Amalia Ulman
Argentine, born 1989
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
Selected exhibitions
I Was Raised on the Internet,
MCA Chicago
Heart of the Tin Man,
Genre-Nonconforming: The DIS Edutainment Network,
de Young Museum

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 …

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