fine Arts Co., New York

California Photography: Remaking Make-Believe, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; traveled to Aspen Art Museum, Aspen; University Art Gallery, University of New Hampshire, Durham; Grand Rapids Art Museum Grand Rapids; Virginia Beach Center for the Arts, Virginia Beach

Departure, Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York

Erotophobia, Simon Watson Gallery, New York

A Forrest of Signs: Art in the Crisis of Representation, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

A Good Read: The Book as Metaphor, Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York

Image World: Art and Media Culture, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

The Photography of Invention: American Pictures of the 1980s, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington; traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

To Probe and Push: Artists of Provocation, Wessel-O’Connor Ltd., New York


Aperto 88, Venice Biennale, Venice

Christoph Andres, Larry Johnson, Ken Lum, Hans-Jorg Mayger, Harald F. Muller, David Robbins, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Köln

A Drawing Show, Cable Gallery, New York

Information as Ornament, Feature Gallery and Suzanne Rezac Gallery, Chicago

Larry Johnson, Liz Larner, Charles Ray, 303 Gallery, New York

Modes of Address: 25 Years of Language in Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown at Federal Reserve Plaza, New York

Wilma Tolksdorf Gallery, Hamburg

Utopia Post Utopia: Configurations of Nature and Culture in Recent Sculpture and Photography, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston


Around and About, Galerie Hufkens/Noirhomme, Brussels, Belgium

CalArts: Skeptical Belief(s), The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, and Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach

The Castle, installation by Group Material at Documenta VIII, Kassel

Contemporary Diptych: Divided Vision, Whitney Museum of American At, Stamford and Equitable Center, New York

Galerie Christoph Dürr, München

The Image in Singular, Amer Galerie, Vienna

Industrial Icons, San Diego State University, San Diego

Larry Johnson, Tony Tasset, Christopher Wool, Kuhlenschmidt / Simon Gallery, Los Angeles

New Photo, Feature Gallery, Chicago

The New Who’s Who, Hoffman / Borman Gallery, Santa Monica

New York-Wien, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna

On View, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

Perverted by Language, Hillwood Art Gallery, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University, Brookville

Photographs, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York

The Spectre of Saturation, McIntosh / Drysdale Gallery, Washington


Cable Gallery, New York

Stephen Frailey, Larry Johnson, New Strategies, Los Angeles

303 Gallery, New York

Uplifted Atmosphere, Borrowed Tastes, Hallwalls, Buffalo


James Casebere, Larry Johnson, Jeff Koons, 303 Gallery, New York

Proof and Perjury, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Synaesthetics, P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY (organized by Felice Neals)


Three Artists Select Three Artists, Artists Space, New York

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Bader, Darren, Salon XXXII: Highway Unicorn, the journal, Entry Number 32, 2012, pp. 64-81.

Carlson, Ben, Reviews: Los Angeles: ‘Arctic Summer,’ Margo Leavin Gallery, Artforum, December 2012, pp. 284-285.

AR: ’25 Years of Talent’ at Marianne Boesky, Contemporary Art Daily, August 17, 2012.

25 Years of Talent, texts by Michelle Grabner, Tim Griffin, Randi Hopkins and David Robbins, New York: Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2013.

’25 Years of Talent’ at Marianne Boesky, Contemporary Art Daily, June 9, 2012.

Schwabsky, Barry, In Conversation: Michelle Grabner with Barry Schwabsky, The Brooklyn Rail, March 4, 2012.


Butch, Amber, Art Basel Miami Beach 2011,, December 7, 2011.

Sveen, S., AO On Site Photoset – Art Basel Miami Beach 2011: Main Fair Overall Summary, December 1-4, 2011,, December 6, 2011.

Crow, Thomas, Perchuk, Andrew, Tuchman, Maurice, Subotnick, Ali, Winer, Helene, Baldessari, John, Gamboa Jr., Harry and Larner, Liz, L.A. Stories: A Roundtable Discussion, Moderated by Richard Meyer and Michelle Kuo, Artforum, October 2011, pp. 240-249.


Hawkins, Richard, Best of 2010: Larry Johnson (Marc Jancou Contemporary, New York), Artforum, December 2010.

Berger, Doris, Larry Johnson, X-TRA, Winter 2010, Volume 12, No. 2. (cover)


Hawkins, Richard, The Artists’ Artists: Larry Johnson (Hammer Museum, Los Angeles), Artforum, December 2009.

Berardini, Andrew, Larry Johnson, ArtReview, Issue 35, October 2009.

Myers, Terry R., Larry Johnson, The Brooklyn Rail, September 2009.

Schad, Ed, Life with Me, This is Me, Me She Wrote, ArtSlant, August 2009.

Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter, Dark Star, Artnet, July 9, 2009.

Knight, Christopher, Art Review: ‘Larry Johnson’ at UCLA Hammer Museum,, June 30.
Lehrer-Graiwer, Previews: Larry Johnson,, May 1, 2009.

