Simone Gad

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Artist Simone Gad is a painter and assemblage/collage artist who rose to prominence in the Los Angeles art scene in the 1970’s. After being introduced to the Fluxus movement in 1972 by Al Hansen, she began making collage and assemblage painting collages on vinyl. An actress herself, Gad’s work focuses on Hollywood, exploring ideas of celebrity and stardom while providing unique insight into the world of fame. Her career includes numerous exhibits through California, showing at LAICA Downtown and Molly Barnes Gallery, among others. Gad is highly regarded in the Southern California art scene, being the recipient of numerous awards and grants, as well as being included in many publications and texts.  Simone Gad’s exhibit at Bleicher / Golightly is now in conjunction with the Pacific Standard Time initiative

Artist CV

BORN   Brussels, Belgium, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 Simone Gad Animal Rescue Drawings at IFAC-ARTS NYC
2016 Bunny Gunner Gallery, Claremont CA
2015 Highways, Santa Monica, CA, curated by Patrick Kennelly
  Track16, curated by Laurie Steelink-ongoing
2014 Art Deco on Acid, bG Gallery, Santa Monica CA
  Track16, curated by Laurie Steelink
2013 Facades & Exploding Fu-Dogs, L2kontemporary, Chinatown, Los Angeles CA
2012 Simone Gad, Pacific Standard Time, Bleicher/Golightly, Santa Monica, CA
2011 Simone Gad – Chinatown Plaza and Victorians, Cal State University Channel Islands, CA, curated by Jack Reilly
  Cats and Pinups Installation,Track 16/Small Press Gallery, Bergamot, Santa Monica, CA, curated by Laurie Steelink
2010 Recent Work, L2kontemporary, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Buildings, L2kontemporary, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA
2006 Tony Mack Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  Recent Work, L2kontemporary, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA
2004 LA River Lil Frogtown Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Crazyspace + Solo Performance
2002 Le Musee d’Art Spontane, Brussels, Belgium + Solo Performance
  The Temple Museum of Art and Cleveland State University, OH + Solo Performance
1998 MP Gallery, San Francisco, CA + Solo Performance
  Le Musee d’Art Spontane, Brussels, Belgium + Solo Performance
1996 Granados 2 Gallery, Atwater Village, CA
1995 Orlando Gallery, Sherman Oaks, CA Cleveland State University, OH
  NO-NAME Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN + Solo Performance
1993 Muhk-B Galerij, Antwerpen, Belgium
1992 Fresno Museum of Art, Fresno, CA B-1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA,
  Galerie 1-2-3 , Antwerp Belgium
1990 I.D. Galerie, Dusseldorf, Germany
  B-1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1989 Chiaroscuoro Gallery, Chicago, IL
1987 B-1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1985 Exhibition Showcase, Otis Parsons, Los Angeles, CA
  Limbo Gallery, East Village, New York, NY
1984 Monique Knowlton Gallery, New York, NY
  The Fun Gallery, East Village, New York, NY
  Galerie Beaux Lezard, Paris, France
  New Orleans Museum of Contemporary Art, New Orleans, LA
1980 Tolin Gallery, Lancaster, CA
  Victoria Falls, New York, NY + Solo Performance
  Cal State University, Los Angeles, CA
  Los Angeles Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
1979 LAICA – Downtown, Los Angeles, CA
1977 Contemporary Arts Center, Portland, OR
  Orlando Gallery, Encino, CA
1976 Long Beach City College
1972 Zara Gallery, San Francisco, CA
   

PERFORMANCE ART

2015 Simone Gad – Dixon Place Lounge, NYC
  The Situation Room, curated by Micol Hebron, Eagle Rock, CA
2014 Perform Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Show and Tell, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasedena CA
2012 Simone Gad, Pacific Standard Time Performance, Bleicher/Golightly Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  Perform Chinatown Kchungradio/Simone Gad, Los Angeles, CA, curated by John Burtle
2011 LACE/OJO/ATHCO; ROLE OF EDITH MASSEY, Pacific Standard Time
  Perform Wow/Perform Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA, curators John Burtle and Adam Overton
  Boyle Heights Stories, Grand Performances, Los Angeles, CA, with Japanese Asia Museum and the Jewish Journal, Hosted by Conrad Romo
  Eternal Telethon, curators John Burtle and Adam Overton
  LAND, Benefit, Gawdafful Theatre w/ Brody Condon, Whitney Museum of Art New York City, Y & West Hollywood, CA, curated by Shamim Momime
  GUTTED, LACE Benefit, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Dino Dinco
2010 Creative Ideas For Every Season, Lead Role, Brian Bress video, Basel Art Fair, Miami, FL;
   
