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Born Austin, Texas, Feb. 7, 1956

Education

St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, St. Louis, MO.

North Texas State University, Denton, Texas

BFA – University of Texas at Arlington, Texas

Solo Exhibitions

2018  New Work – Canfin Gallery – Tarrytown, NY –  Altered Language: New Work by Cecil Touchon and Niels Shoe Meulma – Tinney Contempory – Nashville, TN

2017 Subliteral Poetics – Nuart Gallery – Santa Fe, NM – To the Letter – Gilman Contemporary – Kechum, ID

2016 Before the Beginning – Nuart Gallery – Santa Fe, NM

2015 “Beyond Words” at William Campbell Contemporary Art – Fort Worth, TX

2013 Art of Collage Part 2 – Sears Peyton Gallery, New York City, New York
In A Broken Tongue – Nuart Gallery – Santa Fe, New Mexico

2012  The Unspoken Remains: Typographic Abstractions of Cecil Touchon – Nuart Gallery – Santa Fe, New Mexico (May) – Channeling the West – Tony Magar and Cecil Touchon at Laura Rathe Gallery, Houston

2011 Reduced to Silence – The Typographic Abstractions of Cecil Touchon – Quintenz and Company Fine Arts Aspen, Colorado – New Works – Emily Amy Gallery – Atlanta, Georgia – Fluxus Language/Taoist Geometry – Cohn Drennan Gallery – Dallas, Texas (two person show) – Typographic Abstractions of Cecil Touchon – K. Imperial Gallery San Francisco, California

2010 The Art of Collage – Nuart Gallery – Santa Fe, New Mexico – The New Beautiful – William Campbell Contemporary Art – Fort Worth, Texas

2009 Collage – Sears Peyton Gallery – New York City, New York  –  Cecil Touchon at Emily Amy Gallery – Atlanta, Georgia

2008   New Work – Gilman Contemporary – Ketchum, Idaho – “Then and Now” – Longview Museum of Fine Arts – Longview, Texas

2007 New Work – bsgmodern – Atlanta, Georgia – New Work – The New Gallery – Houston, Texas

2006  New Work – The Marshall Gallery – Scottsdale, Arizona  – “Visual Poetry” – William Campbell Contemporary Art  – Fort Worth, Texas – February, 2006 – ”All that Jazz” – Cache Contemporary – Los Angeles, California

2005 “The Fusion Series” – Sears Peyton Gallery – New York, New York

2004 “New Collage Works by Cecil Touchon”  – Casa del Artista – Cuernavaca, Mexico

2003  Saks Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas – arranged by William Campbell Contemporary Art Gallery  – “Recent Works by Cecil Touchon” –  Casa del Artista – Cuernavaca, Mexico  – “Massurrealist Overload: A View from the Future” – New Gallery – Houston, Texas. –
New Works – Cidnee Patrick Gallery – Dallas, Texas  – “At Play in the Utopian Matrix” – Exhibition at William Campbell Contemporary Art – Fort Worth, Texas

2000 New Work – Edith Baker Gallery – Dallas, Texas

1999 New Work – Sears/Peyton Gallery in New York City, New York – New Work – New Gallery – Houston, Texas – Studio Exhibition – Cuernavaca, Mexico

1998  New Work – William Campbell Contemporary Art – Fort Worth, Texas  – New Work – Edith Baker Gallery – Dallas, Texas

1997 New Work – The New Gallery – Houson, Texas

1996  New Work – Edith Baker Gallery – Dallas, Texas

1995 New Work – William Campbell Contemporary Art – Fort Worth, Texas – New Work – The New Gallery – Houston, Texas

1994 New Work – Allene LaPides Gallery – Santa Fe, New Mexico  – TSF Training Center (Clifton) – New Work – Edith Baker Gallery – Dallas, Texas

1993 New Work – Allene LaPides Gallery – Santa Fe, New Mexico  – New Work – William Campbell Contemporary Art – Fort Worth, Texas

1992 ‘Trans-Temporal Dialog’ – Edith Baker Gallery – Dallas, Texas  – The New Gallery – Houston, Texas – Elliot Smith Gallery – St. Louis, Missouri

