Aaron Curry (b. 1972, San Antonio, Texas) makes sculptures and paintings whose relationship to modernism is productively fraught. Incorporating a wealth of elements from popular culture—science fiction, video games, cartoons—Curry has developed a body of work that is both a recognizable continuation of art historical narratives and a caustic, critical, and often hilarious take on the established order. In recent years he has produced a group of large-scale aluminum sculptures that upend the classical poise of Alexander Calder, foregrounding instead a surreal biomorphism and seemingly improvised compositional flair. These objects translate the hands-on immediacy of his earliest sculptures at a municipal scale, emphasizing the democratic fervor that animates his project. An ongoing collage of the lineages of Disney, Picasso, and Chicago Imagism, Curry’s work provides a funhouse-mirror vision of the future of the Western tradition.
Aaron Curry is the subject of a solo exhibition opening September 2022 at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles. Other solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts (2017 – 2021); McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas (2019); STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore (2018); Bass Museum of Art, Miami (2018); Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2014); CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, France (2014); Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York (2013); and High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2012). His work has been included in group exhibitions at Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2021); de la Cruz Collection, Miami (2019); and Jing’an Sculpture Park, Shanghai (2018). Curry’s work is in the permanent collections of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Seattle Art Museum, among many other institutions. Curry lives and works in Los Angeles.
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