William Lamson Bio

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William Lamson was born in Arlington, Virginia. His video works often find him playfully and strenuously interacting with his environment (both in the natural world and in his studio).

Lamson’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum (NYC), the Dallas Museum of Art (TX), the Houston Museum of Fine Arts (TX), and the Progressive Art Collection (Cleveland, OH), among others. His work has been exhibited in the US and internationally, including at P.S. 1 (NYC) and Franklin Art Works (Minneapolis). He completed his MFA at Bard College and is a recent MacDowell Foundation Fellow.

Arlington, VA. 1977

2006 MFA. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
1996–2000 BA. Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Action for the Delaware, Honor Frasier, Los Angeles, CA
“Certain Slant of Light,” University Art Museum, SUNY Albany, Albany, NY
Action for the Delaware, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO
Action for the Paiva, Robishon Gallery, Denver, CO
Mercy of the Waves, Whittier College, Whittier, CA
Action for the Delaware, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (1 June – 1 July)
Draw a Line and Follow It, New Mexico State University Gallery, Las Cruces, NM
Architecture of the Invisible: Andrea Galvani William Lamson, Tatiana Kourochinkina, Barcelona, Spain
Divining Meteorology, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis
Action for the Paiva, Moving Image, London (October)
A Line Describing the Sun, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA  (May)
A Line Describing the Sun, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
A Line Describing the Sun, The Boiler, Brooklyn, NY (10 September–30 November)
On Earth, Kunsthalle Erfut, Erfut, Germany, (Nov 18, 2010–Jan 16, 2011)
Long Shot, Artspace, New Haven, CT (12 September, 2009–January 2010)
Work and Trade, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Selected Videos, Nieuwe Vide, Harleem, The Netherlands
Time Is Like the East River, Artspace, New Haven, NY
Actions, Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, MN
Hunt and Gather, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
Actions, Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX
Emerge, Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX
Experiment, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
Sublunar, Pierogi. Leipzig, Germany (Catalogue)
Selected Flight Videos, Crawl Space. Seattle, WA
Selected Flight Videos, Stills Gallery. Sydney, Australia
Encounter, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (January 7–February 7)
20 Photographs, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town, S.A. (Oct 25–Nov 25)

Unhinged, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Light and Landscape, (Solarium), Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY (May 12-Nov 12)
Glass Ceiling, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY
America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 Until Now, RISD Museum of Art, Providence, RI
William Lamson, Jules Marquis ad Jani Ruscica, West Galerie, The Hague
No One Is An Island, LMCC Gallery at Governor’s Island, NY
Hohenrausch.2, OK Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz Austria
Subjective / Objective, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Artists Tell Stories (Mostly About Themselves), Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
Instructions Not Included, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Covering Ground, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
No Show, Spencer Brownstone, New York, NY
Artist As Performer, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
Crossing Lines, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
Destroy Everything You Touch, Espai d‘Årt. Grandia, Spain
I Like Winners: Sports and Selfhood, Sheppard Fine Art Gallery, Univ. of Nevada,
Reno, NE
Space+Earth+Wo/men, ACC Weimar, Weimar, Germany
Things Are Strange, New Century Artists, New York, NY
Tension/Release, Caren Golden Fine Art. New York, NY
Apocalyptic Summer, Pierogi, Brooklyn NY
Action.Stop.Action, Vox Populi, Philadelphia PA
Summer Mix Tape Volume 1, Exit Art, New York, NY
Specter, CRG, New York, NY
New American Talent: 23, Arthouse, Austin, Texas
Primary, Kendal College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
Art on the Edge, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Exposure, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Shadow Show, Real Art Ways. Harford, CT
Float, Socrates Sculpture Park. Long Island City, NY
The Whole Sea Is Storming, Pierogi. Leipzig, Germany
Orpheus Selection: In Search of Darkness, P.S.1. Long Island City, NY
Easy Rider, Yancey Richardson Gallery. New York, NY
(Un)Natural Selection, Pierogi. Brooklyn, NY
Pierogi: Flatfiling, Artnews Projects. Berlin, Germany
Flight of Fancy, Museum of Fine Arts. Santa Fe, NM
Young Portfolio Acquisition 2006, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts. Kiyosato, Japan
Factitious, Pierogi. Brooklyn, NY. Traveled to Leipzig, Germany
Looking Back from Ground Zero: Images from the Brooklyn Museum Collection,
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (August 30, 2006–January 7, 2007)
Thesis Show, Bard MFA. Red Hook, NY
Think Twice: Young American Photography, TH Inside. Milan, Italy
All I want for Christmas, Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art. New York, N
Art and Commerce 2005: Festival of Emerging Photographers, DUMBO Arts Center
Reconfigure, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (Group Exib.) (July 1–25)
Portraiture, National Arts Club, New York, NY (Group Exib.) (June 21–29)
Five, Scalo Project Space, New York, NY (Group Exib.) (May 5–June 1)
This Dream, America, Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills, NY (Group Exhib.)
(May 7–June 12)
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out, DUMBO Arts Center (Group Exhib.) (Oct. 15–Nov. 21)
Pool Party, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY (Group Exhib.) (July 6–July 23))
Vacation Nation, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (Group Exhib.) (July 2–July 28)
Three-person exhibition: William Lamson, Sebastian Piras, and Hugh Kretschmer,
5+5 Gallery, Brooklyn NY (February 13–March 20)
New Work, Two Stones Studio, DUMBO Brooklyn (October)
Group Exhibition. Jaffe-Friede & Strauss Galleries. Dartmouth College (May–June)

