Joe Coleman

Joe Coleman

1955, Norwalk, CT
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY



Doorway to Joe : The Art of Joe Coleman
Begovich Gallery
California State University, Fullerton
Fullerton, CA


Stories for Ways and Means,
Book project with Tom Waits published by Waxploitation,
Los Angeles, CA

Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian,
During Art Basel Miami Beach

When the Curtain Never Comes Down
American Folk Art Museum New York, NY


Raw Vision: 25 Years of Art Brut
Halle Saint Pierre, Paris
Hey! Modern Art & Pop Culture Part II: Halle Saint Pierre


One on One
KW Institute, Berlin Germany

Joe Coleman - Auto-Portrait
Dickinson Gallery, New York, NY


Houdini: Art and Magic
The Jewish Museum, New York City

The Endless Renaissance
Bass Museum, Miami

The Triptych in Modern Art
KunstMuseum Stuttgart Germany
Joe Coleman's "War" Tryptich exhibited with Otto Dix War Tryptich

Man Son 1969 - The Horror of the Situation
Hamburger Kunsthalle in Hamburg, Germany.


Devotio Moderno: Joe Coleman/Northern Primitives
Dickinson Gallery, New York, NY


Joe Coleman: Internal Digging
The largest solo exhibition to date 4 floors at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany.

Joe Coleman: 14 Paintings
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.


Real Art Ways Hartford, CT.

Joe Coleman: 30 Paintings and a Selection from the Odditorium
Jack Tilton Gallery, New York City.


Franz Hals Museum in Haarlem, The Netherlands

Acquiring Taste
Real Art Ways Hartford, CT


The Circus in Twentieth Century Art,
The Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, CT

Outsider Art/ Music Barbican Theatre London, England (A film of Coleman's paintings accompanied by the music of The Delgados)
Hieronymus Bosch Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

War and Peace
American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore.

Recent Paintings, The Odditorium
Presented by Jim Corcoran at Ernie Wolf Gallery, Los Angeles.


Joe Coleman: Matrix 139
Solo exhibition at The Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, CT.


Original Sin The Horse Hospital, London, England


Joe Coleman Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL.

R.I.P: Rest in Pieces, a documentary film about Coleman by Robert Pejo (Prisma Films) premieres at the Rotterdam Film Festival, The Netherlands.

The End is Near! American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD.


Cult Rapture Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA.


One Man Exhibition, solo show La Luz de Jesus Gallery Los Angeles, CA

The Physical Manifestation of Internal Pain , solo show Psychedelic Solution, New York, NY


Joe Coleman / recent works, La Luz de Jesus Gallery Los Angeles, CA


Joe Coleman Chronocide, New York, NY

Joe Coleman La Luz de Jesus Gallery


Joe Coleman Chronocide, New York, NY


2018 Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown “Lower East Side”

2018 Live From Miskatonic: Joe Coleman - Stealing Fire: The Mastery of the Outsider (Live
conversation and film presentation.)
Film Noir Cinema, Brooklyn, NY

2018 The Doorway to Joe: The Art of Joe Coleman (A conversation between the artist and
writer, Harold Schechter.)
Greenwood Cemetery Chapel, Brooklyn, NY

2017 Joe Coleman with Lydia Lunch
Berlin, NY, NY

2017 Asia Argento and Friends
Salo, Paris

2016 Into the Night with Jim Rose and Joe Coleman (Arte TV, Germany)
Nantes, France

2016 Killing Time: The Chronology of Creativity in Outsider Art (panel discussion)
Outsider Art Fair, NY, NY

2015 The Plutonium Particle Fission Follies (Vaudeville performance with Billy Leroy and
Lorraine Leckie)
The Slipper Room, NY, NY

2015 The Cruel Tale of the Medicine Man (Feature directed by James Habacker. Joe plays title
character in this burlesque horror thriller.)

2014 Don Peyote (Feature film by Mike Canzoniero. Joe plays John the Baptist.)

2013 One on One (Performance installation)
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

2012 Carl Panzram: The Spirit of Hatred and Vengeance (Feature documentary by John
Borowski. Interview with and artwork by Joe.)

