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Early life and education
She was a Happy and Bob Doran Artist in Residence at Yale University Art Gallery in 2010, where she pursued research on the history of architecture on the Yale campus, and the effect of changing tastes in painting conservation on the Gallery's collection.
Using a wide range of materials, including books, driftwood, peacock feathers, seashells, metal, concrete, foam, and loans from other artists, Bove’s work includes drawings and installations which concern the social, political, and artistic movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Ink drawings of nude women taken from Playboy magazines from this time period, or inspired by a vintage Newsweek picture of Twiggy, or sculptures made up of bookshelves with books from the same time are examples of Bove's work.
In her exhibitions, Boves sometimes includes the work of other artists. For a 2007 show at Maccarone, she used work by artist Bruce Conner, Berkeley book dealer Philip Smith, and painter Wilfred Lang.
"Setting for A. Pomodoro" is a multi-part installation designed as a setting for a sculpture by the Italian Modernist Arnaldo Pomodoro, and every exhibition has included a different Pomodoro sculpture. She was partly inspired by a monumental sculpture by Pomodoro near her hometown of Berkeley, California, that reportedly had inspired filmmaker George Lucas's design for the Death Star space station in Star Wars (1977). She also was inspired by looking down on the Museum of Modern Art's Philip Johnson-designed sculpture garden from the heights of a building, "seeing the sculptures gone toy-like with distance." "Setting" has numerous art-historical references. As Bove has said, "I'm interested in making room for other people in my work."
Her sculptures were part of the High Line Show "Caterpillar", one of the last opportunities to see the undeveloped High Line.
Since she started exhibiting in the late 1990s, Bove’s work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions, including the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2010); Horticultural Society of New York (2009); Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas (2006); Kunsthalle Zürich; Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (both 2004); and the Kunstverein Hamburg (2003).
- Carol Bove/Carlo Scarpa, Museion - Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bolzano (itinerary: Henry Moore Institute, Leeds and Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle)
- The Equinox, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
- Caterpillar, The High Line at the Rail Yards, New York
- The Foamy Saliva of a Horse, The Common Guild, Glasgow
- RA, or Why is an orange like a bell?, Maccarone, New York
- dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany
- Carol Bove, Kimmerich Gallery, New York
- Prix Lafayette 2009: Carol Bove, La traversée difficile, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
- Plants and Mammals, Horticultural Society of New York
- Bronze Peanut, Galerie Dennis Kimmerich, Düsseldorf
- The Middle Pillar - Maccarone, New York, NY
- WorkSpace - Carol Bove, Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
- CAROL BOVE, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Wien
- KRITISCHE GESELLSCHAFTEN - TEIL III. Ökonomien: Resistenzen, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
- KRITISCHE GESELLSCHAFTEN, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
- La Beauté de l’Enfer, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brüssel
- Greater New York 2005, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City
- Formalismus - Moderne Kunst, heute, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg
- "Black Friday. Exercises in Hermetics", Galerie Kamm, Berlin
- Moment 1 / Carol Bove, ICA Boston, Boston, MA
- Carol Bove, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich
- Carol Bove, A Pattern Language: Intimacy Gradient, Hotel, London
- Carol Bove - The Science of Being and the Art of Living, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg
- Influence, Anxiety, and Gratitude, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
Work by the artist is represented in permanent collections worldwide, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC) Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque, France; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut.
- "Shelf Life: Barry Schwabsky on the Art of Carol Bove" Artforum, January 2005
- "Artists on the Verge of a Breakthrough" New York Metro, March 7, 2005
- Momentum 1/Carol Bove at ICA Nonstarving Artists, June 4, 2004
- "Experiment in Total Freedom includes a variety of works" by Martha Schwendener, Artforum, October 2003.
-  "Carol Bove Sculpture Shows at the High Line and MoMA"
- Karen Rosenberg (July 25, 2013), At Home in Two Places - Carol Bove Sculpture Shows at the High Line and MoMA New York Times.
- Randy Kennedy (April 28, 2013), Once Upon a Landscape New York Times.
- Carol Bove biography, David Zwirner Gallery, New York/London.
- Sholis, Brian (May 2012). "Carol Bove: In the Studio with Brian Sholis". Art in America.
- Chaffee, Cathleen (2012). "Carol Bove, "Setting for A. Pomodoro"". Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin. Retrieved March 3, 2016 – via Jstor.org.
- Martha Schwendener (October 12, 2007), Carol Bove - The Middle Pillar New York Times.
- Herbert, Martin (2009). "The Wormhole Theory".
- Rosenberg, Karen (2013-07-25). "Carol Bove Sculpture Shows at the High Line and MoMA". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
- CV - Carol Bove, David Zwirner