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Amalia Ulman

Argentinian, b. 1989

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Amalia Ulman

Argentinian, b. 1989

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Through a diverse mix of painting, sculpture, installations, smart phone apps, actions, and lectures, Amalia Ulman explores the links between consumerism and identity, class, gender, and taste. “Commodities and their arrangement define humans,” she once explained. “Staring at objects, trends, and aesthetics, I get to understand contemporary lifestyles more than by talking to people…” She is especially interested in what she calls a “bland” or “middlebrow” aesthetic, characterized by greeting cards, domestic items and ornamentation, plastic surgery, clothing, and other products that both shape notions and serve as the trappings of luxury, beauty, and the ideal lifestyle. In a sweeping installation titled Babyfootprints Crowsfeet (2014), for example, Ulman wryly commented on the idealization of motherhood and femininity, fatherhood and masculinity, and parent-child relationships by mashing up kitschy products and sentiments with darker texts and images about sex, anxiety, and inequality.

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Group show at a major institution
Rockbund Art Museum, and 4 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
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Included in a major biennial
Berlin Biennale
Biography

Through a diverse mix of painting, sculpture, installations, smart phone apps, actions, and lectures, Amalia Ulman explores the links between consumerism and identity, class, gender, and taste. “Commodities and their arrangement define humans,” she once explained. “Staring at objects, trends, and aesthetics, I get to understand contemporary lifestyles more than by talking to people…” She is especially interested in what she calls a “bland” or “middlebrow” aesthetic, characterized by greeting cards, domestic items and ornamentation, plastic surgery, clothing, and other products that both shape notions and serve as the trappings of luxury, beauty, and the ideal lifestyle. In a sweeping installation titled Babyfootprints Crowsfeet (2014), for example, Ulman wryly commented on the idealization of motherhood and femininity, fatherhood and masculinity, and parent-child relationships by mashing up kitschy products and sentiments with darker texts and images about sex, anxiety, and inequality.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Rockbund Art Museum, and 4 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Berlin Biennale
Articles Featuring Amalia Ulman
The Millennial Collectors behind Beijing’s Newest Art Museum
Nov 6th, 2019
The Millennial Collectors behind Beijing’s Newest Art Museum
The Photographs of Women’s Bodies That Instagram Censored
Mar 13th, 2017
The Photographs of Women’s Bodies That Instagram Censored
DIS’s Berlin Biennale Isn’t a “LOLhouse” or a Fashion Spread—It’s Charting Art’s Future
Jun 22nd, 2016
DIS’s Berlin Biennale Isn’t a “LOLhouse” or a Fashion Spread—It’s Charting Art’s Future
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