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Born 1951, in Te Aroha, New Zealand.

Susan Te Kahurangi King doesn’t speak with words, but shares much of her world through extraordinary drawings.

Born in New Zealand in 1951, King stopped speaking around age four but drew prolifically through her thirties, when, suddenly, she stopped. In 2008, almost twenty years later, she resumed her work, picking up where she left off. Since then, King has continued her remarkable output of drawings in graphite, pencil, crayon, ink, and pens of various types. Intense, whimsical, wide-ranging, and haunting, her references and subjects dare us to interpret them in any logical way—and we fail. Still, we remain engaged and intrigued by their skillful audaciousness.

King’s family has supported her art making with unwavering faith and affection. One of a dozen children in a tumultuous household, her mother saved and preserved her drawings in trunks and cases. Some were dated and annotated. They have all been organized and catalogued. King's drawings and sketchbooks range from simple images to rich, fully drawn pages alive with complex textures that defy interpretation. Each piece reveals a profoundly active imagination and hints at the depth of King’s output, offering viewers a peek into her worlds and those she has yet to reveal.

 

 

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Intuit, Chicago

2018
Susan Te Kahurangi King: Drawings 2008-2018, curated by Chris Byrne, Marlborough Contemporary, London
Susan Te Kahurangi King – Little, Little, Big, curated by Michael Prosee, Wallace Arts Trust, The Pah Homestead, Auckland, New Zealand.


2017
Susan Te Kahurangi King, curated by Chris Byrne, Marlborough Contemporary, London
Susan Te Kahurangi King: Drawings 1960-70, curated by Robert Heald, Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.

2016
Susan Te Kahurangi King: Drawings 1975-1989, curated by Chris Byrne and Robert Heald, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
Susan Te Kahurangi King, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami

2015
Susan Te Kahurangi King, Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2014
Susan Te Kahurangi King: Drawings from Many Worlds (curated by Chris Byrne), Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
Susan Te Kahurangi King, Outsider Art Fair, Chris Byrne + Marquand Books, New York, NY

2013
Susan Te Kahurangi King, Outsider Art Fair, Chris Byrne + Marquand Books, Paris, France 

2012
Susan Te Kahurangi King, Outsider Art Fair, Chris Byrne + Marquand Books, Paris, France

2010
Introducing Susan Te Kahurangi King (curated by Sophie Oiseau and Aaron King-Cole), the High Seas, Auckland, New Zealand

2009
Susan Te Kahurangi King (curated by Peter Day), Callan Park Gallery, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Summer Exhibition: Recent Works, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
Doors of Perception, Curated by Javier Téllez in collaboration with the Outsider Art Fair, Frieze New York

2018
Vestiges and Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic, American Folk Art Museum, New York
Susan Te Kahurangi King, curated by Chris Byrne, Outsider Art Fair, New York, USA.
Brent Harris & Susan Te Kahurangi King, curated by Robert Heald Gallery, Auckland Art Fair, Auckland, New Zealand.

2017
Margins Beyond (curated by Chris Byrne), Kirk Hopper Fine Art Gallery, Dallas, Texas  
Susan Te Kahurangi King, curated by Chris Byrne, Outsider Art Fair, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, USA.
Susan Te Kahurangi King, curated by Chris Byrne, Outsider Art Fair, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Paris, France.
Looking Back/The 11th White Columns Annual, selected by Anne Doran, White Columns, New York, USA.

2016
All Lines Converge, courtesy of Robert Heald Gallery, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand.
Matt Hinkley, Sonya Lacey, Patrick Lundberg & Susan Te Kahurangi King, curated by Robert Heald, Spring 1883, Melbourne, Australia.
Outsider Art Fair, Paris, curated by Chris Byrne, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Paris, France.

2015
Interfaces: Outsider Art and the Mainstream, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Word Builders: Bob Gerrard, Susan Te Kahurangi King, Harry Watson, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Susan Te Kahurangi King | Shannon Te Ao: from the one I call my own, City Gallery Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
We will begin by drawing, we shall continue to draw and then we shall draw some more, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.
dRAW, curated by Jan Petry, Intuit, Chicago.
Out of Order, curated by Stephanie Chalmers, at Calder & Lawson Gallery, University of Waikato
Susan Te Kahurangi King | Peter Saul, curated by Chris Byrne, Outsider Art Fair, New York, USA.
Art Basel, curated by Chris Byrne, Andrew Edlin Gallery booth, Miami Beach, USA.

2014
PURPLE STATES (curated by Sam Gordon), Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
Promenades, Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Shit Like Hair, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MI

2012
Secret Garden, Hastings City Art Gallery, Hastings, New Zealand
Local Knowledge (curated by Stuart Shepherd), MADmusée, Liège, Belgium
Look, Know, Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2018
Schwartz, Sanford, "In Their Own Worlds," New York Review of Books, June 7, 2018

2017
Price, Patrick , “The Joys and Terrors of an Outsider Artist”, Hyperallergic, July 1.
Cocozza, Paula, “Silent witness: the outsider art of Susan Te Kahurangi King”, The Guardian, May 31.
Koerner von Gustorf, Oliver, “Disney Girl”, BLAU, Summer issue
Mobilio, Albert, “The Drawings of Susan Te Kahurangi King”, BookForum, Apr/May issue

2016
Nadel, Dan. “There is No Center,” Modern Painters, June.

2015
Laster, Paul. “Drawing from Many Worlds, Susan Te Kahurangi King,”ArtAsiaPacific Magazine, May/June 2015.
Amery, Mark. “Inside Out,” New Zealand Listener, July 7.
Hirsch, Faye. “Susan Te Kahurangi King,” Art in America, March 13.

2014
Rudick, Nicole. “Staff Picks: Crayoned Cartoons and Computer Corruption,” Paris Review, December 19.
Frank, Priscilla. “Here Are the 15 Best Art Exhibitions of 2014,” Huffington Post, December 16.
Saltz, Jerry. “The 19 Best Art Shows of 2014,” Vulture, December 10.
Ebony, David. “David Ebony’s Top 10 New York Gallery Shows for November,” artnet news, November 21.
Saltz, Jerry. “All Hail Susan Te Kahurangi King,” Vulture, November 21.
Rosenberg, Karen. “Art in Review, Susan Te Kahurangi King: ‘Drawings from Many Worlds’,” New York Times, November 20.
Gómez, Edward M. "Explosive Drawing: Susan King's Mash-ups, Strange Landscapes, and Other Worlds," Hyperallergic, November 8.
Frank, Priscilla. “This Outsider Stopped Speaking As A Child, Communicates Solely Through Her Work,” Huffington Post, November 7.
Indrisek, Scott. “The Many Worlds of Susan Te Kahurangi King,” BLOUIN ARTINFO, November 5.
Saltz, Jerry. "Seeing Out Loud: The Best Things I Saw at Frieze New York and the Outsider Art Fair," Vulture, May 13.
Ebony, David. "In Step with the Outsiders: The Outsider Art Fair," Art in America, May 9.
Rosenberg, Karen. "Unorthodox, Maybe, but Scarcely on the Fringe," New York Times, May 8.
Gómez, Edward M. "Outsider Art Preview: Blurred Categories and Fairs Big and Small," Hyperallergic, May 3.
Gómez, Edward M. “Remarkable Draftsmanship from Way Down Under,” Raw Vision 83.


FILMOGRAPHY

Salmon, Dan (Dir.), Pictures of Susan, Octopus Pictures, 2012.


COLLECTIONS

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

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