Silvia Kolbowski

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Silvia Kolbowski
Born1953 (age 65–66)
NationalityArgentine American

Silvia Kolbowski is an Argentine-born American artist whose work focuses on cultural and political issues. Kolbowski works primarily with video and installation formats, as well as photography, often using historical figures and events to analyze power imbalances. Her work has been exhibited in The Tapei Biennial, the Villa Arson (Nice), the Whitney Biennial, and the Hammer Museum, and others. She has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (Ljubljana), the Center for Contemporary Art (Warsaw), The Secession (Vienna), LAX<>ART (Los Angeles), and the Bina Ellen Gallery (Montreal)..

Silvia Kolbowski was born in 1953 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She earned an associate's degree from Franconia College, New Hampshire in 1974. Kolbowski earned her B.S. from Hunter College, graduating magna cum laude in 1980. She was a fellow at The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies from 1980 until 1983. Her works are informed by aspects of feminist and psychoanalytic theory.[1] For example, in the series, Model Pleasure (1982), Kolbowski appropriates images of women from mass-media sources to create grids of images that make allusions to the ways that women are defined by media.[2] Her project "an inadequate history of conceptual art," (2000) presents anonymous recollections of conceptual artworks spoken by 22 artists. This work has been repeatedly exhibited internationally.

Kolbowski is on the advisory board of October journal, where she was a co-editor between 1993 and 2000. She has taught at the Whitney Independent Research Program, the CCC program of the Ecole Superiéure d'Art Visuel, Geneva, the Architecture Department of Parsons The New School for Design, NY, and the School of Art at The Cooper Union.[3][4][5][6][7]


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  2. ^ Whitney, Chadwick, Women, Art, and Society, fourth edition, p401
  3. ^ "New Museum - Digital Archive". Archived from the original on 2012-10-02.
  4. ^ "ArtSlant - Silvia Kolbowski". ArtSlant.
  5. ^ Silvia Kobowski
  6. ^ Walker Art. "Silvia Kolbowski — Collections — Walker Art Center".
  7. ^ "MoMA".