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Swoon
American, b. 1977

Caledonia Curry, a.k.a. Swoon, creates street art, installations, and sculptural assemblages, merging art and activism with the intent of improving the world. After completing her studies at the Pratt Institute, Swoon realized that she would not be content to only exhibit in galleries and museums. “I wanted to become part of something larger than myself,” she explained. “I wanted to embrace the world.” This desire drove her art into the streets where, since 1999, Swoon has been wheat-pasting life-size portraits of everyday urbanites onto walls in New York and other cities. Swoon takes a humanitarian approach to art and contributed to the reconstruction of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. At the 2009 Venice Biennale, she shocked and delighted visitors by navigating a flotilla of rafts, handcrafted from scavenged materials and garbage, into the city’s waterways.

Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2020
AsteraceaeUnderdogs Gallery
2019
Swoon: EVERY PORTRAIT IS A VESSELTreason Gallery
2016
Juxtapoz x SuperflatVancouver Art Gallery
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Swoon
American, b. 1977

Miss Rockaway, 2016

Cut paper and found object (cabinet with glass face) Signed Edition Variant 1/20
24 × 28 in
61 × 71.1 cm
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New York, Beirut, NEW YORK, White Plains, Long Island City, Biarritz, Psyrri, Brooklyn, Madrid
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Medium
Swoon
American, b. 1977

Caledonia Curry, a.k.a. Swoon, creates street art, installations, and sculptural assemblages, merging art and activism with the intent of improving the world. After completing her studies at the Pratt Institute, Swoon realized that she would not be content to only exhibit in galleries and museums. “I wanted to become part of something larger than myself,” she explained. “I wanted to embrace the world.” This desire drove her art into the streets where, since 1999, Swoon has been wheat-pasting life-size portraits of everyday urbanites onto walls in New York and other cities. Swoon takes a humanitarian approach to art and contributed to the reconstruction of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. At the 2009 Venice Biennale, she shocked and delighted visitors by navigating a flotilla of rafts, handcrafted from scavenged materials and garbage, into the city’s waterways.

Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)

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