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Allen Ruppersberg (b. 1944) is one of the first generation of American conceptual artists with an oeuvre that includes paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, installations and literature. While his career began in painting, Ruppersberg soon shifted his focus to the study of languages, pictures, books, and ideas and began extensively collecting texts of American popular culture and educational films from 1931-1967. With an interest in cultural mythologies, narratives and everyday life, these materials served as a vital source in his practice. Since the late 1960s, his work has been the subject of over 60 solo exhibitions and nearly 200 group shows, and can be found in museum permanent collections internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Foundation de Appel, Amsterdam; and Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt. Career highlights include participation in the Whitney Biennials (1970, 1975, 1991), and Documenta V (1972). In 1985 the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles organized a major survey of Ruppersberg’s work, which subsequently traveled to the New Museum of Contemporary Art, in New York. Most recently, he participated in the ICI tour of State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970 co-curated by Constance M. Lewallen and Karen Moss; Al’s Grand Hotel (1971/2014) for Frieze Projects, New York; and No Time Left to Start Again/The B and D of R ‘n’ R at Wiels, Brussels.
Join Allen Ruppersberg for a conversation and book launch of the Allen Ruppersberg Sourcebook: Reanimating the 20th century.read more »
Curator Constance M. Lewallen and Geoff Kaplan join Allen Ruppersberg to discuss the sources behind the works featured in the Allen Ruppersberg Sourcebook: Reanimating the 20th century.read more »
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This event brought together the artist Allen Ruppersberg and long-time colleague, curator Constance M. Lewallen to discuss the sources behind his featured works, moderated by Whitney Museum Curator Jay Sanders.read more »
For the second in a series of conversations related to State of Mind: California Art Circa 1970, Constance Lewallen, co-curator of the exhibition, will be in discussion with a pioneer of Conceptual Art, Allen Ruppersberg, who will present an overview of his work, from Al’s Grand Hotel (featured in State of Mind) to his latest piece, No Time Left to Start Again: The B and D or R ‘n R, on view this fall at the Art Institute of Chicago.read more »
State of Mind is a deep investigation of seminal conceptual and related avant-garde activities in the late 1960s and early 1970s and the critical interchange between artists living in California.read more »
With a mixture of irreverence and sincerity, artists John Baldessari and Meg Cranston tackle nothing less than the question of God in this exhibition.read more »