Emily Sundblad

Born 1977 in Dalsjöfors, Sweden. Lives and works in New York, New York.


Founder and Director of Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York

Singer with several groups, including the band Tvillingarna and A Night of Country with Richard Maxwell

Member of several art groups, such as Reena Spaulings and Grand Openings




Studio Section The Whitney Independent Study Program


BFA, Parsons School of Design


Forthcoming Exhibitions

2016        Algus Greenspon, New York, New York


Selected Exhibitions             





You Can Teach an Old Zebra New Tricks , with Margaret Lee, Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles

Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

The ALMANAC 14: Emily Sundblad, Ray Charles, Le Consortium, Dijon, France

The Motorman, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles

Black Is The New Orange, GAGA, Mexico City, Mexico






Absolut, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, Missouri

Reena Spaulings, Galerie NEU, Berlin, Germany

Emily Sundblad / Margaret Lee, Off Vendome, Düsseldorf, Germany

The Railbird, Algus Greenspon, New York, New York

Endless Bummer II / Still Bummin’, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, New York

Death by Water. Death by Fire (RS), Campoli Presti, Paris, France

Group Show, James Fuentes, New York, New York


Danai Anesiadou, Edith Dekyndt, Emily Sundblad, Galerie VidalCuglietta, Brussels, Belgium

Context Message, Zach Feuer, New York, New York


Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

¡Qué bárbara!, Algus Greenspon, New York, New York

Where Do We Go From Here? Selections from La Colección Jumex (RS), Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio


If you leave me I will destroy you, House of Gaga, Mexico City, Mexico

Runaway Train, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

Don Juan in the Village, curated by Bjarne Melgaard, Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

Lonesome Cowgirl, The Green Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Re-dressing, Bortolami, New York, New York

(RS), Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Berlin, Germany

Endless Bummer (RS), Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, California

Almeria (RS), Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France

Systems Analysis (RS),  West London Projects, London, United Kingdom

Signatures (RS), Sutton Lane, Paris, France

So Be It (RS), Andrew Roth, New York, New York

(RS), Musee D’Art Moderne De La Ville De Paris, Paris, France

Looking Back: The White Columns Annual (RS), White Columns, New York, New York

The Evryali Score (RS), David Zwirner, New York, New York

Pop Life: Art in a Material World (RS), Musée des beaux-arts du Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

Greater New York (RS), P.S.1, New York, New York

Pop Life – Warhol, Haring, Koons, Hirst, … (RS), Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany

Sonic Youth etc.: Sensational Fix (RS), CA2M, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, Spain


Strip/Stripe, Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, New York

White Noise, James Cohan Gallery, New York, New York

Womanneken Pis or Good Cop/ Bad Cop, Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Brussels, Belgium

Marcel Broodthaers  & Reena Spaulings (RS), Art|Basel|Miami Beach – Art Positions , Miami, Florida

The Belgian Marbles (RS), Sutton Lane, Brussels, Belgium

(RS), Malmo Kunsthall, Malmo, Sweden

(RS), Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany

Pop Life (RS), Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom

Where Do We Go From Here? Selections from La Colección Jumex (RS), Bass Museum of Art, Miami, Florida


Rental: Fair Market

Les femmes qui dormant (with Amy Granat), Castillo/Corales, Paris, France,

Project (with Amy Granat), Amy, White Columns, New York, New York

My Brain’s a Cliff and My Heart’s a Bitter Buffalo (with Amy Granat), Castillo/Corales, Paris, France

The Sydney Biennial, Sydney, Australia

Courbet your enthusiasm (RS), Chantal Crousel Gallery, Paris, France

L’argent (RS), Le Plateau, Paris, France

Records playing Backwards (RS), The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland

Monologue 0, Test, Lisbon, Portugal

(RS), Contemporary Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri

Power Structure (RS), Roth, New York, New York

Sonic Youth etc: Sensational Fix (RS), Museion Bozen, Bolzano, Italy

One Season in Hell (RS), MD72, Berlin, Germany

Painting Now and Forever (RS), Part 2, Greene Naftali/Matthew Marks, New York, New York

