James Casebere

Born 1953
Hometown Lansang, MI
Lives and Works Brooklyn, NY
Education
MFA Post Studio, California Institute of Arts, Valencia, CA, 1979
Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, 1977
BFA Inter-media, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, MN, 1976

Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Tate Modern, London, England
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Lisson Gallery, London, England
Sean Kelly, New York, NY

The artist James Casebere is known for his architecturally-based photographs, for which he came to prominence for in the 1980s, emerging with other artists of the “Pictures Generation" such as Laurie Simmons, Cindy Sherman, and Robert Longo. Casebere designs and constructs artificial installations of buildings and spaces, which he then photographs and blows up into large-scale prints. These uncanny images—always devoid of human presence—range from depictions of American suburbia to landmarks from around the globe.

In the late 1990s, Casebere began flooding his surreal scenes, reimagining inteiror spaces such as rooms in Thomas Jefferson's Virgina estate Monticello and prison cells under several feet of water. One striking example is based upon Casebere’s 2000 commission by the design magazine Metropolis to document an actual maximum-security prison in Texas, Wichita Falls, which the artist later reconstructed in his own materials and photographed.

Casebere's work has been exhibited in significant group shows such as the 1985 and 2010 Whitney Biennials, and in solo shows at institutions including the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, and the Musée d’Art Contemporain in Montreal.

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