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Native American (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation), 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1946, in Montana.

Printmaker, photographer, conceptual artist, installation artist.

Corwin Clairmont, or ‘Corky’, received his MFA from California State University, Los Angeles in 1971. His early work, concerning social and environmental issues, earned him a Ford Foundation Grant (...

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Swiss, 20th century, male.

Born 9 January 1945, in Gilly.

Sculptor, engraver, draughtsman, photographer.

Conceptual Art.

Pierre Keller studied at the École Cantonale des Beaux-Arts et d'Art Appliqué in Lausanne from 1961 to 1985. He has lived in Grandvaux since 1970.

In 1966, he began creating his first modifiable objects, which led him to produce modifiable structures in the Constructivist manner. His manifestations and realisations are extremely diverse. He attempts a new kind of performance focused on the concept of 'Kilo Art' that he himself created, by having the quantities measured by official organisations and thus causing ideas of value in the world of art to be permanently questioned and changed. At the ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1950, in Orléans.

Draughtsman, engraver, painter, performance artist, photographer.

Conceptual Art.

Éric Rondepierre studied drawing and engraving at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he now lives and works. In tandem, he majored in comparative literature. Rondepierre works variously as a graphic artist, engraver, painter, photographer, author, actor and stage director, but is perhaps best known for his photographic work. 'Photographer' is perhaps stretching the point, as Jean-Emmanuel Denave has suggested, to the extent that Rondepierre does not actually ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 16 December 1937, in Omaha (Nebraska), United States.

Painter, engraver, film producer, photographer. Artists’ books.

Conceptual Art.

In 1942, the family of Edward Joseph Ruscha moved to Oklahoma City. Ruscha trained as a commercial artist at the Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts), Los Angeles, from 1956; he then settled in Los Angeles....

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American, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1960, in Brooklyn (New York City).

Engraver, photographer, mixed media, installation artist.

Conceptual Art, Identity Art.

Lorna Simpson studied at the University of San Diego and then at the New York School of Visual Arts. She started out as a photo-journalist and her work has retained a connection between the photograph and text. She is an African American artist who works from texts and photographs and sometimes makes sound installations. She portrays the black female body and questions the usual stereotypes, as in the series ...

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Canadian, 20th–21st century, male.

Active in USA 1964–1972.

Born 10 December 1928, in Toronto.

Painter, sculptor, collage artist, lithographer, video installation artist. Artists’ books.

Conceptual Art.

Michael James Snow was a student at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto from 1948 and graduated in 1953. He spent time in Europe in 1954–1955. He also made a name for himself as a jazz musician. He mainly chooses the most ordinary subjects and objects from everyday life, which he empties of their usual significance in order to transmute them by making their place in space and time perceptible. His early works were figurative, interiors and figures. However, from 1961, he particularly exploited the theme of the ...

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 2 December 1942, in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman (ink), lithographer, photographer, mixed media, video artist. Figures, portraits, landscapes.

Bad Painting, Conceptual Art.

William Wegman graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, and went on to study printmaking at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His early work consisted of Minimalist paintings and sculptures, but he later began making conceptual works, which he documented with photographs. He made his name in the 1970s with photographs and videos of his Weimaraner dog Man Ray, who also features in his paintings and drawings. He adds captions to his paintings and drawings, some copying text from 1950s children’s encyclopaedias. In the 1980s Wegman continued making photographs of his dogs, generating public attention from children and adults. These deadpan, quirky portraits give them a near-human quality, especially when Wegman began posing them in period costumes, roller skates, and in tableau-vivant settings of everyday life. His series of fairy-tale portraits of the dogs have been described as transfigurations. He returned to painting in the mid-1980s and in 1998, after a 20-year hiatus, Wegman began making video works, usually depicting himself performing monologues. The light-hearted and ironic tone of his videos explores what has been described as ‘the aesthetic of boredom’. In 2003, he showed works in which he had painted around postcards glued to wood panels. He experiments with varied styles, from conceptual art to Hyperrealism, from Orientalism to Luminism. He is based in New York....