Sanford Biggers
American, born 1970
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Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2017
Sanford Biggers: Selah,
Marianne Boesky Gallery
2016
Sanford Biggers,
New Britain Museum of American Art
In Context: Africans in America,
Goodman Gallery

If there is a word that describes the vibrant, interdisciplinary practice of the critically acclaimed artist Sanford Biggers, it would be one he provides himself: “consilience.” This notion of the convergence of disparate strands of knowledge into a deeper, multivalent whole encapsulates the installations, sculptures, drawings, performances, videos, and music through which he complicates everything from Buddhism to African and African-American identity to art history. Responding to such movements as Post-Minimalism and Dada, and to his own experiences as an African-American and frequent expat, he challenges viewers with unlikely connections in his challenging, seductive work. Claiming that, “intent can define or shape the content,” he presents the tree, for example, as a symbol of earthly connectedness, as well as the site of Buddha’s enlightenment, and of lynching. By fusing these …

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