Jordan Wolfson

Born 1980
Hometown New York, NY
Lives and Works New York, NY
BFA Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, 2003

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent, Belgium

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Fondazione March per l’arte contemporanea, Padua, Italy

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy

Fonds régional d’art contemporain de Lorraine, Metz, France

Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy

Kunsverein Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven, Germany

Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, Rochechouart, France

David Zwirner, New York and London

Sadie Coles HQ, London, England

T293, Rome, Italy

New York-based artist Jordan Wolfson is a rising star in the global art world who has stated, “I like the viewers to do the interpretive legwork;” indeed his videos, sculptures, and performances present baffling, enigmatic narratives, often conveyed by imaginative animated characters. Though Wolfson studied sculpture at RISD, he has gained significant recognition—inclusion in the 2006 Whitney Biennial,  for instance—largely because of his video art, peculiar mash-ups of elements pulled from the depths of the internet as well as industry materials culled from the worlds of advertising, music, and technology. Frequently revolving around a single speaking protagonist, these videos, or sometimes they take the form of animatronic sculptures, reference sexuality, art history, consumer culture, and male-female relationships. Ultimately, Wolfson's work is underlined by clear artistic intentions—for him, the intersection of art and technology is a specific space, one in which the project of modernism continues to unfold. He explains, “I’m not interested in cartoons. I’m not interested in computer animation. I’m interested in the experience of seeing something.”

Wolfson is the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Cartier Award, granted by the Frieze Foundation. In addition to his inclusion in the Whitney Biennial, Wolfson’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent, the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Chisenhale Gallery in London, and the Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art in New York, among others.

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