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Trevor Paglen

American, b. 1974

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Trevor Paglen

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American, b. 1974

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An artist and author of numerous books and articles, Trevor Paglen uses special equipment to photograph sites of secret government activity, or “black sites,” including the Tonopah Test Range and the Nevada Test and Training Range. Capturing sites at long range, Paglen produces images that are frequently blurred or painterly in effect, alluding to art historical forbears concerned with the breakdown of representation, such as J.M.W. Turner and Gerhard Richter. Paglen’s image, KEYHOLE IMPROVED CRYSTAL from Glacier Point (Optical Reconnaissance Satellite; USA 224) (2011), a spy-satellite portrait of the sky above Yosemite Valley, evokes the work of Ansel Adams and Timothy O'Sullivan. “A lot of what we think about as classical Western landscape photography was paid for by the military,” Paglen has said, “or by what was then called the Department of War, as part of what they called reconnaissance surveys.” In his recent project The Last Pictures, Paglen worked with MIT scientists to design a spacecraft able to last billions of years, which was launched into space with an archival disc inscribed with one hundred photographs that the artist chose to capture our present historical and cultural moment.

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New Museum, and 6 more
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Biography

An artist and author of numerous books and articles, Trevor Paglen uses special equipment to photograph sites of secret government activity, or “black sites,” including the Tonopah Test Range and the Nevada Test and Training Range. Capturing sites at long range, Paglen produces images that are frequently blurred or painterly in effect, alluding to art historical forbears concerned with the breakdown of representation, such as J.M.W. Turner and Gerhard Richter. Paglen’s image, KEYHOLE IMPROVED CRYSTAL from Glacier Point (Optical Reconnaissance Satellite; USA 224) (2011), a spy-satellite portrait of the sky above Yosemite Valley, evokes the work of Ansel Adams and Timothy O'Sullivan. “A lot of what we think about as classical Western landscape photography was paid for by the military,” Paglen has said, “or by what was then called the Department of War, as part of what they called reconnaissance surveys.” In his recent project The Last Pictures, Paglen worked with MIT scientists to design a spacecraft able to last billions of years, which was launched into space with an archival disc inscribed with one hundred photographs that the artist chose to capture our present historical and cultural moment.

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
Secession, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
New Museum, and 6 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Manifesta, and 5 more
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