My Highlights from Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2014
Framed: 11.5 x 13 x 1 in.
Sam Durant, born in 1961 in Seattle, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Durant’s multimedia artwork takes a critical view on our social, political and cultural tropes and icons. Often referencing American history, his work explores the varying relationships between popular culture and fine art. Having engaged subjects as diverse as the civil rights movement, southern rock music and modernist architecture, Durant reproduces familiar visual and aural signs, arranging them into new conceptually layered installations. Durant was the 2013 Getty Artists Program Invitee and has had recent solo exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Sadie Coles HQ, London, and Blum and Poe, Los Angeles. His work Scaffold, an immense wooden and steel structure first shown in Kassel at dOCUMENTA (13) before traveling to the Edinburgh Art Festival and The Hague, will be permanently installed at the Walker Art Center in 2017.
—Courtesy of LACE
Signature: front, bottom right corner
Sam Durant is most interested in the political dimension of cultural events, and creating new visualizations of what has become accepted or forgotten as part of history. The ever-growing range of subjects that has caught his interest include student riots, the Kent State massacre, the Civil Rights movement, international trade relationships, and conflict between Native Americans and settlers. Durant’s projects are often critical and playful at the same time. He draws widely from a range of disciplines and techniques, including ceramic, fabricated globes, printed matter, interactive websites, and photography. Durant has a particularly persisting interest in public monuments.
American, b. 1961, Seattle, Washington, based in Los Angeles, California