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billy sullivan: biography, selected museum exhibitions, public collections and shows at kaufmann repetto



born in 1946 in New York, where he lives, works, and teaches.

Having begun his career in the late Warhol-era and exhibiting internationally since 1971, Billy Sullivan’s meticulous record-keeping, via frequently depicting the same subject in both his photography and painting, recalls Andy Warhol’s repetitive and stylized approach. Sullivan renders his painted figures and still lifes in pastels, creating depth and soft yet electric contrasts within the subjects and their environments. Often, Sullivan’s compositions distort the perception of the space which causes the subjects to appear to exist on unstable ground, thus reflecting the ephemerality of the moments captured.


selected museum exhibitions

Sullivan was the subject of a solo exhibitions in 2016, curated by Sarah McCrory, at Sarteano, Tuscany, and his work has been included in international exhibitions such as Ugo Rondinone’s I Love John Giorno at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015) and subsequently at White Columns, New York (2017); GLAM! The Performance of Style, Tate Liverpool (2014); and Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, 1969-1989, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2012).

Sullivan’s work was included in Whitney Biennial: Day for Night, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2006); The Second Parrish Art Museum Design Biennial: Mirrors, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York (1994); and The First Parrish Art Museum Design Biennial: Weathervanes, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY (1991).


public collections

Sullivan’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Parrish Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Norton Museum, West Palm Beach, Florida, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, and the Denver Art Museum, as well as many other public and private collections.


shows at Kaufmann Repetto

muses2019, solo show at kaufmann repetto Milan
Billy Sullivan, 2016, solo show at kaufmann repetto New York
still looking, 2012, solo show at kaufmann repetto milan
billy sullivan2007, solo show at francesca kaufmann Milan
billy sullivan2005, solo show at francesca kaufmann Milan

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Billy Sullivan was born in 1946 in New York, where he lives, works, and teaches.


Selected solo exhibitions

Muses, kaufmann repetto, Milan

Rental Gallery, East Hampton, NY

Billy Sullivan, Monteverdi Art Gallery, curated by Sarah McCrory Sarteano, Tuscany kaufmann repetto, NY

Summer Diaries, Ille Arts, Amagansett, NY

Blush, Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich
Time after Time, Freymond-Guth Fine Arts Ltd, Zurich

Bird Drawings, Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, NY Nicole Klagsbrun, New York

Still, Looking, kaufmann repetto, Milan
Now & Then, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen

Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, Michigan
East End Photographs 1973-2009, Salomon Contemporary, East Hampton, NY

Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich Conversations, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, NY

Regen Projects, Los Angeles
Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus
Texas Gallery, Houston

francesca kaufmann, Milan
The Museum at Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY

Friends, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, NY
New Work, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus

francesca kaufmann, Milan

Aspen Portrait, Harley Baldwin Gallery, Aspen

Regen Projects, Los Angeles Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, NY

Photographs 1969-2002, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, NY

Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus My World, Fischbach Gallery, NY

Judy Ann Goldman Fine Art, Boston

Fischbach Gallery, NY Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Cologne Texas Gallery, Houston

Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus

Fischbach Gallery, NY Hollywood Chronicles, Regen Projects, Los Angeles

The Back Room, Allez les Filles, Columbus

Allez les Filles, Columbus Barney Wyckoff Gallery, Aspen Fischbach Gallery, NY Stux Gallery, NY

Marguerite Oestreicher Fine Arts, New Orleans

Fischbach Gallery, NY

Fischbach Gallery, NY Petersburg Press, NY

Fischbach Gallery, NY

Fischbach Gallery, NY

Holly Solomon Gallery, NY

Stamford Museum and Nature Center Art Gallery, Stamford Petersburg Gallery, NY

Roger Ramsay Gallery, Chicago

The Arts Gallery, Baltimore Kornblee Gallery, NY

Kornblee Gallery, NY

Kornblee Gallery, NY

Sarah Y. Rentschler Gallery, NY

Duffy and Sons, NY

Contact Graphics, Texas Gallery, Houston


Selected group exhibitions

vent’anni – twenty years, kaufmann repetto, New York
Figures and Faces, McCabe Exhibitions, New York