1991 Markel/Sears Gallery – New York, NY  – Elliot Smith Gallery – Saint Louis, Missouri

1990 William Campbell Contemporary Art – Fort Worth, Texas

1989 Longview Museum & Arts Center – Longview, Texas

1988 New Works – William Campbell Contemporary Art – Fort Worth, Texas  – Read/Stremmel Gallery – San Antonio, Texas

1985 ‘Constructions’ – William Campbell Contemporary Art – Fort Worth, Texas

1984 Works On Paper – 280 Gallery – University Of Texas, Arlington, Texas

Group Exhibitions

2017 Art Show LA – Los Angeles, California with Timothy Yarger Gallery – Beverly Hills, California Patent Pending – An art exhibit inspired by United States Patent Books from the early the Dennis Gallery of the Austin College Forster Art Complex – Curated by Jonathan Whitfil – Art Market San Francisco  San Francisco, California with Timothy Yarger Gallery – Beverly Hills, California – Asemic Writing: Offline & In The Gallery – Minnesota Center for Book Arts – Minneapolis, MN – Fluxfest Chicago 2017 – various locations in Chicago, Illinois

2016 Art Show LA – Los Angeles, California with Timothy Yarger Gallery – Beverly Hills, California  – Art Palm Beach – Palm Beach,  Florida with J F Gallery West Palm Beach, Florida – Art Aspen – Aspen, Colorado with Timothy Yarger Gallery– Beverly Hills, California – The Delta Lounge Gallery at LAX – Los Angeles, California via Timothy Yarger Gallery  Flux and Flow Exhibition at J F Gallery West Palm Beach, Florida – Dada Centennial: Day of the Dead – Group exhibition (participant, curator) International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2015 Cecil Touchon and Paul Rousso: No More Words – Laura Rathe Gallery in Houston, Texas  –  Art Show LA – Los Angeles, California with Timothy Yarger Gallery – Beverly Hills, California – Art Aspen – Aspen, Colorado with Timothy Yarger Gallery– Beverly Hills, California

2014 Designer Showhouse for the benefit of Preservation Houston – Houston, Texas  –  Exhibition LINES: Tony Magar and Cecil Touchon at Laura Rathe Gallery in Houston, Texas – Art Show LA – Los Angeles, California with Timothy Yarger Gallery – Beverly Hills, CaliforniaArt Aspen – Aspen, Colorado with Timothy Yarger Gallery– Beverly Hills, California – artMRKT SanFrancisco – Fort Mason – with Timothy Yarger Gallery– Beverly Hills, California – artMRKT HAMPTONS – Bridgehampton Historical Society – July (via Tim Yarger Gallery)

2013 Codex International Book Fair – San Francisco, CA – Feb 10-13 (Via Red Fox Press)  – Art LA – Los Angeles Convention Center Jan. 24-27 – Los Angeles, Ca. (via Tim Yarger Gallery) – PALM SPRINGS FINE ART FAIR – Palm Springs, CA – Feb 15-17 (via Tim Yarger Gallery) – FLUXFEST CHICAGO 2013 – Chicago, Il. – Feb. 22-26 – artMRKT SanFrancisco – Fort Mason – May (via Tim Yarger Gallery) – artMRKT HAMPTONS – Bridgehampton Historical Society – July (via Tim Yarger Gallery) ART ASPEN – ASPEN ICE GARDEN – AUGUST (via Tim Yarger Gallery)  

2012 Tony Magar & Cecil Touchon: Channeling the West. Laura Rathe Fine Art – Houston, Texas – Kommissar Hjulers BROTKATZE-KollaborationenGALERIE Offenes Atelier D.U.Design – Villach, Österreich Germany – Fluxfest Chicago 2012 – Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Illinois – Collage/Assemblage Centennial 1912-2012 – The International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction – Pagosa Springs, Colorado

2011 TROYART International Exhibition at MuBE – Museu Brasileiro da Escultura –  San Paulo, Brazil – Fluxfest Texas – an evening of Fluxus Performance at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas – Fluxfest Chicago – Part of: Art and Its Audience – Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois USA (6 days of avant garde performance and exhibitions)Convocatória de Arte Postal – “Cabana dos Parodiantes” Salvaterra de Magos, PortugalTEXTILE 11 / Kaunas Biennial , Lithuania – George Maciunas and Beyond : Fluxus Never Stops  – Write Now: Artists and Letterforms – Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Illinois

