Adam Pendleton, ‘Untitled (A Victim of American Democracy)’, 2016, Pace Gallery

About Adam Pendleton

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.

American, b. 1984, Richmond, Virginia, based in Germantown, New York

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
"BIG", Bill Hodges Gallery
2016
The Language of Things, Public Art Fund, New York
2016
Blackness in Abstraction, Pace Gallery, New York
2015
Young, Gifted and Black, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
2015
Belgian Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice