A quintessentially Los Angeles artist, Larry Johnson has worked for over 4 decades investigating the inherent contradictions between the shiny surfaces and underlying cynical logics of American culture. His works reference the languages of animation (especially the fantasy worlds of Walt Disney), graphic and commercial design, and advertising. Often employing cryptographic systems of communication relying on multi-entendre layers of image and text, Johnson’s humorous and often cutting commentaries on his own culture’s exported ideologies have made him one of the foremost artists of his generation. His work has been shown and is held in prominent institutions and collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and MAMCO, Geneva among others.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

2016     MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerland

2015     On Location, Raven Row, London, UK

2013     The Perfect Show, 303 Gallery, New York, NY

2009     Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA



             Collection: MOCA's First Thirty Years, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA



2004     Sign Language, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA 


1991     Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY


1990     The Indomitable Spirit, International Center of Photography, New York, NY

1989     California Photography: Remaking Make-Believe, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY;

                  Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO

1988     Aperto 88, XLIII Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy


1987      On View, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY

              The Castle, Documenta 8, Kassel, Germany


 

PUBLIC AND MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerland

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Whitney Museum, New York, NY