Some Neighbours (RS), Kunstverein Munich, Munich, Germany

945 + 11(RS), Frac-Collection Aquitane, Bordeaux, France

Here Is Every. Four Decades of Contemporary Art (RS), MoMA, New York, New York

Die Wahrnehmung von Ideen führt zu neuen Ideen, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany

Faites vos je – Sextant et plus (RS), Galerie de la Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille, France


Mask, James Cohan Gallery, New York, New York

Jalouse Show, Miami, Florida

Beneath The Underdog, Gagosian Gallery, New York, New York

How to Cook a Wolf (with Amy Granat), Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

The Perfect Man Show, White Columns, New York, New York

Aspects, Forms and Figures, Bellwether Gallery, New York, New York

Massiv Analogue Academy, Galerie Chrisitian Nagel, Cologne, Germany

24 November – 22 December (RS), Sutton Lane, Paris, France

How to Cook a Wolf (RS), Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland

Someone else with my fingerprints (RS), Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France

For The People of Paris (RS), Sutton Lane, Paris, France

Terrible Video (RS), Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Otra De Vaqueros (RS), curated by Perros Negros, Mexico City, Mexico

Make Your Own Life (RS), Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington

Regroup show (RS), Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York, New York

Off Modern (RS), La Station, Nice, France


Carreround (Avec 2 Partis), CCS, Paris, France

The Whitney ISP End of Year Exhibition, Chelsea Museum, New York, New York

The Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum, New York, New York

Survivor, Curated by David Rimanelli, Bortolami Gallery, New York, New York

Make Your Own Life (RS), curated by Bennett Simpson, ICA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Beware of a Holy Whore (RS), Chantal Crousel Gallery, Paris, France

Bring The War Home (RS), Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, New York

Bialystoker (RS), Sutton Lane, London, United Kingdom

Globalización: indicaciones/ efectos secundarios/ advertencies (RS), Espacio 1414, Santurce, Puerto Rico

Metro Pictures (RS), The Moore Space, Miami, Florida

Optik Schröder – Werke aus der Sammlung Alexander Schröder (RS), Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany


Painters Without Paintings & Paintings Without Painters (RS), curated by GarethJames, Orchard 47, New York, New York

Tbilisi2 (RS), curated by Daniel Baumann, Tbilisi, Georgia

Rupture des evidences (RS), Curated by Rita Ackermann, Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France

The Baltic Triennial 2005 (Black Market Worlds) (RS), CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania,

The One & Only (RS), HaswellEdiger&Co, New York, New York


Publish and be Damned (RS), curated by Emily Pethick, Cubitt Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Robert Smithson (RS), Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, New York

Curious Crystal of Unsual Purity (RS), curated by Bob Nickas, P.S.1, New York, New York

So Few Opportunities, So Many Mistakes (RS), curated by Josh Smith, Champion Fine Art, Brooklyn, New York, New York


Group Show, D’Amelio Terrass, New York, New York

The Bedroom Show, John Connelly Presents, New York, New York

Karaoke Death Machine, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, New York


You’re Just A Summerlove But I’ll Remember You When Winter Comes, Priska Juschka Fine Arts, New York, New York


Exhibitions Curated by the Artist & Special Projects


Skymningsfestivalen, a Compilation of Swedish Music for Radio



Akademische Grafitti, with Seth Price

Gone With The Wind, A Reena Spaulings Film


White Light/ White Heat, Reena Spaulings CD Box Set featuring Barbara Sukowa, Rita Ackermann, Emily Speers Mears, Emily Sundblad, Josh Smith and others


A Night of Country: An ongoing country music performance project in collaboration with playwright Richard Maxwell.


Reena Spaulings Fine Art, A New York Gallery


Youʼre Just a Summerlove But Iʼll Remember You When Winter Comes, Co-Curated With Hanna Liden


Lee Williams: An artist-persona created with Jutta Koether



Selected Performances






Dichterliebe and all that jazz, featuring Juliana Huxtable  with Margaret Lee, Elsa De Remur, and Britt Marie Sundblad, The Kitchen, New York

For Shirley Collins, Emily Sundblad and Matt Sweeney, The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, New York

Freezer Burn, Emily Sunblad and Matt Sweeney, Hauser & Wirth, New York

False True Love, Whiney Museum of American Art, New York, May 3


Emily Sundblad and Matt Sweeney, Algus Greenspon, New York, November 2


Annual Friends of Artists Space Dinner in Honor of Alan Vega, Artists Space, New York, May 5

