Joanna Malinowska

Joanna Malinowska (b. 1972, Gdynia, Poland) works in sculpture, video, sound and performance, exploring themes of national identity and its paradoxes. Malinowska's work often functions at the intersection of her interests in anthropology and art history.

Under the guise of humor and makeshift formal arrangements, the artist reflects on the complex and contradictory relations humans often have with the natural world. Her perspectives range from playful to grim to apocalyptic.

Artist: Studio

Artworks

Joanna Malinowska,

For Philip Guston,

2016,

24 × 16 × 16 in (60.96 × 40.64 × 40.64 cm)

Unfired terra cotta and felt

Joanna Malinowska,

December 18, 2016,

2017,

13 ½ × 16 ½ in (34.29 × 41.91 cm)

Watercolor and pencil on paper

Joanna Malinowska,

On all fours,

2017,

Dimensions variable,

Clay

Joanna Malinowska,

His Worshippers Worship a Phantom,

2017,

EACH: 14 × 16 ¾ in (35.56 × 42.55 cm)

Watercolor, crayon, and pencil on paper

Joanna Malinowska,

Burial Platforms,

2016,

9 × 11 in (22.86 × 27.94 cm)

Watercolor, ink, and pencil on paper

Joanna Malinowska,

Platform,

2017,

51 ½ × 44 ½ in (130.81 × 113.03 cm)

Watercolor on paper

Joanna Malinowska,

Smallpox Epidemic 1518,

2016,

5 × 6 × 24 in (12.7 × 15.24 × 60.96 cm)

Ceramic, fabric, paint, and glaze

Joanna Malinowska,

Evolution of a Paddle,

2015,

Dimensions variable

Wood, paper. metal, plastic, textile

Joanna Malinowska, C.T. Jasper,

HALKA/HAITI 18°48’05”N 72°23’01”W,

2015,

Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Duration: 86 minutes and 53 seconds

Joanna Malinowska, C.T. Jasper,

HALKA/HAITI 18°48’05”N 72°23’01”W,

2015,

Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Duration: 86 minutes and 53 seconds

Joanna Malinowska,

Chronicle of the Latter World,

2014,

180 × 54 × 48 in (457.2 × 137.16 × 121.92 cm)

Steel, galvanized mesh, cement, plastiglomerate

Joanna Malinowska,

Genre scene with a fountain,

2014,

Dimensions variable

Vinyl, foam, paper, plaster, shellac, tv monitor, video, balck and wite, no sound

Joanna Malinowska,

Falsely Humble,

2013,

189 × 66 × 45 in (480.06 × 167.64 × 114.30 cm)

Wood and papier-mache

Joanna Malinowska,

6 Tons of Yukon,

Dirt Soil from Yukon Territory, miner's pick, pan and bucket

Joanna Malinowska,

White Fangs,

Goose and pigeon feathers, glue, burlap

Joanna Malinowska,

Bootleg Noguchi (set from Appalachian Spring),

2013,

Dimensions variable,

Wood, lacquer

Joanna Malinowska,

The Circle of Life,

2013,

32 × 18 ¾ × 12 ½ in (81.28 × 47.63 × 31.75 cm)

Cast resin, clay, wood

Joanna Malinowska,

Boli,

2009,

100 × 104 × 156 in (254.00 × 264.16 × 396.24 cm)

Wood, plaster, clay scraps of Spinoza's "Ethics", sweater of Evo Morales, 1 liter of water from Bering Strait

Joanna Malinowska,

Cane,

2009,

38 × 54 × 40 in (96.52 × 137.16 × 101.60 cm)

Wood, steel, felt and electric motor

Joanna Malinowska,

Mammoth Tusk,

2009,

63 ¾ × 74 × 20 in (161.93 × 187.96 × 50.80 cm)

Plaster over foam armature

Joanna Malinowska,

In the Revolution of the Heavenly Spheres,

2009,

Unique edition video

Joanna Malinowska, Christian Tomaszewski,

Mother Earth,

2009,

Sister Moon, at Chashama 679 ((43rd Street, Manhattan), part of “Performa 2009”

Joanna Malinowska, Christian Tomaszewski,

Mother Earth,

2009,

Sister Moon, at Chashama 679 ((43rd Street, Manhattan), part of “Performa 2009”

Joanna Malinowska,

String Quintet for 2 Cellos,

2008,

2 Violas and a Corpse, music commission project in collaboration with Masami Tomihisa

Joanna Malinowska,

Self-portrait as Franz Boas...,

2007,

C-print

Joanna Malinowska,

Birthday Cake for Olivier Messiaen Sculpture,

2008

Joanna Malinowska,

In Search of the Miraculous, Continued...(Part 2),

2006,

Dimensions variable,

Video

Joanna Malinowska,

Umanaqtuaq,

2007,

C-print

Joanna Malinowska,

In Search of the Miraculous,

2006,

Continued...part IIl, video still, documents a toy piano performance of John Cage's famous 4:33 on New York subway crossing the Manhattan Bridge by composer and pianist Masami Tomihisa

Installation Views

Installation view, Not a Metaphorical Forest, Canada, New York, 2017

Exhibitions

Joanna Malinowska, Holy Philip Guston, Pray For Us, Jun 6 – Jul 26, 2024
Joanna Malinowska, Not a Metaphorical Forest, Feb 4 – Mar 12, 2017
Joanna Malinowska, A Hawk from a Handsaw, Sep 14 – Oct 20, 2013
Joanna Malinowska, Time of Guerrilla Metaphysics, Dec 10 – Jan 24, 2010
Joanna Malinowska, SHIT HAPPENS / In Search of the Miraculous, Continued… , Apr 29 – Jun 4, 2006

Press

Kendall Krantz, “Holy Philip Guston, Pray for US at Canada Gallery by Joanna Malinowska”, Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, July 15

Edith Fikes "Stories last longer than symbols." Cornell Chronicle October 25, 2021

"Bruges Contemporary Art & Architecture Triennial - Triennial Bruges 2021: TraumA." e-flux July 12, 2021

Daniel Aloi "CCA Biennial launches with art projects across campus." Cornell Chronicle October 4, 2018

RoseLee Goldberg "Performance Now Live Art for the Twenty-First Century." New York: Thames & Hudson, August 28, 2018

Greg Allen "Bodies of Work: In Washington, Big-Ticket Blockbusters, a Bracing Permanent Collection Hang, Anne Truitt, and the Museum of the Bible." ArtNews April 11, 2018

Henry Parker “Not A Metaphorical Forest”, The Brooklyn Rail, May 2, 2017

Michael Wilson "Joanna Malinowska." Time Out New York In Print March 1, 2017 pg. 54

Matilde Soligno "20 Gallery Shows in New York." Droste Effect March 1, 2017

Jerry Saltz "What To Do in New York." New York Magazine February 20, 2017

"Joanna Malinowska 'Not a Metaphorical Forest'." Time Out New York February 6, 2017

Kathleen Massara "9 Things to See in New York This Week." Artnet January 30, 2017

Norman Lebrecht “Who Knew That Haitians Love Polish Opera?”, Slipped Disc, September 3, 2016

Fan Zhong “Oh Canada!”, W Magazine, November 2015

Alice Spawls “At the Venice Biennale”, London Review of Books, June 2015

Adrian Searle “Venice Biennale: the world is more than enough”, The Guardian, May 11, 2015

Sebastian Smee “Violence, Politics Expressed at Venice Biennale”, The Boston Globe, May 9, 2015

"The Venice Questionnaire 2015 #32: Jasper & Joanna Malinowska." ArtReview May 8, 2015

Lilly Wei "Polandia on the Caribbean." ArtNews May 1, 2015 55-61

Melena Ryzik “The Median is the Message”, The New York Times, September 11, 2014

Priscilla Frank "16 Contemporary Women Sculptors You Should Know." Huffington Post July 1, 2014

Roberta Smith “Art in Review”, The New York Times, July 24, 2014

Matthew Shen Goodman "Joanna Malinowska." Art in America December 4, 2013

Karen Rosenberg "Joanna Mailowska: A Hawk from a Handsaw." The New York Times September 19, 2013

Gratza, Agnieszka, “Project Runway”, ARTFORUM, April 2013

Sussman, Elisabeth, “In the Studio”, Art in America, February 2013

Jerry Saltz “Top 10 Art Picks of 2012”, New York Magazine, December 2, 2012

Jerry Saltz “ How to Make It in the Art World”, New York Magazine, April 22, 2012

Roberta Smith “A Survey of a Different Color”, The New York Times, March 1, 2012

Jerry Saltz “Leaving Babylon”, New York Magazine, March 1, 2012

Jerry Saltz “Best of 2010”, New York Magazine, December 13, 2010

Graham T. Beck “Knight’s Move”, Frieze, September 2010

David Colman “L.E.S. Is More”, W Magazine, September 2010

Will Corwin "Joanna Malinowska." Art Papers July/August 2010

Jan Garden Castro “New Directions in Performance and Sculpture”, Sculpture, 2010

Jimbo Blachly "Joanna Malinowska." BOMB Magazine Spring 2010

"Joanna Malinowska." The New Yorker January 25, 2010

Nana Asfour "Joanna Malinowska, 'Time of Guerrilla Metaphysics'." Time Out New York January 2010

Cate McQuiad “Familiar Perspectives on Global Warming” The Boston Globe, March 6, 2008

Holland Cotter "The Listings: Galleries Chelsea: Joanna Malinowska." The New York Times June 1, 2007

Benjamin Genocchio “Art Review: International Perspectives on Being Polish” The New York Times, December 3, 2006

David Coggins "Review of Exhibitions: Joanna Malinowska at Canada." Art in America October 2006

Peter Dykhuis "Gary Kennedy And Joanna Malinowska." Art Papers August 9, 2006

CV

Joanna Malinowska

b. 1972, Gdynia, Poland

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

  • Education

    • 2001

      MFA, Yale University, New Haven, CT

    • 1998

      BFA, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

  • Selected Solo Exhibitions

    • 2024

      Holy Philip Guston, Pray For Us, CANADA, New York, NY

    • 2022

      Halka/Haiti 18°48’05”N 72°23’01”W, Emigration Museum, Gdynia, Poland

    • 2017

      Not a Metaphorical Forest, CANADA, New York, NY

    • 2016

      Independent New York, CANADA, New York, NY

    • 2015

      HALKA/HAITI, Polish Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

    • 2013

      A Hawk from a Handsaw, CANADA, New York, NY

      Observations and Rehearsals, Analix Forever, Paris, France