Jim Hodges (artist)

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Jim Hodges
Born October 16, 1957
Spokane, Washington
Nationality American
Known for Sculpture
Notable work "Don't Be Afraid", "look and see"

Jim Hodges is a New York-based installation artist.

Hodges, born October 16, 1957 in Spokane, Washington, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Fort Wright College in 1980 and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY in 1986.

Since the late 1980s, Hodges has created a broad range of work exploring themes of fragility, temporality, love and death utilizing a highly original and poetic vocabulary.[1] His works frequently deploy different materials and techniques, from ready-made objects to more traditional media, such as graphite, ink, gold leaf and mirrored elements. Charting both the overlooked and obvious touchstones of life with equal attention and poignancy, Hodges’ conceptual practice is as broad and expansive as the range of human experiences he captures.

Hodges has also worked with the idea of "society's marginalization of traditionally feminine materials and craft"[2] based on the craftsmanship seen in the works "With the Wind" (1997) and "You" (1997). In addition, he has consistently incorporated embroidery to magnify notions of domesticity, a mother's presence, and early notions of femininity.[3]

Hodges has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions in the United States and Europe and his work has been included in various group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Hodges is currently a Senior Critic in the Sculpture Department at the Yale University School of Art.

"Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take" is a mid-career retrospective of Hodges’ work organized by the Walker Art Center and the Dallas Museum of Art, which opened at the Dallas Museum on October 6, 2013, then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to open at the Walker on February 15, 2014. The retrospective is currently at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston through September 1, 2014, when it will move to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles from October 5, 2014 until January 17, 2015. A large format appraisal of Hodges' work edited by Jeffrey Grove and Olga Viso, Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take accompanies the retrospective.

Hodges' piece "Don't Be Afraid" was installed at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. in 2005. A recent large-scale sculpture, "look and see" (a nine-ton stainless steel abstraction of camouflage) was purchased by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York in 2007.

Jim Hodges is represented by Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels [1], and Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco [2].


  1. ^ "Jim Hodges". stephenfriedman.com. Retrieved February 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ Leonard, Stacey. "'Jim Hodges: Give More than You Take,' Institute of Contemporary Art/ Boston". bu.edu. SEQUITUR. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  3. ^ Riddle, Mason (2014). Jim Hodge: Give More than You Take (vol. 39 ed.). Surface Design Journal. pp. 62–63. 

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