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Adam Helms

American, b. 1974

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Adam Helms

American, b. 1974

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Adam Helms’s portraits of militia, political groups, and combatants explore issues of masking and identity. He uses appropriated and found imagery as source materials for his drawings and photographic installations. In Untitled (48 Portraits, 2010) (2010), Helms portrays insurgents, militia, guerrillas, and rebels whose identities are unknown. “It’s not about right or left politics, it’s about this idea of masking and militarized resistance against some other force,” Helms said in a 2010 interview. “The majority of them are taking up arms against civil society, or fighting for a particular religious or cultural identity versus someone else, but it all comes down to masking, utilizing violence, and then appearing in this ominous way. Appearing shadow-like, or as these posturing, confrontational looking guys, either for propagandist purposes, or just to show themselves that way to the world.”

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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 1 more
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Greater New York
Biography

Adam Helms’s portraits of militia, political groups, and combatants explore issues of masking and identity. He uses appropriated and found imagery as source materials for his drawings and photographic installations. In Untitled (48 Portraits, 2010) (2010), Helms portrays insurgents, militia, guerrillas, and rebels whose identities are unknown. “It’s not about right or left politics, it’s about this idea of masking and militarized resistance against some other force,” Helms said in a 2010 interview. “The majority of them are taking up arms against civil society, or fighting for a particular religious or cultural identity versus someone else, but it all comes down to masking, utilizing violence, and then appearing in this ominous way. Appearing shadow-like, or as these posturing, confrontational looking guys, either for propagandist purposes, or just to show themselves that way to the world.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Greater New York
Articles Featuring Adam Helms
5 Artists Discuss UFOs, Pizzagate, and the Conspiracy Theories That Fascinate Them
Sep 26th, 2018
5 Artists Discuss UFOs, Pizzagate, and the Conspiracy Theories That Fascinate Them
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