Taryn Simon

Biography


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Born in 1975 in New York, US
Lives and works in New York, US

Education

1993 – 1997
BA, Brown University, Providence, US

Solo Exhibitions

2017
‘The Innocents’, Guild Hall, New York, USA

2016
'Taryn Simon: An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar', Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, DK
'Paperwork and the Will of Capital', Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels 
'An Occupation of Loss', Park Avenue Armory, New York, US
'Paperwork and the Will of Capital', Tel Aviv Contemporary, Tel Aviv, IL
'A Soldier is Taught to Bayonet the Enemy and Not Some Undefined Abstraction', Albertinum, Dresden, DE
'Taryn Simon', Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, CR
'Paperwork, and the Will of Capital: An Account of Flora as Witness', Gagosian Gallery, Rome, Italy
'Black Squares and Paperwork, and the Will of Capital', Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
'Birds of the West Indies', George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York, US
'An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar', Louisiana Museum of Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
'Paperwork and the Will of Capial', Gagosian Gallery, New York, US
'Taryn Simon. Action Research/ The Stagecraft of Power', Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
'Paperwork, and the Will of Capital: An Account of Flora as Witness', Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY

2015
'Vues arrière, nébuleuse stellaire et bureau de la propagande extérieure', Musée du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
'Birds of the West Indies', Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France
'A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I – XVIII', Le Point du Jour, Cherbourg, France

2014
'The Picture Collection', MOCAK, Krakow, Poland
Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris
'Cover opérations : Investigating the known unknowns', MoCA, Scottsdale, AZ
'An American index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar', Galerie Tanit, Munich, Allemagne
'A Polite Fiction', Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
'Taryn Simon: Birds Of West Indies', Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, USA
'The Picture Collection', Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO, USA

2013
‘The Picture Collection’, Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France
‘There Are Some Who Are in Darkness’, works from the Olbricht Collection, Selected by the Artist, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
‘Birds of the West Indies’, Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg, U.S.A.
‘The Picture Collection’, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
‘A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII’, Ullens Center for contemporary art, Beijing, China
‘Taryn Simon: Works from the George Economou Collection’, George Economou Collection Space, New York, U.S.A.
The Picture Collection’, Gagosian Gallery, London, U.K.
‘An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar / Contraband’, The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Dubau, U.A.E.
‘An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar’, Hasselblad Foundation, Gôteborg, Sweden
‘The Innocents’, Brown University RISD Hillel Gallery, Providence, U.S.A.
‘The Picture Collection’, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

2012
‘A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII’, The Geffen Contemporary, MOCA, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
‘A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII’, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, U.S.A.
‘A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I - XVIII’, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France
‘A Living Man Declared Dead and Others Chapters’, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, U.S.A.
‘Black Square’, Gagosian Gallery, Athens, Greece
‘Photographs and Texts’, Meilathi Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
‘Photographs and Texts’, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia

2011
‘A Living Man Declared Dead and Others Chapters’, Tate Modern, London, U.K.
'A Living Man Declared Dead and Others Chapters', Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
'Contraband', Belfast Exposed Photography, Belfast, North Ireland
‘Taryn Simon: Photographs and Texts’, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, U.S.A.; Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia
‘Contraband’, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
'Taryn Simon', Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
‘Taryn Simon’, Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia
‘An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar’, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand

2010
‘Contraband’, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium; Lever House Art Collection, New York, NY, U.S.A.; Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, U.S.A.
‘An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar’, Center for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia; Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand; Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand

2009
‘An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar’, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia; Guild Hall, East Hampton, U.S.A.

2008
‘An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar’, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France; Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, U.S.A.; Fotografie Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2007
‘An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar’, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany; Photographers Gallery, London, U.K.; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, U.S.A.; Art Foyer, DZ Bank, Frankfurt, Germany

2006
‘Taryn Simon: Nonfiction’, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, U.S.A.
‘The Innocents’, Portraits, Provisions Library, Washington DC, U.S.A.; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, U.S.A.; Musée de L'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland

2005
‘The Innocents’, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, U.S.A.; Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, The Netherlands

2004
‘The Innocents’, Contemporary Arts Center, Pharos Art Trust, Cyprus, Greece; Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark; Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, U.S.A.; Gagosian Gallery, London, U.K.; Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway

2003
‘The Innocents’, MoMA P.S.1, Long Island City, U.S.A.; The Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, U.S.A.
‘The Innocents (and other works)’, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
‘Taryn Simon: Portraits’, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, Durham, U.S.A.

