Fred Wilson

American, b. 1954

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Fred Wilson

American, b. 1954

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Known for his politically charged work that explore issues faced by Africans and African-Americans in past centuries, Fred Wilson makes sculptures that are, first and foremost, beautiful. His Murano glass mirrors (2009), made from onyx Murano glass (a color never before used for decorative objects), are glossy and ornate, while Regina Atra (2006), Wilson’s version of the Diamond Diadem, the celebrated crown worn by Her Majesty the Queen of England, is as delicate and opulent as the original. Each is a commentary on the African experience, a theme that is occasionally met with great resistance, as in the case of Wilson’s thwarted efforts to erect a sculpture of a freed slave in Indianapolis, which was to be titled E Pluribus Unum.

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The Studio Museum in Harlem, and 1 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
Biography

Known for his politically charged work that explore issues faced by Africans and African-Americans in past centuries, Fred Wilson makes sculptures that are, first and foremost, beautiful. His Murano glass mirrors (2009), made from onyx Murano glass (a color never before used for decorative objects), are glossy and ornate, while Regina Atra (2006), Wilson’s version of the Diamond Diadem, the celebrated crown worn by Her Majesty the Queen of England, is as delicate and opulent as the original. Each is a commentary on the African experience, a theme that is occasionally met with great resistance, as in the case of Wilson’s thwarted efforts to erect a sculpture of a freed slave in Indianapolis, which was to be titled E Pluribus Unum.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Studio Museum in Harlem, and 1 more
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 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
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