Sam Durant

Sam Durant, photograph by Yvonne Venegas

Sam Durant is a multimedia artist whose works engage a variety of social, political, and cultural issues. Often referencing American history, his work explores the varying relationships between culture and politics, engaging subjects as diverse as the civil rights movement, southern rock music, and modernism. His work has been widely exhibited internationally and in the United States. He has had solo museum exhibitions at the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art. Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Zealand. His work has been included in the Panamá, Sydney, Venice and Whitney Biennales. Durant shows with several galleries including Blum and Poe in Los Angeles, Paula Cooper Gallery in New York, Praz-Delavallade in Paris and Sadie Coles Gallery in London. His work has been extensively written about including seven monographic catalogs and books. In 2006 he compiled and edited a comprehensive monograph of Black Panther artist Emory Douglas’ work. His recent curatorial credits include Eat the Market at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Black Panther: the Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the New Museum in New York. He has co-organized numerous group shows and artists benefits and is a co-founder of Transforma, a cultural rebuilding collective project that began in New Orleans. He was a finalist for the 2008 Hugo Boss Prize and has received a United States Artists Broad Fellowship and a City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Grant. His work can be found in many public collections including The Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth, Tate Modern in London, Project Row Houses in Houston and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Durant teaches art at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.

The books discussed in the interview were Human Acts and Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Transcendental (Wheatley’s Desk/Emerson’s Chair), 2016 painted wood 53-3/4” x 34-1/4” x 34-1/2” Fabricator: Dyson & Womack Courtesy the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/ Tokyo Photo by: Josh White

“Every spirit builds itself a house, and beyond its house a world…Build therefore your own world”, 2017 wood, vinyl text 167-1/2” x 539-3/4” x 377” Fabricators: Ross Caliendo, Michael Dodge, Aaron Freeman, Norm Laich, Josh Rubens, Sam Scarf, Ben Carlton Turner, and Lowell Wilson Courtesy the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/ Tokyo Photo by: Josh White