Hilary Harkness's work has been exhibited worldwide, including the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain, the Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece, and is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum. She has been featured in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Interview magazine, and Esquire, among other publications.
Harkness was Artist in Residence at Yale Summer School of Art and Music in 2006. She has lectured widely at leading institutions such as Columbia University, Boston University, Yale University, Brandeis University, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. In 2014, Harkness co-curated Roy Lichtenstein: Nudes and Interiors at FLAG Art Foundation.
She was graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California-Berkeley, where she studied biochemistry and art, and also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale University School of Art. In the spring of 2018, Harkness was selected to participate in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Copyist Program. A former professional violinist, she honed her unique artistic worldview while living in San Francisco and now lives and works in Brooklyn.
She was represented by Mary Boone Gallery in New York City from 2003 until the gallery closed in 2019.
1996 M.F.A. Yale University, New Haven, CT
1993 B.A. University of California, Berkeley, CA
2017 Henry Clews Award Master Residency Program, La Napoule Art Foundation
2009 Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters
2003 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award
2002 Metcalf Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters
2013 The FLAG Art Foundation, NYC, NY
2011 Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY
2008 Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY
2005 Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY
2004 Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY
2002 Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2001 Bill Maynes Gallery, NYC, NY
2019 Drawn Together Again, FLAG Art Foundation, NYC, NY.
Please Step on the Grass, Right Behind the New Museum, NYC, NY.
2018 Electric Palace, New York Academy of Art, NYC, NY.
2017 Piss and Vinegar: Two Generations of Provocateurs, New York Academy of Art, NYC, NY.
Female/Feminist/2017, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT.
2016 Her Crowd, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT.
2015 Disturbing Innocence, curated by Eric Fischl, FLAG Art Foundation, NYC, NY.
2012 Figured Spaces, Schmidt Center Gallery at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.
2011 Heroines, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain.
Art2, FLAG Art Foundation, NYC, NY.
2010 The Rise & Fall of Excess Culture, Stux Gallery, NYC, NY.
2009 Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC, NY.
A Tribute to Ron Warren, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.
2007 Old School, Hauser & Wirth Colnaghi, London, England.
Old School, Zwirner & Wirth, NYC, NY.
Pleasures of Collecting, Part III: Contemporary and Cutting Edge, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT.
2006 Men, curated by Ellen Altfest, I-20 Gallery, NYC, NY.
2004 Endless Love, DC Moore Gallery, NYC, NY.
2003 American Art Today: Faces and Figures, Art Museum of Florida International University, Miami, FL.
OnLine, Feigen Contemporary, NYC, NY.
Future Noir, Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania.
Unforeseen, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon.
2002 Dangerous Beauty, The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, NYC, NY.
Into the Woods, Julie Saul Gallery, NYC, NY.
Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC, NY.
Fusion Cuisine, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece.
2001 Wonderland, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts.
Pixerina Witcherina, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.
Heroine, Dee/Glasoe Gallery, NYC, NY
Best of the Season, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut.
View Five : Westworld, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.
2000 Timothy B. Buckwalter, Hilary Harkness, Jerry W. King, Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, San Francisco, California.
1999 Shiny!, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, California.
25/25, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, California.
1998 Nothing But Time, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, California.
Roy Lichtenstein: Nudes and Interiors. Co-curated with Ewen Gibbs. FLAG Art Foundation, NYC 2014.
Mum's the Word: Mothers, Flowers & Secrets. Mills Pond House Gallery, Saint James NY, 2012.
Van Straaten, Laura, Paint Like a French Girl, TOWN AND COUNTRY, Summer 2019.
Wylde, Kaitlin, 7 Contemporary Artists Keeping Traditions Alive, NYLON, March 2017.
Van Straaten, Laura, A Generational Battle of Subversive Wit at Tribeca’s ‘Piss and Vinegar’, ARTNET NEWS, January 2017.
Galenson, David, Inside New York's Art World: An Interview With Hilary Harkness, HUFFINGTON POST, February 2015.
Merriam, Mary, Subverting the "Girlie" Calendar: December, MS. MAGAZINE BLOG, December 2014.
Johns, Merryn, Bold Strokes: An Out Lesbian Enjoys Acclaim and Controversy, CURVE MAGAZINE, October 2013.
MacAdam, Alfred, Hilary Harkness at FLAG Art Foundation, ARTnews, Summer 2013.
Cohen, David, Relentless Yet Dispassionate: Hilary Harkness at The FLAG Art Foundation, ARTCRITICAL, May 2013.
Halperin, Julia, 24 Questions for Painter of Lady-Filled Microcosms Hilary Harkness, BOUIN ARTINFO, March 2013.
Brune, Adrian Margaret, Hilary Harkness: Painting Arrested Ambiguity at FLAG Art Foundation, HUFFINGTON POST, February 2013.
Russeth, Andrew, If Memory Serves...: Hilary Harkness on Her Paintings, at the Andaz Hotel, GLALLERISTNY, February 2013.
Galenson, David, "The Core of Painting Is Story": Interview with Hilary Harkness, HUFFINGTON POST, January 2012.
Goldfarb, Maximillian and Matt Bua, Architectural Inventions: Visionary Drawing of Buildings, 2012.
Heti, Sheila, The Process, THE BELIEVER MAGAZINE, Sept. 2011, page 32-33.
