(1965 – 2006), USA

Jason Rhoades Biography

Common to Jason Rhoades’s multifarious output is an underlying interest in the conditions in which art is made and the subversion of any conventions that stand in the way of its production. Up to his untimely death in 2006 at age 41, Rhoades carried out a continuous assault on aesthetic conventions and the rules governing the art world: these conditions, in fact, were used as materials or tools for his work. His conceptual vigor and his attempts to redefine and expand the space in which works are both made and exhibited earned him a reputation as an artists’ artist. Believing that the creative process demanded ultimate freedom, his work could be dangerous, overwhelming, politically incorrect, obnoxious, or sublime.

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In 1993, Rhoades received his M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

In 2013, Jason Rhoades, Four Roads marked the first American museum exhibition of the artist's work, organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Traveling internationally, the exhibition is currently hosted by the Kunsthalle Bremen in Germany (through January 4, 2015), followed by the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England.

Source: David Zwirner

Rhoades's work has been exhibited internationally since the 1990s. His first solo presentation at a European institution was held at the Kunsthalle Basel in 1996. Other international venues which have organized solo shows include the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany (both 1998); Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany (1999); Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany (2000); Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (MUMOK), Vienna (2002); Le Magasin - Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble, France (2005); and the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain (2006).

Work by the artist has been prominently featured in group exhibitions worldwide, most recently in 2013 as part of NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star at the New Museum, New York. Other group shows that have shown major installations by Rhoades include the Whitney Biennial (1995, 1997, and 2008) and the Venice Biennale (1997, 1999, and 2007).

The artist’s work is included in prominent collections internationally, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate Gallery, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Source: David Zwirner

Jason Rhoades Featured Artworks

Inner Light by Jason Rhoades contemporary artwork sculpture
Jason Rhoades Inner Light, 1998 Plastic bucket, fluorescent light, electric cable
40 x 30.5 cm
Hauser & Wirth Enquire
The Future is Filled With Opportunities (Ridable Steer) by Jason Rhoades contemporary artwork sculpture
Jason Rhoades The Future is Filled With Opportunities (Ridable Steer), 1995 California Go-ped, ABS pipe, red tie-down, two blue buckets, two white buckets, steer horns, flashlight, lasso, red clamp, blue blanket, bungie cord, vibrating cushion
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Chandelier 39 by Jason Rhoades contemporary artwork sculpture
Jason Rhoades Chandelier 39, 2006 Six (6) neon phrases: La Cucaracha, Futa, Fatarique, La Florecita Higo, Agujero, Pepete; horse saddle, rifle, decorative musical instrument, club, three (3) 120 V Transformers, GTO cable...
290 x 160 x 110 cm
David Zwirner Contact Gallery
Light by Jason Rhoades contemporary artwork sculpture
Jason Rhoades Light, 1997 Plastic bucket, fluorescent tubing, electrical wiring and fluorescent light fixture
240 x 30.5 cm
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Twelve-wheel wagon-wheel chandelier by Jason Rhoades contemporary artwork sculpture
Jason Rhoades Twelve-wheel wagon-wheel chandelier, 2004 12 wheels, acrylic glass, cables, 48 neon phrases, fishing line, polystyrene, hot glue, carpet, various materials
Hauser & Wirth Enquire

Jason Rhoades Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Jason Rhoades Represented By

David Zwirner contemporary art gallery in 19th Street, New York, USA David Zwirner Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris
Hauser & Wirth contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Hauser & Wirth Gstaad, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Menorca, Monte Carlo, New York, Somerset, Southampton, St. Moritz, Zurich

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