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Adam Pendleton

ndependence (Delegate A. A. Ochwada leading the men from the Kenya Federation of Labour, All-African People's Conference, Accra, Ghana, 1958), 2014

Silkscreen ink on mirror polished stainless steel
76 × 52 in
193.04 × 132.08 cm
location
Venice
About the work
56th Venice Biennale
Venice
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This image was provided in the 56th Venice Biennale press kit for this artist.

This image was provided in the 56th Venice Biennale press kit for this artist.

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Painting
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Courtesy Pace Gallery, New York and London
Adam Pendleton
American, b. 1984
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A conceptual artist whose practice includes silkscreen paintings, photographic collage, video, performance, and publishing, Adam Pendleton is an energizing figure with a reputation on the rise. Much of his work is language-based, including the well-known silkscreen series “Black Dada” (2008-). Beyond the references to the color of these monochromatic works (featuring geometric forms and letters from the titular phrase) and the WWI-era Dada movement, the tile of this series, which Pendleton describes as “a hybrid of poster and something else,” references a 1964 work by the Beat poet Amiri Baraka, Black Dada Nihilismus. “Black Dada is a a way to preach about the future while talking about the past. It is our present moment,” he explains. Sol LeWitt became his first collector when he bought a work he saw of Pendleton’s in his first gallery show; one of the pieces in Pendleton’s series makes explicit reference to LeWitt’s iconic cube.

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About the work
56th Venice Biennale
Venice
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This image was provided in the 56th Venice Biennale press kit for this artist.

This image was provided in the 56th Venice Biennale press kit for this artist.

Medium
Painting
Image rights
Courtesy Pace Gallery, New York and London
Adam Pendleton
American, b. 1984
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A conceptual artist whose practice includes silkscreen paintings, photographic collage, video, performance, and publishing, Adam Pendleton is an energizing figure with a reputation on the rise. Much of his work is language-based, including the well-known silkscreen series “Black Dada” (2008-). Beyond the references to the color of these monochromatic works (featuring geometric forms and letters from the titular phrase) and the WWI-era Dada movement, the tile of this series, which Pendleton describes as “a hybrid of poster and something else,” references a 1964 work by the Beat poet Amiri Baraka, Black Dada Nihilismus. “Black Dada is a a way to preach about the future while talking about the past. It is our present moment,” he explains. Sol LeWitt became his first collector when he bought a work he saw of Pendleton’s in his first gallery show; one of the pieces in Pendleton’s series makes explicit reference to LeWitt’s iconic cube.

Adam Pendleton

ndependence (Delegate A. A. Ochwada leading the men from the Kenya Federation of Labour, All-African People's Conference, Accra, Ghana, 1958), 2014

Silkscreen ink on mirror polished stainless steel
76 × 52 in
193.04 × 132.08 cm
location
Venice
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