Tessa Perutz

b. 1988, Chicago


Lives and works in Brussels and New York

Founder and President of Massif Central; silk scarves by contemporary artists



BFA in Painting, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2011

Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London, UK, 2009

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions


Marie-Laure Fleisch, Brussels, Belgium (forthcoming)

La Lune Lavande, Stems Gallery, Brussels, Belgium


Sans Souci, 3-D Foundation, Verbier, Switzerland

Letters from Abroad, Serving The People, New York, NY

Karma Solaire, Pablo's Birthday, New York, NY


Wayfinders, with Jessica Hans, Dayspace, Philadelphia, PA

Bay Pictures, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Staring Into The Sea, Pablo's Birthday, New York, NY

Sail Baby, with Jordan Kasey, In Limbo, Brooklyn, NY


Hashtag Nation, Museum of America Books, Brooklyn, NY

Select Group Exhibitions


A meeting with Erna Schilling, Pablos's Birthday, New York, NY

Group Show at Grand Buffet & Pulver's Glass, Babayaga Gallery, Hudson, NY

Benefit for Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Ghent, Belgium

Mona Lisa Must Have Had The Highway Blues, Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY

Imagined Realities, Marie-Laure Fleisch, Brussels, Belgium

Set for the Sun, Lobe Block, Berlin, Germany

Clear Objects, Like Lalique, curated by Nick Farhi, Ventanas Techo, Mexico City, Mexico

Salon de Peinture, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

Looking At The World Through Rose Coloured Glasses, Sofie Van de Velde & Plus-One, Antwerp, Belgium    


Underdonk Selects, Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY

Sorry We Weren't Here to Meet You, We Were Out Exploring, Usagi, Brooklyn, NY

Eddy's Room, Usable Space, Milwaukee, WI

Superposition, curated by Johnny Abrahams, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY

Shapeshifters, curated by Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Group Show, curated by Lucien Smith, Milk Studios, New York, NY


Everything is Going to Be Alright, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI

From out under, curated by Matthew Brown & Lucien Smith, Appointment Only, Los Angeles, CA

Parting and Together, curated by Trudy Benson, Greenpoint Hill, Brooklyn, NY

Somewhere, curated by Gallery 106 Green, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA

The Paperweight Show, Fisher Parrish Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

BAM Auction, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY

Post-Election, September Gallery, Hudson, NY


The River, Hionas Gallery, New York, NY

Bosco, ROE Projects, Brooklyn, NY

The Congregation, curated by Joshua Abelow, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, NY

Whisper to me in HTML, with Imogen Lloyd and art404, Prelim Projects, London, UK

Gefa & Taka, Sim House, Reykjavik, IS

Presenting, In Limbo, Brooklyn, NY


The Year of the Goose, Either Way, Los Angeles, CA

Change of Address, 139 Emerson Place, Brooklyn, NY

Naked Runaway, curated by Xi Garden, Middle Collegiate Church, New York, NY

Strangers Forming a Group Waiting to Kiss, Motel, Brooklyn, NY

99 Cent Plus Art Shop II, 99 Cent Plus, Brooklyn, NY


An Exchange with Sol Lewitt, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA

7 x 11, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI

Three Men and a Baby, with Coleen Self, Impala Studios, Chicago, IL


Spill, Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago, IL

100 European Starlings, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL

Women's Bodies as Public Spaces, North Park University, Chicago, IL

Residencies & Awards

The Macedonia Institute, Chatham, New York, 2019

3-D Foundation, Verbier Sculpture Park, Verbier, Switzerland, 2018

Sim, Berlin, Germany, 2018

Herhusid, Siglufjordur, Iceland, 2017

Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, 2017

Sim, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2016

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Merit Scholarship, 2011


Founder of Massif Central, artist scarf editions, with exhibitions at:

Gagosian Gallery, New York; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; NADA Art Fair 2016 and 2017, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit; Sincerely, Tommy, Brooklyn; Sculpture Center, Queens; Le Huit, Paris; Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago; Nationale, Portland; Spreadhouse, New York

Set Adrift on Memory Bliss, Pablo's Birthday, New York, NY, 2018

Yin Yang, 99 Cent Plus, Brooklyn, NY, 2015

Help Art Heal Haiti, benefit for Haitian Earthquake Relief, Evanston, IL, 2010

Cadaver Corpse, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA and Golden Age, Chicago, NY 2009


Artist Feature, Maake Magazine, curated by Holly Coulis, 2018

Plein Air Drawings, Issue One, artmagazine.us, 2016

New York Studios, Issue 68, Packet Biweekly, 2015

the onesheet, foldout interview and poster, 2015

Exhumed Book One, drawings feature, 2011


"The Bright Side of Brussels" Ace & Tate Journal, 2019

M.V., "Quatuor Qui S'Accorde" Le Vif Weekend, 2019

Scott Indrisek, "6 Keys to a Good Artist-Gallerist Relationship," Artsy, 2019

Laura Pitcher, "How to Collect Emerging Artists with Lolita Cros," i-D Magazine, 2018

"18 standout looks from Expo Chicago," Chicago Tribune, 2018

Alex Garner, "Tessa Perutz," Artforum Critics Picks, 2018

Sasha Bogojev, "Tessa Perutz: Karma Solaire at Pablo's Birthday," Juxtapoz Magazine, 2018

"Cody Hudson and Tessa Perutz Make Beautiful Abstractions," Juxtapoz Magazine, 2017

"Tessa Perutz," Milk Magazine, 2017

Yacine Fall, "30 Under 30," Art Zealous, 2016

Scott Indrisek, "Complex Simplicities: Tessa Perutz," Modern Painters, 2016

Scott Indrisek, "Discoveries (and Steals) at NADA New York 2016," Blouin ArtInfo, 2016

"Prelim Projects 01: Whisper to me in HTML," thisistomorrow, 2016

Grace Linden, "Whisper to me in HTML at Prelim Projects," Temporary Art Review, 2016

David Wilfert, "The Art of The Scarf," World's Best Ever, 2015

"Steal Her Style," TimeOut Chicago, December 2010

Bill Smith, "Art Auction for Haiti" Evanston Now, 2010

"Cadaver Corpse at Space 1026," Art in the Age, 2009

"Pieces by Parcel," Chicago Weekly, 2009

"First Friday Focus Feature," Philadelphia City Paper, 2009