Donald Roller Wilson
Alexander Berggruen is pleased to present Animal Kingdom, an online only exhibition, opening Friday, June 26, 2020. This group show explores how animals can function within contemporary art. It puts in conversation a seemingly disparate group of artists spanning a multiplicity of geographic locations, traditions, and conceptual commitments, united by a fascination with animals as an iconographic feature, formal motif, or even medium. It suggests that animals operate with elasticity. For some, animals appear to act as purely aesthetic phenomena, used as colors and shapes to be arranged within the artist’s mind. For others, they serve as symbols and archetypes, emblems of beauty, comfort, intimacy, and hope. In yet another context, they serve as reminders of the artifice implicit in modern life, or perhaps a bridge between humans and an inanimate world.
Certain figurative painters have viewed humans and animals as similar subjects. Lucian Freud has said: “When I become immersed in the process of painting someone, I can lose their relationship to me and just see them as beings, as animals […] in the natural sense.” Freud was also “very fond of horses”, after having attended school on a farm as a child, and executed numerous equestrian portraits over the course of his career. (1) Freud’s 1983 Head of Success II depicts a horse who appears to be glancing back at the viewer.
Animals as figures can be core to an artist’s personal visual language. Keith Haring has stated: “I was thinking about these images as symbols, as a vocabulary of things. […] In different combinations they were about the difference between human power and the power of animal instinct.” (2) In Haring’s 1981 Untitled work on paper, a snake intrudes into the outlined picture plane, hissing at a figure while a television smiles above the scene, seeming to delight in this figure’s fear. Christopher Brown’s 2020 painting The Summer of ‘61 seems to access memory – specifically, a moment of trauma. In a scene not unlike Haring’s, a bear catches a car traveler off-guard. Only the crux of this fearful recollection seems sharp, while its surrounding details invoke a haze.
Other artists choose to render only the suggestion of an animal’s presence. Ryan Mosley has said of birds in his paintings: “I think the birds are […] an evolution that initially came from this idea of being able to reference something figurative, without being overly articulate with it.” (3) As we see in Mosley’s 2020 Birds, most of the flamingos’ bodies exist beyond the edges of the painting, while the dense placements of their technicolor curved heads and necks suggest a cohesive flock.
Animals in art can be personified, enacting human emotions. George Condo has said that the characters within his work are “composites of various psychological states painted in different ways.” (4) Although the Looney Tunes figures are recognizable in Condo’s 2009 Sylvester & Tweety, these cat and bird cartoons become distorted in Condo’s signature fashion, enhancing their ongoing manic rivalry we know from the cartoon’s key narrative.
In other examples within Animal Kingdom, animals can represent mythical or magical beings. Emma Webster’s 2020 Narcissus depicts a horse-like creature enacting the role of the hunter in Greek mythology, as it becomes increasingly obsessed with its own reflection. The aspect of theatrics is core to Webster’s practice, not only in subject matter, but also in process. Webster bases many of her compositions on sculptural dioramas she constructs and lights dramatically, as studies for her ultimate painted compositions.
While Dominique Fung also places animals in surreal settings, her animal figures act as “witnesses” to confront white supremacist and Eurocentric fetishized views of East Asian culture. Fung has claimed that her animals aid in questioning her audience: “How are East Asian objects viewed? How is an East Asian person viewed in art history? What happens when there is very little to no representation in stories and media of the yellow person?” Fung’s 2020 Sitting The Month tells a story of childbirth and recuperation in relation to the superstition in Chinese culture of zuo yue zi, or “sitting the month” to rest after childbirth. Where vessels act as representations of the body, the leftmost ceramic gives birth out of an opening, painted with a faded fish’s mouth, to a smaller vessel, suggesting femininity and antiquity–both tropes of 19th-century Orientalism. The resting porcelain cow to the right is successfully observing “sitting the month”by restoring her chi as seen in the overflowing vessel on top of her.
Paola Pivi similarly uses animals to interrogate reality, using her work to offer imagined narratives that exist beyond the commonplace. In Pivi’s 2019 Long time no see, two brightly colored bears embrace in an envisioned future in which they have adapted to the altered climate by growing feathers. Pivi’s 2008 sculpture Untitled (muskox) eloquently attracts the viewer toward the animal known for its eponymous musky odor by, here, mounting the creature on a pile of a more human-centric scent: aromatic coffee beans. Pivi’s muskox encourages the viewer to investigate just as its live counterpart in nature might aim to attract mates.
