Taryn Simon is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked in photography, text, sculpture, and performance. Her practice involves extensive research, resulting in projects guided by an interest in systems of categorization and classification.
Simon was born in 1975 in New York. She received a BA in 1997 from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. Recent solo museum exhibitions include PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2003); Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen (2004); Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, Netherlands (2005); Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland (2006); Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2006); High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2006); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2007); Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany (2007); Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam (2008); Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (2009); Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2010); Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin (2011); Tate Modern, London (2011, traveled to Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, through 2013); Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2011); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012); Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles (2012–13); Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2012); Helsinki Art Museum (2012); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013); Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (2013); Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków, Poland (2014); Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2014); Le Point du Jour—Centre d’Art Editeur, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, France (2015); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2015); Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2016); Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (2016); Albertinum, Dresden (2016); Park Avenue Armory, New York (2016); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark (2016); George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York (2016); and Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland (2018). Simon’s work was included in the Gwangju Biennale (2008); Singapore Biennale (2011); Carnegie International (2013); Yokohama Triennale, Japan (2014); and 56th Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2015). She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography in 2001.
Simon’s work is featured in museum collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Tate, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany.
Simon lives and works in New York.
Extended through May 19, 2018
Paperwork and the Will of Capital
February 27–May 19, 2018
Portraits and Surrogates
May 25–August 5, 2017
Extended through July 8, 2016
Paperwork and the Will of Capital
April 14–July 8, 2016
Paperwork and the Will of Capital
February 18–March 26, 2016
West 24th Street, New York
Birds of the West Indies
February 27–April 12, 2014
The Picture Collection
February 12–March 28, 2013
Davies Street, London
September 25–December 7, 2012
September 22–November 6, 2010
From the Quarterly
The Bigger Picture
Free Arts NYC
Meredith Mendelsohn discusses the impact of Free Arts NYC and its mission to foster creativity in children and teens, on the occasion of its twenty-year anniversary.
Obscuring the Index
Taryn Simon’s 2016 exhibitions spanned the globe. Angela Brown brings us highlights from six museums.
Fairs, Events & Announcements
Seattle Art Fair
August 2–5, 2018, booth A09
CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle
Gagosian is pleased to present Out of This World: Artists Explore Space, a booth curated by Larry Gagosian for the 2018 Seattle Art Fair. The presentation gathers works that reveal artistic and scientific explorations of the cosmos. Featured artists include Richard Avedon, Andisheh Avini, Chris Burden, Alexander Calder, Vija Celmins, Ellen Gallagher, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Neil Jenney, Mike Kelley, Yves Klein, Vera Lutter, Brice Marden, Marc Newson, Nam June Paik, Thomas Ruff, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, Taryn Simon, Yves Tanguy, and Andy Warhol, among others.
Ed Ruscha, Even Though He’s Light Years Away, His Heart Belongs to Me, 1963 © Ed Ruscha
Artists for Artangel
Live auction: June 28, 2018
Banqueting House, London
Online auction: June 7–28, 2018
Exhibition: June 8–27, 2018
Cork Street Galleries, London
Artists for Artangel is a special auction to benefit Artangel’s ambitious projects in contemporary art. For over thirty years, Artangel has worked with artists to produce extraordinary artworks of public import in unexpected places. Commissions by gallery artists include Rachel Whiteread’s House (1993), a negative concrete cast of a condemned terrace house in Bow, London; Douglas Gordon’s Feature Film (1998); and most recently, Taryn Simon’s highly acclaimed performance on the culture of mourning, An Occupation of Loss (2016 and 2018), presented in an astonishing underground location in Islington, London. For information on works in the auction or how to bid, go to www.artangel.org.uk.
Taryn Simon, Professional Mourners, 2018 © Taryn Simon
April 28–29, 2018, booth B8
Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
Gagosian is pleased to participate in Artmonte-Carlo 2018, presenting a selection of works by artists including Richard Artschwager, Davide Balula, Glenn Brown, Michael Craig-Martin, Edmund de Waal, Damien Hirst, Peter Lindbergh, Takashi Murakami & Virgil Abloh, Sterling Ruby, and Taryn Simon. To receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact the gallery at email@example.com. To preview our booth go to www.artsy.net. To purchase tickets to attend the fair go to www.artmontecarlo.ch.
Sterling Ruby, Heart (6634), 2018 © Sterling Ruby Studio. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer
The Way We Live Now
Through February 17, 2019
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
Civilization: The Way We Live Now features more than two hundred works from one hundred international photographers. The show addresses and illuminates major aspects of our increasingly global civilization and stresses the fact that contemporary society is an extremely complex collective enterprise. Work by Mike Kelley, Vera Lutter, and Taryn Simon is included.
Vera Lutter, Clock Tower, Brooklyn, XXXVI: June 16, 2009, 2009 © Vera Lutter
Taryn Simon in
The Future Starts Here
Through November 4, 2018
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
The Future Starts Here brings together groundbreaking technologies and designs currently in development in studios and laboratories around the world. Visitors are guided by a series of ethical and speculative questions to connect the subject matter to the choices that we all face in our everyday lives. Work by Taryn Simon is included.
Taryn Simon, Cryopreservation Unit, Cryonics Institute, Clinton Township, Michigan, 2004–07 © Taryn Simon
Taryn Simon in
Zeitspuren: The Power of Now
Through November 18, 2018
Kunsthaus Pasquart Biel, Switzerland
Zeitspuren: The Power of Now demonstrates how the passage of time can be expressed visually by artistic processes and how the duration of an action or the aura of memory can be represented. The exhibition uses video, film, painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture, as well as ephemeral and site-specific works to show how perspectives are being developed that make time perceivable as a relative and subjective dimension. Work by Taryn Simon is included.
Taryn Simon, Finding Pursuant to Section 662 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as Amended, Concerning Operations in Foreign Countries Other than Those Intended Solely for the Purpose of Intelligence Collection, White House, Washington, D.C., United States, 1981, Paperwork and the Will of Capital, 2015 © Taryn Simon
Our Lives in Tubes
Through December 30, 2018
FRAC Grand Large—Hauts-de-France, Dunkirk, France
Tubology: Our Lives in Tubes offers a totally new reading of the FRAC Grand Large collection from the 1960s up to the present day, and speculates about the prerequisites for rendering art and design relevant to a society mutating at high speed. Work by Marc Newson and Taryn Simon is included.
Taryn Simon, Research Marijuana Crop Grow Room, National Center for Natural Products Research, Oxford, Mississippi, 2007 © Taryn Simon