Isaac Julien, ‘Trussed I’, 1996, Headlands Center for the Arts: Benefit Auction 2017

Isaac Julien has won many awards for his work, including a half a dozen international awards for his seminal film Looking for Langston. In 2001 he was nominated for the Turner Prize for The Long Road to Mazatlan and Vagabondia. Julien studied painting and fine art film at Central Saint Martins University of the Arts in London; he is currently a faculty member at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Professor of Global Art at the University of the Arts. His work is in the collections of Tate Modern, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Irish Museum of Modern Art; the National Museum of Norway; Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres, Spain; Brandhorst Collection, Munich, Germany; the Louis Vuitton Art Foundation, Paris; LUMA Foundation, Zurich; the Zeitz Foundation, Germany; and the Kramlich Collection. Recent solo exhibitions include Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; the De Pont Museum, Netherlands; Museum of Modern Art; and Art Institute of Chicago. Julien lives and works in London.
–Courtesy of Headlands Center for the Arts

About Isaac Julien

Accomplished filmmaker and video installation artist Isaac Julien is well-known for films like Looking for Langston (1989), a poetic treatment of gay black poet Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance, and other ground-breaking studies of racial and sexual identity, voyages, and cultural displacement. His multi-screen installations and accompanying photographic works for museums and galleries explore fractured narratives of memory and desire, often uniting elements from dance, painting, sculpture, theater, and music. The nine-screen installation Ten Thousand Waves (2010) investigates China's ancient past and changing present through interwoven narratives.

British, b. 1960, London, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Isaac Julien, Refuge, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
2016
Vintage, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco
2015
PLAYTIME, Helga de Alvear, MADRID
2014
Playtime, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Isaac Julien | Looking for Langston, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam
2016
Isaac Julien, Refuge, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
2016
Vintage, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco
2015
PLAYTIME, Helga de Alvear, MADRID
2014
Playtime, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
2014
Isaac Julien: Playtime, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
2013
Isaac Julien: Playtime, Metro Pictures, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Metrópole, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
2016
Human Ecology, Galeria Nara Roesler, New York
2015
Within/Without, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore
2015
Swim with the Current, Stand like a Rock, International Manifesta Foundation, Amsterdam
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