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About the Artists in Words

October 11-November 26, 2019

Barbara Kruger Untitled (Surveillance Is Your Busy Work), 1983, photograph in artist's frame

John Baldessari (b. 1931, National City, CA; d. 2020, Venice, Los Angeles, CA) received his BA and his MA in Painting in 1957 from San Diego State College. Baldessari has been awarded the 2014 National Medal of Arts Award, the Americans for the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement awarded by La Biennale di Venezia, among others. The artist has held solo exhibitions at internationally prominent art institutions including: Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Museo Jumex, Mexico City, MX; Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Australian Museum, William Street façade, Sydney, Australia; and Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy.

Jean-Michel Basquiat (b. 1960, Brooklyn, NY; d. 1988, New York, NY) is included in internationally renowned museum collections. The artist has been included in solo exhibitions at institutions such as Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK; the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland; Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.

David Bates (b. 1952, Dallas, TX) received both his BFA in 1975 and his MFA in 1978 at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. The artist’s work has been exhibited in solo shows at Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Arts, Kansas City, MO; Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX; and The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI. Bates’s work is represented in public collections including: Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; and the Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY. Bates lives and works in Dallas, TX.

Alighiero Boetti (b. 1940, Turin, Italy; d. 1994, Rome, Italy) has been included in exhibitions at Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany; DIA Center for the Arts, Beacon, NY; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Tate Gallery, London, UK; the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy; the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Vienna, Austria; the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany; Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; Documentas 5 and 7, Kassel, Germany; and five iterations of the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy. Boetti’s work is included in the public collections of: Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Torino, Italy; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland; Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Trento, Italy; and Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, among others.

Margaret Bourke-White (b. 1904, New York, NY; d. 1971, Stamford, CT) received a BA from Cornell University in 1927 and was also educated at Columbia University, New York, NY; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN; and Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Bourke-White was the first known female war correspondent, and she served as a photojournalist for Fortune magazine and Life magazine. The artist’s work has been exhibited at: John Becker Gallery, New York, NY; Carl Siembab Gallery, Boston, MA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; and Andrew Dickson White Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Her work is included in the public collections of Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; and the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Georges Braque (b. 1882, Argenteuil-sur-Seine, France; d. 1963, Paris, France) studied at École des Beaux-Arts from 1897 to 1899 and Académie Humbert in Paris from 1902 to 1904. The artist’s work has been exhibited widely at distinguished institutions including: Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Beaux-Arts building, Brussels, Belgium; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Tate Gallery, London, UK; and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY. Braque’s works are held in the distinguished collections of the Tate Gallery, London, UK; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, among others.

Mathew Cerletty (b. 1980, Milwaukee, Wisconsin) received a BFA at Boston University, Boston, MA in 2002. Cerletty has exhibited at Standard, Oslo; Karma, New York, NY; Office Baroque, Brussels and Antwerp; Museo Madre, Naples, FL; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA; and Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY, among others. His work is included in the public collection of The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. The artist lives and works in New York, NY.

Walker Evans (b. 1903, St. Louis, MI; d. 1975, New Haven, CT) was a photojournalist for the Farm Security Administration (FSA), a New Deal agency in the United States Department of Agriculture. Evans is represented in the public collections of Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; and International Photography Hall of Fame, St.Louis, MO.

Danny Fox (b. 1986, St. Ives of Cornwall, England) has exhibited internationally at Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Hannah Barry Gallery, London, UK; Eighteen Gallery, Copenhagen; the Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg; v1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark; Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles, CA; S/2 Sotheby’s, Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY; and the Redfern Gallery, London, UK, among others. He has been featured in publications including GQ MagazineViceGalerie MagazineInterview MagazineFlauntstudio international, and BLOUIN ARTINFO. Fox lives and works in Los Angeles and London.

Charles Gaines (b. 1944, Charleston SC) received a BA from Jersey City State College, Jersey City, NJ, in 1966 and an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Art and Design, Rochester, NY in 1967. The artist has held solo exhibitions at: Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; and Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA. Gaines has been an award recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1977; United States Artists 2007 Fellowship Award; Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2013; College Art Association Artist Award for a Distinguished Body of Work in 2015; and Edward MacDowell Medal, Peterborough, NH in 2019, among others. Gaines lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Philip Guston (b. 1913 Montreal, Canada; d. 1980, Woodstock, NY) was a part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Federal Art Project. Guston’s work has been shown at: Ashmolean, Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford, Oxford, England; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebæk, Denmark; Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Royal Academy, London, UK; and Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, MX; among others. Forthcoming exhibitions will occur at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and Tate Modern, London, UK. Guston is represented in many international public art collections including: Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

David Hockney (b. 1937, Bradford, England) was educated at Bradford School of Art, United Kingdom in 1953-1957 and Royal College of Art, London in 1959-1962. Hockney’s work has been exhibited at: The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, UK; Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea; Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Singapore Art Museum; and Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain, among others. Hockney is represented in many international public collections including: Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; Bennesse Art Site, Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan; The British Museum, London, UK; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Musée national d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; and Stedelijk Museum Voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent. The artist lives in London and California.

Robert Indiana (b. 1928, New Castle, IN; d. 2018, Vinalhaven, ME) studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting in Maine, and the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. Indiana’s work has been exhibited at: Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna; Richmond Art Museum, Indiana; Contemporary Art Foundation, Tokyo; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; Asia Society, Hong Kong; S|2 Gallery/Sotheby’s, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany. His work is included in wide-ranging international public collections including: Amorepacific Museum of Art (APMA), Seoul, South Korea; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Shanghai Art Museum, China; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Tate Modern, London, UK; and Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Israel.

On Kawara (b. 1932, Kariya, Aichi, Japan; d. 2014, New York, NY) has exhibited at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Dia Art Foundation, Beacon, NY; several Documenta events; the Venice Biennale; and the Tokyo Biennale. The artist’s work is represented in notable international museum collections, including: the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan; Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota City, Japan; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.

Alexander Berggruen Words Installation Gaines, Bates, Fox

Paul Klee (b. 1879, Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland; d. 1940, Muralto, Switzerland) received his Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich in 1901. Klee’s work is represented in prominent public collections including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France; Paul Klee Centre, Bern, Switzerland; Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany; and Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland.

Joseph Kosuth (b. 1945, Toledo, OH) studied at the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY in 1965-1967 and The New School for Social Research, New York, NY in 1971-1972. Kosuth was awarded The Frederick Wiseman Award in 1991, the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government in 1999, and the Menzione d’Onore at the Venice Biennale. Works by Kosuth have been exhibited at internationally prominent art institutions including: MAMM, Moscow, Russia; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia; Louvre Museum, Paris, France; Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA; The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; and Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium. Kosuth is represented in the public collections of Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany; The Ludwig Collection, Cologne, Germany; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, among others. The artist lives in Rome and New York City.

Barbara Kruger (b. 1945, Newark, NJ) studied at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY in 1965 and at Parsons School of Design, New York, NY in 1966. Her work has been exhibited internationally at institutions including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland; Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden. Kruger’s work is represented in various public collections such as: Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida. Kruger lives in New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA

Tony Lewis (b. 1986, Los Angeles, CA) received a BA from Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA in 2008 and a BFA in 2010 and an MFA in 2012 both from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL. His work has been exhibited at Massimo de Carlo, Milan, Italy and Hong Kong, China; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; and Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, among others. The artist has been awarded the Archibald Motley Jr. Award, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Graduate Fellowship and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Grant. Lewis lives and works in Chicago, IL.

Kerry James Marshall (b 1955, Alabama) was educated at Otis College of Art and Design in 1978. His work is represented in many public collections including: the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; and the 2015 Venice Biennale. The artist is the recipient of various awards including the MacArthur genius grant in 1997. Marshall currently lives and works in Chicago.

Ryan Mrozowski (b. 1981, Pennsylvania) received a BFA in Painting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2003 and an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute in 2005. Mrozowski has been an artist-in-residence at The Bovina Residency, Bovina, NY; the Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY; and I-Park, East Haddam, CT. His work has been exhibited at Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden; Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK; Chapter, NY; and Salon 94, New York, NY, among others. Publications in which Mrozowski has been featured include: Brooklyn RailArtforumHyperallergic, and The New York Observer. Mrozowski lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Yoshitomo Nara (b. 1959, Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan) received an MA from the Graduate School of Aichi Prefectural University of Art in 1987. Nara’s work has been exhibited at numerous international art institutions including: Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA; Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany; The Hall Art Foundation, Schloss Derneburg Museum, Holle, Germany; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Works by Nara are held in varied public collections including: Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan; Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris, France; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Patong Municipality, Phuket, Thailand; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA. Nara lives and works in Tochigi, Japan.

Richard Prince (b. 1949, Panama Canal Zone) has been the subject of solo exhibitions at distinguished international art venues including: Kunsthaus-Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria; Museo Picasso Malaga, Spain; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, Norway; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK. Prince’s works are in the public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX; Museum of Fine Arts Collection, Boston, MA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK. The artist lives and works in New York.

Ed Ruscha (b. 1937, Omaha, NE) was educated at Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA in 1960. The artist is the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships including: the Artistic Excellence Award from Americans for the Arts in 2009, the Governor’s Award for the Arts for Achievement in Visual Arts Award from California Arts Council in 1995, National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 1978 and 1969, and Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 1971. Ruscha represented the United States at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. His work is included in numerous international public collections including: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Musée St. Pierre, Lyon, France; The National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C; Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Tate Gallery, London, UK; and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Ruscha lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Emily Mae Smith (b. 1979, Austin, TX) received a BFA in Studio Art from University of Texas at Austin, TX in 2002 and an MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University, New York, NY in 2006. Smith has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Rockefeller Arts Center, Fredonia, NY; Perrotin, Tokyo, Japan; Le Consortium, Dijon, France; Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany; and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Her work is held in the public collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX; The Consortium Museum, Dijon, France; and Arsenal Contemporary, Montreal, Canada. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Cy Twombly (b. 1928, Lexington, VA; d. 2011, Rome, Italy) was educated at School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA; Art Students League of New York, NY; and Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, NC. Recent solo exhibitions include: National Portrait Gallery, London, UK; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Kunstmuseum Basel Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland; Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; and Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, Spain. Twombly’s work is part of esteemed public collections including: Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany; Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland; Musée du Louvre, Paris, France; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; and Tate Modern, London, UK.

Lawrence Weiner (b. 1942 in New York, NY) has been the subject of solo exhibitions at various acclaimed art institutions including: Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria; Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, UK; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain; Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany; and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. Weiner’s work has been included in Documenta 5, 6, 7, and 13; the 36th, 41st, 50th and 55th Venice Biennales, Italy; and the 27th Biennale de Sao Paulo, Brazil. The artist has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Wolfgang Hahn Prize from Museum Ludwig, Cologne, and a Skowhegan Medal for Painting/Conceptual Art. Weiner lives and works in New York, NY.

Jonas Wood (b.1977, Boston, MA) received a BA in Psychology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY in 1999 and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from University of Washington, Seattle, WA in 2002. Wood’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at distinct art institutions including: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Aishti Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon; and Sotheby’s S|2, Palm Beach, FL. The artist’s work is represented in the public collections of Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; and The Broad, Los Angeles, CA. Wood lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Christopher Wool (b. 1955, Chicago, IL) studied at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY and the New York Studio School. The artist’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Museu de Serralves, Porto, Portugal; Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, Spain; Camden Arts Centre, London, UK; Le Consortium, Dijon, France; Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, among others. Wool’s work is included in numerous public collections such as: Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland; Musee d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France; and Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Wool lives and works in New York.

Joseph Kosuth One and Three Saws (etymological version, English), 1965

Joseph Kosuth
One and Three Saws (etymological version, English), 1965
two black and white photographs mounted on board, saw
overall dimensions variable
black and white photograph of saw: 33 1/2 x 13 in. (85.1 x 33 cm.)
saw: 26 1/2 in. (67.3 cm.) (height)
black and white photograph of dictionary definition: 30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 61 cm.)