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zoe leonard

biography

Zoe Leonard was born in 1961 in Liberty, New York. She lives and works in New York.

At age sixteen, Leonard dropped out of high school and began to practice art. She has spent most of her adult life living in New York City, whose built environment has been the subject matter of much of her work. She became well-known internationally following her installation at Documenta IX in 1992.

Over the past three decades, Leonard has produced work in photography and sculpture that has been celebrated for its lyrical observations of daily life coupled with a rigorous, questioning attention to the politics and conditions of image making and display. From her earliest aerial photographs to her images of museum interiors, anatomical models, fashion shows, storefronts and trees, her work reflects on the framing, classifying, and ordering of vision, as well as the physical and social changes of landscapes over time.

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Zoe Leonard was born in 1961 in Liberty, New York. She lives and works in New York.

At age sixteen, Leonard dropped out of high school and began to practice art. She has spent most of her adult life living in New York City, whose built environment has been the subject matter of much of her work. She became well-known internationally following her installation at Documenta IX in 1992.

Over the past three decades, Leonard has produced work in photography and sculpture that has been celebrated for its lyrical observations of daily life coupled with a rigorous, questioning attention to the politics and conditions of image making and display. From her earliest aerial photographs to her images of museum interiors, anatomical models, fashion shows, storefronts and trees, her work reflects on the framing, classifying, and ordering of vision, as well as the physical and social changes of landscapes over time.

Leonard has exhibited widely since the late 1980s and her work has been included in a number of seminal exhibitions including Documenta IX (1992) and Documenta XII (2007), and the 1993, 1997 and 2014 Whitney biennials.

Leonard has had solo exhibitions at MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2018); Whitney Museum of American Art (2018); Chinati Foundation, Marfa (2015); Camden Arts Centre, London (2012); Dia:Beacon, New York (2008 –11); Dia at the Hispanic Society, New York (2008); Fotomuseum Winterthur (2007); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2007); and Vienna Secession (1997).

Her work has also been presented in a number of group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2019); Phillips Collection, Washington (2019); Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel (2019); Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2018); National Gallery of Art, Washington (2018); La Triennale di Milano, Milan (2017); Palazzo Fortuny, Venice (2016); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014); MoMA PS1, New York (2013); Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2012). Leonard has received numerous honors, including the Bucksbaum Award, Whitney Museum of American Art (2014).

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images

How To Take Good Pictures, 2018

Installation view of Zoe Leonard, Survey, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2018

1033 books

77,5 × 14,9 × 825,2 cm

Photo: Ron Amstutz

Installation view of Zoe Leonard, Survey, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2018

Photo: Ron Amstutz

Working on the RMS Scythia, 2016

Five C-Prints

45,4 x 251,8 cm (overall, unframed)

Working on the RMS Scythia, 2016 (detail)

Five C-Prints

40,7 x 32,6 cm

Working on the RMS Scythia, 2016 (detail)

Five C-Prints

36,2 x 45,1 cm

Working on the RMS Scythia, 2016 (detail)

Five C-Prints

28,4 x 35,4 cm

Working on the RMS Scythia, 2016 (detail)

Five C-Prints

32 x 40,2 cm

Working on the RMS Scythia, 2016 (detail)

