SAM DURANT

Artist Bio

Born in 1961 in Seattle, Washington. Lives and works in Los Angeles


Solo Show

2013
Centro Internazionale di Arti Plastiche, Carrara (upcoming)
Sam Durant, La stessa storia, MACRO, Rome, Italy

2012-2011
Propaganda of the Deed, Galleria Franco Soffiantino, Turin, Italy

2011
Laissez Faire et Laissez Passer, Le Monde Va De Lui M´┐Żme,Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Mirror Travels in Neoliberalism, Praz-Delavallade, Paris, France

2010
Inquiring Eyes: Greensboro Collects Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
XIV International Sculpture Biennale of Carrara, Carrara, Italy. (curated by Fabio Cavallucci)
Larger than Life, Stranger than Fiction: 11th Fellbach Triennial of Small Scale Sculpture, Fellbach,
Germany (curated by Ulrike Groos and Heike van den Valentyn)
History Never Ends, I Hate to Bother You, Sadie Coles, London, England
Dead Labor Day, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY

2009
This is Freedom?, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

2008
Death Penalty, Praz-Delavallade, Paris, France

2007
Scenes from the Pilgrim Story: Myths, Massacres and Monuments, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Scenes from the Pilgrim Story: Natural History, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
Echoplex Joseph Beuys Ideas/Crash, Fat, Felt, Amerika, Politics, Recovery, Monument, Paula Cooper
Gallery, New York, NY
Sadie Coles, London, England

2006
Scenes from the Pilgrim Story: Goodbye Merry Mountt, Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan, Italy
Scenes from the Pilgrim Story: Myth, Massacres and Monuments, Massachusetts College of Art,
Boston, MA

2005
Proposal for White and Indian Dead Monuments Transposition, Washington D.C, Paula Cooper
Gallery, New York, NY
Presse Ne Pas Avaler, Praz-Delavallade, Paris, France
Color Pictures, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

2004
Involved, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
12 Signs: transposed and illuminated (with various indexes), Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst,
Ghent, Belgium
We Are All Outlaws in the Eyes of Amerika, Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan, Italy
Edward Said, The Suburban, Oak Park, IL

2003
We Are the People, Project Row House, Houston, TX
Union Projects, London, United Kingdom
Entropy in Reverse, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand (cat.)
Walker Art Center Garden Project, Artist-in-Residence, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
The Wrong Gallery, New York, NY
Sam Durant, Kunstverein D´┐Żsseldorf, D´┐Żsseldorf, Germany (cat.)

2002
Institute of Visual Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sam Durant, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (cat.)
Color Pictures, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
Sam Durant: 7 Signs; removed, cropped, enlarged and illuminated (plus index), Wadsworth Atheneum
Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

2001
Southern Tree, Tree of Knowledge, Dead Tree (part one), Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan, Italy
Consciousness Raising Historical Analysis, Pain plus Time Separated and Ordered with Emphasis on
Reflection, Kunsthof Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

2000
Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Proposal for Monument in Friendship Park, Jacksonville, FLA., Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA

1999
Into the Black, Kapinos, Berlin, Germany
Altamont, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA

1998
Ohio, (with Andrea Bowers), Dogenhaus Projekte/ Kapinos, Berlin, Germany

1997
California Displacement Project: You Project is What You Get, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY
MDF, Particle Board, Projection, Confusion, Grid-Like Structuring, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA

1995
Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
Roger Merians Gallery, New York, NY

1994
Foodhouse, Santa Monica, CA

1992
Pardon Our Appearance..., Bliss Gallery, Pasadena, CA
Right Now, Richard Green Gallery, Santa Monica, CA


Selected Group Exhibitions and Screenings

2013
Give piece a chance, Le Grand CafŔ- Centre d’Art Contemporain, France
2012
Da cartografia do poder, aos itinerÓrios do saber, (curated by Catarine Pires), National Museum of
Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro (upcoming).
The Living Years: Art after 1989, curated by Siri Engberg and Clara Kim), The Walker; Minneapolis
(upcoming).
dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel
Radici, Fondazione Malvina-Menegaz, Castelbasso-Civitella
Shake and Bake, Praz-Delavallade, Paris, France, curated by Hard Hat
Sweethearts: Artist Couples, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London

