Lives in Berlin (DE), born in US.
Jimmie Durham was born in 1940 in (or, as he himself says, ‘under’) the state of Arkansas in the US, into a Cherokee family. After working different jobs he studied art at the École des Beaux-Arts in Geneva in the early 1970s before joining the American Indian Movement during the confrontation with US federal forces at Wounded Knee in 1973. Durham became Director of the International Indian Treaty Council and its representative to the UN throughout the 1970s. He is one of very few leading contemporary artists to have such hands-on experience of political work. In New York in the early 1980s he returned to art, and in the years around 1990 he lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico. In 1994 he moved back to Europe. Now he lives in Berlin and Naples. Durham has gained a considerable international following since he participated in Documenta 9 in 1992. His prominent presence in Documenta 13 in 2012 only proved this. Durham’s work has been crucial, not just to the emergence of a truly global and multi-polar art world but also to strengthening the bond between visual art and thinking that may determine the future of the whole endeavour of art. His sculptures, installations, drawings and videos are very political operations involving both object, image and text. They analyse, critique and tell stories. But they do not ask questions. In American indigenous tradition that is to be avoided whenever possible.
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mishap in the jungle. The...
Jimmie Durham, mishap in the jungle. The rest of them were mostly Indians: tough young fellows with wiry strength and impassive faces. The whitest, 1993. Sculpture, plywood, paper, paint, 6 1/4 x 31 x 1 1/8 inch.
The Second Particle Wave ...
Jimmie Durham, Robert Blackson, Candice Hopkins, The Second Particle Wave Theory, 2005. Book, 26 cm x 21 cm.
Jimmie Durham 'Waiting To...
Jimmie Durham, Jimmie Durham 'Waiting To Be Interrupted' - Selected Writings 1993-2012, 2014. Book, ink, paper, 20.9 x 14.6 cm, 368 p., language : English, publisher : Mousse Publishing, Milano & Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen, ISBN : 9788867491209.
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Jimmie Durham - Stoneheart
30 October 2000 - 17 November 2000.
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25 June 1995 - 05 May 1995.
"Maria Thereza gave me a paperback of The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, by José Saramago. I had not heard of him before, but the story i
Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Read a New York Times' article about the 1993 edition of the biennial here.
Unrest of Form. Imagining...
11 May 2013 - 16 July 2013.
How can the art of today foster resistance against economic structures in which it participates itself? Behind the facades of spaces conceive
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Installations and Public ...
In the list of works bellow you will find a selection of installations and works of Jimmie Durham made for public space.
humor & tragedie [humour ...
How do artists play with humour, tragedy and irony, and how do they express this? You will see that humour, in particular, is used to poke cr
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
We're happy to share a number of artworks which will be on display in our new collection space as of 27 April 2017.