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Leigh Ledare

Born 1976, Seattle, Washington, USA. Lives and works in New York, USA.


2008 M.F.A. Columbia University, New York, USA
2000 B.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design, University of Washington, USA
1994 — 1997 University of Washington, USA

Solo Exhibitions

2016 The Box Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (forthcoming)
Office Baroque, Brussels, Belgium (forthcoming)
2015 Double Bind, Art Unlimited (curated by Gianni Jetzer), Basel, Switzerland
2014 Ana and Carl, and Some Other Couples (with Nic Guagnini), Max Mayer Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany
Leigh Ledare, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, USA
Ana and Carl, and some other couples (with Nic Guagnini), Andrew Roth, New York, USA
2013 An Invitation, Reception, Berlin, Germany
Leigh Ledare, et al., Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
2012 Double Bind Publication, Michele Didier Gallery, Paris, France
Leigh Ledare, et al., WIELS, Brussels, Belgium
An Invitation, Pilar Corrias, London, UK
Leigh Ledare, The Box, Los Angeles, USA
2011 Something Might Have Been Better than Nothing… with Per Billgren, RECEPTION, Berlin, Germany
2010 Double Bind, The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia
Double Bind, Prix Decouvert, Les Rencontres d’Arles (curated by Ruf, Obrist, Eccles, Parreno & Gillick), Arles, France
Le Tit, Guido Costa Projects, Turin, Italy
The Confectioner’s Confectioner, Pilar Corrias, London, UK
Too Late and Later, Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo, Norway
2009 Leigh Ledare, Les Rencontres de Arles, Arles, France
2008 You Are Nothing to Me. You Are like Air, Rivington Arms, New York, USA
Pretend You’re Actually Alive, Andrew Roth Gallery, New York, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Love, Nymphius Projekte, Berlin, Germany
The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015, Kyiv , Ukraine
Sexe, Beatitude et Logique Compatable, Michele Didier, Paris, France
Sitter, Columbus College of Art and Design’s Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus, USA
Chercher le garçon, Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
Between Empowerment and Crisis: Images of Motherhood from 1900 to Today, LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria
2014 It Happens Without You, Kendall Koppe, Glasgow, UK
Copy Show, Andrew Roth Gallery, New York, USA
Nuit Américaine, Office Baroque, Brussels, Belgium
Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists’ Scrapbooks, ICA, London, UK
La vie domestique (curated by Sandra Patron), Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux, France
Walk-ins Welcome, Marlborough Broome Street, New York, USA
Simulacra, Galerie Max Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany
Bad Conscience (curated by John Miller), Metro Pictures, New York, USA
Layers Thaw, Minerva Gallery, Sidney, Australia
2013 Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood (curated by Susan Bright), The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK
Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists’ Scrapbooks, New York Artist’s Book Fair, PS1/MoMA, New York, USA
5th Moscow Bienniale, Special Project curated by Ami Barak, Pomeranz Collection. Moscow, Russia
News/Prints: Printmaking & The Newspaper, International Print Center, New York, USA
9 Ways to Say it’s Over (Curated by Natasha Cox and Keira Greene), Farringdon Street, London, UK
Revelations (curated by Thea Westreich and Susan Modica), Stonescape, Calistoga, USA
Lips Painted Red, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, Norway
Museum of Modern Art and Western Antiquities Department of Light Recordings, Section IV: Lens Drawings, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France
Secession Secession, Fitzroy Gallery, New York, USA
Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists’ Scrapbooks, Andrew Roth Gallery, New York, USA
Nevermore, On Stellar Rays, New York, USA
2012 Privacy, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
The Hidden Mother, L’Avenir dure longtemps, Paris, France
Take off your silver spurs and help me pass the time (curated by Gerold Miller), Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzburg, Austria
Collaborations & Inventions (curated by Friederike Nymphius), CCA Kunsthalle Andratx, Andratx, Spain
Americans in New York 2 (curated by Ami Barak), Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France
2011 Leigh Ledare, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Jason and Jesse Pearson (curated by Latoya Ruby Frazie), Mason Gross Galleries at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA
Sex Drive, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, USA
A Hole is To Dig, Office Baroque, Antwerp, Belgium
Cult of the Ruin: Strategies of Accumulation, UC Irvine, Irvine, USA
LAXART Curator’s Choice Video Show, LAXART, Los Angeles, USA
Martin Parr’s Best Books of the Decade, National Photographic Archive, Dublin, Ireland
Home Videos, Leigh Ledare and Kenneth Tam, Loisaida, USA
Sex Drive, Haverford College, Haverford, USA
2010 How Soon Is Now (curated by Ruf, Obrist, Eccles, Gillick, Parreno), The Garage CCC, Moscow, Russia
Which Witch is Which? (curated by Ajay Kurian), White Flag Projects, St. Louis, USA
Luma Discovery Award, Les Rencontres d’Arles, (curated by Ruf, Obrist, Eccles, Gillick, Parreno), Arles, France (with Hans Peter-Feldman, Fischli and Weiss, Roe Etheridge and others)
Greater New York 2010 (curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Connie Hatch, Neville Wakefield), MoMA / PS1, New York, USA
No More Presence, Leigh Ledare and Corinne Jones, Gresham’s Ghost
They Have Not the Art to Argue with Pictures: Robert Heinecken, Guyton, Schorr, Ross Ho, Guagnini, Ledare, Frydenborg, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, USA
Support Group, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
So Be It: Interventions in Printed Matter, Andrew Roth Gallery, New York, USA
Screening, Berkeley Museum of Art, Berkely, USA
2009 I’m So Sad, My God, ISCP, New York, USA
Dance, Sons and Daughters, Dance!, The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand
Selected Works curated by Laurie Simmons, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, USA
Prague Biennale 4, Prague, Czech Republic
Re-Gift (curated by John Miller), Swiss Institute, New York, USA
House Call, Three’s Company, New York, USA
Ca Me Touche (curated by Nan Goldin), Arles, France (with JH Enstrom, Anders Petersen, Boris Mikhailov, Jack Pierson and Nan Goldin)
N-1, Patino Foundation, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
2008 Freeway Balconies (curated by Collier Schorr), Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany
Open Secret, International Center of Photography, New York, USA
Swiss Institute benefit auction, Swiss Institute, New York, USA
Colette, Paris, France
Closer Now, Rivington Arms, New York, USA
Foundation for Contemporary Art, Benefit Auction, Cohan and Leslie, New York, USA
Columbia University MFA Thesis Show, New York, USA
EPTSOLP (curated by Chris Johanson), Small a Projects, Portland, USA
Blindspot Benefit Auction, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, USA
Kevin Zucker, Sentimental Education, (contributor), 11 Rivington, New York, USA
2007 Leigh Ledare, Ari Marcopoulos and JH Engstrom, Cohan and Leslie, New York, USA
Stalemate, Curator, Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, USA
The Dating Show, ISE Foundation, New York, USA
CRG, Open Video Series, New York, USA
Artists’ Books: Transgression/Excess, Space Other, Boston, USA
Frieze Art Fair, Rivington Arms, London, UK
Ego, Jail Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Books and Publications

