Born in the UK, 1967
Lives and works in London

Appropriation and institutional critique take a central role within Merlin Carpenter’s practice. In his work, Carpenter analyzes the boundaries between art and its market whilst blatantly mocking the institution itself through physical works as well as performances, essentially attempting to degrade the pretentions of so called “high art” by means of polemical dialogue.

Merlin Carpenter has had solo exhibitions in major institutions in the United States and Europe, including the Bergen Kunsthall in Norway and Secession in Vienna. Carpenter has also participated in numerous international group exhibitions, such as at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, the Whitechapel Gallery in London and the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. Published monographs on the artist include Nueva Generación (2004), Merlin Carpenter – Social Aesthetics (2010); and The Opening (2011), which is published by Sternberg Press.

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Born 1967 in Pembury, UK
1986-89 Saint Martins School of Art, London
Lives in Shepperton



Blog of the Near Future, dependence, Brussels, Belgium

Hands Against Hands, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York
Poor Leatherette, MD 72, Berlin
Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club, Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club, Miami

DECADES, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong, Tokyo
MD 72 booth, Art-O-Rama, Marseille
MERLIN, Overduin & Co., Los Angeles

DECADES, Galeria Nuno Centeno, Porto, Portugal
Solo Show II – All Power to the Factory Outlets, Temnikova & Kasela Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
Support nightclub experience Nightclub, Uma Certa Falta de Coerência, Porto, Portugal
Police, dépendance, Brussels, Belgium

funky house, Limazulu Project Space, London, UK
Au Café, Bar de la Victoire and Bureau Capan-Bordes, Nice
TATE CAFÉ, Reena Spaulings, New York

TATE CAFÉ, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK
Heroes, MD 72, Berlin, Germany
Merlin Carpenter, Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles, US

Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club, Miami, US (exh. cat)
Ballard in Narnia, (with Richard Parry), the interzone, London, UK

The Opening, dépendance, Brussels, Belgium
The Opening, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK

The Opening, Galerie Mitterrand + Sanz, Zürich, Switzerland
The Opening, Galerie Christian Nagel (at Mercedes-Welt am Salzufer & The Corner), Berlin, Germany
The Opening, Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles, US

The Opening, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, US
Relax It’s Only a Bad Cosima von Bonin Show, Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Vienna, Austria (exh. cat)

Sounds of War, Galerie Edward Mitterrand, Geneva, Switzerland

A Roaring RAMPAGE of Revenge, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, US
Merlin Carpenter, Galerie Christian Nagel, Köln, Germany
Look What You Made Me Do, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway

Nueva Generación, Distrito 4, Madrid, Spain
Take It Easy Default, M-Project, Paris, France

Children of the Projects, American Fine Arts, Co., New York, US
When in Doubt Blame the Victim, (with Jeremy Glogan), Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Graz, Austria

The Making of 1945, 1997, (screening) The McAllister Institute, New York, US
Militant, Galerie Christian Nagel, Köln, Germany (exh. cat)

My Father, the Castaway, White Cube, Kunstakademi Bergen, Bergen, Norway

When You Drain the Pool, You Don’t Consult the Frogs First, Magnani, London, UK
Merlin Carpenter, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
As a Painter I Call Myself the Estate of, Secession, Vienna, Austria (exh. cat)
VOLVO, Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Graz, Austria

Survivors, Galerie Christian Nagel, Köln, Germany

Doppelganger, The Top Room, London, UK
Chant No 1, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany

Merlin Carpenter, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, US

Voluntary Effort, Tom Solomon’s Garage, Los Angeles, US (exh. cat)

Merlin Carpenter, Friedrich Petzel/Nina Borgmann, New York, US

Meet You by the Strange Twisted Old Oak Tree on the Secluded Knoll at Dawn in Your Swimming Trunks and I’ll Tell You Something Secret. (Don’t Be Late), (with Nils Norman), Galerie Z, Göttingen, Germany
Les Jeunes, Bruno Brunnet Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

Meadow/Wiese, Galerie Max Hetzler, Köln, Germany

Electric, Pavillon Ryszard Varisella, organised by Galerie Grässlin-Ehrhardt, Frankfurt, Germany
To the extreme, Fettstrasse 7A (Birgit Küng), Zürich, Switzerland