Hainley, Bruce, The Prime of Mister Larry Johnson, Artforum, May 2009, cover, pp. 176-183.

Griffin, Tim, Artifacts, Artforum, May 2009.

Ferguson, Russell, Larry Johnson, Hammer Museum and DelMonico Books, an imprint by Prestel Publishing, 2009.


Lapinski, Lisa, The Artists’ Artists: Larry Johnson (Patrick Painter, Los Angeles), Artforum, December 2008.

Taft, Catherine, Larry Johnson, Modern Painters, March 2008, p. 83.


Cotter, Holland, Good Morning, Midnight, The New York Times, July 27, 2007.

Columbus, Nikki, Good Morning, Midnight,, July 25, 2007.


Smith, Roberta, Art In Review: Interstate, The New York Times, September 16, 2005.


Indiana, Gary, Postmortem: ‘Artforum,’ Roland Barthes, and Me, ArtUS, Inaugural Issue, November-December 2003, pp. 20-22.


Cohen, Michael, Larry Johnson, Flash Art, Number 219, July-September 2001, p. 120.


Hainley, Bruce, Larry Johnson, Artforum, May 2000, p. 182.

Darling, Michael, Larry Johnson, Frieze, Issue 52, May 2000, pp. 102-103.

Rickels, Lawrence, Larry Johnson: Patrick Painter, Santa Monica, Artext, No. 69, May-July 2000, p. 96.


Myers, Terry R., Larry Johnson: We were never being boring, art/text, No. 64, February-April 1999, pp. 52-57.


Myers, Terry R., Larry Johnson, On Paper 2, Number 6, July-August 1998, pp. 48-49.

Gonzales-Day, Ken, Larry Johnson at Margo Leavin, Art Issues, Issue 53, Summer 1998, p. 39.

Baltin, Brian, Larry Johnson at Margo Leavin, LA Weekly, March 19, 1998.


Sunshine & Noir. Art in L.A. 1960-1997, edited by Henning S. Hansen, Humlebæk: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 1997.


Watson, Scott (ed.), Larry Johnson, essays by Gary Indiana, Lawrence A. Rickels and Scott Watson, Vancouver: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia, 1996.

Smith, Roberta, Art In Review, The New York Times, January 26, 1996.


Cohen, Michael, Larry Johnson, Flash Art, Volume 27, Number 177, Summer 1994, p. 126.

Whitney, Kay, Sentimental Journey: Larry Johnson at Margo Leavin Gallery, Artweek, No. 25, May 5, 1994, p. 26.

Hickey, Dave, Larry Johnson’s malicious muzak, Frieze, Issue 14, January-February 1994, pp. 30-35.


Cohen, Michael, The City Without Organs: Flux Fantasy in Five L.A. Artists, Flash Art, Number 169, March-April 1993, pp. 67-70.


Johnson, Larry, Untitled (It Could Make Tonight the Best Part of Your Day), Paris Review, Number 119, Summer 1991, pp. 171-177.

Myers, Terry R., Hard Copy: The Sincerely Fraudulent Photographs of Larry Johnson, Arts Magazine, Issue 65, Summer 1991, pp. 40-45.

Selwyn, Marc, Larry Johnson, Flash Art, No. 157, March-April 1991, p. 143.

Kandel, Susan, Larry Johnson, Arts Magazine, Issue 65, March 1991, p. 107.


Schneider, Greg, Gay Camp: Larry Johnson at Stuart Regen Gallery, Artweek, No. 21, December 27, 1990, p. 11.

Rimanelli, David, Larry Johnson: Highlights of Concentrated Camp, Flash Art, No. 155, November-December 1990, pp. 121-123.

Liu, Catherine, Larry Johnson, Artforum, September 1990, pp. 160-161.

Myers, Terry R., Larry Johnson, Tema Celeste, Number 26, July-October 1990, p. 68.

Mahoney, Robert, Larry Johnson: Achieving the Reunion of Signifier and Signified, Flash Art, Number 153, Summer 1990, p. 14.

Grundberg, Andy, Hybrids by Larry Johnson Stretch Language to Its Limits, The New York Times, March 30, 1990.


Gudis, Catherine (ed.), A Forest of Signs: Art in the Crisis of Representation, Los Angeles: The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1989.

Heartney, Eleanor, Larry Johnson at 303, Art in America, Volume 77, May 1989, pp. 202-203.

Decter, Joshua, Larry Johnson, Arts Magazine, Issue 63, April 1989, pp. 102-103.

Rimanelli, David, Larry Johnson, Artforum, April 1989, pp. 162-163.

Harrison, Katharine, “Larry Johnson,” Flash Art, Number 145, March-April 1989, pp. 115-116.


Nickas, Robert, Perverted by Language, Greenvale: Long Island University, 1987.