What Have We Done?, Tripoli Gallery, Sagaponack, NY
Nicolas Party: Pastel, FLAG Art Foundation, curated by Nicolas Party, NY Stonewall 50/50, curated by Bill Arning,

2018 This Must Be the Place, curated by Jenni Crain and Miles Huston as O.O.& M.M., 55 Walker, NY
In Dog We Trust, Ille Arts, Amagansett, NY

2017 Billy Sullivan & Kathy Rudin, Ille Arts, Amagansett, NY
I (Love) John Giorno, curated by Ugo Rondinone, White Columns, NY
ABOUT FACE, curated by Scott Avett and David Kratz, Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, NY
Still(ed) Life (Part 2), Texas Gallery, Houston

2016 Portraits, Ille Arts, Amagansett, NY
Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY
DECADE, Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, Zurich

2015 THIRTY NINE YEARS: Anniversary exhibition honoring the memory of Susanne Feld Hilberry, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MI
I (Love) John Giorno, curated by Ugo Rondinone, Palais de Tokyo, Paris 12x12x12, Black Ball Projects, Brooklyn, NY
11th Annual Thanksgiving Collective, Tripoli Gallery, East Hampton, NY; and Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, NY
A World of Influence, curated by Madeleine Weinrib Barneys Chelsea, Passage(Pop-Up Window), NY Undressed, Philip Bloom Gallery, Nantucket, MA
Selfies and Portraits of the East End, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY Nudes, curated by Kristin Sancken Philip Bloom Gallery, Nantucket, MA

2014 Le Salon Particulier, Freymond-Guth Ltd Fine Arts, Zurich

2013 Ladies & Gents, Solomon Contemporary, NY
GLAM! The Performance of Style, curated by Darren Pih, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK; and Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany; and Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria Water, Tripoli Gallery, Southampton, NY

2012 Open Windows: Keltie Ferris, Jackie Saccoccio, Billy Sullivan, and Alexi Worth, curated by Carroll Dunham, Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, 1969–1989, curated by Ethan Swan, The New Museum, NY
Habeas Corpus, Halsey Mckay Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Watercolors, Phillips de Pury & Company, NY
Birds Drawings, Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, New York Museum, Southampton, NY
Inside the Painter’s Studio, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, curated by Joe Fig

2011 American Portraits: Treasures from the Parrish Art Museum, Parrish Art The Big Show, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton
2010 American Still Life: Treasures from the Parrish Art Museum, Parish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Plank Road, Salomon Contemporary, NY
Redressing (Family & Friends), Bortolami Gallery, NY
In the Company of…, curated by Terri C. Smith, Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT
Face to Face, Denver Art Museum, Denver
TROMPE L’OEIL, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus

2009 Still/Moving/Still, curated by Marc Gloede, Knokke-Heist Cultural Center, Belgium
WALL ROCKETS: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, curated by Marc Gloede, FLAG Art Foundation, NY
Better History, NY

2008 Listen darling, the world is yours, curated by Lisa Phillips, Ellipse Foundation Contemporary Art, Collection Centro Cultural de Cascais, Alcoitã, Portugal
SAND: Memory, Meaning and Metaphor, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton The Annual Hamptons Show, curated by Klaus Kertess, The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NY

2007 Max Headroom, ScheiblerMitte, Cologne
NeoIntegrity, curated by Keith Mayerson, Derek Eller Gallery, NY
Tease, Mireille Mosler Ltd., NY
Sex & Sensuality, Salomon Contemporary, East Hampton, NY

