Sadie Benning

1973 · United States

Artist biography


born in madison, wisconsin in 1973. benning currently lives in brooklyn, ny.

benning has spent the last thirty years investigating cultural influences, specifically in relation to identity, language and memory. benning has been creating experimental videos since their youth in the late 1980s and has expanded their rigorous practice in a fusion of painting, sculpture, installation, and photography, formed with both found and original objects. concurrent layers exist within her almost sculptural paintings as transparencies, analogue photos, digital prints, resin, enamel, and spray paint, coated on wall-based panels.

selected museum exhibitions

recent solo exhibitions pain thing, wexner center for the arts, columbus, oh (2020); sleep rock, camden arts centre, london (2018); shared eye, kunsthalle basel, ch (2017); l’oeil de l’esprit, air de paris, paris (2016); play pause, the whitney museum of american art, new york (2009); play pause, the power plant, toronto.

bennings work was included in annual report: a year in exhibitions, 7th gwangju biennale (2008); whitney biennial, whitney museum of american art, new york (1993, 2000); venice bienniale, venice (1993). her work has been screened at renowned film festivals including rotterdam international film festival (1998); yamagata international documentary film festival, tokyo (1995); sundance film festival, park city (1992); and the berlin international film festival (1992), among others.

benning’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions and screenings such as surrounds: 11 installations, museum of modern art, new york (2019); photography today: private public relations, pinakothek der moderne, munich, (2018); trigger: gender…, new museum, new york (2017); cher(e)a ami(e)s…, curated by mnam/cci, centre pompidou, paris (2016); and sadie benning videos, museum of modern art, new york (1991).

public collections

benning’s work is in many permanent collections, including those of the museum of modern art, new york, the centre pompidou, paris, the whitney museum of american art, new york, the museum of contemporary art, los angeles, the hammer museum, los angeles, the fogg art museum, cambridge, and the walker art center, minneapolis.

Sadie Benning

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