Born 1952 in Lisbon, Portugal

Lives and works in Narrowsburg, NY, and New York


1991 MFA, Goldsmiths College, University of London
1989 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
1982 BFA, City and Guilds of London Art School
1974-79 Apprenticed to a wood carver, York, England

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Bancs d’Utopie, We Sit Together, Le Familistére de Guise, France
2015 Bancs d’Utopie, We Sit Together, FRAC Franche-Compté, Besançon, France
Angle of Repose (with Harmony Hammond), Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
We sit together: Bancs d’utopie de Francis Cape, Familistère de Guise, Guise, France
2014 Utopian Benches, The Shaker Museum, New Lebanon, NY
Utopian Benches,
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2013 Utopian Benches, Murray Guy, New York
2012 Utopian Benches, ICA/Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
2011 Utopian Benches, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA
2010 The Other End of the Line, The High Line, New York
Behind the Levees, Clifford Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Francis Cape & Paul Kennedy, Calicoon Fine Arts, Calicoon, NY
2009 Home Front, Murray Guy, New York
Home Front
, Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
2008 It Happened Here, Suraci Gallery, Marywood University, Scranton, PA
2006 Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery, SUNY Purchase, NY
Grimm Rosenfeld, Munich
Waterline, Murray Guy, New York
2005 Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Narrowsburg, NY
2004 Currents, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO
Murray Guy, New York
2002 Eli Marsh Gallery, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
2001 Murray Guy, New York Galerie Andreas Grimm, Munich
2000 Art Statements, Art 31 Basel, Switzerland
, The College of Saint Rose Art Gallery, Albany, NY
1999 Murray Guy, New York
1997 Steffany Martz, New York
1996 The Showroom, London
1992 Francis Cape and Lucy Hayward, Mario Flecha Gallery, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria
SITE 20 Years/20 Shows: SUMMER, Santa Fe, NM
2013 Summer of love: found and lost, artsites, Riverhead, NY
2012 House Arrest , Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT
2011 Social Structures, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, ID
2010 Minimalism: More than meets the eye, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Narrowsburg, NY
2008 Prospect 1. New Orleans, curated by Dan Cameron, New Orleans (cat.)
Informed by Function,
Lehman College Art Gallery, New York
Public Art Fund at Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY
2007 About Face/ Façade, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
Matthew Buckingham, Francis Cape, Kota Ezawa, Matthew Higgs,
Murray Guy, New York
The HandMaking, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA
Emily Dickinson Rendered, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY
2006 Disaster! One Year After, Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
The Line of Beauty, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts
2005 Spectrum, Galerie Lelong, New York
Monochrome Image, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York
2004 Open, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA
Nothing Compared to this: ambient, incidental and new minimal tendencies in current art,
Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
Art…chitecture: From defies Function, Evo Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2003 Off, Murray Guy, New York
The Paper Sculpture Show
  (ICI traveling exhibition 2003-2005), Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY;  Diverse Works, Houston, TX; Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA; Contemporary Art Center, Virginia Beach, VA; Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TX, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Subtle Occupation
, Murray Guy, New York
Game Over
, Grimm/Rosenfeld, Munich
Impressions of a Revolution: New Prints
, Dan Elias Gallery, Boston, MA
Winter Selections
, International Print Center, New York
2002 Multiples: An Incomplete Survey, Brent Sikkema , New York
View Six: Surface to Surface
, curated by Max Henry, Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Raum ohne Raum
, curated by Barbara Hoffmann, KulturAllianzen, Cologne, Germany
Art on Paper 2002
, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC
Building Structures,
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York
On Paper,
Galerie Andreas Grimm, Munich
Floor to Ceiling
, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
, Galerie Andreas Grimm, Munich
Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London
2001 The (Ideal)  Home Show, Gimpel Fils, London
definition, Murray Guy, New York
2000 Exhibition Room (with Josiah McElheny & Yinka Shonibare), Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
Extra Ordinary, James Cohan Gallery, New York
The Conversation, Murray Guy, New York
Greater New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York
Artworkers, curated by Melissa Feldman, Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn, UK; Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, UK; Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston-upon-Hull, UK (cat.)
1999 Drawings, Alexander and Bonin, New York
1998 The Future Lasts Forever, Steffany Martz, New York
Sculpture Center at Roosevelt Island, New York
Sculpture Center Benefit, Sculpture Center, New York
1997 Kevin Appel, Francis Cape, Jorge Pardo (curated by Margaret Murray), Janice Guy, New York
I met a man who wasn’t there… (curated by Margaret Murray), Basilico Fine Arts, New York
L.A. Angelmaker and Francis Cape, Momenta, Brooklyn, NY
Emerging Artists, Sculpture Center, New York
Sculpture Center Benefit,  Sculpture Center, New York
Stairmasters, Stairmasters, New York
1996 Space, Mind, Place (curated by Michelle Reyes & John Connelly), Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
Handmade Readymades
 (curated by Thomas Weaver), Hunter Galleries, New York       
1995 Rest & Motion, Margaret Murray Fine Arts, New York
1994 Critics Choice, Tribeca 148 gallery, New York
Roll, Clove Gallery, London
Carpenters Road Studios, London
1991 Into the Nineties 3, Mall Gallery, London
Goldsmiths College, London
1990 Carpenters Road Studios, London
1989 Project Space, The Gymnasium, London
1987 Rivington Street Gallery, London
1986 25th February, Rivington Street Gallery, London
1985 The Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London


