PARTICIPANT / Zarouhie Abdalian

  • Name Zarouhie Abdalian
  • Country United States


2018 Production, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
2017 To History, Altman Siegel, San Francisco, CA
2017 Work, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Simple Machines, Cushion Works, San Francisco, CA
2017 Transport Empty, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH (with Joseph Rosenzweig)
2016 A Betrayal, Clifton Benevento, New York, NY
2015 Functions, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
2014 An Overture, Altman Siegel, San Francisco, CA
2013 Zarouhie Abdalian / MATRIX 249, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
2008 Aliasings, Philadelphia Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA
2007 Approximations, Dillard University Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA


Another Idea, Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, Chicago, IL
poem from home, Jacob’s West, Los Angeles, CA

Higher! Higher! Lower, Lower. Louder! Louder! Softer, Softer, Shimmer, Rotterdam, Netherlands
5th Ural Industrial Biennial, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Double Cola, Regards, Chicago, IL
The Second Body, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY

Other Mechanisms, Secession, Vienna, Austria
Way Bay 2, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
In Times of Perseus, Sargent’s Daughters, New York, NY
Way Bay, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
Art of the City, The Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans, LA

Mechanisms, CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
2017 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

A Slow Succession with Many Interruptions, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Will And Be Going To, Altman Siegel, San Francisco, CA
On my volcano grows the Grass, Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles, CA
The Space Between, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
Signal to Noise, Simon Preston, New York, NY

Figure 8, Clifton Benevento, New York, NY
Nacht und Träume, Altman Siegel, San Francisco, CA
The Story of the Stone, A Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Art + Process + Ideas, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA
The Lulennial: A Slight Gestuary, Lulu, Mexico City, Mexico

Prospect.3, New Orleans, LA
Audible Spaces, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI
Nothing Beside Remains, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia
8th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany
Invisible Hand, CAFA Museum, Beijing, China

SECA Award Exhibition, SFMOMA, San Fransisco, CA
Transmissions, Altman Siegel, San Francisco, CA

9th Shanghai Biennial: San Francisco Pavilion, Shanghai, China
Material Information, Kunstindustrie Museum, Bergen, Norway
When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
Rendez-vous 12, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
3rd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
Mission Afterviews, Victoria Theater, San Francisco, CA
DocumentO, Krowswork, Oakland, CA

12th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
Rendez-vous 11, Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France
On the Edge, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, LA
A Floorless Room Without Walls, The Lab, San Francisco, CA
Zarouhie Abdalian, AIDS 3-D, Matt Sheridan Smith, Altman Siegel, San Francisco, CA
Eb/N0, MacArthur B Arthur, Oakland, CA

SC13, SFADM, San Francisco, CA
Painted Over/Under, LACE, Los Angeles, CA
Bay Area Currents 2010, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
MFA Thesis Exhibition, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Super Pop-Up Shop, Alameda Towne Centre, Alameda, CA


2018 Work Sites, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans
2015 Situational Music, Exploratorium, San Francisco (with Joseph Rosenzweig)


2020 Bemis Sound Art + Experimental Music Residency, Omaha, NE
2020 Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, Umbertide, Italy
2018 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY
2018 Artist-in-Residence, Coleman Center for the Arts, York, AL
2017 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, New York, NY
2017 Khoj International Workshop, Goa, India
2015 Art + Process + Ideas Residency, Mills College, Oakland, CA
2014 Art and Inquiry Residency, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
2012 SECA Art Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA


Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA


Blythe, Finn. “Andrea Andersson, Chief Curator of Visual Arts at New Orleans’ Contemporary Arts Center, selects four vital artists working in the city,”HEROINE Magazine, Issue 11 (Fall 2019)p. 150-152.
“Double Cola’ at Regards,” Contemporary Art Daily, August 17, 2019
Vogel, Wendy, “Zarouhie Abdalian: Production.”ArtReview, January and February 2019, p. 109.

