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Randy Polumbo lives and works in New York City and Joshua Tree, California as a visual artist, master builder, and sometime designer. His artwork has been shown nationally and internationally across metropoles and natural landscapes such as deserts, ruins, and caves. Major exhibitions include Museum of Old and New Art (Hobart, Tasmania), Ohr-O’Keefe Museum (Biloxi, MS), Prospect 3 (New Orleans, LA), Kasmin Gallery (Miami/NYC), Bass Museum (Miami, FL), Bombay Beach Biennale (CA), Norton Museum (Palm Beach, FL), and The Bunker Artspace (West Palm Beach, FL). He is a graduate of The Cooper Union School of Art, as well as a LEED accredited master builder.

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EDUCATION

1986

The Cooper Union

BFA for the Advancement of Art & Science Lash Award for Excellence in Sculpture

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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Magna Miracula, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Antigenic Rift, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum, Biloxi, MS

Antigenic Rift, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Plum Gut Grotto, Orient Point Lighthouse, NY (permanent installation)

Bombay Beach Biennale, Belltower (permanent installation)

Coachella, Lodestar (permanent installation)

Bombay Beach Biennale, Angler Grove (permanent installation)

MONA, Grotto for Mona, Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania (commission)

Bombay Beach Biennale, Angel Queen

Through the Looking Glass, Michael Murphy Gallery, Tampa, FL

Tunnel of Love, Imago/FiveELEVEN, NYC 

Lighthouse, Art Queen Joshua Tree, CA

Lighthouse, Imago Gallery Rancho Mirage, CA

 Love Stream, Steven Kasher Gallery, NYC 

Satellite of Love, BoxOffice Projects, NYC

Chicken Little, 29 Palms Creative Center, CA

Strange Fruit, 29 Palms Creative Center, CA

Food Chain II, Vanderbilt University, TN

Mirage, 29 Palms Creative Center, CA

Fever, Illinois Central College, IL

Mirage, 29 Palms Creative Center, CA

Early Bird Special, Duke University, NC

Food Chain, Dodo, NYC

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Via Lactea (two-person show with Paula Hayes), Cristina Grajales, NYC

Radical Horizons, Chatsworth House, Chatsworth, UK

Anti Frieze, Curiousity, Petit Ermitage Hotel, LA, CA

The Bunker: Beth Rudin DeWoody collection, Norton Museum, West Palm Beach, FL

Triumph of Love: Beth Rudin DeWoody Collects, Norton Museum, West Palm Beach, FL

Entheogenic Shift Installation at P3 “The Embassy”, curated/created by Kirsha Kaechele, New Orleans LA

