American artist Jay Batlle b. 1976 lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Gascony, France.
Batlle has shown internationally since 1998. He is one of the few Californian conceptual artists to deal with food, though one might also ponder John Baldessari’s Mayonnaise or the oeuvre of Ben Kinmont. As an active bon vivant based between Brooklyn and Occitania, Batlle became famous for his use of vintage illustration on enlarged restaurant menus as a conceptual strategy but has of late sworn himself to painting that emphasizes the materiality over its subject matter.
Batlle was educated at U.C.L.A where he won the prestigious Levinson Scholarship from the faculty and earned his B.A.. He was an artist in residence at De Ateliers 63 Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he earned his M.A. In 2014 he was artist in residence at Mana Contemporary, Jersey City.
Batlle’s work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions including: The MoMA PS1, Metro Pictures, Miguel Abreu Gallery, Esso Gallery, Casey Kaplan, Nyehaus, Andrew Roth, Paul Kasmin, Feigen Contemporary, Thomas Erben, the Chelsea Museum, The National Academy Museum, Exit Art, The Dorsky Gallery, and The Whitney Museum, all in New York City.
As well as: The Glass House Museum at Mana and Gary Lichtenstein Editions, New Jersey; Roberts & Tilton Gallery, Blum & Poe Gallery, both in Los Angeles, CA; The National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago de Chile, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Museo sin Muros – Concepción, both in Chile; Galeria Impakto, Lima, Perù; The Artothek Museum, Cologne, The Ausstellungshalle Zeitgenössische Kunst in Münster, The Abteiberg Museum, Mönchengladbach all in Germany, The Museum of Liverpool, and at The World Museum, Liverpool, both in the United Kingdom; Soho House Istanbul, Turkey; Atelier’s 63, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Galerie Frank, Paris, France; Roza Azora Gallery, Moscow, Russia; Clages Gallery, Cologne, Germany; Galleria 1000eventi, Milan, and Villa Mensa, Turin, both in Italy, Gallery Phillips de Pury, Dubai, C A B I N gallery Dubai, both in the United Arab Emirates and 11 Columbia, Monaco.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Closed For Business Museo Nacional Bellas Artes, Concepción, Chile, (2018-2017), Closed For Business, National Museum Of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile (2017),Salad Days, Villa Mensa, Turin, Italy (2015), Parties Of Six Or More, Norfolk Library, Norfolk, CT, (2013), Parties Of Six Or More, Nyehaus (2012), Free Lunch, Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile (2011) Cutting Out The Middleman, Nyehaus (2009)
Recent group shows: Doomed and Famous: Selections from the Adrian Dannatt Collection, began at Miguel Abreu Gallery, NYC, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, U.K., ending at Galerie Pixi-Marie Poliakoff Paris, France (2022-2021), FOOD SEX ART, MoMA PS1, Queens, NY (2017), Self: Artist in Their Absence, The National Academy Museum, New York City (2015), Lonely Fingers, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany (2013), Swell, Metro Pictures, Nyehaus, & Petzel gallery, New York City (2010).
Batlle’s work is included in private and public collections, including The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California, The Captial Group, Geneva, Switzerland and Los Angeles, California, 20/21 Foundation, New York, New York, The Artothek Museum, Cologne, Germany, Colección Engel Santiago, Chile and The Soho House Group, Istanbul, Chicago, and London.
His work has been featured in several publications including The New York Times, Art In America, New York Magazine, The Art Newspaper, Huffington Post, Interview Magazine, Elle, French Vogue, The Boston Herald, Artinfo, Art & Auction, and Frieze.