Lives in Rome (), lives in New York (), lives in Düsseldorf ().
Rita McBride (°1960) studies at Bard College and the California Institute of the Arts. She splits her time between New York, Rome and Düsseldorf, where she teaches at the Kunstakademie.
McBride’s work ranges from architectural sculptures to off-beat publishing projects, and her work is influenced by industrial design, modernist sculpture and minimalist sculpture. Since the mid-eighties, McBride’s work has focused on inconspicuous and seemingly unimportant elements in the contemporary urban landscape, which she takes out of context by playing with their scale, their materials and their connections to their surroundings. She reinterprets parking lot structures, grandstands, conduits, HVAC units, water towers and awnings, and gives them a metaphoric character.
McBride uses materials ranging from rattan to Murano glass, Carrara marble, bronze and canvas, in an effort to illustrate the contradictions between mass production and craftsmanship, between high and low culture. Some of her pieces are large-scale works that are critical of the social uses of public space, and she often accompanies her sculptural architectural works with performances.
McBride also works with publications and actively participates in the production of her exhibition catalogues so that they go far beyond simply illustrating her works and they take on an artistic life of their own.
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Heartways - The Exploits ...
Erin Cosgrove , Rita McBride, Heartways - The Exploits of Genny O, 2004. Book, ink, paper, 11.7 x 17.3 cm, 155 p, language: English, publisher: Vancouver/New York: Arsenaladvance (Arsenal Pulp Press)/Whitney Museum of American Art/Printed Matter, Inc, ISBN: 1551521601.
Matthew Licht , Rita McBride, Crimeways, 2005. Book, ink, paper, 17.7 x 11.4 cm, 173 p, language: English, publisher: Printed Matter, Whitney Museum of American Art, Arsenal Pulp Press, ISBN: 1551521733.
Naked Came The **** (by ...
Rita McBride, Gina Ashcraft, Naked Came The **** (by Gina Ashcraft), 2002. Book, ink, paper, 17.7 x 10.8 cm, 137 p, language : English, publisher : Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, ISBN : 3-906790-02-9.
Rita McBride, David Gray, Myways, 2006. Book, ink, paper, 11.3 x 17.8 cm, 157 p, language: English, publisher: Printed Matter, Whitney Museum of American Art, Arsenal Pulp Press, ISBN: 9781551521985.
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THE BOOK LOVERS - A Proje...
25 January 2013 - 09 March 2013.
Curated by [David Maroto](http://ensembles.mhka.be/actors/david-maroto) and [Joanna Zielińska](http://ensembles.mhka.be/actors/joanna-zielins
The collection XXXIII – T...
07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.
The character of a collection reflected the current priorities of the M HKA collection: the evaluation of Antwerp’s avant-garde tradition; th
Book Lovers 4.0 (Pop-up B...
28 January 2014 - 02 February 2014.
The Book Lovers presents the first (pop-up) bookstore specialized in artist novels. The bookstore will be hosted by De Appel and run by Buchh
The Preparation of the No...
18 July 2014 - 05 September 2014.
The Preparation of the Novel is the title of a new instalment in The Book Lovers project, which makes direct reference to Roland Barthes’ tra
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The Book Lovers
The Book Lovers is a research project on the phenomenon of the artist's novel curated by David Maroto and Joanna Zielińska. The central quest
SBKM - Stichting Beeldend...
In 2005 the collection of the Stichting voor Beeldende Kunst (SBKM-De Vleeshal) in Middelburg – a smaller institution with a previous history
SPIRITUALITEIT | SPIRITUA...
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