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Barbara Bloom (1951, Los Angeles) is a visual artist whose conceptual practice relies mainly on photography and installation. Bloom has lived in Europe for nearly twenty years—first in Holland, then in Germany. Since 1992, she has been living and working in New York.

Through photography, installation, film and books, Barbara Bloom explores notions of collecting, museology, design, taste and our investment in the objects we surround ourselves with. In her works, her aim is not to focus on single items or images, but rather to bring to the fore the relationships between these objects, and the inherent meaning carried by their positioning and juxtaposition. Though enthusiastically visual, Bloom feels that her practice is rooted more in the traditional act of literary production rather than that of painting or sculpture making. She has often compared herself—and the viewer of her work—to a detective, who is confronted with disparate clues and is asked to form some kind of visual narrative. Her seductive use of shadows, traces, Braille, broken objects, watermarks, micro-images, all demonstrate an unwavering interest in visualizing the fragile workings of memory, the ephemeral, and the absent—invisible presences activated by our gaze.

Bloom's select solo exhibitions include: Tallman, Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont (2017); The Weather, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan (2016); Barbara Bloom: Framing Wall, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2015); As it were… so to speak, Jewish Museum, New York (2013); The Collections of Barbara Bloom, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2008); Absence-Presence, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena (2007); Never Odd or Even, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (1992); The Reign of Narcissism, Serpentine Gallery, London (1990); The Gaze, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1985).
Her work has been included in group exhibitions at The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (2018); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2017); BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (2016); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2015); Pérez Art Museum, Miami (2015); Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen (2014); Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venice (2011); Palais the Tokyo, Paris (2010); De Appel, Amsterdam (2009); Fotomuseum Winterthur (2008); Duolon Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai (2005); Kunsthaus Graz, Graz (2004); Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, New York (2004); Museum Fridericianum, Kassel (1999); Art Institute of Chicago (1998); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1996); SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe (1995); MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna (1994); Fundacion Caja de Pensiones, Madrid (1992); The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (1990); The New Museum, New York (1988); Secession, Vienna (1982); Westkunst, Museen der Stadt, Cologne (1981).

 

BARBARA BLOOM

Born 1951 in Los Angeles.
Lives and works in New York.


EDUCATION

1968-69
Bennington College, Bennington, VT

1972
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA


TEACHING POSITIONS

Cooper Union School of Art, New York, 2010
ICP-Bard Program in Advanced Photographic Studies, Professor Master Class, 2006
Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Boston, 2006
Columbia University, School of the Arts, Adjunct professor, 1998-2005
Yale University, Graduate Department of Sculpture, Visiting professor, 1994-1998
School of Visual Arts, New York, professor, 1993-1995
Riksakademie voor Beeldende Kunst, Amsterdam, 1983-85


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
THE RENDERING (H X W X D =), commissioned by FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin

2017
A Picture, A Thousand Words, David Lewis, New York
Two Artists Books by Barbara Bloom with Susan Tallman, Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, VT
The Weather, Capitain Petzel, Berlin

2016
The Weather, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan
Works for the Blind, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan

2015
Barbara Bloom: Framing Wall, Museum of Modern Art, New York
RSVP, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

2014
The French Diplomat's Office, Project Art Centre, Dublin
2013
As it were… so to speak: A Museum Collection in Dialogue with Barbara Bloom, Jewish Museum, New York

2011
Present, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano

2010
Present, Tracy Williams, Ltd., New York
Staged, Luttgenmeijer Gallery, Berlin
Present, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

2008
Half-Full, Half-Empty: Web Project, Dia Art Foundation, New York
The Collections of Barbara Bloom, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
More Collections of Barbara Bloom, Printed Matter, New York
The Collections of Barbara Bloom, International Center of Photography, New York

2007
Takes One to Know One, Tracy Williams, Ltd., New York
Absence-Presence, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena

2006
The Collections of Barbara Bloom, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
The Collections of Barbara Bloom, ZKM Museum of Art, Karlsruhe

2005
Twirl video, Petuelpark, Munich

2004
Vexations carpet, Gorney, Bravin & Lee, New York

2003
Broken, Galerie Friedrich and Ungers, Munich

2001
Gorney, Bravin & Lee, New York
Peutelpark Design Project, Munich

2000
The Gaze, Parrish Art Museum, Southhampton, NY
Broken, Galerie Piece Unique, Paris, France

1999
A Birthday Party for Everything, Susan Inglett / I. C. Editions, New York
Revised Evidence: The Library of Vladimir Nabokov, Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, New York
The French Diplomat’s Office, Peter Blum, New York
Broken, Galleria Raffaela Cortese, Milano

