biographie de Edward KIENHOLZ (1927-1994)

Birth place: Spokane, WA

Addresses: Los Angeles, CA, from 1953

Profession: Sculptor, assemblage artist

Studied: self-taught

Exhibited: Ferus Gal., Los Angeles, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1962; The Art of Assemblage," MoMA, 1961; WMAA biennial, 1964, 1966, 1981; Syndell Studio, Los Angeles, 1955 (solo); Iolas Gal., N.Y., 1963 (solo); LACMA, 1966 (solo); a major show of his tableaus circulated to European museums in 1970-71, including the Inst. of Contemporary Arts, London"

Work: LACMA; Pasadena A. Mus., and in priv. colls.

Comments: After moving to Los Angeles, Kienholz founded the Now Gallery in 1956 and in 1957 co-founded the Ferus Gallery; both galleries were among the earliest avant-garde venues in the city. His early assemblages consisted of pieces of wood, nailed together and painted with a broom. He began incorporating such things as toys and mannequin parts into his assemblages in the late 1950s. By the early 1960s he had begun making large, room-size tableaus which functioned as environments, with life-sized figures and found objects.

Sources: WW66; Two Hundred Years of American Sculpture, 284; Maurice Tuchman, Edward Keinholz (exh. cat., LACMA, 1966); Edward Keinholz (Inst. of Contemporary Arts, London, 1971); Baigell, Dictionary

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