Paul Kos

Professor Emeritus
New Genres

Paul Kos, a founding member of the Bay Area conceptual art movement, has exhibited internationally and was recently featured in the Guggenheim Museum exhibition, The Third Mind. Kos has received numerous grants and awards including, Dodd Chair at the University of Georgia, a Eureka Fellowship, a Flintridge, a Guggenheim, a Rockefeller, a Tiffany and six NEA Fellowships. Besides his studio practice, Kos has made large scale public art installations including:Poetry Sculpture Garden with Poet Laureate, Bob Hass, at 199 Fremont, San Francisco and “every thing matters” for the Bishop Collection at the new UCSF Campus.

Selected Exhibitions: 


  • 2011 Paul Kos, Selected Works: 1969-2011, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
  • 2009 Allegories and Metaphors, Lamar Dodd School of Art, UGA, Athens, GA
  • 2008 Selected Works, Esso Gallery, New York, NY - West of the Great Divide, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
  • 2003 Everything Matters: Paul Kos, A Retrospective, Berkeley Art Museum, University of California; Grey Art Gallery, New York University; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati
  • 1998 Sculptural Allegories, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
  • 1995 Jernigan Wicker Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA - Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
  • 1994 Paul Kos at the Wiegand Gallery, College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA
  • 1992 Paul Kos: Sculpture, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA - J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky (travels) - Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Santa Monica, California
  • 1991 Tintinnabulations, University Art Gallery, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
  • 1990 Paul Kos: Ber Lin, Laguna Art Museum, Satellite Gallery at South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA - Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  • 1988 Iannetti Lanzone Gallery, San Francisco, CA - University Art Gallery, California State University, Chico
  • 1987 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA - Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1986 New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA - Capp Street Project, San Francisco, CA
  • 1980 MATRIX, University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley - Site, Inc., 585 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
  • 1979 University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1978 Video Free America, San Francisco, CA - Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY
  • 1977 Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
  • 1976 Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1975 Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY - M.H. de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • 1973 Gutierrez-Solana, Glassman, Kos, (three one-man exhibitions), La Jolla Museum, La Jolla, CA
  • 1972 Reese Palley Gallery, New York, New York
  • 1971 Fish, Fox, Kos, de Saisset Art Gallery and Museum, Santa Clara, CA - Reese Palley Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 1969 Participationkinetics, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA


  • 2009 The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860 to 1969, Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York.
  • 2008 This Is Not A Void, Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paolo, Brazil
  • Conceptual Art From California, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein n.b.k., Berlin, Germany
  • Looking For Mushrooms, Museum Ludwig, Koln, Germany California Video, Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Neighborhood Secrets, Stavanger, Norway

Selected Publications: 

  • Kimmelmann, Michael. “Wry Faith That’s a Bit Slapstick.” New York Times. Sept 12, 2003.
  • Lewallen, Constance. Everything matters: Paul Kos, a Retrospective. University of California, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, 2003.


  • MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, 1967