1998
The Collections of Barbara Bloom, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
Pictures from the Floating World, Sala de Exposiciones Rekalde, Bilbao

1997
The French Diplomats Office and Broken S. L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto

1996
Just Past (special project), Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

1995
Pictures from the Floating World, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York

1993
Art Metropole, Toronto
Editions and Multiples, Printed Matter Bookstore at Dia, New York
The Passions installation (performance by Shelley Hirsch), Marstall Theatre, München

1992
Never Odd or Eve, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

1991
The Tip of the Iceberg, Jay Gorney Modern Art, New York
Signate, Signa, Temere Me Tangis Et Angis, Kunstverein München, München

1990
The Reign of Narcissism, Serpentine Gallery, London
The Gaze, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
The Reign of Narcissism, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich
The Reign of Narcissism, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart

1989
The Reign of Narcissism, Jay Gorney Modern Art, New York

1987
Gallery Nature Morte, New York
Lost and Found (Eins wie das Andere), DAAD Galerie, Berlin
The Seven Deadly Sins, Gemeente Museum, Den Haag

1985
The Gaze, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

1980
The Diamond Lane, Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam

  

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
Warhol & friends, Palazzo Albergati, Bologna (until 2019)
Picture Industry: une histoire de l’image technique, 1844–2018, LUMA Arles / Parc des Ateliers, Arles. Curated by Walead Beshty (until 2019)
Edge of Visibility, curated by Susan Tallman, International Print Center New York, New York, NY
In the Eye of the Beholder, Table Arts Center, Charleston
An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises, FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin
Note G, Chicago Manual Style, Chicago, IL
Décor: Barbara Bloom, Andrea Fraser, Louise Lawler, curated by Rebecca Matalon, MoCA Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA
General Rehearsal, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
Art Basel | Unlimited, Basel, Switzerland
Melancholia, Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain, Brussels
Enemy of my Enemy, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.

2017
Picture Industry, curated by Walead Beshty, Hessel Museum of Art at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard Col¬lege, Annandale-On-Hudson, New York
moving is in every direction. Environments - Installations - Narrative Spaces, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

2016
Invisible Adversaries, Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College, Annandale-onHudson, New York
open spaces / secret places – Works from the Sammlung Verbund, Vienna, BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels
O/U (organized with ROOM EAST), P!, New York
Be My Guest: The Art of Interiours, No Longer Empty, New York
The Met Artist Project Season 5, New York
De toi à la surface / Surfaces of you (curatedy by François Aubart), Frac de Ile-de-France, Le Plateau, Paris, France
The Coveter (curated by Alex Glauber), Dickinson Roundell, Inc., New York

2015
Individual Stories: Collecting as Portrait and Methology, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
Global Positioning Systems, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami
Why Can’t It Be Everlasting?, Tracy Williams, Ltd., New York

2014
Nirvana. Les étranges formes du plaisir, Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts, Lausanne
Propaganda für die Wirklichkeit / Propaganda for Reality, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
La disparation des lucioles (The disappearence of the fireflies), Sainte-Anne Prison, Avignon
The St. Petersburg Paradox, Swiss Institute, New York
On the Blue Shore of Silence, Tracy Williams, Ltd., New York
Last Seen Entering the Biltmore, South London Gallery, London
Shelf Show, Galleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen
Binding Desire. Unfolding Artists Books, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles

2013
Physical and Virtual Bodies, Museum vor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem
Brute! Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge
Lat. 41° 7’ N., Long. 72° 19’ W, (curated by Bob Nickas), Martos Gallery, East Marion
Chick Lit: Revised Summer Reading (curated by Molly Rand and Pilar Vahey), Tracy Williams, New York
Ersatz Affiches, Tracy Williams, Ltd., New York
NY again, Gesso Artspace, Vienna
The Feverish Library (continued), Capitain Petzel, Berlin

2012
Loughelton Revisited, Winckelmann Gallery, New York
Art: The language of less, Castellani Art museum, Lewiston, New York
The Artists’ Postcard Show, Spike Island, Bristol
Drawing a Blank (On Forgetting, Refusal, Censure and Impotence), David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
Der Spiegel des Narziss – Vom mythologischen Halbgott zum Massenphänomen, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck

2011
Making Histories: Changing Views of the Collection, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure The Signs Of Power, 1973-1991, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase
GLASSTRESS 2011, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venice, Italy
Atlas. How to carry the world on one's back?, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg
Books on Books, SI Swiss Institute, New York City, NY

2010
In Full Bloom, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano
Fresh Hell/Carte Blanche a Adam McEwen, Palais the Tokyo, Paris, France
Multiple Pleasures: Functional Objects in Contemporary Art, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY
The Tell-Tale Heart, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
The Exquisite Landscape, School of the International Center for Photography, New York, NY

2009
Who killed the Painting? Werke aus der Sammlung Block, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen
Learn to Read Art, A History of Printed Matter (1976-2009), Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
Take the Money and Run, De Appel, Amsterdam
Dress Codes: Clothing as Metaphor, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah
Pictures Generation, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Fax Exhibition, The Drawing Center, New York
REGIFT, The Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, New York
Living with, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan

2008
Freedom, Den Haag Sculptuur, The Hague, Netherlands
Jedermann Collection, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur

2007
D’Ombra, MAN Nuoro, Sardinia

2006
D’Ombra, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena
30 Years: Printed Matter Editions 1976-2006, Printed Matter, New York

2005
Doulon Museum of Art Shanghai, Shanghai
Design ≠ Art, Museum of Design Atlanta, Atlanta

2004
Place for the Self, Apexart, New York
Viseo Dreams (The Diamond Lane), Kunsthaus Graz, Graz
Houses X Artists: Trespassing, Palm Springs Museum of Art, Palm Springs, California
Gate Foundation, Amsterdam
Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Zagreb
Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik
Design ≠ Art3, Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, New York
2003
Houses X Artists: Open Office (MOOD RING HOME), MAK: Schindler Hose, Los Angeles
Me, We, Art in general, New York

2002
Houses X Artists: Open Office (MOOD RING HOME), Bellevue Museum of Art, Seattle

1999
Chronos & Kairos: The French Diplomat’s Office, Museum Friedricianum, Kassel
The Reign of Narcissism, Museum of Modern Art, New York

1998
The Tip of the Iceberg, La Bienale de Venezuela, Caracas
At Home in the Museum Art, Institute of Chicago, Chicago

1996
Just Past, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
René Magritte - Die Kunst der Konversation Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
Hall of Mirrors: Art and Film Since 1945,The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

1995
Longing and Belonging: From The Faraway Nearby, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe
ARS '95 : The Seven Deadly Sins, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

1994
Inaugural Exhibition: Artistic Intervention, MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
Pictures of the real world (In real time), Le Consortium, Dijon

1992
Postcards from Alphaville: J-L Godard in Contemporary Art 1963-1992, P. S. 1, New York
El Jardin Salvaje The Tip of the Iceberg, Fundacion Caja de Pensiones, Madrid

1990
Die Endlichkeit der Freiheit, Berlin
A Sense of the Real in Recent Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Life-Size, 8th Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

1989
A Forest of Signs: The Reign of Narcissism, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

1988
Museo D'Arte Contemporanea, Prato
Biennale: Aperto '88, Venice
Damaged Goods, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Poetic Resemblance Hallwalls, Buffalo, New York

1985
Alles en Nog Viel Mehr Museum Moderner, Kunstmuseum, Bern
Kunst mit Eigen-Sinn, Kunst, Vienna

1982
Extended Photography, Secession, Vienna

1981
Heute Section, Westkunst, Cologne


TEACHING POSITIONS

Cooper Union School of Art, New York, 2010
ICP-Bard Program in Advanced Photographic Studies, Professor Master Class, 2006
Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Boston, 2006
Columbia University, School of the Arts, Adjunct professor, 1998-2005
Yale University, Graduate Department of Sculpture, Visiting professor, 1994-1998
School of Visual Arts, New York, professor, 1993-1995
Riksakademie voor Beeldende Kunst, Amsterdam, 1983-85


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Australian National Gallery, Canberra
Dutch National Collection, The Hague
FRAC Rhöne-Alpes, Villeurbanne
Gemeentemuseum, Arnhem
Groninger Museum, Groningen
International Center of Photography, New York
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art, Stockholm
MAK, Museum of Applied Art, Vienna
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Musée Cantini, Marseille
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
Museum of Modern Art, New York
The New School, New York
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami
Princeton University Collection, Princeton
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Groningen
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama