Allan Sekula

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Los ricos destruyen el planeta , 2007 Type C Print H: 49 X W: 65 In © Christopher Grimes Gallery
© Courtesy of the Artist & Renaissance Society
Portraits of Salespeople, 2010 18 Black And White Photographs 5 X 7 Inches (Each), 12.7 X 17.8 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Christopher Grimes Gallery
The Forgotten Space, 2010/color/112 min./Scr/dir: Allan Sekula & Noël Burch © Courtesy of the Artist and LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Untitled Slide Sequence, 2011 25 Black & White Photographs 16 X 20 Inches, 40.6 X 50.8 Cm, Edition Of 5, As289 © Courtesy of the Artist and Christopher Grimes Gallery
Churn, From the series Ship of Fools, 1999 - 2010 Chromogenic Print 48 X 52 Inches © Courtesy of the artist, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica and Galerie Michel Rein, Paris
Vue de l'exposition Polonia and Other Fables , 2010 © Ludwig Museum, Budapest
Working (Santos) from Ship of Fools, 1999/2010 Chromogenic Print © Allan Sekula
Aerospace Folktales, 1973 51 B&W Photographs In 23 Frames, Three Red Canvas Director's Chairs, Six Potted Palms, Three Cd Players, Three Speakers; Simultaneous, Unsynchronized Recordings 22 1/2 X 29 Inches, 17 Min, 21 Min, And 23 Min, Edition Of 2 As119 © Christopher Grimes Gallery
Voluteer on the edge (Islas Cíes, 12-20-02) , 2002-2003 Cibachrome Print H: 29.5 X W: 39.8 In © Christopher Grimes Gallery
Aerospace Folktales, 1973 Silver Gelatin Print 8 X 10 Inches, Edition Of 5, As119 © Christopher Grimes Gallery
Farmer threshing grass at abandoned airport used by CIA for transport of clandestine, 2009 Chromogenic Print 121.9 X 121.9 Cm, Edition Of 5, As175 © Christopher Grimes Gallery
Cleaning Woman's Lunch, 2010 Chromogenic Print 76.2 X 76.2 Cm, Edition Of 5, As274 © Christopher Grimes Gallery
Polish metalhead, 2009 Chromogenic Print 48 X 48 Inches, 121.9 X 121.9 Cm, Edition Of 5, As195 © Christopher Grimes Gallery
Father Andrej who gave last rites to my father, Sacramento, December 2008, 2009 Archival Inkjet Print 42 X 42 Inches, 106.7 X 106.7 Cm, Edition Of 5, As189 © Christopher Grimes Gallery
still from Performance Under Working Conditions
Guns and Butter (El Toro, 1975)
Shipwreck and Workers (Version 3 for Kassel), 2005-2007 © Courtesy of the artist & Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
"California Stories", Guns and Butter (El Toro 1975), 1973-77 / 2012 ed 5 + AP Ensemble Of Two Black And White Gelatin Silver Prints, Mounted On Cardboard With Passe Partout 76 X 102 Cm © Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Michel Rein
Working (Santos), 2010 C Print 101,6 X 149,9 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Lumiar Cité
Allan Sekula, Fish Story – Chapter 8: Dismal Science 1989–92 © Allan Sekula
The Forgotten Space, 2010 Digital Video © Allan Sekula, Noël Burch
Good ship bad ship (Limassol) 1-2 (detail), 1999-2010 C Print 41 1/2 X 62 1/2 Inches, 105.4 X 158.8 Cm (Framed), Edition Of 5 © Courtesy of the Artist and Christopher Grimes Gallery
The Forgotten Space
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Erie, PA
Birth year
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Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
Allan Sekula Biography
1951   Born in Erie, PA
1977   National Endowment for the Arts, Art Critic’s Fellowship
1978   National Endowment for the Arts, Artist’s Fellowship
1980   National Endowment for the Arts, Art Critic’s Fellowship
1982   Ohio Arts Council, Art Critic’s Fellowship
1984   Ohio Arts Council, Photographer’s Fellowship
1986   Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
1986   Visiting Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1993   Getty Scholar, Getty Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities
1997   Deutscher Akademischer Austausdient (DAAD), Berlin
1997   Getty Scholar, Getty Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities
1997   Getty Lecturer, University of Southern California
1998   Calder Studio Residence, Saché, France
2001   Camera Austria Prize
1999 - 2002   Research Grant, J. Paul Getty Trust
2007   United States Artists Fellows Award
2010   Special Jury Prize for The Forgotten Space, Orizzonti Competition, Venice, Italy
  Lives and works in Los Angeles
Selected Exhibitions
2011   Serious Games. War – Media – Art, Institute Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, Germany
2010   ANTIPHOTOJOURNALISM, La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barceona, Spain
2010   Le peuple qui manque, Centre Pompidou, France
2010   The Forgotten Space, Nederlands Film festival, Utrecht; Viennale, Vienna; Doclisboa, Lisbon
