David Shrigley was born in 1968, in Macclesfield, England. He studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art from 1988 to 1991. His work encompasses drawing, sculpture, photography, animation and music. Recent exhibitions include Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen; BQ, Cologne; Anton Kern Gallery New York; Carnegie International, Pittsburgh; Bergen Konsthall, Norway. His drawings have appeared in newspapers and magazines such as Esquire (Japan), Donna (Italy), Arena (UK), The Gaurdian (UK), Le Monde (France) Suddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), New York Times (US). He has produced animated pop promos for Blur and Bonnie Prince Billy and has produced album artwork for artists such as Deerhoof and Malcolm Middleton. In 2006 he produced a spoken word album Shrigley Forced To Speak With Others and in 2007 released a compilation album Worried Noodles featuring 39 artists invited to create songs based on his lyrics originally published in a book of the same name. The project included contributions from David Byrne and Franz Ferdinand amongst others. Shrigley is the author of numerous books of drawings details of which can be found at redstonepress.co.uk, He now lives and works in Glasgow and is represented by the Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.
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Tauba Auerbach creates art about language and logic through painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and instrument building. Her elegant, often mathematical compositions deconstruct the conventional ways visual and perceptual information is conveyed. In her paintings, Auerbach confronts the division between the discrete states of flatness and three-dimensionality, gesturing towards a theoretical escape from the latter. Auerbach's training as a traditional sign painter cultivated her love for words and letters; her text-based work is equally focused on the internal mechanics of language and its formal elements. Recent work has probed the fields of topology, color perception, and higher spatial dimensions. Auerbach’s one-person exhibition, Tetrachromat, first presented at the Bergen Kunsthall, will travel to Malmö Konsthall (3/16 – 6/12/12) and Wiels Contemporary Art Center (3/28 - 6/6/13). She will have a one-person exhibition at the Paula Cooper Gallery, New York in May 2012. In 2011 Auerbach was awarded the Smithsonian’s Artist Research Fellowship. Her work was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, MoMA P.S. 1’s 2010 Greater New York and the New Museum’s 2009 Younger Than Jesus. She is represented by Paula Cooper Gallery, New York and STANDARD (Oslo), Norway.
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Ben Marcus is the author of the novels THE FLAME ALPHABET and NOTABLE AMERICAN WOMEN and the story collection, THE AGE OF WIRE AND STRING. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Paris Review, The Believer, McSweeney's, Tin House, and Electric Literature. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Award, three Pushcart Prizes, and a Whiting Writer's Award, among others. In 2008, he was awarded The American Academy of Arts & Letters Morton Dauwen Zabel Award, a biennial award given for progressive, original, experimental tendencies. He lives in New York City and Maine.
John Baldessari was born in National City, California. He attended San Diego State University and did post-graduate work at Otis Art Institute, Chouinard Art Institute and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA from 1970 - 1988 and the University of California at Los Angeles from 1996 - 2007.
Baldessari's artwork has been featured in more than 200 solo exhibitions and in over 1000 group exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. His projects include artist books, videos, films, billboards and public works. His awards and honors include memberships in the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Americans for the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, the BACA International 2008, and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, awarded by La Biennale di Venezia in 2009. He has received honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland, San Diego State University, Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, and California College of the Arts.
Recent projects include exhibitions in New York, Europe, and Los Angeles; installations at the Museum Haus Lange (Krefeld, Germany), the Temporary Stedelijk 2 (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) and the Manchester International Festival (Manchester, United Kingdom); an exhibition with the Fondazione Prada in Milan, Italy; and the traveling retrospective "John Baldessari: Pure Beauty." John Baldessari: A Catalogue Raisonné of Prints and Multiples 1971-2007 was published in December 2009 by Hudson Hills Press.
Upcoming projects include exhibitions at Marian Goodman Gallery Paris and Margo Leavin Gallery in Los Angeles, California.
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