Damien Hirst, who also uses actual animal bodies in his work, has stated that, “Rather than be personal you have to find universal triggers: everyone’s frightened of glass, everyone’s frightened of sharks, everyone loves butterflies.”(5) Hirst’s 2008-2009 Elixir employs butterfly wings stuck to paper with household gloss, almost as though these elegant airborne creatures were accidentally caught in the painting. Hirst embraces the naturally occurring symmetry of each side of one butterfly’s wings and elevates this phenomenon in his grander, constructed sublimely symmetrical composition.
Darren Bader’s cow with/and tambourine; cow and/with flute takes a more conceptual approach to animals in sculpture. In Bader’s words, “Cow and flute[/tambourine] should be placed in relative proximity to one another, roughly conforming to a person’s ability to see both elements without having to move her/his/their head.” The artist encourages the collector to experience the presence of these instruments in relation to a cow or cows, at different times, in order to regard animals’ places in our cultural perception. The collector observes a unique demonstration of time passing, marked by the moments at which the cow is exposed to a tambourine or a flute.
Animal Kingdom surveys how animals can exist within contemporary painting, drawing, sculpture, and conceptual art from the past four decades. Whether animals are portrayed or employed as media, the works in this show reflect how contemporary artists have conceived of animals as subject matter in distinct ways.
Animal Kingdom will run at Alexander Berggruen (online only) from June 26-August 29, 2020. The exhibition’s preview, with pricing and availability, is available upon request. For all inquiries, please feel free to contact the gallery at: email@example.com.
John Alexander (b. 1945, Beaumont, TX) received a BFA from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in 1968 and an MFA from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in 1970. Alexander’s work has been exhibited widely and is in international public and private permanent collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA; the Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA. The artist lives and works between New York City and Amangansett, East Hampton.
Darren Bader (b. 1978, Bridgeport, CT) received a BFA in filmmaking and art history at New York University in 2000. The artist was awarded the Calder Prize in 2013. Bader has held distinguished solo exhibitions at institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Madre, Naples, Italy; The Power Station, Dallas, TX; High Line Art, New York, NY; 1857, Oslo, Norway; MoMA PS1, New York, NY. His work has been included in international exhibitions including the 58th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space, Hong Kong, China; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria; Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; 13éme Biennale de Lyon. La vie moderne, Lyon; and MoMA PS1, New York, NY. Bader lives and works in New York.
Elana Bowsher (b. 1990, San Francisco, CA) received a BA in Art at UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, in 2012. Bowsher has been an artist-in-residence at The Macedonia Institute, Chatham, NY. She completed special projects at Cerámica Suro, Guadalajara, MX, in 2018 and 2019. The artist has held exhibitions at: Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Cerámica Suro, Mexico City, MX; Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Club Pro, Toronto, ON; and Steve Turner, Los Angeles, CA. Upcoming exhibitions will be held at The Pit Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Bowsher lives and works in Los Angeles.
Christopher Brown (b. 1951, Camp Lejeune, NC) received a BFA from University of Illinois in 1973 and an MFA at University of California, Davis, CA in 1976. Brown has received many awards and fellowships including two National Endowment for the Arts Special Projects Grant in Art Criticism in 1978 and 1979; a Eureka Fellowship from The Mortimer Fleishhacker Foundation, San Francisco, California in 1985; a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Painting in 1987; and an Award in Art from American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1988. The artist has held exhibitions at Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA; Museum of Modern Art of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA. Works by Brown are included in nationwide public collections including Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA. Brown currently lives and works in Berkeley, California.
Anne Buckwalter (b. 1987) received a BFA from Tyler School of Art in 2010 and an MFA from Maine College of Art in 2012. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Galveston Artist Residency in Galveston, TX; the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Alberta, Canada; Hewnoaks Artist Colony in Lovell, Maine; and the Vermont Studio Center. Anne is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, the Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Grant, and the Roderick Dew Travel Award. Her paintings have been featured in New American Paintings, Create Magazine, and The Jealous Curator, and her work has been exhibited in Boston, Montréal, Toronto, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, and Rome, among other cities. Her work was included in the 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial in Portland, Maine. Buckwalter lives and works in Philadelphia.