Five C-Prints

27,6 x 34,5 cm

Untitled, 2016

Two silver gelatine prints

40 × 33 cm

January 15, frame 12, 2012

Gelatin silver print

27,8 × 33,9 cm

January 15, frame 10, 2012

Gelatin silver print

27,8 × 33,9 cm

January 27, frame 9, 2012

Gelatin Silver print

86,8 × 70,7 cm

February 27, frame 17, 2012

Gelatin silver print

26,9 × 19,2 cm

February 12, frame 6, 2011

Gelatin Silver print

34,9 × 49,5 cm

April 7, frame 30, 2011

Gelatin Silver print

40,6 × 56,8 cm

Roll #4, 2006/16

C-Print

55,9 × 47 cm

Roll #18, 2006/16

C-Print

55,9 × 47 cm

Vine, 2002/03

C-print

50,8 × 73,6 cm

Untitled, 1990/97

Gelatin silver print

31 × 44,3 cm

Untitled, 1990/97

Gelatin silver print

31,8 × 44,9 cm

Untitled, 1989/2008

Gelatin silver print

92,5 × 65 cm

Untitled Aerial, 1988/2008

Gelatin silver print

60,6 × 43,8 cm

Untitled Aerial, 1988/2008

Gelatin silver print

60,5 × 43,8 cm

Jordan in the Hallway, 1986/97

Gelatin silver print

39,4 × 28,2 cm

public exhibitions

Institute of Contemporary Art

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia

arms ache avid aeon: Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka: fierce pussy amplified

13.9 – 22.12.2019

arms ache avid aeon: Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka: fierce pussy amplified, September 13 – Dec 22, 2019, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Photo: Constance Mensh.

Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève

Genève

A Few Things I cannot leave behind

27.2 – 21.4.2019

Photo: Mathilda Olmi

Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève

Genève

A Few Things I cannot leave behind

27.2 – 21.4.2019

Photo: Mathilda Olmi

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Museum of Contemporary Art

Los Angeles

Zoe Leonard: Survey

11.11.2018 – 25.3.2019

Installation view of Zoe Leonard: Survey, November 11, 2018–March 25, 2019 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Brian Forrest

Whitney Museum of American Art

New York

Zoe Leonard: Survey

2.3 – 10.6.2018

Photo: Ron Amstutz

Whitney Museum of American Art

New York

Zoe Leonard: Survey

2.3 – 10.6.2018

Photo: Ron Amstutz

Whitney Museum of American Art

New York

Zoe Leonard: Survey

2.3 – 10.6.2018

Photo: Ron Amstutz

Whitney Museum of American Art

New York

Zoe Leonard: Survey

2.3 – 10.6.2018

Photo: Ron Amstutz

Whitney Museum of American Art

New York

Zoe Leonard: Survey

2.3 – 10.6.2018

Photo: Ron Amstutz

Whitney Museum of American Art

New York

Zoe Leonard: Survey

2.3 – 10.6.2018

Photo: Ron Amstutz

Mumok

Vienna

Class Reunion: Works from the Gaby and Wilhelm Schürmann Collection

23.6 – 11.11.2018

© mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, photographs Christian Benesch

press

Zoe Leonard

Fi Churchman

ArtReview

December 2018

Zoe Leonard

Chris Wiley

Frieze

May 2018

Zoe Leonard

Molly Prentiss

Flash Art

September 2016

Zoe Leonard

Marinella Paderni

Flash Art

Summer 2012

Zoe Leonard: You see I am here after all by Marc Joseph Berg

Marc Joseph Berg

BOMB

April 1, 2012

publications

Zoe Leonard: Survey

Catalog published on occasion of "Zoe Leonard: Survey" at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2018

Bennett Simpson

Prestel

New York

2018

Zoe Leonard: Available Light

Edited by Karen Kelly and Barbara Schröder

Ridinghouse and Dancing Foxes Press

Brooklyn

2014

Zoe Leonard: You See I Am Here After All

Catalog published on occasion of "Zoe Leonard: You See I Am Here After All" at Dia Art Centre, New York, 2010

Edited by Lynne Cooke, Karen Kelly, and Barbara Schröder

Dia Art Foundation

New York

2010

Zoe Leonard. Photographs

Catalog published on occasion of "Zoe Leonard. Photographs" at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland, 2008

Edited by Urs Staher

Steidl

Göttingen

2008

Wiener Secession: Zoe Leonard

interview by Anna Blume

Zoe Leonard

Wiener Secession

Wien

1997

Kunsthalle Basel: Zoe Leonard

Peter u.a. Pakesch

Schwabe

Basel

1997