solo exhibitions - projects
group exhibitions
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commissioned works


Born in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, in 1945, John Blake studied painting at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and at Yale University (Norfolk Program), receiving his BFA in 1967. He then continued his studies in London at the Royal College of Art (MA/RCA,1969). Since that time he has remained living and working primarily in Europe, first based in London,   then --since the mid-80s-- in the Netherlands. His mixed-media work since the late sixties has encompassed site-relate installations, photo-constructions, drawing and sculpture, dia-projections and films, as well as more permanently sited (public) works within recent years.

His work has been represented in various group shows internationally, and solo exhibitions and projects have included, among others: Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1971, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford UK, 1973, PS1 (Institute for Art & Urban Resources) NYC, 1977, ICA (Institute for Contemporary Arts), London, 1980, Matt's Gallery, London. 1980 (& 88), de Vleeshal, Middelburg NL, 1983, de Appel, Amsterdam NL, 1986, Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw PL, 1993, Kunstbunker Tumulka, Munich D, 1996, etc.

He has recently completed a new public work --DE HALS 'kunsthalte' / RET-- for   the 'museum quarter' in Rotterdam, as well as a second collaboration with Tangram Architekten, his (multiple) contributions integrated into their DUKAAT project, a large residential and shopping complex in Osdorp, Amsterdam.

At present he is collaborating with the author & cultural anthropologist Peter Mason (Deconstructing America: Representations of the Other, RKP, 1990, Infelicities: Representations of the Exotic, JHU, 1998, etc) on a publication to be titled S-P-I-N-E, representing their work's production as individual paths containing parallel directions, to be published this forthcoming year.

  Other books on John Blake's works have included: Ich Oczy: 600 Eyes for Krzysztofory (1987), RIVER (1991), GUARD / Camiel van Winkle (1991), Wtedy i Teraz: works in Poland 1980-1994 / Anna Maria Potocka (1996), BUNKER / Peter Mason (1996), & DE HALS / with Lieven de Cauter (2000).







born 1945, Rhode Island, USA
lives and works in London,UK / Amsterdam/Woerden, NL, since 1967










1963-67 Carnegie-Mellon University, USA
1966 Yale University (Norfolk Program) USA
1967-69 Royal College of Art Fulbright Sc holar) London, UK


















solo exhibitions - projects

solo exhibitions - projects
group exhibitions
public collections
commissioned works


1972 Victoria & Albert Museum (work from 1969-71), London, UK
1973 Galerie Paramedia, Berlin, D
Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK
London Filmmakers Cooperative, London, UK
1974 Robert Self Gallery, London, UK
1975 Robert Self Gallery, London, UK
1977 PS1 (Project Studios One) NYC, USA
1979 Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris, F
C Space, NYC USA
1980 ICA / Institute of Contemporary Arts (work from 1970-1980) London, UK
Galeria Akumulatory 2, Poznan, PL
Matt’s Gallery, London, UK
1981 Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Galeria Akumulatory 2, Poznan, PL
Galeria Wielka 19, Poznan, PL
Galeria Foto-Video, Krakow, PL
Galeria Krzysztofory, Krakow, PL
Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris, F
Spectro Arts Workshop, Newcastle-upon-Tyne,
1982 Matt’s Gallery, London, UK
Corps de Garde, Groningen, NL
Apollohuis, Eindhoven, NL
Art & Research Exchange, Belfast, NI
1983 LYC Museum and Art Gallery, Cumbria, UK
De Vleeshal, Middelburg, NL
Culturel Centrum t’Hoogt, Utrecht, NL
Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, NL
1984 Orchard Gallery, Londonderry, NI
Passionata, Nijmegan, NL
Galeria Akumulatory 2, Poznan, PL
Galeria RR, Warszawa, NL
1985 Camerawork (with Ron Haseldon) London, UK
Kroller-Muller Muuseum (four large drawings - Luxor series) Otterlo, NL1986 de Orangerie (Arena) Elswout, NL
de Appel, Amsterdam, NL
1987 Aleph, Stadhuis Almere (RIVER) Almere-stad, NL
Galeria Potocka, Krakow, PL
1988 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (Momentopname 1) Amsterdam, NL
STEK (Rotterdam Photo Biennale) Rotterdam, NL
de Verbeelding (600 Eyes for Krzysztofory, the book) Amsterdam, NL
1989 Matt's Gallery, London, UK
Galerie Waalkens, Finsterwolde, NL
1990 De Salon, Groningen, NL
1991 Van Reekum Museum (Guard 1985-86) Apeldoorn, NL
Aleph (RIVER, the book) Almere-stad, NL
Het Archeif, den Haag, NL
1992 Parkeergarage Centraal (Breath) Drachten, NL
Galeria Potocka, Krakow, PL
1993 Center for Contemporary Art-Zamek Ujazdowski (a Measure of) Warszawa, PL
Sudbanhof Wien-Hauptbanhof Graz-Hauptbanhof Maribor(SOL),
(Mehr Luft) for Project Zero, Steirische Kulturinitiativ, Graz, A
1994 University of Innsbruck (Mehr Luft) for TRANSIT, Innsbruck, A
Magazin 4, Vorarlberger Kunstverein (Mehr Luft) Bregenz, A
BWA Galeria Avantgardia (Wtedy i Teraz 1980-1994) Wroclaw, PL
Galeria Arsenal (Teraz i Wtedy, 1980-1994) Bialystok, PL
AR/GE Kunst, Galerie Museum (Mehr Luft) Bozen-Bolzano, I
Galerie Arbeitsplatz, Heidelberg, D
smArt (with Benni Efrat) Amsterdam, NL
1996 Galeria Krzysztofory , Krakow, PL.
Kunst Bunker Tumulka, Munchen, D.
1998 Galeria Arsenal, BWA, Lublin, PL
Galeria Krzysztofory + Galeria Potocka, Krakow, PL.






