Emily Sundblad (voice) and Ken Okiishi (piano), Dedicato Stromboli, La Locanda del Barbablù, Stromboli, Italy, July 29

Fiesta, Lenox Lounge, New York, New York, April

Who Knows, Silencio, Paris, France, April


Grand Openings Return of the Blogs, Museum of Modern Art, New York, July 20–August 1

Energy Featuring Emily Sundblad, Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden, November

Love Hurts, Algus Greenspon, New York, May 9


Grand Openings High Liners (GO), Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden, May 26

Street Performance, Centro Historico, Gante y 5 de mayo, March 10

Opening Night Performance, GAGA, March 11

Gene Beery Opening, Algus Greenspon Gallery, September 28


Betteraves Club: Emily Sundblad and Margaret Lee, November 8

(GO), Sculpture Center, New York, New York, September 13 – November 30


Bumbershoot 2008 (GO), The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA August 30 – September 1

Carrier Waves, Nichts IST AUFREGEND. Nichts IST SEXY. Nichts IST NICHT PEINLICH (GO), Mumok Factory & Museum Modern

Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria, April 12 – April 20

(GO), Randolph Cliff, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, April 24 & April 25

Songs For Bjarne, Greene Naftali, New York, New York, February


I Love Nobody, with Stefan Tcherepnin and Marten Holmberg, Radio Daniele WFMU, Vizcaya, Miami, USA

Tvillingarna, Tour- Pussycat Lounge NYC, The Mandrake LA and Pasaguero Mexico City, Mexico, October

Montevideo, with Rita Ackermann and Askar Brickman, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, May

The Anita Berber Picture Palace Performance, Bellwether Gallery, New York, New York, March


Tvillingarna on The Boat Bellman, Stockholm, Sweden, August

(GO), Tsunan High School, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2006, Nigata, Japan, August

(GO), Magical Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, August

JJJE, with Jay Sanders and Josef Strau, New York, New York, May

Tvillingarna at Ugglan, Stockholm, Sweden, May

Lee Williams, with Jutta Koether, New York, New York, January

Meerettich on Ice, Volksbuhne, Berlin, Germany, December


Grand Openings, Curated By Jay Sanders for Performa05, Anthology Film Archives, New York, New York

A Night of Country #5 Cajun, Whitney, New York, New York, November 18

Tbilisi2, curated by Daniel Baumann, Tbilisi, Georgia, October

A Night of Country #4 Carter Family, at BAM Café, Brooklyn, New York, July 22

“New York New York”, Swing Cats Club, Basel, Switzerland, June 14

Crime or Emergency, a play by Sibyl Kempson, Dixon Place, New York, New York, April 8 & 9

A Night of Country #3 The 70ʼs at HaswellEdiger&Co, New York, New York, March 10


A Night of Country #2 The 60ʼs at Passerby, New York, New York, October 10

Darkness of This Reading, Movie by Rich Maxwell, Reading, Pennsylvania, June-July

“Anita Berber” for LTTR Explosion, Art in General, New York, New York, July 17- August 5

A Night of Country #1 (with Richard Maxwell), Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, New York


Schubert/Jealous Guy, REACT AIDS Benefit, Participant Gallery, New York, New York

Skeleton Drumming, Trad, Gras och Stenar, Kenny Schacter Gallery, New York, New York


Selected Press & Publications




Chiaverina, John, “Take Them to Church: Sundblad, Sweeney Celebrate New Record, Shirley Collins, with Greenwich Village Performance,” Artnews, April 15

Gregory, Alice, “Art Market | The Not It Girl”, T Magazine, August 2014


Halle, Howard, “Emily Sundblad, ‘The Railbird,’” Time Out New York, July 5, 2013

WSI Administration, “Emily Sundblad. The Railbird,” Wall Street International, June 19th, 2013 (online)


Kley, Elisabeth, “Emily Sundblad, Sunday Painter”,, May 17, 2011 [online]

Guagnini, Nicolás, “!Que Bárbara!”,  Texte zur Kunst, Issue No. 83, September 2011

