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Born in 1971, in Atlanta, Georgia, Anthony Goicolea is a first-generation Cuban American artist now living and working in Brooklyn, New York, USA. In his multi-faceted artwork, Goicolea explores themes ranging from personal history and identity, to cultural tradition and heritage, to alienation and displacement. His diverse's works encompasses self-portraits, landscapes, and narrative tableaux executed in a variety of media, including black-and-white and color photography, sculpture and videos installations, and multi-layered drawings on Mylar.

 

Best known for his powerful, and often unsettling, staged photographic and video works, Goicolea made his artistic debut in the late 1990s with a series of provocative multiple self-portrait images. These early works features groups of young boys on the threshold of adolescence, acting out childhood fantasies and bizarre rituals of revelry and social taboo in highly staged domestic or institutional settings or dense, fairytale forests. Revealing a playful self-consciousness, then often consisted of complex composites of the artist himself, in all manner of poses.

 

Soon thereafter, Goicolea garnered international attention with his ambiguous yet strangely compelling landscapes, ranging from dream-like Woodland environments to vast, unforginving urban and industrial wastelands. The artist has created several series of digitally composited, and heretofore uncharted, topographies, often populated by bands of masked and uniformed figures. In recent series, many of the images are devoid of humans, although the landscape reflects an anonymous and increasingly tenuous human presence. In these works, primitive lean-tos and crudely constructed shanties coexist in an uneasy union with the technological vestiges of an industrialized society. Suggesting a world on the brink of obsolescence, these chilling images further cement the persuasive undercurrent of human alienation, from one another as well as the natural environment, that can be traced throughout the artist's work.

 

Remarkably prolific and intentive, Goicolea continues to intrigue his viewers with meticulously crafted, thought-provoking works. The artist has exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, notably at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the International Center of Photography, New York; Postmasters Gallery, New York; Haunch of Venison Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Berlin, Germany; the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands; and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain. "Alter Ego: A Decade of Work" by Anthony Goicolea is the first major museum exhibition devoted solely to his work.

Goicolea's art is held in many public collections, including those of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; as well as the Yale University Art Collection, New Haven, Connecticut; the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; and Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia.

 

To date, Goicolea's work has been the subject of three books. It has been featured in several anthologies as well as ARTnews, Art in America, the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Advocate, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune, among many other publications. The artist's recent grants and awards incude a Cintas Fellowship (2006) and the BMW Photo Paris Award (2005).

Goicolea holds a B.A. in art history, with a minor in romance languages, and a B.F.A. in drawing and painting, both earned at the University of Georgia, Athens, in 1992 and 1994, respectively. He received an M.F.A in sculpture, with a minor in photography, from Pratt Institute of Art, New York, in 1996.

Biography

Born in 1971. Lives and works in New York.

 


EDUCATION

 

- Sculpture and Photography, Pratt Institute of Art, M. F. A (1994-1996)
- Drawing and Painting, University of Georgia, B. F. A (1992-1994)
- Art History and Romance Languages, University of Georgia, B. A (1989-1992)
- La Universidad de Madrid (1989)

 


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2015

- "Here and Elsewhere", Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2014
- "Middle Ending", Galerie Crone, Berlin, Germany.
- "NSEW", Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, Canada.
- "Widow's Speak", Luis Adelantado, Mexico, Mexico.

 

2013

- "Permanant Marker", Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- "Wandering Wild", La Galerie Particulière, Paris.

2012
- "Domesticated", Senda Gallery, Barcelona, Spain.

 

2011
- Pathetic Fallacy, Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA.
- "ALTER EGO: A Decade of Work by Anthony Goicolea", Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC; Telfair Museum, Savannah, GA; 21c Museum, Louisville, KY; USA (catalog).

 

2010
- "Home", Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- "DECEMBERMAY", ScheiblerMitte, Berlin, Germany.
- "Related", Houston Center for Photography, Houston, USA.

 

2009
- "Once Removed", Postmasters, New York, USA.
- "The Last Man Standing: Retrospective of Photography & Video works", Fireplace Project, East Hampton, New York, USA.
- "Related", Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, USA.

