Janice Kerbel – CV

Janice Kerbel
b. 1969, Toronto, Canada
Lives and works in London, UK


  • 1996 Masters of Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London, UK
  • 1994 Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver
  • 1993 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, USA
  • 1992 University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • 1991 BA Honors, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2023 Janice Kerbel, Moyra Davey, greengrassi, London, UK
  • 2022 Speech! Fight! Speech! Fight!, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
  • 2019 Sinkfight, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
    Aslan Gaisumov & Janice Kerbel, Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre, Bury, UK
  • 2018 Notes from Sink / A routine for 24 women, The Common Guild, Glasgow, UK
    Sink, live performance, Western Baths, The Common Guild, Glasgow, UK
    greengrassi, London, UK
  • 2017 Slip, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, USA
    Doug, live performance, Fundaçao de Serralves, Porto, Portugal
  • 2016 Doug, live performance, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
  • 2015 Score, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
  • 2014 Doug, live performance, greengrassi, London, UK
    Doug, commissioned by The Common Guild, live performance, Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 2012 Pre: Janice Kerbel, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
    Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, USA
    Cue, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
    Kill the Workers!, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Canada
  • 2011 Kill the Workers!, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 2010 Art Now: Janice Kerbel, Tate Britain, London, UK
  • 2009 Ballgame, greengrassi, London, UK
    Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Canada
  • 2008 Optica, Montreal, Canada
    European Kunsthalle, Cologne, Germany
  • 2007 Vamiali’s, Athens, Greece
    Nick Silver Can’t Sleep, live performance, Art Now Live, Tate Britain, London, UK
  • 2006 1st at Moderna, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
    Deadstar (Ghosttown), Locus +, Newcastle, UK
  • 2004 Galerie Karin Guenther, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2003 Home Climate Gardens, Norwich Gallery, Norwich, UK
  • 2001 Bank Job, Artspeak, Vancouver
  • 2000 JK/JK: Joachim Koester and Janice Kerbel, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
    Bird Island, Lux Gallery, London, UK
  • 1999 Home Fittings, Piano Nobile, Geneva, Switzerland
    3 Marked Decks, Gasworks, London, UK
  • 1996 antidote, YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto, Canada

