and works in New York
1949 Born in St. Louis, Missouri
Glacier, South London Gallery's offsite exhibition at Bloomberg SPACE
The Tank, Charles Atlas and Collaborators, Tate Modern
Joints 4tet Ensemble, University of Michigan Humanities Institut
Charles Atlas, Luhring Augustine
De Hallen, Haarlem, The Netherlands
Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Copenhagen
Joints Array, New Museum, New York
Charles Atlas and the New Humans, South London Gallery, London
( / + \ ), Vilma Gold, London
Ocean, screening, The Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York
William Kentridge: Anything is Possible, screening, co-directed with Susan
Sollins, MOMA, New York
Charles Atlas/Michael Clarke, screening of ‘Torse’ (1977),
Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London
Ocean, screening, Walker Arts Centre, Minneapolis
Festival D'Automne, Paris
A video Tribute to Merce Cunningham, Baryshnikov Art Center, New York
Tornado Warning, Vilma Gold, London
Images Festival, Toronto
Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel, (retrospective screenings)
Cinematheque Francaise, Paris
Instant Fame!, Vilma Gold Gallery, London
Tate Modern, London, (retrospective screenings)
New York Video Festival, Lincoln Center, New York
Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston
Performa ’05, New York
Rubin Museum of Art, New York
Shadow Festival 4, Amsterdam
Participant, Inc., New York
Kjubh, Cologne, Germany
Magazin 4, Bregenz, Austria
The Kitchen, New York
Xavier La Boulbenne Gallery, New York
Cinematheque Francaise, Paris, France
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Video Galleriet, Copenhagen, Denmark, (retrospective screenings)
Group Exhibitions (selected)
The Piano Lesson,Vilma Gold, London
Effects & Affects: The Alphabet, curated by Tobias Madison and Martin Jaeggi, Fumetto Festival, Luzern, Switzerland
‘Leigh Bowery’, Kunsthalle, Vienna
‘John Cage and... The visual Artist John Cage’, Museum der Moderne, Monchsberg, Salzburg
‘The Third Sculpture’, Straat van Sculpturen, Amsterdam
'Dance Your Life', Pompidou, Paris
‘Everyday is a Good Day’, De la Warr Pavilion, East Sussex
‘He Disappeared into Complete Silence’, De Hallen Haarlem,
Transaction Abstrait, New Galerie, Paris
‘Today is not a Dress Rehearsal’, SFMOMA live installation
in collaboration with Mika Tajima/ New Humans, New York
‘Dance With Camera’, ICA Philadelphia and touring to Contemporary
Arts Museum, Houston
‘Virtuoso Illusion: Cross Dressing and the New Media Avant Garde’,
MIT/LIST Visual Art Centre, Cambridge, Massachusetts
‘Albrecht Dürer Gessellschaft’, Kunstverein Nürnberg,
‘Recent Acquisitions’, De Hallen Haarlem, The Netherlands
‘Move: Choreographing You’, Hayward Gallery, London
‘Body/Space Mechanics’, De Hallen Haarlem, The Netherlands
‘100 years, (Version no.2, Nov 2009): 45 Years of Performance Video
from EAI’,PS1, New York, touring to Garage Centre for Contemporary
‘Time Based Arts Festival’, PICA, Portland Institute for Contemporary
Art, Portland ‘Nobody Gets to See the Wizard. Not Nobody. Not Nohow’,
Anna Kustera Gallery, New York Group Exhibitions continued ‘The
Inhabitants’, Vilma Gold, London
‘ShadowDance’, Kade Kunsthale in Amersfoot, The Netherlands
‘Supernature: An Exercise in Loads’, AMP, Athens
‘Dead Flowers’, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia
‘Dan Graham: Beyond’, Whitney Museum, New York
‘Merce Cunningham: Video Tribute’, Video Project Space at
X ‘FUSO’ Video Art Festival. Lisbon
Festival Côté Court, Pantin
‘All that is Solid Melts Into Air’, MMMechelen, Mechelen,
‘Timeline’, Participant Inc., New York
‘Looking at Music’, MOMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York
‘Leigh Bowery’, Kunstverein Hannover