2010   Là où nous sommes - oeuvres de la Collection Neuflize Vie, Maison d'art Bernard Anthonioz, Nogent-sur-Marne, France
2010   Les Rencontres d’Arte Contemporain, La Chantrerie, Cahors, France
2010   En cada instante, ruptura, Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros, Mexico City, Mexico
2010   Ship of Fools, 29th Biennial de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
2010   The Image In Question. War-Media-Art, Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2010   Taipei Biennial 2010, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2010   This Ain’t China, e-flux, New York, NY
2010   Allan Sekula: Polonia and Other Fables, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary
2010   Ship of Fools, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
2010   Media City Seoul 2010, The 6th Seoul International Biennale of Media Art, Seoul, Korea
2010   Nether Land, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art at the Dutch Cultural Center, Shanghai, China
2010   How Many Billboards?, MAK Center, Los Angeles, CA
2010   “…In A Most Dangerous Manner”, SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2010   Global Design, Museum für gestaltung, Zurich, Switzerland
2010   Berlin-Paris Un échange de Galeries - galerie Michel Rein@Carlier I Gebauer, Berlin, Germany
2010   Les Tubes, group show, Le Quai, Angers, France
2010   European Cross-curating, station 2 (cur. JÜrgen Bock), artist residency and solo show in 2011, La Criée, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Rennes, France (solo)
2009   Retrospective, Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (solo)
2009   LES TUBES, group show, Le Quai, Angers
2009   Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw, May-June 2009 (retrospective) (solo)
2009   San Diego, Cardwell Jimmerson Contemporary Art, Culver City, CA
2009   Polonia, Renaissance Society, Chicago, Illinois
2008   The Way Things Are , Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
2008   Polonia and Other Fables, Renaissance Society, Chicago, Autumn 2008 (solo)
2008   Street Art, Street Life, Bronx Museum of the Arts, curated by Lydia Yee
2008   No Room, curated by Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2008   Universal Archive: The Condition of the Document and the Modern Photographic Utopia, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
2008   The Quiet in the Land, Luang Prabang, Laos
2008   Edit Nine, commissioned work to coincide with This Side of Paradise, The Huntington, San Marino, CA
2008   Travailler plus pour gagner plus, galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France (solo)
2008   Lost Paradise, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland
2007   10th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
2007   L' Europe en devenir, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (cur. Michel Ritter)
2007   Documenta XII, Kassel, Germany
2007   Existencias, MUSAC- Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain
2007   UN/ Fair Trade, Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Austria (cur. P. Weibel & G. Holler- Schuster)
2007   The Quiet in The Land, Luang Prabang, Laos
2007   Collection, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria
2007   For a special place: documents and works from the Generali Foundation, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, USA
2007   World Factory (cur. Hou Hanru), San Francisco Art Institute, USA
2007   In the poem about love, you don't write the word love, Overgaden, Institut for Samtidskunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
2007   MACBA in Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2007   Informacion contra informacion, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
2007   2007 John Q. Public and Citizen Jane: Private Americans in the Political Domain, San Diego State University
2007   Shipwreck and Workers, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2006   The Quiet in the Land, Luang Prabang, Laos, October 2006-October (solo)
2006   Full House: Views of the Whitney's Collection at 75., Whitney Museum, New York, NY
2006   Dark Places, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
2006   Busan Biennale 2006: Everywhere, Busan, Korea
2006   In the Poem about Love You Don’t Write the Word Love, Artists Space, New York, NY
2006   Allan Sekula, Fish Story Chapter One, FRAC Bretagne, Maison de l'Etudiant, Université du Havre, France
2006   Los Angeles 1955-1985, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
2006   Concept has never meant horse, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria
2006   Carnets du Sous-Sol, galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France
