Butt Johnson


Born 1979
Currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York


2001    BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Grants And Awards

2010 Pollock- Krasner Fellowship

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Butt Johnson: Quaint Abstractions, CRG Gallery, NY

Butt Johnson: The Name of the Rose, CRG Gallery, NY

Group Exhibitions



Hide and Go Chic, Rover Gallery, Chicago, IL

All Hell Breaks Loose, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

THIS IS NOW, Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TX

August Sun, Dodd Galleries, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

If You Stay Busy, You Have No Time to be Unhappy, Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, Tucson, AZ

Archetypewriters, curated by Robert Otto Epstein, Schema Projects, Brooklyn, NY

Alicia Gibson/Butt Johnson: Greetings from Westport, CT, Paddlecourt Gallery, Westport, CT


Victory Garden, Planthouse, New York, NY

Inaugural exhibition, Romeo Gallery, New York, NY

Drawing, Kerry Schuss Gallery, New York, NY

We Are Not Things, curated by Hannah Whitaker, Invisible Exports, New York
2015 Halftone, Planthouse Gallery, NYC




NOW-ISM: Abstraction Today, Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH

Dürer, Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Master Prints Collection from the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Museum of Biblical Art, New York, NY

16 x 20′′ ,Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA








DECENTER NY/DC: An Exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show, Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, George Washington University, DC

Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1, Industry City, NY

Draw Gym, curated by Brian Belott, 247365 & KnowMoreGames, Brooklyn, NY

Revisioning History: Works on paper, Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York, NY

August a Haze Amniotic, Our Dream Aether & Lens of Distance, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Booth 548, CRG Gallery, New York, NY

Decenter: An Exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY




East West Shift to the Middle Part II, Bill Brady KC, Kansas City, MO

Cryptograph: An Exhibition for Alan Turing, Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS

Big Reality, curated by Brian Droitcour, 319 Scholes, Brooklyn, NY





Domestic Goods, curated by Ryan Wallace, Eric Firestone Gallery, Easthampton, NY

Cover Version LP, curated by Timothy Hull, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, NY

The Spectacular of Vernacular, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN








Contemporary Prints, CRG Gallery, New York, NY

The Language of Flowers, CRG Gallery, New York, NY

Forth Estate: New Editions, The Re: Institute, Millerton, NY

New New York Publishers, Frans Masereel Center, Kasterlee, BELGIUM

RECENT EDITIONS: A printmaking exhibition from NYC publishers Forth Estate and Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Sharon Arts Exhibition Gallery, NH

FORTH ESTATE EDITIONS: Recent Works, “In the Viewing Room” at Frederieke Taylor Gallery, NY









Forth Estate Editions, Fourteen 30 Contemporary, Portland, Oregon

Forth Estate Editions, Rhode Island School of Design Memorial Hall Gallery, RI

Pulp Fictions – Papierarbeiten, Ferenbalm-Gurbrü Station, Karlsruhe, Germany

Infinity, Scion Space, Los Angeles, CA

Flower Power, Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA

Slam Dunk, curated by Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Space 15 Twenty, LA, CA

Subverted Genres, Sue Scott Gallery, New York, NY

Boston Printmakers 2009 North American Print Biennial, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA





Kick Out The Jams, curated by Chris Duncan, The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA

IPCNY new Prints/Summer, IPCNY, New York, NY

Hot and Cold, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Upstairs Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Art Basel Miami Beach, CRG Gallery, Miami, FL






Schietern, Landesgalerie Linz, Linz, Austria

Pulp Dream, 33 Bond Gallery, New York, NY

Paper Trails – New Adventures in Drawing, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Butt Johnson – Ori Gersht, CRG Gallery at the Armory Show, New York, NY

2006 Metaphysics of Youth, Fuoriuso, Pescara, Italy


Greater Brooklyn, CRG Gallery, NY

Framed, V1 gallery + turbine hallerne, Copenhagen, Denmark

2004 Multiples, Klaus von Nichtssagend, New York, NY

Museum Collections

RISD Museum, Providence, RI
Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

Public Collections

Boston Public Library
NY Public Library


2018 Chiaverina, John, "Tennis, Anyone?: A Look Inside Paddlecourt Gallery in Suburban Westport, Connecticut," ArtNews, June 22.
Woog, Dan, " Greetings from Westport, CT," June 22.

Morse, Trent, Ballpoint Art, Laurence King Publishers, August 2016

Bergman, Jeff, Butt Johnson, AtlasArtNews:.com , February 19, 2016

Scott Indrisek, 5 Must-See Gallery Shows in New York, Blouin Art Info, February 16th 2016

Maria Calandra, Butt Johnson, www.pencilinthestudio.com, February 12th, 2016


Smith, Roberta, Brian Belott: ‘Draw Gym’, The New York Times, September, 2013


Gormley, Micheal, Butt Johnson: Contemporary Messages in Classical Styles, American Artist: Drawing Magazine, June 2011

Wilson, Michael, Butt Johnson: CRG Gallery, ARTFORUM, March, 2011

Fusaro, Joe, Blue, Art21Blog, February 16th, 2011

Plunkett, Luke, These Video Games Are Now Art, Kotaku.com, February 13th, 2011

Bilsborough, Michael, The Name of Heroes:, SVA Blog, February 4th, 2011

Wells, Nicholas, Butt Johnson: The Name of the Rose, City Arts New York, February 8th, 2011

Adler, Alex, Butt Johnson ‘The Name of the Rose’ at CRG Gallery, February 7th, 2011

Johnson, Ken, Butt Johnson: The Name of the Rose, The New York Times, February 4th, 2011

Arak, Joey, Starchitecture Art in Chelsea, Curbed NY, February 2nd, 2011

Davis, Ben, Editor’s Picks, ARTINFO, February 2nd, 2011

Rifkin, Mark, TWI-NY Talk: Butt Johnson, February 2nd, 2011

Critic’s Pick, Time Out New York, January 2011

Abbe, Mary, Art from the Heart, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Rosenberg, Meredith, Butt Johnson: The Name of the Rose, Escape Into Life, January, 2011


Art in America, Decoding Images, 2010

Butt Johnson interviews Nicole Eisenman, Rereveal, August 2010

Cutler, David Kennedy, Butt Johnson Gets Grilled, Rereveal, April 2010

2009 Vineberg, Dave, Meticulous Art from Silverpoint to Ballpoint, Madamepickwick.com, July 27th, 2009

Harmanci, Reyhan, ZEALOUS ZINE, SF Gate, May 5, 2008

Hinrichsen, Jens, KUNST Stücke, Der Tagesspiegel, February 16, 2008


Heath, Stuart, Butt Johnson, Giornale Nuovo, July 26, 2007

Pavan, Carlos, Butt johnson Forever, Nuyorker.com, March 27, 2007

Risch, Conor, Butt Johnson: Modern Master, Cool’eh, March 20th, 2007

Greenblatt, David, Butt johnson’s Slam Dunk, Art&Sex&Music, March 13, 2007

ZImmerman, Aaron NY art fair round up, crowndozen.com March 10, 2007

Wagner, James, Butt Johnson at CRG (Armory), jameswagner.com, March 5, 2007

2005 Smith, Roberta, Art Review; Greater Brooklyn, New York Times, July 8th

Swingset, Issue No. 6