‘Bailando Sin Salir de la Casa’, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo,
‘Storytelling’, CRG Gallery New York
‘The Skat Players’, Vilma Gold Gallery, London
‘Panorámica-ciclo’, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo,
Lyon Biennale. Lyon, France
‘Playback’, ARC/Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville
‘Cinema Cavern’, PS1, New York
‘The 80’s: A Tipology’, Serralves Foundation, Porto,
‘Tanzen, Sehen’ Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Siegen, Germany
‘Rock ‘n Roll Vol. 1’ Norrköpings Museum of Art,
‘International and National Projects’, PS1, New York
‘The Secret Public, The Last Days of the British Underground 1978-1988’,
‘SLAPstick’, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Texas
‘Useless Man’, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York
‘One Channel Only’, Storrs, The University of Connecticut
‘Take a Bowery: The Art and (larger than) Life of Leigh Bowery’,
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
‘My People Were Fair and Had Cum in their Hair ... ‘,
Team Gallery, New York
‘Phantom Of Desire’, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum,
‘Cerebellum’ Performance Space, Sydney, Australia
‘Electric Dreams’, The Curve, London, England
‘Campy, Vampy, Tacky’, La Criee, Rennes, France
‘Open Ends’, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
‘Performing Bodies’, Tate Modern, London, England
‘Speed of Vision’, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Connecticut
‘Regarding Beauty’, Hirshorn Museum, Washington, D.C.
‘Klapstuk ‘95’, Louvain, Belgium
‘The Laugh of No, 12’, Fort Asperen Foundation, Amsterdam,
‘1993 Biennial Exhibition’. Whitney Museum of American Art,
‘1991 Biennial Exhibition’ Whitney Museum of American Art,
MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
Time Based Media Works (selected)
CRISES. video Document. choreography Merce Cunningham.
INTERSCAPE. video document. choreography Merce Cunningham
Suite for Five, video document, choreography Merce Cunningham.
Marc Jacobs Spring ’08, video installation, four-channel video work.
You Are My Sister, music video for Antony and the Johnsons.
Views on Video, video/dance. collaboration with Merce Cunningham.
Magic City, U.S.A., TV documentary film.
Instant Fame, installation, real-time video performance.
Rainer Variations, video montage
The Legend of Leigh Bowery, documentary feature film.
Martha, Martha, Martha ... installation, five-channel video work.
Melange, video/dance. collaboration with Merce Cunningham.
Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance, TV documentary film.
Mrs. Peanut Visits New York, video short.
Oh, Misha, video/collage.
Three Portraits, video installation. 3 video projections.
Staten Island Sex Cult, video feature.
The “Martha” Tapes, video/collage. 12 videos.
The Hanged One, mixed media installation. four multi-channel video works.
Superhoney, video feature.
Television Dance Atlas, 2 1/2 hour TV presentation.
We Interrupt This Program. live TV broadcast.
Son of Sam and Delilah, video short.
Because We Must, TV video/dance. choreography, Michael Clark.
SSS. collaboration with Marina Abramovic. video short.
Put Blood in the Music, TV documentary film.
As Seen on TV, TV comedy short. collaboration with Bill Irwin.
Hail the New Puritan, TV mockumentary film.
Ex-Romance. TV video/dance. choreography, Karole Armitage.
Parafango, TV video/dance. choreography, Karole Armitage.
Coast Zone. 16mm film/dance. collaboration with Merce Cunningham.
Secret of the Waterfall, TV video/dance. collaboration with choreographer,
Douglas Dunn and poets, Reed Bye, Anne Waldman.
Times Five, for Merce. installation. five-channel video work.
More Men. two-channel video work.
