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Karla Black was born in Alexandria, Scotland, 1972. Lives and works in Glasgow.

Black works primarily with sculpture. A fascination with the psychological implications of mess and chaos, in particular psychological disorder and the way in which the mind deals with this, often through, or resulting in, neuroses and psychosis, forms a strong influence in Black’s work. The artist utilizes the products which most of us regard as having merely a practical, commercial use to explore the form and meaning of sculpture and Art production. This visual investigation forms a physical vehicle for a further, ongoing inquiry into psychological and emotional states of mind. Black knows and utilizes the meanings of her materials, the masculine overtones of plaster, household paint and turf, the femininity of make up, glitter, soap and household products. Yet these products create an effect which goes beyond this obvious connotation. ‘Feminine’ materials are used on works of structure and solidity and ‘masculine’ ones are able to express softness and delicacy.

Among the prominent institutions that presented Black work: kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2014), Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (2013); Dallas Museum of Art; Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2012); Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, (2010); Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich; Kunstverein, Amburg; Modern Art Oxford; Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (2009). In 2011, she represented Scotland at the 54th Venice Biennal and she was nominated for the Turner Prize.



Born 1972 in Alexandria, Scotland.
Lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.


Masters Degree in Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art

Master of Philosophy (Art in Organisational Contexts), Glasgow School of Art

BA (Hons) Fine Art, Sculpture, Glasgow School of Art


Champagne Perrier-Jouët Prize, Zoo Art Fair, London


Karla Black, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany

Karla Black, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada
Karla Black, Capitain Petzel, Berlin, Germany

Stuart Shave / Modern Art, London
Festival d’Autumn, Paris
Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium

Karla Black, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan
Karla Black and Kishio Suga | A New Order, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh
Karla Black - Principles of Admitting, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich
David Zwirner, New York
Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

David Zwirner, New York
Karla Black, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan
Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London

Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover
ICA Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

Karla Black: Concentrations 55, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin
Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin
Stuart Shave / Modern Art, London

Karla Black. Scotland + Venice 2011, Palazzo Pisani (S. Marina), 54th Venice Biennale, Venice

Capitain Petzel, Berlin
Wittmann Collection, Ingolstadt
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
Ten Sculptures, Kunsthalle Nurnberg, Nuremberg

Karla Black: Sculptures with paintings by Bet Low (1924-2007), Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - Inverleith House, Edinburgh
Modern Art Oxford, Oxford
Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg
Migros Museum, Zurich Mary Mary, Glasgow

Champagne Perrier-Jouët Prize (Winner 2007), Zoo Art Fair, London
Catch This: New Works from the Arts Council Collection, Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
westlondonprojects, London
Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

IBID Projects, London

Galerie Sandra Burgel, Berlin
Mary Mary, Glasgow
Outpost, Norwich
Have Him Be Her, Broadway 1602, New York

Mary Mary, Glasgow

Robert, Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow


Der flexible Plan. Das Rokoko in der Gegenwartskunst, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

MACBA Collection. Beneath the Surface, MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona (through November 2018)
Viva Arte Viva, 57th Venice Biennale, Venice
Mental Yellow. The Sun in the Zenith, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, Munich
Sculptures Made from Paper: from Kurt Schwitters to Karla Black, Museum im Deutschhof/Kunsthalle Vogelmann, Städtische Museen Heilbronn, Germany
Entangled: Threads & Making, Turner Contemporary, Margate, England

I still believe in miracles - Inverleith House. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Edimburgo, Scotland
KALEIDOSCOPE: Mystics and Rationalists, Modern Art Oxford, England
Cher(e)s Ami(e)s : Hommage aux donateurs des collections contemporaines - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris
Theories of Modern Art - Stuart Shave / Modern Art, London
Revolution In The Making: Abstract Sculpture By Women, 1947 – 2016 - Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Los Angeles
Now, at the last, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems
Karla Black + Kishio Suga: A New Order, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland

My Blueberry Night, organised by Club GAMeC, curated by Antonio Grulli, Residenza Casarotto di Albegno, Albegno di Treviolo, Bergamo
ONE2 Collection, Palácio das Artes, Porto
Living in the Material World/Materialität in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck

Generation. 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh.
Manifesta 10 - The European Biennal of Contemporary Art, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
Somewhat Abstract, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
Living in the Material world. Materialität in der Ziegenösisschen Kunst / Materiality in Contemporary Art, Museen Haus Lange Haus Esters, Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany

Cranford Collection: Out of the House, Sala de Arte, Fundacion Banco Santander, Madrid
Die Liebe zu den Dingen, Kunsthalle Münster, Münster
Neo Povera, L&M Arts, Venice (California)
Nur was nich ist ist möglich: Malerei im Raum, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany

The space between, Tate Britain, London
21 Revolutions, Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow (itinerary: The Mound, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh)
En todo y en todas partes / Everywhere and on everything, kurimanzutto, Mexico City

Before the Law, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Turner Prize 2011, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
D’un autre monde, Le Printemps de Septembre. Festival de creation contemporaine, Toulouse
Pour un art pauvre (inventaire du monde et de l’atelier), Carrè d’Art – Musée d’art contemporain de Nimes, Nimes
Frauenzimmer, Museum Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen
Flaca, Portikus, Frankfurt
Tableaux. Principe d’incertitude, Magasin - Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble
Watercolour, Tate Britain, London
Arte essenziale / Essential Art, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt
Radical Autonomy, Netwerk, Aalst
Structure and Material, Longside Gallery, West Yorkshire; The New Art Gallery, Walsall
British Art Show 7, Hayward Gallery, London; Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; Peninsula Art Gallery, Plymouth
All of this and nothing. 6th Hammer Invitational, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Nouvelle Collections IV, CentrePasquArt Kunsthaus Centre d’Art, Biel/Bienne

British Art Show 7, Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham Neue Alchemie. Kunst der Gegenwart nach Beuys, Landesmuseum Mnster, Mnster
Neugierig?, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
Group show, Andrea Rosen, New York
Profusion, Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Material Intelligence, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield
Reduction & Suspense, Magazin 4, Bregenz
Black Hole, CCA Andratx, Andratx
Nothing to say and I am saying it, Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg
Don’t Expect Anything, Galleria Francesca Minini, Milan
Contemporary Scottish Art: New Acquistitions & Loans, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Brussels Biennial for Contemporary Art, Brussels
The Garden of the Forking Paths, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
Karla Black, Elliott Hundley, Ross Tibbles, Stuart Shave / Modern Art, London
Wollust, Columbus Art Foundation in Halle 14, Leipzig
Art Now: Strange Solution, Tate Britain, London

Ultramoderne, Hall Paul Wurth, Luxembourg; La Passerelle, Brest
What remains. Quello che resta, Lambretto Art Project, Milan
Poor Thing, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel
Special Presentation, Broadway 1602, New York
Untitled - Works on Paper, Art:Concept, Paris
Planting the tele, Mary Mary, Glasgow

Karla Black, Sally Osborn, Sue Tompkins, Flaca, London
Karla Black, Dean Hughes, Duncan Marquiss, Jonathan Owen, Hanneline Visnes, Doggerfisher, Edinburgh

Pilot 2, Farmiloe’s Building, London
Like It Matters, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
Exile. New York is a Good Hotel, Broadway 1602, New York
Not Yet Night, Studio Voltaire, London
Karla Black / Babak Ghazi, S1 Artspace, Sheffield

Spacemakers, Lothringer Dreizehn, Munich
MFA Degree show, Tramway, Glasgow
Rheinschau. Art Cologne Projects (with Transmission Gallery), Cologne
Synth, Kunstraum B/2, Leipzig
Cheyney Thompson / Karla Black, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow

Pallas, The Changing Room Gallery, Stirling
East International, Norwich Gallery, Norwich
An American Conversation, Coope Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee

The Châteaux, Switchspace, Glasgow
Half the World Away, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo

Man Dancing, Intermedia Gallery, Glasgow
October, Contemporary Art in St. Vincent Street, Glasgow
Hi-Civics, Market Gallery, Glasgow

Louder than Love, De Zeyp, Brussels
Someone, Somewhere, Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow


Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia
Cranford Collection, London
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Kadist, Paris
KiCo Collection, Munich
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York
Tate, London
The Perimeter, London