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t. j. wilcox

biography

T. J. Wilcox was born in 1965, Seattle, Washington, lives and works in New York.

Wilcox’s work is characterized by a fascination with personal narrative and the ways in which history is always under construction, woven from fact, myth, memory, associations, and the bombardment of information we all receive on a moment-to-moment basis. T. J. Wilcox is mainly known for his super 8 films transferred to video, 16 mm film projections, collages and installations of famous people and their glamorous – sometimes harrowing and dramatic – stories. Fact meets fiction (at times the artist’s own fantasy or history) in beautifully haunting portraits of the famous Marie Antoinette, Marlene Dietrich, Czar Nicholas of Russia, or the Marchesa Luisa Casati. These portraits continue in his work with the not so famous, such as his close friends, the superintendent of his studio building and his beloved French Bulldog. The collaged films are often romantic and decadent in their subjects and subject matter, and their stunningly beautiful vignettes often blur biography and autobiography and embrace the romantic history and escapism of cinema.

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T. J. Wilcox was born in 1965, Seattle, Washington, lives and works in New York.

Wilcox’s work is characterized by a fascination with personal narrative and the ways in which history is always under construction, woven from fact, myth, memory, associations, and the bombardment of information we all receive on a moment-to-moment basis. T. J. Wilcox is mainly known for his super 8 films transferred to video, 16 mm film projections, collages and installations of famous people and their glamorous – sometimes harrowing and dramatic – stories. Fact meets fiction (at times the artist’s own fantasy or history) in beautifully haunting portraits of the famous Marie Antoinette, Marlene Dietrich, Czar Nicholas of Russia, or the Marchesa Luisa Casati. These portraits continue in his work with the not so famous, such as his close friends, the superintendent of his studio building and his beloved French Bulldog. The collaged films are often romantic and decadent in their subjects and subject matter, and their stunningly beautiful vignettes often blur biography and autobiography and embrace the romantic history and escapism of cinema.

Wilcox studied at the School of Visual Arts of New York and at the Art Center College of Design of Pasadena. Wilcox’s select solo and group exhibitions include: Natural Wonders: Sublime Artifice in Contemporary Art, Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania (2018); House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth, Chatsworth House, Bakewell (2017); J’aime les Panoramas, Musee d’art et d’histoire, Geneva, (2015); La vie moderne, La Biennale de Lyon, Lyon (2015).

His work was exhibited in numerous museums such as the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan (2015); Whitney Museum of American Art (2013-2014); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2007); Ludwig Museum, Cologne (2006); Museum of Modern Art, New York and  Kunstverein Munich (2005); Tate Modern, London (2003); and again the Whitney Museum of American Art (2000, 2004).

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images

Les Oiseaux dans la Charmille, 2014

Gouache and paper collage on watercolor paper

76,2 × 55,9 cm

Les Oiseaux dans la Charmille, 2014

Gouache, graphite and paper collage on watercolor paper

35,6 × 36,2 cm

Les Oiseaux dans la Charmille, 2014

Gouache, graphite and paper collage on watercolor paper

57,2 × 38,1 cm

Futura, 2014

Paper collage

46 × 99,1 cm

W, 2003

water and ink on paper

45,7 × 30,3 cm

Ode to the Archers, 2014

Duratrans print on lightbox

121,9 × 91,4 cm

Ode to the Archers, 2014

Duratrans print on lightbox

121,9 × 91,4 cm

Ode to the Archers, 2014

Duratrans print on lightbox

121,9 × 91,4 cm

L'eau de vie Screen #1, 2010

Acetate, foil, birch plywood and mdf 4 panels

215,9 × 80 × 2,54 cm (each panel)

The Tales of Hoffmann, 2014

HD digital video

2' 23''

L'eau de Vie, 2008

16 mm film trasferred onto dvd

8'20''

public exhibitions

Brandywine River Museum of Art

Chadds Ford, PA

Natural Wonders: The Sublime In Contemporary Art

23.6 – 21.10.2018

Whitney Museum of American Art

New York

T. J. Wilcox: In the Air

19.9.2013 – 9.2.2014

Whitney Museum of American Art

New York

T. J. Wilcox: In the Air

19.9.2013 – 9.2.2014

Whitney Museum of American Art

New York

T. J. Wilcox: In the Air

19.9.2013 – 9.2.2014

press

Les collages fantastiques de T.J. Wilcox

Nicolas Trembley

Numéro

April 6, 2017

T. J. Wilcox / Mathilde Rosier

Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano

Marco Arrigoni

ATP Diary

January 8, 2015

Sunrise to Sunset

T.J. Wilcox talks to Kirsty Bell about his latest video project, In the Air, which opens at the Whitney Museum in September

Kirsty Bell

Frieze

September 7, 2013

publications

The Sun Placed in the Abyss

Nick Liptak

Columbus Museum of Art

Columbus, OH

2016

In The Air

T.J. Wilcox in collaboration with Chrissie Iles, Kirsty Bell

Hatje Cantz

New York

2015

13th Lyon Biennale – Modern Life

Edited by Ralph Rugoff

Les presses du reel

Dijon

2015

Films

Hilton Als, Johanna Burton

JRP|Ringier

Zürich

2006

Superstars – Das Prinzip Prominenz. Von Warhol bis Madonna

Hatje Cantz

Berlin

2005