Ulrike Müller (born 1971, Austria; lives in New York) engages relationships between abstraction, bodies, and a concept of painting that is not restricted to brush and canvas. Employing a wide range of materials and techniques, including performance, publishing, and textiles, her work moves between different contexts and publics, invites collaboration, and expands to other realms of production in processes of exploration and exchange.
Müller studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria, and participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York. She was a co-editor of the queer feminist journal, LTTR (2001–06), and organized Herstory Inventory. 100 Feminist Drawings by 100 Artists, a collaborative project that was exhibited together with objects from the respective collections at the Brooklyn Museum and at the Kunsthaus Bregenz in 2012. In 2010, Müller represented Austria in the Cairo Biennial.
Recent solo exhibitions include Callicoon Fine Arts in New York (2014, 2016); mumok - Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation (2015), and Kunstraum Lakeside (2014), both in Austria. At mumok, Müller co-curated the collection exhibition Always, Always, Others with Manuela Ammer. Her work was included in The Little Things Could Be Dearer (PS1, New York, 2013), Painting 2.0 (Museum Brandhorst Munich 2015), Invisible Adversaries (Hessel Museum of Art, New York, 2016), Blackness in Abstraction (Pace Gallery, New York, 2016), the Whitney Biennial (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2017), and Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon (New Museum, New York, 2017). Recent publications include Always, Always, Others, published on the occasion of Müller's solo and collaborative exhibitions at mumok by the museum and Dancing Foxes Press (2017). In 2018, she will be featured in the Carnegie International in Pittsburg, PA, and Yesterday, Today, Today, at Kunstraum Buchberg, Austria, in collaboration with mumok.