WAGNER, MARK
American, B. 1976
Artist, writer, publisher, etcetera

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SHORT BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT
Mark Wagner was born quietly in the rural Midwest at the tail end of thirteen children. Since leaving the sandbox at the age of fourteen, he has continued his creative career in the fields of writing, collage, and bookmaking. He is co-founder of The Booklyn Artists Alliance, and has published books under the name Bird Brain Press and X-ing Books.

Wagner's work is collected by dozens of institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Center, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution. It has shown at The Metropolitan Museum, The Getty Research Institute, and The Brooklyn Museum.

STATEMENT ON COLLAGE WITH CURRENCY
The one dollar bill is the most ubiquitous piece of paper in America. Collage asks the question: what might be done to make it something else? It is a ripe material: intaglio printed on sturdy linen stock, covered in decorative filigree, and steeped in symbolism and concept. Blade and glue transform it-reproducing the effects of tapestries, paints, engravings, mosaics, and computers—striving for something bizarre, beautiful, or unbelievable... the foreign in the familiar.

GENERAL CREATIVE STATEMENT
My creative production includes work in many media: from writing and artist bookmaking to drawing, collage, and assemblage. Though varied, this work is far from eclectic-forming several discrete bodies that both stand on their own and link in nature and theme to their counterparts.

In whatever media employed I have a tendency toward meticulous production and solid graphic presentation. Usually fantastical, occasional surreal, and often interdisciplinary- I am satisfied only when concept and craft meet on equally firm footing.

 

CV... a selective and orderly listing of Mark Wagner's art-related pursuits to date: 2013

AFFILIATIONS AND EMPLOYMENTS:
X-ing Books / X-ing Art: partner (2008-present)
Ugly Duckling Press(e): board member (2011-2013)
International Collage Center: advisory board member (2011-present)
Booklyn Artists Alliance: founder, president emeritus, publisher (1998-present)
BirdBrain Press: proprietor (1997-present)
Ruth Lingen: print and binding assistant (2000-2004)
Art Industry: designer (1998-2000)
State Historical Society of Wisconsin: paper conservator (1994-1996)

COLLECTIONS
Bibliotheque National de France, Paris
Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
Corcoran Museum, Washington, DC
Clark Library, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Dennison Library, Mills College, Claremont, CA
Elmer L. Anderson Library, Minneapolis, MN
Getty Center for the History of Art and Humanities, Los Angeles, CA
Golda Meir Library, Milwaukee, WI
Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbuttle, Germany
Houghton Art Library, Cambridge, MA
Klingspoor Museum of Art, Offenbach am Main, Germany
Kohler Art Library, Madison, WI
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Long Island University Library, Brooklyn, NY
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Mata and Arthor Jaffe Collection, Boca Raton, FL
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
Milwaukee Public Library, WI
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
Multnomah Public Library, Portland, OR
Museum of Modern Art, Library Collection, NYC 
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
New York Public Library, NYC
Newark Public Library, Newark, NJ
Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
Reed College, Portland, OR
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Sterling Memorial Library, New Haven, CT
Swarthmore College Library, Swarthmore, PA
University of California, Irvine, CA
UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
UVM, Burlington, VT
Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013    Money, Power, Sex, & Mark Wagner, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC
2012    Voting with Your Pocketbook, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
2011     Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC 
2010    Face Value, Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell Colege, IA
2008   My Portfolio, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC
            Creative Accounting, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
2006   Tags and Bills, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
2003   Library in a Book in a Library, Parson’s School of Design, NYC
1997    Would I, Wood Eye, Gallery 214, Madison, WI
1996    New and Used Art, Memorial Union Gallery, Madison, WI