2010  Black and White – The Works of Shelley Reed, Al Held, Robert Mapplethorpe and Cecil Touchon – J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville Beach, FL – Skylab Mailart Visual Poetry Exhibit – Skylab Gallery in Columbus, Ohio in concurrence and after the Avant Writing Symposium at The Ohio State University  – Lost + Found: The Art of Collage at Northern Kentucky University – Highland Hts, KY – Fluxface in Space – A Fluxmuseum International Digital Exhibition aboard the last two Space Shuttle Missions (#133 and #134) using Nasa’s Face In Space Project. Conceived by Gary Bibb and Cecil Touchon  Abstract Fort Worth – Jane Helslander, Winter Rusilosky and Cecil Touchon –  Curated by Mark Thistlethwaite at Gallery 76102 (a Space of UTArlington) Fort Worth, Texas  –  Hat-itecture at Gabriela Ligenza for the London Architecture Festival – London, England –  Group show of artist and architect created hats – Homecoming – Four Fluxus Artists – Cecil Touchon, Larry Miller, John M. Bennett and Keith Buchholz – Curated by Keith Buchholz at the Regional Arts Center, Saint Louis, Missouri Greetings from Daddaland: Fluxus, Mail Art and Rubber Stamps – Stendhal Art Gallery –New York City, New York  – The Last Vispo at Common Ground Art Gallery – Windsor, Ontario Canada. Then the show traveled to Smolensk, Russia, Moscow, Russia & The International Poetry Festival in Budapest, Hungary – mIEKAL AND (U.S.A.), Cecil Touchon (U.S.A.), Aysegul Tozeren (Turkey), Stephen Vincent (U.S.A.), Reid Wood (U.S.A.) and James Yeary (U.S.A.).

2009 Fluxfest at Pierogi’s The Boiler – Fluxus score performed – Booklyn, NY – A Book About Death – Emily Harvey Foundation – New York City, New York – Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles – The Mobius Gallery in Boston, MA –  The Queens Museum, Queens New York – part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art – The Los Angeles County Museum of Art Research Library – MUBE: Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, Sao Paulo, Brazil, MoMA Wales, Exit11 in Belgium, San Diego State University, San Diego, Ca.  – DECENNIAL – Joseph Gierek Fine Art – Tulsa, Oklahoma   – “Ten Artists,” includes Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, Robert Mars, Jasper Johns Jo-Ann Lizio, Cecil Touchon and Troy Abbott – Art Modern Gallery – Naples, Florida – Fluxhibition #3 E. H. Hereford University Center Gallery at the University of Texas at Arlington – Arlington, Texas – Curated by Cecil Touchon – BFA Show at The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Under The Influence – International Exhibition at the Longview Fine Arts Museum – Longview Texas participating artists from, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland and the USA. – VENICE BIENNIAL # 53Mercury House One – Save the Poetry – Biennale di Venezia – Venice, Italy  – Red – Nuart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico – Cecil Touchon,  Alberto Gálvez, Howard Hersh, Erin Cone, Michael Kessler, Lilita Postaza, Randall Reid, Santiago Pérez, Rob Douglas, Jorge Leyva, Lea Bradovich

2008 New and Improved Fluxus: Fluxhibition #2  – Classic and Contemporary Scores, Instructions and Artifacts by Fluxus Artists – The Fort Worth Community Arts Center – Fort Worth, Texas. Works by Angelo Ricciardi, Antonio Picardi, Jamie Newton, Allan Revich, Lorraine Kwan, Gregory Steel, Walter Cianciusi, Yoko Ono, Luc Fierens, Jim Leftwich, Ken Friedman, Jeff Hogue, Rebecca Cunningham, Don Boyd, Neil Horsky, Larry Miller, Fluxdada, Karl Heinz Jeron, Marco Geovenale, Patrick Anderson-McQuoid and Tomas Schmit, George Brecht, Bibiana Padilla Maltos, Carol Starr, Cecil Touchon, Keith Buchholz, John M. Bennett, Reid Wood, Reed Altemus, Sheila Murphy – Cut-up/Reassembled – Collage and Assemblage in the American West – Houston Baptist University – Houston, Texas – Fluxus Performance for the Carnival of the Arts – AXIOM Gallery for new and experimental media  – Boston, Mass. –  CIAO PAOLINA – a project by Vittore Baroni – Italy

