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b. 1974, Canada

David Altmejd Biography

David Altmejd explores the constitution and disintegration of the self, producing sculptures that expand the range of figurative representation, and conjuring abstract regions beyond the realm of recognisability. His work is centred on the human form, which in Altmejd’s vision includes not only the body but the mind, the imagination, and the soul, not to mention the ways the material world is perceived and felt through these channels. To this end, each of his works arises from an ongoing intuitive relationship with the large array of materials with which they are built, including clay, foam, mirror, quartz, resin, and both synthetic and human hair. Traditional processes like casting exist alongside idiosyncratic forms of bricolage; no two sculptures are alike, even when they seem to address related subjects. Altmejd approaches scale as a relative quantity, and over the course of his two-decade career he has treated room-sized installations and intimate busts with the same levels of intensity and commitment. Cosmological in scope, his work reveals a world-making ethos across its surfaces and in its details, where countless moments of invention and curiosity reflect ever-unfolding mysteries of consciousness.

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David Altmejd (b. 1974, Montreal) has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels (2016); Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands (2016); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark (2015, traveled to Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2014, traveled to Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal and Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean); MOCA Cleveland (2012); and Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, Connecticut (2011), among other institutions. In 2007, Altmejd represented Canada at the 52nd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice. Recent group exhibitions include In the Spotlight of the Night Life in the Gloom, Marta Herford Museum, Herford, Germany (2019); Zombies: Pay Attention!, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2018); ANIMA MUNDI, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2018); Voyage d'hiver, Château de Versailles, France (2017); and A Material Legacy: The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection of Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (2016). His work is in the permanent collections of museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; and Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris. Altmejd lives and works in Los Angeles.

Text courtesy David Kordansky Gallery.

David Altmejd Featured Artworks

Spirit Transfer by David Altmejd contemporary artwork
David AltmejdSpirit Transfer, 2019Expandable foam, epoxy clay, epoxy gel, resin, wood, steel, hair, acrylic paint, quartz, glass eyes, pencil, mechanical pencil, metal wire, and glass rhinestones
71.1 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
David Kordansky Gallery Contact Gallery
Le Belge! by David Altmejd contemporary artwork
David AltmejdLe Belge!, 2018Urethane foam, epoxy clay, epoxy gel, resin, Aqua-Resin, fibreglass, steel, acrylic paint, acrylic gel, glass eyes, synthetic hair, quartz, cotton shirt collar, rhinestone
66 x 41.9 x 35.6 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Magic Loop by David Altmejd contemporary artwork
David AltmejdMagic Loopaqua resin, epoxy resin, fiberglass, steel, aluminum, graphite, MSA Varnish
203.2 x 246.7 x 25.4 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Le Fond by David Altmejd contemporary artwork
David AltmejdLe Fond, 2016polyurethane foam, resin, epoxy clay, epoxy gel, synthetic hair, quartz, acrylic paint, acrylic gel, rubber band, steel
31 x 16 x 21 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Untitled 13 (Bodybuilders) by David Altmejd contemporary artwork
David AltmejdUntitled 13 (Bodybuilders), 2015Plaster
203.2 x 57.8 x 57.8 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Untitled 12 (Guides) by David Altmejd contemporary artwork
David AltmejdUntitled 12 (Guides), 2013Wood, mirror
188 x 90.2 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery

David Altmejd Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, David Altmejd, Rabbits at Xavier Hufkens, 44 rue Van Eyck, Brussels
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3 September–17 October 2020 David Altmejd Rabbits Xavier Hufkens44 rue Van Eyck, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, David Altmejd, L'air at Xavier Hufkens, 6 rue St-Georges, Brussels
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4 March–9 April 2016 David Altmejd L'air Xavier Hufkens6 rue St-Georges, Brussels

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David Altmejd In Ocula Magazine

Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Feature Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See By Tessa Moldan, Hong Kong

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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David Altmejd In Related Press

Preview: Art Brussels Related Press Preview: Art Brussels 19 April 2017, Elephant

'Art Brussels believes in galleries that support their artists throughout their evolution... We are definitely not interested in showing work in a supermarket-like style.' We speak with Anne Vierstraete, Managing Director of Art Brussels, as the fair nears its thirty-fifth edition.

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The art of management: Interview with Jennifer Flay, Director of FIAC 2016 Related Press The art of management: Interview with Jennifer Flay, Director of FIAC 2016 18 October 2016, AMA

Director of FIAC, Jennifer Flay shares with AMA the spirit of this 43rd edition.  AMA: What are the FIAC’s strengths this year? Jennifer Flay:  We’re very proud of the creation of On Site, found inside and around the Petit Palais; we’ve given the project this name to distinguish it clearly from the Hors...

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Shortlist announced for Canada's 2016 Sobey Art Award Related Press Shortlist announced for Canada's 2016 Sobey Art Award 2 June 2016, Artforum

The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada announced today the five artists who have been shortlisted for the 2016 Sobey Art Award.

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David Altmejd In Video & Audio

David Altmejd: The Heart is a Werewolf Related Video & Audio David Altmejd: The Heart is a Werewolf 16 March 2016, Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

David Altmejd was interviewed by Christian Lund at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark in November 2015 in connection to the exhibition of his 328 x 640 x 714 centimetres sculpture The Flux and the Puddle  (2014). Among the many materials used for the sculpture are wax, mirrors, plaster, latex, feathers, ink, wood, steel wire and...

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