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013    Sex, Money and Power, Maison Particuliere, Brussels, Belgium
            Love Me Tender, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
2012    Diamond Leaves, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, China
            Rorschach, Phillips De Pury, NYC
            Thenceforward and Forever Free, Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee, WI
            Party Headquarters: Art and Political Absurdity, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NYC
            We Have Relocated to our New Location, Picture Farm Gallery, NYC
            Remix: Selections from ICC, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO
2011    Americans Now, The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, DC
            People Don't Like to Read Art, Western Exhibition, Chicago, IL
            Sweet and Savory, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC
            The Bank and Trust Show, The Arts Exchange, White Plains, NY
            Borders and Frontiers, Oakland University Art Gallery, MI
            Extreme Materials 2, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
            Paper Cuts, Fullerton College Art Gallery, CA
2010    Resurrectine, Ronald Feldman Fine Art, NYC
            Size Does Matter, The Flag Art Foundation, NYC
            Pop Goes the World, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC
            A Reader's Art, Susan Hensel Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
            Nothing To Say, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
            Under the influence of Fashion and Finance, Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, CA
2009  Text / Message: Books by Artists, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
           Wall Rockets, The FLAG Art Foundation, NYC and Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
           Moving Money, SAC Gallery, NYC
           Liberty, special project Pulse Art Fair, Miami, FL 
           Collage, London / New York, FRED, London, England
           Paper Trail v.5, Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA
           The New Deal, Art and Currency, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2008   1968/2008: The Culture of Collage, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC
            Messages & Magic, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
            Attention to Detail, FLAG Art Foundation, NYC 
2007  The Colonial Show, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
           Money, Hewitt Gallery of Art, Marymount College, NYC
           Making the Most of It, Islip Art Museum, East Islip , NY 
           Bits and Pieces: The Collage Impulse, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
2006  Alternating Currency, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC
           The New Collage, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC
           Money Changes Everything, Schroeder Romero, NYC
2005  The Artist Turns to the Book, Getty Center for the History of Art and Humanities, Los Angeles, CA 
2004  Jonathan Mason, Christian Uhl, and Mark Wagner, 7/3 Split, Chicago, IL
           A Perfect Union...More or Less, Renaissance Society / University of Chicago, IL
           What the Book?, Flux Factory, Queens, NY
           Another Voice, Decker Gallery, Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD
           Artists Interrogate Politics and War, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
           Selfish: Self portraits by 128 artists, Gallery 128, NYC
           This Thing We Do, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
           Making Meaning: The Artist Book, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
           So Far..., Occasional Art, St. Paul, MN
2003  Rutgers Books Arts Symposium Exhibition, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
           Overlooked and Looked Over, Occasional Art, St. Paul, MN
           Home Office, Ronald Feldman Fine Art, NYC
           Five Degrees, White Couch Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
           Even the Birds Were on Fire, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
           Hamady's Problems, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
2002  Rare Books of the Future, Center for Book Arts, NYC
           Parallel Botany, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
           Highlights from the Kohler Art Library, Memorial Library, Madison, WI
           Chance Encounters, Yale University, New Haven, CT
2001  Million Dollars, 16 Beaver Group, NYC
           Scott's Tissues, 16 Beaver Group, NYC
           Growing Books, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
           Lawn D'Art, Pyramid Art Center/Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
2000  Artists Books, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
           Recent Acquisitions from the Print Department, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
           Made in Book Land, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
           Books by Artists, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, NYC
1999   Artwork from the 1999 Progressive Calendar, Ground Zero Gallery, Madison, WI
           Supermarket II, Slop Art Shop, Kansas City, MS
1997  Document-uh, performance arts festival, Madison, WI
          Documents and Documentation, Gallery 214, Madison, WI
          Supermarket, Madison, WI
1996  Well-Worn Text, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
          That's Incredible (the fantastic, the grotesque, and the banal), Gallery 214, Madison, WI
          Elective Surgeries, Commonwealth Gallery, Madison, WI
          Pieces and Pieces of Pieces, BFA exhibition, Humanities building, Madison, WI

