Darren Bader
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November 3, 2018January 12, 2019
Installation view
Heaven and Earth
July 20August 31, 2013

Darren Bader

Born in Bridgeport, CT, 1978

BFA, New York University, 2000

Lives and works in New York, NY

One-Person Exhibitions

character limit, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA 
more or less, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK
either either neither neither, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
I don't know, Société, Berlin, Germany

Meaning and Difference, The Power Station, Dallas, TX
(@mined_oud), MADRE Museum, Naples, Italy 
Forest/Trees, Greenspon, New York, NY
chess: relatives, High Line Art, New York, NY

such are promises, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK

Rocks and Mirrors, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin, Italy
Fig-2: 39/50: Darren Bader
, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
Reading Writing Arithmetic, Radio Athènes, Athens, Greece
Darren Bader: The World as Will and Representation, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany

Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
Atelier Calder, Paris, France

Heaven and Earth, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
#I am just living to be dying by your side, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin, Italy
Roads, Space, London, UK

New Buildings About Songs and Food, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK
Where Is a Bicycle’s Vagina (and Other Enquiries), or, Around the Samovar, 1857, Oslo, Norway
Images, MoMA PS1, New York, NY

Chad Ochocinco, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY

Alex Zachary, New York, NY
Number[s], Eighth Veil, Los Angeles, CA                                   

New Work, 303 Gallery, New York, NY
T&Sn’Kreps, New York, NY

gallery.sora, Tokyo, Japan
Nic Cage: A Bridal Tour of Southern California Foundries, 2nd Cannons Publications, Los Angeles; Pauline Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

as = poaching the poachers, Rivington Arms, New York, NY            

Cat, Rivington Arms, New York, NY

Do Space Apes Masturbate? 1001 East 1st Street Arts Building, Los Angeles, CA 

Group Exhibitions

Stories of Almost Everyone, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA 
Pizza is God, NRW-FORUM, Düsseldorf, Germany
Thumbs That Type and Swipe: The DIS Edutainment Network, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
Fake As More, Simon Lee Gallery, New York, NY

.com/.cn, curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Peter Eleey, K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space, Hong Kong; traveled to chi K11 Art Museum, K11 Art Mall, Shanghai, China
Low, XYZ Collective, Tokyo, Japan
Oliver Twist, Chapter 2, Rental Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Earth Day, Ramiken Crucible, New York, NY 
Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal
Biblioteca Mario de Andrade, São Paulo, Brazil
Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich, Switzerland
Fleming Faloon, Office Baroque, Brussels, Belgium
(Interlude), Cookie Butcher, Antwerp, Belgium

The Calder Prize 2005-2015, Pace London, London, UK
Can I step on it?, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin, Italy
One, No One and One Hundred Thousand, Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria
In the Making, Luxembourg & Dayan, New York, NY
The Coveter, curated by Alex Glauber, Dickinson Gallery, New York, NY
Goulding the Lolly, curated by Brian Belott, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY
An Idle Visitation, organized by AND NOW, Hester, and Tomorrow, Santa Fe, NM
For Pete’s Sake, Carl Kostyàl, Stockholm, Sweden
PHANTASMAGORIA II, curated by A. Will Brown, The Stolbun Collection, Chicago, IL
NOT MY BRIDGE NOT MY WATER, curated by Alex Eagleton, Aetopoulos, Athens, Greece
Your Memories Are Our Future, curated by Julien Fronsacq and Scipio Schneider, ACRUSH, Zurich, Switzerland
Tomorrow is a new day, curated by Stefan Tasch, Yacht Walanka, Monaco
FLUIDITY, curated by Nina Möntmann, Vanessa Joan Müller and Bettina Steinbrügge, Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany
Roman á Clef And/Or The Appetite Of The Chef, Rainbow in Spanish, Los Angeles, CA 

Constructed Culture Sounds Like Conculture, Ellis King, Dublin, Ireland
Small Sculpture, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
Fluidity, Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Political Populism, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
13th Biennale de Lyon, La vie moderne, curated by Ralph Rugoff, Lyon, France
Visitors, curated by Tom Eccles and Ruba Katrib, Governors Island, New York, NY
Love for Three Oranges, Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Under the Clouds: From Paranoia to the Digital Sublime, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Portugal
The Lulennial: A Slight Gestuary, Lulu, Mexico City, Mexico
Objects, Food, Rooms, curated by Andria Hickey, Tanya Bonakdar, New York, NY 

Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Little Nassau, Brooklyn, NY
Vegetal Passion, Royal Garden 5 [online exhibition], organized by Providence College Galleries, Providence, RI
Nuit Américain, Office Baroque, Brussels, Belgium
In Real Life, curated by Luca Lo Pinto, Christine König Galleri, Vienna, Austria
RRBGGGRWW (polysemes), curated by Franklin Melendez, Grand Century, New York, NY
Urs Fischer, curated by Urs Fischer, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK
Art Basel PARCOURS, curated by Florence Derieux, Basel, Switzerland
Day-For-Night, Office Baroque, Brussels, Belgium


Anamerican, Depart Foundation, American Academy, Rome, Italy
What we did the following year, Ritter/Zamet, London, UK
Mixed Media Message, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
Antigrazioso, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Jew York, Untitled, New York, NY
Pataphysics, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
Pizza Time!, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Something About a Tree, FLAG Foundation, New York, NY
Empire State, Palazzo dell Esposizioni, Rome, Italy
Air de Pied-à-terre, Lisa Cooley, New York, NY
They might well have been remnants of the boat, Calder Foundation, New York, NY
This is THIS, Zach Feuer, New York, NY

Funny, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
Bulletin Boards, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, NY
Inside the Banana, Algus Greenspon, New York, NY
Creature From the Blue Lagoon, Martos Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
Untitled (Tea Party), Klosterfelde, Berlin, Germany
Home Again, Again, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Oh, You Mean Cellophane and all that Crap, Calder Foundation, New York, NY
Kathryn Andrews, Darren Bader, Karl Haendel, United Artists Ltd., Marfa, TX
Ten Ten, Jason Alexander, New York, NY
D’Après Giorgio, Casa-museo Giorgio de Chirico, Rome, Italy
Blind Cut, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY

Foot To Foot, Regina Gallery, London, UK
Art Public, Art Basel: Miami Beach, FL
The Color of Company, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY
Histoires de votre vie, Office Baroque, Antwerp, Belgium
Modify, As Needed, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
Touchy Feely, Human Resources, Los Angeles, California
Darren Bader, Juliette Blightman, Matt Connors, Office Baroque Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Broken Umbrellas, Laurel Gitlen Gallery, New York, NY
Sculpture is three-dimensional artwork created by shaping or combining hard materials – typically
stone such as marble - or metal, glass, or wood. Softer ("plastic") materials can also be used,
such as clay, textiles, plastics, polymers and softer metals, Johann König Gallery, Berlin,
Untitled group show, Untitled Gallery, New York, NY
Broken Umbrellas, Laurel Gitlen, New York, NY
On Forgery, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA

Looking Back / The Fifth White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York, NY
Which Witch is Which and/or Summertime, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO
Salad Days, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, NY
Greater New York, PS1 Center for Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Support Group, Cottage Home, Los Angeles, CA, under the auspices of Mateo Tannatt / Pauline
Bridgehampton Biennial, Bridgehampton, NY
Group Show: Katie Aliprando, Darren Bader, Matias Faldbakken, Mateo Tannatt, 2nd Cannons,
Los Angeles, CA
The hoax is a hoax or may or may not be again, Galerie Carlos Cardenas, Paris, France
The hoax is a hoax or may or may not be, Galerie Carlos Cardenas, Paris, France
And So On…, And So On…, And So On…, Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York, NY
with Margaret Lee and Michele Abeles, White Columns, New York, NY

Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market, Tate Modern, London, UK
Performa 09, New York, NY (Cancelled)
Cave Gallery, Detroit, MI
Don’t Perish, Leo Koenig Inc., Projeckte, New York, NY
To the Left of The Rising Sun, Small A Projects Upstate, Greenwich, NY
Time–Life Part II (Odeon), Taxter & Spengemann, New York, NY, with Ara Dymond and Uri Aran
FAX, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Odeon, Ritter/Zamet, London, England, with Ara Dymond and Uri Aran
After Image, Peggy Tan & Antonio Serna’s Space
Taki Ishii Gallery, Armory Show Booth, New York, NY
On From Here, Guild & Greyshkul, New York, NY
Boofthle Booth - Booth : Deux Doox - Hollywood Biennial, Pauline Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Unfiction, Illinois State University Galleries, MI

8 ½ x 11 / A4, James Fuentes LLC, New York, NY
The World is All That is The Case, Hudson Franklin, New York, NY
Singular Friends: heaving up on one another's shoulders, Gresham’s Ghost, New York, NY
To Illustrate and Multiply: An Open Book, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA,
Object Salon, White Space Gallery, London, UK
Iconic Boston BBQ, LaMontagne Gallery, Boston, MA
Fair Market, Rental Gallery, New York, NY
Abandoned Plot, Brooklyn, NY
PRUESSPRESS @ Rental, Rental Gallery, New York, NY
Gaping Hole Found in Universe, Daniel Hug, Los Angeles, CA
Gallery Sora, Armory Show Booth, New York, NY
Boofthle, Pauline Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market, Frieze Art Fair, London, UK
No Context, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Overbite/ Underbite, Ritter/Zamet, London, UK

More Songs About Buildings and Food: A Recipe For Downtown, Lower Manhattan Cultural
Council, NY
GRUPE, GBE@Passerby, New York, NY; Mandrake, Los Angeles, CA
Goodbye To All That, Rivington Arms, New York, NY

The Pumpkin Show, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY
Put It In Your Mouth / I'll see you on the dark side of the prune, Rivington Arms, New York, NY

Word of Mouth, Dinter Fine Art, New York, NY
Do Something, Floating IP, Manchester, UK

Study, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Mad Little, Mad Little Gallery, New York, NY
Emergence, Track 16 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Amok Festival of Experimental Film and Video, Brooklyn, NY

Curatorial Projects

G_M_O__[sho], Nero Magazine online: http://www.neromagazine.it/gmo.html

The living and the dead (with Gavin Brown), Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY 

Sunshine (with Ritter/Zamet), Rental Gallery, New York, NY

MoMA@Passerby: Dutch Elm Disease, GBE@Passerby, New York, NY
Wu-Tang/googolplex Show (Congress), GBE@Passerby, New York, NY
Overbite/ Underbite (with Mirabelle Marden), Ritter/Zamet, London, UK                

GRUPE (with Jesse Willenbring), GBE@Passerby, New York; Mandrake, Los Angeles, CA

Put It In Your Mouth / I'll see you on the dark side of the prune, Rivington Arms, New York, NY

Other Projects

Life As a Readymade, published by Kiito-San

Do you have a name for this?, website project for Audio Visual Arts (AVA), New York, NY
LHOOQ, a book with Brian Kennon and Chris Lipomi, published by 2nd
Cannons Publications 

artreview.com Project Space, Feb. 4 – Feb. 11

Art Basel Miami Beach catalogs, Rivington Arms and Ritter/Zamet booths, NADA Fair, Miami, FL

“Glennomnibus” in Textfield V

Awards and Grants

Calder Prize

Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, biannual artist support program  



All Donations Will Go To Something. New York: HASSLA, 2017.
.com/.cn. Hong Kong: K11 Art Foundation; New York: MoMA Ps1, 2017, 14-17. 
Rocks & Mirrors /Forest/Trees. New York: Kiito-San, LLC, 2017. 

Photographs I Like, To Have and to Hold: [a show on a piece of paper at the front desk]. New York: Karma, 2016. 

77 and/or 58 and/or 19. Brooklyn: Primary Information, 2015. 

Life as a Readymade. New York: Kiito-San, 2012.

oaint, New York: KLT Bukszpan; New York: Alex Zachary, 2010.                                                                                 

She Has A Hot Ass. Los Angeles: 2nd Cannons Publications, 2009. 

pulturebook (B&W version). Los Angeles: 2nd Cannons Publications, 2008. 

James Earl Scones. New York: Rivington Arms; Los Angeles: David Kordansky Gallery, 2005. 

2 [Works for ScreenSpace]: (the)Fish + St. James. New York: Rivington Arms, 2002. 

Articles and Reviews

Tarasoff, Sabrina. "Critics' Picks: Darren Bader at Blum & Poe." Artforum.com, January 4, 2019. 

Cascone, Sarah. “#Duchamp? Darren Bader Is Selling His Instagram and Twitter Handles as Readymade Art.” Artnet News, April 3, 2018
Grimaldi-Donahue, Allison. "A Series of Substitutions: On Darren Bader." BOMB Magazine, April 25, 2018.
Freeman, Nate. "Conceptual Art Wasn't Meant to Be Collected. Now It Sells for Six Figures." Artsy.net, August 29, 2018.Saval, Nikil. "Money for Sale, Heroin-Injected Lasagna: How One Artist Is Defining Our Era." T: The New York Times Style Magazine, August 13, 2018.
Saval, Nikil. "Money for Sale, Heroin-Injected Lasagna: How One Artist Is Defining Our Era." T: The New York Times Style Magazine, August 13, 2018. Selvin, Claire. “Darren Bader Poses Elaborate Art Riddles on Instagram.” Artnews, February 28, 2018.

"Darren Bader: L'importante é partecipare." Flash Art 336 (December 2017 - January 2018): cover, 36-41.Howe, David Everitt. “Darren Bader “Forest / Trees” at Greenspon Gallery, New York.” Mousse Magazine, June 2017.
Miller, M.H. "What It's Like to Live With Art That Doesn't Love You Back." T: New York Times Style Magazine, September 22, 2017.
Russeth, Andrew. “Your Move: On the High Line, Darren Bader Will Supply the Chess Board, but People Will Serve as Pieces.” Artnews, April 27, 2017.
Schwendener, Martha. “What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week.” New York Times, June 22, 2017.
Scott, Andrea K. "Darren Bader's Living Sculptures." New Yorker, August 3, 2017.
Zanes, Anna. "Darren Bader on Forest/Trees." Office Magazine, May 19, 2017.  

Buchet, Cedric. "77 and/or 58 and/with 19: The Work of Darren Bader. Office Magazine 5 (Fall/Winter 2016).
Buck, Louisa. "The Buck Stopped Here: Darren Bader's Checkmate at Sadie Coles HQ." Art Newspaper, February 18, 2016.
Caron, Thomas. "VIDEO: Darren Bader - The Vagrant." ArtLead.net, February 4, 2016. 
Casadio, Mariuccia. "Darren Bader: Words, Sounds, Pictures." Vogue [Italy], February 12, 2016.
Casavecchia, Barbara. "Rocks and Mirrors." ArtReview (March 2016): 112
Corbett, Rachel. "Mass Market: Darren Bader and the Art of Selling Contemporary Readymades." Blouin Artinfo, October 27, 2016. 
"Darren Bader at Radio Athènes." Contemporary Art Writing Daily (blog), October 18, 2015.
"Darren Bader at Sadie Coles." ContemporaryArtDaily.com, February 25, 2016.
"Diary: Sting, the Minotaur, and the Dental Floss." Art Newspaper [Art Basel Weekend Edition], June 17-19, 2016: 6.
Freeman, Nate. "Darren Bader's Video at Art Basel Waxes Rhapsodic on Elton John and Billy Joel." ARTnews, June 16, 2016.
Gassmann, Gay. "At One London Gallery, Chess is Larger Than Life." New York Times, February 9, 2016.
Witt, Andrew. "Critics' Picks: Darren Bader." Artforum, February 2016. 

Buffenstein, Alyssa. “Darren Bader is Calling All Candys, Lisas, Stephanies, and Carolines for His ICA Exhibition.” Artnet News, September 25, 2015.
Neustein, Andrea. “Perishable Value: Commodification of the Insubstantial.” Bijutsu Techō 67 no. 1027 (September 2015): 36-47.
Pickford, James. “Christie's Sells Money in Art Stunt." Financial Times (London), February 15, 2015.
Russeth, Andrew. "Here’s the Video That Darren Bader Showed at Art Basel This Year." ArtNews, August 21, 2015.
Russeth, Andrew. “Darren Bader Needs People Named Stephanie, Lisa, Candy, or Caroline in London for an Artwork.” ARTnews, September 25, 2015.
Scott, Andrea K. “A Visit to “Visitors” on Governors Island.” New Yorker, September 5, 2015. 

“500 Words: Darren Bader.” Artforum, June 2, 2014.
Ammirati, Domenick. "What's Not to Like?: How Darren Bader Has Pushed the Readymade to Its Extreme." Frieze, no. 166 (October 2014): 226-31.
Comer, Stuart, Anthony Elms, and Michelle Grabner. Whitney Biennial 2014. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2014.
Rimanelli, David. “Best of 2014.” Artforum 53, no. 4 (December 2014): 257.
Simonini, Ross. “Darren Bader.” Interview, March 2016.
Smith, Roberta. “Darren Bader.” New York Times, May 30, 2014.
Smith, Roberta. "Roberta Smith's Top Art Shows of 2014: Gober, Koons and More." New York Times, December 11, 2014. 

“Artist’s Favourites- Darren Bader.” Spike, no. 35, 2013.
“Chicken, Canals: Darren Bader, Calder Prize winner, Stages Sculptures in Venice.”
Gallerist.com, June 14, 2013.
Fischer, Urs. “The Best Exhibitions of 2013.” Artforum, December 2013.
Mizota, Sharon. "Darren Bader at Blum & Poe." Los Angeles Times, August 8, 2013.
Muller, Kurt. "Darren Bader." Modern Painters 25, no. 10 (November 2013): 107.  

Bader, Darren. “Highway Unicorn.” Journal, no. 32, 2012: 64-81.
Droitcour, Brian. “Images, PS1.” Artforum.com, 2012.
Eleey, Peter. “Did You Really Mean That?” Mousse, October 2012.
Farago, Max, Lindsey Wixson and Darren Bader. “Wow, I Know Somebody on My Flight.” Journal, no. 32, 2012: 58-63.
Pulitzer, Sam. “Images, PS1.” Artforum, May 2012.
Russeth, Andrew. “When Is a Cat Not a Cat? When It’s a Sculpture.” New York Observer, April 10, 2012.
Saltz, Jerry. “New York Magazine Critic’s Picks.” New York Magazine, March 2012.
Wyma, Chloe. “25 Questions for Artist Darren Bader.” Artinfo.com, March 26, 2012.

“Main Theme: Pop Right Now.” Kaleidoscope, Summer 2011.
Bader, Darren and Hainley, Bruce. “Hold It Against Me.” Spike Art Quarterly, Summer 2011.
Greenberg, David. “Chad Ochocinco.” Artinamerica.com, 2011.

Beasley, Mark. “Greater New York, PS1.” Frieze, October 2010.
Kleinman, Adam. “Greater New York, PS1.” Artforum, September 2010.
Biesenbach, Klaus, Connie Butler, and Neville Wakefield. Greater New York 2010.
Lehrer-Graiwer, Sarah. “Number[s].” Artforum.com, 2010.
Nickas, Bob. “Emerging Artists.” Frieze, January/February 2010.

Coxhead, Gabriel. “Odeon.” Time-Out (London), May 20, 2009.
Holte, Michael Ned. “Boofthle Booth-Booth:Deux Doox-Hollywood Biennial.” Artforum, April 2009.
Gioni, Massimiliano, Hoptman, Laura, and Cornell, Lauren. The Younger Than Jesus Artist
Directory. Phaidon: London, 2009.

Grabner, Michelle. “Gaping Hole Found in Universe.” Artforum.com, March 2008.
Project Space: IM chat. Artreview.com, Feb. 4, 2008.

Smith, Roberta. “As = poaching the poachers.” New York Times, April 6, 2007.
Armetta, Amoreen. “As = poaching the poachers.” Time Out New York, March 29, 2007. 

Hainley, Bruce. “Artquake.” New York Times Magazine, Oct 1, 2006.

Cotter, Holland. “Fanciful to Figurative to Wryly Inscrutable.” New York Times, July 8, 2005.

La Rocco, Ben. “Cat.” Brooklyn Rail, September 2004.

Museum and Public Collections 

Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris, France
Centre Pompidou Foundation, Paris, France
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
University of Chicago Booth School of Business Art Collection, Chicago, IL
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY


Saval, Nikil. “Money for Sale, Heroin-Injected Lasagna: How One Artist Is Defining Our Era.” T: The New York Times Style Magazine, August 13, 2018.
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Cascone, Sarah. “#Duchamp? Darren Bader Is Selling His Instagram and Twitter Handles as Readymade Art.” Artnet News, April 3, 2018.
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Scott, Andrea K. “Darren Bader’s Living Sculptures.” New Yorker, August 3, 2017.
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Howe, David Everitt. "Darren Bader "Forest/Trees" at Greenspon Gallery, New York." Mousse Magazine, June 2017.
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Neustein, Andrea. “Perishable Value: Commodification of the Insubstantial.” Bijutsu Techō 67 no. 1027 (September 2015): 36-47
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Ammirati, Domenick. “What’s Not to Like?: How Darren Bader Has Pushed the Readymade to Its Extreme.” Frieze, no. 166 (October 2014): 226-31.
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Muller, Kurt. "Darren Bader." Modern Painters 25, no. 10 (November 2013): 107.
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Mizota, Sharon. "Darren Bader at Blum and Poe." Los Angeles Times, August 8, 2013.
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Bader, Darren. “Artist’s Favorites.” Spike, no. 35 (Spring 2013): 26-29.
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