Dena Yago


Dena Yago is an artist, writer, and founding member of the trend forecasting group K-HOLE. Recent exhibitions and presentations include JTT Gallery, New York (forthcoming, 2023); Industry City, High Art, Paris (2022), Art Basel Statements, (2021); Image Power, Frans Hals Musem, Haarlem (2020); Dry Season, Bodega (now Derosia), New York (2020); Force Majeure, High Art, Paris (2019); and Made in L.A., Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016). Recent publications include Fade the Lure (After Eight Books, 2019). Her writing has appeared in e-flux journal, Flash Art, and frieze magazine. In addition to her visual practice, she works as a cultural strategist with the artist-based consultancy Applied Arts. Yago lives and works in New York City.





BA Columbia University, New York


Universität der Kunst, Klasse Josephine Pryde, Berlin, Germany

Solo & Two Person Exhibitions


Body Hero, Sandy Brown, Berlin, Germany

Capacity, JTT, New York, NY


Industry City, High Art, Paris, France


Statements, Art Basel with Bodega (Derosia), Basel, Switzerland


Dry Season, Bodega, New York, NY


Force Majeure, High Art, Paris, France


The Shortest Shadow, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA


The Lusting Breed, Bodega, New York, NY


Heck & The Divested Set, Sandy Brown, Berlin, Germany

In Escrow, High Art, Paris, France


You and You’re People, Boatos Fine Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Dena Yago, White Flag Projects Library, St. Louis, MO

Distaff, Eli Ping Frances Perkins, New York, NY

a caelo usque ad centrum, Cubbit Gallery, London, UK (with Laurie Spiegel)

Heat Island, Gasconade, Milan, Italy


Because Reasons, Malraux's Place, Brooklyn, NY


A car ride driven topless taken alone

Reminds major city thoroughfares of their

Contracting hopes as they pass, to carry the

Breasts of the driver, Sandy Brown, Berlin, Germany


ESPRIT, Tomorrow, Toronto, Canada

Selected Group Exhibitions


This American Life, Moran Moran, Los Angeles, CA

Those of Us, Sandy Brown, Berlin, Germany


Flatlands, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich, Switzerland

SIREN (some poetics), Amant Foundation, New York, NY

Barbe à Papa, CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France

Crowd Control, High Art, Arles, France

Red Herrings for the Category Spell, Hudson House, Hudson


Still Time, Fitzpatrick Gallery, Paris, France

10 Works, Sharp Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark


Image Power, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands


Tabula Rasa, Watermill Center, Watermill, NY


Post Institutional Stress Disorder, Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark

Archive Fever, curated by Elisa R. Linn and Lennart Wolff, Emalin, London, UK

A Kiss Under the Tail, Arsenal Contemporary, New York, NY

Caisson, Diver, Charmer, Commercial Street, Los Angeles, CA

Human Applause, curated by Nicolás Guagnini, Bortolami Gallery, New York, NY

Title II, Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montreal, Canada

Softcore, curated by Matt Paweski, South Willard, Los Angeles, CA


A Spaghetti Dress for World Peace, Park View, Los Angeles, CA

Caring For Animals...Benefiting People, Jeffrey Stark, New York, NY

Condo New York, Rachel Uffner hosting Sandy Brown, New York, NY

I’m Nobody!, High Art, Paris, France

Teeter, Carl Louie, London, Ontario, Canada

Ministry of Internal Affairs, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland


Made in L.A.: a, the, through, only, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA


Misanthrope NY, Mathew Gallery, New York, NY

Grand Opening Reception, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany

Some Versions of Pastoral, Tomorrow, New York, NY

High Pressure Systems, Frontviews at Konsulat, Berlin, Germany

Jazz Endured, Sandy Brown, Berlin, Germany

New Needs, House Wittman, Vienna, Austria

No Body No Soul, Young Art, Los Angeles, CA

Columbidae, Cell Space, London, UK

Lands’ End, Bodega, New York, NY

Joshing the Watershed, Del Vaz Projects, Los Angeles, CA


Who Are Who, Studio for Propositional Cinema, Düsseldorf, Germany

Musique Concrete, Michael Thibault Gallery, Los Angeles, LA

Unlock the Gates, JTT, New York, NY

Dingum “A Matter of Taste”, The Ister at -1, Paris, France

Revelry…, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Photographs I Like, Andrew Kreps, New York, NY

Santal 26 / 33, Grand Century, New York, NY

Bloomington: Mall of America, Bartolami, New York, NY

STL: The Grand Opening, Shoot the Lobster, New York, NY

Urbanities, James Fuentes Gallery, New York, NY

Basic Zone, Casamadre, Naples, Italy


Day Before This Place, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Germany

L.I.I.T., curated by Carlos Reyes, Eli Ping Gallery, New York, NY

Smiler’s Delicatessen, curated by Jason Lee and Ben Schumacher, Smiler’s Deli, New York, NY

Meadows on the Grid Float, with Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Deweer Gallery, Ghent, Belgium