George Condo (b. 1957, Concord, NH) received a BFA at Lowell University, Lowell, MA in 1978. The award-winning artist has been recognized as a BOMB 37th Anniversary Gala Honorees and a New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture Honoree. He also won the Francis J. Greenburger Foundation Award in 2005 and the Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999. The artist has held recent solo exhibitions at the 2019 Venice Biennale; Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Greece; Maritime Museum, Hong Kong; Sotheby’s S|2, Hong Kong; Museum Berggruen, Berlin, Germany; Tate Modern, London, UK; and New Museum, New York, NY. Condo’s work is held in international public collections including: Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, among others. Condo lives and works in New York, NY.
Austin Eddy (b. 1986) received a BFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. Eddy has held exhibitions at distinguished international venues including: Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen CO; Washington Center For The Arts, Washington, CT; Off White Columns at Phillips, New York, NY; Cellar Contemporary, Trento, IT; Ornis Althuis Gallery, Amsterdam, NL; Bendixen Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, DK; and Mana Contemporary, Journal Square, NJ. His forthcoming exhibitions will be held at: Galerie Sabine Knust. Munich, DE; Althuis Hofland, Amsterdam NL; Institute 193b, New York, NY; The Pit, Los Angeles, CA; and Thomson Gallery, Weston MA. The artist has been featured in publications including Observer, Artnet’s Editors’ Picks, It’s Nice That, Artsy, and Wall Street International. Eddy lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Jeff Elrod (b. 1966, Dallas, TX) received a BFA at University of Texas, Denton, TX in 1991 and was an artist-in-residence at Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1992. Elrod has been awarded a Residency Fellowship from Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX; an award from The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, New York, NY; Claire Hart De Goyler Award from The Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; and a Core Fellowship at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX. The artist has held solo exhibitions at international galleries including: Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany and Paris, France; Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK and Hong Kong; Vito Schnabel Gallery, St. Moritz, Switzerland; and Galleria Christian Stein, Milan, Italy. His work has been exhibited at museums and public foundations such as: MoMA PS1, New York, NY; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX; Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX; Tobias Mueller Modern Art, Zurich, Switzerland; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany; Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, FL; ICA, London; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Elrod’s work is held in international public collections including: Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Berezdivin Collection, San Juan; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; and Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Elrod lives and works in Marfa, TX and Brooklyn, NY.
Walton Ford (b. 1960, Larchmont, NY) received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. Ford has held solo exhibitions at notable institutions including: Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; and Hamburger Bahnhof Museum fur Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany and Albertina, Vienna, Austria. The artist’s work is held in the public collections of Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, AR; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, among others. Ford lives and works in New York, NY.
Danny Fox (b. 1986, St. Ives of Cornwall, England) has been exhibited internationally at Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco; Hannah Barry Gallery, London; Eighteen Gallery, Copenhagen; the Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg; v1 Gallery, Copenhagen; Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles; S/2 Sotheby’s, Los Angeles and New York; and the Redfern Gallery, London, among others. He has been featured in publications including GQ Magazine, Vice, Galerie Magazine, Interview Magazine, Flaunt, studio international, and BLOUIN ARTINFO. Fox lives and works in Los Angeles and London.
Lucian Freud (b. 1922, Berlin, Germany; d. 2011, London, United Kingdom), a grandson of Sigmund Freud, attended Goldsmiths’ College from 1942-1943. Freud is internationally renowned for his portraiture. The artist’s work has been in solo exhibitions at: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh; Acquavella Galleries, New York, NY; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and National Portrait Gallery, London, among others. His work is part of many public collections including: Tate, London; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Pompidou Centre, Paris; Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, Madrid; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; and UBS Art Collection.
Dominique Fung (b. 1987, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) received a BAA at Sheridan Institute of Technology and Design, Oakville, ON, Canada in 2010. She has been an artist-in-residence at Shandaken: Paint School, New York, NY. Fung has been the recipient of Ontario Arts Council Visual Arts Grant, Toronto Arts Council Visual Arts Grant, and been a nominee for Rema Hort Foundation, New York, NY. Recent exhibitions include: Taymour Grahne, London, England, UK; Project Gallery, Ontario, CA; Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.; The Hole NYC, New York, NY; Virginia Museum of Modern Art, Richmond, VA; and Mana Contemporary, Journal Square, NJ. The artist is currently holding a solo exhibition at Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. She has been featured in publications including Juxtapoz, Artnet Editors’ Picks, and Vice | Garage. Fung lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Keith Haring (b. 1958, Reading, PA; d. 1990, New York, NY) studied painting at the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY from 1978-1980. Haring’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions at international institutions including: Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY; Museum of Modern Art, Ostend, Belgium; Mitsukoshi Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan; DIA Art Foundation, Bridgehampton, NY; Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY. His work is included in many public collections including: The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva, Switzerland; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan.
