Greg Lindquist


Greg Lindquist

Born 1979, Wilmington, NC
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Pratt Institute, 2004-08, With Distinction
Master of Fine Arts in Painting
Master of Art History
Tuscany Summer Study, painting, Italy, 2006

North Carolina State University, 2003, Summa Cum Laude
Bachelor of Art and Design
Bachelor of Arts in English
Prague Summer Study, printmaking, Czech Republic, 2000

ArtOMI residency, 2009

One-person Exhibitions
"Odes (to the present forgotten)," Ober Gallery, Kent, CT, 2010
"Nonpasts," Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NY, NY, 2010
"Brooklyn Industry," Brooklyn Academy of Music, 2009 
“Remembrance of Things Present,” originated NC State University, College of Design Gallery, Raleigh, NC; traveled to Bethel University, St. Paul, MN, 2008
“Industry,” Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NY, NY, 2008
“To Brooklyn,” McCaig-Welles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2007

Selected Group Exhibitions
"No One is an Island," curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud, LMCC Building 110, Governors Island, NY
"Rising into Ruin," curated by Lia Newman, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

"Planet of Slums," curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud and LaToya Frazier, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; traveled to Third Streaming, NY, NY (2011)
"Frozen Moments: Architecture Speaks Back," Ministry of Transportation Project, organized by Laura Palmer Foundation (Poland), Tbilisi, Georgia
"New Paintings," curated by Renne Bonvenzi, NY, NY

"Materia," collaborative, Co-organized by Suzanne Stroebe and Matthew Wilson, Cabinet Magazine
„Varketili 3.4mr 425,“ Tbilisi, Georgia
"Party at Chris's House," curated by Phong Bui, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Urban Landscapes, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NY, NY
Site Matters: Brooklyn Represents, Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY

Selected Bibliography (see "Press" tab for links)
Tikhonova, Yulia. "Greg Lindquist at Elizabeth Harris," Sculpture
Neil, Jonathan TD. "Planet of Slums," Art Review
Frazier, La Toya. "La Toya Frazier and Greg Lindquist," Bomb Magazine
Landi, Ann. "Critic's Pick," ArtNEWS, March
Miller, Daniel. "Postcard from Tbilisi," Frieze Magazine on-line

Laneri, Raquel. "The Wasteland: Greg Lindquist's Industrial Landscapes," The South Wing, NY, NY
Distil, Sara. "Jen Bekman Artist to Watch: Greg Lindquist," Flavorwire, NY, NY

"Plenty for $20: Greg Lindquist's 20x200 Edition," New York Press, NY, NY

Westfall, Stephen. "Greg Lindquist at Elizabeth Harris Gallery," Art in America, October 2008
Roberts, Ashley. "On the Waterfront," Independent Weekly, September 3, 2008
Jarvis, Craig. "Artist Freezes Urban Landscape in Flux," The News and Observer, August 24, 2008
Natale, Michele. "Art picks: Greg Lindquist at NCSU College of Design," The News and Observer, August 22, 2008
Landi, Ann. "Urban Landscapes at Elizabeth Harris." Art News, September, 2008
Levine, Cary. “Remembrance of Things Present: The Post-industrial Landscapes of Greg Lindquist,” brochure
Mullarkey, Maureen. “Testing the Urban Topography,” The New York Sun, June 18, 2008
Crayton, Cherry. “He Paints the Town,” NC State Alumni Magazine, Summer 2008
“Findings,” Harper’s Magazine, July, 2008
Cook, Mary. “Brooklyn Industries: Interview with Greg Lindquist,” NY Arts Magazine, May, 2008
Chaudhury, Nadia. “Memorializing Industrial Brooklyn,” The Greenpoint Gazette, March 6, 2008
Goodrich, John. “Rackstraw Downes at Betty Cuningham and Greg Lindquist at Elizabeth Harris,”
Goodrich, John. “Factory Guy,” The New York Sun, Feb 21, 2008
Kalm, James. “The James Kalm Report,” You Tube Channel, Feb 20, 2008
Sneed, Gillian. “Fade to Grey,” NY Arts Magazine, Feb 19, 2008
Baldwin, Rosencrans. “To Brooklyn,” The Morning News, Feb 11, 2008
Davis, Nicole. “Construction Sight,” Brooklyn Based, Feb 7, 2008

