Past Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2016
Jess, Movie Posters and Selected Works
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NY
2014
Jess, “Looking Past, Seeing Through”
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NY
2012
Jess, Paste-Ups
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NY
2010
Jess, Paintings
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NY
2008
Gallery Paule Anglim
San Francisco, CA
Jess, Paintings and Paste-Ups
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NY
2007-08
The Arion Press Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007-09
Jess: To and From the Printed Page, curated by Ingrid Schaffner:
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA;
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, WI;
Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA;
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin, TX;
Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, Portland, OR;
The University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA;
Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
2005
Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NY
1996
Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
1993-94
Jess: A Grand Collage, organized by Michael Auping
Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY;
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN;
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA;
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA;
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
1990
“Jess: the Romantic Paintings”
Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1989
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
1987
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
1983
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport, CA
Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
1982
Odyssia Gallery, NY
1981
The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1980
University Art Museum at the University of California, Berkeley, CA
Odyssia Gallery, NY
1978
Odyssia Gallery, NY
1977
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX
University Art Museum at the University of California, Berkeley, CA
1975
Galleria Odyssia, Rome, Italy
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
1974
The Museum of Modern Art, NY
1972
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
1971
Odyssia Gallery, New York, NY 1971
1968
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
1967
Eastern Washington State Historical Society, Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane, WA
1965
Rolf Nelson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1961
Borregaard’s Museum, San Francisco, CA
1960
Dilexi Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1959
City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco, CA
Gump’s Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1954
The Place, San Francisco, CA
1953
The King Ubu Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1950
Helvie Makela Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2015
Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Attachment, 
Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
America is Hard to See, 
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle
Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
2014
Holding It Together: Collage, Montage, Assemblage
Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA
An Opening of The Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle:
The Grey Art Gallery, New York University, NY;
Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington, DC;
The Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
2013
SIGHT / VISION: The Urban Milieu
Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
An Opening of The Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle
The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
2012
The Painted Word
Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010
Shred
Perry Rubenstein Gallery, NY
2009
Metamorphosis Victorianus
Ubu Gallery, NY
2008
Circa 1958: Breaking Ground in American Art
Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Entre Chien et Loup
Kent Gallery, NY
Sparks! The William T. Kemper Collecting Initiative
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
2007
Pioneers
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA
2005
Jess and Ray Johnson, Word Pictures: Paste-ups Moticos, and Assemblages 1951-1997
Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004
Poetry and its Arts: Bay Area Interactions 1954-2004
California Historical Society, San Francisco, CA

1999
Dream Architecture
Kent Gallery, NY
1998
Art from Around the Bay
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
1993
Parallel Visions: Modern Artists and Outsider Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
1992
Hand-Painted Pop: American Art in Transition, 1955-62
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Robert Duncan: Drawings and Decorated Books
The Bancroft Library, University Art Museum at the University of California, Berkeley, CA
Poem Makers
L.A. Louver, Los Angeles, CA
Sight Vision: The Urban Milieu: Number Three: Wallace Berman, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, Wally Hedrick, George Herms, Jess
Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
1991-92
Pop-Art
Royal Academy of Arts, London;
Museum Ludwig, Cologne;
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
1990
Lyrical Vision: The 6 Gallery 1954-1957
Natsoulas Novelozo Gallery, Davis, CA
Lyn Brockway, Harry Jacobus, and Jess: The Romantic Paintings
Weigand Gallery of the College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA
1989
An Art of Wondering: The King Ubu Gallery 1952-1953
Natsoulas Novelozo Gallery, Davis, CA
Bay Area: Fresh Views
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Forty Years of California Assemblage
Wight Art Gallery at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Collage and Assemblage, Bill Bissett, George Herms, Jess, Al Neil
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
1988
The Poetic Object
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX;
Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID;
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX;
Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, TX
Different Drummers: Wallace Berman, Clyde Connell, Bruce Conner, Ovyind Fahlstrom, Robert Helm, Alfred Jensen, Jess, Luis Jimenez, Peter Saul
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Lost and Found in California: Four Decades of Assemblage Art
James Corcoran Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1987
Made in USA: An Americanization in Modern Art, the 50’s & 60’s
University Art Museum at the University of California, Berkeley, CA;
