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Will Insley


1984 Guggenheim Museum, New York City

Solo exhibition "The Opaque Civilization"

The exhibition traces the evolution of Will Insley's oeuvre from 1960s paintings to 1980s drawings of ONECITY, his labyrinthine architectural project conceived for an imaginary society. Through Wall Fragments, drawings, models, plans and studies, as well as a monumental floor drawing created especially for the museum rotunda, Insley elaborates the myth of a dark and mysterious civilization location outside of normal time.


1977 documenta 6 Kassel

dOCUMENTA 6 played on the thematic exhibition concept following the encyclopedic concept of the preceding edition. Manfred Schneckenburger, former director of Kunsthalle Cologne, attempted to rephrase the question about the position of art in the media society. Participating artists included Carl Andre, Vito Acconci, Arman, Diane Arbus, Eugène Atget, Brassai, Francis Bacon, Joseph Beuys, Fernando Botero, Margaret Bourke-White, Brassai, Will Insley, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Christo, Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Andre Kertesz, Willem de Kooning, Marcel Duchamp, Dan Flavin, Lucio Fontana, Dan Graham, Eva Hesse, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Anselm Kiefer, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Dorothea Lange, Claes Oldenburg, Dennis Oppenheim, Pablo Picasso, Nam June Paik, Ed Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Ryman, Man Ray, Alexander Rodtschenko, Edward Steichen, Neal Slavin, Frank Stella, Richard Serra, Antoni Tapies, Cy Twombly, Bill Viola, Bernard Venet, Wim Wenders, Tom Wesselmann


1972 documenta 5 Kassel

dOCUMENTA 5, 1972 was regarded as the most important caesura in the history of the documenta exhibitions. Artistic director Harald Szeemann, former head of Kunsthalle Berne and freelance curator, decided to create an overall thematic frame instead of selecting artworks according to their individual quality. Participating artists included Vito Acconci, John De Andrea, John Baldessari, Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Mel Bochner, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Will Insley, Chuck Close, Joseph Cornell, Robert Cottingham, Marcel Duchamp, Richard Estes, Gilbert & George, Eva Hesse, Jasper Johns, Sol LeWitt, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Bruce Nauman, Hermann Nitsch, Claes Oldenburg, Yoko Ono, Dennis Oppenheim, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Edward Ruscha, Lucas Samaras, Richard Serra, Wayne Thiebaud


1971 Museum of Modern Art, New York City

Solo exhibition CEREMONIAL SPACE

The exhibition, curated by Arthur Drexler, Director, Department of Architecture and Design, included models, photographs and drawings of a project for an architectural landscape.


1968 Walker Art Center, Minneapolis & Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo

6 artists, 6 exhibitions: Larry Bell, Chryssa, Will Insley, Robert Irwin, Robert Smithson, Robert Whitman



2012 - Foundation ONECITY. Paintings from the 1960s., Westwood Gallery NYC

2010 - Will Insley: ONECITY Wall Fragments from the Walls of ONECITY, Westwood Gallery, New York City

1996 - Will Insley: The Drawings, New Arts Program, Leigh Valley, PA

1995 - Will Insley: Wall Sections from the Prisons of One City, Hanes Art Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1992 - Will Insley: Wall Fragments and Drawings II, Max Protetch Gallery, New York

1990 - Will Insley: Wall Fragments and Drawings I, Max Protetch Gallery, New York

1990 - Will Insley: Grids , Vrej Baghoomian Gallery, New York City

1988 - Will Insley: New Wall Fragments, Max Protetch Gallery, New York City

1988 - Will Insley: Drawings, Max Protetch Gallery

1985 - Will Insley: Drawings 1985, Max Protetch Gallery, New York City

1984 - Solomon Guggenheim Museum, The Opaque Civilization

1982 - Section Drawings of a Building from ONECITY, Max Protetch Gallery, New York

1980 - First Drawings of ONECITY, Max Protetch Gallery, New York

1978 - Pläne für eine ander Welt: Gedächte und gebaute Raumvorstellungen, Gallery Orny, Munich, Germany

1977 - Will Insley: Architectural Drawings, Max Protetch Gallery, New York

1977 - Architectural Drawings, Protetch-McIntosh, Washington D.C.

