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b. 1965, United Kingdom

Adam McEwen Biography

Adam McEwen’s work resides somewhere between the celebratory and funereal. After writing obituaries for the Daily Telegraph in London, he began producing obituaries of living subjects such as Bill Clinton and Jeff Koons, highlighting the blurred line between history and fiction. In a reverse Midas-effect, McEwen has answered to the shimmering claims of Minimalist art by creating contemporary work that is freighted with the leaden melancholy of modern history. As a meditation on the many lives and deaths of art, he has created a space that conflates a beleaguered present with the afterlife of a potent and contentious moment in art history, in much the same way as his obituaries narrate the future-perfect of the rich, the famous, the beautiful, and the notorious. McEwen’s dead zone of dark relics and faded memories confronts us, literally and metaphysically, with the filthy lucre of our past and present.

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Adam McEwen was born in 1965 in London, England. He received his B.A. in 1987 from Christ Church, Oxford, and then received his B.F.A. in 1991 from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. McEwen’s work has been shown in major exhibitions around the world, including Axis of Praxis, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2006); Into Me/Out of Me, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2006); Beg, Borrow and Steal, Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2009); The Reach of Realism, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2009); Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010, travelled to Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain); The Last Newspaper, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2010); America Is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015); and Progressive Praxis, de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami (2016). McEwen’s work was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial. Recent solo exhibitions include The McAllister Institute, New York (2003); The Goss Michael Foundation, Dallas (2012); The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2013); Museo Civico Diocesano di Santa Maria dei Servi, Città della Piene (2015); Tinnitus, The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2016); and Adam McEwen: I Think I'm in Love, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2017). McEwen’s works are in the public collections of the Rubell Family Collection, Miami; Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf; The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum, Scotland; Jumex Collection, Mexico City; de la Cruz Collection, Miami; and Arts Council Collection, England.

McEwen has curated various projects and exhibitions, including Power, Corruption and Lies, (with Neville Wakefield; Roth Horowitz, New York, 2004); Interstate (Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, 2005); and Beneath the Underdog, (with Nate Lowman; Gagosian Gallery, 2007). In 2010, he curated Fresh Hell at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, as the 2010 edition of the Carte Blanche series.

McEwen currently lives and works in New York City.

Text courtesy Gagosian.

Adam McEwen Featured Artworks

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Neuroplastik by Adam McEwen contemporary artwork sculpture
Adam McEwenNeuroplastik, 2019Aluminium, vinyl
134.6 x 111.8 x 4 cm
The Modern Institute Contact Gallery
Neuroplastic by Adam McEwen contemporary artwork mixed media
Adam McEwenNeuroplastic, 2019Aluminium, vinyl
134.6 x 111.8 cm
The Modern Institute Contact Gallery
Birth Control Pills by Adam McEwen contemporary artwork sculpture
Adam McEwenBirth Control Pills, 2018Graphite
8.89 x 8.38 x 1.02 cm
The Modern Institute Contact Gallery
Bullnose by Adam McEwen contemporary artwork mixed media
Adam McEwenBullnose, 2018Inkjet print on cellulose sponge, graphite
177.8 x 140.97 cm
The Modern Institute Contact Gallery
Black Monk by Adam McEwen contemporary artwork mixed media
Adam McEwenBlack Monk, 2018Inkjet print on cellulose sponge, graphite
218.44 x 165.1 cm
rodolphe janssen Contact Gallery
One Doubt (Ashtray) by Adam McEwen contemporary artwork print
Adam McEwenOne Doubt (Ashtray), 2010C-print, graphite frame
187 x 37 x 15 cm
rodolphe janssen Contact Gallery
Untitled by Adam McEwen contemporary artwork mixed media
Adam McEwenUntitled, 2014Inkjet print on cellulose sponge
91.4 x 68.6 cm
rodolphe janssen Contact Gallery

Adam McEwen Recent Exhibitions

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Adam McEwen Represented By

Gagosian contemporary art gallery in 980 Madison Avenue, New York, USA Gagosian Athens, Basel, Beverly Hills, Geneva, Hong Kong, Le Bourget, London, New York, Paris, Rome, San Francisco
rodolphe janssen contemporary art gallery in Brussels, Belgium rodolphe janssen Brussels, Knokke
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