Darren Bader

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The work of Darren Bader (American, born 1978) has been described by critic Roberta Smith as “beautiful and fun in unconventional, brain-twisting ways.” Working with a lyrical absurdity in a space between sculpture, writing, and curating, the New York-based artist’s mercurial practice takes a wide variety of forms. With great wit and dexterity, he creates works that may appear impossible to archive or sell—such as reproductions of photographs he likes, multiyear instructional pieces, a charity donation through an auction house, live kittens, chicken and beef burritos, nude models posing with objects, and guacamole inside a French horn. Bader’s humorous and absurdist installations of found objects often generate surreal associations while challenging traditional ideas of authorship, perception, market valuation, and art and non-art.


Darren Bader lives and works in New York. He has had solo exhibitions at the Kölsnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2015) and MoMA PS1, Long Island City (2012). His work has been included in group shows at the Kunsthalle Wien; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Tate Modern, London. He participated in the 13th Biennale de Lyon, 2014 Whitney Biennial, and 2010 Greater New York. He has created several books with publishers such as Primary Information, Karma, and 2nd Cannons Publications. He has also curated exhibitions online and at various commercial galleries. Bader received the Calder Prize in 2013 and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation award in 2012.


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