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BORN
1954

EDUCATION
MFA Brooklyn College, New York, 1981
BFA Indiana University, 1979

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017
Jim Torok: One Person Show (51 Drawings and 2 Paintings), Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX
The New Age Of Uncertainty, Pierogi, New York, NY
2015
Jim Torok: New Portraits and Other Work, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX
2014
Jim Torok: Drawings, Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, NY
Jesus, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
2012 
There is Nothing Wrong with You, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX
2011
Walton, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX
2010
You Are a Vibrant Human Being, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (April 19–May 18)
Portraits and Clowns, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX (January 16–March 13)
2008
Comic World, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY (May 29–June 28) (Two-person)
Jim Torok: Life Is Good, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Houston, TX (April 26–June 7)
2007
New Work, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
2005
Everything Is Great!, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Artists Are Great, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Houston, TX
Jim Torok: Things are Better, Gahlberg Gallery, McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL (13 October–12 November)
2003
A Family: Portraits by Jim Torok, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles
2002
Story Boards and Self Portraits, Bill Maynes Gallery
2001
Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles
2000
Up Close and Personal: Portraits by Jim Torok, Edwin A. Ulrich Museum, Wichita, Kansas
1999
hi tech lo tech, Bill Maynes Gallery, New York, NY
Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Galerie Haas & Fuchs, Berlin, Germany
1998
Miriam Shiell Fine Art, Toronto, Canada
1997
Bill Maynes Gallery, New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 
2017
Double Down, Pierogi, New York, NY
The Times, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
Likeness, William Shearburn, St. Louis, MO
2016
Rage for Art (Once Again), Pierogi, New York, NY
The 4rd Quadrennial: The Ballot Show, Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Pioneer Lust, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Texas
2015
Comic and Cartoon Art Annual, The Society of Illustrators, New York, NY (Gold medal winner)
I am a Lie and I am Gold, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY. Curated by Marco Breuer
Identities, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Eyewash Redux, Firework Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Larry Walczak
2014
PIEROGI XX: Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Salon, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
2013
Unhinged, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Word, One River Gallery, Englewood, NJ
2011
Subjective/Objective, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
In-and-outside-writing, Voorkramer, Belgium
Art Squared, Flag Foundation, New York City
Williamsburg 2000, Art 101, Brooklyn, NY
2010
Portraiture Now: Communities, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
(November 6, 2009–July 5, 2010) Three-person exhibition
Size Matters, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY. Curated by Shaquille O’Neal
(February 29–May 27, 2010)
2009
The Lens and the Mirror: Self-Portraits from the Collection, 1957-2007, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (July 21–November 15)
Mark-Making: Dots, Lines and Curves, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX (July 11-Sept. 5)
2008
Pierogi et al, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Attention to Detail, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY. Curated by Chuck Close
People, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NY (17 January–23 February)
Words Become Pictures, Molloy College Art Gallery, Rockville Centre, NY (7 Feb–27 Mar)
2007
Block Party II: An Exhibition of Drawings, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
(June 30–Aug 18)
2006
PIEROGI Leipzig, Germany (April 29–July 1)
B Side, Sarah Bowen Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (March 31–April 30) Curated by Caroline Cox
Portraits, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA (January 27–March 2)
2005
Star Star; Toward the Center of Attention, CAC (Contemporary Arts Center), Cincinnati, OH
Next Next, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY (4 October–17 December)
2004
Vacation Nation, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
The Drawn Page, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
2003
One-On-One, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Painter’s Forms, The Work Space, New York, NY
Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation, Institute of Contemporary Art,
Pittsburgh (curated by Vicky Clark and Barbara Bloemink); traveled to CCA, New Orleans, and the University of North Texas
American Art Today: Faces and Figures, Art Museum of Florida International University, Miami, FL
Brooklyn on 57th Street, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York
