Adam McEwen (b. 1965, London, U.K.)
Born in London, United Kingdom in 1965, Adam McEwen currently lives and works in New York. He studied at Christ Church, Oxford and California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA.
Adam McEwen’s work resides somewhere between the celebratory and funeral. His work addresses the blurred boundaries between life and death; reality and fiction; and the everyday and the obscure. After writing obituaries for the Daily Telegraph in London, he began producing obituaries of living subjects such as Bill Clinton and Jeff Koons, highlighting the blurred line between history and fiction. He is known for paintings employing wads of chewing gum on canvas that reference the bombing of German cities in the Second World War, and for machined graphite sculptures of banal objects such as a water cooler or an air conditioner. His repurposing of the over-familiar creates momentary ruptures, which in the words of one writer, “jolt us temporarily out of our indifference, owing to over-exposure, toward the signs that dominate our daily lives.”
McEwen has shown his work internationally at many galleries and institutions. His first solo museum show in the United States, I Think I’m in Love, opened at the Aspen Art Museum in January 2017. His most recent exhibitions have been held by Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles (2018); The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2016); Petzel, New York (2016, 2015); The Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2015); Capitain Petzel, Berlin (2014); Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels (2013); The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2013); Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles (2011); and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2011). He has participated in group exhibitions at the Winter Palace and 21er Haus, Vienna (2016); MOMA PS1, New York (2015), the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015); Museum of the Moving Image, New York (2016); the Edgewood Gallery, Yale University of Art, New Haven (2014); The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2013); Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands (2013); Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis (2012); the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2008). His work is included in collections such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Rubell Family Collection, Miami; De la Cruz Collection, Miami; The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, CT; Museo Jumex, Mexico City; Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany; Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, Scotland; and Arts Council Collection, London.
He has also worked on curatorial projects with Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2010); and Gagosian Gallery, New York (2007), amongst others.