Michael Hilsman (b. 1984, Los Angeles, CA) received a B.A. in Art and a B.A. in Social Change in the Arts at UC Santa Cruz and Delhi University, Delhi, India, in 2006 and an MFA at Hunter College, New York, in 2012. Hilsman has been included in exhibitions at international venues including: Almine Rech, New York, NY; Galerie Sebastien Bertrand, Geneva; Apt 16, Newark, NJ; Trailer Park Proyects, San Juan; and Asociacion Cultural Mediodia Chica, Madrid. He has been featured in publications including: Modern Painters, Le Point (France), New American Paintings, and The Huffington Post. Hilsman lives and works in Pasadena, CA.
Damien Hirst (b. 1965, Bristol, UK) received a BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths college in 1989. Hirst was awarded the Turner Prize in 1995 and the Grand Prize at 24th International Biennale of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2001. His artwork is included in internationally distinguished public collections including: Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan; DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Tate Gallery, London, England. The artist has been featured in many publications including: The New York Times, artnet, The Art Newspaper, The Financial Times, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, Blouin Artinfo, ArtReview, and Artforum, among many others. Hirst lives and works in Devon, England.
Akira Ikezoe (b. 1979, Kochi, Japan) received a BA at Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan. He has been a member of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts’ Studio Program in New York, NY since 2016. Ikezoe has been the recipient of The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, 1800 Tequila Award at ZONA MACO, Mexico City, Mexico; National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Hambidge Creative Residency Program, Georgia, USA; and Tomio Koyama Gallery Prize and Naruyama Gallery Prize, GEISAI#10, Tokyo, Japan. He has held exhibitions at: Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Ise Cultural Foundation, New York, NY; SANAGI FINE ARTS, Tokyo, Japan; Diablo Rosso, Panama City, Panama; The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, San Jose, Costa Rica; and Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery, Hong Kong, China. The artist has been featured in publications including ARTnews, Artforum, The New Yorker, and New York Foundation for the Arts. He was selected to be included in 100 Painters of Tomorrow published by Beers Contemporary Gallery, London and Thames & Hudson. Ikezoe lives and works in New York, NY.
Susumu Kamijo (b. 1975, Nagano, Japan) received a BFA from University of Oregon and an MFA from the University of Washington in 2002. He has held exhibitions at international institutions including: GYNP Gallery, Berlin; Stems Gallery, Brussels; Sakurado Fine Arts, Tokyo and Taipei; and Sotheby’s S2, New York. The artist has been featured in Hypebeast, Juxtapoz, Harper’s Books, artnet news, and Brooklyn Magazine. Kamijo lives and works in Brooklyn.
Sean Landers (b. 1962, Palmer, MA) received a BFA from Philadelphia College of Art in 1984 and an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 1986. Landers has held international solo exhibitions at: Petzel Gallery, New York, NY; Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Sorry We’re Closed, Brussels, Belgium; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, MO; Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland; Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany; and Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, NY, among others. The artist has been featured in various publications such as: Juxtapoz, MouseMagazine, Artnet’s Editors’ Picks, New York Times, ArtReview, Art in America, ArtAsiaPacific, Financial Times, and Artinfo. His work in included in museum and public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Tate Modern, London; Sammlung Hoffman, Berlin; and Fundación/La Colección Jumex, Mexico City. Landers lives and works in New York, NY.
Robert Longo (b. 1953, Brooklyn, NY) received a BFA from State University College, Buffalo, NY in 1975. He has held solo exhibitions internationally, including at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Hall Art Foundation | Schloss Derneburg Museum, Germany; Musée d‘art moderne et d‘art contemporain, Nice; Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice; The Berardo Museum Collection, Lisbon; Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany; Albertina, Vienna; Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; and the Menil Collection, Houston, TX. The artist has been included in Documenta 7 and 8, the 1983 and 2004 Whitney Biennials, and the 47th Venice Biennale. Longo’s work is included many distinguished museums and public collections including: Aïshti Foundation, Beirut; Albertina, Vienna; Collection Vanmoerkerke, Oostende, Belgium; Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Musee d’Art Contemporain, Montreal; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Pompidou Centre, Paris; Rubell Collection, Miami, FL; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Whitney Museum, New York, NY. Longo lives and works in New York, NY.
Brendan Lynch (b. 1985, Los Angeles, CA) received a BFA in Education at School of Visual Arts in 2009 and an MFA also at School of Visual Arts in 2011. He has exhibited widely at international art institutions including: NSW, Australia; The Still House Group, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK; Bugada & Cargnel, Paris, FR; White Cube, London, UK; Fondazione Museo Pino Pascali, Polignano a Mare, IT; Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium; Arte Contemporanea, Venice, Italy; and The Dia Foundation, New York, NY. Lynch lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Nikki Maloof (b.1985, Peoria, IL) received a BFA Painting, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN in 2008 and an MFA Painting, Yale University, New Haven, CT in 2011. She has been the recipient of the Helen W Winternitz Award in Painting and Printmaking, the Gloucester Landscape Prize, and the Glazer Award for the Arts. Maloof has exhibited at: Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL; The Pit, Los Angeles, CA; Artual Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon; Academy of Artists and Letters, New York, NY; White Columns, New York, NY; Misako and Rosen, Tokyo, Japan; Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy; Salon 94, New York, NY. Maloof lives and works in South Hadley, MA.
Tom McKinley (b. 1955, Bay City, MI) received his education in both the United States and Europe at the Goddard Collage in Vermont in 1975, Brighton Polytechnic in Brighton, UK in 1976, the Ravensbourne College of Art in London in 1977, and the Falmouth School of Art in Falmouth, UK in 1979. The artist’s work has been exhibited at: Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA; Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA; Napa Art Museum, Napa, CA; and Royal Academy, London, UK. His work is included in the public collection of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI. McKinley lives and works in Emeryville, CA.
Haley Mellin (b. 1983, Kentfield, CA) received a degree in Arts and Education from UC Berkeley in 2004 and a PhD in Visual Culture and Education from NYU Steinhardt, New York in 2012. She was an artist-in-residence at Still House in 2013. Mellin’s work has been included in exhibitions at: Shoulder, Los Angeles, CA; Basilica, Hudson, NY; The Still House Group, Brooklyn, NY; and The Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK. The artist was a cofounder of Art to Acres, a charity which aids artists, collectors, and philanthropists in conserving wild lands. Mellin lives and works in Marin County, CA.
Ryan Mosley (b. Chesterfield, UK, 1980) received a BA at Huddersfield University, Huddersfield, UK in 2003 and an MFA in Painting at Royal College of Art, London, UK in 2007. Mosley has been an artist-in-residence at Grand Arts Residency in Kansas, MO. Mosley has held exhibitions internationally at distinguished venues including: Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig/Berlin; Alison Jacques Gallery, London; Susanne Vielmetter Projects, Los Angeles; Aston Hall Museum, Birmingham, UK; Museums Sheffield, UK; Josh Lilley Gallery, London, UK; Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Germany; Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen; Royal Academy of Arts, London; and Museum of Modern Art, Baku. The artist is featured in publications including: Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting, Phaidon, 2016; Picturing People, Thames & Hudson, 2015; and 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Thames & Hudson, 2014. His work is represented in public collections such as Arts Council Collection, UK; The Saatchi Collection, London; and Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg. Mosley lives and works in Sheffield, UK.
Gahee Park (b.1985, Seoul, South Korea) received a BFA in Painting at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA in 2012 and an MFA in Painting at Hunter College, New York, NY in 2015. Park was an artist-in-residence at Shandaken: Stormking, Orange County, NY. In 2016, the artist was the Recipient of Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowships in Painting and C12 Emerging Artist: Special Recognition. Park has held exhibitions at international institutions including: Gallerie Perrotin, Seoul, Korea; Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY; Taymour Grahne, London, UK; and Actual Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon. Forthcoming exhibitions will be held at Galerie Perrotin, New York, NY and Projet Pangèe, Montreal, Canada. Park has been featured in publications including: Artforum, New York Times, Blouin Artinfo, Elle Korea, GQ Korea, It’s Nice That, ArtNews, ArtAsiaPacific, and Art in Culture. Park lives and works in New York, NY.