New Work New York, Annie Herron’s Selections from the Pierogi Flatfiles, Carlsbad
Museum and Art Center, Carlsbad, New Mexico
2002
Works on Paper, Bill Maynes Gallery, New York, NY
Invitational Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
2001
Brooklyn!, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, FL
Picture This, Flipside, New York, NY
Self-Made Men, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
Meat Market Art Fair, Pierogi, New York, NY
Haulin’ Ass: Pierogi in LA, Post, Los Angeles, CA
Good Humor, EPC, New York, NY
2000
Snapshot, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD
Reconfigured, Pace University Gallery, Pleasantville, NY
Inaugural Exhibit, Indiana University Art Gallery, Southbend, IN
Drawing from Pierogi: Selection from the Flat File, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
Stop That Racket, Dixon Place, New York, NY
Rage for Art, Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, NY
Face to Face, Concordia College, Bronxville, New York
1999
Portraits, The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
Popcorn, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Changing Faces: Contemporary Portraiture, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NY
Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY
Traditions, Transitions, and Transformations: Exploration of Art Making with Pinholes,
Pixels, and Moving Pictures, Samuel Chen Fine Art Center, Central Connecticut
State University Galleries, New Britain, CT
Salute to Animation, Concourse Gallery, John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana, CA
Avant Garde-O-Rama, PS 122, New York, NY
Short Stuff, Film Festival, Huntington Beach Art Center, CA
Trench Waveforms, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York (curated by Norman Douglas)
Benefit Auction, New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York, NY
1998
Current/Undercurrent, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
International Short Film & Video Festival, Nelson Fine Arts Center, Arizona State
University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
Reflex and Reverie, The Kitchen, New York, NY
Carousel, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
New York State Biennial, New York State Museum, Albany, NY
Benefit Auction, New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York, NY
River of Mud, The Kitchen, New York, NY
1997
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro,
Greensboro, NC
When the Whim siécle, Collezione Peggy Guggenheim, Venice; Ice House Gallery,
Belgium
New York Drawers, The Gasworks, London; Corner House, Manchester, UK
Moonworks Festival, Stella Adler Conservatory, New York, NY
1996
Invitational +, Adam Baumgold Fine Art, New York, NY
The Art Exchange Show, New York, NY
Slide Masters, Dixon Place, New York, NY
Too Many Clothes, The Kitchen, New York, NY
1995
Avant Garde-O-Rama, P.S. 122, New York, NY
Film Club, Four Walls, Brooklyn, NY
Yikes!, Cucaracha, New York, NY
1994
Open Book, 450 Broadway Gallery, NewYork, NY
Whateva, Dru Arstark Gallery, New York, NY
The Faust Festival, Nada, New York, NY
The Jupiter Project, Four Walls, Brooklyn, NY
Aaron’s Cabaret, Nada, New York, NY
Promotional Copy Event, The Kitchen, Printed Matter, New York, NY
1993
Bad Girls, The Reading Lounge, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Promotional Copy Opening, The Guggenheim Downtown, New York, NY
Drawing Show, Park Slope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1992
City Life, Bridgewater/Lustberg, New York, NY
Columbus, Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, New York, NY
1991
The Eccentric Object, Bridgewater/Lustberg, New York, NY

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2017
Lebowitz, Cathy. “The Lookout: Jim Torok,”Art in America, January 26, 2017
Walsh, Brienne. “5 Must-See Art Shows This Winter,” What Should We Do.com, January 23, 2017
The New Age of Uncertainty Mentioned in “Goings On About Town,” The New Yorker, January 23, 2017
2016
Slenske, Michael. “Donald Trump; the Muse: How 6 Artists Are Capturing the GOP Candidate,” New York
Magazine, July 6, 2016
Butler, Sharon. “Quick Study,” Two Coats of Paint, July 9, 2016
Slenske, Michael. “Donald Trum;, the Muse: How 6 Artists Are Capturing the GOP Candidate,” New York Magazine, July 6, 2016
Butler, Sharon. “Quick Study,” Two Coats of Paint, July 9, 2016
2014
“Favourite: Jim Torok,” Off Life.co.uk, April 2014
2013
“The Jesus Series by Jim Torok,” BOMB Magazine blog, June17, 2013
2011
Creative Time Comics, edited by Shane Brennan, 2011
2010
California Literary Review, Judkis, Maura. “The Sound and the Fury of “Portraiture Now: Communities,” Washington City Paper, January 12, 2010
McKenna, Alix. “Portraiture Now: Communities at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, January 11, 2010
2008
Genocchio, Benjamin. “Catching the Imagination in Language and Imagery,” The New York Times, February 24, 2008
2007
Bors, Chris. “Studio Visit: Jim Torok,” Artillery, Summer 2007
Bors, Chris. “What’s in Your Studio, Jim Torok?” ARTINFO.com, September 2, 2007
“Goings On About Town,” The New Yorker, July 25, 2007
“Goings On About Town,” The New Yorker, September 24, 2007
2006
Gomez, Edward M. “About Face,” Art & Antiques, February 2006. p.62-69 (Illus.)
