Matthew Marks Gallery

Nayland Blake

Since the late 1980s, Nayland Blake has constructed an influential body of work exploring play, eroticism, and the subjective experiences of desire, power, and loss. Inspired by feminist theory and queer subcultures, Blake addresses the contradictions of representation in sculptures, drawings, performances, and videos, particularly as it relates to their own identity as a nonbinary multiracial artist.

Nayland Blake (b. 1960) is an interdisciplinary artist living in New York. Their work has been shown extensively and was included in the 1991 Whitney Biennial, the 1993 Venice Biennale, and the landmark exhibition “Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art” at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1994. In 2003 a retrospective of their video work was organized by the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Surveys of their work have been organized by Location One in New York and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. “Nayland Blake: No Wrong Holes,” a full-scale retrospective organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles opened in 2019 before traveling to the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the following year.

Selected Works

Exhibitions

NAYLAND BLAKE’S OPENING

September 7–October 19, 2019

1062 North Orange Grove
Los Angeles

NAYLAND BLAKE
#IDrawEveryDay

November 4–December 22, 2017

526 West 22nd Street
New York

NAYLAND BLAKE
What Wont Wreng

February 2–April 20, 2013

502 West 22nd Street
New York

NAYLAND BLAKE
What the Whiskey Said, What the Sun is Saying

February 2–March 8, 2008

523 West 24th Street
New York

NAYLAND BLAKE
Reel Around

January 16–February 21, 2004

522 West 22nd Street
New York

NAYLAND BLAKE
Double Fantasy

April 15–May 26, 2000

523 West 24th Street
New York

NAYLAND BLAKE
Feeder 2 and Corollary

October 7–November 28, 1998

522 West 22nd Street
New York

NAYLAND BLAKE
The Black / White Album

March 29–April 26, 1997

523 West 24th Street
New York

NAYLAND BLAKE
Video

February 1–March 11, 1995

1018 Madison Avenue
New York

NAYLAND BLAKE
Stoney End

March 11–April 24, 1993

1018 Madison Avenue
New York

Group Exhibitions

HOME LIFE

January 29–March 27, 2021

523 West 24th Street
New York

ONE HUNDRED DRAWINGS

November 8, 2019–January 18, 2020

523 West 24th Street
New York

MAGIC BEN BIG BOY
Lutz Bacher, Nayland Blake, Vincent Fecteau

February 9–April 20, 2019

526 West 22nd Street
New York

PAINTING: NOW AND FOREVER, PART III

June 28–August 17, 2018

522 West 22nd Street
523 West 24th Street
526 West 22nd Street
New York

A DRAWING SHOW

October 4–November 29, 2014

526 West 22nd Street
New York

SUMMER GROUP EXHIBITION

July 19–August 16, 2014

1062 North Orange Grove
7818 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles

NAYLAND BLAKE, THOMAS DEMAND, TRISHA DONNELLY, VINCENT FECTEAU, WADE GUYTON

July 20–September 21, 2013

1062 North Orange Grove
7818 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles

SOMETHING ANYTHING
An exhibition curated by Nayland Blake

July 2–August 16, 2002

522 West 22nd Street
New York

100 DRAWINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS
Tenth Anniversary Exhibition

November 3–December 22, 2001

523 West 24th Street
New York

DRAWINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS
Foundation for Contemporary Performing Arts Benefit Exhibition

December 8–December 23, 2000

522 West 22nd Street
New York

NAYLAND BLAKE, RICHMOND BURTON, PETER CAIN, GARY HUME

July 6–September 30, 1992

1018 Madison Avenue
New York

AN EXHIBITION TO BENEFIT ACT-UP
The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power

December 5–December 21, 1991

1018 Madison Avenue
New York

Books

NAYLAND BLAKE
Some Kind of Love: Performance Video 1989–2002

NAYLAND BLAKE
Low: Good and Evil in the Works of Nayland Blake

ONE HUNDRED DRAWINGS

MAGIC BEN BIG BOY
Nayland Blake, Vincent Fecteau, Lutz Bacher

100 DRAWINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS
Tenth Anniversary Exhibition

Posters

NAYLAND BLAKE
What the Whiskey Said, What the Sun Is Saying

out of print

PAINTING: NOW AND FOREVER, PART III

SOMETHING ANYTHING
An Exhibition Curated by Nayland Blake

Editions

NAYLAND BLAKE
The Little One