Sanford Biggers

American, b. 1970

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Sanford Biggers

American, b. 1970

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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 contradictions, Biggers shatters binary assumptions, offering viewers a more complex, and truer, picture of the world.

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Solo show at a major institution
Brooklyn Museum
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Whitney Biennial, and 2 more
Biography

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 contradictions, Biggers shatters binary assumptions, offering viewers a more complex, and truer, picture of the world.

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
Brooklyn Museum
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial, and 2 more
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