Brian Alfred

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Brian Alfred (born 2 December 1973, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York.[1] His work consists of collages, paintings, and digital animations[2]


Alfred received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University and his Master of Arts degree from Yale University. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting in Maine.[3]

Creative works[edit]

He has had solo shows at Haunch of Venison, Mary Boone Gallery, SCAI the Bathhouse, Sandroni Rey Gallery, and Max Protetch Gallery amongst others.[4] His first museum survey show was held at the Phoenix Art Museum in 2004.[5] He has also shown in museum shows at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Den Frie Udstillingsbygning in Copenhagen, the Palazzo delle Papesse in Sienna, Italy, the Shizuoka Prefecture Museum of Art in Shizuoka, Japan, the Contemporary Art Center Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany among others.[6] His animation Help Me was featured on the Times Square NBC Astrovision screen as part of Creative Time's 59th Minute.[7] Other animations have been shown in film festivals worldwide, like the OneDotZero fest, Art Film at Art Basel, Eyebeam,[8] The Big Screen Project at Eventi plaza and other venues.[9] A documentary about Alfred, called ArtFlick 001, was featured at the Sundance Film Festival.[10] Alfred is in the collection of museums including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, the Denver Art Museum, Colorado, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York, the Phoenix Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey and the Orange County Museum of Art, California.[11] His awards include the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award, the Penn State Alumni Achievement Award, the New York Foundation of the Arts Inspiration Award and a two time Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant recipient.[12]

Music career[edit]

He was in a band called 33.3 which released two albums on Aesthetics Records in Chicago.[13] He is active in the music community and has worked with many musicians including Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing, Nobukazu Takemura, Evax, Ghislain Poirier, The One AM Radio, Roberto Carlos Lange, Sawako, Lineland, Ian Williams, Opiate, Pan American, Schneider ™, Jeremy Boyle, Loscil, Static, Shuta Hasunuma, Lullatone, Erock, Jon Sheffield, Rei Harakami, SND and others. He has created catalogs where musicians created songs in relation to his work and also collaborated with musicians on creating multiple soundtracks to his animations. Evan Mast was a DJ at one of his openings at Protetch and handed out promo CDs of his band 'Cherry' which went on to become RATATAT.[14] Brian Alfred's work spans a wide range of imagery. His early work consisted mostly of images of architecture and landscape dealing with locations of events such as an exploding fireworks factory, an overcrowded city, housing projects, geodesic domes, radar towers, airports, etc. In 2006 he started a project of painting 333 portraits of people of influence called 'Millions Now Living Will Never Die'. He has painted and animated such subjects as freedom fighters, protest marches, volcanic plumes, office buildings, spiritual leaders and many others.[15] Recent work has the subject of auto racing as a subject. Alfred also has been involved over the past as a curator. His first curated event was an animation screening event in conjunction with his exhibit at Max Protetch which featured artists such as PaperRad, Cory Arcangel, Bob Linder, LoVid and others. He also curates for the Brooklyn-based artist collaboration company Woodpoint & Kingsland. They have collaborated with artists such as Diana Al-Hadid, Diana Al-Hadid, Ky Anderson, Kevin Appel, Katherine Bernhardt, Iona Rozeal Brown, Dzine, Austin Eddy, Chie Fueki, Luis Gispert, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Laurel Nakadate, Garth Weiser, Jules DeBalincourt, Ridley Howard and others. He curated a show called Black/White at Lamontagne Gallery featuring work by Dana Schutz, James Siena, Frederick Hammersley and others.[16][17]


Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2013 ‘Storms and Stress’ Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 2012 ‘It’s Already The End Of The World’ Frist Center for Visual Art, Nashville, TN
  • 2011 ‘Co-op’ Giraud Segalot Pissarro, New York
  • 2011 ‘Rise Above’ Haunch of Venison, London
  • 2010 ‘It’s Already The End Of The World’ Haunch of Venison, New York (catalog)
  • 2009 ‘Majic Window’ Studio La Citta, Verona
  • 2008 ‘Millions Now Living Will Never Die!!!’ Haunch of Venison, Berlin (catalog)
  • 2007 ‘Global Warning,’ SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2006 ‘Surveillance,’ Haunch of Venison, Zurich (catalog)
  • 2006 ‘Space is the Place!’, Mary Boone Gallery, New York
  • 2005 ‘Paper and Pixels,’ Mary Boone Gallery, New York
  • 2005 ‘Conspiracy?,’ Haunch of Venison, London (enhanced CD ROM catalog)
  • 2004 ‘The Future is Now!,’ Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ (enhanced CDROM catalog)
  • 2004 Overload,’ Max Protetch Gallery, New York
  • 2004 ‘Fallout,’ Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisberg, PA
  • 2003 Sandroni Rey Gallery, Los Angeles (enhanced CD ROM catalog)
  • 2002 Max Protetch Gallery, New York (enhanced CD ROM catalog)
  • 2000 Max Protetch Gallery, New York

Group exhibitions[edit]

  • 2013 ‘Mercury Retrograde:Animated Realities’, Stephen Stoyanov Gallery, NYC
  • 2012 ‘exUrban Screens’, The Frankston Arts Centre/Cube 37, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2012 15th Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2012 ‘Sourced’, Steven Vail Fine Arts, Des Moines, Iowa
  • 2011 ‘Beyond’, SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2011 ‘Videosphere: A New Generation’, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY
  • 2011 ‘Animations’ Big Screen Project, Big Screen Plaza, NY, NY
  • 2011 ‘Printer’s Proof’, Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, NY, NY
  • 2010 ‘12th International Cairo Bienniale’ Cairo, Egypt
  • 2010 ‘The Big Screen Project’ Eventi Plaza HD Screen, NY, NY
  • 2010 ‘Me, Undoubtedly. 1309 Faces’ Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
  • 2010 ‘Aichi Triennale’, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan
  • 2010 ‘Surface Tension’, South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN
  • 2010 ‘OneDotZero’, EMPAC Digital Art Center, Troy, NY
  • 2010 ‘New Art For A New Century: Contemporary Acquisitions 2000-2010”, Orange County Museum of Art, CA
  • 2009 ‘Mercury Retrograde: Animated Realities’ Big Medium Gallery, Austin, Texas
  • 2008 ‘Uncoordinated: Mapping Cartography in Contemporary Art.’ Contemporary Art Center Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 2008 ‘Ru Ru Ru Landscape: How I see the World Around Me’ Shizuoka Prefecture Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan
  • 2008 ‘Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks’ @ Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen Denmark
  • 2007 ‘The Shapes of Space,’ Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • 2007 ‘System Error: War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning,’ Palazzo delle Papesse, Sienna, Italy
  • 2007 ‘Art Fair Tokyo.’ Tokyo, Japan
  • 2007 ‘Art Film.’ Art Basel, Switzerland
  • 2006 ‘The 59th Minute’, Times Square Panasonic Astrovision Screen, Creative Time, NYC
  • 2006 ‘American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition,’ American Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC
  • 2006 ‘Radar : Selections from the Kent and Vicki Logan Collection’, Denver Art Museum
  • 2006 ‘New Code’, Studio La Citta, Verona, Italy
  • 2006 ‘Signal Channel: Contemporary Video Art’, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
  • 2005 ‘Produced at Eyebeam’, Eyebeam, NYC; ‘Surface’, Lucas Schoormans Gallery, NYC
  • 2005 ‘Art/+><Work’, Office Space, NYC
  • 2004 ‘Metropolis,’ The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2004 ‘Art and Architecture 1900-2000,’ Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, Italy
  • 2004 Sandroni Rey Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 2004 ‘Trouble in Paradise,’ Van Brunt Gallery, New York
  • 2004 ‘Happy Ending,’ Kingfisher Projects, Queens, NY
  • 2003 ‘Toxic,’ Max Protetch Gallery, New York
  • 2003 ‘Digital Showcase,’ Austin Museum of Digital Art


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