  Annie Okay, Machine Projects & The Hammer Museum, director/writer, Asher Hartman, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  Cherry Martin Gallery, Culver City, CA
  Dream-In, Machine Projects & Hammer Museum, director/writer, Asher Hartman, Gawdafful Theatre
  Erin Cosgrove Performance Art Video, Los Angeles, CA
  The Bad Thing, directed by Asher Hartman, Sea and Space Gallery, Highland Park, CA
2009 Cougars, performance Art Film, director, Asher Hartman, Migrating Forms, New York City, NY
  The New Museum, New York City, NY
2005 solo performance, Bowery Poetry Club, New York City, NY
2002 solo performance on tour, The Red Eye Experimental Theatre, Minneapolis, MN;
  Factory Theatre , Cleveland State University, OH
  Dixon Place, New York City, NY;
  Nuyorican Poetry Club, New York City, NY
2000 Woman’s History Month, Malibu Library; Culver City Library; Dimand Bar Library;
  The Knitting Factory, Los Angeles, CA & New York City, NY;
  Nuyorican Poetry Club, New York City, NY
  Glaxa Studios, Los Angeles CA
1997 Cleveland International Performance Art Festival, Cleveland, OH
  MP Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  Le Musee d’Art Spontane, Brussels Belgium
1995 No-Name Exhibitions, solo performance, Minneapolis, MN
  Simone Gad Show, Glaxa Studios, Los Angeles CA
1980 Simone Gad/Kim Jones/Neola, writer, Simone Gad, Espace DBD, Los Angeles, CA

GRANTS

2007 Artists Fellowship Foundation Inc, New York City
2002 Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation
  Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
1987 CRA Grant – Banners, Los Angeles, CA
1985. Womans Building – honorarium, Los Angeles, CA
  New Orleans Contemporary Art Museum of Art – honorarium

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 MOAH MUSEUM-LANCASTER, CA, PEACE ON EARTH
2016  GLOBAL VILLAGE-STIGHTING WHITE CUBE, THE NETHERLANDS
2015 Jerusalem Biennale, Hebrew Union College Museum-USC, Los Angeles, CA
  IFAC-ARTS ATHINA, BETTY PAGES INSTALLATION-SIMONE GAD
2015 Off the Wall, Curated by Irene Tsatsos, Armory Center for The Arts
   Pulse Of L.A., curated by Leslie Cozzi, Hammer Museum
2014  Monster drawing rally, Armory Center for the Arts, curated by Irene Tsatsos
2014 Caught Looking, Curated by Irene Tsatsos, Armory Center for The Arts
2013 Show and Tell, Curated by Irene Tsatsos, Armory Center for the arts
2012 Fix-it-Up Too, Blum and Poe Gallery, Culver City, CA
  21st Century  Sex, Bleicher/Golightly, Santa Monica, CA + solo performance, curated by Shaye Nelson
2011 Soft Machine, traveling exhibit from Bleicher/Golightly, Santa Monica, CA, Culver City, CA, curated by Mike Saijo
  The Collage Show, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  Preview, Pacific Standard Time, Bleicher Galleries/La Brea, Los Angeles, CA
  Mysterious Objects,Tribute to Joan Quinn, Pacific Standard Time, Santa Ana College, Santa Ana CA, Curated by Amanda Quinn Olivar and J Cheryl Bookout
  144 Show, Blue 5, West Los Angeles, CA, curated by David Gorman of Bleicher Galleries
  Animal Magnetism, Bleicher/Hamilton Galleries, Santa Monica, CA
2010 “39 NOW”, Sophia Louisa Projects and Den Contemporary Gallery + MOCA Projects Event, Los Angeles, CA
  PlayLand, Glassell Park-Los Angeles, CA, curated by Elaine Parks and Helen Van Der Neer
  Preview, Pacific Standard Time, Bleicher Galleries/La Brea, Los Angeles, CA
  Richard Godfrey Benefit, downtown Los Angeles, CA, curated by Julie Rico Jack Fisher Gallery, San Francisco CA
2009 Dia De Los Muertos, Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Diane Gamboa
  Davis Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain
  Elaine Levy Project, Brussels, Belgium
  Summer Show, DelVeinte Galeria, Spain
  Jack Fisher Gallery, San Francisco CA
2008 Red Dot Art Fair, New York, NY & Miami, FL, Jack Fischer Gallery-San Francisco, CA
  New Life Shop, Wooloo Productions, Berlin, Gerany
  American Sandwich, Primo Piano Galeria, Lecce, Italy
  Your Documents Please, Traveling Exhibition to Europe/Japan/Mexico, 2008 thru 2010, curated by Daniel Georges
  Gendered Women Face the Holocaust, Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg, FL, curated by Stephen Feinstein
2007 About Face, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
  The Eclectic World Of Gad, L2kontemporary, Chinatown, Los Angeles CA, curated by Simone Gad
  Desire Des Livres 2 – Artist Book Show, Chartre, France, curated by Chantal Leieguth
  Erotic Art, Carlota’s Passion Gallery, Eagle Rock, CA
2006 The Narrative Show, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
  La Deuxieme Sexe?, Carlota’s Passion Gallery, Eagle Rock, CA
  Los Angeles Libertine Society Presents, L2kontemporary, Chinatown, Los Angeles CA
  ArtSEEN Auction, Los Angeles, CA
  Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, New York, NY, curated by Jasper Johns
2002 Don O’Melveney Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Molly Barnes
  Bedlam Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2000 Matthew Marks Gallery, NYC, curated by Jasper Johns Foundation for Contemporary
   