Johnson, Ken. “B-Side,” Listings, The New York Times, April 14, 2006
2005
Rubenstein, Raphael. “Jim Torok at Pierogi,” Art In America, November 2005. p.182-3 (Illus.)
2004
Johnson, Ken. “Painter’s Forms,” The New York Times, January 9, 2004
2003
Clark, Vicky A. “Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation,” exhibition catalogue, Institute of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, 2003
Denver Art Museum, October 2003
Hammond, Anna. “Jim Torok at Bill Maynes”, Art in America, April 2003
Ollman, Leah. “Art of Portraiture in Concentrate,” Los Angeles Times, September 19, 2003
Powhida, William. “One-On-One,” The Brooklyn Rail, November 2003
Schudel, Matt. “Go Figure,” South Florida Sun-Sentinel, February 2, 2003
Turner, Eliza. “Sharp FIU exhibit nails complex human condition,” The Herald, January 19, 2003
Voelz Chandler, Mary. “Painters meet lost art face to face,” Rocky Mountain News, November 11, 2003
Yablonsky, Linda, “Artist Self Portraits,” ARTnews, November 2003
2002
Johnson, Ken. The New York Times, November 8, 2002
2001
Glueck, Grace. “Self-Made Men,” The New York Times, April 27, 2001
Gomez, Edward. The New York Times, September 16, 2001
Kalm, James. “Picture This.” NYArts, March 2001
Kino, Carol. “Self-Made Men at DC Moore,” Art in America, December, 2001
Meyers, Holly. Art Reviews, Los Angeles Times, March 2, 2001
Ortiz, Lori. “Brooklyn Art Scene.” The Brooklyn Rail, February/March 2001
2000
Kino, Carol. “Jim Torok at Bill Maynes,” Art in America, May, 2000
Ollman, Leah. “A Bountiful Exhibition That Gets White Glove Treatment.” Los Angeles Times, Dec. 8, 2000
Schull, Chris. “Go See It!” The Wichita Eagle, November 26, 2000
1999
“Goings On About Town,” The New Yorker, December 20, 1999
Kennedy, Margaret. “Hold that Pose,” House Beautiful, September 1999
Kunitz, Daniel. Changing Faces, ArtNews, March 1999
Murdock, Robert. “Jim Torok: Portraits,” essay for exhibition catalogue, November 1999
Rosoff, Patricia. “Pixels and Pinholes: Where Do We go from here?” The Hartford Advocate, April 1-7, 1999
Smith, Roberta. The New York Times, Art in Review, February 19, 1999
1997
Cotter, Holland. The New York Times, September 19, 1997
Denton, Monroe. “TimeLine (On Some Portraits by Jim Torok),” essay for exhibition brochure,
“Goings On About Town,” The New Yorker, September 15, 1997
Kino, Carol. Time Out New York, October 2-9, 1997
Smith, Roberta. The New York Times, Art in Review, October 10, 1997
Murdock, Robert. Review Magazine, September 15, 1997
1993
Princenthal, Nancy. Print Collector’s Newsletter, August 1993

COLLECTIONS
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
The Museum of Modern Art, New York City
Private Collections
The Margulies Collection
The Cartin Collection
Glenn Fuhrman Collection
Various private collections