Banks Violette

(Born) 1973 in Ithaca, NY, USA
(Based) New York, NY, USA


Biography ( )


Banks Violette is an artist who challenges the epic weight of conceptual and minimalist art history with a visual language that was visceral, dark and deeply engaging. Violette’s work plays with the legacy of Americana and where it meets the residue of the subcultural, blending the heritage of Steven Parrino, Don Flavin and Robert Smithson with something unsettling and contemporary.
— Francesca Gavin

His work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at The Whitney; Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway; Museum Dhont-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium; rodolphe janssen, Brussels, Belgium; MoMa, New York, NY USA; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France and the Royal Academy.

His works are collected by: The Coppel Foundation; Mexico; The Ellipse Foundation, Portugal; Frank Cohen Collection, Manchester, UK; The Jumex Foundation, Mexico; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland; Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland;  Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA USA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY USA; The OverHolland Collection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; The Saatchi Collection, London, UK; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY USA; Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA USA; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY USA; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.


  • Order & Disorder (in collaboration with QG Gallery)
  • Banks Violette, No title/(Damned 76)
  • Banks Violette, No Title/(Dash Snow)
  • Banks Violette, Uchronies
  • Banks Violette, No Title (flag/american recordings)
  • Banks Violette, Il Giardino dei Lauri
  • Banks Violette, Altars of Madness
  • Banks Violette
  • Banks Violette, Not titled (empire)
  • Banks Violette
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  • Banks Violette, Anthem (twin-suicide)
  • Banks Violette
  • Banks Violette, Pentastar (in the style of demons)  6.23.96
  • Banks Violette, No Title (Throne)
  • Banks Violette, Not Yet Titled (Chandelier)
  • Banks Violette, Lovesongs for assholes  (Jack Daniels)
  • Banks Violette, Not Yet Titled (Cobain Guitar)
  • Banks Violette, Untitled
  • Banks Violette, Ithaca Suicide Drawing
  • Banks Violette, Broken Bottle
  • Banks Violette, Motorhead (X-ray)
  • Banks Violette, Not Yet Titled

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