Sam Durant

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Sam Durant
Artist Sam Durant speaking about his sculpture, "Scaffold" at a press conference at the Walker Art Center 2.jpg
Durant speaking at the Walker Art Center
Born Seattle, Washington, U.S
Education Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Occupation Multimedia Artist
Known for Author of Sam Durant: Scenes from the Pilgrim Story: Myths, Massacres, and Monuments

Sam Durant (born 1961, in Seattle) is a multimedia artist whose works engage a variety of social, political, and cultural issues. Often referencing American history, his work explores the varying relationships between culture and politics, engaging subjects as diverse as the civil rights movement, southern rock music, and modernism.[1] His work of the 90s was inspired largely by the work of Robert Smithson, an artist well known for his interest in history and entropy. Durant's work has been widely exhibited internationally and in the United States. He has had solo museum exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium, and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Zealand. His work has been included in the Panamá,[2] Sydney,[3] Venice,[4] and Whitney[5] Biennials. Durant shows with several galleries including Blum & Poe[6] in Los Angeles, Paula Cooper Gallery[7] in New York, Praz-Delavallade[8] in Paris/Los Angeles and Sadie Coles HQ[9] in London. His work has been extensively written about including seven monographic catalogs and books.

In 2005, his exhibition "Proposal for White and Indian Dead Monument Transpositions, Washington D.C." was shown at the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York.[10] This work derived out of a residency he was conducting at the Walker Art Center[11] in 2002. He reproduced 30 Indian massacre monuments that are based on similarities to the massive obelisk Washington monument. In 2006, he compiled and edited a comprehensive monograph of Black Panther artist Emory Douglas’ work.[12] His recent curatorial credits include Eat the Market at the Los Angeles County Museum and Black Panther: the Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas[13] at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the New Museum[14] in New York. He has co-organized numerous group shows and artists benefits and is a co-founder of Transforma,[15] a cultural rebuilding collective project in New Orleans. In addition, he was a finalist for the 2008 Hugo Boss Prize[16] and has received a United States Artists Broad Fellowship and a City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Grant.

His work can be found in many public collections including The Art Gallery of Western Australia[17] in Perth, Tate Modern[18] in London, Project Row Houses[19] in Houston, the Walker Art Center[20] in Minneapolis, and the Museum of Modern Art[21] in New York. Durant teaches art at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.

Durant received a BFA in sculpture in 1986 from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.


  1. ^ Jeremy Strick, "Foreword." In Sam Durant eds. Lisa Mark, Jane Hyun and Elizabeth Hamilton (Los Angeles, MOCA, 2002) 9
  2. ^ "Bienal Panamá". Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Biennale of Sydney 2008 | Australia's Festival of Contemporary Art". Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ "La Biennale di Venezia – Home". November 27, 2011. Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ Log in. "Whitney Museum of American Art: Home". Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Blum & Poe – Sam Durant". Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ Sam Durant. "Sam Durant". Paula Cooper Gallery. Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  8. ^ Praz-Delavallade (March 15, 2009). "Sam Durant". Praz-Delavallade. Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ [1] Archived January 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Sam Durant, Proposal for White and Indian Dead Monument Transpositions. Washington. D.C. (New York: Paula Cooper Gallery, 2005).
  11. ^ "Walker Art Center – Artists-in-Residence". Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  12. ^ Sam Durant, Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas (New York: Rizzoli, 2009).
  13. ^ "Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas | MOCA The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles". Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Emory Douglas: Black Panther". Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Transforma: New Orleans 2005–2010". Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Hugo Boss Ag". Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  17. ^ "The Art Gallery of Western Australia Website". Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Tate Modern: International modern and contemporary art". Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  19. ^ "About". Project Row Houses. Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Walker Art Center Collections". Walker Art Center. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  21. ^ "The Museum of Modern Art". MoMA. Retrieved December 4, 2011. 

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