|Field||collaborative artist, curator|
Julie Ault works as an artist, curator, and editor, and has been one of the cofounders of Group Material, a New York-based artists collaborative that has produced over fifty exhibitions and public projects exploring relationships between politics and aesthetics.
As an artist Julie Ault works on both individual projects, and as well on collaborative teamworks together with the artist Martin Beck for their contextual research projects. Their method can be regarded as an extended form of cultural praxis deriving from a general interest in the conservation and presentation of knowledge and culture. It questions the ways cultural economies present themselves, the conditional changes they undergo and to what extend they initiate a potential move. It is questions like: How does the presentation of history and the past shape the image of the present? Which aspects of cultural practices are (deliberately) kept in the shadows of official historiography and why? Ault’s and Beck’s projects have been exhibited internationally, including the recent show Installation at Secession (Vienna, 2006), Social Landscape, at the Weatherspoon Art Museum (Greensboro, NC, 2004) and Outdoor Systems, indoor distribution at the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin, 2000. They also produce exhibition designs, most recently for X–Screen: Film Installations and Actions of the 1960s and 1970s, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria, 2003.
During the last years Julie Ault has been editing several books on arts and artists, with a specific focus on the art New York City scene of the 1980s and 1990s. Her most recent books include a monograph she edited on the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres and a major publication on the art of Sister Corita, which received an extensive review on the group blog Design Observer.
Julie Ault has taught at École Supérieure d'Art Visuel in Geneva, UCLA, the Rhode Island School of Design, CalArts, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Malmo Art Academy, and the Cooper Union. In 2006–07 at the Jutland Art Academy in Århus, Denmark (by way of DIVA – Danish International Visual Art Exchange Program).
- Installation, Secession, Vienna, 2006
- Information, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, NY, 2006
- Old News, LACE – Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA, 2005
- Points of Entry, for the City University of New York (CUNY), Queens, New York, 2004
- A Small Look at Giganticism, 2004
- Social Landscape, at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, 2004
- Outdoor Systems, indoor distribution at the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin, 2000
- Billboard: Art on the Road, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art – MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, 1999
- Show and Tell: A Chronicle of Group Material, Four Corners Books, 2010.
- Come Alive: The Spirited Art of Sister Corita, Four Corners Books, 2006.
- Felix Gonzalez-Torres, steidldangin, 2006.
- Cerith Wyn Evans: Cerith Wyn Evans, Lukas & Sternberg, 2004.
- Critical Condition: Selected Texts in Dialogue, together with Martin Beck, Zollverein | Zeitgenössische Kunst und Kritik, 2003.
- Alternative Art New York, 1965–1985, University of Minnesota Press, 2002.
- Art Matters : How the Culture Wars Changed America, New York Univ Press, 2000.
- Background of Group Material
- Group Material talks to Dan Cameron – '80s Then – Interview
- Publishers of Ault's book about Corita Kent
- Sister Corita: The Juiciest Tomato
- review in Artforum on Ault's Felix Gonzales-Torres
- Interview on Art Practical