Andy Coolquitt was born in Texas in 1964, and currently lives in Austin. In March and April of 2015 Colquitt was artist-in-residence at Disjecta in Portland, Oregon, which culminated in the exhibition SHOWERS/GUTTERS/PIPES/
BUILDINGS/BULBS/SPEAKERS/FOUNTAINS/FLOWERS/SHOWERS. In September 2014, Coolquitt presented his fourth solo exhibition at Lisa Cooley, entitled somebody place. In April and May of 2014, Coolquitt was artist-in-residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, which culminated with an exhibition, Multi-Marfa Room, at the Locker Plant in Marfa. In the spring of 2014, Coolquitt had two major solo exhibitions, including This Much at Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna, Austria, and no I didn’t go to any museums here I hate museums museums are just stores that charge you to come in there are lots of free museums here but they have names like real stores at Maryam Nassir Zadeh in New York. In 2013, Coolquitt was an artist-in-residence at 21er Haus in Vienna, Austria, and opened an exhibition there that July. In Fall 2012, he presented a major solo exhibition titled attainable excellence at AMOA-Arthouse in Austin, Texas. This exhibition was organized by the Blaffer Museum in Houston, and opened there in May 2013. A full-color monograph published by the University of Texas Press accompanied the exhibition and features contributions from Dan Fox, Matthew Higgs, Jan Tumlir, and Rachel Hooper.
Coolquitt is perhaps most widely known for a house, a performance/studio/domestic space that began as his master’s thesis project at the University of Texas at Austin in 1994, and continues to the present day. Recent exhibitions include Strange Pilgrims, at The Contemporary Austin, Texas; Thief Among Thieves, at The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, Colorado; Burn these eyes captain, and throw them all in the sea! at Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey; The problem today is not the other but the self, at The Goethe Institute – Ludlow 38, New York. His work is included in the collections of the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma; the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria; the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; and the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York.
Photo by Terri Thomas