ADAM PENDLETON

I think language that stands it’s ground is ‘Black Lives Matter.’

Adam Pendleton (born 1984, Richmond, Virginia) is an American conceptual artist known for his multi-disciplinary practice, involving painting, silkscreen, collage, video and performance. His work often involves the investigation of language and the recontextualization of history through appropriated imagery. His art has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, the New Museum, and other shows internationally, including La Triennale at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. He has been featured twice in Forbes Magazines “30 Under 30” list. In 2012 Pendleton signed with Pace Gallery at age 28, the youngest artist to do so since the 1970s. His first show with Pace was at the gallery’s Soho London branch in the fall of 2012. Famous collectors include Steven A. Cohen, Leonardo DiCaprio and Venus Williams.

In 2017, Koenig Books published his Black Dada Reader, a collection of documents and essays from various sources that relate to the conceptual framework of Black Dada. Within this context, Pendleton inserts his work into broader conversations about appropriation, representation, and political engagement—from Sol LeWitt’s incomplete open cube structures to protest posters. In 2018, Pace in London exhibited Pendleton’s Our Ideas which encompassed several pieces from earlier bodies of work alongside recent development’s in the artist’s practice. The exhibition included a series of paintings titled Untitled (A Victim of American Democracy) (2018), on which spray-painted vertical lines are layered with enlarged, cut-up language drawn from a 1964 speech by Malcolm X.

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