Skip to Main Content

Daniel Arsham

American, b. 1980

7,598 followers
Follow

Daniel Arsham

American, b. 1980

7,598
Followers
Biography

Daniel Arsham employs elements of architecture, performance, and sculpture to manipulate and distort understandings of structures and space. Arsham became widely known at the age of 25 when he was asked to design his first of several sets for Merce Cunningham’s productions. His practice has been guided by a curiosity for architecture and structured space, stemming from childhood memories of seeing the wreckage of Hurricane Andrew in his hometown of Miami. Some of his best-known works include a series of installations that destabilize the solidity of gallery walls, such that they appear to be dripping, folding, oozing, or absorbing furniture; also figuring among his oeuvre are pixelated clouds based on photographs and rendered with hand-colored spheres, and sculptures made from granulated materials like crushed glass. He is also active as one half of the art and architecture collaborative Snarkitecture, along with Alex Mustonen.

Related Categories
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 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Art in America
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Greater New York, and 1 more
Biography

Daniel Arsham employs elements of architecture, performance, and sculpture to manipulate and distort understandings of structures and space. Arsham became widely known at the age of 25 when he was asked to design his first of several sets for Merce Cunningham’s productions. His practice has been guided by a curiosity for architecture and structured space, stemming from childhood memories of seeing the wreckage of Hurricane Andrew in his hometown of Miami. Some of his best-known works include a series of installations that destabilize the solidity of gallery walls, such that they appear to be dripping, folding, oozing, or absorbing furniture; also figuring among his oeuvre are pixelated clouds based on photographs and rendered with hand-colored spheres, and sculptures made from granulated materials like crushed glass. He is also active as one half of the art and architecture collaborative Snarkitecture, along with Alex Mustonen.

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 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Art in America
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Greater New York, and 1 more
Shows Featuring Daniel Arsham
Articles Featuring Daniel Arsham
Daniel Arsham on His London Takeover, Miami Excavation, and New Projects with James Franco and Pharrell
Dec 5th, 2014
Daniel Arsham on His London Takeover, Miami Excavation, and New Projects with James Franco and Pharrell
Hot Artists Under 35 at Art Brussels
Apr 23rd, 2014
Hot Artists Under 35 at Art Brussels
Artsy’s Editorial Team Picks Favorites Around Miami
Dec 8th, 2013
Artsy’s Editorial Team Picks Favorites Around Miami
Party Talk with Daniel Arsham
Apr 18th, 2013
Party Talk with Daniel Arsham
Navigate right