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GARY SIMMONS  (1964)

Gary Simmons

 

‘Sabatini Liquor Torch’

 

UV Pigment Print on Aluminum core
2013
size 36 x 36 inches/91,4 x 91,4 cm
edition 15
signed and numbered

GARY SIMMONS (1964)

ARTIST INFO

The American artist Gary Simmons from New York City interprets icons and stereotypes of American popular culture (film, architecture, collective memories, race and class) in his works. His works address very individual experiences within society, which, however, also include the collective being.

Simmons graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1984 and received his master’s degree from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 1990. A short time later, Simmons received two grants in quick succession: the National Endowment for the Arts Interarts Grant and the Penny McCall Foundation Grant. The artist opened his first studio in Manhattan (New York).

Simons suddenly became known for his works made of white chalk on a black board, which he called “Erasures series”, which the chalk was then smudged. The works had a partly spooky touch. The work entitled “Wall of Eyes” was commissioned from him in 1993 for the Whitney Biennial. Simmons transferred this technique to canvas in pigments, oil paints and cold wax.

The sculptures and installations that Simmons created as a sculptor can be found in collections and museums worldwide.

Artistic career of Gary Simmons

1964 Born in New York; Lives and works in New York
1988 School of Visual Arts, NY, B.F.A.
1990 The California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California, M.F.A.
1990 National Endowment for the Arts Interarts Grant
1991 Penny McCall Foundation Grant

Simmon Gary’s works in international collections and museums
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago;
  • June 2022 to October 2022 – 30 Americans Exhibition, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut, USA;
    New acquisition for the permanent collection – 2021: California African American Museum Los Angeles, California, USA;
  • The Studio Museum in Harlem;
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art;
  • Museum Villa Stuck, Munich,
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC;
  • Portland Art Museum, OR;
  • Saint Louis Art Museum, MO;
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis;
  • Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York;
  • Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami

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