2015 Double Bind (essays and conversation) coauthored with Rhea Anastas. A.R.T. Press
2014 °Ana and Carl, and Some Other Couples (with Nic Guagnini), published by PPP Editions/Andrew Roth
2012 Double Bind (3 volumes: Ephemera, Husbands, Diptychs), Published by mfc-michele didier, Brussels/Paris.
Leigh Ledare, et al., Published by WIELS Center for Contemporary Art and Mousse Publishing.
An Invitation. Published by Leroy Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University, New York
2011 A Modest Exchange, Edition for Invisible Exports, curated by Tom Eccles), April, 2011
2008 Pretend You’re Actually Alive, PPP Editions, in collaboration with Andrew Roth, NY

Grants and Residencies

2009 Jerome Foundation Research Grant
2008 Feldman travel grant, Columbia University
Columbia University Fellowship, Co-curator of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Fischer-Landau Fellowship
2005 Bakery artist in residence, Portland, Maine
2003 Dactyl Foundation for the Arts Working Grant
2000 Harry Koregian Memorial Scholarship


2015-16 Yale University MFA (Sculpture and Photography), Visiting Critic
2012-16 New York University, Steinhardt Department of the Arts MFA. Professor
2009-11 California Institute of the Arts MFA, Visiting Professor
2014-16 School of Visual Arts MFA, New York. Visiting Professor
2011 Visiting Professor, Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte. Torino, Italy
2009-10 Visiting Professor, Photography and Media, California Institute of the Arts
2008 Assistant Professor, Visual Arts, Columbia University, New York

Lectures and Artist Talks

Leigh Ledare and Paul McCarthy moderated by Chrissie Iles, Frieze Art Fair, New York 2015
Yale University, New Haven, CT.
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA.
New York City Public Library, panel moderated by Christophe Cherix, with Andrew Roth, Alex Kitnick, and Phil Aarons, coinciding with Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists’ Scrapbooks.
Charlottenborg Kunsthal (in conversation with Mette Sandby and Per Aage Brandt) Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Garage Center for Contemporary Art in conversation with Tom Eccles. Moscow, Russia.
Charlottenborg Kunsthal (in conversation with Elena Filipovic), Copenhagen.
WIELS Center for Contemporary Culture, Brussels, Belgium.
State Academy of Arts and Design, Stuttgart, Germany.
Columbia University, New York.
University of Southern California. Los Angeles, CA.
Otis College of the Arts, Los Angeles, CA.
California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA.
University California Riverside. Riverside, CA.
School of Visual Arts, New York.
School of the International Center of Photography, New York.
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.
Rhode Island School of Design. Providence, Rhode Island.
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
Paris Photo, LA. Conversation with Frances Stark, moderated by Douglas Fogle
SVA. Panel on Robert Heinecken moderated by Eva Respini.
Aperture Foundation/Parsons lecture series

Leigh Ledare
Leigh ledare, et al.

Published by WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, and Mousse, Milan, 2012

Published in conjunction with the exhibition organized by WIELS (8 September – 25 November 2012), in collaboration with the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (18 January – 12 May 2013).

Dimensions: 197 × 212 mm
Pages: 144
Price: 35 Euro + shipping

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Leigh Ledare
Double Bind

Published by A.R.T. PRESS, 2015

The book Double Bind documents conversations between artist Leigh Ledare and art historian Rhea Anastas, provoked by viewing Ledare’s project of the same name

Dimensions: 152 × 215 mm
Pages: 264
Price: 32 Euro + shipping

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Leigh Ledare
Pretend You're Actually Alive

Published by PPP Editions, in association with Andrew Roth Inc, 2008

Composed in its entirety of photographs, written anecdotes and ephemera, Leigh Ledare’s first book, Pretend You’re Actually Alive, is a searingly intimate investigation of the artist’s relationship with his mother, a once-promising prodigy ballerina.

Dimensions: 205 × 265 mm
Pages: 244
Out of print.

Leigh Ledare artist lecture at Yale School of Art
2 December 2015 at 2pm

Leigh Ledare in Love at Nymphius Projekte, Berlin, Germany
15 September – 19 December 2015

Leigh Ledare in The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015, Kyiv, Ukraine
8 September – 1 November 2015

Leigh Ledare in Books + Talks panel at Artists Space, New York, USA
13 September 2015, 4pm

Leigh Ledare in Chercher le garçon at Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
7 March — 30 August 2015

Leigh Ledare in Sitter at Columbus College of Art and Design’s Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus, USA, 23 January - 26 March 2015

Artist Talk by Leigh Ledare at Aperture Foundation, New York, 3 February 2015, 6:30pm

Leigh Ledare in It Happens Without You at Kendall Koppe, Glasgow, UK, 28 November 2014 - 23 January 2015

