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Anya Gallaccio

Anya Gallaccio (b. 1963, Scotland; lives and works in London and San Diego, CA) creates site-specific installations, often using organic materials as her medium. Past projects have included arranging a ton of oranges on a floor, placing a 32-ton block of ice in a boiler room, and painting a wall with chocolate. Due to the nature of these materials, her works undergo natural processes of transformation and decay, often with unpredictable results. Referencing the art historical genre of landscape painting, Gallaccio’s work is heavily influenced by her own environment. In 2008, she moved from London to southern California, resulting in a shift in materials as she responded to the landscape of the western United States. Since then, she has become more focused on geological history and uses local rock species like limestone, sandstone, and granite as her materials. Her work references both the minimalist structure of artists such as Carl Andre and Donald Judd, while following artists such as Robert Smithson in the tradition of Land Art. As part of the generation of Young British Artists, Gallaccio was included in the now legendary 1988 exhibition, Freeze, curated by Damien Hirst at the London Docklands.


Gallaccio attended Kingston Polytechnic and Goldsmiths College at the University of London. Solo exhibitions of her work have been organized at Mass MOCA, North Adams, MA (2018); Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2015); Artpace, San Antonio, TX (2013); Camden Art Centre, London (2008); SculptureCenter, New York (2006); Tate Britain, London (2003); and Serpentine Gallery, London (1997). Select group exhibitions featuring her work include Making & Unmaking: An exhibition curated by Duro Olowu, Camden Arts Centre, London (2016); Phantoms in the Dirt, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL (2014); Stroke, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, Scotland (2014); Something About a Tree, FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2013); Green Acres: Artists Farming, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH (2012); Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2011); Turner Prize: A Retrospective, Tate Britain, London, traveled to Moscow Museum of Modern Art and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2007); Rose c’est la vie- On Flowers in Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2004); The Greenhouse Effect, Serpentine Gallery, London (2000); Material Culture: The Object in British Art of the 1980s and '90s, Hayward Gallery, London (1997). Gallaccio’s work is featured in numerous international public and private collections, including Tate Britain, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and South London Gallery, London. She has recently received permanent public work commissions from the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK (2016) and Austin Contemporary, TX (2017).


In 2003, Gallaccio was shortlisted for the prestigious Turner Prize. In 2018, she will participate in the 21st Sydney Biennale.