Crusade, Münzstrasse 10, Hamburg, Germany


Putting Rehearsals to the Test, VOX, the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, and SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, Montréal
Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age, mumok, Vienna (catalogue)
La Collection Thea Westreich Wagner et Ethan Wagner, Centre Pompidou, Paris (catalogue)
On Limits: Estrangement in the Everyday, The Kitchen, New York
Le Bourgeois, 3236RLS, London
Paris Bruxelles, dépendance, Brussels
Frenemies: Art Versus Commodity, University Art Museum – California State University Long Beach, California (catalogue)
The Painting Show, CAC Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania (catalogue)
International Fun, Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn, Estonia

Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age, Museum Brandhorst, Munich
Faux Amis, Simon Lee Gallery, London
wow! Woven? Entering the (sub) Textiles, Künstlerhaus, Graz
Macumba Night Club éditions – Merlin Carpenter / Jérôme Robbe, Artothèque de Villeurbanne, France
Please respond-, M/L Artspace, Venice
Selbstjustiz Durch Fehleinkäufe, Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg
The 60s, watch it gallery, London
MUSEUM SHOW by Nang Gallery, Centre Pompidoo-doo, 2 Lansdowne Rise, London
Call and Response, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York

Excerpts from / How They Met. Part 1: Mother and Her House / Supastore / The Issues of Our Time (1&3) / Fille/Garçon / In the Middle of Affairs, Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna
Frieze Art Fair, booth of dépendance, Brussels
BAR DREI, 681 Morgan Ave, Greenpoint, New York
Hard Words, Christian Andersen Gallery, Copenhagen
Concept Store, Nest, The Hague
kim? Salon, Riga, Latvia
Merlin and Isabelle Bankside Launch – A Graduate Exhibition by Sabrina Tarasoff, Paris
Coming of Age for Ages, Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg, Germany
The Hawker, dépendance at Carlos/Ishikawa, London

The November Issue, Mathew, Berlin
Performance, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
„Why Painting Now?“ Cover Up Curated by Antony Hudek, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna
Please Come to the Show, Part II (1980-Now), Museum of Modern Art Library, New York, US

Redundanz, Dependance der Galerie für Landschaftskunst Hamburg in der Wandelhalle Bad Tölz, Germany
Port, Galeria Nuno Centeno, Porto
Context Message, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York
POST MoDERN (curated by Clayton Deutsch), Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami

Mathew, Berlin
The Institute of Mental Health is Burning, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Newport, UK
Rituals of the Art World, Ludlow 38, New York, US
Rebus, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany

Novel, dépendance, Brussels, Belgium
Barbaric Freedom, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK

Malen ist Wahlen, 1981-2009, Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin, Germany
Paintings By, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK
Untitled (History Painting), University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, US
RN IHRE ARBEIT, Galerie Sandra Bürgel, (show by Instituto Divorciado), Berlin, Germany

The Coma Lounge Edinburgh, The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
Congratulations You Are Represented By Nang Gallery, (and other Nang shows late 2008), Nang Gallery, London, UK
Sonic Youth etc.: Sensational Fix, Museion, Bolzano, Italy. This exhibition travelled to Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany (2009); and Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden (2009)
Painting: Now and Forever, Part II, Greene Naftali Gallery/Matthew Marks Gallery, New York US
How Can You Represent When You Can’t Pay The Rent, The New Dome, Cable St. Studios, London, UK
Zodiac 3000, International Project Space, Birmingham, UK (exh. cat)
DO WHAT THY WILLT, Nang Gallery, London, UK

Élégance, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln, Germany
Genesis I’m Sorry, Greene Naftali Gallery, (collaboration with Melanie Gilligan), New York, US

LIVE HUMANS, The George Tavern, London, UK
Make Your Own Life, Institute of Contemporary Art University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, US
slow burn, curated by Jonah Freeman, Galerie Edward Mitterrand, Geneva, Switzerland

Painters Without Paintings & Paintings Without Painters, Orchard 47, New York, US
The Top Room: A Retrospective, Chelsea Space, London, UK
TOTAL ASBO, Pogo Cafe, London, UK
Miradas y conceptos en la colección Helga de Alvear, MEIAC, Badajoz, Spain
Islands of Glory in Streets Caked With the Fæces of Decadence, Nang Gallery, London, UK

Werkleitz Biennale, Halle, Germany
Edge of the Real, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

Wild Nights: Remembering Colin de Land, CB’s 313 Gallery, New York, US
Messe in der Galerie, Galerie Christian Nagel, Köln, Germany
Haupt- und Nebenwege, Galerie Christian Nagel, Köln, Germany
Malerei II Ausstellung Nulldrei, Galerie Christian Nagel, Köln, Germany

Art Crazy Nation Show, MK G, Milton Keynes, UK

Favoritin, Danzigerstr. 44, Berlin, Germany
Jewels-in-Art, Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Graz, Austria (ext. cat)
Works on Aluminum Selected by Paper, WhiteCube, Kunstakademi Bergen, Bergen, Norway
Musterkarte, Goethe-Institut, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Galería Elba Benítez,
Galería Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid, Spain

Girlfriend, curated by Sarah Morris, Galerie für Zeitgenössiche Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
21st Gear, The Top Room, London, UK
It May be a Year of Thirteen Moons But it’s Still the Year of Culture, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, UK
Drawings, Taché-Lévy Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Part One, Magnani, London, UK

Painting Lab, Entwistle Gallery, London, UK
Malerei, INIT Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany
How Will We Behave, Robert Prime, London, UK
Taché-Lévy Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Art Club Berlin, Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona, Spain
Art Club Berlin, Berlin Art Forum, Berlin, Germany

The Message is the Medium, Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, US

The Ideal Place, Haags Centrum Voor Aktuelle Kunst, The Hague, The Netherlands
Sarah Staton’s Supastore Boutique, Laure Genillard Gallery, London, UK
Untitled Group Show, Metro Pictures, New York, US
Museum auf Zeit, Fridericianum Museum, Kassel, Germany

London Photo Race, Friesenwall 120, Köln, Germany
Galerie Fettsack, Friesenwall 120, Köln, Germany

A Show by Kiron Khosla, The Long Gallery, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, UK
Bruno Brunnet Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

Paris Bar, Berlin, Germany
Group Show Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, US
Fallen und Fallen Lassen, Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Graz, Austria

Peace and anarchy & I love form but she doesn’t love me & strange flowers & homage to Schnabel equals freedom and fun forever, 64-65 Guilford St., London, UK
Heimspiel, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Rotation – Art Critic’s Art, Galerie Esther Schipper, Köln, Germany



Burberry Propaganda Tour

salon 4, London

Nang Gllery, London

merlinstore, merchandising website


Poster Studio, London

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    solo show: Hands Against Hands

    Reena Spaulings, New York, USA
    08/11/2015 – 13/12/2015


    solo show: Midcareer Paintings

    Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland
    19/09/2015 – 01/11/2015


    group show: wow! Woven? Entering the (sub) Textiles

    Kunstlerhaus, Graz, Austria
    Curated by Christian Egger
    13/06/2015 – 10/09/2015


    group show: Please Respond

    M/L artspace in Venice, Italy
    7/05/2015 – 9/05/2015


    solo project: MD 72

    MD 72, Berlin, Germany
    03/05/2015 – 13/06/2015


    group show: The 60´s

    Watch it Gallery, South Woodford, UK
    Opening: 06/03/2015


    group show: Call and Response

    Gavin Brown´s Enterprise, New York, USA
    24/01/2015 – 28/02/2015

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    DECADES | 02 Nov 2013 — 05 Dec 2013
  • Merlin Carpenter

    Olivian Cha in Flash Art, nº298 October 2014
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  • Burberry Patterns on a Totalitarian Art Tour

    Hanno Soans in KUNST.EE, Tallinn, 2013
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  • Tate Café

    Roberta Smith in The New York Times, 2012
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  • Tate Café London

    Andrew Hunt in Frieze Magazine, 2012
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  • MD72-Berlin

    Mark Prince in Flash Art, 2011
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    Catherine Taft in Artforum, 2011
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  • Merlin Carpenter at Overduin & Kite

    Sharon Mizota in Los Angeles Times, 2011
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  • The Opening

    Martin Coomer in Art Review, 2009
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  • Kunst ist Kapital

    Emiko Terazono in Financial Times, 2009
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  • Merlin Carpenter | Rena Spaulings Fine Art

    Caroline Busta in ArtForum, 2007
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  • Merlin Carpenter | The Opening

    Martha Schwendener in The New York Times, 2007
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  • Galerie Christian Nagel

    Isabelle Graw in ArtForum, 2005
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