 

2008
- "Related", ScheiblerMitte, Berlin, Germany.
- "Related", Haunch of Venison, London, England.
- "Almost Safe", Monte Clark Galley, Toronto, Canada.

 

2007
- "Almost Safe", Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA.

 

2006
- "The Septemberists", Aurel Scheibler, Berlin, Germany.
- Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto, Canada.

 

2005
- "My So-Called Life", Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
- "Photographs", Drawings and Video, The Arizona State University Museum of Art, Tempe, USA.
- "Sheltered Life", Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA.
- "Stations", Galeria Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain.

 

2004
- "Kidnap", Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- "Kidnap", Sandroni-Rey, Los Angeles, USA.
- "Sheltered Life", Aurel Scheibler, Köln, Germany.

 

2003
- "Snowscape", Video Installation, Art Unlimited, Basel, Switzerlands.
- Aurel Scheibler, Köln, Germany.
- Casa De Americas, Madrid, Spain.
- Contemporary Center of Photography, Melbourne, Australia.
- Gow Langsford, Sydney, Australia.
- "Videos", Gallery 845/LAAA, Los Angeles, USA.
- Cotthem Gallery, Brussels, Belgium & Barcelona, Spain.
- "Photos & Films", The Green Barn, Sagaponack, New York, USA.

 

2002
- Art Space, Auckland, New Zealand.
- The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA.

 

2001
- "Detention", RARE, New York, USA.
- MCMAGMA, Milano, Italia.
- Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, USA.
- The Corcoran College of Art and Design at The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA.

 

1999
- "You and What Army", RARE, New York, USA.


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2017

- "A Body of Art", La Galerie Particulière, Paris.

 

2015
- "I Am: Always New", KCAD, Grand Rapids, USA.

- Drawing Now, booth La Galerie Particulière, Carreau du Temple, Paris.

 

2014
- "A book betwenn two tools", Fondation Boghossian, Brussels, Belgium.

- "100 ans de solitude", La Galerie Particulière, Brussels, Belgium.
- "Cuban America: An Empire state of Mind", Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, USA.
- "Vanitas", Works of the collection Stephan Janssen, Arizona State University Museum of Art, Tempe, USA.
- "Hybridity", 21C Museum, Bentonville, USA.

 

2013
- "The Adventure of Truth", Saint-Paul de Vence.

 

2012
- "3am: Wonder and Paranoia", Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, England.


2011
- "Performing for the Camera", Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, USA.
- "HIDE/SEEK", Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, USA.
- "Cuba Now", 21c Museum, Louisville, USA.
- "Dead_lines; Death in Art-Media-Everyday Life", von der Heydt Kunsthalle, Wuppertal, Germany.

- "30: A Brooklyn Salon; Celebrating Thirty years of Contemporary Art", BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, USA.
- "Colorific: We Make an Art Rainbow", Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA.
- "Late Summer Blues", Storefront Gallery, Brooklyn, USA.

 

2010
- "Haunted?" Contemporary Photo/Video/Performance, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA.
- International Fotofestival, Knokke-Heist, Belgium.

 

2009
- International Photography, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.

 

2008
- "Darger-ism: Contemporary Artists & Henry Darger", American Folk Art Museum, New York, USA.

 

2007
- "Krieg der Knöpfe", Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany.
- "Kunstmuseum Arhus", Denmark, Landesgalerie, Linz, Austria.
- "The Food Show", Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA.
- "Will Boys Be Boys?", Indianapolis Museum of Art, USA.
- "Anthony Goicolea / Norbert Bisky / Martin Maloney", Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea.

 

2006
- "Coolhunters", Kunsthalle Budapest, Hungary.
- "Die Jugend von heute", Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main, Germany.
- KunstFilmBiennale, Köln, Germany.

 

2005
- Buenos Aires 7th Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente, Argentina.
- KunstFilmBiennale, Köln, Germany.
- "In Focus, Contemporary Photography from the Allen G. Thomas Jr. Collection", Museum of Art, Raleigh, USA.