2006 Whitney Biennal: Day for Night, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
Open House, Ellipse Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, Centro Cultural de Cascais, Portugal
The name of This Show is not Gay Art Now, curated by Jack Pierson, Paul Kasmin Gallery, NY
The food show: The Hungry Eye, Chelsea Art Museum, NY
Likeness (Portraits From All Angles), Geoffery Young Gallery,Gt. Barrington, MA

2005 Art and the Garden, Spainerman Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Painting, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MI
Paper, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, NY

2004 Beginning Here: 101 Ways, Visual Arts Gallery, NY
North Fork / South Fork, Parrish Art Museum, South Hampton, NY
Il Nudo, Galleria d’Arte Moderna Bologna, Italy
Gio Ponti: Furnished Stetting & Figuration, ACME, Los Angeles
On Paper, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, NY

2003 Ideale e Realtà: Una storia dal Neoclassicismo ad oggi, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna

2001 Sex-Vom Wissen und Wunschen, Stiftung Deutsches Hyginene Museum, Dresden Happiness, Galleria Presença, Porto, Portugal
Rocks & Trees, Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, MA
Still Life, Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA O O, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, NY
1999 Souvenirs: Collecting, Memory and Material Culture, Guild Hall of East Hampton, NY
Plain Air, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, NY
Parallel Lines: Mix and Match, Karen McCready Fine Art, NY
View from the Edge of the World: Landscape Photography, Marlborough Gallery, NY
Armory Show International Fair of New Art, Galerie Aurel Scheibler, NY

1998 Augenlust, Kunsthaus Hannover, Germany
Drawings, Meyerson & Nowinski, Seattle, WA
Summer, Lennon, Weinberg, Inc., NY
Still Lives, Marlborough Gallery, NY

1997 Sex/Industry, curated by John Yau, Stefan Stux Gallery, NY
Private Worlds: 200 Years Of American Still Life Painting, curated by Julie Auger and Ann Daley, Denver Art Museum, Denver

1996 Summer 1996, Allez les Filles/Ibel Simeonov, Columbus
Garden Themes, Heckscher Museum, Huntington

1995 Face Value: American Portraits, curated by Donna De Salvo, The Parish Art Museum, Southhampton, NY; and The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; and the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Robert Harms, Billy Sullivan, Allez les Filles, Columbus, OH
Inaugural Exhibition, Paul Morris Gallery, NY
Group Show, curated by Clarissa Dalrymple, The Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair, NY

1994 Oeuvres Choisies, Allez les Filles, Columbus, OH
Demystifying the Contemporary Portrait: A Primer for the Patron, Allez les Filles, Columbus
Dirty Pictures, curated by Jack Pierson for Regan Projects, Regan Projects, The Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair, Los Angeles
The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Holly Solomon, NY
Some People, Tom Cugliani Gallery, NY
Révellion ‘94 , Stux Gallery, NY
Landscapes Ideas, curated by Michael Toledo, Apex Art, NY
Vered Flower Show, Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Inaugural Group Exhibition, Offshore Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Truth Be Told: It’s All About Love, Lennon, Weinberg, Inc., NY
Absence, Activism and the Body Politic, curated by Joseph R. Wolin Fischbach Gallery, NY
Pride In Our Diversity, 24 hours for Life Gallery, New York Summer Review, Stux Gallery, NY
Swan, Tom Cugliani Gallery, NY
The Second Parrish Art Museum Design Biennial: Mirrors, The Parrish Art Museum, Southhampton, NY

1993 Fruits, Flowers and Vegetables: the Contemporary Still Life, Kavesh Gallery, Ketchum

1992 Slow Art: Painting in New York Now, curated by Alanna Heiss, Institute of Contemporary Art, P.S.1, Museum, Long Island City
Some People, Tom Cugliani Gallery, NY

1991 An Artist in the Garden, National Academy of Design, NY
The First Parrish Art Museum Design Biennial: Weathervanes, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Urban Icons, Klarfeld Perry Gallery, NY

