Thomas Lawson

Guggenheim Fellowship

Thomas Lawson is an artist with a diverse, project-driven output that encompasses painting, writing, editing, curating and teaching.


He has exhibited paintings at MetroPictures in New York, Anthony Reynolds in London, David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles, and in numerous other galleries and museums around the world. He is currently represented by David Kordansky Gallery. Surveys of his work have been organized by the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art at La Jolla, the CCA in Glasgow and the Battersea Arts Centre in London. He has shown recent work at LAX-Art, Los Angeles in 2007, and at Participant, Inc, New York in 2009. Also in 2009 two important historical survey exhibitions, focusing on the '80s and organized by the Metropolitan Museum in New York and Magasin in Grenoble, featured selections of Lawson's earlier work.


He has created temporary public works in New York, New Haven, Glasgow, Newcastle and Madrid.


He has written extensively about contemporary art for various publications, including Artforum, Flash Art, Afterall, and East of Borneo, as well as many exhibition catalogues. An anthology of his writing, Mining for Gold, was published in 2005 by JRP/Ringier.


From 1979 until 1992 he, along with Susan Morgan, published and edited REAL LIFE Magazine, an irregular publication by and about younger artists interested in the relationship between art and life. An anthology of REAL LIFE Magazine, was published by Primary Information, NY in 2007. From 2002 until 2009 he was co-editor of Afterall Journal, a joint publishing venture of Central St Martins in London and CalArts in Los Angeles. Since 2009 he has been editor-in-chief of East of Borneo, an innovative online magazine based in Los Angeles.


He has curated various exhibitions of younger artists for such venues as Artists Space and P.S.1 in New York and the Municipal Art Gallery in Los Angeles, and was a co-selector of the British Art Show in 1995.


He has taught at CalArts, RISD and SVA, and has been dean of the Art School at CalArts since 1991.


In addition to the Guggenheim Fellowship he has received three Artist Fellowships from the NEA, project support from The New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA), Art Matters, Inc., and Visual Arts Projects (in Scotland), and residency fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio), Ucross, and the Lewis Walpole Library.