Channels/Inserts, 16mm film/dance. collaboration with Cunningham.
Roamin’ I. 16mm documentary short.
Torse (Left Screen) and Torse (Right Screen). choreography, Merce Cunningham.
16mm film. two-screen work.
Blue Studio: Five Segments. TV video/dance. collaboration with Merce Cunningham.
Mayonnaise, Number One. 16mm film portrait
Live Performance Work (selected)
‘Turning’, in collaboration with Anthony Hegarty, Meltdown Festival, Southbank
New Work, in collaboration with Michael Clark, Tate Modern, London
Residency and live performance, New Museum, New York
New Dance/theatre piece with live video in collaboration with Irish Modern
Dance Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
Live AV Tour with Christian Fennesz
Live AV Performance with Sergei Tcherepnin
Live performance and screening, Itau Cultural Institute, Sau Paulo, Brazil
‘Today is not a Dress Rehearsal’, in collaboration with Mika
Tajima & New Humans, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Atlas / Licht. Live video performance in collaboration with Alan Licht,
Images Festival, Toronto.
Atlas / Fennesz. Live video performance in collaboration with Christian
Fennesz. IMAX Theater, London,;Centre Pompidou, Paris; Volksbühne,
Toward the Delights of the Exquisite Corpse, Live video performance.
Choreography by Richard Move. DTW, New York. The Intensity Police are
Working My Last Gay Nerve II. Live video performance in collaboration
with Chris Peck. Lincoln Center, NY.
Turning, Live video performance in collaboration with Antony and the Johnsons.
St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY. Glimpse, Video design and projection.
Collaboration with choreographer Cesc Gelabert and composer, Carlos Miranda.
Barcelona, Spain (traveled).
Muscle Shoals, Live video performance and costume design. Collaboration
with choreographer Douglas Dunn and composer Steve Lacy. Theatre de la
Bastille, Paris, and Danspace, NYC.
Pastforward, Video projectIons (introduction and interstital sequences).
White Oak Dance Project. Brooklyn Academy of Music. (traveled)
Delusional, Multi-media performance/theater work in two acts. Collaboration
with Marina Abramovic. Co-produced by Theater Am Turm (Frankfurt), Munty
Theater (Antwerp), and Consort (Amsterdam).
S & D, Multi-media performance/theater work in three acts. Collaboration
with John Kelly, David Linton and Diane Martel. The Kitchen, New York
Slaughter on Macdougal Street, Set, costume, and lighting design. The
Paris Opera Ballet, Paris, France. Karole Armitage, choreography
Selected Awards and Grants
Critical Path, residency, Sydney, Australia
Peabody Award for Art:21(Power), PBS TV series, Director
Foundation for Contemporary Art Biennial John Cage Award
Melbourne Queer Film Festival,
Best Documentary for "The Legend of Leigh Bowery"
Dance Screen 2000, Best Documentary for "Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime
New York Dance and Performance Award [“Bessie”], for The “Martha”
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
New York Dance and Performance Award [“Bessie”], for sustained
achievement in video
New York Dance and Performance Award [“Bessie”], for costume
France Ministry of Culture, 1st prize for VideoDance
Selected Bibliography and Published Texts
De Fore John, Film Review: Turning, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 February 2013
