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Jordan Kantor


Born in 1972. Lives and works in San Francisco, California.



2003 Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., PhD, History of Art and Architecture
1995 Stanford University, Stanford, Calif., BA in History and Studio Art
1994 Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar, Hochschule der Künste, Berlin



2014 Jordan Kantor, Churner and Churner, New York
2013 Jordan Kantor, Ratio 3, San Francisco
2011 Jordan Kantor, Churner and Churner, New York
2010 Jordan Kantor, Ratio 3, San Francisco
2009 Art Statements, Art|40|Basel, Switzerland
2008 Jordan Kantor, Ratio 3, San Francisco
2006 Jordan Kantor: Recent Paintings, Artists Space, New York




2013 PAINT OFF, PAINT ON, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Painting Between the Lines, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA (cat.)
2012 Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture, Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (cat.)
In Protest,
Kadist Art Foundation/Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; travelling to The Commons, Vancouver, BC
2011 Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Tableaux Parisiens, The Do Right Hall, Marfa, Texas, curated by Nicholas Knight
Painting Between the Lines, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco
Route 2: 101 Collection, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
Say Something!, E6 Gallery, San Francisco
2010 Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.; traveled to Richard E. Peeler Art Center, Depauw University, Greencastle, Indiana; Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland
Kurt, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
2009 As It Is Written: Project 304,805, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
Untitled (History Painting): Painting and the Public Life in the 21st Century, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Liberation Upon Contact, Ratio 3, San Francisco
According to Speculative Logic, Western Bridge, Seattle, Wash.
SECA Art Award Exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
2008 Don’t Come In, Be Merciful, Johnen + Schöttle, Cologne
I am Never at Home, Johnen Galerie, Berlin
California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, Calif.
This is Not a Void, Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paolo
2007 Deathtrip, a collaboration with Kai Althoff and CCA graduate students, PLAySPACE Gallery, California COllege of the Arts, San Francisco
FOR SALE, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
Alpha, Ratio 3, San Francisco
Image Processor: Kota Ezawa / Chris Finley / Jordan Kantor, Lombard-Fried Projects, New York
2006 Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative, Thomas Dane Gallery, London
Liquid Paper, Ratio 3, San Francisco
2005 CCA Faculty New Work, Oliver Art Center, California College of the Arts, Oakland, Calif.
2002 Friends and Family, Lombard-Fried Fine Arts, New York



2010 Pioneer Art Award, ArtNow International / Kadist Art Foundation
2008 SECA Art Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Faculty Development Grant, California College of the Arts Chester Dale Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Robert M. Golden Medal for the Creative Arts, Stanford University



2013 Cherie Louise Turner, “Jordan Kantor,” art ltd. (March 2013) (ill.)
Steven Zevitas, “12 Must  See Painting Shows (in the US)”  Huffington (January 15, 2013
2012 Frankeny, Chloé Harris. “Exposition: Four art experts curate a portfolio of top Bay Area talent,” 7×7 (November 2012) 83. (ill.)
2011 Ara H. Merijan, “Jordan Kantor, Churner and Churner,” Artforum 50, no. 4 (December 2011), pp. 255-56 (ill.)
Andrea Appelton, “Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture,” City Paper Baltimore (November 2011)
Karen Rosenberg, “Jordan Kantor,” The New York Times (September 16, 2011) (ill.)
Dena Bear, “Talking Shop: Route 2: Undisclosed Destination,” (March 6, 2011)
2010 Regina Hackett, “Image Transfer: Remix Culture at the Henry,” (December 7, 2010) (ill.)
Jen Graves, “Appropriation Situation”, The Stranger (Seattle) 20, no. 10 (November 11-17, 2010)
John Motley, “Critic’s Pick: Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture, Henry Art Gallery,” (November 10, 2011)
Michael Upchurch, “Henry Art Gallery Explores ‘Pictures in a Remix Culture,” The Seattle Times (October 28, 2010)
Ben Davis, “Kurt Lives”, (August 19, 2010)
George Pfau, “Jordan Kantor”, (June 2, 2010)
Franklin Melendez, “Jordan Kantor’s Constellation”,
(May 31, 2010)
Laura Haertel, “Kurt, at the Seattle Art Museum, Explores Kurt Cobain’s Influence on Contemporary Artists”, California Literary Review (May 28, 2010)
Jen Graves, “If a Spotlight is a Black Hole”, The Stranger (Seattle) 19, no. 38 (May 22-June 2, 2010)
Amanda Gordon, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, ArtNews (May 2010)
2009 Joseph Del Pesco, “SFMOMA’s SECA Awards Show: Trevor Paglen, Jordan Kantor, Tauba Auerbach, and Desiree Holman,” Art In America (Online Edition) (March 2009) (ill.)
Ari Messer, “Negative Light: Beyond The Candid Camera With Jordan Kantor,” The San Francisco Bay Guardian 43, no. 22 (February 2009), p. 37 (ill.)
Eva Scharrer, “I am Never at Home,” Modern Painters (December 2008/January 2009), p. 105 (ill.)
2008 Giancarlo Politi, “Focus: Painting. Dead Language or Cultural Terrorism?,” Flash Art 41, no. 263 (November-December 2008), pp. 48-51
Christine Ryan, “14 Bay Area Artists We Love Right Now—And Where to See Them,” 7×7 (San Francisco) (November 2008), p. 122 (ill.)
Maria Porges, “Jordan Kantor, Ratio 3,” Artforum 46, no. 10 (Summer 2008), p. 447 (ill.)
Yasmine Van Pee, “Jordan Kantor,” Modern Painters (April 2008), pp. 17, 81 (ill.)
Alison Bing, “Jordan Kantor at Ratio 3,” Artweek 39, no. 2 (March 2008), pp. 14-15 (ill.)
2007 Nuit Banai, “Review: Image Processor,” Time Out New York (May 10-16, 2007)
“Kota Ezawa/Chris Finley/Jordan Kantor,” The New Yorker (May 14, 2007), p. 26
2006 Michael Wilson, “Jordan Kantor, Artists Space,” Artforum 45, no. 4 (December 2006), pp. 308-9