Marshall, Piper, “Emily Sundblad”, Frieze, September, 2011 

McKensie, Robert, “Que Barbaro”,  MAY, No. 7 October, 2011

Westreich, Thea, “Roving Eye: Some Thoughts on Art Market Alternatives”, Art in America, October

Bankowsky, John, “Best of 2011: Features Top Ten”, Artforum, December 2011

Neil, Jonathan T.D., “Dissonant Returns at Art Basel Miami Beach”, Art Agenda, December 2, 2011


Swerdloff, Alexsis, “The Unassuming Doyenne of New York’s Experimental Art World: Emily Sundblad”,, October 10, 2009 [online]


Lewis, David, “My Brain’s a Cliff and My Heart’s a Bitter Buffalo”,, February


Saltz, Jerry. “Has Money Ruined Art?”, New York Magazine, October

Leung, Cynthia. “Reena Spaulings”, The Outlook, Beijing, Summer

Zucker, Seth. “Reena Spaulings”, Self-Service, Spring/Summer

“About Town”, Art Review, June 2007

Cotter, Holland. “Quirks and Attitude to Burn”, The New York Times, June 8

Cotter, Holland, Art in Review: “Aspects, Forms and Figures”, The New York Times, March

Cover, Texte zur Kunst “Kurzfuhrer”, Summer

Bankowsky, Jack. “Ciao, Rensselaerville,” Richard Prince, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

Funcke, Bettina, “Displaced Struggles,” Artforum, March

Mulvihill, Keith, “Art Attack,” jetStyle in-flight magazine, Spring


Jalouse Magazine, December

Cotter, Holland. “Review of Whitney ISP Show”, The New York Times, May 12

Make Your Own Life Catalogue

Stillman, Nick. “Reena Spaulings: an Art Brand”, Flash Art, May

Birnbaum, Daniel. “2006 Whitney Biennial”, Artforum, May

The Whitney Biennial Catalogue

Maine, Stephen. “Down East”, Art in America, May

Huberman, Anthony. “Reena Spaulings”, Paris, Spring

Cotter, Holland. “The Collective Conscious”, The New York Times, March 5

Griffin, Tim. “A Conversation With the Biennial Curators”, Artforum, January

Gelin, Martin. “Vi Var Frustrerade Over Konstscenen i New York”, Svenska Dagbladet, Jan 4

Russell, Jacob Hale. “The Invisible Artist”, The Wall Street Journal, December 31

Kohler, Andrea. “Die Kunst der Konfusion”, NZZ Online, March 10

Smith, Roberta. Critics Notebook: “Who Needs a White Cube These Days”, The New York Times, January 13

Weiner, Emily. “Blurred Identities”, Time Out New York, Feb. 23- March 1

Stevens, Mark. “Who Are These People?”, New York Magazine, December


Bankowsky, Jack. “Top 10”, Artforum, December

“The New Cultural Elite: Best of 2005″, New York Magazine, December

Rimanelli, David. “On the Ground: New York”, Artforum, December

Schambelan, Elizabeth. “The Summer Issue”, Artforum, June-July

“Reena Spaulings”, Grand Street News, March

Cotter, Holland. “Reena Spaulings”, The New York Times, February 4

Kelsey, John.“The Moscow Biennial”, Artforum, February

Wei, Lilly. “New York, la secousse”, Art Press, October

“Reena Spaulings”,, January

“Reena Spaulings”,, January


“Best of 2004”, Time Out New York, Dec 30 2004 – Jan 5 2005

Cotter, Holland. “Oh, The Year This Could Have Been”, The New York Times, December 26

Harris, Jane. “The Very Idea”, Time Out New York, August 5 – 12

James, Gareth. “Hunde Und Diplomate”, Texte Zur Kunst, Berlin, Summer

Funcke, Bettina. “Andy Warholʼs Aufhebungen” Texte Zur Kunst, Summer

Sundblad, Emily & Kelsey, John. “Club Caliente”, UKS Magazine, Spring

Speers Mears, Emily., May

Griffin, Tim. “Editors Letter”, Artforum, May


Purple Magazine Paris, Interview, July

K48, The Teenage Issue, February


Cotter, Holland. “Review of Youʼre Just a Summerlove”, The New York Times, September