Sanford Biggers

Born:
1950
Residence:
New York, New York, USA
Nationality:
American
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APT New York
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  • Well, we’re here. With 2016 finally coming to a close, the art world has landed in Miami for another Art Basel bacchanal. But along with the carefree glamour of the galas and the private parties, trepidation hangs in the air—whether it’s acknowledged or not. With rising tides, both symbolic and real, increasingly threatening the art world’s private paradise, we are caught between anxiety and blissful disbelief, ruefully letting the champagne flow every December, until, one year, we might be waiting on Collins Avenue for our Ubers in waist-high water. Here is some art to see in Miami that reflects our anxious times, and the promise that we may overcome them.

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  • The 22nd annual ARTWALK NY, benefiting the Coalition for the Homeless, was held on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan—raising roughly $750,000 for the cause.

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  • The University of Virginia announced today that Matthew McLendon has been appointed director and chief curator of The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.

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  • NADA New York Moves to March:Starting Next year, the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), will move its New York fair from the first week of May, the time it has been held since it first started in 2012, to the first week of March, coinciding with the Armory Show.

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  • Art Basel today announced the gallery list for its 2016 show in Miami Beach, comprising 269 leading international galleries, drawn from 29 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

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  • Despite talk of an art market slump and concerns over Zika virus, the show will go on.

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  • Expo Chicago, that city’s annual contemporary art fair, announced the list of participants for its 2016 editions of In/Situ, In/Situ Outside, and Expo Projects.

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  • 10 Exhibitions Opening This Week

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  • This spring, Africa arrives in New York. The city will be treated to an unprecedented opportunity to observe and experience a wide range of contemporary art from Africa and the Diaspora, sparked by the Armory Show’s focus on the region. Satellite fairs, performances, pop-up shows, museum and gallery exhibitions featuring contemporary African artists are also coming into focus around the city—from one-time-only platforms to home-grown institutions that have consistently engaged with African and Diasporan perspectives.

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  • “There is a palpable buzz in the air around EXPO this year,” gallery owner Monique Meloche reported in the run-up to the fourth edition of EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, which takes place on Navy Pier, September 17-20, 2015. EXPO CHICAGO is still a young fair by any account, but within just four years has managed to establish itself as a prominent contender within the international art fair circuit, and has catalyzed the art community of Chicago behind it. Together with the fair, Chicago’s galleries, institutions, schools, and artists join together for a knockout week in September.

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  • Sanford Biggers will join the new class of Fellows for TED2016,  in Vancouver.

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  • Music can wither in galleries, but this astonishing show demonstrates the cultural and political importance of jazz in dazzling and inspiring style.

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  • Go West? This ambitious art project did. The Los Angeles Nomadic Division’s Manifest Destiny Billboard Project has reached its final destination in Los Angeles after a 2,722-mile journey west from Fort Lauderdale.

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  • "Constructed Histories," the new exhibit at the David B. Smith Gallery downtown, is as good as any contemporary show you might see at the Denver Art Museum these days. Maybe even better, considering the circumstances.

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  • Late in January, 10 billboards by artist Daniel Small went up around the border town of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Each showed a different line of strange lettering resembling Greek and Paleo-Hebrew characters, along with modern red proofreading marks, against an unruly desert landscape.

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  • 10 Opening Exhibitions to Watch

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  • 10 Opening Exhibitions to Watch

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  • Art Papers Live! and Emory University have teamed up to bring installation and performance-based artist Sanford Biggers to Atlanta.

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  • In The Cartographer’s Conundrum, a large installation currently on view at Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), artist Sanford Biggers

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  • In previous years, the art scene slowed to a crawl by June, with galleries closing for the summer and the block-buster shows at the museums over.

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  • Sanford Biggers’ works integrate film/video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music and performance. He intentionally complicates issues

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  • West Coast non-profit LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) is activating the Interstate 10 with art spread across the country as part of the incredible Manifest Destiny Billboard Project. From California to Florida, the project brings ten contemporary artists together, creating 100 art-infused billboards along the highway. The project, which began last October, will evolve in chapters as it develops along the I-10, thematically linked together by referencing the concept of the territorial expansion of Manifest Destiny.

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  • This thorough interview uncovers the influences and inspirations of artist Sanford Biggers, whose creativity seems to know no bounds with a practice that involves art direction, music, installation, fashion, film and beyond. Biggers divulges the stories behind the symbolism he uses throughout his works, such as Buddhism, secret codes in quilting, the Underground Railroad and the history involving slavery; all giving insight into the many layers of the artist’s works.

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  • A guide to weird and wild contemporary-art quilts by conceptualists, code-breakers, feminists, fashionistas, Afrofuturists, and street artists.