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2023 Ora et Lege II, National Gallery Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2022 Ora et Lege: The Palace of Concrete Poetry, Writers’ House of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia
    Future Cities, Southbank Centre, London, UK
  • 2020 Galerie Karin Guenther, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2019 Unexplained Parade, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
  • 2018 A Clown Walks into a Gallery…, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK
    Beautiful world, where are you?, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK
    Catalogue, Publication Studio Rotterdam, MAMA, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • 2017 Art and Alphabet, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
    Space Force Construction, V-A-C Foundation, Palazzo delle Zattere, Venice, Italy
    Komisario Berriak, Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • 2016 Le Grand Balcon, La Biennale de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
    Norwich Science Festival, The Forum, Norwich, UK
    Ayşe Erkmen, Tamara Grcic, Janice Kerbel, and Karin Sander, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich, Germany
    Textilities...Once Removed, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como, Italy
  • 2015 Turner Prize Exhibition, Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland
    Se prendre au jeu: rêves, répétitions et autres détours, Frac Franche-Comté, Besançon, France
    Below Another Sky, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Inverness, Scotland; British Council, London, UK
  • 2014 Plastic Words, Raven Row, London, UK
    Below Another Sky, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland
    Elevated, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
  • 2013 In Form Express & Admirable, Camberwell Space, London, UK
    Works on Paper, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
    Abstract Generation: Now in Print, MoMA, New York, USA
  • 2012 Janice Kerbel, Hilary Lloyd, Silke Otto-Knapp, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany
    Pursuit of Perfection: The politics of sport, South London Gallery, London, UK
    Conjuring for Beginners, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland
    Tactics for the Here and Now, Bucharest Biennale 5, Bucharest, Romania
    Reverse Desertification, CCS Bard Galleries, Annandale-on-Hudson, USA
    À ciel ouvert: le nouveau pleinairisme, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Montreal, Canada
  • 2011 People Things Enter Exit, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
    Locale, Sir John Cass Faculty of Art Media & Design, London, UK
    The Serving Library, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Canada
  • 2010 The Winter Show, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
    Cactus Craze, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
    Best Laid Plans, Drawing Room, London, UK
    Map Marathon, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
    Magic Show, organized by Hayward Gallery, touring to Pump House Gallery, London, UK; Chapter, Cardiff, UK; Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, UK; Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK
    Recipes for an Encounter, Dorsky Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2009 Gartenstadt, Kunstverein Hildesheim, Hildesheim, Germany
    Poor. Old. Tired. Horse., Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
    Magic Show, organized by Hayward Gallery, QUAD, Derby, UK
  • 2008 Acclimatation, Villa Arson, Nice, France
    Pleinairism, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
    Silke Otto-Knapp, Janice Kerbel, Alan Ruppersberg, Galerie Karin Guenther, Hamburg, Germany
    Burrow, Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, NS; Musée d’art de Joliette, Joliette, Canada
    True Romance, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany; Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany
    Bela Kolárová, Falke Pisano, Janice Kerbel, Sofie Thorsen, Krobath Wimmer Gallery, Vienna, Austria
    TYPED, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK
    Jirí Kovanda, Silke Otto-Knapp, Janice Kerbel, Hilary Lloyd and Kirsten Pieroth, Site Gallery, for Art Sheffield 08: Yes, No & Other Options, Sheffield, UK
    Trust in Me, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver
  • 2007 True Romance, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
    SEE History, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany
    Crack the Sky, La Biennale de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
    Burrow, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada
    Open and Shut, Skestos Gabriele Gallery, Chicago, USA
  • 2006 Habitat, Jessica Bradley Projects, Toronto, Canada
    Sobey Art Award, Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
    Ruby Satellite, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, USA
    The Impossible Landscape, University Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, USA
    Loveletter, Herald St, London, UK
    Janice Kerbel, Hilary Lloyd and Silke Otto-Knapp. Never for money - always for love, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria
    Around the World in 80 Days, South London Gallery, London, UK
    Darren Almond & Janice Kerbel: Impossible Landscapes, Horticultural Society, New York, USA
    A person alone in a room with Coca-Cola colored walls, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria
    Wolfgang Breuer, Janice Kerbel, Jochen Schmith, Galerie Karin Guenther, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2005 Things Fall from the Sky, Evanston Art Center, Chicago, USA
    British Art Show 6, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
    Truth Universally Acknowledged, ACCA, Victoria, Australia
    ‘I really should...’, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
    Hybrids, Fundació Espais d’Art Contemporani, Girona, Spain
    See how it goes, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany
    Therefore Beautiful, Ursula Blickle Foundation, Kraichtal, Germany
    Art of the Garden, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
    On Patrol, De Appel, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • 2004 ShowCASe Preview, South London Gallery, London, UK
    Henning Bohl, Friederike Clever, Berta Fischer, Kerstin Kartscher, Janice Kerbel, Stefan Thater, Galerie Karin Guenther, Hamburg, Germany
    legal / illegal. Wenn Kunst Gesetze bricht / Art beyond Law, neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany
    Art of the Garden, Tate Britain, London, UK; Ulster Museum, Belfast, Ireland
    Tempered Ground, Museum of Garden History, London, UK
  • 2003 To whom it may concern, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, USA
    BANG, Centre Culturel Canadien, Paris, France
    Landing, Royal Holloway College, London, UK
    Touristic Gazes, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
    Truffes de Chine, Attitudes, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2001 Art at the Edge of the Law, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT, USA
    Money Lust: Model Banking, Kunsthalle Tirol, Innsbruck, Austria
    Really, Artists Space, New York, USA
  • 1999 Crash! Corporatism and Complicity, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
    NINENINENINETYNINE, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK
    Other Arrangements: Juan Cruz, Emma Kay and Janice Kerbel, Stichting Duende Activiteiten, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
    EASTinternational, Norwich Gallery, Norwich, UK
  • 1998 Surfacing, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
    New Work UK 1: Post Neo-Amateurism, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK
    Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK
  • 1997 Thought, City Racing, London, UK
    Ghostwriter 5, Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada

Books and Exhibition Catalogues

  • 2018 Kitty Scott, Sally Tallant, and Sinéad McCarthy, eds., Beautiful World, Where Are You?, Art Books Publishing, London, UK
  • 2017 Brigitte Kölle, ed., Art and Alphabet, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2016 Below another sky, British Council, London, UK
  • 2013 Jakub Zdebik, ‘The Manifold Dimensions of Janice Kerbel’s Architectural Diagrams’, in Contemporary Art about Architecture, eds. Isabelle Loring Wallace and Nora Wendl, Ashgate, Farnham, UK
  • 2012 Luis Jacob, ed., ‘Disruptions’, in Commerce by Artists, Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada
    Janine Mileaf, Janice Kerbel, Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, USA
    Søren Grammel, Janice Kerbel, Hilary Lloyd, Silke Otto-Knapp, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany
    Kitty Scott, À ciel ouvert: le nouveau pleinairisme, Musée des beaux-arts du Québec, Montreal, Canada
  • 2010 Kitty Scott, ‘Janice Kerbel’, in Creamier: Contemporary Art in Culture, Phaidon, London, UK
    Kate Macfarlane, ed., Best Laid Plans, Drawing Room, London, and Middlesex University, Middlesex, UK
  • 2009 Jonathan Allen and Sally O’Reilly, eds., Magic Show, Hayward Publishing, London, UK
    Catherine Griffiths and Dan Rees, ed., Home for Lost Ideas, Archive Books, Berlin, Germany
  • 2007 Shannon Anderson, Burrow/Terrier: Janice Kerbel, Adriana Kuiper, Liz Magor, Samuel Roy-Bois, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, and Musée d’art de Joliette, Joliette, Canada
    Louise Adler and Rebecca Coates, Truth Universally Acknowledged, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Victoria, Australia
  • 2006 Around the World in Eighty Days, Institute of Contemporary Arts and South London Gallery, London, UK
    Gerd de Bruyn, et al., 5 Codes: Architecture, Paranoia and Risk in Times of Terror, Birkhäuser, Basel, Switzerland, and Boston, USA
    Janice Kerbel, ‘Underwood’, in The Alpine Fantasy of Victor B and other stories, Jeremy Akerman and Eileen Daly, eds., Serpent’s Tail, London, UK
  • 2005 Vanessa Joan Müller, Therefore Beautiful, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany
    Alex Farquharson and Andrea Schlieker, British Art Show 6, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
  • 2004 Legal/Illegal: Wenn Kunst Gesetze Bricht/Art Beyond Law, NGBK, Berlin, and Schmetterling, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2003 Simon Gould, ed., NanoScopic Culture, National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK
  • 2002 Felix Driver, Catherine Nash, and Kathy Prendergast, Landing: Eight Collaborative Projects Between Artists and Geographers, Royal Holloway, London, UK
    Doris Berger, ed., Touristic Gazes/Touristische Blicke, Revolver, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2001 Lorna Brown, ed., A Set of Suspicions, Artspeak, Vancouver
    Lawrence Russ, Art at the Edge of the Law, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, USA
    David Blamey, ed., Here, There, Elsewhere, Open Editions, London, UK
  • 2000 Janice Kerbel JK//JK Joachim Koester, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
  • 1999 Matthew Higgs, ed., Seven Wonders of the World, Book Works, London, UK
  • 1998 Lorraine Johnson, ed., Ghostwriter, Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada
  • 1996 Notebook Projects, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver

Magazines and Periodicals

  • 2023 Aleksandra Janicka, ‘Exploring Prague Art Week 2023’, Contemporary Lynx, 8 September
    Michaela Dombrovská, ‘Prague Art Week 2023 nabídne to nejlepší z pražských galerií a muzeí’, Vogue, 6 September
  • 2022 Téana Graziani, ‘Art Installations Underway at Crosstown Line 5 Stations’, Urban Toronto, 6 July
    Hadani Ditmars, ‘In new performance, artist Janice Kerbel choreographs a fight for one’, The Art Newspaper, 23 June
    Erika D’Urbano, ‘See the new art installations going up at Eglinton Crosstown LRT stations’, Metrolinx News, 30 June
  • 2021 Maia Nichols, ‘Janice Kerbel’, Esse, Issue 103, Fall 2021
  • 2019 Bob Dickinson, ‘Aslan Gaisumov and Janice Kerbel – Reviewed’, The Double Negative, 20 March
    Kim Dhillon, ‘“Live” by Janice Kerbel’, Border Crossings 149, March
  • 2018 Chris Sharratt, ‘Janice Kerbel Dives Into The Surreal Art Of Synchronized Swimming’, Frieze, 15 August
    Adrian Searle, ‘Liverpool Biennial review—a beautiful, violent, explosive world’, The Guardian, 16 July
    Nina Franklin, ‘The Liverpool Biennial 2018’, Melodic Distraction, 12 July
  • 2017 Caroline Wilson, ‘Glasgow 2018 European Championships: Eclectic festival programme unveiled’, The Evening Times, 30 November
    Jens Hoffmann, ‘Review: Biennale de Montréal’, Artforum, February
  • 2015 Mike Doherty, ‘Q&A: Janice Kerbel, the Canadian artist up for this year's Turner Prize’, CBC Arts, 1 December
    ‘Janice Kerbel: A Primer’, Canadian Art, 14 October
    Tom Service, ‘Music Matters’, BBC Radio 3, 5 October
    Tom Service, ‘Meet the Turner prize shortlist, from the musician to the mind-reader’, The Guardian, 28 September
    Mark Brown, ‘Turner prize 2015 shortlist: three women - and a housing estate’, The Guardian, 12 May
  • 2014 Anna Lovatt, ‘Janice Kerbel: Diagramming Desire’, Afterall, Issue 37, Autumn/Winter
    Tom McDonough, ‘Janice Kerbel: Killing the Workers’, Afterall, Issue 37, Autumn/Winter
  • 2012 Zachary Cahill, ‘Critics’ Picks: Janice Kerbel at the Arts Club of Chicago’, Artforum online, 19 November
  • 2011 Aileen Burns, ‘Janice Kerbel: I Saw the Light’, Canadian Art online, May 5
    Eliza Williams, ‘Janice Kerbel: Kill the Workers’, Art Monthly, May
    Kim Dhillon, ‘See It Now or Miss It Forever: Materiality, Visuality, and the Written Word in Janice Kerbel’s Recent Artwork’, RACAR, XXXVI, No. 1
  • 2009 Ed Krčma, ‘Janice Kerbel’, Art in America, November
    Eliza Williams, ‘Janice Kerbel’, Frieze online, October
    Dan Fox, ‘Poor. Old. Tired. Horse.’, Frieze, October
  • 2008 Janice Kerbel, ‘Ideal Syllabus’, Frieze, Issue 118, October
    Bettina Hoffman, ‘Spectacular Promises and Subtle Gambles’, Canadian Art, 25 September
    Ian Hunt, ‘Sheffield 08: Yes, No and Other Options’, Art Monthly, April
    ‘Must-Sees: Burrow: Our Shelter Fetish’, Canadian Art online, 8 May
  • 2007 Sally O’Reilly, ‘Janice Kerbel’, Frieze, Issue 104, January-February
  • 2006 Lucy Steeds, ‘Nick Silver Can’t Sleep’, Art Monthly, December-January
    Terence Dick, ‘The Map-Maker’, Canadian Art, Winter
    Helen Brown, ‘Act 1 Scene 1, zzz’, Daily Telegraph, 28 October
    Mark Godfrey, ‘Janice Kerbel’, Artforum, January
  • 2003 Jennifer Higgie, ‘Get it while you can’, Frieze, September
  • 2002 Sarah Elton, ‘Perfect Heists’, Lola, Issue 12, Summer
  • 2001 William Zimmer, ‘The Long Arm of the Law Reaches Into the Art Gallery’, The New York Times, 15 July
    Mark Irving, ‘Everything you need to know about a bank robbery’, Financial Times, 2 June
  • 2000 Alison Green, ‘Artists’ Books: access/excess’, Art Monthly, January
    Roy Exley, ‘From here to betweenity’, Parachute, Issue 100, October-December
  • 1999 Dalya Alberge, ‘Artist framed in a guide to the perfect robbery’, The Times of London, 26 November
    Mark Currah, ‘Janice Kerbel’, Time Out London, June
  • 1998 David Barrett, ‘Surfacing-Contemporary Drawing’, Art Monthly, November

Artist’s Books and Special Projects

  • 2018 Janice Kerbel, Live, The Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver, and University of Toronto Press, Toronto, Canada
  • 2014 Janice Kerbel, Doug: Nine Songs for Six Voices, The Common Guild, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 2013 Janice Kerbel, ‘Deadstar’, portfolio, Prefix Photo, Issue 29
  • 2012 Janice Kerbel, Doug, online project as part of Our Mutual Friends, Film and Video Umbrella, myfrienddoug.blogspot.com
  • 2010 Janice Kerbel, Flaubert, This Long Century, thislongcentury.com
    2007 Janice Kerbel, Deadstar: A Ghosttown, artist’s book, Locus+, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • 2006 Janice Kerbel, Nick Silver Can’t Sleep, radio play, commissioned by Artangel, broadcast on BBC Radio 3
  • 2004 Janice Kerbel, Home Climate Garden, calendar, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and Norwich Gallery, Norwich, UK
  • 2001 Janice Kerbel, Plans for Home Conjuring Unit, online project as part of Slipstream, Film and Video Umbrella, slipstream.uk.net
    Janice Kerbel, Bird Island, web-based project, bird-island.com
  • 2000 Janice Kerbel, 15 Lombard St., artist’s book, Book Works, London, UK

Public Art Projects

  • 2020 Ride of Your Life, Caledonia Station, Metrolinx, commissioned by TTC Public Art Program, Toronto, Canada


  • 2014 Below Another Sky, commissioned by the Scottish Print Network, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 2008 Cosmic Ray Research, lead artist, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada
  • 2005 Residency, Visual Arts, Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, Wyoming
  • 2002-2003 Research Residency, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, Norwich, UK


  • 2010 Awards for Artists, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, London, UK