Jane Benson

Artist Biography

Jane Benson is a Brooklyn based artist who works in sculpture, video and performance. Born in the UK, Benson received her BFA from Edinburgh College of Art and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She moved to Chicago on a Fulbright Scholarship and later to New York where she now lives and works. Benson is currently teaching at Cornell University, in the Department of Art.

Benson has exhibited in national and international venues including MoMA PS1, New York; Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York; Aldrich Museum of Contempory Art, Connecticut; Queens Museum, New York; Socrates Sculpture Park, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Bury Museum, England; San Jose Museum Of Art, San Jose and North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina. Solo exhibitions and performances have been held at Henry Street Settlement: Abrons Arts Center, New York; Thierry Goldberg Projects, New York; Black & White Gallery, New York and Roebling Hall Gallery, New York.

Benson has been the recipient of numerous awards and residencies including the Pollack-Krasner Grant, the Fulbright Scholarship, two Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residencies, the Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency, Florida, the Artists Alliance Inc., Studio Residency, New York. Her work has been reviewed in publications such as the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, ARTnews, the New Yorker, BOMB magazine, Timeout New York and the Miami Herald among others.

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Artist Statement

Jane Benson’s work is concerned with division and connection, the disruption of traditional aesthetic processes, and the fractured nature of geo-political territoriality. Her practice extends the boundaries of each object and performer she uses in her work through revealing their dichotomies. Through her videos and sculptures she transcends an objects initial form and function and the severity of her interventions allow Benson to not only transform the objects but to reveal a poignant identity. The work resultantly imbues each object or performer with a unique role or function by which, in turn, the viewer is introduced to a whole new spectrum of being.

Song for Sebald

Jane Benson

March 31, 2017 - May 7, 2017

Papered Stories; 14 Artists Dealing with Paper

Aiden Simon, David Kramer, Erika Ranee, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Jane Ben...

June 10, 2016 - July 30, 2016

Volta 13 – Basel – Jane Benson and Popel Coumou

Jane Benson and Popel Coumou

June 12, 2017 - June 17, 2017

PULSE Miami Beach, 2014 Booth B8

Claudia Joskowicz, Jane Benson, Popel Coumou

December 4, 2014 - December 7, 2014

Halle, H., Time Out Critic’s Pick Top Five New York Art Shows Jane Benson: Play Land, Time Out New York, November 13
Herriman, K., Jane Benson’s Rhythmic Tale of Two Iraqi Brothers, Artsy Editorial, Nov 4th

Smith, R., Clash of the Items, at a Gallery Near You: Exhibitions at Sean Kelly, Pavel Zoubok and Salon 94, New York Times, JULY 24

Smith, R., Clash of the Items, At a Gallery Near You, The New York Times, July 23rd 2013

Hodara, S., Out of Many Themes, One Topic, The New York Times, September 21, 2012.
MacAdam, B. Critics Pick: Jane Benson, ARTnews, January 2012

Richard J. Goldstein, Jane Benson: The Splits I, podcast, by BOMB magazine, May 05,

Richard J. Goldstein, , Interview with Jane Benson, BOMBBLOG, BOMB magazine,
October 05, 2010

Rosenburg, K. Review: The Mews, New York Times, July 3 2009
Wolf, R. Turning Over A New Leaf, Artnews, April 2009

Banai, N. Work Space 2007, Time Out, August 2008
Zero Zone, The New Yorker, August 11 & 18, 2008
“Best In Sculpture” Zero Zone, Time Out, August 2008
Trelles, E. Review – Delicatessen, South Florida Sun-Sentinal, January 26 2008

Ban, S. Review “The Chronicles of Narcissism”, Artnews, January 2007
Shpungin, D. Delicatessen, Catalogue, 2007
Mills, M. Tongue on Wry, Review, New Times, November 22, 2007
Bloomgren, L. and Sara Reisman, Underbush, Catalogue, 2007

Johnson, K. Review – Sanctuary and the Scrum, New York Times, 2006
Reisman, S. Review – The Chronicles of Narcissism. Art Notes, December 2006
Levy, V. Historic gardens snag contemporary flair, The Daily Pennsylvania, May 19, 2006
E. Newhall, Traveling show finds a world of influences-ICA, Bartram’s Garden host works
Philadelphia Inquirer, May 12, 2006

Goggin N., Squier J. Context, Place and Transformation, Ninthletter magazine, April 2005
Heng-gil Han, Sara Reisman, Omar Lopez-Chamoud, Jamaica Flux, Catalogue, 2005

Hummer T., Underbush- review, Art In America, 2004
Schambelan, E. Underbush- review, Artforum, 2004
Barnett E., Underbush, Curator’s Pick, New Museum on-Line, 2004

Banai, N. New Views- World Financial Center, Catalogue, 2003

Schambelan E. New Views, Artforum, 2002
Vogel C. Spaces, New York Times, Nov. 8 2002
A R, Best Of NYC, Village Voice, Oct. 2-8, 2002
Gibson D. & Charles R. Erotika, Catalogue
Honigman A F. Erotika, Time Out NY, August 1-8, 2002
Evangelista, K. Minor Alterations, Pamphlet, 2002
Steitfeld, L.P. The Unifying Symbol: EROTIKA , NY Arts Magazine, 2002
Art Educates the World, Catalogue/CD-Rom, Sotheby’s, 2002

Victor M Cassidy, Prairie Smoke, Artnet 2001
Sandler I. Art Transplant, Catalogue 2001
Steinberg. M, Up &Coming, VILO International Press, 2001

Vincent, M. Paradise Revisited – art review, LIFE, Tues. Nov. 14 2000
Heiss A., Hoptman, L. Christov-Barkargiev C., Biesenbach K. Greater New York,
Lark L., The Munchie Munchie, ARTLies, #27 Summer 2000
Engelstein S., The Munchie Munchie, Catalogue, 2000
Christov-Barkargiev C. Bosse L. Ulrich Obrist H., La Ville, Le Jardin, La Memoire, Cat.2000
Ganis W., Michael Ashkin, Clara Williams, Jane Benson, Mick O’Shea, Greater New York,
Lambert C., Emily Jacir, Jane Benson, Paul Pheiffer, Greater New York, PS1, CD
Vireros-Faune, C. Conceptualisticationism, The New Yorker, 2000
Levin, K. Conceptualisticationism, Village Voice, 2000

Purcell G., Ceaseless, New Art Examiner Feb. 1999
Camper F., Form Follows Function, Chicago Reader 19 Feb. 1999
Dysfunctional Home, New Art Examiner, April 1999
Charmelo J., Dysfunctional Home, Catalogue, 1999

McAdam B., ArtTalk, Artnews Dec. 1998
Smith R., Headstand, New York Times, Aug. 4th 1998
Greene, D. A. Headstand, The New Yorker, Aug. 24th & 31st, 1998
Rockwell S., Headstand, d’ART International vol.1, No.3 Fall, 1998
Levin K., Headstand-Recommended, The Village Voice, August, 1998
Lubelski, A. Working Outside: Overcoat, NY Arts Magazine, 1998
Prez, J. Scanning The Burg, Waterfront, Brooklyn, NY, 1998
Wiens, A. Alternative Exhibition Sites/ Non-Sites, New Art Examiner, 1998
Grabner M. & Killam, B. The Harry Carey Show, Catalogue, 1998
Wiens, A. Off The Walls, New City, Chicago, 1998

WTTW TV, Wild Chicago, 1997
Bulkin M., Wanna Buy Some Art?: An Annointed List of NEA Alternatives, New Art
Erickson K., Coming Attractions, New Art Examiner, 1997
Hall M., Life-Size, Catalogue, 1997
Wiens, A. Coat of Charms – Cornering the Art Market, New City, Chicago. 1997