b. 1953, USA

James Casebere Biography

James Casebere was born in 1953, in Lansing, Michigan. He grew up outside Detroit, attended Michigan State University, and graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a BFA in 1976 where he studied with the sculptor Siah Armajani. In the fall of 1977, he attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York, and then moved to Los Angeles where he studied with John Baldessari and Doug Huebler. He was John Baldessari’s teaching assistant. Classmates included Mike Kelly, and Tony Oursler. He received an M.F.A from Cal Arts in 1979.

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Since the late 1990s Casebere has lived in Fort Greene Brooklyn, with his wife Lorna Simpson and their daughter Zora.

Casebere's pioneering work has established him at the forefront of artists working with constructed photography. His first exhibitions in New York were at Artists Space, Franklin Furnace and then Sonnebend Gallery. His work was associated with the Pictures Generation of post-modern artists who emerged in the 1980s, which included Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo, Laurie Simmons, Richard Prince, Matt Mullican, James Welling, Barbara Kruger, and others. For the last thirty years Casebere has consistently devised increasingly complex models and photographed them in his studio. Based solidly on an understanding of architecture as well as art historical and cinematic sources, Casebere's abandoned spaces are hauntingly evocative. His table-sized constructions are made of simple materials, pared down to essential forms. Starting with Sonsbeek ’86, in Arnhem, Holland and ending around 1991 Casebere also made large scale sculpture installations.

Casebere is the recipient of numerous fellowships including three from the National Endowment for the Arts, three from the New York Foundation for the Arts and one from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His work has been collected by museums worldwide, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, among many others.

James Casebere Featured Artworks

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Courtyard with Towers (Night) by James Casebere contemporary artwork print
James Casebere Courtyard with Towers (Night), 2021 Framed archival pigment print mounted to dibond
136.8 x 118.7 cm
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
Orange Guesthouse by James Casebere contemporary artwork photography
James Casebere Orange Guesthouse, 2018 Archival pigment print
114 x 169.5 cm
Lisson Gallery Contact Gallery
Bright Yellow House on Water by James Casebere contemporary artwork photography
James Casebere Bright Yellow House on Water, 2018 Archival pigment print
118.7 x 152.7 cm
Lisson Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled 2 by James Casebere contemporary artwork print
James Casebere Untitled 2, 2014 Digital fine art pigment print
85.1 x 29.2 cm
Lisson Gallery Contact Gallery
Flooded Street by James Casebere contemporary artwork photography
James Casebere Flooded Street, 2019 Framed archival pigment print mounted to dibond
172.7 x 126 x 5.7 cm
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
White Solo Pavillon by James Casebere contemporary artwork photography
James Casebere White Solo Pavillon, 2019 Framed archival pigment print mounted to dibond
176.5 x 124.1 x 5.7 cm
Templon Contact Gallery
Industrial Overlap by James Casebere contemporary artwork photography
James Casebere Industrial Overlap, 2019 Framed archival pigment print mounted to dibond
175.4 x 118.7 x 5.7 cm
Templon Contact Gallery
Floode Street by James Casebere contemporary artwork photography
James Casebere Floode Street, 2019 Framed archival pigment print mounted to dibond
172.7 x 126 x 5.7 cm
Templon Contact Gallery

James Casebere Recent Exhibitions

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James Casebere Represented By

Lisson Gallery contemporary art gallery in Lisson Street, London, United Kingdom
Lisson Gallery Beijing, East Hampton, London, New York, Shanghai
Sean Kelly contemporary art gallery in New York, USA
Sean Kelly New York
Templon contemporary art gallery in 30 rue Beaubourg, Paris, France
Templon Brussels, New York, Paris
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