2006   From Mini-FM to hacktivists: A Guide to Art and Activism, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
2005   Aerospace Folktales, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2005   TITANIC's wake, Camera Austria/Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria (solo)
2005   Shipwreck and Workers: Verson 2 for Leuven, STUK Arts Center, Leuven, Belgium (solo)
2005   Shipwreck and Workers, STUK Kunstcentrum, Leuven, Belgium (solo)
2005   In the Poem about Love you didn't write the word Love, Center for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
2005   Inward OUTward, FLACC - Casino Modern, Belgium
2005   Dear Bill Gates (poster version) installed throughout Leuven in conjunction with Meunier, a dialogue. Contemporary art meets Constantin Meunier and Leuven, Belgium
2005   Facing the Music, the gallery at REDCAT in Disney Hall, Los Angeles, CA
2005   Emergencies, MUSAC (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon), Madrid, Spain
2005   How do we want to be governed? (Figure and Ground), Miami Art Central, Miami, FL
2005   Occupying Space, TENT Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2005   Shipwreck and Workers, Museum in Progress, Vienna, Ausria (solo)
2004   TITANIC’s Wake, Harn Museum, Gainsville, FL, USA (solo)
2004   Freeway to China & Black Tide/Marea negra, National Museum, Zadar, Croatia (solo)
2004   Prayer for the Americans, Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France (solo)
2004   2004 reGenerations: Environmental Art in California, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
2004   Situations Construites, Attitudes, Geneva, Switzerland
2004   How do we want to be governed ? (cur. Roger M. Buergel & Ruth Noack), Miami Art Central, USA
2004   L’Ombre du temps, galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
2004   Paysages Invisibles, Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, France
2004   U-topia, Frac Centre, Orléans, France
2004   Diaporama 04, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
2004   Conditions urbaines, galerie Donzévansaanen, Lausanne, Switzerland
2004   Die Universität ist eine Fabrik, Kunstraum der Universität Lüneburg, curators: Roger M. Buergel, Ruth Noack, Lüneburg, Germany
2004   The L.A. Years, Part 1, 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2004   The Big Nothing, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
2004   Jamaica Flux: Workspace & Windows, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Jamaica, New York
2004   The Quiet in the Land, Luang Prabang, Laos
2003   High Tide, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
2003   Col•lecció MACBA, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
2003   After the news, Postmedia Documentaries, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
2003   AT WORK: The Art of California Labor, San Francisco State University Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003   Contemporary Photography from the Harn Museum Collection, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2003   Histoires contemporaines, Les 20 ans des Frac, Frac Rhônes-Alpes, Villeurbanne, France
2003   Witness. Contemporary Artists Document Our Time, Barbican Art, London, United Kingdom
2003   Vigo Visions. Coleccion fotografica do concello de Vigo, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Vigo, Spain
2003   Singuliers voyages, Domaine départemental de Chamarande, Chamarande, France
2003   The politics of Place, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland; Länsmusteet Västernorrland, Härnösand
2003   Black Tide / Marea negra, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2003   Allan Sekula, Performance under Working Conditions, Generali Foundation, Vienna Austria. Retrospective exhibit, catalogue interview by Benjamin Buchloh (solo)
2002   Irrational Exuberance, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2002   Waiting for Tear Gas (white globe to black), Camera Austria, Graz, Austria (solo)
2002   Fish Story, Dokumenta XI, Kassel, Germany (cat.)
2002   The Politics of Place, BildMuseet, Umea Universitet, Sweden (cat.);
2002   Empire State, Whitney Museum, new York, USA
2002   Sans commune mesure, Centre national de la photographie, Paris; Musée d’Art Moderne, Lille Métropole, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France; Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing, France
2002   Regarder la mer. Repenser le monde, Le Grand café, St-Nazaire, France
2002   Trade - Waren, Wege und Werte im Welthandel heute, Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2002   shadow Festival 3, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (cat.)