1976 - Fischbach Gallery, New York

1976 - Annemarie Verna, Zurich, Switzerland

1976 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

1975 - Allen Priebe Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI

1975 - College Arts Gallery, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

1974 - Fischbach Gallery, New York

1974 - Annemarie Verna, Zurich, Switzerland

1974 - Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany

1973 - Fischbach Gallery, New York

1973 - Will Insley, New York: Pläne für eine andere Welt: Gedächte und gebaute Raumvorstellungen, Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany

1972 - Paul Maenz, Cologne, Germany

1972 - Buildings by Will Insley, Visual Arts Gallery, New York

1971 - Will Insley, Ceremonial Space, Museum of Modern Art, New York

1969 - Channel Space, John Gibson Commissions, Inc., New York

1969 - Will Insley: Space Diagrams, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

1968 - Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

1968 - Stable Gallery, New York

1968 - Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

1967 - Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina

1966 - Stable Art Gallery, New York

1965 - Stable Art Gallery, New York



2013 - Cellblock I and II, An Essay In Exhibition Form, Andrea Rosen Gallery

2012 - Towards A Warm Math, On Stellar Rays Gallery NYC

2012 - On the Bowery. Silkscreens by Cy Twombly, Robert Ryman, Will Insley, Robert Indiana, Les Levine, John Willenbecher, Charles Hinman, Richard Smith, Gerald Laing, John Giorno. Photographs by Eliot Elisofon, Westwood Gallery NYC

2012 - Art Wynwood, Westwood Gallery NYC

2011 - Art Miami, Westwood Gallery NYC

2007 - Drawn from Artists' Collections, The Drawing Center, NYC

2004 - Behind the facts. Interfunktionen 1968-1975, Traveled to Fondação de Serralves, Museu de Arte Contemporânea. Oporto Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona

1998 - Masters of the Masters, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

1996 - Extended Minimal, Max Protetch Gallery, New York

1995 - American Sculptors in the 1960s. Selected Drawings from the Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York

1995 - Alchemy, Procter Art Center, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

1995 - Drawing the Line, Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC

1994 - Off Balance, Artrax, New York

1993 - On Paper, TZ’Art & Co, New York

1992 - The Living Object: The Art Collection of Ellen H. Johnson, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

1989 - Max Protetch Gallery: 20 Years, Max Protetch Gallery, New York

1989 - Geometric Abstraction and the Modern Spirit, Neuberger Museum, SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY

1988 - 20th Anniversary Group Exhibition, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

1988 - Kolner Kunstmarkt, Cologne, Germany

1987 - Group Show Gallery Artists, Max Protetch Gallery, New York

1987 - Selections from Solid Abstractions, Saxon Lee Gallery, New York

1985 - Geometric Abstractions: Selections from a Decade, 1975-1985, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

1985 - Between Science and Fiction, Fundaçao Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil

1984 - Dreams and Nightmares-Utopian Visions in Modern Art, Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

1984 - Winter Group Exhibition, Protetch-McNeil, New York

1984 - Indiana Influence: The Golden Age of Indiana Landscape Painting. Indiana’s Modern Legacy: An Inaugural Exhibition of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN

1984 - From the Collection of Sol LeWitt, The University Art Museum, California State Museum, Long Beach, CA

1983 - Abstract Painting: 1960-69, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, PS1, Long Island City, NY

1983 - Connections:Bridges/ Ladders/ Ramps/ Staircases/ Tunnels, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, PA

1983 - Painting and Sculpture , Max Protetch Gallery, New York

1983 - Drawings 1983, Annemarie Verna, Zurich, Switzerland

1982 - Post-Minimalism, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT

1981 - Amerikanische Zeichnungen der siebziger Jahre/ Drawing Distinctions: American Drawings of the Seventies , Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark

1981 - Imaginary Civilizations, Tyler and Penrose Galleries, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA

1980 - Pier + Ocean: Construction in the Art of the Seventies, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

1980 - Michael Rea Collection of American Art 1960-80, McIntosh-Dysdale, Washington, DC

1980 - Drawings/Structures, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

1980 - Architectural Sculpture, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

1979 - Art and Architecture: Space and Structure, Protetch-McIntosh, Washington, DC

1979 - Drawings about Drawings: New Directions (1968-1978), Ackland Memorial Art Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

1979 - Mind, Child, Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology, School of Architecture Gallery, Newark, NJ

1979 - Indiana / New York, Washington Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

1978 - Inaugural Exhibition, Max Protetch Gallery

1978 - Dwellings, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

1977 - documenta 6, Kassel, Germany

1976 - American Salon des Refuses, Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford, CT

1976 - Jahre Museum Haus Lange: Eine Retrospektive der Ausstellungen 1955 bis 1975, Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany

1976 - New Gallery Artists, Max Protetch Gallery, New York

1976 - 15, John Gibson Gallery, New York

1976 - Private Notations: Artist’s Sketchbooks II, Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

1976 - Drawing Today in New York, Sewall Gallery, Rice University, Houston, TX

1976 - Art That Involves Words, Max Protetch Gallery, New York

1976 - Painting, Drawing and Sculpture from the 60s and 70s from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection, Philadelphia College of Art, PA

1976 - Fischbach Gallery, New York

1975 - 20th Century Drawings, Hawthorne Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

1975 - Drawings U.S.A. '75, Minneapolis Museum of Art

1975 - Works on Paper, Annemarie Verna – Art 6/75, Basel, Switzerland

1975 - Contemporary Drawings, William Paterson State College, Wayne, NJ

1975 - Labyrinth: Symbol and Meaning in Contemporary Art, Watson Gallery, Wheaton College, Norton, MA

1975 - Painting, Drawing and Sculpture from the 60s and 70s , the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

1975 - Narrative in Contemporary Art, McLaughlin Library, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

1974 - Dealer's Choice, New York Cultural Center, New York

1974 - Art for Collecting, Akron Art Institute, Akron, OH

1974 - Art Now 74: A Celebration of American Arts, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC

1974 - Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Modern Art, New York

1974 - Drawings 1974, Anemarie Verna, Basel, Switzerland

1973 - Art in Space: Some Turning Points, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

1973 - Drawings 1963-1973, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1973 - American Drawings, New Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH

1972 - Drawings by New York Artists, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (travelled to Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; University Art Collection, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, GA; Finch College Museum of Art Contemporary Study Wing, New York; Hayden Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA)

1972 - Grids, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

1972 - 7 Kolner Kunstmarkt, Cologne, Germany

1972 - Making Megalopolis Matter, New York Cultural Center, New York

1972 - Documenta 5 1972, Kassel, Germany

1972 - Fischbach Gallery, New York

1971 - Willard Gallery, New York

1971 - Projected Art, Finch College Museum of Art, New York

1971 - International Frujahrmesse, Berliner Galerien, West Berlin, Germany

1971 - John Gibson: New York, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

1970 - The Expressive Line , Hecksher Museum, Huntington, NY

1970 - Documentations 1970, John Gibson Gallery, New York

1970 - L’art vivant aux Etats-Unis, Foundation Maeght, St. Paul-de-Vence, France

1969 - Between Object and Environment: Sculpture in an Extended Format, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

1969 - Ecological Art , John Gibson Gallery, New York

1969 - Will Insley, Fred Mitchell, Steve Poleskie, Andrew Dickson White Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

1969 - Long Beach Island, New Jersey, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ

1969 - Simultaneously, School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York

1969 - Drawings 1969, Paula Cooper Gallery, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York

1969 - Drawings, Fort Worth Art Center Museum, Fort Worth Art Center Museum, Fort Worth, TX

1968 - Drawings, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR

1968 - Drawings, Heiner Freidrich Gallery, Munich, Germany

1968 - Painting Annual , Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1968 - Cool Art, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT

1968 - Painting: Out from the Wall, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA

1968 - First World Triennial, New Delhi, India

1968 - The Art of the Real, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

1968 - The Weatherspoon Annual Exhibition: Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC

1968 - J.L. Hudson Gallery, Detroit

1967 - Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture 1967, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL

1967 - Art Objectif, Galerie Stadler, Paris, France

1967 - Monuments, Richard Feigen Gallery, New York

1967 - Schemata 7, Finch College Museum of Art, New York

1967 - Sixth Biennial, Republic of San Marino, Brazil

1967 - First Kent Invitational, College Gallery, Kent State University, OH

1966 - Systemic Painting, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

1966 - Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1966 - Art in Process. The Visual Development of A Structure, Finch College Museum of Art, Contemporary Study Wing, New York

1966 - Rigelhaupt Gallery, Boston, MA

1966 - Park Place Gallery, New York

1965 - Daniels Gallery, New York

1965 - Shape and Structure 1965, curated by Frank Stella and Henry Geldzahler (Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Charles Hinman) Tibor de

Nagy Gallery, New York

1965 - Benefit for C.O.R.E, Graham Gallery, New York

1965 - 25th Annual Exhibition by the Society for Contemporary American Art, Art Institute of Chicago

1965 - A Contemporary Collection of Painting and Sculpture Selected from the Collection of Eleanor Ward, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT

1955 - Behn Moore Gallery, Cambridge, MA