group exhibitions

solo exhibitions - projects
group exhibitions
public collections
commissioned works


1971 ROAD SHOW, Sao Paulo Biennale (UK rep), Sao Paulo, Brazil
1972 THE AVANT-GARDE IN GREAT BRITAIN, Gallery House, London, UK
(DRAWING), Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK
1973 BOOK AS ARTWORK, Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London, UK
1975 STRUCTURES AND CODES, Royal College of Art, London, UK
THE STRUCTURE OF TIME, Sunderland Arts Centre, Sunderland, UK
1976 ARTS COUNCIL COLLECTION, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
1979 ARTS COUNCIL AWARDS, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
PAINTERS AT WORK, National Theatre, London, UK
1981 SCHWARZ, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, D
ERWEITERTE FOTOGRAFIE, Internationale Biennale Wiener Secession, Wien, A
1983 4th NATIONAL TOLLY COBBALD, touring, UK
1984 DIVINE COMEDY, Galerie t'Venster, Rotterdam, NL
1985 DOPPELGANGER, Aorta, Amsterdam, NL.
1987 BEELD-EN-LAND, Prov. Groninger/Drente, NL
KUNST OVER DE VLOER, Entrepotdok, Amsterdam, NL
IN SITU, Haagsgemeentemuseum, den Haag, NL
22 5/17 7 PRELUDIUM, Fort a/d Drecht, Uithoorn, NL
1988 22 5/17 7, Fort a/d Drecht, Uithoorn, NL
FACSIMILES, Stichting de Zaak, Groningen, NL
ETANT DONNES 15X, City Thoughts, Amsterdam, NL
MADE TO MEASURE, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, NL
1989 AMERICASNS ABROAD, Smith Galleries, London, UK
PASSAGES, Haags Centrum voor Aktuel Kunst (HCAK), den Haag, NL
1990 KULTUS, Museum Prinsenhof, Delft, NL
SCULPTOR'S DRAWINGS, Galerie Schouten and de Vries, Haarlem, NL
1992 SLYSZENIE SZTUKI, CSW Zamek Ujazdoiwski, Warszawa, PL
1993 SCULPTOR'S DRAWINGS, RAM Gallery, Rotterdam, NL
THE THIRD EXILE, Arti et Amici, Amsterdam, NL
AMSTERDAM, EEN RIJKE STAD, Museum Fodor, Amsterdam, NL
1994 TRAJECT Sub-K, Werfkelder Project) Utrecht, NL
THE IDEAL PLACE, Haags Centrum voor Aktuel Kunst, HCAK, den Haag, NL
INTERNATIONAL DAIRY SHOW, Molkerie Boschhof bei Munchen, D
ZEITGLEICH, Kunsthall, Hall in Tirol,
1995 KUNSTLIJN, Foundation CAL, Hoorn, NL
THE MODEL HOME, The Clocktower Gallery (PS1), NYC
1997 INDOOR LANDART PROJECT, Galerie De La Tour, Amsterdam, NL.
RESIDENCIES1984 Hokkaido Fellowship, Japan, Jul-Aug 84
1992 Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, Canada, Jan-Mar 92
2000 Bemis Center for the Arts, Omaha, Nebraska























public collections

solo exhibitions - projects
group exhibitions
public collections
commissioned works


Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
Museum Fodor, Amsterdam, NL
Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, Otterlo, NL
The British Council, London, UK
Eastern Arts Association, Cambridge, UK
Musee de Toulon, Toulon, F
National Gallery of Australia, Melbourne, AUS,
Stadhuis Middelburg, Middelburg,NL,
Tate Gallery, London, UK
Museum Sztucki Lodz, Lodz, PL,
Arts Council of Great Britain, London, UK,
Frans Hals Museum,Haarlem,NL
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK,
Haags gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, NL,
Rijksdienst Collectie, NL,
Stadhuis Almere, Almere-stad, NL,
Muzeum Narodowe, Warszawie, Warszawa, PL
Van Reekum Museum, Apeldoorn, NL,
New Museum of Contemporary Art,Warsaw, PL


























solo exhibitions - projects
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1980 cat Institute of Contemporary Arts London
text: Jean Fisher -
ISBN 0 905263 03 0
De Vleeshal in De Vleeshal - Their Eyes / Hun Ogen
1983 two cat Culturele Zaken Middelburg
texst: John Blake, Jean Fisher, Rosetta Brooks, Gerald Newman
1987 publication: Eric Wierda Art Books Amsterdam NL
text and photo: John Blake -

ISBN 90-72246-01-2
River / John Blake
1987 cat. Kunstzaken Almere NL
text: Ine Gevers
1991 book by the artist
text and photo: John Blake -
ISBN 90-90447-58-1
1991 catalog/publication: Van Reekum Museum Apeldoorn NL
text: Camiel van Winkle -
ISBN 90-73308-05-4
Anatomies - John Blake
1994 leporello: Galerie Arbeitsplatz, Heidelberg D
text: Leonard Emmerling
1996 by Fundacja Wyzwolenia Kultury, G.Potocka, Poland.
Text by Anna Maria Potocka -
ISBN 83-901799-4-6
1996 catalog/publication: Kunstsammlung Tumulka, Munich D
text: Peter Mason -
supplement: '7 Fragen an John Blake - 7 Questions for John Blake', Dhrs. Anne-Marie Bonnet & Susanne Ehrenfried
ISBN 83-901799-6-2
2000, publication for CBK, (Rotterdam Arts Council) on a public commission.
text; Lieven de Cauter (interview with John Blake)
ISBN 90-51961-17-0





















selected bibliography


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commissioned works

BLAKE, John see Artist's texts (following biblio.)
BLOK, Cor, Op de grens van twee werlderen, 'Traject' cat., Sub-k, Utrecht, NL. 1994
BONNET, Anne-Marie 7 Fragen an John Blake, (with Susanne Ehrenfried) Bunker pub. suppliment,
Kunstbunker Tumulka, ISBN 83-901799-6-2, Munich, D. 1996
BROOKS, Rosetta, Traps for the Gaze - Their Eyes, 1980, exhibition cat.,
de Vleeshal, Middelburg, NL, 1983
COELEWIJ, Leontine, Etant Donnes, exhibition cat., City Thoughts, Amsterdam, NL. 1988
COURTNEY, Cathy Artist's Books (on 600 Eyes), Art Monthly magazine, London, UK, 1987
DE CAUTER, Lieven De Hals - Kunsthalte Witte de Withstraat, Rotterdam, publication for CBK (Rotterdam Arts Council) on a public commission. ISBN 90-51961-17-0, 2000
van DUYN, Edna, The Smallest Point in the World, De Appel review #1, Amsterdam, NL. 1987
EMMERLING, Leonard, Brain Fragments, exhibition cat., Galerie Arbeitsplatz, Heidelberg, D. 1994
EHRENFRIED, Susanne, 7 Fragen an John Blake, (with Anne-Marie Bonnet) Bunker pub. suppliment,
Kunstbunker Tumulka, ISBN 83-901799-6-2, Munich, D. 1996
ERFLE, Annie, John Blake im Kunstbunker Tumulka, Kritik journal 2/96, Munich, D. 1996
FISHER, Jean, John Blake, exhibition cat., ICA London, UK. 1980
FISHER, Jean, Interview - John Blake, Aspects magazine #9, England. 1979/80
FISHER, Jean, 'de Vleeshal, een installatie van J. Blake' , intro., de Vleeshal, Middelberg, NL. 1983
GEVERS, Ine, John Blake - RIVER, exhibition cat., Kunstzaken Almere, NL. 1987
GRESTY, Hilary, Made to Measure, exhibition cat., Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK. 1988
GROOT, Paul, Doppelganger, exhibition cat., Aorta, Amsterdam., NL. 1985
INSTONE, Jeff Arm's Length, Fingertip Control-the Installations of John Blake,
Artmonthly magazine #129, London, UK. 1989
KOPECEK, Paul Tolly Cobbold-Eastern Arts, Aspects magazine, UK, Summer 1983
MASON, Peter, La Leccion Anatomic: Violencia Colonial y Complicidad TextCual,
Forno Hispanico #4, Revista Hispanica de los Paises Bajos, Groningen , NL. 1992
MASON, Peter, Not Like a Rifle or a Hat, John Blake - Bunker pub.,
Kunstbunker Tumulka, ISBN 83-901799-6-2, Munich, D. 1996
NAIRNE, Sandy, An Interview with John Blake, Artefactum magazine 9/85, B. 1985.
NEWMAN, Gerald, Before Their Eyes, 1981, exhibition cat., de Vleeshal, Middelburg, NL. 1983
PETERS, Philip, John Blake talks to Philip Peters, In Situ 1-4, project cat., den Haag, 1991
also:HCAK bullrtin #18, den Haag, NL. 1988
PETERS, Philip, Passages, exhibition cat., HCAK, den Haag, NL. 1989
PETERS, Philip, The Ideal Place, Absense/Negation, Art & Design portfolio #42, London, UK, 1995
also: HCAK pub. 6/94, den Haag, NL. 1994
POTOCKA, Maria Anna, Written Down from Memory, from WTEDY i TERAZ - TERAZ i WTEDY pub.
ISBN 83-901799-4-6,Funddacja Wyzwolenia Kultury, Krakow, PL. 1995
POTOCKA, Maria Anna, Cytaty Z Przestrzeni, Tumult Magazine #11, Krakow, PL. 1994
ROBERTS, James Fragments for the History of the Human Body - Installation Work of John Blake,
Museum Journaal #6, Netherlands. 1990
ROBERTS, James John Blake - Matt's Gallery, Artefactum magazine vol. 6 #31, Belgium. 1989
ROBERTS, James Hipgnotic Suggestion, (on Hipgnosis) Freize magazine #37, UK. 1997
van der SANDE, Brigitte, ALEPH, a beginning, 88-93, Kunszaken Almere pub., Almere, NL, 1993
van der SANDE, Brigitte, Eerste van Swindenstraat/Tangram archi./John Blake, Werkgroep KOS,
Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst pub., 1996.
SMOLDERS, Rob Installatie Blake in Almere, NRC Handelsblad, 12 January, 1988
VRIENDS, Arno, Mementopname 1, Stedelijk Museum Bulletin, Amsterdam, 1988
van WINKEL, Camiel John Blake's GUARD 1985-1986, Van Reekum Museum pub.
ISBN 90-73308-05-4 Apeldoorn, NL, 1991
BLAKE, John Gerard Titus-Carmel - an Introduction, leaflet, Royal College, London, 1972
BLAKE, John 600 Eyes for Krzysztofory (ICH OCZY) 1981, text & photos, E.Wierda Art Books ----->
ISBN 90-72246-01-2, Amsterdam, NL. 1987

R I V E R - a work in Almere, 1987, text & photos, Kunszaken Almere pub.,
ISBN 90-9004758-1, Almere, NL, 1991
John Blake on Aleph, (pp 5-6), ALEPH, a beginning, 88-93,
Kunszaken Almere pub., Almere, NL, 1993
On the Ideal Place, HCAK pub. 5/94, Den Haag, NL. 1994
' Remember 1979-1980', (pp 14-15), from WTEDY i TERAZ - TERAZ i WTEDY
ISBN 83-901799-4-6,Funddacja Wyzwolenia Kultury, Krakow, PL. 1995





















commissioned works / works situated in public spaces:

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public collections
commissioned works


1987 'Entrepotdok' (residential & business complex), Amsterdam, NL
photo-construction installation (outdoor)
1989 Verpleeghuis 'De Vijf Havens', Zevenkamp, NL
(with M. Struijs, archi. Gemeente Rotterdam)
1990 St. Jacobus Ziekenhuis, Zwijndrecht, NL
Light Trap (in association with Y. Schutten)
Verpleeghuis 'De Geinsche Hof', Nieuwegein, NL
photo-construction installation
1991 Veurs College, Leideschedam, NL
Haags Montessori Lyceum, Den Haag, NL
1992 Prof. W.P.J. Pompeklinik, Nijmegan, NL
1993 Center for Contemporary Art / Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, PL
prototype for (A Measure Of)
1995 Dienst Burgerzaken en Gemeentebelastingen (city tax & records office foyer), Utrecht, NL
Untitled (Bone) photo-construction
1996 Headquarters Rikswaterstaat, foyer(s) 'De Maas' + 'De Nieuwe Maas', Boompjes, Rotterdam, NL
Untitled video projection & photo constructions
1997 Eerste van Swindenstraat (residential & business complex), Amsterdam, NL
installations in collaboration with Tangram Architekten
1998 'De Cascade', Provincial Archive Offices, Groningen, NL
2000- 'De Aker' (residential & business complex), Osdorp, Amsterdam, NL
in collaboration with Tangram Architekten
kunsthalte With de Withstraat - 'De hals', Museum Quarter/Westersingel, Rotterdam, NL
(outdoor installation incorporating two tram shelters + related object)























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1963-1967 Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA BFA 1967

1966 Yale University (Norfolk Invitational Program)
1967-1969 The Royal College of Art, London, UK MFA/RCA 1969
" ( Fulbright Scholar )


1974-1975 Foreign Visiting Lecturer, Department of Fine Arts, Hull Polytechnic, UK
1978-1981 Lecturer in charge of Fine Arts Photography, London College of Printing, London, UK
1984-1985 Principal Lecturer in charge of Alternative Media Studies Department, College of Fine Art,
South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education, Cardiff, WALES
1988- Lecturer, Mixed Media, Undergraduate & Postgraduate Programs, Willem de Kooning Academie, Institute for Advanced Studies in Art & Design, Rotterdam, NL


Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht *
Rietveld Akademie, Amsterdam
Rijksakademie, Amsterdam
St. Joost Postgraduate, Breda
Kunst Akademie, Utrecht
Kunst Akademie, Arnhem
Vrij Akademie, Den Haag *
Willem de Kooning academie, Rotterdam *

Boston Museum School
Corcoran Institute, Washington, DC
The University of Rhode Island
Carnegie-Mellon University. Pittsburgh
Rhode Island Scool of Design
School of Art, York University, CAN
School of Architecture, University of Waterloo, CAN
UK Croydon College iof Art *
Leicester Polytechnic
Bournemouth College iof Art
Maidstone College of Art *
Goldsmith's College of Art *
Newport College of Art (WALES)
Belfast College of Art (N.I.) *
Chelsea College of Art, London *
Portsmouth College of Art
Slade School, the University of London *
Newcastle Polytechnic *
The Royal College of Art, London * Stourbridge College of Art *
Bath Academy of Art *
Hull Polytechnic *
Wolverhampton Polytechnic
Byam Shaw School of Art *
Sir John Cass School, London
Reading University *
Norwich College of Art *
Ealing School of Art, London *
Bradford Regional Polytechnic *
Northeast London Polytechnic
Brighton College of Art & Design *
St. Martins College of Art, London
Manchester Polytechnic
Coventry College of Art
Wimbledon College of Art, London *
Sunderland Polytechnic
Sheffield Polytechnic *

Trondheim Akademiet, Norway *
Kunstakademie Goteborg, Sweden *
Kunstakademie Stolkhom, Sweden
Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo, Norway
Kunsthogskolen Bergen, Norway *
Wien Hogeschule fur Kunst, Vienna, Austria
Dublin College of Art, Ireland
Poznan Academy of Art, Poznan, Poland
+ lecture tour, Hokkaido Province, Japan