About the artist:
A Neo-Expressionist in New York City in the latter half of the 20th century, David Salle created paintings that juxtaposed seemingly unrelated images, often sexually oriented, from mass media. He has earned the reputation as one of America's premier figurative artists, incorporating many images including film noir, theater, and erotic reverie into an assemblage of different psyches, moods and genres. He was born in Norman, Oklahoma, and earned a BFA and MFA from the California Institute for the Arts where he studied under John Baldessari whose terse imagery much influenced Salle. He had his first solo exhibition at age 23 in Los Angeles. His work was in the 1993 Venice Biennale and in major retrospectives of the Whitney Museum. He lives and paints in New York City and Bridgehampton. Salle is also a prolific writer on art. His essays and reviews have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Modern Painters, The Paris Review, Interview, as well as numerous exhibition catalogs and anthologies. He currently writes a column on art for Town & Country Magazine. David Salle currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Major exhibitions of his work have taken place at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Castello di Rivoli (Torino, Italy), and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. In March 2009 a group of fifteen paintings were shown at the Kestnergesellschaft Museum in Hannover, Germany. That same year Salle's work was also featured in an exhibition titled The Pictures Generation curated by Douglas Eklund at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, in which his work was shown amongst a number of his contemporaries including Richard Prince, Sherrie Levine, Cindy Sherman, Nancy Dwyer, Robert Longo, Thomas Lawson, Charles Clough and Michael Zwack. Salle's work can be found in the permanent collections of numerous art museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, among others.
A Neo-Expressionist in New York City in the latter half of the 20th century, David Salle created paintings that juxtaposed seemingly unrelated images, often sexually oriented, from mass media. He has earned the reputation as one of America's premier