2010 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York
2003 Henry and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellowship, Washington University School of Art, St. Louis, MO

Public Collections

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane


Books and Monographs

2014 Francis Cape. We sit on the same bench. San Francisco: San Francisco Art Institute, Walter and McBean Galleries, 2014. Texts by Francis Cape and Claire Burborow.
2013 Francis Cape. We Sit Together: Utopian Benches from the Shakers to the Separatists of Zoar. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2013. Texts by Francis Cape. Foreword by Richard Torchia.
2011 Francis Cape. We sit on the same bench. Arcadia University Gallery, 2011. Texts by Francis Cape and Claire Durborow.
2007 Francis Cape. New Orleans 2005/2007.

Selected Bibliography

2016 M.B. “The new utopias.” The Economist, 25 May 2016
2015 Abatemarco, Michael. “Flesh and wood: Harmony Hammond and Francis Cape’s “Angle of Repose.”, 17 July 2015
Daviatte, Eric. “Tous égaux, assis sur un banc.” l’Est Republicain, 9 October 2015

Hegert, Natalie. “Celebrating 20 Years, SITE Santa Fe Shows New Commissions and Collaborations.” The Huffington Post, 8 August 2015
2013 Calabrese, Nickolas. “The Utopian Grave / The Grave Utopian.” X-TRA 16, no. 2 (Winter 2013), pp. 100–107
Gopnik, Blake. “Seating Takes a Political Stand: Francis Cape looks at where communitarians sat.” The Daily Beast, 18 July 2013
Green, Penelope. “Taking a Load Off, Together.” The New York Times, 25 July 2013, p. D2
Keats, Jonathan. “Change The World With A Chair? Carpenter Francis Cape Shows His Utopian Benches At The Museum Of Arts And Design.” Forbes, 18 July 2013
Lookofsky, Sarah. “Francis Cape: Murray Guy.”, 24 July 2013
Richard, Frances. “Francis Cape: Murray Guy.” Artforum (October 2013), p. 293
Russeth, Andrew. “Francis Cape: Utopian Benches at Murray Guy.” New York Observer, July 2013
Smith, Roberta. “Francis Cape: Utopian Benches.” The New York Times, 19 July 2013, p. C26
2011 Fallon, Rachel. “Francis Cape: Utopian Benches.” Philadelphia Daily News, 2 December 2011
Newhall, Edith. “Utopian Benches by Francis Cape at Arcadia University Art Gallery.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, 27 November 2011
2010 “Francis Cape.” The New Yorker, 15 November 2010
“High Line Trailer Park”, artnet, 28 October 2010
Schulz, Charles. “Francis Cape: The Other End of the Line.” The Brooklyn Rail, 22 October–21 November 2010
2009 Amir, Yaelle. “Francis Cape: Home Front.” Artslant (May 2009)
Gopnik, Blake. “Critics’ Pick: Francis Cape.”, 5 May 2009
Smith, Roberta. “Francis Cape – Home Front.” The New York Times, 29 May 2009
2007 Schwendener, Martha. “How a Solitary Poet of the Past Speaks to 10 Artists of Today.” The New York Times, 9 March 2007
2006 “Munro Galloway/Francis Cape.” The New Yorker, 5 June 2006, p. 16
Saltz, Jerry. “Healing Arts – the balm of art amid Katrina’s devastation.” The Village Voice, 1 June 2006
Weskott, Hanne. “Auf der Linie gegen den Strich.” Suddeutsche Zeitung, 3 May 2006
2004 Bonetti, David. “Woodcarver/painter Francis Cape reopens the question: Craft or art?” St. Louis Post Dispatch, 1 April 2004, p. 33
Clark, Robin. Currents 91: Francis Cape. Exhibition brochure. St. Louis: Saint Louis Art Museum, 2004
Lombardi, D. Dominick. “Dialogue: Francis Cape.” Sculpture 23, no. 6 (July/August 2004), pp. 22–23
Princenthal, Nancy. “Francis Cape at Murray Guy.” Art in America (November 2004), p. 172
Schwendener, Martha. “Francis Cape at Murray Guy.”, 10 March 2004
2003 Hirsch, Faye. “Working proofs: print reviews.” Art on Paper 7, no. 5 (March 2003), p. 62–63
