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b. 1980, USA

Jordan Wolfson Biography

Over the past decade, Jordan Wolfson has become known for his thought-provoking works in a wide range of media, including video, sculpture, installation, photography, and performance. He pulls intuitively from the world of advertising, the Internet, and the technology industries to produce ambitious and enigmatic narratives. However, instead of simply appropriating found material, the artist creates his own unique content, which frequently revolves around a series of invented, animated characters.
Wolfson was born in 1980 in New York. In 2003, he received his B.F.A. in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design.

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In 2009, he received the prestigious Cartier Award from the Frieze Foundation, which helps an artist from outside the United Kingdom realize a major project at Frieze Art Fair in London.

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Earlier this year, a selection of Wolfson's video work was shown at the McLellan Galleries in Glasgow as part of the 6th Glasgow International. In 2013, Jordan Wolfson: Ecce Homo/le Poseur marked the most comprehensive survey of his work to date, organized by the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.) in Ghent. Also in 2013 was his first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom presented at the Chisenhale Gallery in London. Other institutions which have previously hosted solo shows include the Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; REDCAT, Los Angeles (both 2012); Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2011); CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2009); Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art, New York (2008); Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Italy (2007); and the Kunsthalle Zürich (2004).

The artist recently participated in 14 Rooms, which was curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist and presented during Art Basel in June 2014. The exhibition was a collaboration between Fondation Beyeler, Art Basel, and Theater Basel.

Work by Wolfson is held in public collections worldwide, including Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Italy; Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He lives and works in New York and Los Angeles.

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Jordan Wolfson Featured Artworks

Untitled, 2017 (For Parkett 100/101) by Jordan Wolfson contemporary artwork
Jordan WolfsonUntitled, 2017 (For Parkett 100/101), 20179 colour silkscreen print
69 x 49 cm
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Untitled by Jordan Wolfson contemporary artwork
Jordan WolfsonUntitled, 2018Aluminum panel, 1/2" hot rolled steel cleats, UV printed inks, gloss varnish, oil based gloss black enamel, black marker
213.4 x 213.4 x 2.2 cm
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Jordan Wolfson Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, (SELF) PORTRAITS at Parkett, Zurich
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22 February–18 July 2020 Group Exhibition (SELF) PORTRAITS Parkett, Zurich Exhibition Space
Contemporary art exhibition, Jordan Wolfson, ARTISTS FRIENDS RACISTS at David Zwirner, Paris
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6 February–21 March 2020 Jordan Wolfson ARTISTS FRIENDS RACISTS David Zwirner, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Jordan Wolfson, ARTISTS FRIENDS RACISTS at Sadie Coles HQ, London
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31 January–29 February 2020 Jordan Wolfson ARTISTS FRIENDS RACISTS Sadie Coles HQ, Kingly Street

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Jordan Wolfson In Related Press

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In Jordan Wolfson’s Art, Nothing Is Taboo Related Press In Jordan Wolfson’s Art, Nothing Is Taboo 14 March 2019, L'Officiel

In an age in which artists are expected to take a stand on social and political issues—perhaps even more so than they're expected to make work that is aesthetically pleasing—Wolfson routinely makes headlines for assaulting his audiences with heavy, important themes, and then refusing to discuss them. 'I basically exist,' he explained to me. 'I...

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The Puppet Master Related Press The Puppet Master 7 March 2019, The Forumist

With his eerie animatronic figures, the artist Jordan Wolfson is able to hold the viewer transfixed. And his new video work at Moderna Museet is having the same spellbinding effect.

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JORDAN WOLFSON:  Riverboat song Related Press JORDAN WOLFSON: Riverboat song 5 June 2018, The Brooklyn Rail

We hear Riverboat song (2017-2018) before we see it. The first view of Jordan Wolfson's sixteen-channel video installation is of its back, a hulking mass of wires, monitors and media players arranged in an upright grid on purple carpet that covers the gallery floor. Suspense is built into the approach: one has to round the corner of this...

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How Do I Feel More? A Weekend With JORDAN WOLFSON Related Press How Do I Feel More? A Weekend With JORDAN WOLFSON 5 June 2018, 032c

Eye contact and alienation–this combination allows Wolfson to open his audience up and download something uncomfortable inside them. The result is the feeling of watching a car crash, or rather, the feeling of realising that you are watching a car crash and that you might not care. Coloured sculpture returns a gallery into an arena of torture, one...

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Jordan Wolfson In Video & Audio

Episode 9 | Jordan Wolfson and Jeremy O. Harris Related Video & Audio Episode 9 | Jordan Wolfson and Jeremy O. Harris 12 November 2019, David Zwirner

When the artist Jordan Wolfson and the playwright Jeremy O. Harris get together, sparks fly. Wolfson's art confronts intimacy, violence, and desire with sometimes shocking honesty. Likewise, O. Harris, whose buzzed-about and radical Slave Play comes to Broadway this fall, uses music and bodies to complicate themes of violence and sex—and...

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