Allen Ruppersberg presents a book-give-away performance of The New Five Foot Shelf paperback book.
|Field||Conceptual art, Painting, Sculpture, Installation art|
|Training||Chouinard Art Institute now California Institute of the Arts|
Born in 1944 in Cleveland, Ohio. Allen Ruppersberg is one of the first generation of American Conceptual artists that changed the way art was thought about and made. His work includes paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, installations, and books.
Ruppersberg graduated with a BFA from the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles (now California Institute of the Arts) in 1967. During his early years in Los Angeles, he began significant relationships with John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, William Wegman, and Allan McCollum. He participated in the groundbreaking 1969 exhibition When Attitudes Become Form, and is recognized as a seminal practitioner of installation art, having produced such influential works as Al's Cafe (1969), Al’s Grand Hotel (1971) and The Novel that Writes Itself (1978).
Since the late 1960s, his work has been the subject of over sixty solo exhibitions and nearly 200 group shows, and can be found in permanent collections of museums internationally, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Foundation de Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany, among many others. Career highlights include participation in the Whitney Biennials (1970, 1975, 1991), Documenta V (1972), Lyon Biennale (1997), and Sculpture Project Münster (1997). In 1985, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles organized a major exhibition of Ruppersberg's work, which subsequently traveled to the New Museum of Contemporary Art, in New York. Exhibitions include Frac Limousin, Limoges, France (1999); Institute of Visual Arts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1998); and Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany (1997). Ruppersberg lives and works in New York, NY, and Los Angeles, California.
Allen Ruppersberg's philosophy was to use language as a means of expression in its own right. He drew on all the different sectors of the mass media and the consumer society from a critical viewpoint.
- "The New Five Foot Shelf" - Installation, Produced and Published in 2003 by Editions Micheline Szwajcer and Michèle Didier, Brussels.
- "Chapter VI" - Artist Book, Produced and Published in 2009 by mfc-michèle didier, Brussels.
- Harald Szeemann, When Attitudes Become Form, exhibition catalog, Bern: Kunsthalle Bern, 1969.
- Allen Ruppersberg, The Best of All Possible Worlds, published for the installation in the exhibition: Skulptur Projects in Münster, 1997.
- Howard Singerman, Allen Ruppersberg: The Secret of Life and Death. Volume I: 1969-1984, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art catalog. Edited by Julia Brown. Santa Barbara (Black Sparrow Press), 1985.
- Frederic Paul, Allan McCollum, and Allen Ruppersberg, Allen Ruppersberg: Books, Inc. Publisher: F.R.A.C. Limousin, 2001.
- United States Artists Official Website
Allen Ruppersberg: One of Many, by Allen Ruppersberg Publisher: Walther Konig, 2006
Allen Ruppersberg: What One Loves About Life Are the Things That Fade, by Allan McCollum