Max Maslansky

Born 1976 in Los Angeles
Max Maslansky makes paintings based on vintage pornographic images. He uses individual photos as templates for new compositions, which often depart radically from their source. Painted on used bedsheets and pillow cases found in thrift stores—whose psychic residue of past owners have an indirect influence—Maslansky turns a playful eye on material created for banal, yet passionate consumption. Heavily invested in the phenomena of color interaction in painted space, Maslansky highlights how its effects can not only hide and reveal the mechanics of pornography, but delay general apprehension in the visual field. He lives and works in Los Angeles.


Selected Works

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Born in 1976, Los Angeles, USA
Lives and works in Los Angeles.


2006 MFA California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
1999 BA Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
1998 Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK

Solo Exhibitions

2016 The Finley, Los Angeles (with Nancy Stella Soto) (forthcoming)
Exchange Values, Dutton, New-York
2015 Jouissance, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles
Midnight Blue, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
2014 The Edge of Night, Five Car Garage, Los Angeles
2011 Behind the Internet, EmmaGrayHQ, Los Angeles
2007 Bachelor Party, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles
2006 Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles
It’s Wrong Until It’s Right, Lime gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia

Group Exhibitions

2016 Summer Show, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
Immagine, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy
Synthesia, Five Car Garage, Los Angeles
Only for Lovers, Le Coeur, Paris
Art House at Soho House, Los Angeles, currated by Saron Zoldan
Fredericks and Freiser, New York
M&B, Los Angeles
2015 Trust Fall, curated by Jennifer Sullivan, Spring/Break Art Show, New York
Works on Paper, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
2014 Made in L.A., Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, curated by Connie Butler
and Michael Ned Holte (cat.)
Last Evenings on Earth, Ship in the Woods, Del Mar, CA
Love is in the Air, Gallery 2A, Los Angeles
The White Album, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles,
curated by Gladys-Katherina Hernando (cat.)
Another Cats Show, 356 Mission, Los Angeles
Sniff the Space Flat on Your Face, Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University,
Orange, CA (cat.)
Stairs into My Eyes, The Finley, Los Angeles, curated by Dianna Molzan
2013 Boiled Angel, The Woodmill GP, London, England, October 13 – December 8
Soft Off (but I love it when your mouth is a little shut), ltd, Los Angeles,
curated with Robin Peckham
Abstract Perversion, Five Car Garage, Los Angeles
Squirts, Regina Rex, New York
Unsolved Mysteries, POST, Los Angeles
Sinking with the Ship, Sam Francis Gallery, curated by Mateo Tannatt,
Crossroads School, Los Angeles
Made in Space, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, curated by Laura Owens and Peter Harkawik
Made in Space, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, and Venus Over Manhattan, New York
2012 Lectures and Salad, (performance), Actual Size, Los Angeles
Two and Half Hands and a Painting, Pauline (with Kenneth Tam & Mateo Tannatt), Los Angeles
POST, Los Angeles
Nudes, Calvin Marcus Studio, Los Angeles
Absurdo Absolutum II, (screening), Microscope Gallery, New York
Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers, KChung Radio, Los Angeles
2011 The Cactus Show, Calvin Marcus Studio, Los Angeles
Object-Orientation, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Cerritos, CA,
curated by James MacDevitt (cat.)
2010 Project I, Alexys Schwartz Projects, Los Angeles, curated by Alexys Schwartz and John Monn
Merch Mart!, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, curated by Emma Gray
2009 I’m Gorgeous Inside, 533, Los Angeles
Mit Party, 533, Los Angeles, curated by Lucrecia Roa and Ulrich Wulff
2008 It’s Gouache and Gouache Only, Jeff Bailey Gallery, NY, curated by Geoffrey Young
2007 The Juice is Loose, 507 Rose Gallery, Los Angeles
Summer Gouache Show, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
2006 Summer Show, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
Supersonic 2006, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles
Collisions and Pileups, Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts, Los Angeles
2005 Frontier, Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles
Sweet Substitute, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
2004 Mystery Blaze at Holiday Cottage, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York

Curated Shows

2013 Neal Bashor, Sara Clendening, and John Seal at Tif’s Desk, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles (cat.)
Abstract Perversion, Five Car Garage, Los Angeles (cat.)