Jens Hoffmann, ed., Painting Between the Lines (San Francisco: Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, 2012
Nicholas Knight, ed., Tableaux Parisians (New York: EponanomyPress, 2011)
Alison Gass and Tanya Zimbardo, eds., Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards (San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2011) (ill.)
Sara Krajewski, ed., Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture (Seattle: Henry Gallery Association, 2010) (ill.)
Apsara Di Quinzio and Alison Gass, eds., 2008 SECA Art Award: Tauba Auerbach, Desiree Holman, Jordan Kantor, Trevor Paglan (San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2009) (ill.), roundtable discussion with the artists
2008 California Biennial Catalogue (Newport Beach: Orange County Museum of Art, 2008), interview by Rachel Kushner
FOR SALE (Lisbon, Portugal: Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, 2008), essay by Jens Hoffmann
Artists of Invention: A Century of CCA (San Francisco California College of the Arts, 2007), essay by Tara McDowell
Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative (London: Thomas Dane Gallery, 2007)
Jordan Kantor: Recent Paintings (New York: Artists Space, 2006), essay by Matt Saunders


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA
University of Michigan Museums of Art, Ann Arbor, MI

Steven Zevitas, “12 Must See Painting Shows (in the US)” Huffington (January 15, 2013)

“I see the whole process of being an artist as a way of engaging in a conversation across time,” he says, “sometimes with historical figures and sometimes with my peers and sometimes with people I don’t even know.”

Cherie Louise Turner, “Jordan Kantor,” art ltd. (March 2013) (ill.)

“The purring and ticking of a 16-mm projector in the first room of Jordan Kantor’s latest exhibition signaled a certain quaintness.”

Ara H. Merjian, “Jordan Kantor,” Artforum (December 2011)

“Technology helped to create Impressionism, but it may also have killed it. That discomfiting thought underlies Jordan Kantor’s latest solo, which takes a digital rake to Monet’s “Haystacks.”

Karen Rosenberg, “Jordan Kantor,” The New York Times (September 16, 2011)

Image Transfer: Pictures in Remix Culture (Catalogue) (2010)

“Several pieces by Jordan Kantor all riff on a mundane photograph Kantor took of a row of people sitting on a curb shading their eyes, looking at a far-off eclipse.”

Jen Graves, “Appropriation Situation,” The Stranger (2010)

“Visiting Jordan Kantor’s show at Ratio 3, I found myself contemplating a painting’s trajectory, from its creation in a studio to a contemporary art gallery.”

George Pfau, “Jordan Kantor,” Artpractical (2010)

“Jordan Kantor’s recent work speaks the nuanced language of painting while complicating the image as a visible surface.”

Joseph del Pesco, “SFMOMA’s SECA Awards Show: Trevor Paglen, Jordan Kantor, Tauba Auerbach, and Desiree Holman,” Art in America (2009)

Ari Messer, “Negative Light: Beyond the Candid Camera with Jordan Kantor,” San Francisco Bay Guardian (2009)

Franklin Melendez, “Jordan Kantor’s Constellation,” Artslant (2008)

“How much do we have to know about the backstory of a work of art in order to understand and appreciate it? Jordan Kantor’s enigmatic paintings seem to pose this question explicitly, by challenging viewers’ expectation about the mediation of images.”

Maria Porges, “Jordan Kantor,” Artforum (2008)

“There is something unhinging about sparseness in painting, even after almost a century of endgames, and it is this lingering disquiet that most characterized Jordan Kantor’s two- room show at Ratio 3, which included works spanning the past four years.”

Jasmine van Pee, “Jordan Kantor,” Modern Painters (2008)