PUBLICATIONS
2013  "The King of Cash," cover image, Pacific Standard Magazine, November
          "M," Le Monde magazine supplement, included artwork, September 27
2012  Harvard Business Review Russia, cover image and included artwork, United Press
          Metaphysiques du Dollar, by Malek Abbou, cover image, Fage Editions
          The Baffler, No 19, included artwork, MIT press
          Money Multiplier, NY lottery Ad Campaign, November 
2011  "Paper Promises," by Philip Coggan, cover image, Penguin UK
2010 Fortune's Daughter, Bird Brain Press
         Mr Handshake's Last Gasp (with Jeremy Schmall), X-ing Art
         "Piece by Piece" essay for "C. K. Wilde, Tender" catalog, Pavel Zoubok Gallery
2009 Alphabet City, with Scott Teplin, X-ing Art
         "The Capitalist Manifesto," cover essay by Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek, June 22
         "Infinite Debt," essay by Thomas Geoghegan, Harpers Magazine, April
2007  Scream at the Librarian, with Joel Rane, Raymond Pettibon, and Cristin Sullivan, Booklyn 
          The Slapdown, with Damara Kaminecki and Jeremy Schmall, Booklyn Artists Alliance
         "Twenty questions poems," The Agriculture Reader Number 2 
2005 ABC (Another Booklyn Chapbook), Volume 1, with various artists
          Tag, with Kathryn Gritt & Dylan Graham, Bird Brain Scriptorium
2004  Dylan Graham's Library in a Book, Bird Brain Press
           The Tragic Tale of Dan Foreman of Construction, with Dylan Graham, Bird Brain Press
          "In This Together," essay, Turn a New Page Catalog, Booklyn
2003  A Revisioning of the Preamble, with Jen Benka, Booklyn Artists Alliance
           IX XI MMI, with Mac McGill, Booklyn Artists Alliance
           Souvenir, with Marshall Weber & Amy Mees, Booklyn Artists Alliance
2002  "If Libraries were Cafeterias", short story, Link Magazine
            Library in a Book (Seven Books in One), BirdBrain Press
2001   12/11, with Marshall Weber, Booklyn Artists Alliance
           Japanese Vending Machines, with Kathryn Gritt, BirdBrain Press
           Tag, BirdBrain Press
           Professor Plumb and the Kissing Report, BirdBrain Press
           The Fastener Incident, BirdBrain Press
           The Man Who Married the Sky, BirdBrain Press
           The Honey Broker, BirdBrain Press
           Incident at the Butcher's, BirdBrain Press
           Printing Wheel, BirdBrain Press
2000  Fortune, with Scott Teplin, BirdBrain Press
            Lvs., with Patrick Flynn, Ding Dang Press, Madison, WI
1999  "The Princess and the Pee", review of Madison Museum of Bathroom Tissue, Artzine Magazine, Oct
           Cover Illustration, Progressive Magazine, February
1998  Smoke in My Dreams, BirdBrain Press, Madison, WI
           "Stain", a real review of an imagined show, Artzine Magazine, November
           Cityscape, print, Published by Artzine Magazine, Madison, WI
1997  "What's in a (Written) Name", essay, Artzine Magazine, September
1996  Cover Illustration, Progressive Magazine, December
1994  Travel By Dancing, self-published, Madison, WI

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2014   "Art That's Made of Money," CBS News Sunday Morning, March 23
2013   "Mark Wagner, Money Is Material" mini doc, P. F. Pictures / Avant Garde Diaries
           "A Yen for Art", WSJ.Money Magazine, March 9
            Money, Power, Sex, and Mark Wagner Exhibition Catalog
2012    Remix: Selections from ICC, Exhibition Catalog
2011    "Mark Wagner: Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" Lance Esplund, Wall Street Journal Metro NY, Aug 6
           "The Phantoms of Liberty" Howard Hurst, Hyperallergic, July 13
           "The New Moneyed Art" Adrian Brune, Huffington Post, August 4
           The Art Economist, feature and back cover, December
           Borders and Frontiers, exhibition catalog
           Papercraft 2, Gestalten, Berlin 
2010   Size Does Matter, exhibition catalog
           Face Value, exhibition catalog
2009  "Million Dollar Babies," Nicole Pasulka, The Morning News, April 6, 2009
           "Mark Wagner: Fortune's Daughter," Francisco Vaz Fernandes, Parq, March 2009 
           Wall Rockets, exhibition catalog
2008  My Portfolio, exhibition catalog
           "Chuck Close as Curator", Lapiz Magazine, April 2008
           "Mark Wagner: My Portfolio," Art in America, December 2008
            "Creative Accounting," New City, April 17, 2008
           "Cut-and-Paste, Then and Now", The New York Sun, July 3, 2008
           "Mark Wagner: My Portfolio", Gallery Listing, The New York Observer, September 9, 2008                             
            Attention to Detail, exhibition catalog
           Messages & Magic, exhibition catalog
           The Culture of Collage, exhibition catalog
2007  The Colonial Show, exhibition catalog
           "Collages Go to College, And Behave Accordingly", The New York Times, December 16, 2007
           "Hang, Man," Trader Monthly, September 2007
           "Schein-Welten" Hauke Herffs, Maxim Fashion 2007
2006  "Money Changes Everything", The New York Times, July 14, 2006
           "Alternating Currency," Museum and Gallery Listing, The New York Times, September 29, 2006       
           Alternating Currency, exhibition catalog
           The New Collage, exhibition catalog
2005  "Making Meaning", Review Magazine, February 2005
           Overlooked and Looked Over, show catalog
2003  "Booklyn: an artist defined aesthetic...", Artist's Book Yearbook, Impact Press, 2003
            Hamady's Problems, exhibition catalog
2000  Made in Book Land, exhibition catalog
           Artists Books, exhibition catalog
1999  Supermarket II, exhibition catalog
1997   "Mark Wagner, Would I Wood Eye", Artzine Magazine, July, 1997
           "WalmART: Slop Art wallows in consumer culture", Isthmus, February 21, 1997
1996  "Well-Worn Text," Chicago Reader, November 29, 1996
1995   "Scavenger hunters", Isthmus, July 14, 1995