1993 Special Projects, Exit Art Gallery, New York City, NY
1992 ABC NO RIO Gallery, New York City, NY
  Art in General, New York City, NY + solo Performance
1991 Black and White, B-1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1990 Summer in the City, I.D. Gallerie, Dusseldorf, Germany
  Gad/Haring/Warhol, organized by I.D. Gallerie for Façade Gallerie, Paris, France
1989 Forty Years of California Assemblage and Collage, organized by Ann Ayres, UCLA Travelled to San Jose Museum of Art, Fresno Museum of Art, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska and Art At The Airport, Frankfurt, Germany
   
1988 Contemporary Pop, Rockoko Gallerie, Frankfurt, Germany
  American Pop Now, organized by Robert Berman at La Foret Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1987 Broken Heart Art, The Woman Building, Los Angeles, CA B-1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1986 Southern California Assemblage-Past and Present, Contemporary Museum, Santa Barbara, CA
  Hollywood Inside and Out, Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, co-curated with Marie de Alquaz,
  Popkorn, B-Side Gallery, New York City, NY Chiaroscuoro Gallery, Chicago, IL
  Feminist/Misogynist, Seattle, WA, curated by Robert Costa
  Crayons, Permanent Installation, Los Angeles, CA
1985 Frank Bernarducci Gallery, New York City, NY Functional Art Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
  Fiona Whitney Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  Feminist/Misogynist, Avenue B Gallery, New York City, NY, curated by Robert Costa
  Too Hot for Summer, Kamikazi Gallery, New York City, NY, curated by Robert Costa
  B-Side Gallery, New York City, NY
1984 Hollywood Exhibit, curated by Ron Steen, Palos Verdes Museum, Palos Verdes, CA
  Mississippi Museum of Art-Collage and Assemblage Traveling Exhibition
1983 Jayne Mansfield Installation, Lava, Los Angeles, CA
1982 Ladies of the Night, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA
  Yves Arman Gallery, New York City, NY
  Humor in Art, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
  Allan Stone Gallery, NYC
  Mannequin Madness, Security Pacific, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Marsha Bentley Hale
1981 Collage and Assemblage, A Traveling Museum Show, organized by the Mississippi Museum of Art, Tampa Museum, FL, Alexandria Museum, VA, Roanoke Museum, VA Tucson Museum, AZ, Hunter Museum TN
  Fix-it-Up, LACE, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Jeffrey Vallance & Michael Uhlenkott
1980 Drawings, organized by Jasper Johns and Mark Lancaster, Foundation of Contemporary Performance Art, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City, NY
   