1990 Festivals and Festivities, Lehman College Art Gallery, The City University of New York, NY Menagerie, Pfizer, Inc., NY
A Little Night Music – Manhattan in the Dark, One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, NY

1989 The Scarf, exhibition and auction to benefit DIFFA, Bergdorf Goodman, NY Collector’s Gallery XXII, Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
The Food Show, Grand Central Art Galleries, NY
Don’t Bungle the Jungle, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, NY

1988 Situations, organized by the Art Advisory Service of the Museum of Modern Art for General Electric Co, Fairfield, CT
The Art of Music, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, BronX,
Drawn From Life: Contemporary Interpretive Landscape, Sewall Art Gallery, Rice University, Houston

1987 Portraits, Ginza Art Space, Tokyo
Major Works in Small Format,Lever/Meyerson, Galleries, Ltd., NY
Animal Life, curated by Gerrit Henry, One Penn Plaza, NY
Water Works, One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, NY

1986 Summer Issue, Fischbach Gallery, NY

1985 Animals, Animals, Animals!, The Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford
The New Portrait, P.S.1, Long Island City, NY
The Painterly Figure, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY

1984 Sex, Cable Gallery, NY
The Innovative Landscape, Holly Solomon Gallery, NY
The American Still Life, Contemporary Arts Center, Houston, Traveling exhibition 1983/84

1983 The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown U.S.F. Galleries, University of South Florida, Tampa
The Painterly Figure, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton

1982 Pittura di Corta Memoria, Arts Studio, Palazzo della Permanente, Milan Roger Ramsay Gallery, Chicago
Color it Pastels, Paul Creative Arts Center, University of New Hampshire
Body Language: Figurative Aspects of Recent Art, Hayden Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; and The Fort Worth Art Museum, The University of South Florida Galleries, Tampa; and The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati

1981 Menagerie, Goddard-Riverside Community Center, NY
New Dimensions in Drawing, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield CT; Galleria del Cavallino, Venice, Italy
Still Life, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

1980 Still Life: A Selection of Contemporary Paintings, Kent State University, Kent, OH; and Tangeman Fine Art Gallery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Portland P.S.1, Long Island City
Art for Your Collection, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

1979 Staten Island Museum
Imitation of Life, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford
American Watercolor, Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon; and Cedar Rapids Art Center, Cedar Rapids, IO

1978 Artists’ Postcards, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, NY
Body Language, New Gallery, Schacht Fine Arts Center, Russel Sage Collage, University Art Gallery, Boston

1971 Robin Bruch and Billy Sullivan, J.H. Duffy & Sons, NY

1969 Gallery, NY
Go figure!, curated by Beth Rudin De Woody, Eric Fire Stone Gallery, East Hampton, NY


public collections:

Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York
Commerce Bankshares, Kansas City, MO
Deloitte and Touche, Stamford, CT Denver Art Museum
Detroit Institute of Art
Dow Jones Company, New York
Ellipse Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, Lisbon, Portugal
General Electric Company, Fairfield, CT
Guild Hall Of East Hampton, New York
Hyde Museum, Glens Falls, NY
Metropolitan Bank and Trust Collection, New York
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Neuberger and Berman, New York
New Orleans Museum of Art
Norton Museum, West Palm Beach, FL
NYNEX, New York
The Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, New York
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Reader’s Digest, Pleasantville, NY


1987 National Endowment for the Arts

1997– current The School of Visual Arts, New York: BFA Photo Thesis

2012– current New York University, MFA Program, Studio Art, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development: Visiting Critic

2003–06 New York University, Interactive Telecommunication Program 2010–14

1999 Harvard University, The Department of Visual and Environmental studies


1968 School of Visual Arts, New York, NY,
1964-1968 1964 High School of Art and Design, NYC

La Repubblica, 2019

The East Hamptons, 2019

BLAU, 2017

The New Yorker, 2016

Artforum, 2016

Hamptons Magazine, 2015

ICON, 2008

flash art, 2002

elle decor, 1998