2011
The Artist´┐Żs Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Inquiring Eyes: Greensboro Collects Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
The Workers: Contemporary Representations of Labor, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art,
North Adams, MA (curated by Susan Cross and Carla Herrera-Prats)
The Narcissism of Minor Differences, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
To the Arts, Citizens!, Serralves Museu, Porto, Portugal
The Smithson Effect, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT (curated by Jill Dawsey)
To the Arts, Citizens!, Serralves Museu, Porto, Portugal
The Smithson Effect, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT (curated by Jill Dawsey)
Da Cartografia do Poder aos Itineráros do Saber, Museum of Science, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Mass Distractions & Cultural Decay, Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
I Am Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Agitated Histories, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
The Walls That Divide Us, apexart, New York, NY, curated by Miguel Amado
Incidentes de viaje espejo en Yucatán y otros lugares (Incidents of Travel mirroring the Yucatan and elsewhere), Museo Tamayo, Mexico, curated by Pablo Leon de la Barra
The Object of Observation (Changes by Being Observed), Johnen Galerie, Berlin, curated by Tim Lee Locations, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Canada, curated by Candice Hopkins, Nicholas Brown and Shirley Madill
The Air We Breathe, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, curated by Apsara Di Quinzio
Drawn from Photography, Drawing Center, NY, curated by Claire Gilman
Stargazers: Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation withÔÇŽ, Bronx Museum, NY,curated by Isolde Brielmaier

2010
The Artist´┐Żs Museum: L.A. Artists 1980-2010, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles,CA
To the Arts, Citizens!, Serralves Museu, Porto, Portugal
Inquiring Eyes: Greensboro Collects Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
XIV International Sculpture Biennale of Carrara, Carrara, Italy. (curated by Fabio Cavallucci)
11th Triennale f´┐Żr Kleinplastik (Triennial of small scale sculpture), Fellbach, Germany
Contemplating the Void, Guggenheim Museum, New York. Curated by Nancy Spector and David van
der Leer (February 12-April 28, 2010)
First Nations / Second Nature, Audain Teaching Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver,
Canada. Curated by Candice Hopkins (February 5-April 2010)
Kurt, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA (May 13´┐ŻSeptember 6, 2010)
XIV International Sculpture Biennale of Carrara, Carrara, Italy. Curated by Fabio Cavallucci (June-October 2010)
Larger than Life, Stranger than Fiction: 11th Fellbach Triennial of Small Scale Sculpture, Fellbach,
Germany. Curated by Ulrike Groos and Heike van den Valentyn. (June 12-October 11, 2010)
Photography, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
Earthworks: Robert Smithson, Sam Durant, and Mary Brogger (co-organized by Michael Green and
Diana Nawi), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

2009
Commentary, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
Rock ´┐Ż Paper ´┐Ż Scissors, Pop Music as Subject of Visual Art, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria
Second Nature: The Valentine-Adelson Collection, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2008
8 Bienal de Arte de Panam´┐Ż, 8th Panama Biennial, Panama (curated by Magali Arriola)
Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Orange County, CA
Close Encounters, American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC.
Freedom, Stichting Den Haag Sculptuur, The Hague, Netherlands
Ohio, Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, curated by Brad Killam and Barb Wiesen.
The Old, Weird America, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
Ours: Democracy in the Age of Branding, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, organized by Parsons
The New School for Design and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New York, NY
Peripheral vision and collective body, MUSEION, Bolzano, Italy
Proyecto civico / Civic Project, CECUT, Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico, (curated by Lucia Sanrom´┐Żn
and Ruth Est´┐Żvez.)
Since we last spoke about monuments, Stroom den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands, curated by Mihnea Mircan.
Zones of Conflict, Pratt Gallery, New York, NY

2007
Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down To Me, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Black Panther Rank and File, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC,
travels to the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Darling, take Fountain, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece
Demolition, at Engholm Engelhorn Galerie, Vienna, Austria
Memorial to the Iraq War, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.
Modelers and Makers: Works in Ceramic, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
MOCA Benefit Auction, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Panic Room - Works from The Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation Centre For Contemporary
Art, Athens Greece
Past Over, Steve Turner Contemporary, Beverly Hills, CA
Resistance is...,Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Sculptors' Drawings: Ideas, Studies, Sketches, Proposals, and More, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica
Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era, Tate Liverpool; traveling to Kunsthalle Schim Frankfurt,
Kunsthalle Wien; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Unmonumental, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Words Fail Me, The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI (curated by Matthew Higgs)

2006
Black Panther Rank and File, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Busan Bienniale, Busan, Korea.
Dark Places, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
Draft Deceit, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
Drawing and Drawn, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Norwalk, CA
Fallout, Cold War Culture, Mitchell-Innes &Nash, New York, NY
Good Vibrations Le arti visive e il Rock, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy
Monuments for the USA, White Columns, New York, NY (curated by Ralph Rugoff)
Street Signs and Solar Ovens: Socialcraft in Los Angeles, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles

2005
Artists´┐Ż Books Re-Visited, Printed Matter, New York, NY.
Interstate, Nicole Klagsbrun, New York, NY (curated by Adam McEwen)
Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists, University Art Museum, CAL State University Long Beach, Longbeach, CA
Touch of Evil, Estacion Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico
Think Blue, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
En/Of, Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve, Germany (curated by Robert Meijer)
Post No Bills, White Columns, New York, NY (curated by Matthew Higgs)
Faces in the Crowd -- Picturing Modern Life from Manet to Today, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
Echo/Anti Echo, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Germany
Getting Emotional, ICA Boston, Boston, MA
Moscow Biennale, former Lenin Museum, Moscow, Russia
Monuments for the USA, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, Logan Galleries, San Francisco
Xiamen International Sculpture Exhibition 2005
Outpost, Stephen D. Paine Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
War is Over 1945-2005 La Libert´┐Ż dell'arte, Galleria D´┐ŻArte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy

2004
Rear View Mirror, Kettle´┐Żs Yard, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Communaute, Institut d´┐ŻArt Contemporain Villeurbanne, Lyon, France
Raume, Hausler Contemporary, Munchen, Germany, curated by Martin Beck
100 Artists See God (2004-2006), organized and circulated by iCI (Independent Curators
International), New York. Traveled to: The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA, March
7-June 27-2004; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA, July 31-October 3, 2004; Institute of Contemporary
Arts, London, November 19, 2004-January 9, 2005; Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia
Beach, June 9-September 4, 2005; Albright College Freedman Art Gallery, Reading, PA, September
29-November 20, 2005; and Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN, February 4-April 16, 2006.
(curated by John Baldessari and Meg Cranston)
Playlist, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Through the Gates: Brown vs. the Board of Education, California African American Museum, Los
Angeles, CA
Baja to Vancouver, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA

2004
Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
The Space of Writing, The Glassell School of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Faces in the Crowd, Whitechapel, London, United Kingdom (travels to Castello di Rivoli d´┐Ż Arte
Contemporanea, Rivoli, Italy in 2005)

2003
After the Observatory, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
Baja to Vancouver, Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle, WA (traveling)
The Space of Writing, MKG Art Management, Houston, Texas
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Dreams and Conflicts: The Viewer´┐Żs Dictatorship: Delays and Revolutions, The 50th International
Exhibition of Visual Arts of the Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (curated by Francesci Bonami and
Daniel Birnbaum)
Somewhere Better Than This Place: Alternative Social Experience in the Spaces of Contemporary Art,
The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
Break it/Fix it, (with Monica Bonvicini), Secession, Vienna, Austria

2002
Concepts on Nature, Hausler Contemporary, Munich, Germany
Rent-a-bench, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Jacob Fabricius)
A Country Lane: Sam Durant, Tobias Hauser, Richard Hoeck, John Miller, Kerstin Engholm Galerie,
Vienna, Austria
The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum, Works on Paper, Los Angeles, CA
Air Guitar: Art Reconsidering Rock Music, Milton Keynes Gallery, United Kingdom (curated by Emma
Mahony), (travels to Cornerhouse, Manchester Angel Row, Nottingham/Tullie House, Carlise, United Kingdom)
Artists Imagine Architecture, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Out of Place: Contemporary Art and the Architectural Uncanny, The Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago, IL (traveled to the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida)
Prophets of Boom: Werke aus der Sammlung Schurmann, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden,Switzerland
From the Observatory, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Robert Nickas)
Rock My World, CCAC, San Francisco, CA (curated by Ralph Rugoff)

2001
R. M. S., Pestorius Sweeney House, Brisbane, Australia
Record All-Over, Mamco, Geneva, Switzerland
Extra Art: A Survey of Artists´┐Ż Ephemera 1960-1999, CCAC Institute, San Francisco, CA (curated by Steven Leiber)
Take Two/Reprise, The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
Hemorrhaging of States, TENT, Rotterdam, Netherlands
You Don´┐Żt Have to Have Cows to be a Cowboy, Galerie Parkhaus,Berlin, Germany
Playing Amongst the Ruins, Royal College of Art Galleries, London, United Kingdom
In Between: Art & Architecture, MAK Center for Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, CA
Superman in Bed, Kunst der Gegenwart und Fotografie Sammlung Schurmann, Museum am Ostwall,
Dortmund, Germany
New Settlements, Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
Recent Acquisitions Featuring the Norton Gift, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

2000
´┐Ż00, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
LAEX, Ileana Tounta, Athens, Greece
ForWart, L´┐ŻEspace Cultural BBL, Brussels, Belgium (curated by Paul Schimmel)
D, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Robert Nickas)
All Things, Everything True, CRG, New York, NY (curated by Jessica Bronson)

