Ashley Bickerton

American, b. 1959

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Ashley Bickerton

American, b. 1959

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Ashley Bickerton rose to prominence in New York’s East Village Art scene in the early 1980s with his coolly abstract portraits composed of riveted and painted black containers, replacing the conventional figurative portrait with brand names, and his own invented logos (like “culture lux” and “suzie”) and mottos (“The best in sensory and intellectual experiences”). Alongside Jeff Koons, Peter Halley, and Meyer Vaisman, Bickerton was a pioneer of Neo-Geometric (“Neo-Geo”) Conceptualism, which rejected Neo-Expressionist trends in painting and critiqued the mechanization and commercialization of the modern world, using geometry as a metaphor for society. In 1993, Bickerton moved to the Indonesian island of Bali, where his work has become increasingly figurative, populated by a cast of grotesque and exotic characters, from voluptuous indigenous women to grimacing, anthropomorphic serpents. Whether painting directly on the human body, making sculpture, or creating large-scale hyper-realistic paintings framed in worm-eaten driftwood, Bickerton continues to call the commodification of the art object into question.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 2 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Biography

Ashley Bickerton rose to prominence in New York’s East Village Art scene in the early 1980s with his coolly abstract portraits composed of riveted and painted black containers, replacing the conventional figurative portrait with brand names, and his own invented logos (like “culture lux” and “suzie”) and mottos (“The best in sensory and intellectual experiences”). Alongside Jeff Koons, Peter Halley, and Meyer Vaisman, Bickerton was a pioneer of Neo-Geometric (“Neo-Geo”) Conceptualism, which rejected Neo-Expressionist trends in painting and critiqued the mechanization and commercialization of the modern world, using geometry as a metaphor for society. In 1993, Bickerton moved to the Indonesian island of Bali, where his work has become increasingly figurative, populated by a cast of grotesque and exotic characters, from voluptuous indigenous women to grimacing, anthropomorphic serpents. Whether painting directly on the human body, making sculpture, or creating large-scale hyper-realistic paintings framed in worm-eaten driftwood, Bickerton continues to call the commodification of the art object into question.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Ashley Bickerton
How the Glitz and Excess of the 1980s Shaped Contemporary Art
Feb 21st, 2018
After a Quarter Century in Bali, Ashley Bickerton Shows New York He’s as Irreverent as Ever
Oct 16th, 2017
6 Artist Homes That Are Dreamy Hideaways
Nov 4th, 2016
The 1980s
Aug 17th, 2015
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