B. 1955, United States
Joe Coleman is a world-renowned painter, writer and performer who has been exhibited for over four decades including solo shows at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2007), the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin, 2007), Tilton Gallery (New York, 2006) and recently at Andrew Edlin Gallery (2019).
His performance work from the 1980's was some of the most radical of its time, and can be seen in the films Mondo New York (1988) and Captured (2008). The new book on extreme performance, Avant Garde from Below: Transgressive Performance from Iggy Pop to Joe Coleman and G.G. Allin by Clemens Marschall, explores Coleman's influence during this pivotal period.
Joe Coleman was the subject of an award-winning feature length documentary, Rest in Pieces: A Portrait of Joe Coleman (1997). He has appeared in acting roles in films such as Asia Argento's Scarlet Diva (2000) and The Cruel Tale of the Medicine Man (2015). He lives with his wife Whitney Ward in Brooklyn, New York.