1940 - 2021
Lives in Berlin (DE), born in US.
Jimmie Durham was born in 1940 in (or, as he himself says, ‘under’) the state of Arkansas in the US, into a Cherokee family. After working different jobs he studied art at the École des Beaux-Arts in Geneva in the early 1970s before joining the American Indian Movement during the confrontation with US federal forces at Wounded Knee in 1973. Durham became Director of the International Indian Treaty Council and its representative to the UN throughout the 1970s. He is one of very few leading contemporary artists to have such hands-on experience of political work. In New York in the early 1980s he returned to art, and in the years around 1990 he lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico. In 1994 he moved back to Europe. Now he lives in Berlin and Naples. Durham has gained a considerable international following since he participated in Documenta 9 in 1992. His prominent presence in Documenta 13 in 2012 only proved this. Durham’s work has been crucial, not just to the emergence of a truly global and multi-polar art world but also to strengthening the bond between visual art and thinking that may determine the future of the whole endeavour of art. His sculptures, installations, drawings and videos are very political operations involving both object, image and text. They analyse, critique and tell stories. But they do not ask questions. In American indigenous tradition that is to be avoided whenever possible.
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The Bluebird of Happiness...
Jimmie Durham, The Bluebird of Happiness and the Miner's Canary, 2008. Sculpture, hat rack base (american black walnut wood), truck rear-view mirror, deer antler, television antena, paint brushes, acrylic paint, drumsticks, pins, oak sapling, 300 x 80 x 90 cm.
Suggested Proposal for a ...
Jimmie Durham, Suggested Proposal for a New Architecture n°1, 2004. Sculpture, stone, wood, 70 x 8 x 8 cm.
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Jimmie Durham - Glass
12 May 2006 - 01 July 2006.
“Glass is clear at least. Well, I mean some glass is clear. There is now the status-symbol of un-clear, smoky glass windows in limousines so
25 June 1995 - 05 May 1995.
"Maria Thereza gave me a paperback of The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, by José Saramago. I had not heard of him before, but the story i
18 April 2009 - 21 June 2009.
Transmission Interrupted was a group exhibition with work from fourteen artists about alternative forms of representing the world.
Jimmie Durham – A Matter ...
25 May 2012 - 18 November 2012.
In the spring of 2012, the M HKA brought a major retrospective of the work of Jimmie Durham. The US-born artist settled permanently in Europe
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Drawings, Display and oth...
This ensemble is a selection of Jimmie Durham’s works using two-dimensional support, including drawings, paintings, photographs and other art
Animal Skulls and Other F...
“On a long walk around the area of my studio I found a dead, desiccated crow. I walked on, and then after a while turned back. Along the way
Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art