2007  White on White – Selections from the Permanent Collection of the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction – Curated by Cecil Touchon –  an exhibition of works that explores white and include mixed media, paintings, photographs, constructions, assemblages, collages, photo montages, weavings, poems, Massurrealist and Fluxus works. Artists from Russia, Germany, the United States, Canada, Argentina, Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Greece, Panama and Portugal were represented in the exhibition.  Looking Forward / Looking Back – William Campbell Contemporary Art Fort Worth, Texas (jan/feb 2007)
A Way with Words – Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas (jan/feb 2007)

2006 Douglas Udell Gallery – Edmonton Canada – 50 ANNIVERSARY OF CONCRETE POETRY – University of Stuttgart – Stuttgart, Germany

2005 Almost Believable –  Kunstzentrium Massurreal – Berlin, Germany – A New Media art exhibit

2004 Selections from the Permanent Collection of the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction – Meditech – Greater Boston, Ma  – Selections from the Permanent Collection of the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction – New England Bio Labs – Greater Boston, Ma –

2002 “Small Pleasures” – Exhibit at Austin College – Austin, Texas – 9th Salon International du Collage Contemporain de Paris – Paris, France

2001 8th Salon International du Collage Contemporain de Paris – Paris, France  – Works on Paper show – the Armory – New York City, New York  – Group Exhibition – Sears/Peyton Gallery – New York City, New York

2000 Works on Paper show – the Armory – New York City – Group Exhibition – Sears/Peyton Gallery – New York

1999 International Fluxus Group Show at CalArts – Main Gallery, California Institute of the Arts – Valencia, California – Works on Paper show – the Armory – New York City, New York

1998 Group Exhibition – Galerie van der Straeten – Amsterdam, The Netherlands  – Group Show at Edith Baker Gallery – Works on Paper show – the Armory – New York City

1997 Group Show at Edith Baker Gallery – Dallas – December – The Art and Technology Circus at Audart Gallery in New York, New York  –  Works on Paper show at the Armory in New York City

1996 ”Esperanza’, Edith Baker Gallery, Dallas,TX –  The Seattle Art Fair –  Works on Paper show at the Armory in New York City

1995 “In the Eye of the Beholder” – Edith Baker Gallery – Dallas Texas – Works on Paper show – the Armory – New York City

1994 “Words” – Boulder Art Center – Boulder, Colorado

1993 Edith Baker Gallery – Dallas,Texas  –   William Campbell Contemporary Art – Fort Worth, Texas

1992 Edith Baker Gallery – Dallas, Texas

1991 The New Gallery – Houston, Texas – Edith Baker Gallery – Dallas, Texas – William Campbell Contemporary Art – Fort Worth, Texas

1990 Edith Baker Gallery – Dallas, Texas

1989 Invitational At The Longview Museum And Arts Center – Longview, Texas (First Place Winner) –
Elliot Smith Gallery – St. Louis, Missouri

1988 William Campbell Contemporary Art – Fort Worth, Texas  –  Moss/Chumley Gallery – Dallas, Texas –

1987 ‘Three to Show’ – Jan Weiner Gallery – Kansas City, Kansas  –  ‘Black is the Color’ -Moss/Chumley Gallery – Dallas, Texas  –  The Aspen Museum, – Aspen, Colorado – ‘Homegrown’ –  William Campbell Contemporary Art –  Fort Worth, Texas – Contemporary Art Month – Read/Stremmel Gallery – San Antonio. Texas – University of Texas Permian Basin – Oddesa, Texas – ” Made in Texas” – Moss – Chumley Gallery – Dallas Texas – “Art of the Southwest” – Jan Weiner Gallery  – Kansas City, Kansas

1986 Group Show – Jan Weiner Gallery – Kansas City, Kansas

1985 “Drawings – Coast to Coast” – William Campbell Contemporary Art – Ft. Worth, Texas  –  Amarillo Competition- Amarillo Art Center – Amarillo, Texas  –  Group Show – Jan Weiner Gallery – Kansas City, Kansas – New Collages, Richard’s Cafe American – Dallas, Texas

1984 “Critics Choice” – D-Art Center – Dallas, Texas  – Art in the Metroplex – Texas Christian University – Ft.Worth ,Texas  –  Group Show, William Campbell Contemporary Art – Fort Worth, Texas

Collections

MOMA – New York, NY

MOMA Library Manhattan, New York, NY

Emily Harvey Foundation – New York, NY

Museu Brasileiro da Escultura –  San Paulo, Brazil

Mela Foundation, New York, NY

Studio One, New York, NY (Yoko Ono)

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

Fogg Museum of Art Archive, Cambridge, Mass.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Research Library, Los Angeles, Ca

The Getty Research Institute – Los Angeles, Ca

Modern Realism, San Francisco, Ca

Chicago Art Institute – Chicago, Il.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Il.

Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, Il.

Saint Louis Art Museum, Library, Saint Louis, Mo

Iowa State University – Fluxus Collection – Ames, IA‎

ATCA Special Collections, Iowa State University, Iowa City, Iowa

Avant Writing Collection – Rare Books & Manuscripts Library – at Ohio State University

Ohio State University Libraries, Rare Books and Manuscript Libraries, Columbus, Ohio

Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Miami, Fl

Ontological Museum, Fluxus Collections, Fort Worth, Texas

Longview Museum and Art Center – Longview, Texas

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Mn

The Tate Modern – London, UK

Tate Britain (Archive), London, UK

Museum Fluxus + – Potsdam, Germany

Artpool Art Research Center, Budapest, Hungary

TAM Archive, Breda, Netherlands

Szuka Fabryke /Archive, Tielrode, Belgium

Knud Pedersen Archive, Copenhagen, Denmark

E.O.N. Archive, Viareggio, Italy

Archivo Francesco Conz, Verona Italy

Sellem Archive of Experimental amd Marginal Art, Lund, Sweden

Virginia Common Wealth University

Stendhal Gallery, George Maciunas Foundation, New York

Monash University Library, Clayton, Victoria, Australia

State Library of Victoria, Rare Printed Collections, Melbourne

Stiftung Lyrik Kabinett, Muenchen, Germany

University of Brighton, UK

Edinburgh College of Art Library, UK

Glasgow School of Art Library, UK

University College of London

Arts Council England, Manchester, UK

The Poetry Library, London

Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK

Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK

Winchester School of Art Library, UK

University for the Creative Arts at Farnham, UK

Manchester Metropolitan University

Julia Vermes Sammlung, Basel, Switzerland

The Tabernacle, at The Moma, Wales, Machynlleth, Wales

SONS – Shoes Or No Shoes Museum,  Kruishoutem, Belgium

The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, Spain

The Judith A. Hoffberg Archive at the Library of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Ca

The Mansion at Turtle Creek – Dallas, Texas

Joel Coen + Frances McDormand

Dannon Yogurt

Pace Managements

River Crest Country Club – Fort Worth, TX

Quaker State Oil Company

HBO

FGIC, New York

UPS Atlanta Offices

AM South, Florida

American Airlines at DFW Airport

Delta Airlines

Addison Jet Port

United Airlines at Denver International Airport

PageNet

William Noble Jewelers, Dallas

Craig Properties

Reader’s Digest

Hallmark Cards, Kansas City

Prudential Insurance Company – Prudential Plaza,Newark, NJ

Haynes and Boone, Dallas

Cargill Corporation, NM

K.T.I. Corporation

J.P.Morgan Bank, (International Division), New York

Sanyo Corporation

IBM Corporation

Dell Foundation

Mr and Mrs Dell private collecton

GAP (corporate offices) San Francisco,CA

Neiman-Marcus, New Jersey

Neiman-Marcus, Fort Worth

Neiman-Marcus, Florida

Nordstrom – Beverly Hills, CA

Nordstrom – Puerto Rico

Nordstrom – Corta Madera, CA

Nordstrom – Woodlands (Houston) TX

Swiss Banking Services

Fidelity Investments, Boston

First Boston

Trans Texas Investments

Southeast Bank

Southwest Bank

Citibank

American Express, NYC

Bank of Tokyo, New York

Am South, Burmingham, AL.

Ritz Carleton Hotel Chicago

The Muse Hotel – New York City, New York

Mito Plaza Hotel – Kyoto, Japan

The Westin Hotel 292 5th Ave  New York

Hampton Inn – Washington D.C.

Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas (2 black figures)

The Fairmount Hotel Washington D.C.

