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Daniel Arsham Biography

Daniel Arsham is a Cleveland-born New York-based interdisciplinary artist whose artistic endeavours extend beyond traditional art world platforms. His art plays with the concept of future history and fictional archaeology, presenting fossilised versions of contemporary objects and architecture.

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Raised in Miami, Daniel Arsham studied art at The Cooper Union in New York. He graduated and received the Gelman Trust Fellowship in 2003. His ensuing practice has crossed the disciplines of drawing, film, sculpture, installation, and architecture, playfully historicising the tangible cultural and material icons of the contemporary era.

Arsham's sculptural work presents eroded casts of various objects from the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The casts, made from geological materials like sand, selenite, and volcanic ash, appear as if artefacts unearthed after being buried for centuries—haunting future relics of the contemporary.

Arsham's chosen objects for simulated ahistorical fossilisation include older televisions, cameras, and boomboxes that highlight the acceleration of technological obsolesce in this digital age. He also presents casts of soft toys, clothing, basketballs, books, and even full-scale luxury cars. Additionally, human figures in contemporary outfits appear, in various states of decay, from fragments to whole fossils—evoking discoveries at sites like Pompeii.

Architecture is another core element of Daniel Arsham's practice, where the artist often plays with the architectural environment of the gallery. In several works, artefacts and objects intersect with exhibition walls. The analogue clock in Falling Clock (2011), for example, appears to have been lodged into a softened gallery wall. He also constructs surreal architectural environments, such as the monochrome Japanese zen gardens of Blue Garden (2017) and Lunar Garden (2017).

Beyond the gallery walls, Daniel Arsham has collaborated, since 2007, with Alex Mustonen on 'Snarkitecture': a highly acclaimed design practice. In 2014 he established 'Film the Future', creating films set in a fictional future. He has also created set designs for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company; signed to Adidas; collaborated with Dior and Pharrell Williams; and in 2020 he became creative director for the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA team in his home state of Ohio.

Daniel Arsham's art has been shown in commercial contexts as well as gallery and institutional shows worldwide. His works feature in major public collections, such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the National Museum of Qatar, Doha.

Daniel Arsham Solo Exhibitions include:

Relics of Kanto Through Time, Parco Museum Tokyo (2020); Connecting Time, Moco Museum, Amsterdam (2019); "3018", Perrotin New York (2018); Hourglass, High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2017); Moons and Music, Eden Rock Gallery, St Barths, French West Indies (2016); The Future Was Then, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah (2016); #FUTUREARCHIVE, Espaces Louis Vuitton, Singapore (2013); Homesick, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris (2005).

Daniel Arsham Group Exhibitions include:

Crystal: Visible and Invisible, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas (2019); Invento, OCA, São Paulo (2015); Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass, Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Etienne, France (2014); Homebodies, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2013); Fresh!, Museum Of Glass, Seattle (2006); Miami Nice, Galerie Perrotin, Paris (2004).

Michael Irwin | Ocula | 2021

Daniel Arsham Featured Artworks

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Ash and Pyrite Eroded Crouching Aphrodite by Daniel Arsham contemporary artwork sculpture
Daniel ArshamAsh and Pyrite Eroded Crouching Aphrodite, 2021Volcanic ash, pyrite, selenite, hydrostone
78 x 40 x 27 cm
KÖNIG GALERIE Contact Gallery
Amethyst Eroded Diana of Gabines by Daniel Arsham contemporary artwork sculpture
Daniel ArshamAmethyst Eroded Diana of Gabines, 2020Amethyst, Quartz, hydrostone
51 x 43 x 27 cm
KÖNIG GALERIE Contact Gallery
Quartz Eroded Diana of Gabines by Daniel Arsham contemporary artwork sculpture
Daniel ArshamQuartz Eroded Diana of Gabines, 2021Quartz, selenite, hydrostone
51 x 43 x 27 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Paper Relics by Daniel Arsham contemporary artwork sculpture, print
Daniel ArshamPaper Relics, 2020Set of three cast pigmented cotton prints with embedded quartz crystals
71.8 x 54.6 x 13.3 cm
Dellasposa Gallery Contact Gallery
Grey Selenite Newspaper Machine by Daniel Arsham contemporary artwork sculpture
Daniel ArshamGrey Selenite Newspaper Machine, 2019Grey selenite, quartz, hydrostone
52.5 x 16.5 x 21 inches
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Eroded Ferrari by Daniel Arsham contemporary artwork installation
Daniel ArshamEroded Ferrari, 2018Steel, fibreglass, pyrite, quartz
Perrotin Contact Gallery
FUTURE by Daniel Arsham contemporary artwork installation
Daniel ArshamFUTURE, 2017Plaster, foam, paint
270 x 500 x 30 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Amethyst Frog by Daniel Arsham contemporary artwork sculpture
Daniel ArshamAmethyst Frog, 2017Amethyst crystal, hydrostone
30.5 x 27.9 x 25.4 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery

Daniel Arsham Recent Exhibitions

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Daniel Arsham Represented By

Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Perrotin Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo

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Daniel Arsham In Related Press

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Snark Park Is the Latest Selfie-Taking Destination in Hudson Yards Related Press Snark Park Is the Latest Selfie-Taking Destination in Hudson Yards 24 April 2019, Hyperallergic

On a lazy Sunday earlier this month, I visited a selfie space. Snark Park, a project of Daniel Arsham, Alex Mustonen, and Ben Porto's design group, Snarkitecture, opened last month inside the new mall

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Daniel Arsham - The Time Traveler Related Press Daniel Arsham - The Time Traveler 21 January 2017, MAEKAN

Daniel Arsham is an artist unencumbered by the conventions of a particular place or period. Indeed, the very nature of his work and his audience's connection to it suggest that the lines of what const

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'Lexus Art Series' kicks off in Miami with Daniel Arsham on VR Related Press 'Lexus Art Series' kicks off in Miami with Daniel Arsham on VR 2 December 2016, Whitewall Magazine

This first discussion, Virtual Reality: How Will It Influence Art & Design?  revolved around the content, narratives, and technology that makes up virtual and augmented reality, and offered insight into our technologically-manipulated surroundings through Arsham’s creative lens. 'My interest has been in where this...

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Jenny Holzer & Mapplethorpe works go on show in a hospital Related Press Jenny Holzer & Mapplethorpe works go on show in a hospital 17 October 2016, Dazed Digital

An immersive, site-specific exhibition titled Human Condition is currently taking up residency at a former hospital in West Adams, Los Angeles – once known as Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center. Opening in 1971, it was the first Black-owned hospital in the California city, running until the neighbourhood’s decline and revelations...

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Daniel Arsham In Video & Audio

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