Wade Guyton

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Wade Guyton
Wade guyton untitled 2008.jpg
Wade Guyton, Untitled, 2008
Born 1972
Hammond, Indiana
Nationality USA
Education University of Tennessee and Hunter College
Known for Conceptual art, installation art, painting

Wade Guyton (born 1972 in Hammond, Indiana) is a post-conceptual American artist who among other things makes digital paintings on canvas using scanners and digital inkjet technology.

Education[edit]

Guyton received a BA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1995 and attended Hunter College's MFA program in New York City from 1996 to 1998.[1]

Early career[edit]

While a student of Robert Morris at Hunter College, Guyton first got a job at St. Mark's Bookshop in the East Village and then worked at Dia:Chelsea as a guard.[2]

Career[edit]

Artistic practice[edit]

Guyton’s early “drawings” from around 2003, are filled with black Xs over ripped-out book pages. The color black and the letter X became signature motifs.[3] His tool is an Epson Stylus Pro 9600 inkjet printer, a machine used for large-format prints. Using a computer, Guyton produces paintings. Since 2005, Guyton has worked on canvas.[4] Typically Guyton’s work is exhibited in a series.

In a statement of 2004, Guyton said:

Recently I've been using Epson inkjet printers and flatbed scanners as tools to make works that act like drawings, paintings, even sculptures. I spend a lot of time with books and so logically I've ended up using pages from books as material- pages torn from books and fed through an inkjet printer. I've been using a very pared down vocabulary of simple shapes and letters drawn or typed in Microsoft Word, then printed on top of these pages from catalogues, magazines, posters- and even blank canvas. The resulting images aren't exactly what the machines are designed for - slick digital photographs. There is often a struggle between the printer and my material - and the traces of this are left on the surface: snags, drips, streaks, mis-registrations, blurs.[5]

Artist associations[edit]

Guyton also makes collaborative works with fellow artists Kelley Walker and Stephen Prina. Along with artists like Walker, Seth Price and Tauba Auerbach, Guyton is regarded by some to be at the forefront of a generation that has been reconsidering both appropriation art and abstract art through the 21st-century lens of digital technology.[6] He is regarded as one of many contemporary painters revisiting late Modernism, alongside Tomma Abts, Mark Grotjahn, Eileen Quinlan, Sergei Jensen, and Cheyney Thompson.[7]

Exhibitions[edit]

In 2003, Guyton showed at Power House Memphis. Between 2004-14 exhibitions of his work were held in Germany at Kunstverein Hamburg; Portikus,Frankfurt am Main, Museum Ludwig; Cologne, Dhondt Dhaennens Museum, Belgium; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria; Weiner Secession, Vienna; Kunsthalle Zuerich, Zuerich. In 2009, Guyton and Kelley Walker were invited by Daniel Birnbaum to participate at the Venice Biennale, where they exhibited canvases and pieces of drywall at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni.[8] For his 2012 retrospective at the Whitney Museum, Guyton created walls inspired by temporary partitions Marcel Breuer had made for the building in the 1960s.[9]

Collections[edit]

Guyton's works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Centre Pompidou in Paris; the Art Institute of Chicago; The Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, the Kunstmuseum Basel; the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Kunsthaus Zuerich; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Princeton University Art Museum; Dallas Museum of Art; FRAC, Ile de France; and the Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain in Geneva.[10]

Art market[edit]

As of 2013, Guyton's works regularly sell for more than $1 million at auction and privately.[11] An untitled Epson UltraChrome inkjet on linen of 2005 established an auction record for the artist when it sold for $2.4 million at Christie's New York in 2013.[12] In 2014, his flame painting Untitled (Fire, Red/Black U) (2005) sold to an unidentified telephone bidder for $3.525 million at Christie's, New York.[13]

Guyton works with Friederich Petzel from New York, Gió Marconi in Milan, Galerie Gisela Capitain from Cologne, Galerie Francesca Pia from Zurich and Galerie Chantal Crousel in Paris.[14]

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