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Fred Wilson Biography

Fred Wilson (b. 1954, Bronx, New York) challenges assumptions of history, culture, race, and conventions of display with his work. By reframing objects and cultural symbols, he alters traditional interpretations, encouraging viewers to reconsider social and historical narratives. Since his groundbreaking and historically significant exhibition Mining the Museum (1992) at the Maryland Historical Society, Wilson has been the subject of many solo exhibitions, including the retrospective Objects and Installations 1979–2000, which was organized by the Center for Art and Visual Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and traveled to Saratoga Springs, Berkeley, Houston, Andover, and Santa Monica, before closing at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Other solo presentations include So Much Trouble in the World—Believe It or Not! at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire (2005); Works 2001–2011 at the Cleveland Museum of Art (2012); Local Color at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2013); Black to the Powers of Ten and Wildfire Test Pit at Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio (2016); and Fred Wilson at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, New York (2017). In 2003, Wilson represented the United States at the 50th Venice Biennale with the solo exhibition Speak of Me as I Am. His many accolades include the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's 'Genius' Grant (1999); the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture (2006); the Alain Locke Award from The Friends of African and African American Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts (2013); and a Lifetime Achievement Award, Howard University, Washington, D.C. (2017). He was honoured by The Black Alumni of Pratt Institute during their 2017 Celebration of the Creative Spirit.

Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, Hiding in Plain Sight, Pace Gallery, New York (14 July–20 August 2021). © Pace Gallery. Courtesy Pace Gallery.

Fred Wilson Featured Artworks

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Untitled (Djibouti) by Fred Wilson contemporary artwork
Fred WilsonUntitled (Djibouti), 2009Acrylic on canvas
27 1/8 x 40 1/8 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled (Ethiopia) by Fred Wilson contemporary artwork
Fred WilsonUntitled (Ethiopia), 2009Acrylic on canvas
23 5/8 x 46 1/8 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled (Uganda) by Fred Wilson contemporary artwork
Fred WilsonUntitled (Uganda), 2009Acrylic on canvas
68.9 x 101.6 cm
Krakow Witkin Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled (Lesotho) by Fred Wilson contemporary artwork
Fred WilsonUntitled (Lesotho), 2009Acrylic on canvas
68.9 x 101.9 cm
Krakow Witkin Gallery Contact Gallery
Spill Spread Splice Splurge (A.A.) by Fred Wilson contemporary artwork
Fred WilsonSpill Spread Splice Splurge (A.A.), 2017Blown glass
274.3 x 71.1 x 8.9 cm
Pace Gallery
The Mete of the Muse by Fred Wilson contemporary artwork
Fred WilsonThe Mete of the Muse, 2006Bronze with black patina and bronze with white paint
Pace Gallery
I Saw Othello's Visage in His Mind by Fred Wilson contemporary artwork
Fred WilsonI Saw Othello's Visage in His Mind, 2013Murano glass, paint, and wood
162.6 x 130.8 cm
Pace Gallery
Passing / Through the Caribbean, #1 by Fred Wilson contemporary artwork
Fred WilsonPassing / Through the Caribbean, #1, 2013Collage on pigment print
35.6 x 27.3 cm
Pace Gallery

Fred Wilson Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Fred Wilson Represented By

Pace Gallery contemporary art gallery in 540 West 25th Street, New York, USA Pace Gallery New York, East Hampton, Palm Beach, London, Geneva, Palo Alto, Hong Kong, Seoul

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