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b. 1978, USA

Cory Arcangel Biography

Cory Arcangel is a leading exponent of technology-based art, drawn to video games and software for their ability to rapidly formulate new communities and traditions and, equally, their speed of obsolescence. It was in 1996, while studying classical guitar at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, that he first had a high-speed internet connection – inspiring him to major in music technology and start learning to code. Both music and coding remain his key tools for interrogating the stated purpose of software and gadgets. In Super Mario Clouds, 2002-onward, for example, he disabled the vintage Nintendo game to leave only the iconic backdrop of blue sky and clouds; in Drei Klavierstücke op.11, 2009, Arcangel recreated Arnold Schoenberg’s 1909 score of the same name by editing together YouTube clips of cats playing pianos, note for note, paw by paw. Outcomes can be surprising, funny and poignant, whether in the final form of installation, video, printed media or music composition, in the gallery or on the world wide web. Reconfiguring web design and hacking as artistic practice, Arcangel remains faithful to open source culture and makes his work and methods available online, thus superimposing a perpetual question-mark as to the value of the art object.

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Cory Arcangel was born in Buffalo, New York in 1978 and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BM from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2000. He is the youngest artist since Bruce Nauman to have been given a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2011. Other major solo exhibitions include Fondation DHC/Art, Montreal, 2013; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2013; Barbican Art Gallery, London, 2011; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 2010, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, 2010. He was awarded the Jury Prize of the 2005 New York Underground Film Festival.

Text courtesy Lisson Gallery.

Exhibition view: Cory Arcangel, Totally Fucked, Lisson Gallery, London (12 November–19 December 2020). © Cory Arcangel. Courtesy Lisson Gallery.

Cory Arcangel Featured Artworks

M by Cory Arcangel contemporary artwork
Cory ArcangelM, 2018IQDemy Premium UV Ink on IKEA LINNMON table tops
299.7 x 74.9 cm
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Tommy by Cory Arcangel contemporary artwork
Cory ArcangelTommy, 2018Inkjet on canvas
274.3 x 91.4 cm
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Jeans / Lakes by Cory Arcangel contemporary artwork
Cory ArcangelJeans / Lakes, 20161920x1080 H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 looped digital file (from 11 lossless TIF masters), media player, 75” flatscreen, armature, various cables
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Uber of Weed by Cory Arcangel contemporary artwork
Cory ArcangelUber of Weed, 2016Chromogenic print
168.2 x 96 x 4 cm
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Cory Arcangel Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Cory Arcangel, Totally Fucked at Lisson Gallery, Cork Street, London
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12 November–19 December 2020 Cory Arcangel Totally Fucked Lisson GalleryCork Street, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Spectrum at Lisson Gallery, West 24th Street, New York
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20 July–27 August 2020 Group Exhibition Spectrum Lisson GalleryWest 24th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Difference Engine at Lisson Gallery, West 24th Street, New York
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29 June–7 August 2018 Group Exhibition Difference Engine Lisson GalleryWest 24th Street, New York

Cory Arcangel Represented By

Lisson Gallery contemporary art gallery in Lisson Street, London, United Kingdom Lisson Gallery London, East Hampton, New York, Shanghai

Cory Arcangel In Ocula Magazine

Cory Arcangel Ocula Conversation Cory Arcangel By Venus Lau, New York

Going through Cory Arcangel 's website feels like riding across waves of digital archaeologies, where things endlessly fold and unfold. The site meticulously presents every aspect of Arcangel's practice, including detailed information about exhibitions and artworks for which the artist has become known. These include his 'game modifications' (or...

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Cory Arcangel In Related Press

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Cory Arcangel: LOL, TBH Related Press Cory Arcangel: LOL, TBH 23 June 2018, Elephant

Cory Arcangel’s Brooklyn studio is tucked away in a former warehouse and shipping complex, between an elevated expressway and a strip of docks thrusting westwards into the Hudson River. While the building is impossible to miss, the studio itself is well hidden, and I become lost in a warren of identical hallways, each leading instead to a...

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Frieze Art Fair, London Related Press Frieze Art Fair, London 6 October 2017, Art Agenda

Leave or Remain, Trump or Clinton, terror, peace, boredom, or indifference: no matter where the world is at culturally, politically, socially, or existentially, there will always be another Frieze fair in early October. If last year's edition occurred within the shadow of a particularly pronounced period of political uncertainty, by now the cards...

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Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović lead major new exhibition Everything At Once at Store Studios Related Press Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović lead major new exhibition Everything At Once at Store Studios 8 September 2017, The Vinyl Factory

This October, Store Studios will host Everything At Once, an extensive off-site exhibition featuring 24 artists currently shown at Lisson Gallery in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

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Say hello to my little zine! The NY Art Book Fair takes over Moma PS1 Related Press Say hello to my little zine! The NY Art Book Fair takes over Moma PS1 19 September 2016, ARTNews

The NY Art Book Fair draws a huge crowd every year, and so it wasn’t a surprise that there were lines everywhere at this year’s edition—lines to get into the bathroom, lines to see certain booths, lines for the KAWS signing (the longest line of all), and lines simply to get into the fair itself. But those lines moved quickly, and...

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