  New Talent, Monique Knowlton Gallery, New York City, NY
1978 David Stuart Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1976 Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA LAICA, Los Angeles, CA
1975 Janus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Zara Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1974 Ties, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
  Baroque 74, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York City, NY
1973 Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA
  Hollywood Hollywood, co-curated at Cedars Sinai, Beverly Hills, CA
  From the Sublime to the Ridiculous, Cedars Sinai Open Studios, LACE, Los Angeles, CA
   

MUSEUMS AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Carol and Sol LeWitt Collection
Le Musee d’Art Spontane, Brussels, Belgium Fresno Museum of Art, Fresno, CA Mississippi Museum of Art, Mississippi
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
San Bernardino Museum of Art, San Bernardino, CA Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL Universal Studios Museum of Art, Orlando, FL Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach
Scott Ward- Exec Director-Armory Center For The Arts, Pasadena, Ca
Irene Tsatsos-Head Curator-Armory Center For The Arts, Pasadena, Ca

ARTICLES AND REVIEWS

Momentum Directory, Simone Gad, Rutgers University, 2014
Huffington Post-Simone Gad, By Eric Minh Swenson January 2014
Artweekendla-Facades and Exploding FuDogs-Simone Gad 4th Solo Exhibition with L2kontemporary Gallery-Chinatown, January 9, 2013
LA Weekly – Simone Gad – PST Solo Show, Bleicher/Golightly Gallery
Mysteious Objects – Homage to Joan Quinn-Pacific Standard Time/Santa Ana College, CA, Catalog 2011
Chain Letter Catalog, Jeffrey Crussell 2011
Lyn Kienholz L.A. Artists Encyclopedia:  L.A. Rising; SoCAL Artists Before 1980
Davenport Encyclopedia. 2009/2010
National Portrait Gallery Library, Smithsonian Museum of Art, Washington, DC, 2009
Molly Barnes Collects-Courtesy of Pharmaka Gallery,
EL MUNDO/Saint-Tropez en Santander, Spain-Sept 21, 2008
Victorian Homes Highlight Two Downtown Exhibitions by Ed Fuentes, June 15, 2008
Art Downtown, Downtown LA LIFE June 4, 2008
The Jewish Journal/7 Days in the Arts-The World according to Gad, Pestilence, Palestinians and nudes, August 3, 2007
Weekly Planet, Hillsborough, August 2006, Megan Voeller (Tampa Museum) Who’s Who in America, 2000/2003
USA Today – Speed, Simone Gad
Cleveland and Jewish News, April 2002, Fran Heller
The Jewish Week, October 2002 – Simone Gad at the Nuyorican
The Jewish Week, June 2002 – Simone Gad at the Nuyorican
Los Angeles Times, Calendar Weekend, December 2000
Backstage West, Polly Warfield – Molested Shoes, January 2000
Barns and Noble Events, July 1999
Los Angeles Times / Valley Section – Simone Gad at Orlando Gallery, 1999
Art Review – Simone Gad by Joan Quinn, 1999
LA Weekly, Connie Monaghan, August 1995
Fresno Bee – Guy Keeler, Tray Chic, Simone Gad, 1992
ArtScene, Ray Zone – The Ghost in the Machine, 1992
ArtForum, Ronny Cohen/Simone Gad at Monique Knowlton and The Fun Gallery, New York City, November 1994
American Pop Culture Today, V. 2 by USSO for LA Foret Museum, 1990
Hollywood Am Rhein, Von Arno Gehring, February, 1990
Kulturekalender, I.D. Gallerie – Dusseldorf, Germany, February 1990
California Art Review/American References – Simone Gad Profile, Chicago, IL, 1989
John Berger, Ways of Seeing – Penguin Books, September 1988
New Yorker – Goings On About Town, 1986
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Crayons Color Its Way To A Packed Opening Night, Kevin Allen, 1986
LA Weekly – Table Planners, Gloria Ohland, 1986
Los Angeles Daily News – Jack O’ Lanterns, Diana Rico, Otis, 1985
Los Angeles Times, Calendar Section – Parsons Public Arts Program, Josine Ianco Starrels, 1985
Los Angeles Herald Examiner – The Fantastical Art Of Assemblage, Noah James, 1985
Hollywood Independent – Hooray For Hollywood, Delmar Watson, 1985
Portfolio Magazine, Ronny Cohen, New York City, NY, 1980/84
Art Opens at Art Small Talk, NY Talk, 1984
State Times – Wearable Art Exhibit In New Orleans, Joan Seward, 1984
St. Petersburg Times – Art For The Pure Sport Of It, Charles Benbow, 1983
Portfolio Magazines – Star Quality, Simone Gad by Ronny Cohen, 1983
Portfolio Magazine – The Artists New Clothes, Judith Stein, 1983
LA Weekly Pick-of-the-Week, Museum of Neon Art, 1982
International Comm Line – The Other Side of Hollywood, Simone Gad, 1982
Los Angeles Times, Friday Calendar Section Review, Robert Pincus, 1982
Los Angeles Times, Calendar Section – Mannequin Exhibit/Fun, But Is It…?, William Wilson, 1982
Mississippi Museum of Art, ArtExpress Magazine – Collage and Assemblage, Tom Dewey, 1982
Los Angeles Times, Calendar Section – Grins and Grimaces, Suzanne Muchnic, 1981
ArtWeek – Memories of Hollywood, Linda Jacobson, 1980
New York Village Voice, Kay Larson, 1980
LAICA Journal, Smithsonian Archives Library, Washington, DC SIMONE GAD LISTING 1976 and 1979
Who’s Who in America, 1978