The Carlyle Hotel NYC

Metromedia Restaurant Group

R.P.M. Specialists

Nat West

Quotes from Various Articles

“.. Contrary to popular belief, not all art is expressive of the artist’s self.  Self- expression has been one current in the artistic flow of things and until recently, it was not the mainstream. For decades, beginning with the early 20th- century birth of Modernism, mainstream art has been not about the artist, but about the formal evolution of art.  However, in the ’70s Modernism was declared dead — out of gas, as it were — and other reasons for making art hastily were brought forth. Unfortunately one major reason so asserted was that of self-expression. We say unfortunately because in many cases what resulted were a lot of sophomoric moping over late 20th-century alienation.  …True self-expression happens when artists know what is important to them — no matter how modest or mundane or abstract — and communicate it in such a way viewers find it imperative as well.  This conclusion comes at the expense of an artist who has determined not to indulge in anything resembling late-20th-century moping. Instead, his works are a celebration of such early modernist -isms as Miro’s surrealism, Russian constructivism, synthetic cubism, futurism and orphism. Not to mention Matisse’s late collaged images.  And — prodigiously, almost alarmingly, talented — Touchon makes some of the most gorgeous mixed-media paintings you could hope to see… Also, in his virtuoso synthesis of overlapping, dissolving planes, vortices and cutout arabesques — the visual hallmarks of early modernism — he subverts what was radical about modernism in the first place. In Touchon’s hands, it becomes a mother lode of lovely compositional elements…”  Janet Tyson – Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“…His show is a goodly selection of collaged, acrylic paintings on either canvas or paper. There are several works from his Fusion  Series, which present simple geometric shapes simply arranged, within illusionistic frames [framing devices]. There are overlapping  rectangles, with rounded wedges that resemble irregularly cut pie sections.  Occasionally Touchon inserts bits of paper, spattered with Hebrew script or musical notations. Sometimes he paints paper then cuts  out shapes. Other times, collage is in the form of paper applied to the surface, then painted over with solid color, so there is a ghost of a collage.  Most of these works contrast small areas of bright hue with overall neutrally colored surroundings.  What is clear is the extent to which Touchon is in love with a formalism that, way back when, was loaded with revolutionary  significance.  That he does not think that those early experiments in pure shape and color have been improved upon is evident in the way he uses the motifs, and in the way he has antiqued them artificially with pencil shading and other means to make individual elements and overall compositions into found artifacts…”  Janet Tyson – Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“…Touchon’s abstractions relate to the more playful stages of Cubism and to the geometric concoctions of Russian Constructivism, both from the years around World War I. He pursues a modernism in which layered planes typical of collage clearly play a central role; and his tiny collages are his most appealing works…” Donald Hoffmann – The Kansas City Star

 

“… The spotlight, as far as I am concerned, falls on the work of Cecil Touchon… He makes collages and paintings, and his work is solid and intelligent. He does geometric abstractions, and in them are reminders of Picasso here, of Kurt Schwitters there, and at other times of that splendid, classical geometricist, Ilya Bolotowsky.  Touchon has a keen eye for balance and color. He knows how to create tension within the frame and how to suggest deep space. In one group of pictures he uses trompe l’oeil to great advantage as a framing device and as a way of summoning up the past. In some collages he introduces braille to the mix of materials. Braille adds not only texture but also raises questions about the business of seeing and making things that are seen– and the blessing of sight itself…” Robert W. Duffy – Cultural News Editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“…Abstraction has never looked as beautifully serene as it does in the work of Cecil Touchon. He combines the collage-like approach to the Constructivist painters with an almost trompe l’oeil sense of spacial depth.  The result is scenes of warmly colored geometric shapes that seem to revolve and recede into the canvas. The Fusion Series [the collages on paper] is Touchon’s ongoing obsession with manipulating color and shape.  The Dallas Observer

“…The 10 year survey of Cecil Touchon’s work…might very well be called In Pursuit of Elegance. Touchon creates mixed media works that are saturated with a sort of recherche, Proustian elegance. Fusing drawing, painting and collage, he creates serenely abstract images that recall early-20th century Constructivism and Synthetic Cubism. In works large and small, flat areas of rich color are layered with old envelopes, bits of sheet music and other romantic ephemera in works that are nostalgic and knowing, wistful and buoyant — and above all else — intensely atmospheric…”  Janet Tyson – Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Critics Choice Exhibit)

“…Touchon uses devices and theories from everywhere in his large acrylic and paper on canvas paintings. Like a hummingbird, he constructs his nest out of whatever he can find.  There are simple, geometric shapes from modern works and the age-old faux-frames, and these otherwise modern-looking works have a sense of historical relevance.  …The faux-frame- which Touchon said would be a no-no to most modern painters- creates a spatial window that allows the painting to take on a deep, three-dimensional quality…”  Jason Silverman, Paseo, Santa Fe

Additional

Founder/director of the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction curates and mounts exhibitions for the museum.