‘JM’, Hilary Harkness: Artist to Watch, THE ART ECONOMIST, Volume 1 issue 3, 2011.
Wei, Lilly, The Great American (Male) Nude, ARTnews, December 2010.
Staff, Figurative Women We Love: The Sailors in Hilary Harness's Paintings, ESQUIRE, November, 2008, p. 120.
Sexton, Elaine, Hilary Harkness/Mary Boone, ART IN AMERICA, Sept. 2008, pp. 155-156.
Honigman, Ana Finel, HMS Dystopia: All the real, mean girls, ANOTHER MAGAZINE, Spring/Summer 2008 p. 138.
Levin, Kim, Hilary Harkness, ART NEWS, Summer 2008, pp. 166-167.
Cohen, David, In Defense of Painting, THE NEW YORK SUN, 15 May 2008, pp. 17, 26.
Min, Byongkyo, Preview: Hilary Harkness, ARTRADE (Korea), May 2008, pp. 4-5.
Staff, Spring Art Picks: Hilary Harkness, THE VILLAGE VOICE, 5 March 2008, p. 103.
Mac Adam, Alfred, Old School, ART NEWS September, 2007, pp 155-156.
Fujimori, Manami, Hilary Harkness at the Metropolitan Museum, MADAME FIGARO (Japan), 20 September 2007, p. 194-195.
Auricchio, Laura, Old School, TIME OUT NEW YORK, 23 August 2007, p.60.
Cotter, Holland, Old School, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 10 August 2007.
Goodrich, John, Gallery-Going: Traditions & Their Uses, THE NEW YORK SUN, 12 July 2007.
Finkel, Jori, Tales from the Crit: For Art Students, May is the Cruelest Month, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 30 April 2006, p. AR34.
Baker, R.C., Catching enigmas in a bottle: Girls gone wild in hot oil, THE VILLAGE VOICE, 18 May 2005, p. 83.
Gardner, James, Art Attack: Hilary Harkness, THE NEW YORK POST, 14 May 2005, p. 29.
Cohen, David, Gallery-Going: Hilary Harkness, THE NEW YORK SUN, 12 May 2005, p. 15.
Baker, R.C., Voices Choices: Hilary Harkness, THE VILLAGE VOICE, 11 May 2005, p. 43.
Kino, Carol, Trendy Artists Pick up an Old-Fashioned Habit, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 17 April 2005, pp. AR1, AR26.
Honigman, Ana Finel, Emerging Artists: Sex and Power, Hilary Harkness's Violent Femmes, MODERN PAINTERS, February 2005, pp. 54-55.
Ichihara, Kentaro, Hilary Harkness: Poems of War and Industrial Fetishism, COMPOSITE (Tokyo), October 2004, pp. 110-115.
Valdez, Sarah, Hilary Harknes at Mary Boone, ART IN AMERICA, October 2004, pp. 157-158.
Kerr, Merrily, Hilary Harkness, TIME OUT NEW YORK, 24 June 2004, p. 69.
Cohen, David, Gallery-Going: Hilary Harkness, THE NEW YORK SUN, 10 June 2004, p. 17.
Levin, Kim, Voice Choices: Hilary Harkness, THE VILLAGE VOICE, 2 June 2004, p. 45.
Honigman, Ana Finel, Hilary Harkness, MODERN PAINTERS, June 2004, pp.130-131.
Wakefield, Neville, Hilary Harkness, INTERVIEW, June 2004, p. 30.
Reed, John, Sailing Forth from Lesbos, GAY CITY NEWS, June 23, 2004.
Moyer, Carrie, A Bow to Female S/M, GAY CITY NEWS, June 9, 2004.
Staff, Hilary Harkness, THE NEW YORKER, 31 May 2004, p.14.
Donohoe, Victoria, Exhibit Broadens Range of Sci-Fi Art, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 13 July 2003.
Johnson, Ken, OnLine, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 13 June 2003.
Honigman, Ana Finel, Fulsome Chattiness/Biting Cattiness: Satire After William Hogarth, ZING MAGAZINE, January 2003. pp. 49-64.
Staff, Art in Review, THE NEW YORKER, 19 August 2002.
Johnson, Ken, Westworld, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 14 December 2001. p. E41.
Dougherty, Cecilia, Temporary Headquarters, NEST, December 2001, pp.162 - 171.
Amy, Michael, Hilary Harkness at Bill Maynes, ART IN AMERICA, November 2001, p. 151.
MacAdam, Barbara A., On the Edge: Breugel of the Seaside Brothels, ARTnews, November 2001, p. 192.
Huntington, Richard, A Stroll Through the Chelsea District Proves to Be No Walk in the Park, THE BUFFALO EVENING NEWS, 27 May 2001.
Saltz, Jerry, Woman Overboard, THE VILLAGE VOICE, 8 May 2001, p. 65.
Hunt, David, Do Not Disturb, SMOCK, May 2001, pp. 108 - 113.
Johnson, Ken, Hilary Harkness/Mary Carlson, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 27 April 2001, p. E31.
Temin, Christine, Imagination Runs Wild in Wonderland, THE BOSTON GLOBE, 30 January 2001.
Sherman, Mary, MCA Creates a Wonderland, BOSTON SUNDAY HERALD, 28 January 2001.
Freedman, Marcy, Making the Cut, SAN FRANCISCO WEEKLY, 9 December 1998.