Known for her meditative paintings, Karen Arm (b. 1962) engages in a dialogue between micro and macro; mark and object; and structure and line. Arm meticulously layers and glazes her surfaces, creating vast accumulations of spontaneous marks. Referring to nature as a catalyst for the unknowable, Arm balances the earthly and astral in her paintings to reveal portals to the sublime. Arm lives and works in Brooklyn and Shelter Island, NY. She received her BFA from The Cooper Union in 1985 and her MFA from Columbia University in 1989. She has had six solo exhibitions with P·P·O·W since 1999. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at 56 Henry, New York, NY; Fortnight Institute, New York, NY; The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY; and the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH; among others. In 2002, Arm received a New York Foundation for the Arts Award for Painting. From 2012 to 2016, Arm’s works were exhibited in the United States Embassy in Burma as part of the Art in Embassies Program.
MFA, Columbia University, New York, NY
BFA, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY
Tyler School of Art, Rome, Italy
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Light + Heavy, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
New Works on Paper, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
New Works 2008, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
New Paintings 2004, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
New Paintings 2001, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
Karen Arm 1999, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, NY
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Once On This Island, curated by Margaret Garrett, Shelter Island Historical Society, Shelter Island, NY
Entre Centre et Absence, Loong Mah, New York, NY
a million little pieces, VSOP Art & Design Projects, Greenport, NY
Here, There and Everywhere: Women’s Liberation And the Imagination Post Covid Lockdown, curated by Elizabeth Weiss, Foley Gallery, New York, NY
Days Soon to Fade, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
Divine Intervention, Christ Episcopal Church, Sag Harbor, NY
Notebook, curated by Joanne Greenbaum, 56 Henry, New York, NY
Only Small Paintings, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY
Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
Paper Reveries, Shirley Fiterman Art Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College, The City University of New York, New York, NY
PIEROGI XX: Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Art in Embassies Program, Embassy of the United States Rangoon, Burma
NY Loves LV, Main Street, Las Vegas, NV
A Very Liquid Heaven, The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
200 Drawings: Selections from Pierogi, curated by Annie Heron and Barry Blinderman,
University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
New York New York, New Mexico, Annie Herron’s Selection from the Pierogi
Flat Files, Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, Carlsbad, NM
On and Off the Wall: New York Foundation for the Arts' Painting Fellows, Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, New York, NY
Brooklyn on 57th Street, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY
Collector’s Choice, Exit Art, New York, NY
Some (Are) Painting, curated by David Gibson, John Gibson Gallery, NY
Nature Re-visited, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY
Pixerina Witcherina, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL; Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, AL
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC
The Pierogi Flatfiles, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Post Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO
Fluid flow, Graham Modern, New York, NY
@ the artist’s studio, P·P·O·W Gallery, New York, NY
Eye Candy: Contemporary West and East Coast Women Painters, curated by Susan Joyce, Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, California State University, San Bernardino, CA; Grand Central Art Center, California State University, Santa Ana, CA
Live from New York, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Brooklyn, New Work, curated by David Brown and Joseph Amrhein, The Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH
Phenotypology, curated by Maureen McQuillan, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY
Rage for Art (Pierogi Reborn), Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, NY
Pierogi Goes to College, Bard College, Rheinbeck, NY
Pierogi 2000, New York, The Flatfiles, Kunstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
The Flatfiles, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Southern Exposure, Ambrosino Gallery, Miami, FL
Wallpaper, curated by Lisa Jacobs, Nicholas Davies Gallery, New York, NY
Drawings, James Graham and Sons, New York, NY
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
Drawing Room, ARENA, Brooklyn, NY
Recurrence, Gallery Korea, New York, NY
New York Drawers: The Pierogi 2000 Flatfiles, Gasworks, London; Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK
Current Undercurrent: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Dots & Lines, 473 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY
Material Madness, the Workspace Gallery, New York, NY
Influenced by Nature, the Studio at Curly Willow, East Hampton, NY
The Exchange Show, ARENA, New York, NY
The Lyrical, the Expressionist and the Poetic, curated by Michael Walls, Denise Bibro Fine Arts, New York, NY
Soul in C Minor, 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY
The Color of No Color, Art Initiatives, New York, NY
Natural, ARENA, Brooklyn, NY
Nature Revisited, Marymount Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY
Not For Sale, Exhibit and Benefit Auction for Laura Cottingham’s “Women’s Art of the Seventies,” Flamingo East, New York, NY
Reconstituted Paint, curated by Seth Ferris, K&E Gallery, New York, NY
Chamber 2, Chamber, New York, NY
The Light from Behind, The New York Law School, Art Initiatives, New York, NY
re/SOURCE, curated by Bill Barrell and Lily Prince, First Street Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
File Pix, Tribeca 148 Gallery, New York, NY
The Salon of the Mating Spiders, Herron Test Site, Brooklyn, NY
1 .4 Show, Tribeca 148 Gallery, New York, NY
Low Memorial Library, Columbia University, New York, NY
Tenderize Graphich (Graphic Trends), Temple Gallery, Rome, Italy
SELECT PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
Collection of Rubin, Baum, Levin, Constant, and Friedman, New York, NY
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC
GRANTS AND AWARDS
New York Foundation for the Arts, Award for Painting
Brody, David. “Haptic Hallucinations: The ‘Suns’ and ‘Wavy Rays’ of Karen Arm,” artcritical, June 18, 2016.