2001
‘Taryn Simon’, Camerawork, Berlin, Germany

1997
‘Pornograph’, The RISD Museum, Providence, U.S.A.
The List Art Center, Brown University, Providence, U.S.A.

Group Exhibitions

2017
‘The Arcades : Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin’, The Jewish Museum, New York    
‘State of the World’, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
‘Invisible Cities’, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, New York, USA
‘Gutes Sterben-Falscher Tod’, Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
‘The Flower Show’, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University, Rhode Island, USA
‘Spectre du surréalisme - Rencontres Photographiques d’Arles’, Arles, France
‘Faces’, Stiftung Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, Germany
‘What Does the Image Stand For?, curated by Ami Barak - Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal’
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
‘FOOD – The Super Metaphor of our Time’, Trapholt Museum of Modern Art and Design’, South Jutland, Denmark
‘Leonard Cohen : Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything’, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
Tate, Modern, London is currectly exhibiting several works from An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamilier(2007), which are part of their permanent collection.  

2015
'Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim', Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
'All the World's Futures', curated by Okwui Enwezor, Venice Biennale, Arsenale, Venice, Italy
'America is Hard to See', Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
'Americana', FRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Dunkerque, France
'Boom She Boom, Works from the MMK Collection', MMK, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
'Sebald Variations', CCCB - Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona              'Duddell's Presents: ICA Off-Site: Hong Kongese', Duddell's, Hong Kong

2014
'Conflict, Time, Photography', Tate Modern, London
'In Context: The Portrait in Contemporary Photographic Practice', Wellin Museum, Clinton, New York
'Death is your Body', Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany
'THE BEGINNING / END-STATES', Sgorbati Projects, New York
'Crime in the Art', MOCAK, Krakow, Poland
Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan
'Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime', Wellcome Collection, London
'Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns', Scottsdale MoCA, Scottsdale, AZ
‘Now You See It: Photography and Concealment’, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, U.S.A.
‘G I R L’ (curated by Pharrell Williams), Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
‘Darren bader: Photographs I Like’, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY, U.S.A.
‘Paris Photo L.A.’, Paramount Pictures Studio, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
‘PANOPTICUM’, Robert Miller Gallery ,New York, NY, U.S.A.

2013
‘global aCtIVISm’, Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany
'Politic is Personal', Stonescape, Napa, CA
'2013 Carnegie International', Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
'In the Scéance Room: Acquisition Highlights from 2003-2013', MACSD Downtown, San Diego, CA
’19 rue de Saintonge’, Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France
‘My Aim Is True’, The Frostig Center, Pasadena, U.S.A.
‘Maintenance Required’, The Kitchen (with the Whitney), New York, U.S.A.
‘The Red Queen’, Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania, Australia
‘XL: 19 New Acquisitions in Photography’, Museum of Modern Art, New York, U.S.A.

2012
‘Moments of Reprieve: Representing Loss in Contemporary Photography’, Paradise Row, London, U.K.
‘Chronicles of a Disappearance’, DHC/ART Foundation, Montreal, Canada
‘An Orchestrated Vision: The Theater of Contemporary Photography’, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO
‘Töten’, Kunstpalais Stadt Erlangen, Palais Stutterheim, Erlangen, Germany
‘Remote Control: Art, TV and Mass Consumerism’, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England

2011
'Seeing is believing', KW, Berlin, Germany
‘Role Models – Role playng’, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
‘Speech Matter’, Danish Pavillion, 54 Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Singapore Biennial, Singapore
‘Prix Pictet – Growth’, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy
‘Moments of Reprieve: Representing Loss in Contemporary Photography’, Tallinn Kunstihoone Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
‘Singapore Biennale 2011: Open House’, NAtional Museum of Singapore, SAM@8Q and the Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
‘Crime Unseen’, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL, U.S.A.

2010
‘True Fiction’, The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.
‘How soon is now ?’, The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia
‘Rethinking Location’, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, Germany
‘In focus: Tasteful Pictures’, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
‘Pleasure Point’, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.
‘Meet Me Inside’, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, U.S.A.
‘Respublica. 1910 and 2010 face to face’, Gulbenkian Museum, Lisboa, Portugal
‘Julia Stoschek Collection - I want to see how you see’, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
‘L’attraction de l’Espace’, Musée d’Art Moderne, Saint-Étienne, France
‘Street with Human Shadows’, L’Atelier Mécanique, 41th edition of Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France
‘Now What ?’, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, U.S.A.
‘The Lucid Evidence. Works from the Photography Collection of MMK’, MMK, Frankfurt, Germany
‘STARE: The Pleasures of the INtensely Familiar and the Strangely Unexpected’, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, U.S.A.

