Lives in Berlin (DE), born in US.
Jimmie Durham was born in 1940 in (or, as he himself says, ‘under’) the state of Arkansas in the US, into a Cherokee family. After working different jobs he studied art at the École des Beaux-Arts in Geneva in the early 1970s before joining the American Indian Movement during the confrontation with US federal forces at Wounded Knee in 1973. Durham became Director of the International Indian Treaty Council and its representative to the UN throughout the 1970s. He is one of very few leading contemporary artists to have such hands-on experience of political work. In New York in the early 1980s he returned to art, and in the years around 1990 he lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico. In 1994 he moved back to Europe. Now he lives in Berlin and Naples. Durham has gained a considerable international following since he participated in Documenta 9 in 1992. His prominent presence in Documenta 13 in 2012 only proved this. Durham’s work has been crucial, not just to the emergence of a truly global and multi-polar art world but also to strengthening the bond between visual art and thinking that may determine the future of the whole endeavour of art. His sculptures, installations, drawings and videos are very political operations involving both object, image and text. They analyse, critique and tell stories. But they do not ask questions. In American indigenous tradition that is to be avoided whenever possible.
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Eleven Stone Parts
Jimmie Durham, Eleven Stone Parts, 1998. Sculpture, mixed media, variable dimensions.
Jimmie Durham, Un example, 1994. Sculpture, wood, stone, papier maché, glass, coal expoxy, 46 x 65 x 11 cm.
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Jimmie Durham - Glass
12 May 2006 - 01 July 2006.
“Glass is clear at least. Well, I mean some glass is clear. There is now the status-symbol of un-clear, smoky glass windows in limousines so
Jimmie Durham - Der Verfü...
03 March 1996 - 30 April 1996.
"Ulli Lindmayr invited me to do something in the house that Wittgenstein had designed and built for his sister in Vienna. As an architect Wit
Jimmie Durham - Caliban
07 November 1992 - 05 December 1992.
For this exhibition, the gallery Nicole Klagsbrun in New York was split into two sides: anti-art and art. Durham incorporated Shakespeare’s c
Le ragioni della leggerez...
18 November 2004 - 22 January 2005.
It might seem paradoxical to use the title Reasons for Lightness for the exhibition of an artist who has taken a small, three-wheeler Ape tru
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Against Architecture, Aga...
“Architecture makes you believe that it is the city when in fact our intellectuality and our desire for freedom is the city. Architecture say
"I can write a poem and read it to my friends or pass it around to my friends. But I write a poem to publish the poem, even if I don’t publis
Luc Deleu, AMVK, Ria Pacquée, Ilya Kabakov, Almagul Menlibayeva, Goshka Macuga, Allan Sekula, Jimmie Durham, Mark Dion, Yang Zhenzhong
Reflections on Cultural C...
REFLECTIONS ON CULTURAL COMPLEXITY This title originated from talks on the work of Kostis Velonis, Jimmie Durham and Danny Matthys. A