100 Artists See God

  • 100 Artists See God installation view, ICA London, 2004-05. Photo by Marcus Leight.

  • 100 Artists See God installation view, The Jewish Museum San Francisco, 2004.

  • 100 Artists See God installation view, ICA London, 2004-05. Photo by Marcus Leight.

  • 100 Artists See God installation view, ICA London, 2004-05. Photo by Marcus Leight.

  • 100 Artists See God installation view, The Jewish Museum San Francisco, 2004.

  • 100 Artists See God installation view, ICA London, 2004-05. Photo by Marcus Leight.

Curated by Meg Cranston, John Baldessari

With a mixture of irreverence and sincerity, artists John Baldessari and Meg Cranston tackle nothing less than the question of God in this exhibition. Whether or not one believes in God, whether or not we describe ourselves as theists, atheists or even antitheists, we all live in a world that is profoundly influenced by concepts of God and by the notion of “divine authority.” Acting as curators, Baldessari and Cranston decided to create an exhibition about how artists depict God, a show about representation and not necessarily belief. They invited one hundred artists to respond to one of art’s most enduring challenges: to picture the divine. 100 Artists See God features one work by each artist—photographs, drawings, paintings, single-channel videos, and sculptures, many made in response to the curators’ call for participation. While a number of works were created by younger artists active in Los Angeles, many have also come from well-known artists from the West Coast, other parts of the United States, Europe, and Asia.

The exhibition is grouped according to sixteen thematic categories, intended to offer the visitor a preliminary vantage point from which to view the works. With headings such as “Artists See God as the Great Organizer,” “Artists See God as Tyrant,” and “Artists See God as Ineffable,” these groupings span a range of refreshingly diverse approaches to the subject. In many cases, the works reflect idiosyncratic and unexpected viewpoints, while in others the artists make reference to organized religious doctrine and traditional iconography.



Meg Cranston

Meg Cranston is a Los Angeles based artist. Her work in sculpture, performance and video along with numerous public and artist curatorial projects has been shown internationally. Her work came to prominence at the 1990’s in the exhibitions such as Helter Skelter at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the 1993 La Biennale di Venezia. Her recent work has been shown at the Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany, The Getty Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, The Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, K21 Museum, Dusseldorf, and the ICA, London. She is the recipient of John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Architectural Foundation of America, Art in Public Places Award, and numerous other prizes.

Together with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Cranston is co-editing a book of the collected writings of artist John Baldessari to be published by JRP Ringier, Zurich. Cranston is the Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Otis College of Art and Design.

John Baldessari

John Baldessari is a key influential figure from the generation of artists who emerged in the mid 60s. Through his early experiments with phototext canvases, his conceptually-rich video art work of the early 70s, and his distinctive photo collages and installations of the 80s, Baldessari helped define and shape the landscape of contemporary art.

Initially trained as a painter, Baldessari’s practice evolved through fusing the narrative potency of imagery with the conceptual charge of text and language. The combination of these elements served to rework the boundaries of art while creating a corpus of work that incisively interrogates the nature of communication.

Baldessari has been featured in over 200 solo exhibitions and in over 100 group exhibitions throughout North America and Europe. He has received prestigious accolades including the Americans for the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, awarded by La Biennale di Venezia in 2009. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Reverend Ethan Acres, Jo Harvey Allen, Terry Allen, Eleanor Antin, Brienne Arrington, David Askevold, Lillian Ball, Cindy Bernard, Andrea Bowers, Delia Brown, Edgar Bryan, Angela Bulloch, Chris Burden, Mary Ellen Carroll, Erin Cosgrove, Michael Craig-Martin, Jeremy Deller, Sam Durrant, Jimmie Durham, Nicole Eisenman, Katharina Fritsch, Jonathan Furmanski, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Liam Gillick, James Gobel, Jack Goldstein, Scott Grieger, Andreas Gursky, James Hayward, Micol Hebron, Damien Hirst, Rebecca Horn, Darcy Huebler, Christian Jankowski, Larry Johnson, Mike Kelley, Marky Kelly, Martin Kersels, Nicholas Kersulis, Martin Kippenberger, Rachel Lachowicz, Norm Laich, Liz Larner, Louise Lawler, Barry Le Va, William Leavitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Jen Liu, Thomas Locher, Daria Martin, T. Kelly Mason, Rita McBride, Paul McCarthy, Carlos Mollura, JP Munro, Jennifer Nelson, Eric Niebuhr, Leonard Nimoy, Albert Oehlen, Catherine Opie, Tony Oursler, Jorge Pardo, Simon Patterson, Hirsch Perlman, Luciano Perna, Renée Petropoulos, Raymond Pettibon, Paul Pfeiffer, Nicolette Pot, Richard Prince, Rob Pruitt and Jonathan Horowitz, David Reed, Victoria Reynolds, Gerhard Richter, Susan Rothenberg, Nancy Rubins, Glen Walter Rubsamen, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, Pauline Stella Sanchez, Kim Schoenstadt, Jim Shaw, Gary Simmons, Alexis Smith, Yutaka Sone, Thaddeus Strode, Diana Thater, Mungo Thomson, Thorvaldur Thorsteinsson in collaboration with Helena Jonsdottir, Jeffrey Vallance, John Waters, Marner Weber, William Wegman, Lawrence Weiner, Benjamin Weissman, James Welling, Eric Wesley, John Wesley, Franz West, Chris Wilder

touring schedule

Cheekwood Museum of Art
Nashville, TN, United States
February 4, 2006 - April 16, 2006

Freedman Art Gallery
Reading, PA, United States
September 29, 2005 - January 8, 2006

Contemporary Art Center of Virginia
Virginia Beach, VA, United States
July 10, 2005 - October 2, 2005

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
London, United Kingdom
November 19, 2004 - January 9, 2005

The Jewish Museum San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, United States
March 7, 2004 - June 27, 2004

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