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 currently the subject of an outdoor solo exhibition at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts (2017-2020). Other solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio (2019); 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 the High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2012). His work is in the permanent collections of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Seattle Art Museum; and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, among many other institutions. Curry lives and works in Los Angeles.
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