Bathrobe Baden Baden, a reading with Alex Field, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, and Natsuko Uchino,

Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany

Roman à clef, Bodega, Philadelphia, PA


The Art of Cooking, curated by Hanne Mugaas, Royal/T, Los Angeles, CA

Ten Ten, Jason Alexander, New York, NY

UP AND PEARS L THE S with Ben Morgan Cleveland and Roger van Voorhees, Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, NY


Combine #1, Cage, New York, NY

Formless Painting, Andrew Roth, New York, NY


Uncontrollable Flesh, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA

Larry’s Non-Profit State of Mind, Cleopatra’s, New York, NY


Rundgang, Universität der Kunst Klasse Josephine Pryde, Berlin, Germany

Larry’s Canadian Sculpture and Image, Larry’s, Berlin, Germany

The Living and the Dead, Gavin Brown Enterprise, New York, NY

Talks & Readings


Memes vs. Museums: Criticism after Instagram with Cem A. aka freeze_magazine, Joshua Citarella, Dena Yago Moderation: Gregor Quack, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany


First and Second Impressions, Paul Rand Lecture Series, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT


On Limits, Uncertainty Seminars, Stroom Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands

On Orchids & Precarity, KW, Berlin, Germany


Optics: Brand as Visual Culture x Visual Culture as Brand, International Center of Photography, New York, NY

Seven on Seven, Rhizome at The New Museum, New York, NY


Next Top Models: New Forms for Artists’ Collectives, Frieze Talks, New York, NY

K-HOLE, Insights 2015, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

K-HOLE Miami Report, ICA Ideas, ICA Miami, Miami, FL


89plus Resources Workshop and Panel, LUMA Westbau, Zurich, Switzerland


89plus Marathon, Serpentine Galleries, London, UK

Public Collections

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL

Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands

LACMA, Los Angeles, CA

FRAC Lorraine, Lorraine, France




Isn’t it ironic? No, it’s Cringe: Dena Yago’s defense of rising trends, Art Basel, September 2021

Blurred Vibrations: On Billie Eilish & Affect,, June 14, 2021

Of Boomers and Bass, X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, January 2021


The Wall Stays in the Picture: Destination Murals in Los Angeles, e-flux journal #104, November 2019

Soft Serve, Frieze, Issue 205, September 2019, Print


Figure Eight: On murals and the destination background, TANK Magazine, Autumn–Winter 2018, Print

Content Industrial Complex, e-flux journal #89, 2018


Bad Memory, Flash Art, November–December 2017, Print

On Ketamine and Added Value, e-flux journal #82, 2017

Climate Change & Art: A Lexicon, The Distance Plan Press, 2017, Print

Deviant Art: Danny McDonald at House of Gaga Los Angeles, Texte zur Kunst, No.106, 2017, Print


Empire Poetry, Texte zur Kunst, No. 103, 2016, Print

Art Production & Homelessness, Texte zur Kunst, No.102, 2016, Print


The Animated Reader: Poetry of Surround Audience, New Museum and McNally Jackson, 2015, Print


Love at Work, Flash Art, May–June, 2014, Print

Noon on the Moon, Sternberg Press, 2014, Print

Come Away With Me, Frieze Project by Darren Bader, 2014, Print

Heat Island: The Happy Hypocrite Issue 7, Book Works, 2014, Print


Standard Remote, Sister Imprint, 2010, Print



Why the Gig Economy is Creatively Bankrupt, Travis Diehl, Garage, March 22, 2018


Dena Yago, Boring Down, Josephine Graf, Cura, Issue 25, Summer 2017, Print

Dena Yago, Will Heinrich, The New York Times, March 16, 2017, Print

Dena Yago, Critic’s Guide: New York, Orit Gat, Frieze, February 28, 2017

Dena Yago, Sandy Brown, Michéle Faguet, Artforum, January 2017, Print


Dena Yago at Sandy Brown, Flash Art, November–December 2016, Print

Self-Reliance, Sam Korman, Art in America, November 2016, Print


Circle The Wagons, Laura McLean Ferris, Flash Art, November–December 2015, Print

Dena Yago, Marie Heilich, Bomb, May 8, 2015

Joshing the Watershed, Jared Baxter, Flash Art, March 17, 2015


Unlock the Gates, Simone Krug, Flash Art, October 9, 2014

Dena Yago, Art in the Anthropocene, David Andrew Tasman, DIS Magazine, November 16, 2014

London Round-up, Martin Herbert, Art Monthly, July–August, 2014, Print

Dena Yago, Distaff, Coco Young, Alldayeveryday, June 18, 2014

In the Company of Flesh and Blood, Matthew Rana, Frieze, Issue 164, June–August 2014, Print


Dena Yago, Life on Heat Island, Isla Leaver-Yap, Mousse, Issue 41, December 2013, Print


Fade the Lure, After 8 Books, 2019

Esprit Reprise, Pork Salad Press, 2015

Ambergris, Bodega Press, 2014

ESPRIT, Yesterday Press, 2011