Tatum, Charlie, “Critics’ Picks: Zarouhie Abdalian,” Artforum. (November 2018)
Huberman, Anthony (ed.), “Other Mechanisms,” Secession, Vienna and Revolver Publishing, Berlin.
“Work: Zarouhie Abdalian,” texts by Tara McDowell and Joseph Rosenzweig, ed. Zarouhie Abdalian and Micki Meng, Published by LAXART, Los Angeles and Roma Publications, Amsterdam, pp. 20 + 4
Brown, Brandon, “Reviews: Mechanisms,” Art in America (February 1, 2018)
D’Addario, John, “Art in the air: A sound installation rings out in the French Quarter,” The New Orleans Advocate (January 15, 2018)
Morris, Barbara, “Zarouhie Abdalian: Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco,” Artillery (January 2, 2018)

Fisher, Cora, “Critics’ Picks: Zarouhie Abdalian,” Artforum (November 2017)
Huberman, Anthony (ed.), Mechanisms, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco and
ROMA Publications, Amsterdam (2017)
Griffin, Jonathan, “Review: Zarouhie Abdalian Work,” Art Review (October 2017)
Mizota, Sharon, “Review: Where the chisel hits the marble: Zarouhie Abdalian seeks the moment nature
becomes art,” The Los Angeles Times (August 25, 2017)
Monohon, Adam, “Zarouhie Abdalian at LAXART,” Contemporary Art Review L.A. (August 17, 2017)
Chanson du Ricochet. Artist book in conjunction with the Whitney Biennial, printed by Kayrock Screenprinting in association with the Whitney Museum of American Art. 16 pages.
Tatum, Charlie, “Altering the Everyday: An Interview with Zarouhie Abdalian,” Pelican Bomb (June 1, 2017)
Farago, Jason. “A User’s Guide to the Whitney Biennial,” The New York Times (March 8, 2017)

Hanson, Sarah. “Whitney Biennial-bound artists take a bow in Miami,” The Art Newspaper (December 2, 2016)
“Featured Artist: Zarouhie Abdalian,” Sculpture Center/Sculpture Notebook. September 2, 2016.
Elbaor, Caroline and Brian Boucher, “9 Emerging Artists You Need to Know About Right Now,” July 28, 2016.
“Zarouhie Abdalian at Clifton Benevento.” Contemporary Art Daily. May 13, 2016.
Pagens, Peter, “Wise-guy-isms, Fence Posts and the Number Six.” The Wall Street Journal. May 7, 2016.
Pocock, Antonia “First Look: Zarouhie Abdalian.” Art in America. May 2016. p. 33
Schwendener, Martha, “SoHo and TriBeCa, A Cradle of Contemporary Art.” The New York Times. April 21, 2016.
“Zarouhie Abdalian: Clifton Benevento.” The New Yorker. April 2016.
Ender, Jack, “Reviews: Artist Zarouhie Abdalian.” Art QA. Issue #4. Spring 2016.
Vogel, Wendy, “Artforum Critics’ Pick: Zarouhie Abdalian at Clifton Benevento.” Artforum. April 2016.

Hambrick, Chris. “Sights & Sounds Weekly: 12/3/15,”, December 3, 2015.
Burke, Sarah. “Zarouhie Abdalian’s Instructions for Group Activity,” East Bay Express. November 11, 2015.
Karl, Brian. “Review: Nacht und Träume,” Artforum. November 2015. p. 331.
Garza-Usabiaga, Daniel. “The Lulennial.” Frieze. September 2015. p. 164-5.
Jauregui, Gabriela, “The Lulennial: A Slight Gestuary,” ArtReview, (May 2015)
Watson, George. “Set for the Outside.” White Fungus. Issue 14. Page 150-53.
Stillman, Nick. “Prospect.3.” Artforum. January 2015.

Forster, Ian, prod. “Kerry James Marshall at Prospect.3.” Artist to Artist. 2014. Web.
Griffin, Jonathan. “Prospect.3.” Frieze. Issue 168: December, 2014.
D’Addario, John. “Top Five Prospect.3 Moments.” The New Orleans Advocate. 14 November 2014.
Benoit, Raina. “A Brief Look: Zarouhie Abdalian.” Pelican Bomb. 24 November 2014.
Brown, A. Will. “Zarouhie Abdalian Interview.” Studio International. 8 October 2014.
Planitzer, Matthias. “The Quiet Biennale.” Castor and Pollox. 28 May 2014.
Völzke, Daniel. “Berlin Biennale: Kunst Werke.” Monopol. 27 May 2014.
Harbour, Aaron and Jackie Im. “Having Been Held Under the Sway.” Fillip. Issue No. 19: Spring, 2014. pp. 77-83.

