Haim Steinbach

Israeli-American, b. 1944

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Haim Steinbach

Israeli-American, b. 1944

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Since the 1980s, Haim Steinbach has been assembling found objects—including toys, cereal boxes, elephant footstools, and ancient pottery—into surprising and compelling groupings that play upon the malleability of perception and meaning. As he explains: “My work is about the all-too-frequent disconnect between looking and seeing, between being aware that something is there and knowing what it means.” Interested in how context influences meaning, he displays objects on colored, wedge-shaped plywood shelves, places them in wooden boxes, or displays them in elaborate installations to foster new associations. In The Roots (2011), for example, he lines up two plastic pipe fittings, a Darth Vader figurine, a carved wooden figure of an old man, a gnarled tree root, and a dog’s rubber chew toy, inviting viewers to find meaning in this grouping by considering each object anew.

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Serpentine Galleries, and 1 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 13 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 4 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Biography

Since the 1980s, Haim Steinbach has been assembling found objects—including toys, cereal boxes, elephant footstools, and ancient pottery—into surprising and compelling groupings that play upon the malleability of perception and meaning. As he explains: “My work is about the all-too-frequent disconnect between looking and seeing, between being aware that something is there and knowing what it means.” Interested in how context influences meaning, he displays objects on colored, wedge-shaped plywood shelves, places them in wooden boxes, or displays them in elaborate installations to foster new associations. In The Roots (2011), for example, he lines up two plastic pipe fittings, a Darth Vader figurine, a carved wooden figure of an old man, a gnarled tree root, and a dog’s rubber chew toy, inviting viewers to find meaning in this grouping by considering each object anew.

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
Serpentine Galleries, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 13 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
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