Darren Bader, Installation view at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, 2013

Darren Bader

Darren Bader

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November 3, 2018 – January 12, 2019
Los Angeles

Darren Bader

Heaven and Earth

July 20 – August 31, 2013
Los Angeles


Darren Bader (b. 1978, Bridgeport, CT) studied filmmaking and art history at NYU (BFA, 2000). He lives and works in New York and in transit. Bader’s conceptual hobbyhorses include: word works, pairings, impossible sculpture, misattribution, object fetishism, and trash sculptures. His exhibitions are often collaborative in nature, exploring and questioning the interconnectedness of seemingly disparate objects through complex (re)arrangements, surprise juxtapositions, and absurd associations. Institutional solo exhibitions include (@mined_oud), Madre, Naples, Italy (2017-2018); Meaning and Difference, The Power Station, Dallas, TX (2017); chess: relatives, High Line Art, New York, NY (2017); light (and) regret, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany (2015); Where Is a Bicycle’s Vagina (and Other Inquiries), or Around the Samovar, 1857, Oslo, Norway (2012); and Images, MoMA PS1, New York, NY (2012). Awarded the Calder Prize in 2013, Bader has taken part in numerous group exhibitions and biennials including 58th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2019); Stories of Almost Everyone, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2018); .com/.cn, K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space, Hong Kong, China (2017); One, No One and One Hundred Thousand, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2016); 13éme Biennale de Lyon: La vie moderne, Lyon, France (2015); Under the Clouds: From Paranoia to the Digital Sublime, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal (2015); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2014); Antigrazioso, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2013); Empire State, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy (2013); Greater New York, MoMA PS1, New York, NY (2010); and To Illustrate and Multiply: An Open Book, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA  (2008).

Selected Works


Mousse Magazine: Darren Bader “character limit” at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles


T Magazine: Money for Sale, Heroin-Injected Lasagna: How One Artist Is Defining Our Era


Mousse Magazine: Darren Bader "Forest / Trees" at Greenspon Gallery, NY


Frieze: What’s Not to Like?


Los Angeles Times: Darren Bader at Blum and Poe


Artforum: Darren Bader at MOMA PS1


Related Publications

Darren Bader: Rocks & Mirrors / Forest/Trees

Darren Bader

Darren Bader: All Donations Will Go To Something

Darren Bader: 77 AND/OR 58 AND/OR 19

Darren Bader: Photographs I Like to Have and to Hold [A Show on a Piece of Paper at the Front Desk]

Darren Bader: James Earl Scones

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