Barbara Bloom (artist)

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Barbara Bloom
Born 1951
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Education

Bennington College, Bennington, VT., 1968-69

B.F.A. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA. 1972

Barbara Bloom (born 1951, in Los Angeles) is a conceptual artist best known for her multi-media installation works. Bloom is loosely affiliated with a group of artists referred to as The Pictures Generation.[1] For nearly twenty years she lived in Europe, first in Amsterdam then Berlin.[2] Since 1992, she has lived in New York City with her husband, the writer-composer Chris Mann, and their daughter.

Education[edit]

Bloom attended Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, and in 1972[3] received her BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California where her mentor was John Baldessari.[4]

Work[edit]

Bloom is a visual artist whose conceptual practice relies mainly on photography and installation. Beginning in the 1970s, Bloom has created work in a variety of different mediums including photography, installation, film, and books.[5]

In conversation with Susan Tallman, Barbara Bloom has referred to herself as a “novelist who somehow ended up in a ‘visual artist’ queue”.[6] Bloom has often compared herself, and the viewer of her work, to a 'detective'[7] who is confronted with disparate clues and is asked to form some kind of visual narrative. Her work is often about the nature of looking. She engages her viewer, seducing him/her into a beautifully constructed visual world, one that is underlaid by subversive wrenches thrown in.

Bloom has an ongoing interest in the value and meaning we collectively and individually bestow upon objects and images. She has not been concerned with showing single objects or images, rather with highlighting the relationships between them, and the meanings implicit in their placement and combination. The objects are placeholders for thoughts, and when they are situated in proximity to one another, meanings can reverberate and ricochet off of each other. Additionally, Bloom states in an artist's statement that her "fascination is with the relationships between objects or images—and the meanings implicit in their placement and combination."[8]

Bloom’s use of shadows, traces, Braille, broken objects, watermarks, micro-images all demonstrate an ongoing interest in visualizing the fragile workings of memory, the invisible, the ephemeral, and the absent.[9] These “aesthetic underdogs, sheltered under Bloom’s wing [...] provide yet another lens for looking at how we seek value in objects and why.”[10]

Recognition[edit]

  • DAAD, Berlin Artist’s-in-Residence (1986)[11]
  • Visual Artist’s Fellowship in Photography, The National Endowment for the Arts (1986)[12]
  • The Venice Biennale - Due Mille Prize (1988)[13]
  • The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (1989)[14]
  • The Frederick Weisman Foundation Award (1991)[15]
  • Wexner Center for the Arts Fellowship (1997)[16]
  • Guggenheim Visual Art Fellowship (1998)[17]
  • Visual Artist’s Fellowship in Photography, The National Endowment for the Arts (2006)[18]
  • Getty Research Institute Visiting Scholar (2007)[19]
  • Wynn Newhouse Award (2009)[20]
  • Visual Arts Grant, Foundation of Contemporary Arts (2016)[21]

Exhibitions[edit]

Bloom’s work has been shown widely including exhibitions at: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York;[22] The Museum of Modern Art, New York;[23] Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles;[24] the Venice Biennale; Kunstverein München, Munich; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; The Serpentine Gallery, London;[25] Kunsthalle Zürich; Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Leo Castelli Gallery, New York;[26] SITE Santa Fe; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; La Bienale de Venezuela, Caracas; Museum Friedricianum, Kassel; Parrish Art Museum, Southampton;[27] Wexner Center for the Arts;[28] Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum; International Center of Photography, New York;[29] Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin;[30] The Jewish Museum,[31] New York.[32]

She is represented by David Lewis Gallery, New York;[33] Capitain Petzel, Berlin;[34] Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano;[35] and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.[36]

Collections[edit]

Barbara Bloom’s works are featured in a variety of public collections including: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; MAK Museum of Applied Art, Vienna; International Center of Photography, New York; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Australian National Gallery, Canberra; Groninger Museum, The Netherlands; Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan, the CU Art Museum at the University of Colorado Boulder,[37] among others.[38]

Publications[edit]

