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The New Jersey-born Da Corte lived in Caracas, Venezuela until he was eight, and has carried with him the celebratory life-and-death motifs of Latin American culture to his present-day work—from sequined piñatas to grotesque takes on consumer advertisements.

About Alex Da Corte

Working as an “anthropologist of the immediate past,” artist Alex Da Corte creates sculpture with the colorful artifacts of turn-of-the-21st-century consumer culture. Da Corte’s reworked everyday objects—both the generic and the branded—take on an otherworldly quality in his constructed environments, videos, and digitally collaged images, or as material, in the case of his shampoo paintings. “I don’t think of sculpture as static, as dead objects. I think of them as tracing an action,” the artist has said of his work. “Sculpture is the unraveling of a familiar object.” In Da Corte’s practice, such unraveling often involves bright colors and crisp advertising imagery, and cameos by pop-culture figures like an ersatz version of Eminem played by the artist himself.

American, b. 1980, Camden, New Jersey, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Alex Da Corte: Free Roses, MASS MoCA, North Adams
2014
White Rain, White Cube, London, United Kingdom
2013
CAR WHORE, Wake Gallery, Detroit, MI, United States
2012
Alex Da Corte: Magic Stick, The Still House Group, Brooklyn
2010
The Kind of Dog that Keeps You Waiting, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, United States

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2016
Illumination - New Contemporary Art at Louisiana, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek
2012
Here Comes, The Still House Group, New York
2012
This Is This, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY, United States
2010
While it Lasts, The Still House Group, New York
2006
The Philly Vernacular Spectacular Extravaganza, University of Pennsylvania, University Museum, Philadelphia, PA, United States