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO;
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Assemblage
Kent Fine Art, Inc., NY
Comic Iconoclasm
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London;
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin;
Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester;
Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid;
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
1986
American/European Painting and Sculpture 1986: Part II
L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
The Spiritual in Art: Abstract Painting 1890-1985
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA;
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago;
Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague
1985
An Inside Place: Interior Spaces of the Mind and Eye
Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ
Art in The San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-1980
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
American/European Painting and Sculpture 1985: Part I
L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
Ars Medica: Art, Medicine, and the Human Condition
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA;
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH;
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA;
Yasuda Kasai Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1984
The Boise Gallery of Art, Boise, ID
1983
The Comic Art Show: Cartoons in Painting and Popular Culture
Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown Branch, NY
American Accents
The Gallery/Stratford, Canada;
College Park, Toronto, Canada;
Musée du Québec, Québec, Canada;
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada;
Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Canada;
The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Canada;
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada;
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Calgary, Canada;
Musée d’art contemporain, Montreal, Canada
1982
The Americans: The Collage
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
1981
California: A Sense of Individualism: Part I
L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
Pacific Coast States Collection from the Vice-President’s House
National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
1980
Mysterious and Magical Realism
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT/span>
Aspects of the 70’s: Mavericks
Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
1979
Private Icon
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY
Works on Paper
Odyssia Gallery, NY
1978
Narration
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
8 Artists
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1977
Words at Liberty
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Perceptions of The Spirit in Twentieth-Century American Art
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN;
University Art Museum at University of California, Berkeley, CA;
Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX;
Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Columbus, OH
1976
Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern Era
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1975
Art as a Muscular Principle/Ten Artists and San Francisco 1950-1965
John and Norah Warbeke Gallery at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
1974
Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture 1974
Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL
Seventy-First American Exhibition
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Poets of The Cities, 1974
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX;
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX;
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA;
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
1973
Extraordinary Realities
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY;
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY;
The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
1972
Seventieth American Exhibition
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1970
American Painting 1970
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
A Century of California Painting 1870-1970
Crocker Citizens National Bank, San Francisco, CA
Symbol and Vision
Gallery Reese Palley, San Francisco, CA
1969
Pop Art
Hayward Gallery, London, England
The Spirit of the Comics
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1968
On Looking Back: Bay Area: 1945-1960
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Elevated Underground: The North Beach Period
Cellini Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1966
Los Angeles Now
Robert Fraser Gallery, London, England
1965
California Here
Macy’s, NY
American Collages
State University College, Oswego, NY;
Wells College, Aurora, NY;
Art Gallery at Chatham College, Pittsburgh, PA;
Allentown Art Museum, PA;
The Museum of Modern Art, NY;
Goucher College, Baltimore, MD;
Kresge Art Center at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI;
Gordon Fennel Gallery and Marvin Cone Gallery at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA;
Delaware Art Center, Wilmington, DE;
State University of New York at Geneseo, Geneseo, NY
1964
Buzz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Selection of Recent Works
Rolf Nelson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Painter and the Photograph
Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA;
Art Museum at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
Museum of Art at University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA;
University Art Museum at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM;
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
1963
Pop Art U.S.A.
Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA
Lanyon Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
Peacock Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1962
The Arts of San Francisco: Painting and Sculpture
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
Some Points of View
Stanford Art Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
1961
Pomona College Art Gallery, Pomona, CA
The Art of Assemblage
The Museum of Modern Art, NY;
The Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, Dallas, TX;
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
1960
Borregaard’s Museum, San Francisco, CA
1953
The King Ubu Gallery (January, September, October), San Francisco, CA
Harry Jacobs, Lynne Brown, Jess Collins
The King Ubu Gallery (May-June), San Francisco, CA
1952
Students’ Salon des Refusés
California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA