Justine Kurland was born in 1969 in Warsaw, New York. She received her B.F.A. from School of Visual Arts, NY in 1996, and her M.F.A. from Yale University in 1998.
Her work has been exhibited extensively at museums and galleries in the U.S. and internationally. Recent museum exhibitions include Open Road at Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI, and Crystal Bridges Museum of America Art, AR;Looking Forward: Gifts of Contemporary Art from the Patricia A. Bell Collection at the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, NJ; More American Photographs at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH; and Off the Grid #1 and #2 at Fotodok in The Netherlands. She was the focus of a solo exhibition at CEPA in Buffalo, NY, and Moma’s exhibition Into the Sunset, in 2009. Her exhibition, Sincere Auto Care, was shown at Mitchell Innes and Nash in the fall of 2014.
Justine Kurland has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and Vice Magazine. Reviews of her work have appeared in Art Forum, Frieze Magazine, Time Out, and The New Yorker, among others. Coromandel published a monograph of work, Spirit West, in 2001; Art Space published Old Joy in 2003; Ecstatic Peace Library published This Train Is Bound for Glory in 2009; and Black Threads of Meng Chiao in collaboration with John Yau was published fall 2015. Aperture published a monograph of her work in 2016, entitled Highway Kind.
Her work is in the public collections of institutions including the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, and the International Center of Photography, all in New York; the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC; and the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal. In 2013, she was awarded The New York Foundation of the Arts' Artists' Fellowship for Photography. She is represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York.