 

2004
- "Tombe La Neige", Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris.
- "Only Skin Deep, Changing Visions of the American Self", International Center of Photography, New York, USA.
- "À Fripon Fripon et Demi, Pour une école buissonnière", Collection Lambert, Avignon.
- "True Fictions? Lebende Bilder in der Fotokunst der Postmoderne", Stadtmuseum Hofheim/Taunus, Germany.
- "The Amazing and the Immutable", University of South Florida, Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, USA.
- "Nocturnal Emissions", Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands.
- "Out of Place, Part II", Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art,  Indianapolis, USA.
- "Is One Thing Better Than Another", Aurel Scheibler, Köln, Germany.
- KunstFilmBiennale, Köln, Germany.
- "Tea Party", Video Installation, Madison Avenue, Calvin Klein Space, New York, USA.
- "New Videos", Spazio (H), Milano, Italia.
- "Boys Will Be Boys", The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, USA.

 

2003
- "Mursollaici", Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris.
- "Interplay", Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, USA.
- "Child in Time", Gemeente Museum, Helmond, Netherlands.
- "Naked Before God", The Museum of New Art, Parnu, Estonia.
- "Reality vs. Fiction", Jamaica Center for the Arts, Queens, USA.
- "Regarde, il neige (schizogéographie de la vie quotidienne)", Centre national d'art et du paysage de Vassivière.
- "Mama's Boy", White Columns, New York, USA.
- "Tombe La Neige", Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris.
- MCMAGMA, Milano, Italia.

 

2002
- "Neue Fotographien und Zeichnungen", Aurel Scheibler, Köln, Germany.
- "Situated Realities", Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, USA.
- "Situated Realities", Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, USA.
- "Situated Realities", MCAD Galleries, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, USA.
- "Guide to Trust No. 2", Yerba Buena Center for Arts, San Francisco and other location, USA.

- "Constructed Realities", Grand Arts, Kansas City, USA.
- "Interplay", Miami Design District, Miami, USA.
- "Home Movies", SF Cameraworks, San Francisco, USA.
- "Hash Browns Potatoes", Smack Mellon Studios, Brooklyn, USA.
- "Enough About Me", Momenta, Brooklyn, USA.
- The Dubrow Biennial, Kagan Martos, New York, USA.
- "Art Downtown: New Photography", WallStreet Rising, New York, USA.

 

2001
- "Collector's Choice", Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, USA.
- "For Skin", Henrique Faria Fine Arts, New York, USA.

 

2000
- "New New York", Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin, USA.
- EXIT ART, New York, USA.
- "Untitled (Conjecture)", Angstrom Gallery, San Francisco, USA.
- Summer Show 2000, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, USA.
- "Flesh of the Boy Flesh of the Girl", P.S. 122, New York, USA.
- "Sidelong Glance", IM n IL, New York, USA.
- "Good Business Is the Best Art", The Bronx Museum, New York, USA.
- Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, USA.
- Western Biennale, currated by Edward Lucie-Smith, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, USA.
- "Desvelar Lo Invisible, Videocreacion contemporanea", El Consejeria de Cultura y Deportes, Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.
- "Mixed Up Childhood", Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
- Museo de las Artes, Valencia, Spain.
- "Narratives of the Presumed Invisible", Kunsthalle Lophem, Lophem, Belgium.
- "Hash Browns Potatoes", Smack Mellon Studios, Brooklyn, USA.
- "Enough About Me", Momenta, Brooklyn, USA.
- The Dubrow Biennial, Kagan Martos, New York, USA.
- "Art Downtown: New Photography", WallStreet Rising, New York, USA.

 

1998
- TATE, Open, New York, USA.
- "Gender (Con)sumption Assumption of Gender", Stony Brook Union Art Gallery, New York, USA.
- "Artist in the Marketplace: Eighteenth Annual Exhibition", The Bronx Museum of Art, USA.
- CBGB's Gallery, New York, USA.