  • A Picture, A Thousand Words, David Lewis, New York, 2017[39]
  • Gifts, Ludion, Antwerp, Belgium, 2015[40]
  • The St. Petersburg Paradox, Swiss Institute, New York and Karma, New York, 2014[41]
  • As it were... so to speak: a museum collection in dialogue with Barbara Bloom, The Jewish Museum, New York, 2013[42]
  • Between Artists: John Baldessari and Barbara Bloom, A.R.T. Press, New York, 2011[43]
  • The Collections of Barbara Bloom, Bloom, Dave Hickey, Susan Tallman, Steidl, and International Center of Photography, NY, 2008[44]
  • Flash Cards, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, 2003[45]
  • Broken, Bloom and Miller, J. Abbott, Pentagram Papers, New York, 2001[46]
  • Dinge in der Kunst des XX. Jahrhunderts, Haus der Kunst, München, 2000[47]
  • Revised Evidence: Nabokov’s Inscriptions, Annotations. Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, New York, 1999[48]
  • The Museum As Muse: Artists Reflect, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1999[49]
  • Pictures From The Floating World, Sala de Exposiciones Rekalde, D.L, Bilbao, 1998[50]
  • Contemplation: Five Installations: Barbara Bloom, Ann Hamilton With Kathryn Clark, Nam June Paik, Robert Ryman, James Turrell, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa, 1996[51]
  • Consider The Alternatives: 20 Years Of Contemporary Art At Hallwalls, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, New York, 1996[52]
  • Longing And Belonging: From The Faraway Nearby: Site Santa Fe, July 14 To October 8, 1995, Santa Fe, New Mexico, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1995[53]
  • The Passions Of Natasha, Nokiko, Nicole, Nanette And Norma, Cantz Verlag, Stuttgart, 1993[54]
  • Never Odd Or Even. Verlag Silke Schreiber, Munich & The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 1992[55]
  • De wooden en de beelden: tekst en beeld in de kunst van de twintigste eeuw, Utrecht Centraal Museum, Utrecht, 1991[56]
  • El Jardín salvaje, La Fundacion, Madrid, 1990[57]
  • Life size : a sense of the real in recent art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1990[58]
  • The Indomitable spirit : photographers and artists respond to the time of AIDS, Photographers + Friends United Against AIDS, New York, 1990[59]
  • The Reign of Narcissism. Wurtembergischer Kunstverein, The Serpentine Gallery, Kunsthalle Zurich, 1990[60]
  • The Readymade boomerang : certain relations in 20th-century art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 11 April-3 June 1990, the eighth Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New S. Wales, Sydney, 1990[61]
  • Assembled, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, 1990
  • Die Endlichkeit Der Freiheit Berlin 1990: Ein Ausstellungsprojekt In Ost Und West, Edition Hentrich, Berlin, 1990[62]
  • Ghost Writer, Passagen Verlag, Vienna, 1992 (original version DAAD Berlin, 1986)[63]
  • Picture This: Films Chosen By Artists, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, New York, 1987[64]
  • Lost and Found, Gemeentemuseum Arnhem, Arnhem, the Netherlands, 1987[65]
  • Esprit de l’Escalier. Hallwalls, Buffalo, New York, 1986[66]
  • A Calendar on Travel and Tourism, Mart.Spruijt, Amsterdam, 1986[67]
  • Soundtrack to The French Diplomat’s Office. Bloom & Christian Marclay, BlumArts, NY, 1999[68]

Teaching[edit]