Paola Pivi (b. 1971, Milan, Italy) was educated at Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy in 1995 and Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan, Italy in 1998. Her work has been included in exhibitions at: Arken Museum, Denmark; Stad Kortrijk, Belgium; Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX; Fondazione Prada, Italy; FRAC Bourgogne, France; National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; Rockbund Art Museum, China; Public Art Fund, New York; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; Whitechapel Gallery, United Kingdom; MOMA PS1, New York, NY; and the XLVIII Biennale di Venezia, Italy. The artist has been featured in publications including: Artnet, Frieze Magazine, The New York Times, Garage, E-flux, Art Review Asia, ARTFORUM, Modern Painters, New York The Observer, and Vogue. Pivi lives and works in Anchorage, Alaska.
Josh Smith (b. 1976, Okinawa, Japan) attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio from 1994-1996 and received a BFA at University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1998. Smith has held solo exhibitions at international arts institutions including: SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY; Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (mumok), Vienna; De Hallen Haarlem, Haarlem, The Netherlands; Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva; The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, CT; Zabludowicz Collection, London; Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome; and Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany. The artist’s work is held in public collections including: The Broad, Los Angeles, CA; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, Canada; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (mumok), Vienna, Austria; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Smith lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Aya Takano (b. 1976, Saitama, Japan) is part of Kaikai Kiki, Takashi Murakami’s artistic production studio. Takano has held solo exhibitions internationally at: Galerie Perrotin New York, NY; Pavillon Bosio, École Supérieure d’Arts Plastiques, Monte Carlo, Monaco; Museum Frieder Burda, Baden Baden, Germany; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA. She has been featured in publications including: Beaux Arts Magazine, Artnow, Art in Culture, Timeout Hong Kong, and Artinfo. Takano lives and works in Japan.
Emma Webster (b. 1989, San Diego, CA) received a BA in Art Practice at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA in 2011 and an MFA in Painting at Yale University, New Haven, CT in 2018. The British-American artist has been an artist-in-residence at Anderson Ranch Painting Residency, Snowmass CO; Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson VT; and Ox-Bow Artist Residency, Saugatuck MI. Webster has received the Raina Giese Award in Creative Painting and the Academy of Art University Award for Best Figure Drawing. Recent exhibitions include: Diane Rosenstein, Los Angeles, CA; Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, NY; Museum of Art & History, Lancaster, CA; Mana Contemporary, New Jersey, NJ; Woskob Gallery with Maake Magazine, Penn State, PA; and Spinnerei (Pilotenkueche), Leipzig, Germany. She has been featured in publications including: Artforum International, New American Painting, Los Angeles Times, and Artsy. Webster lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Darryl Westly (b. 1989, Chicago, IL) was educated at the Pratt Institute Sculpture Program in 2007-2009 and received a BFA at The Cooper Union in 2014. He has been an artist-in-residence at Beirut Art Residency Program, Beirut, Lebanon. Westly has held international exhibitions at: PARISTEXASLA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Albertz Benda, New York, NY; Von Ammon Co and Anonymous gallery, Paris, France; Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico; Nars Foundation, New York, NY; and Coburn Projects, London, UK. The artist has been featured in publications including Whitewall and Interview Magazine. Westly lives and works in New York, NY.
Donald Roller Wilson (b. 1938, Houston, TX) received a BA and an MFA from Kansas State University, Wichita, KS. The artist has held exhibitions at Cline LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM; Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY; Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA; and La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA; Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS; and Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY. Roller Wilson’s works are included in the museum and public collections of Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL; Whitney Museum, New York, NY; Bank of America, San Francisco, CA; and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden-Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC. Roller Wilson lives and works in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
(1) Lucian Freud with Michael Auping in Lucian Freud: Portraits, exh. cat., the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 17 April 2012.
(2) Keith Haring with David Sheff in “Keith Haring: Just Say Know” in Rolling Stone, 10 August 10 1989.
(3) Ryan Mosley with Harriet Thorpe in “Ryan Mosley: interview” in studio international, 3 July 2014.
(4) George Condo, George Condo: Mental States, exh. cat., New Museum, New York, January 26-May 8, 2011.
(5) Damien Hirst, Damien Hirst: I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life Everywhere, with Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever, Now, London, 2005, p. 132.