Charles Atlas’s Cultural highlights, The Observer, 20 January 2013
Dallas Paul, A Rogue’s Gallery of Gorgeousness: Charles Atlas
and Anthony’s Turning, FilmMaker Magazine,16th November 2012
Hunt, Harry, http://www.takeonecff.com/2012/turning, 30 November, 2012
Atlas, Charles ‘FilmingCunningham Dance: In Conversation with Nancy
F. Becker, 1983’ Dance, Documents of Contemporary Art, Andre Lepecki,2012
Verlaek, Jolien, ‘I got a book and learned video’ Interview
Charles Atlas, http://metropolism.com/features/i-got-a-book- and-learned-video/,
16 April 2012
Goings on about town: Dance, The New Yorker Online, http://www.newyorker.com/arts/events/dance/ocean-whitney-
museum-of-american-art, 14 April, 2012
Boynton, Andrew, Ballet’s Punk, Grown Up, The New Yorker Online,
12 April, 2012
Millar, Iain, A 21st-century take on art films, The Art Newspaper Online,
11 April, 2012
Sutton , Benjamin, Charles Atlas Crunches the Numbers at Luhring Augustine’s
New Brooklyn Outpost, Art Info Online, http://blogs.artinfo.com/artintheair/2012/04/09/charles-atlas-crunches-the-numbers-at-luhring-augustines-
new-brooklyn-outpost/#more-9926 films/26140, 9 April, 2012
Macaulay, Alastair, Films That Allow the Elusive to Elude, Charles Atlas
Captures Merce Cunninghams ‘Ocean’ on Film, The New York Times,
Critics Notebook, 9 April, 2012 Kourlas, Gia, A Rock Star May Steal the
Show, The New York Times, 6 April, 2012
Hawthorne, Julien, Payne, Jenny, The Whitney Biennial Experience, Columbia
Spectator, 30 March, 2012
Huff Jason, Charles Atlas’ Delirious Digital Projections Dazzle
in Bushwick, Blouin Artinfo Online, 26 March, 2012 Charles Atlas: Views
on Video, Petrine Archer BLOG, 26 March, 2012
First Charles Atlas museum exhibition in The Netherlands Includes large
Video Installations, www.artdaily.org, 19 March, 2012
De hallen Haarlem opens Charles Atlas. Discount Body P arts, www.museumpublicity.com,
17 March, 2012 New Charles Atlas Show Opens, www .FADwebsite.com, 17 March,
Gangitano, Lia, We are the people. , Whitney Biennial 2012, catalogue,ed.
by: Elisabeth Sussmann, Jay Sanders, New York: Yale University Press,
2012, pp 54 - 59
Nelson, Alexis, Two SoA alums collaborate on performance art exhibits,
Columbia Spectator, 7 March, 2012
Zimmer, Amy, Whitney Biennial Opens With Focus on Performance Art, DNA
info.com, 1 March, 2012
Walsh, Brienne, Uptown to Bushwick, It’s Charles Atlas’s Globe,
Art in America, 29 February, 2012 Kley, Elisabeth, Charles Atlas: Mapping
New Territory, Artnet, 29 February, 2012
Fentress Swanson, Abbie, Painting by Numbers: Charles Atlas at Luhring
Augustine’s New Bushwick Gallery, Culture WNYC, 23 February, 2012
Wilson, Michael, Brooklyn Bridge, Artforum Diary Online, 21 February,
Jovanovic, Rozalia, Charles Atlas’s Long-Awaited Show Opens at Luhring
Augustine Bushwick, Gallerist Ny, 20 Febru ary, 2012
Sveen, Samuel, Charles Atlas ‘The Illusion of Democracy’ at
inaugural Opening of Luhring Augustine Bushwick Space Through May 20,
2012, Artobserved Online, http://artobserved.com/2012/02/ao-on-site-with-video-tour-new-
may-202012, 22 February, 2012
Kourlas, Gia, Serious Choreography For Whitney Biennial,The New York Times,
24 February, 2012 Cantu, John Carlos, Challenging U-M installation uses
Merce Cunningham videos to explore concept of dance, Ann Arbor.com, 28
February, 2012 Pollack, Maika, Be Here Now: Eccentric Historicism Emerges
at the 2012 Whitney Biennial, Gallerist NY.com, 29 February 2012
