Peregrine Honig

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Peregrine Honig

Peregrine Honig (born 1976 in San Francisco, CA) is an American artist whose work is concerned with the relationship between pop culture, sexual vulnerability, social anxieties, the ethics of luxury and trends in consumerism. Honig appeared on season one of Bravo’s artist reality television show, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, which aired from June 9–August 11, 2010.


Born in San Francisco and raised in The Castro and in Project Artaud, Honig moved to Kansas City, Missouri, at 17 to attend the Kansas City Art Institute.[1] At age 22, Honig was the youngest living artist to have work acquired by the Whitney Museum of Art’s permanent collection.

Solo exhibitions include Loser at Dwight Hackett Projects in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Pretty Babies at Gescheidle Gallery in Chicago; and Albocracy at Jet Art Works in Washington DC. Significant recent group shows include Talk Dirty to Me at Larissa Goldston Gallery (2009), Transfigure at Kemper Museum, Kansas City, Missouri (2008), Diane and Sandy Besser Collection at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California (2007). Her work has been show internationally with Gallery Akinci in Amsterdam and Gallery Arcaute in Monterey, Mexico.

Honig’s work is included in private and public collections, including: The Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University Art Gallery, The Fogg Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, 21c Museum Hotel, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, and Ball State University Museum of Art.[citation needed]

In 1997, Honig started Fahrenheit Gallery, an artist-run space in Kansas City's industrial West Bottoms, where she showed artists with national and international reputations and inspired other young Kansas City artists to do the same.[2]

Honig is represented by Dwight Hackett Projects in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Haw Contemporary in Kansas City, Missouri.

Honig also owns a lingerie and swimwear boutique, Birdies, which opened in 2003, and is located in the Crossroads Section of Kansas City, Missouri.


Early sexual awakenings, the visual manifestation of disease, and the social anxieties of realized and fictional characters reveal themselves through Peregrine Honig’s drawings and paintings.

  • Ovubet (26 Girls with Sweet Centers, 1999)
  • Pin Up Girls (2001–02)
  • Mint Forest (2003–04): Inspired by Precious Doe murder case.
  • Albocracy (2005)
  • Father Gander (2005): Honig’s collection of six lithographs in her series[3]
  • Mary Kate and Ashley (2007): A look at Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen twin toddlers of Full House.
  • V.I.P. (2008)[4]
  • Exposed (2009)[5]
  • Pukers (2010)
  • Anchor Babies (2010)
  • Beautiful Boys (2010)[6]


  • Suites (2015): Following an unofficial residency at the Hotel Phillips in Kansas City where the artist created a series of drawings, Honig installed a full-scale replica of the hotel's interior inside the Belger Crane Yard Gallery. Exploring issues such as sexuality, vulnerability and luxury, she expanded the works to include prints and a video work in collaboration with videographer Johann Brooks and choreographer Jane Gotch.
  • Twin Fawns (2000–current): based on taxidermied unborn twin baby fawns in a uterine glass case. The Twin Fawns exhibit exaggerated features and cartoon-like appearance. The fawns are depicted as sleeping peacefully in an artificial glass womb-like case constructed by the artist.[7]
  • Widow Magazine (2010):[8] Honig’s 167-page one-time limited-edition faux fashion magazine, plays with the fashion magazine form. In jest, Honig names it after the one female archetype that has never had a magazine that caters to her "market."
  • Bravo’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist (2010): Honig appeared on Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. She advanced to the final round, where she took second place after winner Abdi Farah and second runner-up, Miles Mendenhall. On the show she wore fashion by Kansas City designers Ari Fish, a contestant on Project Runway, and fashion designer, Peggy Noland. "Art is too often exclusive and inaccessible," says Barb Shelly of "Honig and her Bravo competitors are making it interesting and understandable."[9] Two months after her defeat, Honig comes to Santa Fe with Loser, a collection of work both from and in response to her reality-show experience.[10]






  1. ^ "2 views of beauty". Kansas City Star. January 23, 2004. Archived from the original on December 1, 2004. Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ Miller, Mike (February 2010). "Peregrine Honig's Widow a First for Art Publisher Landfall Press". 
  3. ^ "Peregrine Honig, courtesy Foley Gallery - Father Gander". Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ Rinchen Lhamo, "Peregrine Honig: Fashism," THE Magazine, June 5, 2008. Archived May 17, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "exposed by peregrine honig". Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Peregrine Honig: Loser at Dwight Hackett Projects". Art ReserveArt Reserve. October 12, 2010. 
  7. ^ Dixson, Melissa. "Taxidermist: Peregrine Honig's Twin Fawns". 
  8. ^ "Widow". Widow Magazine. Retrieved October 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  9. ^ Barb Shelly, Kansas
  10. ^ Molla, Rani (October 13, 2010). "As Not Seen on TV". Santa Fe Reporter.