Taylor, Candice. "A 'Naked' Lure for Artists," The New York Sun, June 28, 2007
Varmus, Chris. "Q & A with Greg Lindquist," Brooklyn Paper, March 24, 2007
Varmus, Chris. "I art Brooklyn," Brooklyn Paper, March 24, 2007
Naves, Mario. "Brooklyn in Ruins," The New York Observer, March 21, 2007

Media Appearances
WCCO-TV, Morning Show, Channel 4, Minneapolis, MN (November 7, 2008)
MTV Real World: Brooklyn, (2009 Season)

Selected Honors, awards, residencies and grants
Milton & Sally Avery Foundations Grant (2009)
2008-09 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grantee (2009)
Art Omi International Artists' Residency Participant, (2009)

Professional Activities and Experience
Research Intern, Education Department, The Museum of Modern Art (2006-7)
Artist Assistant, Ryan McGinness, NY, NY  (2005-07)
Contributing writer, The Brooklyn Rail, (2007- present)
Contributing writer,, (2006- present)

Lectures + Symposia
Conversation for “Planet of Slums” with LaToya Frazier, Omar Lopez-Chaoud, Amanda Matles and Ivor Shearer, Third Streaming, NY, NY
Visiting Lecturer, UNC-Greenboro
Visiting Lecturer, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Salisbury, NC

Review Panelist, National Academy, NY, NY
Visiting Lecturer, Hunter College, NY, NY

Presenter, New York Print Club, NY, NY
Visiting Lecturer, New York Studio Program, Brooklyn, NY
Visiting Lecturer, Golden Artist Materials, New Bern, NY

Visiting Lecturer, Studio in a School Program, NY, NY
Visiting Lecturer, Parsons, New School, NY, NY
Visiting Lecturer, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN
Visiting Lecturer, UNC-Wilmington, NC
Visiting Lecturer, UNC-Pembroke, NC
Visiting Lecturer, East Carolina University, NC
Visiting Lecturer, College of Design, NC State University, NC
Masters Symposium, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Review Panelist: Brooklyn Special, Pratt Insitute, Brooklyn, NY


North Carolina-born artist and writer who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, ARTnews, the New York Sun, the New York Observer, the Brooklyn Paper and NY Arts Magazine. Lindquist's work has been exhibited in various group and solo exhibitions at McCaig-Welles Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; Elizabeth Harris Gallery in New York, NY; NCSU College of Design; ArtSpace, Raleigh, NC; Bethel University in St. Paul, MN; Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; Brooklyn Arts Council; and Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York. Lindquist received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and attended Art Omi International Residency in 2009. His work has been written about in publications, including Art in America, ARTnews, New York Observer, Bomb Magazine, Sculpture and Frieze. He is a contributing writer for The Brooklyn Rail and


My work depicts actions in the landscape that are not always obvious. These actions are manifested in material displacements of things falling apart, people vacating structures and things displacing other things, dwellings being built, torn down and rebuilt. I paint these landscapes in a way that aestheticizes their atmospheric, material and formal conditions. I think painting is about making the everyday appear more beautiful.

Using painting to communicate these issues is just as complex as the issues themselves. Photography, which I use as source material for the paintings, is culturally accessible and has a relatively short history as opposed to painting, which is known for being a commodity, a luxury object. While it’s impossible to escape the reification of this object, I believe painting can express a beauty that is intelligent, well-informed and conscientious of its contradictions.

If I am romanticizing these landscapes of architectural decay, I am doing so in order to seduce the viewer, to engage him or her in a more complex context about the landscape’s political, economic and conceptual content. Often, these complexities have to do with gentrification, globalization, deindustrialization and urban blight. The forces at work are often in dialectical oppositions that become blurred, such as preservation-development, interior-exterior, complete-incomplete, new-old, value-valueless, and use-neglect.

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