2010 Performance with legendary sideshow impresario Ward Hall
Sideshow by the Seashore/Coney Island, NY

2009 Derring Do (performance)
Sideshow by the Seashore/Coney Island, NY

2009 Bit Rare Fiend (Short film directed by Joe)
One Dream Rush Film Festival, Beijing, China

2009 Monsterland (TV documentary by Jörg Buttgereit, Joe appears as a talking head.)

2007 Albert Fish (Documentary feature by John Borowski. Interview with and images by Joe.)

2007 Lecture at The Mindstates Conference
Costa Rica, Central America

2007 Into the Night with Joe Coleman and Asia Argento (Arte TV, Germany)

2007 Welcome to the Real World (Documentary about New York artists: Joe Coleman and
Clayton Patterson)

2006 Memoirs of My Nervous Illness (Feature film by Julian Hobbs. Joe plays Dr. Moritz

2005 Retinal Stigmatics: An Evening with Joe Coleman (Live multi-media event.)
Fantasia Festival, Montreal, Canada

2003 Disinformation: The Complete Series (2 Disc DVD set originally aired on BBC.
Interviews with Joe by Richard Metzger.)

2003 Llik Your Idols (Documentary by Angelique Bosio. Joe is featured along with Lydia
Lunch and Richard Kern.)

2003 Doppelgänger (Mockumentary by Paris. Joe plays a psychotic derelict.)

2001 Someplace in Nowhere (Joe’s “opera” performed with original score by Norwegian band,
Festpillenne-Bergen International Festival, Bergen, Norway

2001 Someplace in Nowhere (Joe’s “opera” performed with original score by Scottish band, The
“Outsider Art/Music”, The Barbican Centre Theatre, London, England

2000 Scarlet Diva (Feature by Asia Argento. Joe plays a sleazy Hollywood producer based on
Harvey Weinstein.)

2000 Collectors (Documentary by Julian Hobbs. Joe is featured as a talking head and collector
of serial-killer artwork.)

2000 Exploding Preacher man (Explosive performance and sermon.)
Disinfo.con Conference, NY, NY

1999 Joe Coleman/Matrix 139 (Lecture and film screening during “Joe Coleman/Matrix 139:
The Pathological Portraiture of Joe Coleman” exhibition.)
The Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT

1999 Lecture followed by performance with legendary one-man band, Hasil Adkins
American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

1998 Clayton Patterson Presents: Joe Coleman (Verite’ video portrait by Patterson.) M/W/F
Video Club, Staten Island, NY

1998 An Audience with the Artist (Q & A at UK launch party for his solo exhibition, Original
The Horse Hospital, London, UK

1997 R.I.P.: Rest in Pieces/A Portrait of Joe Coleman (Feature documentary about Joe by
Robert Pejo)

1993 Trail of Blood (Feature by Ari Roussimoff. Joe plays a criminologist.)

1993 “Cult Rapture” (Lecture and screening)
Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA

1992 Black Hearts Bleed Red (Independent film by Jeri Cain Rossi. Joe plays a major role as
“The Misfit”.)

1990 Shadows in the City (Feature by Ari Roussimoff. Joe plays “Mephisto”.)

1989 Final performance as “Mombooze-o”
Boston Film and Video Foundation, Boston, MA

1989 Professor Mombooze-o Performance
Venice Beach, CA

1988 Mondo New York (Documentary feature by Harvey Keith. Joe is featured doing a
preaching geek performance.)

1988 Amok Press Presents: The Archive of Doctor Mombooze-o (Joe screens private collection
of rare 16mm films.)

1988 Professor Mombooze-o Performance
Hotel Amazon, NY, NY

1988 Lecture and screening at The Werkstattkino
Munich, Germany

1988 Lecture and screening at The Göteborg Film Festival
Göteborg, Sweden

1988 Lecture about Joe’s paintings and comics
Yale University, New Haven, CT

1987 Pranks! TV (Produced by RE/Search Publications. Interview with Joe who was featured in
the Pranks! book.)

1987 Professor Mombooze-o Performance
Cuando Theater, NY, NY

1987 The Uncle Floyd Show (Joe as “Mad Dog” performs with his band The Steel Tips on
children’s TV show.)
New Jersey Cable TV

1985 Where Evil Dwells (Film by David Wojnarowicz and Tommy Turner. Joe plays Satan.)

1982 Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed (Film by Manuel Delanda. Joe wrote and did voiceover.)

1981 Professor Mombooze-o Performance
The Kitchen, NY, NY

1980 Ten-year High School Reunion Performance (Joe impersonates deceased class member,
Doug Sprag.)
Oceanside, L.I, NY

1979 Raw Nerves (Film by Manuel Delanda, co-written by Joe.)

1978 Incontinence: A Diarrhetic Flow of Mismatches (Film by Manuel Delanda. Joe’s first
appearance on film as “Professor Mombooze-o”.)

1978 Uncle Ted’s Ghoul Show (Pennsylvania Cable TV show. Joe cameos as a “monster robot”
and “Rondo the Self-decapitating Wonder”.

1976-1980 Joe performs with his band The Steel Tips.