Adam Pendleton United States, b. 1984


Adam Pendleton (b. 1984, Richmond, Virginia) is a multi-disciplinary contemporary artist. Drawing from Conceptual and Minimalist art, Pendleton uses language and appropriated imagery in a variety of media including silkscreen, collage, video, performance, and painting. His practice incorporates and draws from black aesthetics, historical narrative, and institutional critique. By repeating, altering, combining, and reusing text and imagery from a host of sources, Pendleton uses the early twentieth-century European Dada practice of collage to digest and protest the violence of contemporary politics. Pendleton rose to prominence very early on in his career; critic Roberta Smith reviewed his first solo exhibition in 2004, characterizing the artist’s text-based work as “bring[ing] a no-frills simplicity to interactive art.”[1] Pendleton’s work has been collected by leading figures and institutions including Sol Lewitt, Venus Williams, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. The artist has been included in international exhibitions at the Venice Biennial (2015), the Gwangju Biennale (2016), the Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2017), and Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2017).

[1] Roberta Smith, 'Art in Review; Adam Pendleton; ‘Being Here,’ New York Times, July 23, 2004