Born in Abbotsford, British Columbia, in 1949.
Rodney Graham studied art history at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, where he still lives and works. Known mainly for his performances and conceptual films, he has elaborated a body of work that is intellectually rigorous and touches the entire field of artistic creativity, including music and writing. Graham has exhibited regularly in North America and Europe since the early 1980s. He has participated in the Sydney Biennial, Australia (2002), the Venice Biennial (1997)—where he represented Canada—and the Documenta IX, Kassel, Germany (1992). Several major exhibitions have been devoted to his practice, at institutions like the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2006-2007), the MAC Galeries Contemporaines des Musées de Marseille, the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London and the K21 in Düsseldorf, Germany (2002-2003), or the Kunsthalle in Vienna, Austria (1999). His most recent retrospective, entitled Through the Forest, was presented at the MACBA – Museu d’art contemporani de Barcelona, Spain, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany, and the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel, Switzerland. Graham is represented by 303 Gallery and Christine Burgin Gallery in New York, Donald Young Gallery in Chicago, Johnen Galerie in Berlin, Lisson Gallery in London, and Hauser & Wirth (London, New York, Zurich).
2012.03.16 - 05.19
Of the countless artists who have engaged in institutional critiques, few have paid much heed to art history. And yet the history of art imposes, far less…Read more
Time as Activity (*)
2009.12.09 - 07.11
While nowadays, ‘documentation’ has widely been accepted and understood as one of the main paradigms of conceptual art, there has only been few attention for the ‘description’—especially considering how intrinsic this activity…Read more
2009.03.06 - 05.30
The road and the automobile are subjects and objects of major literary, cinematic and artistic works that laid the foundations of a cross-disciplinary genre…Read more
Life in Real Time. Slow Motion
2002.03.22 - 05.26
The inaugural event Life in Real Time is intended to initiate a questioning of the social environment to which current artistic practices…Read more