2009
‘elles@centrepompidou.fr’, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
‘Bienale Cuve’, OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria
‘Deutsche Börse Photography Prize’, Photographers Gallery, London, U.K.
‘Political/Minimal’, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland

2008
‘Political/Minimal’, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
‘Reality Check: Truth and Illusion in Contemporary Photography’, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, U.S.A.
‘Manifesto Marathon, Manifestos for the 21st Century’, Serpentine Gallery Pavillon, London, U.K.
‘Archetypes and Icons’, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, U.S.A.
‘Lugares comprometidos: Topografia y actualidad’, Galerie Barbican, Madrid, Spain
‘Park Nights Manifesto Marathon’, Serpentine Gallery, London, U.K.
‘Geschlossene Gesellschaft’, KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany 
‘Memory is Your Image of Perfection’, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.
‘Close Encounter: Facing the Future’, Provisions Library, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
‘When a clock is seen from the side it no longer tells the time’, Johann Konig Gallery, Berlin, Germany
‘Gwangju Biennale’, Gwangju, South Korea

2007
Park Nights Manifesto Marathon’, Serpentine Gallery, London, U.K.
‘Geschlossene Gesellschaft’, KW Institue of Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
'NUMBER ONE: Destroy, she said’, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany
‘Memory Is Your Image of Perfection’, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.
Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
‘Concept: Photography – Dialogues & Attitudes’, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary
‘Insight?’, Gagosian Gallery at Bar Vikha Luxury Village, Moscow, Russia
‘Crimes of Omission’, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.

2006
‘New Photography’, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.
‘Down By Law’, Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, U.S.A.
‘ClickDoubleClick: The Documentary Factor’, Haus der Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany ; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium
‘Middle Ground’, Wallach Art Gallery at the Columbia University, New York, NY, U.S.A.

2005
‘Greater New York’, MoMA P.S.1, Long Island City, NY, U.S.A.
‘Set Up: Recent Aquisitions in Photography’, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, U.S.A.
‘Reprocessing Reality – new perspectives on art and the documentary’, Nyon, Switzerland (through 2006)

2004
‘Freedom Salon’, Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues, & Ideas, Deitch Projects, New York, NY, U.S.A.
‘The 10 Commandments’, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, Germany
‘Really True’, Ruhrland Museum, Essen, Germany
‘True lies’, Lügen und andere Wahrheiten in der zeitgenössischen Fotografie, Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, The Netherlands ; Museum München, Munich, Germany

2003
‘How Human: Life in the Post-Genome Era’, International Center of Photography, New York, NY, U.S.A.

2002
Seibu, Tokyo, Japan

2000
Mitsubishi-Jisho, Fukuoka, Japan

2001
Kobe Museum, Kobe, Japan

1999
Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, Japan
Festival International des Arts d'Hyères, Villa Noailles, Hyères, France

Public Collections

MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Tate Modern, London, U.K.
Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, U.S.A.
Museum für Monderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, U.K.
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.
DZ Bank AG, Frankfurt, Germany
Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany
Library of Congress, Washington, DC, U.S.A.
Margulies Collection, Miami, FL, U.S.A.
Nation Media Museum, Bradford, U.K.
Olbricht Collection, Essen, Germany
The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.
San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.
Wilson Centre of Photography, London, U.K.

 

Awards

2011
LUMA Foundation Book Award for ‘A Living Man Declared Dead and Others Chapters’, Les Rencontres d'Arles, Provence, France

2010
Discovery Award, Les Rencontres d'Arles, Provence, France

2008
International Center of Photography Infinity Award for publication, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Silver Medal Lead Award, Germany

2007
KLM Paul Huf Award, FOAM-Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2001
Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Photography, New York, NY, U.S.A.

1999
The Alfred Eisenstaedt Award in Photography, Columbia University, New York, NY, U.S.A.

1997
The Westin Fine Arts Award in Photography, Brown University, Providence, RI, U.S.A.
Roberta Joslin Award for Excellence in Art, Brown University, Providence, RI, U.S.A.

 

Conferences

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A.
International Center of Photography, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Yale University, New Haven, CT, U.S.A.
Columbia University, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Bard College, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Brown University, Providence, RI, U.S.A.
Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, U.S.A.
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, U.S.A.
P.S. 124, New York, NY, U.S.A.
School of Art Institute of Chicago, IL, U.S.A.