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  • The 2014 season has begun. While popular shows of artists like Magritte, Hopper, and Carrie Mae Weems continue their travels, dozens of new exhibition devoted to modern and contemporary art are opening across the country. Here are some observations.

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  • Art Papers Live! and Emory University have teamed up to bring installation and performance-based artist Sanford Biggers to Atlanta.

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  • In The Cartographer’s Conundrum, a large installation currently on view at Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), artist Sanford Biggers

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  • Brooklyn Museum and SculptureCenter New York "Sweet Funk-An Introspective," the Brooklyn Museum's sampling of 10 years of Sanford Biggers's work

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  • I've been waiting for the opening of Jun Kaneko's ceramic sculptures at Millennium Park. There are two powerful bodies of work on view. To the south

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BIOGRAPHY

Sanford Biggers (b. 1970 Los Angeles) received a BA from Morehouse College in Atlanta in 1992, studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine, in 1997 and received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. Selected exhibitions include Grains of Emptiness, Rubin Museum of Art, New York (2011); Moon Medicine a solo show at the Contemporary Arts Forum in Santa Barbara, Calif. (2010); Prospect 1: US Biennial in New Orleans (2008); NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith at the Menil Collection in Houston Texas (2008)); Illuminations at Tate Modern in London (2008); The New Authentics at Spertus Museum in Chicago (2008); Museum of Okinawan Time at the Okinawan Prefectural Museum of Art in Naha, Japan (2007); The Somethin' Suite, curated by RoseLee Goldberg at Performa 07 in New York (2007); For Love of the Game at the Amistad Museum/Wadsworth Antheneum in Hartford, Connecticut (2007); and Blossom at Grand Arts in Kansas City, Missouri (2007). In 2011 Biggers will have a solo survey of his work at the Brooklyn Museum and a major installation at Mass. MoCA. Biggers is an affiliate faculty at the Virginia Commonwealth University Sculpture and Expanded Media program and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s VES Department in 2009. He is presently assistant professor at Columbia University’s Visual Arts program.

Working in two-dimensions, sculpture, installations, video art and performance, Sanford Biggers has put his mark on the conversation of identity and otherness. He intentionally complicates issues such as hip hop, Buddhism, politics and identity in order to offer new perspectives on the themes and art history itself. Biggers explores creative syncretism or the fusion of different belief systems and the part of humanity that creates a need to have things explained. Music is essential to Biggers’ work because it is an aspect of art that doesn’t need explanation. It is something that exists and makes sense without explanation. Through his art and music, Biggers touches on what it means to exist in a world where you feel different. His work draws upon the historical experiences of African-Americans, but doesn’t rest at reflecting the past. Biggers’ work also projects hopeful possibilities.


EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS
Sanford Biggers
New Britain Museum of American Art
PHILADELPHIA
Group Show
Institute of Contemporary Art at the Uni...
LONDON
Sanford Biggers
Massimo De Carlo, London
DETROIT
Sanford Biggers
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
DURHAM
Group Show
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Group Show
monique meloche
BRUSSELS
Group Show
Galerie Daniel Templon, Brussels
CHICAGO
Group Show
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago
Group Show
Eric Firestone Gallery
KATONAH
Group Show
Katonah Museum of Art
MIAMI
Sanford Biggers
David Castillo Gallery
CHICAGO
Sanford Biggers
Monique Meloche Gallery
NEW YORK
Group Show
The Poster Project
Group Show
Eric Firestone Gallery
NEW YORK
Group Show
Nathan Cummings Foundation
DENVER
Group Show
David B. Smith Gallery
OAKLAND
Group Show
Krowswork Gallery
MIAMI
Group Show
David Castillo Gallery
Group Show
Bronx Museum of the Arts
ASPEN
Sanford Biggers
Baldwin Gallery
LOS ANGELES
Group Show
Interstate Freeway 10
CHICAGO
Group Show
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago
DURHAM
Group Show
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
NORTH ADAMS
Sanford Biggers
MASS MoCA
Group Show
SculptureCenter
WASHINGTON D.C.
Group Show
Hemphill
Group Show
San Antonio Museum of Art
LONDON
Group Show
Iniva
PORTLAND
Group Show
Portland Art Museum, Oregon
Sanford Biggers
SculptureCenter
BERLIN
Group Show
Neue Gesellschaft Für Bildende Kunst (N...
Group Show
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Group Show
Rubin Museum of Art
Group Show
Bronx Museum of the Arts
LONDON
Group Show
Tate Modern
RIVERSIDE
Group Show
Riverside Art Museum
MIAMI
Group Show
David Castillo Gallery
SAVANNAH
Group Show
SCAD Museum of Art
Group Show
The Hispanic Society of America
Sanford Biggers
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Group Show
SculptureCenter