Sanford Biggers, ‘DAGU’, 2016, moniquemeloche

About Sanford Biggers

If there is a word that describes the vibrant, interdisciplinary practice of the critically acclaimed artist Sanford Biggers, it would be one he provides himself: “consilience.” This notion of the convergence of disparate strands of knowledge into a deeper, multivalent whole encapsulates the installations, sculptures, drawings, performances, videos, and music through which he complicates everything from Buddhism to African and African-American identity to art history. Responding to such movements as Post-Minimalism and Dada, and to his own experiences as an African-American and frequent expat, he challenges viewers with unlikely connections in his challenging, seductive work. Claiming that, “intent can define or shape the content,” he presents the tree, for example, as a symbol of earthly connectedness, as well as the site of Buddha’s enlightenment, and of lynching. By fusing these contradictions, Biggers shatters binary assumptions, offering viewers a more complex, and truer, picture of the world.

American, b. 1970, Los Angeles, California, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows

2017
New York,
Sanford Biggers: Selah
2016
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 
Detroit, MI, United States,
Subjective Cosmology
2016
New Britain Museum of American Art, 
New Britain, CT, United States,
Sanford Biggers
2014
David Castillo Gallery, 
Miami Beach ,
Sanford Biggers: 3 Dollars & 6 Dimes

Group Shows

2014
David Castillo Gallery, 
Miami Beach ,
Metabolic Bodies
2012
David Castillo Gallery, 
Miami Beach ,
Dark Flow Lurking: Anna Betbeze, Sanford Biggers, Kate Gilmore, Valerie Hegarty, Pepe Mar, Melvin Martinez, Fabian Peña, Gamaliel Rodriguez, Xaviera Simmons, Shinique Smith, Frances Trombly, Brenna Youngblood
2009
Baltimore,
Intrinsic Trio: Joyce J. Scott, Sam Gilliam, Sanford Biggers
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