Sanford Biggers

Born:
1950
Residence:
New York, New York, USA
Nationality:
USA
Trust:
APT New York
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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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  • There is no shortcut to spotting new artists on the rise. Curators have specialist knowledge, networks and access which they use to identify talent ‘ahead of the curve’.

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  • One hundred and fifty years after the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, As several museums showcase works made at the time of the conflict, contemporary artists continue to reflect on its legacy.

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  • July marks the annual migration of Manhattan’s art set to the Hamptons for a bevy of summer parties, art fairs, galas, and, for good measure

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  • Images from popular culture abound in Sanford Biggers’s work, and particularly from hip-hop, East Asian Buddhism, and the Antebellum and Afro-Futurist

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  • This week is Chicago’s turn to show itself off in the global art fair circuit. The windy city will be host to EXPO Art Week, an all encompassing art celebration that will feature not only the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, but also a city wide art and cultural celebration, not to mention two satellite art fairs. In a partnership with Chicago’s Tourism Board’s...

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  • This week I took a break from my digital media doctoral studies at Georgia Tech to see Sanford Biggers’ new work, Codex. Biggers was the first

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  • Sanford Biggers brings disparate signifiers into surprisingly cohesive harmony in his work, incorporating imagery evocative of the antebellum 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.


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