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David Salle

David Salle (b. 1952, Norman, OK; lives and works in New York). He received a B.F.A. from the California Institute of Arts, Los Angeles in 1973 and an M.F.A. from the California Institute of Arts, Los Angeles in 1975. Solo exhibitions of his work have been organized at Dallas Contemporary, Dallas (2015); The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago (2014); Metropolitan Opera House, New York (2012); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico (2000); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1999); Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung, Ludwig, Vienna (2000); Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy (2000); Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain (1999). Select groups exhibitions featuring his work include America is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015); This Will Have Been: Art, Love, & Politics in the 1980s, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Walker Art Center Minneapolis, and Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2012); and The Pictures Generation, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2009). His work is in numerous international public and private collections including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Tate Modern, London; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.


Salle is a prolific writer on art, with essays and interviews published in Artforum, Art in America, Modern Painters, and The Paris Review, as well as numerous exhibition catalogs and anthologies. A recent volume of Salle’s collected essays, How to See, will be published by W.W. Norton October 2016.