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David Salle

<b>David Salle</b>
<i>Ghost 7</i>, 1992
Ink on photosensitized linen
85 x 75 inches (215.9 x 190.5 cm.)
David Salle
Ghost 7, 1992
Ink on photosensitized linen
85 x 75 inches (215.9 x 190.5 cm.)
<b>David Salle</b>
<i>Ghost 7</i>, 1992
Ink on photosensitized linen
85 x 75 inches (215.9 x 190.5 cm.)
David Salle
Ghost 7, 1992
Ink on photosensitized linen
85 x 75 inches (215.9 x 190.5 cm.)
<b>David Salle</b>
<i>Ghost 3</i>, 1992
Ink on photosensitized linen
85 x 75 inches (215.9 x 190.5 cm.)
David Salle
Ghost 3, 1992
Ink on photosensitized linen
85 x 75 inches (215.9 x 190.5 cm.)
<b>David Salle</b>
<i>Reliance</i>, 1985
Oil and acrylic on canvas
78 x 96 inches (198.1 x 243.8 cm.)
David Salle
Reliance, 1985
Oil and acrylic on canvas
78 x 96 inches (198.1 x 243.8 cm.)
<b>David Salle</b>
<i>Shooting</i>, 1995
Oil and acrylic on canvas
84 x 119 inches (213.4 x 302.3 cm.)
David Salle
Shooting, 1995
Oil and acrylic on canvas
84 x 119 inches (213.4 x 302.3 cm.)
<b>David Salle</b>
<i>Pointing Up</i>, 1997
Oil and acrylic on canvas
29 x 36 inches (73.7 x 91.4 cm.)
David Salle
Pointing Up, 1997
Oil and acrylic on canvas
29 x 36 inches (73.7 x 91.4 cm.)

Biography

David Salle
(Born 1952)

Born in 1952 in Norman, Oklahoma, David Salle grew up in Wichita, Kansas. In 1970, he began his studies at the newly founded California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, where he worked with John Baldessari. After earning a BFA in 1973 and an MFA in 1975, both from CalArts, Salle moved to New York, where he has lived since.

David Salle helped define post-modern sensibility by combining figuration with an extremely varied pictorial language. Basing his visual vocabulary on models from art history, advertisements, design, and everyday culture, as well as, most significantly, his own photography, Salle creates an assemblage with manifold cultural references. Since the mid-80s, his paintings have included allusions to the works of the Baroque painters, from Velázquez and Bernini, to the Post-Impressionist Cézanne, to Giacometti and Magritte, and to American art both post and pre-war.

Since his first solo museum exhibition at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam in 1983, Salle has continued to evolve as a painter intent on integrating multiple points of authorial agency into an unprecedented gestalt; his originality and inventiveness have been manifest in many distinct series including the Tapestry Paintings (1989–91), Ballet Paintings (1992–93), Early Product Paintings (1993), Vortex Painting (2004–2005), and Battles/Allegories (2009–2010). In the 1990s, he added sculpture to his oeuvre and also began exhibiting his black-and-white photographs, many of which were made in preparation for canvases.

Salle’s paintings have been shown in museums and galleries worldwide for over 35 years. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Whitney Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; MoMA Vienna; Menil Collection, Houston; Dallas Contemporary; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; the Kestner Geselshaft, Hannover, and the Guggenheim Bilbao. He has participated in major international expositions including Documenta 7 (1982), Venice Biennale (1982 and 1993), Whitney Biennial (1983, 1985, and 1991), Paris Biennale (1985), and Carnegie International (1985). David Salle lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Although known primarily as a painter, Salle's work grows out of a long-standing involvement with performance. Over the last 25 years he has worked extensively with choreographer Karole Armitage, creating sets and costumes for many of her ballets and operas. Their collaborations have been staged at venues throughout Europe and America, including The Metropolitan Opera House, New York; The Paris Opera; The Opera Comique, Paris; Lyon Opera; Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Opera Deutsche, Berlin. In 1995, Salle directed the feature film Search and Destroy, starring Griffin Dunne and Christopher Walken.

Salle is also a prolific writer on art. His essays and interviews have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Modern Painters, The Paris Review, and Art News, as well as numerous exhibition catalogs and anthologies. He is a regular contributor for Town & Country Magazine. His collection of critical essays, How to See, was published by W.W. Norton in 2016.