Garriques, Stephen. “The Abstract Galactic Paintings of Karen Arm,” Galerie Project, May 26, 2016.
Recinos, Eve. “Explosive Field Paintings Capture the Sun’s Brilliance,” The Creators Project: Vice Magazine, June 6, 2016.
Streitfeld, Lisa Paul. “(R)evolution in Consciousness: The Book of Symbols Launch at the Rubin Museum,” Huffington Post.
“Paintings,” The New York Sun. Reproduction of Untitled Sun #1. March 6, 2008.
A Very Liquid Heaven. Ed. Ian Berry. Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, 2005. pg.121-129. Image and artist dialogue.
Gomez, Edward M. “Another World: Evaluating and appreciating abstract art,” Art and Antiques, September 2004, p. 46-53.
Conger, Bill (curator). Pixerina Witcherina. University Galleries, Illinois State University, IL, 2002.
The Paris Review: Issue 162, 2002. Reproduction of Untitled 1998.
Sheets, Hillarie M. “Karen Arm: P.P.O.W,” (review of New Paintings). ARTnews, March 2002.
Johnson, Ken, “Some (are) Painting,” The New York Times, June 29, 2001.
Bonetti, David. “Driven to dynamic abstraction,” San Francisco Examiner, Jan 28, 2000. p C-15.
Catalogue, Art on Paper 2000, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina Greensboro, 2000.
Eye Candy: Contemporary West and East Coast Women Painters, Catalogue. Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, California State University, 2000. Essays by Susan Joyce and Roberta Carasso, Ph.D.
2000. Essays by Susan Joyce and Roberta Carasso, Ph.D.
“Fluid Flow,” Art Guide, New York Times, August 11, 2000.
“Art on Paper 2000,” News & Record, December 2000. p.10.
“Touring in New Directions,” Winston Salem Journal, Dec. 31, 2000.
Bell, J. Bowyer. Review, Review, September 15, 1999.
Findsen, Owen. “’Brooklyn Exhibit Quirky,” The Cincinnati Enquirer, Sept 12, 1999, p. G6.
Huntington, Richard. “Exploring the sights created in science.”
Johnson, Ken. Review, The New York Times, September 17, 1999.
O’Hara, Cate. “Brooklyn Makeover: Young artists showcased in new CAC show,” City Beat, September 9-15, 1999. p. 53.
Stein, Jerry. “New Exhibit is Turned Inside Out,” The Cincinnati Post, Sept 17, 1999. p. 4C.
Larsen, E. Tage. “A Questionable Solidarity,” Zingmagazine, Winter 1998.
“Take the L Train: Williamsburg Walkabout,” NY Arts magazine, February/March 1998, (reproduction).
Tirado, Michelle. “Karen Arm: Paintings and Drawings,” Art Papers, May/June 1998, vol. 22, issue 3, p. 50. (reproduction)
Arning, Bill. “Brooklyn in the House,” The Village Voice, August 1997.
Gargiulo, Gerald J. “Art Byte,” The Southampton Independent, August 14, 1996.
Howe, Jeff. Material Madness, exhibition catalog from the Work Space.