James Casebere (born 1953) grew up outside of Detroit, studied with Siah Armajani as an undergraduate student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and John Baldessari as a graduate student at Cal Arts.
For over 40 years Casebere has built and photographed architecturally based models, which explore the relationship between sculpture, photography, architecture, and film. Starting with Sonsbeek ’86, in Arnhem, Holland through 1992, Casebere made large-scale sculptural installations.
His work is in the collections of and has been shown at major museums around the world including the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum (New York); the Tate Gallery (London); the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles); and many others. He has had solo shows at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (Canada); Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (Spain); Museum of Modern Art Oxford (UK); the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art (Ohio); the Indianapolis Museum of Fine Arts (Indiana); and other museums.
In 2016, his work was the subject of a major retrospective at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany and has been included in exhibitions highlighting the work of what is now widely regarded as the Pictures Generation, the title of a 2009 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Casebere is the recipient of three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, three from the New York Foundation for the Arts and one from the Guggenheim Foundation. In April 2019, he was awarded the Abigail Cohen Rome Prize through the American Academy in Rome.
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