Cofounder of the International Post-Dogmatist Group – an avant-garde artist organization

Founder of The Fluxnexus a contemporary Fluxus community

Founder/director of the Fluxmuseum – fluxmuseum.org

COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS

2008-9 Fluxkits #1-8 from Fluxus Saint Louis –  Tiny Box Project – curated by Josh  Ronsen – Austin, Texas

2002 Paper presented to: “Something for Nothing” Subjectivity and society in the new economy – 5 & 6 Sept 2002 (Pretoria, South Africa) is the 8th annual South African qualitative methods conference and is organized by the Critical Methods Society.  A conference about living in a time of global change. The conference covers four inter-related streams:  Economy – Large scale issues such as poverty, globalization and the politics of ‘development’ and how these manifest in local communities. Subjectivity – The kinds of individual  psychologies and identities that flourish in the current economic and political climate. Pedagogy – How the skills and values that sustain the global world order are taught in our  schools and universities; and possible alternatives. Knowledge – Critical knowledge-making practices of all sorts – from qualitative research methodologies to the kinds of theoretical tools  that can help us understand and transform society.  – 5th AVTEXTFEST – a festival of experimental literature  – SILENCE PLEASE – is one of fourthirtythree.org’s  series of projects set up to mark the 50th anniversary, in 2002, of John  Cage’s silent composition ‘four minutes, thirty-three seconds’

2001 Poetry and/against Power  – The poems were exhibited in a large space (Arsenale Bunker and a long metallic net)  organized by the artist Marco Nereo Rotelli. At the Venice Biennial – Venice, Italy  – 1 : h o t : m i n email : sound : project : – A collaborative project of creating one minute of sound/noice/music  remotely by email with six other sound artists like an ‘exquisite corpse’ drawing.

2000 FLUXLIST BOX –  http://www.fluxus.org/FLUXLIST/box1/ This was a project of the current Fluxus community of artists in which contributing – happY nEw earS –  ONLINE at http://www.fluxus.org/FLUXLIST/happYneWearS/  Online version adapted from booklet produced by Roger Stevens.  30 contributing Fluxus authors.  More than 70 poems.   A  FLUXLIST project.

1999 Weak Blood  – artists against war and violence http://netartefact.de/weakblood/

PUBLICATIONS

2018  Asemic: The Art of Writing – Peter Schwenger  – University of Minnesota Press – Cecil Touchon – Catalog of Works – 2017 – Ontological Museum Publications –  COMME DES GARÇONS – Rei Kawakubo – Fall Men’s Collection 2018 – image used for fabric in clothing  –   Cover of Delux Magazine NYC edition.

2017 Dada Centennial:  Day of the Dead – (catalog of the exhibition) – Ontological Museum PublicationsCecil Touchon – Catalog of Works – 2016 – ISBN-13: 978-1365877667 – Ontological Museum  Publications

2016 The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists (Joe and Betty Moore Texas Art Series) by Robert Craig Bunch (Author) ISBN-13: 978-1623494070  –  Cecil Touchon – Catalog of Works – 2015 – Ontological Museum Publications

2015 Cecil Touchon – Catalog of Works – 2014 – Ontological Museum Publications

2014 Bright: Typography between Illustration & Art Hardcover – Slanted (Author) – ISBN-13: 978-3942597234 –  “Bright! Typography Between Illustration & Art” is a 420 page, bilingual (German & English), profusely illustrated compendium showcasing the immense variety and creativity of contemporary typography. Cecil Touchon – Catalog of Works – 2013 – ISBN-13: 978-1312123786 – Ontological Museum Publications

2013 Cecil Touchon – Catalog of Works – 2012 – ISBN-13: 978-1300597360 – Ontological Museum Publications

2012  Reduced to Silence – Typographic Abstractions of Cecil Touchon (exhibition catalog) – Cecil Touchon – Catalog of Works – 2011 – ISBN: 9781105413278 – Ontological Museum Publications – Ternishu and Other Poems – ISBN:9781105242793 – Ontological Museum Publications – Movie: Man on a Ledge – artworks on set – Director: Asger Leth, Stars:Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks and Jamie Bell – Movie: The Big Wedding – artworks on set – Director: Justin Zackham, Stars: Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton and Katherine Heigl, Robin Williams, Susan Sarandon – Writing in the Works – Isbn 978-1-111-83460-9 Published by Wadsworth Cengage Learning (cover illustration)

