Carol Bove, born in 1971, is a plastic artist notorious for her assemblages that combine already made and created from scratch elements. Merging a wide range of domestic, industrial, and natural pieces, her sculptures, paintings, and prints unveil the poetry of materials. As the art historian Johanna Burton explained, “Bove brings things together not to nudge associative impulses into free play driven by the unconscious, but rather to conjure a kind of affective tangle that disrupts any singular, historical narrative”. We can’t wait to admire her incredible art pieces at Art Basel Hong Kong 2019.
Born in Geneva to American parents, Carol Bove was raised in Berkeley, California, and studied at New York University. She joined David Zwirner in 2011. In 2015, The Plastic Unit marked her first solo exhibition at the gallery’s London location, which was followed in 2016 by Polka Dots, her first solo show with the gallery in New York, a catalogue accompanied the exhibition and included an essay by Johanna Burton. The artist’s third solo exhibition at the gallery was presented in London.
Bove’s large-scale sculptures are often exhibited outdoors and in public spaces. From June 14–17, 2018, Bove showcased her largest sculpture to date at the 2018 edition of Unlimited at Art Basel. In 2017, the artist’s sculptures were installed in the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, The Contemporary Austin. That same year, her work was on view in Women of Venice at the Swiss Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, where she was invited to do a tribute to the legacy of Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti. The artist’s steel sculpture Lingam (2015) was installed in City Hall Park in New York as part of the 2016 summer group exhibition The Language of Things, organized by Public Art Fund, and in 2013, she brought to life a series of sculptures specifically for the High Line at the Rail Yards in New York.
In 2014, the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, in collaboration with Museion, Bolzano, Italy, and Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium, organized a two-person exhibition with Carol Bove and Carlo Scarpa. Her work was also subject of solo exhibitions at prestigious institutions that include The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013); The Common Guild, Glasgow (2013); Palais de Tokyo, New York London Hong Kong May, 2018 Paris (2010); Horticultural Society of New York (2009); Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin (2006); Kunsthalle Zürich (2004); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2004); and Kunstverein Hamburg (2003). Major group exhibitions include documenta 13, Kassel, Germany (2012); the 54th Venice Biennale (2011); and the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2008).
Between 2009 and 2013, Bove was a clinical associate professor of studio art in Steinhardt’s Department of Art and Art Professions at New York University. Fascinating art pieces by the artist are also represented in permanent collections worldwide, including the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; Fonds régional d’art contemporain (FRAC) Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque, France; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut. Nowadays, Carol Bove lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
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