James Benning made his first avant-garde works in 1972, and shortly thereafter began producing longer experimental films. Between 1978 and 1985 he created numerous projections and computer-based installations. From 1977 to 1980 he taught at Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin, University of Oklahoma and University of California San Diego. Since the late 1980s he has lived in Val Verde, near Los Angeles. He teaches at California Institute of the Arts where, through his works, he continues to greatly influence younger generations of artists.
Group exhibitions featuring Benning’s filmic and two-dimensional works have included the Whitney Biennial (New York, 1980) and presentations at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN, 2002); 21er Haus (Vienna, Austria, 2012); Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 2012); Kunstmuseum Basel (Switzerland, 2013); Artists Space (New York, 2013); Fridericianum (Kassel, Germany, 2014); Kunstverein in Hamburg (Germany, 2014). Since 2011, Benning’s work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including Two Faces (2011), Two Cabins (2012), and decoding the passed (after Black Hawk, Pettway, Mondrian, Traylor, Ramírez, Darger, Howard, Yoakum, Hawkins, and Tolliver) (2014) at neugerriemschneider, Berlin; One Way Boogie Woogie 2012 (Argos, Centrum Voor Kunst en Media, Brussels, 2012); Decoding Fear (Kunsthaus Graz, Austria, 2014). James Benning is represented by the neugerriemschneider gallery in Berlin.
2014.11.15 - 2015.02.21
James Benning is a major figure of avant-garde American cinema. His films rest on an experience of time and perception in their relationship to space. They also approach…Read more