Carey Young

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Carey Young
Born Carey Young
1970 (age 46–47)
Lusaka, Zambia
Nationality UK/US
Education Royal College of Art, London
Known for Contemporary art

Carey Young (born 1970) is a visual artist who incorporates a variety of media such as video, photography, performative events and installation into her art works, which investigate the increasing incorporation of the personal and public domains into the realm of the commercial.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Lusaka in Zambia in 1970, Young studied in England at Manchester Polytechnic, the University of Brighton and photography at the Royal College of Art in London. She has dual USA/UK citizenship.[1]

Exhibitions and themes[edit]

Young has exhibited her work at many galleries all over the world. Highlights include the ICA,[2] the Whitechapel Art Gallery,[3] the Hayward Gallery, Secession,[4] Kunstverein Munich,[5] Mass MOCA[6] and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.[7]

Young's work is included in the public collections of the Centre Pompidou,[8] Arts Council England,[9] and the Tate.[10] She is represented by Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

Young's projects often center on notions of language, training and performance, and take an ambiguous political stance to create a web of complex questions for the viewer. Since 2003, her work has shifted into an interest in legal language and systems of thought, with 'Disclaimer', an exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute[11] examining the legal disclaimer as a form of negative space. In 2005, she showed 'Consideration', a series of works exploring the connections between contract law and performance art at Paula Cooper Gallery in New York as part of the PERFORMA05 Biennial.[12] RoseLee Goldberg has described the works in this show as "dealing with the overwhelming power of the law."[13]

Her 2013 exhibit "Legal Fictions" at Migros Museum in Zurich was described by Mousse Magazine as

"law-based works [that] address the monolithic power of the legal system. The artist examines law as a conceptual and abstract space in which power, rights, and authority are played out through varying forms of performance and language. With the drafting assistance of legal advisers, her works often take the form of experimental but functional legal instruments such as contracts, and also employ media such as video, installation, and text."[14]


Young currently teaches at the Slade School of Art. She has taught at other institutions as well:[1]

  • Photography Dept, London College of Communication
  • Royal College of Art, London (courses include Curating, Photography, Interaction Design, Design Products)
  • University of the Creative Arts
  • University of East London
  • Bauhaus, Weimar
  • Stockholm University
  • Sotheby's Institute, London
  • Christies, London
  • Goldsmiths, London
  • Winchester School of Art
  • Wimbledon School of Art, London
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester
  • Art Academy, Umea University
  • Harvard University

Other publications[edit]

Young's work has been included in several traditional and non-traditional publications, such as the book Contemporary Art in the United Kingdom,Black Dog Publishing, London, UK, edited by Adler P. 2012, and a number of videos and audio recordings.[15]


  • Williams, Eliza, "Studio Visits", Flash Art International, October 2006
  • Schwabsky, Barry, "Carey Young", Artforum, September 2005
  • Aspden, Peter, "The Revolver: a twilight of ambiguity", Financial Times, 22 July 2004
  • Smith, Roberta, "The Passions of the Good Citizen", The New York Times, 3 May 2002

Web articles[edit]

  • Goldberg, RoseLee and Stallman, Nick, "Conversations..with RoseLee Goldberg', New York Foundation for the Arts, 2005 [1]
  • Baker, R.C., 'The Road to Dystopia', Village Voice, 2007 [2]


  • Nochlin, Linda, in Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Museum, New York, 2007
  • Bourriaud, Nicolas, in Moscow Biennale 7 catalogue, Moscow, 2007
  • Hoffman, Jens in 'Institutional Critique and After', edited by John C. Welchman, JRP/Ringier, Zürich, 2006
  • Newman, Michael, in 'How to Improve the World', Hayward Gallery, London, 2006
  • Townsend, Chris, 'New Art from London', Thames and Hudson, London, 2006
  • Farquharson, Alex, Schlieker, Andrea, and Mahony, Emma in 'British Art Show 6', Hayward Gallery Publishing, London, 2005
  • Latour, Bruno and Weibel, Peter, 'Making Things Public', ZKM and the MIT Press, Karlsruhe & Cambridge, 2005
  • Hoffmann, Jens and Jonas, Joan, 'Art Works: Perform', Thames and Hudson, London, 2005
  • Kimbell, Lucy (ed), 'New Media Art: Practice and Content in the UK 1994–2004', Arts Council of England / Cornerhouse publications, London, 2004
  • Farquharson, Alex; Gillick, Liam and Young, Carey; Kelsey, John and Millar, Jeremy, in 'Carey Young, Incorporated', John Hansard Gallery and Film & Video Umbrella, London, 2002


  1. ^ a b Young, Carey. "Artist's official CV". Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
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  4. ^ Archived 21 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
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  8. ^ Archived 2 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
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  11. ^ Archived 24 August 2005 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Archived 7 December 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Archived 4 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ "Carey Young "Legal Fictions" at Migros Museum, Zurich". Carey Young "Legal Fictions" at Migros Museum, Zurich. Mousse Magazine. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "The Slade School of Fine Arts: Ms Carey Young". The Slade School of Fine Arts: Ms Carey Young. The Slade School of Fine Arts. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 

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