Doug Ashford is a teacher, artist and writer. He is Associate Professor at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art where he has taught three-dimensional design, sculpture, public art and theory seminars since 1989. The collaboratively taught Interdisciplinary Seminar and lecture series he began there is now in its fifteenth year. Ashford’s principle visual practice from 1982 to 1996 was the artists’ collaborative Group Material that produced over 40 exhibitions and public projects internationally. Group Material developed the exhibition form into an artistic medium using display design and curatorial juxtaposition as a critical location where audiences were invited to imagine democratic forms. The group’s work has been recently collected in the book Show and Tell: A Chronicle of Group Material, (Four Corners Press, 2010)  – edited by Ashford’s long time collaborator, Julie Ault.  Since 1996, Ashford has continued to make paintings, write, and produce museum and public projects. His  work in public practices are encapsulated in the book Who Cares, (Creative Time, 2006), a publication built from a series of conversations between Ashford and an assembly of other cultural practitioners on public expression, beauty, and ethics in 2006.  The recent publication, Writings and Interviews by Doug Ashford, (Mousse Publishing and Grazer Kunstverein) was published in 2013.
He is represented by Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam.

Doug Ashford
Doug Ashford
Rabat , 1958

Past Exhibitions

Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
03/11/2017 — 08/01/2018

Formal Relations

Private: Taymour Grahne
02/07/2015 — 19/08/2015

Solo Shows

Doug Ashford, Bakersfield CA, Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam

Doug Ashford, Palais Thinnfeld, Graz
Doug Ashford, Abstraction as Empathy, Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam

Group Shows

curated by_Joe Scanlan: The * of Love, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna
The School of Kyiv. Kyiv Biennial 2015, Kyiv Biennial,The School of Kyiv, Kiev
Formal Relations, Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York City, NY
All Watched Over, James Cohan Gallery, New York, New York City, NY
Vienna Biennale 2015, Ideas for Change, MAK, Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
Sorry, I’ve been trying to teach a peacock how to act., Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York City, NY
The problem today is not the other but the self, Ludlow 38, New York City, NY
Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915 – 2015, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

We Are Living On A Star, Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden

Memphis Social, Apexart, New York City, NY
Together / Apart, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

Ruptures: Forms Of Public Address, The Cooper Union, New York City, NY
Documenta (13), Documenta, Kassel
Abstract Possible: The Stockholm Synergies, Tensta Konsthall, Spanga

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Rabat Country of birth: Morocco Date of birth: 1958 Lives in: New York, USA
Studio: Doug Ashford School of Art The Cooper Union 7 E 7th Street
10003, New York, USA
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