Writings, Published Projects, Other Media

2015 “Max Maslansky Photographs Monica Majoli”, Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles
2014 “13 Pages from History”, online project, Light and Wire Gallery,
Cult of Splendor, University Art Gallery, UC Irvine, CA.
Catalogue contributions by curator Kellie Lanham and Max Maslansky with Victoria Fu
2013 Nathan Hylden: Meanwhile, (Press Release) Johann Koenig Gallery, Berlin
“Tif’s Desk”, catalog essay, Tif’s desk at Thomas Solomon Gallery.
2012 The Hayward Satori, Richard Telles Fine Art
«Riffin’» (ongoing), host of bi-monthly talk radio show, KCHUNG RADIO, Los Angeles
2010 Summer ’08 –’10: flip book edition, (edition of 25), for Merch Mart!, LACE,
Los Angeles, June, curated by Emma Gray
2009 “The Dialectics of Wall Street—The Movie”, July Limited Edition Project, Material Press
2003 “To Be Frank,” interview with Dana Schutz, Swingset Magazine, No.4
“Let’s Work Through This,” interview with Jonathan Pylypchuk, Swingset Magazine, 2003, No.4

Selected Bibliography

2016 Passman, Melissa, Art in Focus, (interview), April
Boucher, Brian, “11 Booths I could hardly tear myself away from at Nada New York”,, May 6
Sutton, Benjamin, “Nada New York Gets Nasty”,, May 6
Shaw, Michael, The Conversation Podcast, episode #135,, April 15
2015 Griffin, Jonathan, “Reviews in Brief: Max Maslansky”, Modern Painters, February, p.77
Cherry, Henry, “Escaping Monotony with Max Maslansky”, Reimagine (online), February
Diehl, Travis, “Critics’ Picks: Max Maslansky”,, May 5
Los Angeles Review of Books,, (image), June 21
Hotchkiss, Sarah, “Sexy Sculpture Fills CULT’s Summer Group Show”,, July 27 CCF Fellowship for
Visual Artists 2015, catalog, p9
Archer, Larissa, “Review: Sexxitecture / Cult, San Francisco,” Frieze, October, pp260-261
2014 Hutton, Jen, “Max Maslansky”, Made in L.A. 2014, catalog, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Miranda, Carolina A., “Datebook: Boxing painters, teen idols, and John Altoon’s short career”,
The Los Angeles Times, June 5
Zimskind, Lyle, “Channing Hansen’s Quantum Paintings are Really Knit”,
Los Angeles Magazine, July 17
Finkel, Jori, “Painting on Radio Canvas”, The New York Times, February 7
Khadivi, Jesi, “Curated in L.A”, interview with Michael Ned Holte, Kaleidoscope, Summer, pp.110-115
Gill, Noor, “’Made in L.A 2014’ at Hammer Museum displays work by artists like
Max Maslansky”,, August 4
Hernando, Gladys, “The White Album”, catalog, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, p. 28
Plagens, Peter, “Exhibit a Creation of Show, Not Tell”, The Wall Street Journal, August 19
Berardini, Andrew, Art Review, September
Dhiel, Travis, «The Face Collector», essay for Sniff The Space Flat on Your Face catalog, pp. 15-18
Griffin, Jonathan, «Highlights 2014»,, December 19
New American Paintings, issue 115, Pacific Coast, December 2014 / January 2015, pp. 118-121
2013 Perry, Eve, «Not Taking the 1990s Very Seriously»,, (web), March 27
Griffin, Jonathan, «Made in Space», art, (web), March 28
Smith, Roberta, “Art in Review: Made in Space”, The New York Times, August 1
“Made in Space at Gavin Brown and Venus Over Manhattan”, Contemporary Art Daily, August 6
“Group Show at Tif’s Desk at Tom Solomon”, Contemporary Art Daily, July 28
2011 MacDevitt, James, Object-Orientation, catalog, Cerritos College Art Gallery
Dambrot, Shana Nys, «Web Diver: Turning Strangers’ Online Photos into Paintings», LA Weekly, May
2010 Beautiful Decay, (, July 22
2007 “Allegorical Statements”, Los Angeles Times, May 17, p. E3
2006 Bellstrom, Kristen, “The Art of Buying”, Smart Money Magazine, May 2006, pp. 111-13
Impression (Ism): Contemporary Impressions, catalog, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA, March
2005 The Armpit of the Mole, a drawing compilation, Fundació 30 km/s, Paris, France

Residencies And Grants

2015 California Community Foundation Grant, Los Angeles (Emerging artist)
2008 Vermont Studio Center