2011 Cecil Touchon –  2010 Catalog of Works – ISBN: 9781105289408 – Ontological Museum Publications

2010 The Art of Collage – Selected Works from the Fusion Series of Cecil Touchon – Ontological Museum Publications ISBN: 978-0-578-02616-9 – Masters: Collage – Major Works by Leading Artists – Lark Books (JUNE 2010) ISBN13: 9781600591082 – Interview on Art Matters – Radio Station WRR 101.1 Dallas, Texas

2009  Everybody’s Fine (movie) 2009 Director Kirk Jones, Actors Drew Berrymore, Robert De Niro Lucian Maisel, Brendan Sexton III, Katherine Moennig, James Frain, Damian Young, James Murtaugh, Sam Rockwell, Kate Beckinsale, Melissa Leo. Two paintings by Cecil Touchon appeared in this movie. (in the guest bedroom and office of Drew Berrymore’ apartment)  –  Visio-Textual Selectricity, the Anthology of Favorites of Their Own Work Chosen by 21 Visio-Textual Artists – Bob Grumman (2009) The Runaway Spoon Press, ISBN 9781571410795  –  Spidertangle Anthology – An Anthology of Visual Poetry, aND, mIEKAL (2009) Xeoxial Editions, West Lima, WI 2009. ISBN 1-438258-18-6 ISBN 978-1-438258-18-8 1st edition printed in a numbered edition of 200  –  In an Agitated Voice – visual poetry by Cecil Touchon – published by Ontological Museum Publications  –  NPR’s On the Mediaonthemedia.org – works featured on the website: Space Odyssey 2008/05/30  – 

2008  Natural Born Fluxus – An Anthology of Childhood Event Scores by Contemporary Fluxus Artists – Cecil Touchon (2009) Ontological Museum Publications ISBN 978-0-578-00333-7  –  Open Textan anthology of poetry edited by Ross Priddle –  The Spam Poetry Game – an anthology of poetry edited by Cecil Touchon – ISBN-13: 978-0557052189 – Ontological Museum Publications  –  The New and Improved Neoist Manifesto – The Neoist Society – ISBN-13: 978-0615258812 – Ontological Museum Publications – Edited by Cecil Touchon    –  Visual Poetry – The Poetry Foundation – Nov. 08 issue (online)

2007 Sound collage featured on a radio program called “Some Assembly Required,” a program about collage sound works.

2006  Jan/Feb. 2006 issue of Boston Review (http://www.bostonreview.net).  –  Rhode Island School of Design’s special double issue of the journal Visible Language on Fluxus Fluxus and Legacy. Visible Language 39.3 developed by Owen Smith and Ken Friedman

2005  STARFISH POETRY Starfish #1 (Fall ’05) edited by PR Primeau |design help by Dimitri Diakopolous PERSISTENCIA*PRESS online  –   FM RADIO – March 16 –  2005 – Playlist, John Oswald – The case of death, miranda july – i can-Japan, Humdinger – 24 hours of radio art –  live, steinski – everything’s disappeared, heavy confetti – sanctimonious, connect_icut – winter song, wayne butane – nixon’s first day in office, residuum – talk to my head, youth parade – dire hostess, spackle queen – (royalties), uncle bob’s story book room – The lord’s will, cecil touchon – massurealist meditation 12, ctephin – restoration   –
three collages published in William James Austin’s BLACKBOX

2004 Experimental Sound Works featured on XStream Radio (an internet radio station) broadcasting from Paris, specialized in electronic and experimental music.  –  cauldron & net [ volume I ] http://www.studiocleo.com/cauldron/  –  cauldron & net [ volume III ] http://www.studiocleo.com/cauldron/  –  Elle Decor Magazine Dec 2004 Issue – Artwork appeared in the photos of a home article  –

2002  Avant Garde Under Net Conditions – Perspektive Magazine German Magazine (print and web)

2001  Metropolitan Home Magazine – March-April 2001 issue page 152