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Madonna
Cher
Tim Youd
Vincent Ramos
Sir Elton John, England
Ms. Diana Ross
Charity Burnett
Patty and Mark Weiner
Mark Gordon
Kene Rosa
Friar McCollister
Marjorie Reynolds
Henry Taylor
Joy Rotblatt
Diane MacDonald Jesse Bonderman
George Dinhaupt
Linda Vallejo
Robert Allen
Shaye Nelson
Candice Lin
Allen and Katharine Gold
Annette Tittenberg, Frankfurt, Germany
Roberta Kauderer, New York City, NY/ Sedona, Arizona
Sara Muller Chernoff, Los Angeles, CA
Peter Gutierrez, Brussels, Belgium
Stuart Katz, Nice, France
Ms. Tracey Moffatt, New York City, NY
Dr. Ronny Cohen – Art Historian, Curator, Dealer
Richard Barnet, New York City, NY
Bill & Norma Anthony, New York City, NY
Ms. Marilyn Cvitanic & John Kruth, New York City, NY
Ms. Illya Damm, Germany
Ms. Tressa Miller
John Settle, Los Angeles, CA
Anita Miranda, Los Angeles, CA
Joe Edward Grant, Los Angeles, CA
Joyce Wisdom & Rainier, Topanga, CA
Steve Miller, Los Angeles, CA
Ms. Gail Zone, Los Angeles, CA
Ms. Gayle Gale, Los Angeles, CA
Robert Gino, Tarzana, CA
Ms. Linda Smith Meyer, Los Angeles, CA
Jan De Bont, Director, CA
Bruce Hurwit, Director, Connecticut
Mark Story, Director, Idaho
John Hugh Agency, North Hollywood, CA
Ron Steen, Art Historian
Diana Zlotnick Joan & Jack Quinn Sabato Fiorello
Molly Barnes
Helen Lewis & Norman Quinsland
Patrick Butcher
Chuck & Judy Goodstein
Robert Thurmer, Gallery Director – Cleveland State University, OH
Ms. Gloria Longval
Mr. Mario Martinez, Producer
Christi Frantom, Los Angeles, Ca
Stephanie D’orglandes, France
Rick Morris, Pasadena, Ca
Ron And Hugh Winter, Palm Springs, Ca
Brian Mcclanahan , Palm Springs, Ca
Connie Samaras, Los Angeles, Ca
Shaye Nelson And Om Bleicher, North Hollywood, Ca
Kate Gjerde, Santa Monica, Ca
Helen Yagake, Pasadena,Ca
Scott Ward-Exec Ed-Armory Center For The Arts
Irene Tsatsos-Chief Curator-Armory Center For The Arts
Peter Tolkin and Yunhee
Frank  Zamora

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