Michael Rakowitz is an artist living in Chicago who makes work at the intersection of problem-solving and trouble-making. His work has appeared in venues including dOCUMENTA (13), P.S.1, MoMA, MassMOCA, Castello di Rivoli, the Sydney Biennale, the 10th & 14th Istanbul Biennials, Sharjah Biennial 8, the Shanghai Biennale, the Tirana Biennale, National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt, and Transmediale 05. He has had solo projects and exhibitions with Creative Time, Tate Modern in London, MCA Chicago, Lombard Freid/ Jane Lombard Gallery in New York, Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, Kunstraum Innsbruck, and Malmö Konsthall. In 2018, he was the recipient of the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, and was awarded the Fourth Plinth commission in London’s Trafalgar Square. In 2020, he was the recipient of the Public Art Dialogue award, and he is the 2020 Nasher Prize Laureate. A survey of Rakowitz’s work traveled from Whitechapel Gallery in London, to Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Torino, and is currently on view at The Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai. Rakowitz is a Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University.
Text courtesy Barbara Wien.
Michael Rakowitz, the Chicago-based, Iraqi-American artist known for producing powerful works that often address complicated histories and events, such as the death of Tamir Rice—the twelve-year-old
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