1999
What Your Children Should Know About Conceptualism, Neuer Aschener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany
i me mine, Luckman Fine Arts Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Julie
Joyce and Mike Mehring)
Matthew Antezzo, Sam Durant, Dave Muller, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
1999 COLA Exhibition, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Making History, Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, NY
Proliferation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Russell Ferguson)
The Living Theatre, Salzburger Kunstverein, Germany (curated by Diana Thater)
Conceptual Art as Neurobiological Praxis, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY (curated by Warren Neidich)
The Perfect Life, Artifice in L.A.1999, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC
Other Narratives: Fifteen Years, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (curated by Dana Friis-Hansen)

1998
Urban Romantics, Lombard Freid, New York, NY
L.A. or Lilliput?, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA (curated by Michael Darling) (cat.)
Obviously 5 Believers, Action: Space, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Brian Olson)
Slipstream, Center for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, Scotland
Entropy at Home, Ludwig Museum, Aachen, Germany (curated by Wilhelm Schurmann) (cat.)
Architecture & Inside, Paul Morris Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Kenneth L. Freed)
Summary, Galerie Hoffman & Senn, Vienna, Austria
Family Viewing, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Russell Ferguson)
Trash, Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1997
Places that are elsewhere, David Zwirner, New York, NY (curated by Diana Thater)
Next, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
Elusive Paradise: Los Angeles Art From the Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Chill, University of California Irvine, The Art Gallery, Irvine, CA (curated by Brad Spence)
Sam Durant & Anne Walsh, Four Walls, San Francisco, CA
Quartzose: 20 Los Angeles Artists, Galleri Tommy Lund, Odense, Denmark (curated by Michael Darling)
Scene of the Crime, Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Ralph Rugoff)
Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles, Three Day Weekend, Malmo, Sweden (curated by Dave Muller),
(travels to Jason & Rhodes, London, England & Three Day Weekend, Los Angeles, CA)
Summer of Love, Fotouhi Cramer Gallery, New York, NY

1996
TRUE.BLISS., Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA (cat.)
Open House, (with Andrea Bowers) Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Art and Design,
Pasadena, CA (organized by John O´┐ŻBrien) (cat.)
Just Past: The Contemporary in the Permanent Collection, 1975 - 96, The Museum of Contemporary
Art, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Ann Goldstein)
The Power of Suggestion: Narrative and Notation in Contemporary Drawing, The Museum of
Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Cornelia H. Butler) (cat.)
a/drift: Scenes from the Penetrable Culture, Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College,
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, NY (curated by Joshua Decter) (cat.)
The Palace of Good Luck, Burnett Miller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
All Work - No Play, Acme, Santa Monica, CA
Modsquad, Spanish Box, Santa Barbara, CA
Real Goods, Manhattan Village Shopping Center, Manhattan Beach, CA

1995
Couldn´┐Żt Get Ahead, Independent Art Space, London, United Kingdom (cat.)
The Friendly Village, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI

1994
Gone, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
Constructed Views, Woodbury University, Burbank, CA
The Game Show, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
Le Temps d´┐Żun Dessin, Galerie de L´┐ŻEcole des Beaux Arts de Lorient, Paris, France
Thanks, 3 Day Weekend, Los Angeles, CA
Thanks Again, FOODHOUSE, Santa Monica, CA
Utter Realities, Cerritos College, Cerritos, CA

1993
Loose Slots, Temporary Contemporary Las Vegas, NV (organized by Richard Kuhlenschmidt)
Newport Harbor Biennial, Newport Beach Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA
Heaven Missing, Jose Freire Gallery, New York, NY
Germinal Notations, FOODHOUSE, Santa Monica, CA
Melancholic Consolation and Cynicism, Kunstlerhaus Bethanian, Berli, Germany and Ruth Bloom
Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
FOODHOUSE visits the Art Store, West Los Angeles, CA (organized by Randy Sommer)
Thank You, FOODHOUSE, Santa Monica, CA

1992
FAR Bazaar, Foundation for Art Resources, Federal Reserve Building, Los Angeles, CA (with Michael
Coughlin, Kent Young and Andrea Bowers)
Good Design, Nomadic Site, Pasadena, CA
Afterthought, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

1991
Window on LA, LA Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA, (organized by David Pagel)
4 Person Show, Parker Zanic Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Absentbury Show, Bliss Annex, Pasadena, CA (organized by Kent Riddle and Adam Ross) Art
Center, Pasadena, CA (organized by Pae White and Jennifer Steinkamp)



Education

California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, M.F.A.
Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, B.F.A.


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