Holman paints from the point of view of a historical absurdist, a "Deconstructivist." In all his paintings, Holman strives to exploit man's need to express ideas and emotions in documental formats, which have a propensity to convey meaning, in and of themselves, for example: flags, papal bulls & scrolls. His work has been shown in eminent art institutions - from Art Basel Miami to the Beyeler Museum in Basel, Switzerland and musee d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, to name a few.
Born in San Francisco
Living and working in New York City since 1978
Has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the
University of San Francisco, attended
New York University's Graduate School of Film
One Man Shows:
White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA (August, 2009)
Chassie Post Gallery, Atlanta, GA (March, 1993)
Lewis and Clark Gallery, Columbia, S.C. (Nov., 1991)
Screening short film “Pesceador©” during Basquiat Retrospective at the Fondation Beyeler Museum, Basel, Switzerland, as well as sat on panel with Bruno Bischofberger (May-September, 2010), then travels to the Musee d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (Oct., 2010-January, 2011)
CURE-ATED, New York: "Pesceador©," 2011
Art Basel/Pulse Art Fair/Marcia Wood Gallery (December, 2008)
Art Basil/Rafik Gallery, Miami (December, 2007)
F.O.B./Agnes B. Puffin Gallery, New York (November, 2007)
PooL Art Fair New York, New York (September, 2007)
Agnes B. Skyline Gallery, Paris (October, 2006)
Triennale di Milano Museum, Milan (September, 2006)
Downtown 81, The Show, New York (July, 2001)
The Global Village, Guild Hall, East Hampton (April, 2001)
ICA, London (July, 1997)
Serge Sorokko Gallery, New York (April, 1997)
Index Gallery, Osaka, Japan (March, 1997)
Casa Gallery, Tokyo (June, 1997)
Milarena Exhibition Space, Trieste, Italy (June, 1997)
Clocktower Gallery, New York (Dec., 1996)
Eighth Floor Gallery, New York (March, 1996)
Antenna TV, New York (May, 1994)
Barbara Braathen Gallery, New York (May, 1993)
Whitney Museum, Basquiat Retrospective, New York (1992)
Space One Eleven, Birmingham, AL (Oct., 1992)
39th Arts Festival of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA (Sept., 1992)
The Kitchen, New York (1983)
P.S.1, New York (1982)
Keith Haring's "Beyond Words" Mudd Club, New York (1981)
Quoted & Stills from Holman film,"Pescador©," 1981, printed in Jeffrey Dietch Gallery book, "Jean-Michel Basquiat 1981, Studio of the Street"
Quoted, Whitney Museum catalogue, Basquiat Retrospective
Quoted, Anthony Haden-Guest's book, "True Colors"
Quoted, Anthony Haden-Guest's book, "The Last Party"
Basler Zeitung (Switzerland, 5/10/10)
Art Magazin (Germany, May, 2010)
The Art Newspaper (3/4/09)
The Art Newspaper (12/4/08)
Atlanta Journal/Constitution (3/23/93)
Columbia, S.C.'s The State(11/15/91)
Recorded song with band Gray and Ashley Bickerton: "The Mysterious Mr. Bickerton"
Lectures regularly on Contemporary Urban Culture and Contemporary Art for institutions such as; Fondation Beyeler Museum, The Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, ICA, Austin Museum of Art, The New School, Yale University, New York University, Rice University (Houston), London's Royal College of Art, Calusca book Store (Milan, Italy), San Francisco Art Institute; PaineWebber and R.J. Reynolds; New York University; Musee d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
Holman writes for the British art magazine Art Monthly & Art Forum
Sound Rally For the Future® is a global, Mass Act of Humanity, making sound/noise for exactly one minute, at noon, Eastern Standard Time (U.S.), and simultaneously across all global time zones, with the purpose of creating Mass Consciousness. A Global Awakening of a long dormant Entity I call the “Unisapien.”®
Sound Rally For The Future® is simply the ringing and rattling of an ancient alarm clock, or, conscious human intention, to arouse our collective greatness from slumber. This is an act, not of alarm or irritation, but of self-discovery and realization. With pots and pans, music, prayer, shouts, quiet rustling or the dripping of water, by whatever means you choose - individually or collectively - we will raise a cosmic cacophony that will awaken and congeal our collective Soul.
Sound Rally For The Future® will happen for the first time, on the Summer Solstice of the year 2010, on the day June 21st, at noon EST, and simultaneously wherever you are on the planet, for the duration of one minute (Summer Solstice is traditionally a day of renewal; the day the sun shines longest in the sky, and a day to recognize the divinity in yourself as well as everyone else on Earth).
Be prepared for instantaneous evolution!
Sound Rally For The Future®, created by Michael Holman, was announced publicly, for the first time, via the Marcia Wood Gallery, here at Pulse Art Fair, December 2nd, 2008.
Sound Rally Press Release
Dear Family, Friends & Sound Rally For The Future® Heads,
Just three short days after I first launched Sound Rally into the world, we get international press! Art world journalist Adrian Dannatt wrote enthusiastically about S.R.F.T.F. (2nd page story) in The Art Newspaper (arguable, the world's finest weekly art journal, and in it's 2009 Armory Show Edition) so it's being read by a good number of people, and good kinds of people, worldwide. And talented photographer Linda Covello took an excellent pix of me, handing out S.R.F.T.F. Manifestos, outside the Armory Show at Manhattan's Pier 92, on the Hudson River, which The Art Newspaper printed with said story. And of course I've attached the article for your reading pleasure.
Try to keep in mind, Sound Rally was a mere three days old, and already getting important press. Just yesterday morning, I forwarded the story with a press release to a number of major U.S. newspapers and magazines, to continue the flow. I'm seeing more and more that the real art behind S.R.F.T.F. is how we can all exploit the www. to make universal-sized statements. And I'd love it so much if you all tried to spread the word of Sound Rally For The Future® to your peeps. Whether it be emails, facebook, youtube, twitter, or whatever, please share this with people you know will feel it. I am working on a worldwide media blitz, but in the meantime, loose lips raise possibilities. By the way, Dr. Amy Marsh, a Bay Area clinical sexologist and artist/writer, has created a fab website for Sound Rally, temporarily housed on a free server called tripod (which means we have to run ads for the moment, but the ads they put on our site are sort of ironically funny!).
Also, I'd like to thank professional astrologer Patrice Kamins for doing a reading for Sound Rally (the idea of SR was born on August 19th,, 1981… how I know the exact date is a cool story for another press release) and she sees smooth sailing ahead. And one last shout out/thank you goes to Mindy Wyatt, owner of Rafik Video, who convinced me that the time for Sound Rally is now!
Besides hard work, I know Sound Rally is going to take a lot of good fortune and magic to pull off, but it seems the magic is already beginning.