Ramat Gan, Israel
|Education||Columbia University, New York|
|Known for||Video artist|
Guy Ben-Ner received a Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1997 from Hamidrasha School of Art, Ramat Hasharon and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University in New York City in 2003. At Columbia, he studied under the critic Jerry Saltz.
Since the early 1990s, Ben Ner has filmed a series of short videos starring himself and his family, often using the intimate spaces of their home as ad hoc set, studio, and fantastical playroom. His works are often exhibited with the simple sets and props created for the videos.
Wild Boy (2004), an adaptation of François Truffaut's 1970 film L'enfant sauvage (The Wild Child), can be shown in two forms: alone, or incorporated into an installation that re-creates a woodland set that the artist built in his kitchen, complete with a tree and a carpeted hill on which visitors may sit to watch the video. In Stealing Beauty (2007), the artist's family staged guerrilla theater in Ikea showrooms: Moving among the displays, they conduct a reasonable facsimile of family life; dishes are done, discipline imposed, discussions held (private property is a topic), and everyone tucks in for the night — in numerous beds — as Ikea's other customers wander through.
In Foreign Names (2012), Ben Ner visited nearly 100 Aroma Espresso Bar locations, left a fake name in English that would be called out at the counter when his beverage was ready, then edited all the videotaped segments to create an "ode" lamenting the disappearance of waiters. Soundtrack (2013) takes an eleven-minute scene from Steven Spielberg's 2005 movie War of the Worlds as a "ready-made" soundtrack and pairs it with footage shot in Ben Ner's kitchen in Tel Aviv, with smashing plates and combusting appliances.
Ben-Ner represented Israel in the 2005 Venice Biennale. He also had solo exhibitions at the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2006); Center for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2006); Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal (2007); L'Espace Shawinigan of the National Gallery of Canada (2008); and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (2009).
Awards and recognition
- 1994 Ingeborg Bachman Scholarship, established by Anselm Kiefer, Wolf Foundation
- 2007 Preis des Internationalen Wettbewerbs: KunstFilmBiennale, Köln/Cologne, Germany
- 2008 The Sandberg Prize for Israeli Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
- Guy Ben-Ner National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.[dead link]
- Jerry Saltz (January 31, 2008), Artist in Residence - When Guy Ben-Ner goes to Ikea, he's not there for the meatballs. New York.
- Guy Ben-Ner. Adaptation, January 31 – May 4, 2008 Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago[dead link]
- Guy Ben-Ner: Thursday the 12th, May 23, 2009 – April 25, 2019 MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts.
- Karen Rosenberg (November 13, 2009). "Art in Review: Guy Ben-Ner". The New York Times. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
- Roberta Smith (August 2, 2012). "'Idea Is the Object'". The New York Times. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
- "Guy Ben Ner: Soundtrack, January 25 - March 8, 2014". Postmasters. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
- Martha Schwendener (January 30, 2014). "Guy Ben Ner: 'Soundtrack'". The New York Times. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
- Guy Ben-Ner at the Israel Museum. Retrieved February 2012[dead link]
- "Guy Ben-Ner". Information Center for Israeli Art. Israel Museum. Retrieved February 2012.
- Art of Guy Ben-Ner at Europeana. Retrieved February 2012[dead link]
- Guy Ben-Ner profile at Kadist Art Foundation
- Photo of the artist, Haaretz 
- Galleria, Haaretz, 13.08.2010
- BELLEMODE, 01.09.2010
- Galleria, Rosh Hashana, 08.09.2010
- 7 Nights, Yediot Aharonot, 01.10.2010
- TIME OUT Tel Aviv, 14.10.2010
- Galleria, Haaretz, 05.01.2011
- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 26. August 2011, p. 52 Exhibition Uncanny Valley/Wohnwelten in der Kunst, Offenbach am Main, Germany