Nathan, Emily, Whitney Biennial 2012: Risky Situations,
Artnet.com, 29 February, 2012
Atlas, Charles, Hannah Sawtell, Frieze, Issue 141, September 2011, p.133
Cotter, Holland, Charles Atlas: ‘Joints Array’, The New York Times, August
Suzanne Hudson, 1000 Words; Charles Atlas and Mika Tajima, ArtForum, May
2011, p. 258
Hansen, Rikke, Performance: The Pedestrians, Art Monthly, NO. 346, May
Life Stages, Charles Atlas in Conversation with Stuart Comer, Frieze,
May 2011, p.84-91
Charles Atlas, Mika Tajima and New Humans: The Pedestrians, Agenda, Mousse
J.G, Charles Atlas, Year Book, Frieze Art Fair, Online
Atlas, Charles, 'Best of 2010: The Artists' Artists', Artforum, December,
2010, XLIX, No.4, p.92
Page Reynolds sings Antony Hegarty’s River of Sorrow, Guardian.co.uk,
ShadowDance, Exhibition Catalogue Published on the occasion of the exhibition
‘ShadowDance’, 18 September - January 2011, Kunsthal KAdE
Colofon Publication KA series, 2010
Blinkhorn, Annie, Best of Basel, Apollo Magazine.com, Monday 24th May
Regensdorf, Laura, Art Scene, Elle Decor.com, June 2010
Yablonsky, Linda, Artifacts / Art Frazzle, New York Times Style Magazine:
Culture, June 22 2010
Tony Basel, Artforum.com, Diary, 17th June 2010
Kitamura, Katie, ‘Dance With Camera’, ICA Philadelphia, Frieze,
Issue 132, June-August 2010, pp.179- 180
Atlas, Charles, Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, Previews, Artforum,
January 2010, p.82-83
Rappolt, Mark, Charles Atlas: Tornado Warning, Art Review, January
Charles Atlas, Kultureflash.com, December 4
Perry, Collin, Charles Atlas, Frieze.com, November 26
Lack, Jessica, Preview, The Guardian Guide, November 8-14, pg. 36
Wood, Catherine, Because We Must: The Art of Michael Clark, ArtForum,
Charles Atlas (as told to David Velasco), Charles Atlas Reflects on Michael
Clark, ArtFourm, September
Yokobosky, Matthew, The Real Charles Atlas: An Interview, Performing Arts
Journal, NO. 57, The Johns Hopkins University Press, pg.20-33
Grey, Louise, Cross Platform: Sound in other Media, The Wire, November
A.N, Best Stage Show: Antony and the Johnsons, The Guardian Guide, December
Gittins, Ian, Power and Passion of New York’s Demimonde, The Guardian,
November 7, pg.36
Krasinski, Jennifer, Body Doubles: Person and Persona in Charles Atlas’s
Portraits, Modern Painters, November, pg.77-79
Roberts, Erica, Atlas Turning, GayTimes, November, pg.54-56
Persson, Thomas, Charles Atlas, Video and Dance
Barnett, Laura, Raw Emotion Soaring out of New York, Telegraph.co.uk,
September 11 2005
Cowley, Julian, Front Back and Sides, Art Review, pg.171-174
Persson, Thomas, Charles Atlas: On Life With Legends, Self Service, No.20
Holden, Stephen, A Man Who Invented Himself and Helped Invent an Era,
The New York Times, November 28
Cotter, Holland, Art In Review; Charles Atlas, The New York Times online,
Flesh, Henry, All Aboard: Charles Atlas’ Participatory Video Art,
New York Press, Volume 16, Issue 26, June 24
Sirvin, René, Pour Charles Atlas, Le Figaro, February 24
Stein, Stella, The Outsider, Stella Stein, Flux, No.23 February/March
Rush, Michael, His Canvas a TV Screen, His Brush a Camera, The New York
Times, March 5
Holland, Cotter, Charles Atlas, The New York Times, October 15
Van Poznak, Elissa, Charles Atlas, The Face, No. 73 May, pg.15 and 22
Kavanagh, Julie, Mime Camp, Harpers & Queen, October, pg.244-246