2002 Hoffman, Barbara. Raum ohne Raum. Exhibition brochure. Cologne: Allianz Versicherungs-AG, 2002.
Klein, Richard. Floor to Ceiling. Exhibition brochure. Ridgefield, CT: The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, 2002.
The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation 2001 Awards. New York: Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, 2001, pp. 18–19. (ill.)
2001 Cape, Francis. Front and back cover, Cabinet, no. 5 (Winter 2001)
Wilson, Michael. “Francis Cape’s Magical Realism”, 28 September 2001
The New Yorker, 15 October 2001, p. 28
Johnson, Ken. The New York Times, 21 September 2001, p. E30
Williams, Gregory. ”Flux Interior.” Interior Design, Special Art issue, 72, no.10 (August 2001), pp. 206–215 (ill.)
2000 Feldman, Melissa. “Artworkers: The Politics of Labour in Contemporary Art.” In Artworkers. Newlyn: Newlyn Art Gallery; Llandudno: Oriel Mostyn, 2000, pp. 12–37 (ill.)
Henry, Max. “Gotham Dispatch.” artnet (June 2000)
Jaeger, William. “Constructing a polished look.” Times Union [Albany NY], 13 February 2000, p. 12
Johnson, Ken. “Extra Ordinary.” The New York Times, 9 June 2000, p. E29
Kino, Carol. “Surveying the Scene II: The Emergent Factor.” Art in America (July 2000), pp. 44–49
Koplos, Janet. “Francis Cape at Murray Guy.” Art in America 88, no.1 (January 2000), pp.16–117 (ill.)
Martini, Filippo. “Concept: Art looks at design and studies its meanings.” Casa Vogue,  no. 5 (October 2000), pp. 94, 96 (ill.)
Morris, Stacey. “British Sculptor Cape exhibiting works.” Glens Falls Post Star, 11 February 2000
Reardon, Valerie. “Artworkers.” Art Monthly (April 2000), p. 22
Saltz, Jerry. “Greater Expectations.” The Village Voice, 8–15 March 2000
1999 Schmerler, Sarah. “Francis Cape.” Time Out New York, no. 190, 13–20 May 1999, p. 64 (ill.)
1997 Freedman, Matt. “Between High & Low: Tradition.” Review, 1 May 1997, pp. 10–12
Greene, David A. New York Sidewalk (November 1997)
Hein, Lisa. “Francis Cape: 167 East 69th Street, Sculpture Center.” Zing Magazine (Summer 1997), pp. 278–279 (ill.)
Mangini, Elizabeth. “I met a man who wasn’t there…”The Exhibitionist (Fall 1997), p. 58
McKenna, Max. “New York Diary.” The Art Newspaper, no. 75 (November 1997), p. 53
Nahas, Dominique. “I met a man who wasn’t there…” Review (July/August 1997), pp. 57–58
Review, (January 1997)
Smith, Roberta. “I met a man who wasn’t there…” The New York Times, 4 July 1997
Smith, Roberta. “Francis Cape.” The New York Times, 14 March 1997
Volk, Gregory. “Francis Cape.” Art in America (October 1997), p. 121 (ill.)
1996 Arning, Bill. Time Out New York, 31 July–7 August 1996, p. 28
Cooper, Diana. “Francis Cape and Catherine Havemeyer” (interview). Brooklyn: Bildco Books, 1996.
Cotter, Holland. “Roosevelt Island.” The New York Times, 9 August 1996
Halle, Howard. “Ready or Not.” Time Out New York, 14–21 February 1996
Schmerler, Sarah. ‘Projects’, Time Out New York, 21–28 August
Servetar, Stuart. “This Way Please.” New York Free Press, 24–30 July 1996
Servetar, Stuart. New York Free Press, 28 February–5 March 1996
Smith, Roberta. “Handmade Readymades.” The New York Times, 3 March 1996
Smith, Roberta. “Space, Mind, Place.” The New York Times, 19 July 1996 (ill.)
Weaver, Thomas. “Handmade Readymades.” In Handmade Readymades. New York: Hunter College of The City University of New York, 1996, pp. 2–15 (ill.)
1993 Currah, Mark. “Francis Cape, The Showroom.” Untitled, no. 3 (Winter 1993/94) (ill.)
Jennings, Rose. “Francis Cape, The Showroom.” Time Out, 13–20 October 1993
Sweet, Kim. Interview. Exhibition brochure. London: The Showroom, 1993 (ill.)
1992 Hubbard, Sue. Time Out (May 1992)
Jennings, Rose. Time Out (May 1992)
1991 Collings, Matthew. ‘”Into The Nineties.” City Limits, 29 August–5 September 1991 (ill.)