Presentation

In this of work, «The Tale is True», realized in 2012-2013, Hilliard continues to deconstruct issues surrounding familial relation-ships, and the struggle to secure a sense of self and place in a chaotic world.  For over 20 years Hilliard has intermittently made photographs of his father, often including himself, exploring their relationship and the process of aging.  In The Tale is True, Hilliard returns to the father-son narrative, using his multi-panel panoramas (polyptychs) to explore a fa¬mily’s perseverance as they struggle to avoid an entropic slide toward ruin. Their Cape Cod family home, a legacy of generations of Yankee prosperity and tradition, serves as a symbol of identity, entrapment and history.  Within these photographs, Hilliard unfolds the story of a father and son trying to maintain their physical and emotional footing while being swept up in the confluence of a complicated past and uncertain future. The tension between disillusionment and hope pervades this narrative, and is further punctuated by allegorical and symbolist cues within Hilliard’s multi-panel arrangements.

Much like the polyptychs of Renaissance ecclesiastical painting, each of Hilliard’s photographs offers the viewer the opportunity to explore from panel to panel the universal story of man’s frailty, and travails of the human spirit. Just as earlier paintings displayed stories or religious histories coupled with the mystical and mythological, Hilliard utilizes narrative and metaphor to reveal philo¬sophical and spiritual themes of fate and faith, and the necessity of patience in adversity.

The form, concept and titling of the series is explicitly drawn from The Seafarer, an Old English elegy which tells the story of an old seafarer facing the hardships of his past in an attempt to create meaning out of his life. Hilliard’s poetic reference finds visual presence within the details of his images: figurines of sea captains, paintings of tall ships under sail, slivers of shimmering ocean glimpsed beyond the ruin of the house. The poem, though mournful, ends with an uncertain, but lasting beauty. Hilliard explains, “it’s my intention that (the photographs) serve as a testament to perseverance; within even the bleakest of histories there exist threads of enduring hope, reminding us that even in the face of great adversity, we adapt and endure.”

Biography

Born 1964, Lowell, MA. Lives and works in Boston, MA



FORMATION

1994
MFA Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

1992
BFA Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA



SeLECTION OF SOLO SHOWS - SINCE 2000

2014 - “David Hilliard - Intimacies,” Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, FL
    “The Tale is True”, La Galerie Particulière, Bruxelles, Belgique

2013 - “The Tale is True”, La Galerie Particulière, Paris, France
    “The Tale is True”, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY

2012 - Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
    Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, Nashville, TN

2011 - La Galerie Particuliere, Paris, France
    “Great Expectations: David Hilliard & David Rathman”, Mark Moore Gallery Culver City, CA

2010 - “Tending to Doubt,” Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
    “Highway of Thought,” Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

2009 - “Highway of Thought,” University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME
    “Being Like,” Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
    “Being Like,” Carroll and Sons, Boston, MA

2008 - “Being Like,” Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
    Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, AK
    Carroll and Sons, Boston, MA
    Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
    Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2007 - “New/Now,” New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
    “Verifier,” Quality Pictures, Portland, OR
    “Verifier,” Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
    “Saturate,” Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

2006 - “The Favorite,” Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA

2005 - “Ladies,” Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
    “Desired Effect,” Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
    University of Georgia, Athens, GA
    “Embellish,” Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
    “Embellish,” Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
    “David Hilliard - New Works,” Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA

2004 - LA Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany
    “There’s Only Biography,” Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY

2003 - “There’s Only Biography,” Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
    “David Hilliard,” Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO
    “So Close - So Far Away,” LA Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany
    “Catch and Release,” Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY

2002 - “Catch and Release,” Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
    “Catch and Release,” Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
    “David Hilliard,” Blue Sky Gallery, Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Portland, OR

2001 - “Making Boys Cry,” Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA

2000 - “Photographs,” Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
    “Photographs of Endurance,” Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA



SELECTION OF GROUP SHOWS - SINCE 2000

2014 - “Glimpse,” Gallery at Cassilhaus, Chapel Hill, NC

2013 - “Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles”, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS
    A selection of images from “The Tale is True”, Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA
    “Woods, Lovely, Dark and Deep”, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY

2012 - “The Kids Are All Right”, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
    “Shared Vision: The Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla Collection of Photography”
    Aperture Foundation, New York, NY
    “Do or Die. The Human Condition in Painting and Photography”
    Stiftung Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden, Germany

2011 - “Beautiful Vagabonds, Birds in Contemporary Photography, Video and Sound”
    Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
    “Hero Worship”, Mindy Sololmon Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
    “Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection”, Museum of Fine Arts
    Boston, Boston, MA
    “Becoming Muses” Woodstock Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY
    “Masculinity and Rites of Passage: Photography by David Hilliard”
    The Groton School, Groton, MA
    “People Power Places: Reframing the American Landscape”, Davidson College, Davidson, NC
    “Remember Then: An Exhibition on the Photography of Memory”
    Concourse Gallery - Center for Government and International Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
    “Open: A 25th Anniversary Show”, Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CA

2010 - “Incognito, The Hidden Self - Portrait”, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
    “Do or Die. The Human Condition in Painting and Photography,” The Wallraf-Richartz Museum & Foundation Corboud, Cologne, Germany


