Watts lives and works in New York City. He has a distinguished and dynamic international exhibition record whose latest solo show, titled Project Room, is a three-piece site-specific exhibition at The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), in part, a collaboration between Watts and FIAF’s Director of Visual Arts, Antoine Guerrero (formerly at MoMA PS1): a series that represents the multifariousness of Francophone culture.
The subdued palette is a departure from Watts’ usual swathes of neon. Hints of color are delicately applied to a mainly earthy-toned backdrop with spatial parameters drawing viewers into the gallery without overwhelming them. Watts explains, “I don’t want people to panic with three big paintings in the same small room. I want to give people the chance to interpret, but I don’t want to give them all the keys. It’s time for artists to help people think more deeply about the future.”
He has exhibited at MoMA PS1, the Whitney Biennale, and the New Museum in New York, and at the Hess Art Collection, Paarl, South Africa; Magazzino d’arte Moderna, Rome, Italy; Galeria Leyendeker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canay Island, Spain; Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY; The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy; Leo Koenig, New York, NY; Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO; The Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MO; Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY; and, Galerie Boulakia, Paris, France.