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    Sale 2836

    Two in One; Contemporary Art from Witte de With & de Appel

    20 May 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 120

    Barbara Bloom (AMERICAN, B. 1951)

    An idea is how the brain smiles

    Price Realised  


    Barbara Bloom (AMERICAN, B. 1951)
    An idea is how the brain smiles
    signed and dated in print 'B Bloom 2008' (on the reverse)
    inkjet print on paper
    29.5 x 21 cm.
    Executed in 2008.

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    Photographer, designer, and installation artist Barbara Bloom has build her career out of questioning appearances, exploring the desire for possessions, and commenting on the act of collecting. She often integrates her photographs with furniture to create compelling scenes. Barbara Bloom is a renowned conceptual artist whose intricately crafted installations and witty artist's books have been exhibited internationally. Bloom was born in Los Angeles, in 1951. She attended Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, and studied with John Baldessari at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. She won the Aperto prize for best young artist at the 1988 Venice Biennial, and has since had one-person shows at the Serpentine Gallery, London (1990), the Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, Columbus, Ohio (1996), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1998). A survey of her work was The Collections of Barbara Bloom, shown at The International Center of Photography, NY and Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2008). She lives and works in New York City.

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