Artist

Adam McEwen

Born in London, 1965 and lives in New York, USA

Adam McEwen was born in Great Britain in 1965. He studied at Christ Church, Oxford and California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA. He lives and works in New York City.
Adam McEwen’s work resides somewhere between the celebratory and funereal. After writing obituaries for the Daily Telegraph in London, he began producing obituaries of living subjects such as Bill Clinton and Jeff Koons, thus highlighting the blurred line between history and fiction. He is known for paintings employing wads of chewing gum on canvas that reference the bombing of German cities in the Second World War, and for machined graphite sculptures of such banal objects as a water cooler or an air conditioner. His repurposing of the over-familiar creates momentary ruptures, which in the words of one writer “jolt us temporarily out of our indifference, owing to over-exposure, toward the signs that dominate our daily lives.”
McEwen’s work has been included in numerous group shows including “Haunted,” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); “Beg, Borrow and Steal,” Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2009); “The Reach of Realism,” MoCA Miami (2009); “Into Me/Out of Me,” PS1 / MoMA, New York; and the 2006 Whitney Biennial.
McEwen has curated various projects and exhibitions including “Power, Corruption and Lies,” (with Neville Wakefield; Roth Horowitz, New York, 2004); “Interstate” (Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, 2005) and “Beneath the Underdog” (with Nate Lowman; Gagosian Gallery, 2007). In 2010 he curated “Fresh Hell” at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, as the third installment of their Carte Blanche series.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Third Dimension: Works from The Brant Foundation
In the second exhibition at The Brant Foundation’s New York space, "Third Dimension" features over 20 artists integral to its collection
13 Nov 2019 - 03 Sep 2020
The Brandt Foundation
New York
Art Spaces
Gagosian Geneva
Galleries in Geneva
Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong
Galleries in Hong Kong