 

1997
- Flat Files PIEROGI 2000, Brooklyn, USA.
- "Small Works Show", The Brooklyn Brewery, USA.

 

1996
- Clot. Brooklyn, Pratt Studios, New York, MFA Thesis Exhibition, USA.
- The Smurf Problem, Calculator, New York, USA.
- K.O.A.P Gallery, New York, USA.
- Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, USA.

 

1995
- Human Arts Gallery, Atlanta, USA.
- 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, USA.
- The New Gallery, One (Boy) Show, New York, USA.
- Human Arts Gallery, Atlanta, USA.


AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

 

2006
- The Cintas Fellowship.

 

2005
- The BMW Photo Paris Award.

 

1998
- Artist In The Market Place Program, The Bronx Museum, USA.

 

1997
- The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.
- Centro Galego De Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
- University of Georgia Library, Rare Books Collection, Athens, USA.


COLLECTIONS

 

- The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, USA.
- The Indianapolis Museum, Indianapolis, USA.
- The North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh Durham, USA.
- Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA.
- The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA.
- The Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, USA.
- The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, USA.
- Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, USA.
- The Museum of Helmond, Nederland, USA.
- The Groninger Museum, Groninger, Nederland, USA.
- Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA.
- Yale University Art Collection, Photography, New Haven, USA.
- El Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla, Leon, Spain.
- The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA.

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Born in 1971 in Atlanta, Georgia, Anthony Goicolea is a first-generation Cuban American artist now living and working in Brooklyn, New York. In his multi-faceted artwork, Goicolea explores themes ranging from personal history  and identity, to cultural tradition and heritage, to alienation and displacement. His diverse works encompasses self-portraits, landscapes, and narrative tableaux executed in a variety of media, including black-and-white and color photography, sculpture and videos installations, and multi-layered drawings on Mylar.

 

Best known for his powerful, and often unsettling, staged photographic and video works, Goicolea made his artistic debut in the late 1990s with a series of provocative multiple self-portrait images. These early works features groups of young boys on the threshold of adolescence, acting out childhood fantasies and bizarre rituals of revelry and social taboo in highly staged domestic or institutional settings or dense, fairytale forests. Revealing a playful self-consciousness, then often consisted of complex composites of the artist himself, in all manner of poses.

 

Soon thereafter, Goicolea garnered international attention with his ambiguous yet strangely compelling landscapes, ranging from dream-like Woodland environments to vast, unforginving urban and industrial wastelands. The artist has created several series of digitally composited, and heretofore uncharted, topographies, often populated by bands of masked and uniformed figures. In recent series, many of the images are devoid of humans, although the landscape reflects an anonymous and increasingly tenuous human presence. In these works, primitive lean-tos and crudely constructed shanties coexist in an uneasy union with the technological vestiges of an industrialized society. Suggesting a world on the brink of obsolescence, these chilling images further cement the persuasive undercurrent of human alienation "from one another as well as the natural environment" that can be traced throughout the artist's work.

 

Remarkably prolific and intentive, Goicolea continues to intrigue his viewers with meticulously crafted, thought-provoking works. The artist has exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, notably at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the International Center of Photography, New York; Postmasters Gallery, New York; Haunch of Venison Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Berlin, Germany; the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands; and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain. Alter Ego: A Decade of Work by Anthony Goicolea is the first major museum exhibition devoted solely to his work.

Goicolea's art is held in many public collections, including those of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; as well as the Yale University Art Collection, New Haven, Connecticut; the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; and Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia.

 

To date, Goicolea's work has been the subject of three books. It has been featured in several anthologies as well as ARTnews, Art in America, the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Advocate, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune, among many other publications. The artist's recent grants and awards incude a Cintas Fellowship (2006) and the BMW Photo Paris Award (2005).

Goicolea holds a B.A. in art history, with a minor in romance languages, and a B.F.A. in drawing and painting, both earned at the University of Georgia, Athens, in 1992 and 1994, respectively. He received an M.F.A in sculpture, with a minor in photography, from Pratt Institute of Art, New York, in 1996.

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