Leigh Ledare in La vie domestique (curated by Sandra Patron) at Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux, France, 18 october 2014 - 18 january 2015

Leigh Ledare in Walk-ins Welcome at Marlborough Broome Street, New York, USA, 12 September - 12 October 2014

Leigh Ledare with Nicolás Guagnini, Ana and Carl and some other couples, Max Mayer, Dusseldorf, Germany, 12 September - 12 October 2014

Leigh Ledare in Simulacra, Galerie Max Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany, 22 March - 3 May 2014

Leigh Ledare, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, USA, 21 March - 26 April 2014

Leigh Ledare in Bad Conscience (curated by John Miller) at Metro Pictures, New York, USA, 16 January - 22 February 2014

Leigh Ledare in Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood (curated by Susan Bright) at The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK, 11 October 2013 - 5 January 2014

Leigh Ledare in Lips Painted Red at Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, Norway, 11 June - 15 September 2013

Leigh Ledare in Museum of Modern Art and Western Antiquities Department of Light Recordings, Section IV: Lens Drawings at Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France, 28 June - 2 August 2013

Leigh Ledare at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark, 18 January – 12 May 2013

Leigh Ledare in Nevermore at On Stellar Rays, New York, USA, 2 February - 10 March 2013

Michel Auder and Leigh Ledare in Privacy, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany, 1 November 2012 - 3 February 2013

Jonathan T.D. Neil, 'Leigh Ledare' Art Review, summer 2014

Chelsea Haines, 'Critic's Pick: Leigh Ledare', Artforum, 18 April 2014

Colleen Kelsey, 'Leigh Ledare in Public and Private', Interview Magazine, 21 March 2013

Zoë Lescaze, 'Unknown Pleasures: In Recent Photographs, Artist Leigh Ledare Moves Beyond His Mother', NY Observer, 19 March 2013

Alex Vincente, 'Todo sobre su madre', El Pais, 20 January 2013

'"Leigh Ledare, et al." at WIELS, Brussels', MousseMagazine.it, 27 November 2012

Jean-Mac Colard, 'Tout sur Maman', Les Inrockuptibles, 14 November 2012

Kathy Noble, 'Leigh Ledare', Frieze, November/December 2012

Jean-Max Colard, 'Dans La Maison', Les Inrockuptibles, 24 October 2012

Jan Desloover, 'Tongen met mama', De Standaard, 22 September 2012

'Photographer Leigh Ledare Shows Nudes', TV Brussel, 10 September 2012

Jozefien Van Beek, 'Het Draait Altijd om Macht', De Morgen, 7 September 2012

Agnieszka Gratza, 'Leigh Ledare in WielsOngepast, verontrustend, onheilspellend', Metropolis M, 6 September 2012

'Une première européenne au Wiels pour Leigh Ledare', L'avenir, 6 September 2012

Mirja Rosenau, 'Komplizierte Komplizenschaft', Art Das Kunstmagazin, September 2012

Andrew Berardini , 'Leigh Ledare', Art Review, 1 May 2012

Leah Ollman, 'Art review: Leigh Ledare at the Box', LA Times, 5 April 2012

Michele Faguet, 'Per Billgren and Leigh Ledare', Artforum June 2011

Mark Rappolt, 'Leigh Ledare/Per Billgren: Something Might Have Been Than Nothing', Art Review, June 2011

Shelley Fox Aarons, 'Double Bind Leigh Ledare', Fantom Magazine, Spring/Summer 2011

Elena Filipovich, 'Interview with Elena Filipovich and Hilary Lloyd', Kaleidoscope Magazine, March 2011

Simon Baker, 'Double Bind', AmericanSuburbX.com, February 2011

David Velasco, 'Leigh Ledare', Artforum, September 2008

Aimee Walleston, 'Leigh Ledare's Reality Show', Tokion, March 2008

Andrea Longacre-White, 'Leigh Ledare', ANP Quarterly No.9, March 2008