b. 1973, Palestinian Territory

Seth Price Biography

Seth Price is a conceptual artist and writer whose multidisciplinary practice centres on modes of production, distribution, and communication, the impact of digital technology, and how the market ascribes meaning to art. He has participated in the Whitney Biennial (2002, 2008), the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), and dOCUMENTA (13) (2012).

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Life

Price was born in the village of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem, where he lived until he was two years old. He then moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he attended Brookline public schools, before later attending Brown University, where he received his BA in 1998. Since the early 2000s, the artist has delivered lectures at a number of universities, including MIT and Harvard University. Price lives and works in New York City.

Artworks

Seth Price's experiments with materials are conducted through a wide range of media, including video, film, sculpture, installation, collage, and text, investigating how art and media are produced and distributed.

Dispersion

Strategies of dissemination form the point of departure for Price's seminal artwork. Dispersion (2002), which takes the form of an essay, calls on artists to find new ways of harnessing the capacity for meaning-making inherent in communications networks. Widely circulated, Dispersion has been translated into seven languages and remixed in a variety of ways, including a 'Cult Classic' version from Burn Rate Berlin, which includes quotes from hip hop's enfant terrible, Kanye West.

Signature works also include his 'Vintage Bomber' (2005—2008) series, comprised of sheets of vacuum-formed polystyrene bearing the traces of bomber jackets moulded in metallic plastic, and the 'infinite' video essay, Redistribution (2008—ongoing), a surreal, meandering narrative that questions art world conventions and our relationship to the circulation of images, while also serving as a living document of Price's work and process.

Price has been described by artist, editor, writer, and filmmaker Emmanuel Olunkwa as a 'compressionist': someone who 'processes the world by collecting its varying shapes and colours' and produces objects or experiences that experiment with the intended function of their material or technology.

Since the beginning of his career in the early 2000s, Price has resisted categorisation and continues to explore diverse mediums from electronic music and fashion to computer screensavers and philosophical essays.

Fuck Seth Price

Writing has always been central to Price's practice, and he has published a number of books. His 2015 novella, Fuck Seth Price—a fictional essay-memoir hybrid in which the artist muses about the role of creatives in an increasingly digital world—serves as a companion piece to Price's online database, Organic Software (2015). Comprised of an 'algorithmic perception tool' that publishes information on art collectors and their political donation history, Organic Software is in line with the wave of conceptual art rooted in technology dubbed 'art hacktivism'.

Exhibitions

Seth Price has participated in the following select solo exhibitions, including No Technique, Aspen Art Museum (2019); Self as Tube, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris (2019); Danny, Mila, Hannah, Ariana, Bob, Brad, MoMA PS1, New York (2018); Seth Price — Social Synthetic, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and Museum Brandhorst, Munich (2017); Wrok, Fmaily, Freidns, 356 Mission Road, Los Angeles (2016); Drawings: Studies for Works 2000—2015, Petzel Gallery, New York (2015); and Seth Price, Kunsthalle Zurich (2008).

The artist has also participated in the following group exhibitions, including Works on Paper, Petzel Gallery, New York (2021); Infinite Games, Capitain Petzel, Berlin (2020); Phantom Plane — Cyberpunk in the Year of Future, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2019); Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Massachusetts (2018); The Distance of a Day: Connections and Disconnections in Contemporary Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2016); A Sense of Things, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2014); Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection, New Museum, New York (2010); and Continuous Project and Art & Project Bulletin, CNEAI, Paris, France (2004).

Website

Seth Price's website can be found here.

Ocula | 2021

Seth Price Featured Artworks

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Toy Landscape by Seth Price contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Seth PriceToy Landscape, 2018Mixed media
89 x 111 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Contact Gallery
Soft by Seth Price contemporary artwork painting, photography
Seth PriceSoft, 2019Acrylic polymer, acrylic paint, relay print on polyester, polyester film
34 x 42 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Contact Gallery
3DP: Copper Pipes by Seth Price contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Seth Price3DP: Copper Pipes, 2021Mixed media on board
122 x 193 x 1.9 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Contact Gallery
Untitled by Seth Price contemporary artwork sculpture, print
Seth PriceUntitled, 2019Dye-sublimation print on synthetic fabric, aluminium, LED
290 x 152 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Contact Gallery
90s Style Teeth by Seth Price contemporary artwork painting
Seth Price90s Style Teeth, 2018Inkjet, acrylic polymer, gesso, glue, plastic, wood, metal
121.3 x 174.6 cm
Capitain Petzel Enquire
Untitled by Seth Price contemporary artwork sculpture
Seth PriceUntitled, 2008UV-cured ink-jet on aluminium composite
171.4 x 171.4 cm
Capitain Petzel Enquire
90s Style Teeth by Seth Price contemporary artwork painting
Seth Price90s Style Teeth, 2018Inkjet, acrylic polymer, gesso, glue, plastic, wood, metal
121.3 x 174.6 cm
Capitain Petzel Enquire
Socioshaman by Seth Price contemporary artwork painting
Seth PriceSocioshaman, 2016Oil paint print, acrylic, polyurethane, and pigmented synthetic polymer on wood
146 x 122 x 2 cm
Capitain Petzel Enquire

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