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Rachel Harrison

American, b. 1966

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Rachel Harrison

American, b. 1966

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Describing her approach as “intuition combined with thinking,” Rachel Harrison engages with art history and contemporary culture, and the role of the artist and sculpture in society, in her own flamboyant, totemic sculptures and installations. The DIY look of her works, often shown in groups in multifaceted, multimedia installations, belies their careful craftsmanship. Her sculptures appear as semi-figurative monoliths assembled from abstract forms and consumer products, including canned goods, magazines, plastic food, and wigs. Through them, Harrison questions the traditional function of figurative sculpture to memorialize and idealize, while drawing attention to the deluge of trivial, throwaway objects by which we are surrounded. She often honors, or sends up, famous historical and contemporary figures in her works, including Tiger Woods (2007), whose focal point is a can of green tea with the image of another famous golfer (Arnold Palmer) on it.

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Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 8 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 6 more
Biography

Describing her approach as “intuition combined with thinking,” Rachel Harrison engages with art history and contemporary culture, and the role of the artist and sculpture in society, in her own flamboyant, totemic sculptures and installations. The DIY look of her works, often shown in groups in multifaceted, multimedia installations, belies their careful craftsmanship. Her sculptures appear as semi-figurative monoliths assembled from abstract forms and consumer products, including canned goods, magazines, plastic food, and wigs. Through them, Harrison questions the traditional function of figurative sculpture to memorialize and idealize, while drawing attention to the deluge of trivial, throwaway objects by which we are surrounded. She often honors, or sends up, famous historical and contemporary figures in her works, including Tiger Woods (2007), whose focal point is a can of green tea with the image of another famous golfer (Arnold Palmer) on it.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 8 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 6 more
Shows Featuring Rachel Harrison
Articles Featuring Rachel Harrison
These 10 Artworks Tell the Story of Contemporary Art
Mar 24th, 2017
These 10 Artworks Tell the Story of Contemporary Art
Amy Winehouse, As Remembered by Contemporary Artists
Aug 10th, 2015
Amy Winehouse, As Remembered by Contemporary Artists
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