About

Christoph Niemann is an illustrator, artist, and author. His work has appeared on the covers The New Yorker, Time, Wired, The New York Times Magazine and American Illustration, and has won awards from AIGA, the Art Directors Club and The Lead Awards.
His corporate clients include Google, Amtrak, Heran Miller and The Museum of Modern Art. He is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale.
Since July 2008, Niemann has been writing and illustrating the whimsical Abstract City, a New York Times blog, renamed Abstract Sunday in 2011, when the blog’s home became The New York Times Magazine. For his column he draws and writes essays about politics, the economy, art and modern life.
He has drawn live from the Venice Art Biennale, the Olympic Games in London, The 2012 Republican Convention and he has drawn the New York City Marathon — while actually running it.
Niemann is the author of many books, most recently “Abstract City”. His latest project is an interactive, animated app called Petting Zoo.
In 2010, he was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall Of Fame. His artworks have been subject to numerous exhibitions, most recently at Gallery Max Hetzler in Berlin.

Press (English)

EYE MAGAZINE
Story Telling Giant
by Steven Heller

 

NPR
‘That’s How’ Christoph Niemann Explains It All
“Fresh Air” interview with Terry Gross

MoMA
MoMA.org
by Julia Hoffmann

BRAIN PICKINGS
Insecurity Is Essential to Great Design
by Maria Popova

WIRED
‘Abstract Sunday’ Artist Gets Playful With Charming Kids’ App
by Mike Senese

THE ATLANTIC
The Bustle and Beauty of New York City, Rendered by a Master Designer
Review of Abstract City by Steven Heller

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Q&A with Christoph Niemann
by John Sellers

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions

2000 Galerie Le Lys, Paris

2005 Galery Nine, New York Times, NY

2010 NLB Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2013 Galerie der Stadt Backnang, Backnang, Germany

2013 Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Group exhibitions (selected)

1999 Art Directors Club New York, Young Guns

2001 Art Directors Club New York, Young Guns

2003 Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Second “National Design Triennial: Inside Design Now”

2003 Neue Illustration, Deutsches Haus, NYC

2005 Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA The Art of The New Yorker, Eighty Years in The Vanguard

2005 “Catalysts”, The cultural force of communication design’.
Lissabon September 14th to November 30th, 2005

2007 Arnold & Marie Schwartz Gallery Met, New York,
Gallery Met Exhibits New Yorker Magazine Artists in New Show, Hansel and Gretel

2010 “Hall of Fame Laureates 2010″, Art Director’s Club New York

2010 Design for the flags on the roof of Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin, Germany

2011 Broodwork, It’s about Time, Ben Maltz Gallery Los Angeles

2011 “der Traum vom Fliegen”, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

2011 “Project Mah Jong” Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York

2011 SVA picturing america