Allen, Gwen. “Review: Zarouhie Abdalian.” Artforum. December 2013.
Linden, Christina. “Transmissions.” Modern Painters. November 2013.
Moss, Ceci. “Zarouhie Abdalian: MATRIX 249.” The Wire. October 2013. p.71.
Brown, A. Will. “Zarouhie Abdalian / MATRIX 249.” Art Practical. 23 October 2013.
Winant, Carmen. “Highlights 2013.” Frieze blog. 20 December 2013.
Lutz, Leora. “Review: SECA Award.” SFAQ. September 2013.
Sussman, Matt. “Zarouhie Abdalian / MATRIX 249.” Art Practical. 16 September 2013.
Frock, Christian L. “Seeking SFMOMA’s SECA Awards.” KQED. 16 September 2013.
Thibault, Sarah. “In Conversation with Zarouhie Abdalian.” SFAQ Online. September 2013.
Burke, Sarah. “Zarouhie Abdalian / MATRIX 249.” East Bay Express. 9 September 2013. p. 19.
Baker, Kenneth. “SFMOMA displays artworks in diverse settings.” San Francisco Chronicle. 13 September 2013.
Millner, Caille. “Letting in the beauty amid the urban noise.” San Francisco Chronicle. 13 September 2013.
Tanner, Marcia. “Zarouhie Abdalian: Elegant forms reflect on free speech.” Berkeleyside. 21 August 2013.
Seikaly, Roula. “Until I Die There Will Be Sounds: Zarouhie Abdalian at Berkeley Art Museum.” KQED. 12 August 2013.
McDowell, Tara. “Transmissions.” Art Agenda. 19 July 2013.
artBahrain. “Interview: Zarouhie Abdalian” Art Bahrain. Spring/Summer 2013. p 62-64.

Markopoulos, Leigh. “The Accidental Exhibition: Chance as Curatorial Critique and Opportunity.” Journal of Curatorial Studies. 2012. Volume 1 Number 1. Pg 7-24.
Glass, Liz and Claire Fitzsimmons. “When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes: Will Rogan, Amalia Pica, Zarouhie Abdalian.” San Francisco Arts Quarterly, Issue 10 Aug-Oct 2012: 76-83.
Trifinov, Catherine. “Of all the arts, for us the most important is the sign” 17 July 2012.
Tolstova, Anna Tolstova. “Tinsel will save the world.” Kommerssant. No. 128. 14 July 2012.
Moist, Velimir. “Youth as a decoration.” 11 July 2012.
Labong, Lalani Marie. The Top 10 Artist You Need to Know in 2012. California Home and Design.

Weng, Xiaoyu. “In the Name of Aesthetics: Solo, Group or Retrospective? – On Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011.” Contemporary Art and Investment, Beijing, December 2011.
Baydar, Lora. “Kultür & Sanat: Zarouhie Abdalian.” Agos. Istanbul, 22 October 2011.
Van Eck, Trisha. “Poetry, Prose, and Pamphlet”, Art:21 Blog, 21 October 2011.
Gropp, Rose-Maria. “Kunstbiennale in Istanbul: Asketische Dichte, von Leben umgeben”. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 20 October 2011. Issue 244, Page 29.
Moss, Ceci. “Time and Revolution at the 12th Istanbul Biennial and ISEA 2011”. Rhizome. 17 October 2011.
Y?ld?z, Adnan. “?S?MS?Z AMA KEND?S?, 12. ?stanbul Bienali 2011”. Future Audience. 29 September 2011.
Pearlman, Ellen. “A Tale of Two Cities: Istanbul Biennial and Istanbul Modern.” Hyperallergic. 23 September 2011.
Sharp, Chris. “Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial)”. Art Agenda. 20 September 2011.
“Les rendez-vous de l’art contemporain: Rendez-vous11 à L’IAC”. My Contemporary Blog. 13 November 2011.
Baker, Kenneth. “The Lab looks up.” SF Gate. 2 July 2011
Echeveste , Stephanie. “Art on the Ceiling — About the Ceiling,” SF Weekly: Exhibitionist Blog, 28 June 2011.
Benaim, Michu.“Zarouhie Abdalian doesn’t have a favorite word”, Gopher Illustrated. May 2011.

Smith, Kara Q. “Showcased”, ArtSlant. 16 November 2010.
Mallouk, Elyse. “SC13”, Art Practical. 15 September 2010.
Beltran, J.D. “Pay Attention”, SF Gate: City Brights, Art and Culture Fix. 14 May 2010.
Melendez, Franklin. “CCA Open Studios”, ArtSlant, 19 April 2010.

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