EDUCATION
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California 1973, BFA
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California 1975, MFA

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017
David Salle: New Paintings, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

2016
David Salle: Inspired by True-Life Events, CAC Málaga, Málaga, Spain

2015
Debris, The Dallas Contemporary Museum, Dallas, Texas
New Paintings, Skarstedt, New York

2014
Maureen Paley, London, United Kingdom
Collage, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil

2013
Ghost Paintings, Skarstedt, New York
David Salle/Francis Picabia, Galerie Thaddeaeus Ropac, Paris, France
Leeahn Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Leeahn Gallery, Daegu, South Korea

2012
The Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery Met, Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, New York
Lever House Art Collection, New York
Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, Germany

2011
Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Maureen Paley, London, United Kingdom

2010
Mary Boone Gallery, New York

2009
Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany

2008
Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark
Studio d/Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy

2007
Galleria Cardi, Milan, Italy
Galerie Thaddeaus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
Deitch Projects, New York
Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado

2005
Mary Boone Gallery, New York

2004
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
Stella Art Foundation, Moscow, Russia
Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado

2003
Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Waddington Galleries, London, United Kingdom
Emilio Mazzoli Galleria D’Arte Contemporanea, Modena, Italy

2002
Galleria Cardi, Milan, Italy
Lehmann Maupin, New York

2001
Gagosian Gallery, New York
Jablonka Galerie, Cologne

2000
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, A.C., Monterrey, Mexico

1999
Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York
Gagosian Gallery, New York
Retrospective, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Traveled to Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria; Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

1998
Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado
Itochu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1997
Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, California
Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy

1996
Galerie Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain
Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris, France

1995
Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland
Gagosian Gallery, New York

1994
Gagosian Gallery, New York

1993
Newport Harbor Art Museum, California

1992
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Gagosian Gallery, New York
Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands

1991
Gagosian Gallery, New York
Robert Miller Gallery, New York. (photographs)
Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland

1990
Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
Fred Hoffman Fine Art, Santa Monica, California
Castelli Graphics, New York

1989
Waddington Galleries, London
Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne

1988
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York. (with Jasper Johns and Bruce Naumann)
Mary Boone/Michael Werner Gallery, New York
The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas
Fundacion Caja de Pensiones, Madrid, Spain
Traveled to Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst, Munich, Germany;
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv.
Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland

1987
Mary Boone Gallery, New York
The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland
Spiral Garden, Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo, Japan

1986
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
Castelli Graphics, New York
Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund. Traveled to Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
Traveled to: The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, California; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland

1985
Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne, Germany

1984
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
Mario Diacono Gallery, Rome, Italy
Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland

1983
Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Galerie Schellmann & Kluser, Munich (with Francis Picabia)
Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1982
Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland
Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, United Kingdom

1981
Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Lucio Amelio Gallery, Naples, Italy

1980
Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland

1979
Gagosian/Nosei Weber, New York

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017
Third Space /shifting conversations about contemporary art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama

2016
Painters' Painters, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Cindy Sherman and David Salle: History Portraits and Tapestry Paintings, Skarstedt, London, United Kingdom
A Selection of Works from the 1980s, Vito Schnabel Gallery, St. Moritz
Unfinished Business: Paintings from the 1970s and 1980s by Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl, and David Salle, Parrish Art Museum, Bridgehampton, New York
Water | Bodies, presented by the New York Academy of Art, Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, New York
Condo, Kippenberger, Oehlen, Salle, Skarstedt, London, United Kingdom.
Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Member and Recipients of Honors and Awards, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
Condo, de Kooning, Kippenberger, Muñoz, Salle, Warhol, Skarstedt, London, United Kingdom
Body Superficial, Sgorbati Projects, New York
Nice Weather, curated by David Salle, Skarstedt, New York
Condo, Gonzalez-Torres, Kelley, Prince, Salle, Sherman, Trockel, Wool, Skarstedt, New York

2015
Matters of Pattern, Skarstedt, New York
Ghada Amer, Trisha Baga, Robin Cameron, Joanne Greenbaum, Pam Lins, Alice Mackler and David Salle, Jane Hartsook Gallery, Greenwich House Pottery, New York
MAD: Making Art Dance, Backdrops and Costumes Celebrating, 30 Years of the Armitage Foundation, Glass Gallery, Mana Contemporary, New Jersey
America Is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

2014
Variations in Abstraction, Skarstedt, New York
URBAN THEATER: NEW YORK ART IN THE 1980s , The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas
Rauschenberg: Collecting and Connecting , Nasher Museum, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Beg, Borrow, Steal, Medical Facilities of America Gallery/Temporary Exhibitions Gallery and The Media Lab , Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia
Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert & Jane Meyerhoff Collection, de Young Museum, San Francisco, California
To Have and to Hold , The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida

2013
Meshes of the Afternoon, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York
DSM-V The Future Moynihan Station, New York (Curated by David Rimanelli and presented by Vito Schnabel)

2012
This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts
The Brucennial 2012 Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York
Daum 10! The First Decade, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri

2011
Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
Pop Art 1960’s-2000’s from Misumi Collection, Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, Yamansashi Prefecture, Japan
Distant Star, Regen Projects, Los Angeles
Distant Star/Estrella Distante, Kurimanzutto, Mexico City, Mexico
Les Fleurs du Mal, Munich Modern, Munich, Germany
America: Now and Here, cross-country traveling exhibition

2010
Calder to Warhol: Introducing the Fisher Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
Brucennial 2010: Miseducation, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York
Your History is Not Our History, Haunch of Venison, New York (curated by David Salle and Richard Phillips)
Pastiche, The Pace Gallery, New York
Re-Dressing, Bortolami Gallery, New York
Songs for Sale: Robert Rauschenberg/David Salle/Michael Bevilacqua, Faurschou Beijing, Beijing, China

2009
The Pictures Generation, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

2008
Passioniert Provokativ Die Sammlung Stoffel, Pinakothek Der Moderne, Munich,
Germany
Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

2007
Not for Sale, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York

2006
Damien Hirst, David Salle, Jenny Saville: The Bilotti Chapel, The Bilotti Chapel, Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome, Italy

2005
Contemporary Voices: Works from the UBS Art Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

2001
Mythic Proportions: Painting in the 1980's, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida
Jasper Johns to Jeff Koons: Four Decades of Art form the Broad Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

2000
Around 1984: A Look at Art in the Eighties, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York

1999
The American Century: Art & Culture, 1900-2000 Part 2, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
The First View, Sammlung Essl, Vienna, Austria

1998
Contemporary Art: The Janet Wolfson de Botton Gift, Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Young Americans 2, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom

1996
The Robert and Jane Meyehoff Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

1993
Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
The Portrait Now, National Portrait Gallery, London, United Kingdom

1992
Allegories of Modernism, Contemporary Drawing, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Curated by Bernice Rose.

1991
1991 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1990
Bilderstreit: Widerspruch, Einheit und Fragment in der Kunst seit 1960, Rheinhalle, Cologne, Germany
Image World: Art and Media Culture, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
High and Low: Modern and Popular Culture, Museum of Modern Art, New York

1987
Europe/America, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany.
Prospect 86, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany.
Avant Garde in the Eighties, Los Angeles County Art Museum, Los Angeles, California
L'epoque, la morale, la passion, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

1986
An American Renaissance, Painting and Sculpture Since 1940, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Barry Lowen Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

1985
Polke, Salle, Clemente, Contemporary Art Gallery, Seibu Department Store, Tokyo, Japan
Overture, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
Carnegie International, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
XIII Biennale de Paris, Grande Halle du Parc de la Villette, Paris, France

1984
An International Survey of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Heroic Figure, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas. Traveled to Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee; Alexandria Museum of Art, Louisiana; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
Content, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.
The Human Condition: SFMMA Biennial III, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

1983
Directions 1983, The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.
1983 Biennial Exhibition, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
New York Now, Kunstverin fur die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany
New Art, The Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Tendencias en Nueva York, Crystal Palace, Madrid, Spain
Sao Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Back to the USA, Kunstmuseum, Luzern, Switzerland

1982
Dokumenta 7, Kassel, Germany
Clemente, Kiefer, Salle, Schnabel: New Paintings, Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, United Kingdom
74th American Exhibition, The Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois
Zeitgeist, Internationale Kunstausstellung, Berlin, Germany
Focus on the Figure: Twenty Years, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Brochure by Barbara Haskell
Eight Artists: The Anxious Edge, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Art and the Media, Renaissance Society, Chicago, Illinois
The Americans: Collage 1950-1982, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas
Avanguardia Transavanguardia, Gallerie Civica, Modena, Italy
Body Language, Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
New York Now, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany
Image Scavengers: Painting, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Catalogue by Janet Kardon.
Venice Biennale, Aperto, Italy

1981
Young Americans, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
Westkunst: Heute, Cologne, Germany
U.S. Art Now, Goteborgs Konstmuseum, Goteborg, Sweden


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