2002   Open City, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
2002   Open City: Street Photography Since 1950, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington
2001   Open City: Street Photography Since 1950, MoMA Oxford, England
2001   Visual Worlds, Richard L. Nelson Gallery, UC Davis, Davis, CA
2001   Yokohama Triennale, Japan
2001   Yokohama 2001, International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Yokohama, Japan (cat.)
2001   Antagonismes. Casos d’estudi, Museu d’Art Contemporain de Barcelone, Barcelona, Spain
2001   Fin de la classe ouvrière?, Centre photographique de Cherbourg-Octeville, France
2001   Contemporary moments, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
2001   Trade - Waren, Wege und Werte im Welthandel heute, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
2001   TITANIC's wake, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal (solo)
2001   Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France (solo)
2001   Dead Letter Office, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo New York, USA (solo)
2001   School is a Factory 1978/80, Ecole Régionale des Beaux-Arts, Valence, France (solo)
2000   Titanic’s wake, CCC, Tours, France; Christopher Grime Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA (solo)
2000   Rotterdam Foto Biennial, Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
2000   Die Regierung/The Government, Alte Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany
2000   Desert and Transit, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, German
2000   Charm Offensive,Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
2000   Charm Offensive,Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
2000   Flight Patterns, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
2000   Seascape, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica.
1999   Fish Story, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
1999   Trace: Liverpool Biennial. UK
1998   Scratches on the Surface of Things, Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
1998   Port and Corridor: Work Sites in Los Angeles: Robbert Flick and Allan Sekula, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
1998   La mer n’est pas la terre, Le Criée, Rennes, France
1998   Voyage, Museé de Valence, Valence.
1998   Dismal Science: Photo Works 1972-1996, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. Traveled to Palmer Museum, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania; daadgalerie, Berlin; Camerawork, London; Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam; Kunstverein Munchen, Munich; Curtain University Art Gallery, Perth, Australia; Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels
1998   Deep Six/Passer au bleu, Museé des Beaux Arts et de la Dentelle, Calais Galerie Michel Rein, Paris
1997   InSite 97, San Diego/Tijuana, Centro Cultural Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico
1996   Face a l’Histoire, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
1996   Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
1996   Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. Traveled to Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Tramway, Glasgow; Le Channel and Musée des Beaux-Arts, Calais; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica.
1995   Aerospace Folktales and Canadian Notes, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
1994   Proposition I, One-Five, Brussels, Belgium
1993   Trade Routes, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
1993   University Art Museum, Berkeley, California
1993   1993 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1992   Proof: Los Angeles Art and the Photograph 1960-1980, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California
1992   Wasteland: Landscape from Now On, Fotografie Biennale, Rotterdam
1991   Critical Realism, Perspektief, Rotterdam
1991   The Power of Words: An Aspect of Recent Documentary Photography, PPOW Gallery, New York
1991   A Dialogue about Recent American and European Photography, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
1991   Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
1989   Geography Lesson: Canadian Notes, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (solo). Traveled to Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles; A Space, Toronto; P.S. 1, Long Island City, New York; Amelie Wallace Gallery, State University of New York, Old Westbury, New York; Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C.; Mendel Art Gallery; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario; Western Front, Vancouver, British Columbia.
1989   If You Lived Here: Home Front:, Dia Art Foundation, New York
1987   Vormen van Documentaire Photografie in de jaren ‘80, Galerie Perspektief, Rotterdam
1987   Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria (solo)
1985   San Francisco Camerawork, San Francisco, California (solo)
1984   Art and Ideology, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
1983   Westbury. Traveled to State University of New York, Cortland Game, Amelie Wallace Gallery, State University of New York, Old Westbury. Traveled to State University of New York, Cortland
1983   Susan Meiselas and Allan Sekula, Film in the Cities Photo Gallery, St. Paul Minnesota
1981   Likely Stories, Castelli Graphics, New York
1981   Absage an das Einzelbild, Folkwang Museum, Essen
1981   Erweiterte Fotografie: Fifth International Vienna Biennale, Vienna Secession, Vienna
1980   Martha Rosler and Allan Sekula, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax
1977   Social Criticism and Art Practice, San Francisco Art Institute. Co-curated by Roy Ascott and Victor Burgin
1977   American Narrative/Story Art 1967-1977, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
1976   New American Filmmakers Series: Connell, Sekula and Torres, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1975   Video: Martha Rosler and Allan Sekula, The Kitchen, New York
1974   Brand Library Art Center, Glendale, California (solo)
1973   Socialist Realism: Photo-Text Works by Fred Lonidier and Allan Sekula, Gallery A-402, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California
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