7th Annual Governor’s Island Art Fair, NYC

Hotter Than July, NY Studio Gallery, NYC

Kasmin Gallery store & pop up exhibits in NYC & FL

High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA

Temporary Contemporary, Bass Museum, Miami

Grey Area Pop Up spaces, various locations

Kasmin Gallery Shop, NYC

Pulse with Steve Kasher, NYC

Art Public Miami at Bass Museum with Paul Kasmin Gallery, Miami

Art Basel installation at Standard Hotel for Paul Kasmin, Miami

Art Walk NY, NYC

Bad For You, Shizaru Gallery, London

The Meek Shall Inherit, BoxOffice Projects, NYC

The Garden, Allan Nederpelt, NYC

Beacons, Institute for Contemporary Art, MI

White Sale, Loretta Howard Gallery, NYC

Perhaps We Meet, BoxOffice Projects, NYC

A Strange Affinity to the Beautiful and the Dreadful, Hendershot Gallery, NYC

Rubbers, The Museum of Sex, NYC

No Dead Artists, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, LA

Gawker Artists presents: NSFW, Fountain Art Fair, NYC 

Kingston Sculpture Biennial, NY

Unframed, Acria Foundation, NYC

Figment, Governor’s Island, NYC 

Giving Face, Nicolas Robinson Gallery, NYC

Paraphernalia, Bakehouse Art Complex, FL

Sexy Time: A Group Effort, Morgan Lehman, NYC

Many Mansions, Art Queen, CA

HIV Law Project, Moti Hasson Gallery, NYC

Bridge Art Fair, Dam Stuhltrager Gallery, NYC

HIV Law Project, Moti Hasson Gallery, NYC

Rockstar, Art Queen, CA

Free-form, Maude Kerns Art Center, OR

High.Desert.Test.Sites 5, CA

Scope, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, London & Florida

Group Show, 31 Grand Gallery, NYC

Wonderland, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, NY

Pop, Rock and Roll, Morehead State University, KY

Devices, Gallery Korean - Korean Cultural Service, NYC

BUGS!, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, AK

Warning Signs for Democracy, Hunter College, NYC

Large Show of Small Works, The Cooper Union, NYC

Baseball Show, Curt Marcus Gallery, NYC

Billboards for Democracy, Hunter College, NYC

Appetite, an American Pastime, H.E.R.E., NYC

Cadavre Exquis, The Drawing Center, NYC

Dogether, Shed im Eisenwerk, Switzerland

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Lorinda Ash, Beth DeWoody, Tim & Stephanie Ingrassia,  Ann Magnuson, Rick Moody, John & Amy Phelan, Kenny Scharf, Jon Stryker & Slobodan Randjelovic, Uma Thurman, David Walsh & Kirsha Kaechele.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Museum of Old & New Art, Tasmania, Crocker Museum of Art, CA, The Museum of Sex, NYC

RESIDENCIES

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Fellowships at The Corporation of Yaddo Residency 

Park Stewardship Through the Arts, Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree, CA

 

Fellowships at The Corporation of Yaddo Residency 

Park Stewardship Through the Arts, Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree, CA

Fellowships at The Corporation of Yaddo Residency 

Fellowships at The Corporation of Yaddo Residency 

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Adrian Madlener, Organic maximalism and striking juxtapositions command attention in the summer shows – don't miss these three…

Anna Mazurek, On the shore of the Salton Sea lies Southern California’s hidden arts scene, Washington Post

Wendy Goodman, He Bought a Lighthouse, New York Magazine

Penelope Green, New York Times, How Much Hip Can the Dessert Absorb

KCRW Art Talk: Coachella Valley as Crucible of Creativity?

Cool Hunting: Highlights from the 2019 Bombay-beach-biennale

We Spent 15 Minutes Inside Mona's New 'perpetual cell'

The Art Newspaper

Desert Sun, Coachella

Paper Mag, Coachella

Palm Springs Life Bombay Beach Biennal 

Press Enterprise, Coachella 

Palm Springs Life, Bombay Beach Biennale 2017

Bedford & Bowery, Bombay Beach Biennale 2017 

The Monthly, Pharos at MONA a labyrinth of sensory delights. 

Sydney Morning Herald, Grotto for Mona

Broadsheet Melbourne 

The Art Newspaper, Grotto for Mona 

New York Times, Bombay Beach Biennale

New York Magazine studio tour 

 

Sandra Schulman, “Trippy Airstreams and Landscape Legends”, wpbmagazine.com

 

 “Taste the Rainbow”, The Glamourai.com

 

Jerry Portwood, “One to Watch: Randy Polumbo”, Out.com (September 28)

“Randy Polumbo Presents His Most Ambitious and Monumental Work to Date at Steven Kasher Gallery”, ArtDaily.org (September 13)

Georgina Wells, “An Airstream Trailer Becomes A Gender Bending Orgasmatron”, Artlog.com (August 22)

“Vintage Travel Trailer: Love Stream by Randy Polumbo”, Designboom.com, (August 12)

Michael H. Miller. “Randy Polumbo’s ‘Love Stream’ Comes to Steven Kasher Gallery”, Gallerist NY (July 31)

Wendy Goodman, "We're All Mad Here,” New York Magazine (February 27)

 

Elizabeth Foydel, “Sex, Spice and Everything Nice Hides in Midtown East,” Columbia Spectator (February 11)

Robert Wright, “Is It Art or Their Shoes?,” New York Times (December 10)

Penelope Green, “The Master Builder Cuts Loose,” The New York Times (April 9)

Carlton DeWoody, HBOMB issue 4 (artist’s centerpiece)

Christopher Harding, “Sunny Side Up,” Vice Magazine, No.2.9

Mike Giuliano, “On the ‘Road, Again,” Howard County Times (September 11)

Golden Handcuffs Review, Spring 2006: Vol 1, No. 9, (centerfold)

“Art of the Holiday Party”, Examiner.com (December 21)

“Sex in New York City”, Welt (June 28)

Charlotte Druckman, “Trash to Treasure a Craftsman’s Rough-hewn Restoration on Peck Slip,” New York Magazine, (April 22)

Catherine A.F.MacGillivray, “Negotiating Gender:The Boyish Bendings of Sculptor Randy Polumbo”, Golden Handcuffs Review, Summer/Fall 2006; Vol 1, No. 7

“Visual Art”, Eugene Weekly (May 06)

“Art Scene”, Nashville Scene, (April 28)

“Small Wonders”, The Metroland (November 9)

“Downtown: Shaken But Bouncing Back”, The New York Times (May 3)

The Sciences 07/98, 05/99, 07/00, Frontier of Life, Space, & misc articles

Peter Schjeldahl, Review of Baseball Show, (July 30)