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Barbara Bloom (artist)

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Nationality  American
Name  Barbara Bloom

Role  Artist
Period  The Pictures Generation
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Born  1951Los Angeles, California
Education  California Institute of the Arts (1972)
Books  As It Were ... So to Speak: A Museum Collection in Dialogue with Barbara Bloom
Awards  Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
Similar People  Matt Mullican, Dominic van den Boogerd, Jules de Balincourt, Mary Heilmann, Peter Noever

Barbara Bloom (born 1951, in Los Angeles) is a conceptual artist. She works in a wide range of media and is most known for her installation works that have been exhibited internationally. Bloom is loosely connected to a group of artists referred to as The Pictures Generation. For nearly twenty years she lived in Europe, first in Amsterdam then Berlin. She now lives in New York City with her husband, the writer-composer Chris Mann, and their daughter.


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Bloom attended Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, and in 1972 received her BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California where her mentor was John Baldessari.


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Beginning in the 1970s, Bloom has created work in a variety of different mediums including photography, installation, film, and books.

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In conversation with Susan Tallman, Barbara Bloom has referred to herself as a “novelist who somehow ended up in a ‘visual artist’ queue”. Bloom has often compared herself, and the viewer of her work, to a 'detective' who is confronted with disparate clues, and is asked to form some kind of visual narrative. Her work is often about the nature of looking. She engages her viewer, seducing him/her into a beautifully constructed visual world, one that is underlaid by subversive wrenches thrown in.

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Bloom has an ongoing interest in the value and meaning we collectively and individually bestow upon objects and images. She has not been concerned with showing single objects or images, rather with highlighting the relationships between them, and the meanings implicit in their placement and combination. The objects are placeholders for thoughts, and when they are situated in proximity to one another, meanings can reverberate and ricochet off of each other. Additionally, Bloom states in an artist's statement that her "fascination is with the relationships between objects or images—and the meanings implicit in their placement and combination."

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Bloom’s use of shadows, traces, Braille, broken objects, watermarks, micro-images all demonstrate an ongoing interest in visualizing the fragile workings of memory, the invisible, the ephemeral, and the absent. These “aesthetic underdogs, sheltered under BB’s wing [...] provide yet another lens for looking at how we seek value in objects and why.”


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  • DAAD, Berlin Artist’s-in-Residence (1986)
  • Visual Artist’s Fellowship in Photography, The National Endowment for the Arts (1986)
  • The Venice Biennale - Due Mille Prize (1988)
  • The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (1989)
  • The Frederick Weisman Foundation Award (1991)
  • Wexner Center for the Arts Fellowship (1997)
  • Guggenheim Visual Art Fellowship (1998)
  • Visual Artist’s Fellowship in Photography, The National Endowment for the Arts (2006)
  • Getty Research Institute Visiting Scholar (2007)
  • Wynn Newhouse Award (2009)
  • Visual Arts Grant, Foundation of Contemporary Arts (2016)
  • Exhibitions

    Bloom’s work has been shown widely including exhibitions at: Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Venice Biennale; Kunstverein München, Munich; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; The Serpentine Gallery, London; Kunsthalle Zürich; Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Leo Castelli Gallery, New York; SITE Santa Fe; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; La Bienale de Venezuela, Caracas; Museum Friedricianum, Kassel; Parrish Art Museum, Southampton; Wexner Center for the Arts; Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum; International Center of Photography, New York; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; The Jewish Museum, New York.


    Barbara Bloom’s works are featured in a variety of public collections including: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; MAK Museum of Applied Art, Vienna; International Center of Photography, New York; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Australian National Gallery, Canberra; Groninger Museum, The Netherlands; Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan, the CU Art Museum at the University of Colorado Boulder, among others.


  • A Picture, A Thousand Words, David Lewis, New York, 2017
  • Gifts, Ludion, Antwerp, Belgium, 2015
  • The St. Petersburg Paradox, Swiss Institute, New York and Karma, New York, 2014
  • As it were... so to speak : a museum collection in dialogue with Barbara Bloom, The Jewish Museum, New York, 2013
  • Between Artists: John Baldessari and Barbara Bloom, A.R.T. Press, New York, 2011
  • The Collections of Barbara Bloom, Bloom, Dave Hickey, Susan Tallman, Steidl and International Center of Photography, NY, 2008
  • Flash Cards, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, 2003
  • Broken, Bloom and Miller, J. Abbott, Pentagram Papers, New York, 2001
  • Dinge in der Kunst des XX. Jahrhunderts, Haus der Kunst, München, 2000
  • Revised Evidence: Nabokov’s Inscriptions, Annotations. Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, New York, 1999
  • The Museum As Muse: Artists Reflect, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1999
  • Pictures From The Floating World, Sala de Exposiciones Rekalde, D.L, Bilbao, 1998
  • Contemplation : Five Installations : Barbara Bloom, Ann Hamilton With Kathryn Clark, Nam June Paik, Robert Ryman, James Turrell, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa, 1996
  • Consider The Alternatives : 20 Years Of Contemporary Art At Hallwalls, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, New York, 1996
  • Longing And Belonging : From The Faraway Nearby : Site Santa Fe, July 14 To October 8, 1995, Santa Fe, New Mexico, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1995
  • The Passions Of Natasha, Nokiko, Nicole, Nanette And Norma, Cantz Verlag, Stuttgart, 1993
  • Never Odd Or Even. Verlag Silke Schreiber, Munich & The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 1992
  • De woorden en de beelden: tekst en beeld in de kunst van de twintigste eeuw, Utrecht Centraal Museum, Utrecht, 1991
  • El Jardín salvaje, La Fundacion, Madrid, 1990
  • Life size : a sense of the real in recent art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1990
  • The Indomitable spirit : photographers and artists respond to the time of AIDS, Photographers + Friends United Against AIDS, New York, 1990
  • The Reign of Narcissism. Wurtembergischer Kunstverein, The Serpentine Gallery, Kunsthalle Zurich, 1990
  • The Readymade boomerang : certain relations in 20th century art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 11 April-3 June 1990, the eighth Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New S. Wales, Sydney, 1990
  • Assembled, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, 1990
  • Die Endlichkeit Der Freiheit Berlin 1990 : Ein Ausstellungsprojekt In Ost Und West, Edition Hentrich, Berlin, 1990
  • Ghost Writer, Passagen Verlag, Vienna, 1992 (original version DAAD Berlin, 1986)
  • Picture This: Films Chosen By Artists, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, New York, 1987
  • Lost and Found, Gemeentemuseum Arnhem, Arnhem, the Netherlands, 1987
  • Esprit de l’Escalier. Hallwalls, Buffalo, New York, 1986
  • A Calendar on Travel and Tourism, Mart.Spruijt, Amsterdam, 1986
  • Soundtrack to The French Diplomat’s Office. Bloom & Christian Marclay, BlumArts, NY, 1999
  • Teaching

    Bloom has held teaching positions at: Cooper Union School of Art, New York; ICP-Bard Program in Advanced Photographic Studies; Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University; Columbia University-School of the Arts; Yale University- Graduate Department of Sculpture; School of Visual Arts, New York, Riksakademie voor Beeldende Kunst, Amsterdam.


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