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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'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

 

1994 - 96
Sculpture and Photography, Pratt Institute of Art, M. F. A

 

1992 - 94
Drawing and Painting, University of Georgia, B. F. A.

 

1989 - 92
Art History and Romance Languages, University of Georgia, B. A.

 

1989
La Universidad de Madrid



SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2013
La galerie Particuliere, Paris

2012
" Anthony Goicolea", Senda Gallery, Barcelona

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

 

2010
Home, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam
DECEMBERMAY, ScheiblerMitte, Berlin
Related, Houston Center for Photography

 

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

 

2008
Related, ScheiblerMitte, Berlin
Related, Haunch of Venison, London
Almost Safe, Monte Clark Galley, Toronto

 

2007
Almost Safe, Postmasters Gallery, New York

 

2006
The Septemberists, Aurel Scheibler, Berlin
Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto

 

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

 

2004
Kidnap, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam
Kidnap, Sandroni-Rey, Los Angeles
Sheltered Life, Aurel Scheibler, Cologne

 

2003
Snowscape, Video Installation, Art Unlimited, Basel
Aurel Scheibler, Köln
Casa De Americas, Madrid
Contemporary Center of Photography, Melbourne
Gow Langsford, Sydney, Australia
Videos, Gallery 845/LAAA, Los Angeles
Cotthem Gallery, Brüssel & Barcelona
Photos & Films, The Green Barn, Sagaponack, NY

 

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

 

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

 

1999
You and What Army, RARE, New York


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2011
Performing for the Camera, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
HIDE/SEEK. Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn, NY
Cuba Now. 21c Museum. Louisville, KY
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, NY
Colorific: We Make an Art Rainbow. Postmasters Gallery, NYC.
Late Summer Blues. Storefront Gallery. Brooklyn, NY

 

2010
Haunted ? Contemporary Photo/Video/Performance,
Guggenheim Museum, New York
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

 

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

 

2006
Coolhunters, Kunsthalle Budapest
Die Jugend von heute, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main
KunstFilmBiennale, Cologne

 

2005
Buenos Aires 7th Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente, Argentina
KunstFilmBiennale, Cologne
In Focus, Contemporary Photography from the Allen G.
Thomas Jr. Collection, North

 

2004
Tombe La Neige, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
Only Skin Deep, Changing Visions of the American Self,
International Center of Photography, New York
A 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, FL
Nocturnal Emissions, Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands
Out of Place, Part II, Indianapolis Museum of Contemprary Art,
Indianapolis, IN
Is One Thing Better Than Another, Aurel Scheibler, Cologne
KunstFilmBiennale, Cologne
Tea Party, Video Installation, Madison Avenue, Calvin Klein Space, New York
New Videos, Spazio (H), Milano
Boys Will Be Boys, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

 

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

 

2002
Neue Fotographien und Zeichnungen, Aurel Scheibler, Köln
Situated Realities, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Situated Realities, Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design,
Pasadena, CA
Situated Realities, MCAD Galleries, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis
Guide to Trust No. 2, Yerba Buena Center for Arts,
San Francisco and other locations Constructed Realities, Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO
Interplay, Miami Design District, Miami
Home Movies, SF Cameraworks, San Francisco
Hash Browns Potatoes, Smack Mellon Studios, Brooklyn
Enough About Me, Momenta, Brooklyn
The Dubrow Biennial, Kagan Martos, New York
Art Downtown: New Photography, WallStreet Rising, New York

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

1997
Flat Files PIEROGI 2000, Brooklyn, NY
Small Works Show, The Brooklyn Brewery, NY

 

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

 

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


AWARDS

 

2006
The Cintas Fellowship

 

2005
The BMW Photo Paris Award

 

1998
The Bronx Museum, Artist In The Market Place program

 

1997
The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant
Centro Galego De Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, España
University of Georgia Library, Rare Books Collection, Athens, GA


COLLECTIONS

 

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

 

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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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Anthony Goicolea

01.04.2013

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