Born in 1984 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Lives and works in Chicago, Illinois, USA


Chicago-based artist John Henderson expands and develops an engagement with abstract painting and the conditions for its contemporary practice. Making use of a variety of technologies and techniques—molds, castings, digital printing, video, and photography—Henderson reforms, revises, and reproduces the manual painterly expression, invoking Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism while acknowledging a distance from their unmediated practice.

John Henderson has had solo exhibitions at venues including Galerie Perrotin New York, Hong Kong, and Paris; Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City; T293, Naples and Rome; Carl Kostyál, London; Peep-Hole, Milan; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. His work has been included in group exhibitions such as Per_forming a collection #3, Museo MADRE, Naples, Italy; Anamericana, American Academy in Rome; Expanded Painting, Prague Biennale 6; and Phantom Limb: Approaches to Painting Today, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Henderson’s work is featured in the collections of Moderna Museet, Stockholm; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Museo Madre, Naples; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.


2009 M.F.A. Northwestern University, Illinois
2007 B.F.A. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

solo shows

- The Return, Perrotin Paris, France (forthcoming)

- Perrotin, New York, New York

- Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, Mexico 

- re-er, Perrotin, Hong Kong, China

- John Henderson, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France

- A Revision, Galerie Perrotin, New York, NY, USA
- A Reserve, T293, Rome, Italy

- Excerpts, Carl Kostyál, London, UK
- He's an interesting thinker, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong, China
- John, Peep-Hole, Milan, Italy

- The man I wanted to marry before I found out about sex, T293, Naples, Italy
- 12 x 12: John Henderson, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA
- The Frugal Genius, Golden Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

group shows

- La Febbre, curated by Vincenzo Schillaci, Palermo, Italy 

- How it's Made, Carl Kostyál, Stockholm, Sweden
- Painting / Or / Not, KaviarFactory, Henningsvaer, Norway

- ma l'amor mio non muore, Casa Museo Ivan Bruschi, Arezzo, Italy
- Metropolitan Art Society, Beirut, Lebanon
- Chicago and Vicinity, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

- green postcard, Ibid, London, UK

- The Go-Between, Museo di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy
- Per-forming a collection #3, Museo MADRE, Naples, Italy

- Happy Birthday Galerie Perrotin / 25 ans, TRIPOSTAL, Lille, France
- The Medium of Intensity, Carl Kostyál, Stockholm, Sweden
- Matt Connors, John Henderson, Lucas Knipscher, Andrea Rosen Gallery 2, New York
- Anamericana, American Academy, Rome, Italy
- abstract thinking -- using a hammer and sea-staring is OK, OSL contemporary, Olso, Norway
- Prague Biennial 6, Prague, Czech Republic
- Group Show, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France

- Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA, USA
- Cara Domani: Opere dalla collezione Ernesto Esposito, Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
- The Mystery Trend, Wallspace, New York, NY, USA
- Idea is the object, D'Amelio Gallery, New York, NY, USA
- Phantom Limb: Approaches to Painting Today, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA
- Gaylen Gerber, John Henderson, DAS INSTITUT with Allison Katz, Family Business, New York, NY, USA
- Richard Artschwager / Gaylen Gerber / John Henderson, Golden Gallery, New York, NY, USA
- John Henderson, Dan Rees, Frieze, New York (T293 Gallery), USA

- About Painting, abc art berlin contemporary (w/ T293), Berlin, Germany (catalog)
- Liste 16 (T293 Gallery, Naples), Basel, Switzerland
- Chopped & Screwed, Tomorrow at MKG127, Toronto, Canada

- Mute: John Henderson and Justin Swinburne, Reference Gallery, Richmond, VA, USA

public collections

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Napoli, Italy
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

Selected Bibliography

- Charlesworth, J.J. Review: green postcard at Ibid., London, ArtReview, April

- Cummins, Cassie. John Henderson at Galerie Perrotin,, November 10
- Mahany, Alexander. Painting Without Paint: John Henderson and Contemporary Abstraction,, October 10
- Top 100 Fall Shows, Modern Painters, September
- Kollack, Ginny. Review: Frieze New York, art-agenda, May 9

- Casavecchia, Barbara.Review: John Henderson at Peep-Hole, Milan, Frieze, October

- Cattelan, Maurizio. Interview with John Henderson: Self Representation, Flash Art, October (cover story)
- Smith, Roberta. Art in Review: Idea is the Object, The New York Times, August 2
- Smith, Roberta. Art in Review: The Mystery Trend, The New York Times, July 27
- Ise, Claudine. 'Phantomb Limb' exhibition at MCA not at all what it sounds like, Chicago Tribune, June 27

- Casavecchia, Barbara. Absorption and Theatricality: John Henderson, Mousse Magazine no. 30, October
- Grabner, Michelle. John Henderson at Golden Gallery, Artforum, April
- Perel, Marissa. Review: John Henderson at GOLDEN, Time Out Chicago, February 24

  • November 2014
    White Hot Magazine — 2 PAGES

  • May 2013
    Frieze Magazine — 1 PAGE

  • January 2013
    Hong Kong Economic Journal — 1 PAGE

  • October 2012
    Flash Art — 5 PAGES

  • August 2012
    The New York Times — 3 PAGES