Bloom has held teaching positions at: Cooper Union School of Art, New York; ICP-Bard Program in Advanced Photographic Studies; Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University; Columbia University-School of the Arts; Yale University- Graduate Department of Sculpture; School of Visual Arts, New York, Riksakademie voor Beeldende Kunst, Amsterdam.[69]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas Eklund, "The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984", Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2009
  2. ^ "Barbara Bloom". Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Barbara Bloom", Tracy Williams, Ltd., 2013
  4. ^ "As it were ... So to speak: A Museum Collection in Dialogue with Barbara Bloom", The Jewish Museum, Spring/Summer 2013
  5. ^ "Artist Project: Barbara Bloom". frieze.com. Retrieved 2017-04-11. 
  6. ^ Susan Tallman, The Collections of Barbara Bloom, 2008, p.183
  7. ^ Vicky A. Clark, "Never Odd or Even", 1992
  8. ^ "Barbara Bloom". Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  9. ^ Vicky A. Clark, "Never Odd or Even", 1992
  10. ^ Susan Tallman, The Collections of Barbara Bloom, 2008, p.183
  11. ^ "Barbara Bloom :: Foundation for Contemporary Arts". www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  12. ^ "Barbara Bloom (American, 1951)". www.mutualart.com. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  13. ^ "Barbara Bloom :: Foundation for Contemporary Arts". www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  14. ^ "The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation". louiscomforttiffanyfoundation.org. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  15. ^ "Barbara Bloom Biography – Barbara Bloom on artnet". www.artnet.com. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  16. ^ "A creative laboratory". wexarts.org. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  17. ^ "Barbara Bloom :: Foundation for Contemporary Arts". www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  18. ^ "Barbara Bloom (American, 1951)". www.mutualart.com. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  19. ^ "Barbara Bloom :: Foundation for Contemporary Arts". www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  20. ^ "Barbara Bloom". www.wnewhouseawards.com. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  21. ^ "Barbara Bloom :: Foundation for Contemporary Arts". www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  22. ^ "The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984". The Metropolitan Museum of Art, i.e. The Met Museum. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  23. ^ "Barbara Bloom: Framing Wall | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  24. ^ "Just Past: The Contemporary in MOCA\'s Permanent Collection, 1975-96". The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  25. ^ "Barbara Bloom: The Reign of Narcissism". Serpentine Galleries. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  26. ^ Holland Cotter (1995-06-30). "Art in Review". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  27. ^ "Artists of the East End". artists.parrishart.org. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  28. ^ "A creative laboratory". wexarts.org. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  29. ^ "The Collections of Barbara Bloom". International Center of Photography. 2016-02-23. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  30. ^ "'The Collections of Barbara Bloom' at the Martin Gropius Bau Museum • Online • Afterall". www.afterall.org. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  31. ^ "The Jewish Museum". thejewishmuseum.org. Retrieved 2017-04-26. 
  32. ^ "Barbara Bloom", Tracy Williams, Ltd., 2013
  33. ^ "David Lewis - 88 Eldridge Street". David Lewis. Retrieved 2018-06-27. 
  34. ^ "Capitain Petzel | Capitain Petzel | Capitain Petzel". www.capitainpetzel.de (in German). Retrieved 2018-06-27. 
  35. ^ "Galleria Raffaella Cortese". www.galleriaraffaellacortese.com. Retrieved 2018-06-27. 
  36. ^ Köln, Studio Orange,. "Galerie Gisela Capitain - Home". www.galeriecapitain.de (in German). Retrieved 2018-06-27. 
  37. ^ "CU Art Museum Collections Database". Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  38. ^ "Barbara Bloom", Tracy Williams, Ltd., 2013
  39. ^ "Barbara Bloom "A Picture, A Thousands Words" David Lewis 2017 - David Lewis". David Lewis. Retrieved 2018-06-27. 
  40. ^ Bloom, Barbara; Bos, Saskia; Gemeentemuseum Arnhem (1987). Lost and found (in Dutch). Arnhem: Gemeentemuseum Arnhem. 
  41. ^ Marta, Karen; Castets, Simon; Swiss Institute (New York, N.Y.) (2015). The St. Petersburg Paradox. ISBN 9781942607151. 
  42. ^ Bloom, Barbara; Jewish Museum. (2015). As it were ... so to speak: a museum collection in dialogue with Barbara Bloom; [... Jewish Museum, New York, March 5 - August 4, 2013. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300215731. 
  43. ^ "[WorldCat.org]". www.worldcat.org. Retrieved 2018-06-27. 
  44. ^ Bloom, Barbara; Hickey, Dave; Tallman, Susan; International center of photography (N.Y.) (2007). The collections of Barbara Bloom [exposition, New York, International Center of Photography, january 18-may 4, 2008. Göttingen; New York: Steidl ; International Center of Photography. ISBN 9783865216212. 
  45. ^ Bloom, Barbara (2003). Flash cards (in Undetermined). Chicago, Ill.] . The Renaissance Society. 
  46. ^ Bloom, Barbara; Gorney Bravin & Lee Gallery (2001). Broken. New York: Gorney Bravin & Lee Gallery. 
  47. ^ Rosenthal, Stephanie (2000). Dinge in der Kunst des XX. Jahrhunderts: [Haus der Kunst München, 2. 9. - 19. 11. 2000 (in German). 
  48. ^ Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich; Bloom, Barbara; Glenn Horowitz Bookseller (Firm) (1999). Revised evidence: Vladimir Nabokov's collection of inscriptions, annotations, corrections, and butterfly descriptions ; a collection of commemorative stamps printed on the occasion of an exhibition of Vladimir Nabokov's library. New York: Glenn Horowitz Bookseller. 
  49. ^ McShine, Kynaston; Museum of Modern Art (N.Y.) (1999). The museum as muse: artists reflect : [exhibition, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 14-June 1, 1999. New York: Museum of Modern Art : Abrams. ISBN 087070091X. 
  50. ^ Tallman, Susan; Villa, Miren; Diago, Larraitz; Bloom, Barbara; Sala Rekalde (1998). BARBARA Bloom: Pictures from the floating world : [catálago de la exposición celebrada en la Sala de Exposiciones] Rekalde : 1998ko urtarrilaren 27-martxoaren 1 = 27 de enero-1 de marzo de 1998 (in Spanish). Bilbao: Sala de Exposiciones Rekalde. ISBN 8488559216. 
  51. ^ Bloom, Barbara; Hamilton, Ann; Paik, Nam June; Ryman, Robert; Turrell, James; Des Moines Art Center (1996). Contemplation: five installations : Barbara Bloom, Ann Hamilton with Kathryn Clark, Nam June Paik, Robert Ryman, James Turrell. Des Moines, Iowa: Des Moines Art Center. ISBN 1879003163. 
  52. ^ Ehmke, Ronald; Licata, Elizabeth (1996). Consider the alternatives: 20 years of contemporary art at Hallwalls. Buffalo [NY: Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. ISBN 0936739207. 
  53. ^ Ferguson, Bruce W; Site Santa Fe (Gallery); Museum of Fine Arts (Museum of New Mexico) (1996). Longing and belonging: from the faraway nearby : SITE Santa Fe, July 14 to October 8, 1995, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Santa Fe; New York, N.Y.: SITE Santa Fe ; Available through Distributed Art Publishers. ISBN 096505831X. 
  54. ^ Bloom, Barbara; Hirsch, Shelley; Schweeger, Elisabeth (1993). The passions of Natasha, Nokiko, Nicola, Nanette and Norma (in German). Stuttgart: Cantz. ISBN 3893225889. 
  55. ^ Bloom, Barbara (1991). Never Odd Or Even. Verlag Silke Schreiber. 
  56. ^ Brand, Jan; Gast, Nicolette; Muller, Robert-Jan (1991). De woorden en de beelden: tekst en beeld in de kunst van de twintigste eeuw (in Dutch). Utrecht: Centraal Museum. ISBN 9073285138 Check |isbn= value: checksum (help). 
  57. ^ Salvaje, El Jardin (1991). El Jardin Salvaje: exposicion, 22 de enero-10 de marzo de 1991 (in Spanish). Madrid: La Fundacion. ISBN 8476643012. 
  58. ^ Landau, Suzanne; Zur, Nirit; Israel Museum (Jerusalém) (1990). Life size: a sense of the real in recent art. Jerusalem: The Israel Museum. ISBN 9652781053. 
  59. ^ Photographers + Friends United Against AIDS (Organization) (1990). The Indomitable spirit: photographers and artists respond to the time of AIDS. ISBN 0810924552. 
  60. ^ Bloom, Barbara; Württembergischer Kunstverein (Stuttgart); Kunsthalle Zürich (1990). The reign of narcissism: guide book = Führer. Stuttgart; Zürich: Württembergischer Kunstverein : Kunsthalle. 
  61. ^ Biennale of Sydney; Art Gallery of New South Wales; Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, N.S.W.), eds. (1990). The Readymade boomerang: certain relations in 20th century art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 11 April-3 June 1990, the eighth Biennale of Sydney. Sydney: The Biennale of Sydney : Museum of Contemporary Art. ISBN 0959661964. 
  62. ^ Horn, Rebecca; Kounellis, Jannis; Müller, Heiner; Glasmeier, Michael (1990). Die Endlichkeit der Freiheit: Berlin 1990 : ein Ausstellungsprojekt in Ost und West : Giovanni Anselmo ... [et al. Berlin: Hentrich. ISBN 3926175869. 
  63. ^ Bloom, Barbara; Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst; Berliner Künstlerprogramm (1994). Ghost writer. Wien: Passagen Verlag. ISBN 385165093X. 
  64. ^ Gallagher, Steve (1987). Picture this: films chosen by artists. Buffalo: Hallwalls : Contemporary Arts Center. ISBN 0936739053. 
  65. ^ Bloom, Barbara; Bos, Saskia; Gemeentemuseum Arnhem (1987). Lost and found (in Dutch). Arnhem: Gemeentemuseum Arnhem. 
  66. ^ Bloom, Barbara; Hallwalls (Art gallery) (1988). Esprit de l'escalier. Buffalo, N.Y.: Hallwalls. ISBN 0936739142. 
  67. ^ Bloom, Barbara; Hawley, Martha (1986). A calendar on travel and tourism, 1986 [calendar. S.I.: Bloom & Hawley. 
  68. ^ The French diplomat's office: soundtrack, Blumarts, 1999, retrieved 2018-06-27 
  69. ^ "Barbara Bloom" Archived May 21, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., Galleria Raffaella Cortese, 2013

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