“Tom Warren, the omnipresent photographer with a Hasselblad F1000, arrived in New York City in March of 1979 when CBGB's, the Mudd Club, Xenon, Palladium, and Danceteria were in full swing and after graduating from Kent State University's School of Journalism with a Bachelor of Science degree in Photo-Illustration. It was the year Leonard Abrams founded the East Village Eye, a local paper focusing on politics, art, and gentrification that wouldeventually publish Tom's photographs and was the first to publish the word 'hip-hop'. […] Every night, Tom recalled, ‘was another party, another art opening, another gallery opening.’ And Tom thrived on this eclectic energy of his new home and city and placed himself front and center as observer, participant, and documentarian to this vibrant, yet rapidly changing cityscape filled with the quixotic and visionary.” – Gregory de la Haba, Tom Warren: Behind the Camera – In Front of the Scene, in: Tom Warren: The 1980s Art Scene in New York – Portrait Studio / Visual Journal, Berlin 2021, 15.

Tom Warren was born in 1954 in Lakewood, Ohio and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Photo-Illustration from the School of Journalism at Kent State University. In March 1979 he moved to New York City where he lives and works until today.

 

Selected solo shows:

 

  • 2021 “Tom Warren: The 1980s Art Scene in New York – Portait Studio / Visual Journal”. Online exhibition. PULPO GALLERY. Murnau am Staffelsee. Germany.
  • 2020 “Tom Warren: Infinite View”. Gibson Contemporary. NYC. Curated by David Gibson.
  • 2008 “FoneCam & Text Projections”. Abaton Garage. Jersey City NJ.
  • 2007 “Visual Journal #296”. dinterfineart.com. Project room.
  • 2004 “Photographs, Early ‘80’s”. Abaton Garage. Jersey City. NJ.
  • 2000 “Portrait Studio”. James Fuentes Gallery. New York City.
  • 1999 “30 Years of Photography”. sharpgallery.com.
  • 1991 “Flash”. Willoughby Sharp Gallery. NYC.
  • 1990 “Portrait Studio”. Spaces Gallery. Cleveland. Ohio. 
  • 1989 “Portrait Studio Survey”. Willoughby Sharp Gallery. NYC.
  • 1985 Greathouse Gallery. NYC.
  • 1984 Todd’s Copy Shop. NYC.
  • 1984 Red Bar. NYC.

 

selected group shows:

 

  • 2017 “Tom Warren, Betsy Bauer, Ruth Ava Lyons”. The Yard. Site: Brooklyn Gallery. NYC.
  • 2008 “On A Few Years of The Eighties’ Decade”. MAGASIN-Centre National D’Art Contemporain, Grenoble. France.
  • 2008 “Menagerie: Animals & Nature”. Jack Hanley Gallery. NYC. 
  • 2008 “History Keeps Me Awake at Night: A Genealogy of Wojnarowicz”. P.P.O.W. NYC.
  • 2008 “NOTEPAD”. Included in Reality Bag a project in support of The Serpentine Gallery Education Program. London. UK.
  • 2007 “Photolucious”. The Williamsburg Music Center. NYC. Curated by Carol Blank.
  • 2007 “Mock, Stock & Barrel: An Artists’ Tibute to Richard Mock”. Galleria los Smartkieros. NYC.
  • 2006 “Open Studios”. Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Center. NY.
  • 2006 “New York’s Own”. Fuse Gallery. NYC. Curated by Chris ‘Daze’ Ellis.
  • 2005 “The Gift: Building a collection for the Queens Museum”. Flushing. NY.
  • 2004“East Village USA”. New Museum. NYC.
  • 2004 “Queens International”. Queens Museum of Art. NYC.
  • 2004 “Word of Mouth”. Dinter Fine Art. NYC.
  • 2003 “POLARITIES”. NYC. Curated by Willoughby Sharp.
  • 2002 “Breathing Room”. Thatcher Projects. NYC.
  • 2001 “Playground of the Fearless”. Williamsburg. Brooklyn.
  • 2000 “Na’er Do Wells”. NYC. Curated by Alfredo Martinez & Jacob Williams.
  • 1999 “Radiant Children: Art of the East Village -1980’s”. Lamia Ink. NYC. 
  • 1998 “Acts of Faith”. Curated by Willougby Sharp. NYC.
  • 1998 “Words on Walls”. Curated by Willoughby Sharp. NYC.
  • 1994 “Lesson in Love”. Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago IL.
  • 1993 “Blur”. Remission Galleries. NYC.
  • 1989 “The May Show”. The Cleveland Museum of Art. Ohio.
  • 1988 “Sunrise Highway”. The John Gibson Gallery. NYC.
  • 1987“Group UFO”. Gracie Mansion Gallery. NYC. 
  • 1987 “Exposed & Enveloped”. Laurence Miller Gallery. NYC.
  • 1985 “Hip-Hop”. Institute of North American Studies. Barcelona. Spain.
  • 1984 “Portrait Studio”. Limbo. P.S. 1. NYC. 
  • 1984 “Chill Out New York”. curated by Steven Kaplan. Kenkelba Gallery. NYC.
  • 1983 “Portrait Studio”. Fashion Moda. Bronx. NYC.
  • 1983 “Portrait Studio”. Semaphore Gallery. NYC.
  • 1983 “Three Part Variety”. Milliken Gallery. NYC. 
  • 1983 Pier 34. NYC.
  • 1982 City Wildlife Museum. NYC. Curated by Christi Rupp.
  • 1981 “Portrait Studio”. ABC No Rio Gallery. NYC.
  • 1981 “Small Works Show”. NYU, NYC. Curated by Marcia Tucker.
  • 1980 “Colab Project”. The Times Square Show. NYY.
  • 1980 “The Bad Light Photography Show”. NYC.
  • 1975 “The May Show”. The Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland Ohio.