Banks Violette

TypeMale
Artist
Associated person(s)
URLsWikipedia (en)
Institutions/museums Saatchi Gallery (en)
Institutions/museums Gladstone Gallery (en)


Exhibitions
Solo exhibition2010Blanks VioletteMuseum Dhont-DhaenensDeurle (BE)
Solo exhibition2008Focus: Banks VioletteMuseum of Modern ArtFort Worth, Texas (US)
Group exhibition2008The Great Transformation - Art and Tactical MagicFrankfurter KunstvereinFrankfurt (DE)
Group exhibition2006While Interwoven Echoes Drip into a Hybrid BodyMigros Museum für GegenwartskunstZurich (CH)
Solo exhibition2005Banks VioletteThe Whitney Museum of American ArtNew York (US)


Publications
Monography2017The New York TimesAn Artist Returns From the EdgeAndrew GoldsteinISSN 0362-4331New York (US) 
Monography2009Walter KönigBanks VioletteNeville WakefieldB01K3NIKH8Cologne (DE) 


2000
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Exhibitions

New York, USA
First solo exhibition at the Team Gallery
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2000
2000
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Education

New York, USA
Master of Fine Arts, Columbia University, New York

2000
1998
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Education

New York, USA
Bachelor of Fine Arts, School of the Visual Arts, New York

1998
1973
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Born

Ithaca, New York, USA

1973

... Violette’s works were also less campy and juvenile than a lot of art from that scene, courting curators with smart formal references to seventies-era sculptors like Robert Smithson and Barry Le Va. That sense of history gives him a direction out of the goth ghetto, and on June 28, when he opens his first New York solo show in five years (a double, at both Team and Gladstone galleries), the art world will be clamoring to see whether he’s come into the light. The new work has no evil-teen backstory, like the 1995 murder of a teenage girl by Slayer fans that inspired his 2002 installation Arroyo Grande.Instead, it’s a landscape of sculptural forms—broken grids and mirrors, scatterings of fluorescent tubes—reminiscent of Sol LeWitt and Richard Serra. Except that LeWitt and Serra never hooked their art up to propane tanks or refrigeration units.

http://nymag.com/arts/art/features/33973/ (28.11.2018)


Mit seinen schwarz glänzenden Skulpturen und seinen hyperrealistischen Zeichnungen, die häufig mit der Kategorie New Gothicin Verbindung gebracht werden, greift Banks Violette sowohl auf der formal-ästhetischen als auch auf der inhaltlichen Ebene die Ikonographie von Heavy Metal auf. Er exemplifiziert die in den Subkulturen der Black-Metal-Musik inszenierte Symbolik von Tod und Verfall, die zwischen Schönheit und Grausamkeit oszilliert. Die Abgründe und Absurditäten der amerikanischen Gesellschaft bilden dabei die thematische Grundlage seines Werkes.

Text is only available in German
https://www.ropac.net/artist/banks-violette (28.11.2018)

 

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Not Yet Titled (Light Spill) photo Not Yet Titled (Light Spill) 2007 Banks Violette 
Throne (and over and over again) photo Throne (and over and over again) 2009 Banks Violette