Binaural / Nodar Artist Residency, Portugal (7th cycle of artist residencies of Paivascapes #1)
MacDowell Fellowship, June 2009

On Earth, Kerber Artbooks, Kerber Verlag Bielefeld, Germany, 2010
“Irving Pointing to God,” Harper’s Magazine, August, 2005
Pierogi Press #8, Brooklyn NY, December, 2002

Snow, Phillippa. “William Lamson,” Issue 3: Territories, Wax Magazine, August 3.
“Solarium,” Architektur, July.
Weiner, Emily. “Light and Landscape,” Artforum, critic’s pick, September.
Ryzik, Melena. “Creative Hubris, as Ephemeral as Sea Foam,” The New York Times, Aug 19.
Motyka, John. “Art Blooms on a Mountain,” The New York Times, July 12.
Wolff, Rachel. “Must-See Outdoor Art,” Architectural Digest, July.
Hodara, Susan. “Finding In Sunlight a Sound and a Taste,” The New York Times, June 22.
Nicholson, Louise. “Interventions,” Interior Design, June.
“Goings on about town,” The New Yorker, May 22.
Chou, Kimberly. “Seeing the Light in the Landscape,” The Wall Street Journal, June 25.
Kitamura, Katie. “William Lamson: ‘A Line Describing the Sun’,” Frieze, Issue 139. May.
Rothman, Aaron. “Landscape Photography/New Visions, Part 2,” Design Observer, May.
Johnson, Ken. “William Lamson: ‘A Line Describing the Sun’,” The New York Times, Oct 29
McAdams, Shane. “Will Lamson: A Line Describing the Sun,” The Brooklyn Rail, October
Murrow Ethan. “Will Lamson Is Burning Up the Desert,” The Huffington Post, September 22
Sutton, Benjamin. “Artists Gone Wild!,” The L Magazine, September 14
“Artist as Performer and Learning Curve 3,” artshound.com, September
“Artist as Performer,” Art Lies, No. 64, Winter 2009 (Illus.). p.96-97
“Artist as Performer,” houstonpress.com, September 9, 2009
“William Lamson: Artist Profile,” Corduroy Magazine, March
“PDN 30 at 10,” Photo District News, March
“Les Nouveaux Solitaires,” Le Monde, November
Schmerler, Sarah. “(Un)Natural Selection: Review,” Time Out New York, August 9-15,
Issue 619. P.66
“Goings On About Town: (Un)Natural Selection: Review,” The New Yorker, July 25-31
Gärtner, Barbara. “William Lamson,” Monopol, December. P.27 (Illus.)
Müller, Dominikus. “My Head Is Spinning,” artnet.de, September 17
“Exposure: William Lamson,” Outside Magazine, July
“Exposure: William Lamson,” Outside Magazine, July
“William Lamson,” H Magazine, May
Le Monde 2, Issue 100, Ball, January 14
Maine, Stephen. “Dateline Brooklyn,” artnet, posted February 5, 2005
“Me In America,” Itch Magazine, Issue 2, Vol. 1, January. Bell-Roberts Publishing
“Sleeper Hit: William Lamson,” (Feature), Nylon Guys, March 15
“Roving Photographer,” STEP Inside Design Magazine, March/April 2005
LaSala, Anthony. “Willam Lamson, Rising Star,” PDN (Photo District News), November George, Kate. “Cathartic moments on film,” A.M. New York, November 19–21, 2004. P.31

Indianapolis Museum of Art
Dallas Museum of Art
Brooklyn Museum
Houston Museum of Fine Arts
West Collection
Progressive Corporate Art Collection. Cleveland, OH
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts