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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1 February 1960, in New York.

Sculptor, assemblage artist, graphic artist.

Nayland Blake studied at Bard College, Annandale on Hudson, NY, receiving his BFA there. In 1984 he obtained a MFA from the California Institute of Arts in Valencia, CA. Blake is a conceptual artist, concentrating primarily on themes of racial, sexual and personal identities, with emphasis on the threat of AIDS and the gay identity. His early works, such as ...

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Palestinian, 20th–21st century, female.

Active in England since 1975.

Born 1952, in Beirut.

Sculptor, installation artist, photographer. Multimedia.

Mona Hatoum studied graphic design at Beirut University College before settling in London in 1975, during civil war in Lebanon. In London she studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. In the 1980s she began making video and performance works incorporating themes of exile and the body, such as ...

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Canadian First Nations (Dunne-Zaa/Beaver), 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1970, in Fort St. John (British Columbia).

Sculpture, painting, graphic art, mixed media, installation art.

Born in rural British Columbia in 1970, Jungen was actively interested in drawing as a child. Both his mother (Dunne-Zaa) and father (Swiss-Canadian) died when he was young. After high school, he moved to Vancouver and completed a Diploma in Visual Art at Emily Carr College of Art in ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in New York City.

Born 18 September 1951, in Santa Monica (California).

Sculptor, installation artist, performance artist, poster artist.

Computer Art (Virtual Art).

Matt Mullican attended the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, where he studied with the conceptual artist John Baldessari, obtaining a BFA in ...

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German, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1963, in Hildesheim.

Sculptor, draughtsman, installation artist.

Manfred Pernice did a course in painting and graphic arts at the Hildesheim academy of arts, followed by a course in sculpture at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin in 1988. He lives and works in Berlin. His preoccupations derive from the huge transformation of the city where he lives. The structures he comes up with are simple to look at: made of planks of wood or bits of card on which the artist can stick posters or photos, they are akin to little houses, boxes and furniture, and are constantly evolving. The preparatory drawings for the construction of his installations are part of the work. The elements can be reused to create other works. His sculptures are 'architectural' in the sense that they refer - on different scales - to dwelling structures, or metropolitan traffic and places of exchange....

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 10 January 1947, in Paris.

Collage artist, sculptor of assemblages, installation artist.

Philippe Rivemale studied engraving under Jean Clerté in 1966 and attended the École Etienne until 1969, studying graphic design. From 1969 to 1974, he visited the USA on numerous occasions, working in various fields, including film animation and advertising. He returned to France in ...

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American, 20th–21st century, female.

Born 18 January 1954, in Nuremberg, Germany.

Sculptor (mixed media), graphic artist.

Kiki Smith was born in Germany, but grew up in New Jersey. Her father was the sculptor Tony Smith, and as a child she helped him make cardboard models for his geometric models, thereby learning about Formalism and Minimalism. She studied at Hartford Art School (1974–1976), and has also trained in industrial baking and as an Emergency Medical Technician. She has lived in New York since 1976 and was associated with Collaborative Projects Inc. there through the early 1980s. Influences on her work include Eva Hesse, Louise Bourgeois and Lee Bontecou....

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Janet Koplos

Japanese sculptor and installation artist. A Tokyo-based graphic-design graduate of Tama Art University, Tokyo (1992), Suda briefly worked in the design field. Exposed to wood-carving in art school, he began to use both traditional Japanese techniques and those of his own devising and to present his work in unconventional installations....

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 26 July 1956, in Besançon.

Sculptor, installation artist. Multimedia.

Gilles Touyard takes an image from a sales catalogue or a pornographic magazine or a photo reproduction of a work of art and creates a rubber model which he inflates to produce a distorted version of the original. He then goes on to explore various stages of 'inflation' and 'deflation', using the accompanying sounds to suggest breathing. His ...