2009  - “Out of the Box: Photography Portfolios from the Permanent Collection,” DeCordova
    Museum, Lincoln, MA
    “Athens of America,” St. Botolph Club, Boston,MA
    “Glitz and Grime,” Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY

2008 - “The Gaze,” Singer Editions, Boston, MA
    “The Good Life,” Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
    “For Art’s Sake,” Open House Gallery, New York, NY, A collaborative exhibition and silent
    auction with Ford Modeling Agency to raise awareness and funding for ACRIA
    (AIDS Community Research Initiative of America)
    “Presumed Innocence: Photographs of Children,” A group exhibition with catalog. DeCordova
    Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
 
2007 - “The Morton Collection: A Selection,” Visual Arts Gallery, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
    “Building a Collection: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art,” Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA
    “David Hilliard and Sam Taylor Wood,” Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta GA
    “Window/Interface,” A group exhibition with catalogue, The Kemper Art Museum at Washington University, St. Louis, MO
    “An Instinctive Eye: A Selection of Contemporary Photographs from The Sir Elton John
    Collection," Pinchuk Art Centre Kiev, Ukraine

2006 - “Modern Photographs: The Machine, the Body and the City Gifts from the Charles Cowles
    Collection,” Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
    “Approaches to Narrative,” DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
    “Arcadia,” Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
    “I Love the Burbs,” Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY

2005 - “Face & Figure,” Portrait & Figure Study in Contemporary Photography, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT
    “Post Production,” Changing Role Gallery, Naples Italy
    “Monstrously Tranquil,” Chris Ingalls Gallery, Miami FL
    “Picturing Central Park,” Central Park Conservancy exhibition at Christie’s, New York, NY
    “Taking Inventory,” Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
    “When We Were Young,” Foley Gallery, New York, NY
    “Epilogue,” Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
    “On View, Photographing The Museum,” Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
    “Photographers View: Found and Invented Constructs,” Elizabeth Leach Gallery Portland, OR

2004 - “The Nude, Ideal and Reality,” Galleria d’Arte Moderna Bologna, Bologna, Italy
    “Real Time,” DiverseWorks Art Space, Houston, TX
    “Pure,” David Hilliard and Ryan McGinley, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    “Art History: Photography References Painting,” Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY

2003 - “Sea,” Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, NY
    “Review/Preview,” Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
    “Enchanted Evening,” Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
    “Swimsuits and Sports,” Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
    “Re-Presenting Representation,” Arnot Art Museum, Elmira NY
    “Self and Soul,” Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC

2002 - “Review/Preview,” Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
    “Two of US,” LA Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany
    Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY

2001 - “Fresh,” Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
    Exhibition, Blind Spot Magazine #17, Society for Contemporary Photography Kansas City, MO
    Digital Printmaking at Singer Editions, Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
    Exhibition, Blind Spot Magazine #17, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA


2000 - “Something About the Girl,” Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
    “Fiction/Non Fiction,” Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA
    “Face Off,” Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA
    “7x7x7,” Gallery Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain
    “Six to See,” Parts Gallery, Minneapolis, MN



COLLECTIONS

Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
Art Institute of Chicago Art Museum, Chicago IL
Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
LaSalle Bank Photography Collection, Chicago, IL
List Visual Art Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Microsoft Art Collection, Redmond, WA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Neuberger and Berman, New York, NY
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR
Sir Elton John, Atlanta, GA - London, England
The Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
The Cleveland Clinic, Lyndurst, OH
The Columbia Museum of Art, SC
The Community of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
The DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
The Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA
The University of Maine, Bangor, ME
The University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

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Texts

David Hilliard

For years I have been actively documenting my life and the lives of those around me, recording events and attempting to create order in a sometimes chaotic world. While my photographs focus on the personal, the familiar and the simply ordinary, the work strikes a balance between autobiography and fiction. Within the photographs physical distance is often manipulated to represent emotional distance. The casual glances people share can take on a deeper significance, and what initially appears subjective and intimate is quite often a commentary on the larger contours of life. For me, the construction of panoramic photographs, comprised of various single images, acts as a visual language. Focal planes shift, panel by panel. This sequencing of photographs and shifting of focal planes allows me the luxury of guiding the viewer across the photograph, directing their eye; an effect which could not be achieved through a single image. I continually aspire to represent the spaces we inhabit, relationships we create, and the objects with which we surround ourselves. I hope the messages the photographs deliver speak to the personal as well as the universal experience. I find the enduring power and the sheer ability of a photograph to express a thought, a moment, or an idea, to be the most powerful expression of myself, both as an artist, and as an individual.

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Press

The Tale is True

The Tale is True

02.01.2015

Le Vif

Les Fabulations Vraies de David Hilliard

Les Fabulations Vraies de David Hilliard

31.12.2014

MAD

Contes sans fée

Contes sans fée

01.11.2013

Images

Paris Photo - A ne pas manquer

Paris Photo - A ne pas manquer

01.11.2013

L'Oeil

Paris Photo toujours plus international

Paris Photo toujours plus international

01.11.2013

Journal des Arts

Marché de l'Art

Marché de l'Art

01.11.2013

Connaissance des Arts

David Hilliard à Paris

David Hilliard à Paris

01.11.2013

Réponses Photo

David Hilliard

David Hilliard

01.10.2013

Palace Costes