Adam Simon

Adam Simon is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY, known both for his paintings and for public projects around the presentation and distribution of art. Simon’s paintings mine cultural phenomena; newspaper layout and content, stock photography, iconic images from art history and (most recently) corporate logos. In a 2012 interview with James Kalm, Simon said, “I’m a conceptual artist first, I’m a figurative artist when I’m making drawings for the stencils and when I’m actually painting I’m an abstract painter.”

Simon’s public projects began with Four Walls, an artists forum and exhibition space that featured one-evening exhibitions with discussion. Simon co-directed Four Walls with Michele Araujo in Hoboken, NJ (1984-1988) and later with Mike Ballou in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY (1990-1998).

Other of Simon’s public projects included the online Fine Art Adoption Network, in collaboration with Art in General (NYC). FAAN launched in 2006 and ended in 2019. Adopters received permanent ownership of artworks at no cost. Artists selected adopters from those who solicited them through the site, often after several email exchanges. Over 350 artists participated and more than 600 artworks were adopted.

Other projects included a series of public conversations between artists in various NYC galleries, a very short-lived talent agency that offered the services of trained actors as proxies for visual artists in situations requiring public relations and a soap-box style public address platform in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Simon has exhibited his paintings in the United States and Europe, most recently at Studio 10 in Brooklyn, NY. He has been the recipient of several awards and grants including a NYC Percent for Art commission and a Yaddo artist’s residency.

Fragment 1, 2018, acrylic on canvas 35 x 48”
Arrangement 1 2017, acrylic on canvas 8’ x7’ (approximate)

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  1. […] Adam Simon took the opportunity to get to know Praxis interviews and spent some of his time on our show interviewing the interviewer. He spent time discussing the importance of artists making things for the sake of making things in contrast to the commodification that does exist in the art world. Simon himself is known for projects that focus on the public distribution and presentation of art. The first iteration of this was his project Four Walls which consisted of evenings of presentation that ran for four years initially. To hear more from Adam Simon in this deep dive conversation, and to hear about what Simon is up to now including his own art working with logos and the major museum who has just decided to take some of his archives, listen to the complete interview. […]