Paul Pfeiffer (artist)

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Paul Pfeiffer (born Honolulu, Hawaii, 1966) is an American sculptor, photographer and video artist whose work incorporates the use of found footage.He studied in Silliman University an american school in the Philippines learned to develop his passion in Arts. He studied at the San Francisco Art Institute (BFA Printmaking) and Hunter College, New York (MFA), and has lived and worked in New York since 1990. Pfeiffer is represented by Paula Cooper in NYC; carlier | gebauer, Berlin and Thomas Dane, London.

He has had solo shows at the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2001), the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2002), the Barbican Arts Centre, London (2003), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2003), The Project, New York (2007), carlier | gebauer, Berlin (2008), MUSAC, Leon, Spain (2008) and the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2009).

He participated in the Whitney Biennial in 2000 and was awarded the inaugural Bucksbaum Award. In 2001 he participated in the 49th Venice Biennale. He won the visual arts Alpert Award in 2009.[1]

Pfeiffer's work is time-consuming and meticulous. "Pfeiffer makes a show of removing his subjectivity while investing himself intensely in his work: It can take him four months to produce a scant two minutes of video."[2]

He was the recipient of the Guna S. Mundheim Prize. In Spring 2003 he was an artist-in-residence at MIT, jointly organized by the MIT List Visual Arts Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.[3] Since Fall 2011 he has been Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.[4]

Selected works[edit]

  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (2000 - ): a series of photographic images of basketball games, from which all players except one have been edited out.
  • The Long Count (The Rumble in the Jungle) (2001): a video of Muhammad Ali and George Foreman fighting, from which the fighters have been digitally removed.
  • Live From Neverland (2007) a video installation, divided into two separate videos, depicting Michael Jackson's 2003 press conference, in which the icon addresses child-molestation allegations, but with the sound removed and replaced on a separate screen by 80 children reciting the King of Pop's words in the manner of a Greek chorus. Pfeiffer's deft editing alternately speeds up and slows down Jackson's tape to sync perfectly with the children's recitation.[5]


  1. ^, retrieved June 3, 2009.
  2. ^ Katy Siegel, Artforum, Summer, 2000.
  3. ^ "MIT List Paul Pfeiffer". MIT List Visual Arts Center. Feb 2003. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Paul Pfeiffer - Guna S. Mundheim Fellow, Class of Fall 2011". American Academy Berlin. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ The Project: Past and future exhibitions

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