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Pieter Schoolwerth - Artists - Petzel Gallery

Pieter Schoolwerth (b. 1970, St. Louis, MO)

Pieter Schoolwerth lives and works in New York. Since graduating from the California Institute of the Arts in 1994, he has exhibited internationally with notable solo shows at Thread Waxing Space; Greene Naftali; American Fine Arts Co.;  Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York; Gallery SKE, New Delhi; What Pipeline, Detroit; Capitain Petzel, Berlin; Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin. His work has been included in group exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Sadie Coles, London; 303 Gallery; Gavin Brown’s enterprise and Petzel Gallery, New York.

Schoolwerth’s work is in the permanent collections of the Pinault Collection; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Aïshti Foundation, Beirut; Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig; Denver Art Museum, and The Phoenix Art Museum.

Curated by Kathleen Rahn, Schoolwerth’s first survey exhibition will open at the Kunstverein Hannover in the spring of 2021. From 2003 to 2013, Schoolwerth ran Wierd Records and the Wierd Party at Home Sweet Home on the LES of NYC. Wierd released music by 42 bands working in the genres of minimal electronics, coldwave, and noise, and produced over 500 live music, DJ, and performance art events internationally (

“I’ve always been interested in the ways in which the ever-changing, and often invisible, forces of abstraction in the world affect the task of representing the human body. I’ve come to use the photographed shadow to represent the performance of your digital body when we’re not together.”

Pieter Schoolwerth

Career Highlights

Pieter Schoolwerth - Artists - Petzel Gallery

Wierd Records

1970 Born in St Louis, Missouri

1994 Graduates Cal Arts and moves to New York City
First NYC show at Thread Waxing Space, Soho

1996 “Altered States of America” show, New York
"Subway" project begins

2003 Founds Wierd Records and the Wierd Party LES, New York
Released music by 46 bands and hosted over 500 live events

2008 Co-authors “Wierd Manifesto: The Analogue Synthesizer as a Folk Instrument of Humanist Resistance”
“Portraits of Paintings” project begins, a major turning point where Western art history is used as raw material

2014  “Your Vacuum Sucks” film
“My Vacuum Sucks” show at SKE, New Delhi

2015  “Model as Painting” project begins

Pieter Schoolwerth - Artists - Petzel Gallery

Installation view, “No Body Get a Head” show at Kunstverein Hannover featuring work from 1991–2020

2016 "Fine Young Cannibals" group show at Petzel, New York

2017 “Model as Painting” show at Capitain Petzel, Berlin

2018 “New York by Night” group show at HdM Gallery, Beijing

2019 “Model As Painting” book published “Virtual Relief” show at KTZ, Berlin

2020 “Shifted Sims” solo show at Petzel, New York

2021 “No Body Get a Head” show at Kunstverein Hannover featuring work from 1991–2020
“Lucy & Aaron” at Hanson Records Oberlin, Ohio

2022 “Rigged” at Petzel, New York and KTZ, Berlin


Pieter Schoolwerth on "Shifted Sims", Petzel, 2020

Arts Magazine Reviews Pieter Schoolwerth

Artforum: Pieter Schoolwerth talks about his life and work (2017)

School of Visual Arts: Pieter Schoolwerth: Depicting the World "Once Removed" (2018)