Leigh Ledare

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works

biography

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

Education

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

2014Office Baroque, Brussels, Belgium (forthcoming)
Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, USA
2013An Invitation, Reception, Berlin, Germany
Leigh Ledare, et al., Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
2012Double 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
2011Something Might Have Been Better than Nothing… with Per Billgren, RECEPTION, Berlin, Germany
2010Double 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
2009Leigh Ledare, Les Rencontres de Arles, Arles, France
2008You 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

2014Simulacra, Galerie Max Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany
Bad Conscience (curated by John Miller), Metro Pictures, New York, USA
2013Home 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
2012Privacy, 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
2011Leigh 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
2010How 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
2009I’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
2008Freeway 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
2007Leigh 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

2011Double Bind, Michel Didier, Belgium
A Modest Exchange, Edition for Invisible Exports, curated by Tom Eccles), April, 2011
2008Pretend You’re Actually Alive, PPP Editions, in collaboration with Andrew Roth, NY

Bibliography

2012Agnieszka Gratza, 'Leigh Ledare in Wiels Ongepast, verontrustend, onheilspellend', Metropolis M, Aug/Sep, 42-47
Leah Ollman, 'Art review: Leigh Ledare at the Box', LA Times, 5 April
2011Michele Faguet, Michele Faguet, 'Per Billgren and Leigh Ledare',_Artforum_, June
Mark Rappolt, 'Leigh Ledare/Per Billgren: Something Might Have Been Than Nothing', Art Review, June 2011
Elena Filipovich, 'Interview with Elena Filipovich and Hilary Lloyd', Kaleidoscope Magazine, March 2011
Shelley Fox Aarons, 'Double Bind Leigh Ledare', Fantom Magazine, Spring/Summer 2011
Susan Bright, Art Photography Now, 2011
Simon Baker, ' Double Bind', AmericanSuburbX.com, February 2011
Feature, Richardson Magazine, April 2011
'Leigh Ledare', Modern Painters, February 2011
Review of Which Witch Is Witch, Art Papers., White Flags, St. Louis, 2011
Feature, Angst Magazine, February, 2011
Julie Boukobza, 'New York Art Scene', ArtPress, March 2011
Profile, Italian Rolling Stone, 2011
Feature, AmericanSuburbX.com, February 2011
2010Simon Baker, 'Review of Double Bind', 1000wordsmag.com, September 2010
Paul Carey, 'Kent’s Best Shows of 2010', Saatchi Online Magazine, London 2010
Simon Bainbridge, 'A Tale of Two Cities', British Journal of Photograph, August 2010
Jerry Saltz, 'Sincerity and Irony Hug it Out', NY Magazine, May 2010
Roberta Smith, 'Take Me Out to the Big Show in Queens', NY Times, May 27 2010
Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, 'Decade’s 10 best photo books', British Journal of Photography,
'This Is Tomorrow'. ‘Leigh Ledare: The Confectioner’s Confectioner’, May 2010
Rebecca Geldard, Satcchi Online: Top Ten London Shows in May and June, 2010
Dummy Magazine, feature, January, 2010
2009Cover interview,_MAP Magazine_, June, 2009
'Sons, lovers… and weird things about mothers',_The Observer_, London, 12 July 2009
Focus, Frieze Magazine, May 2009
review of Re-gift, curated by John Miller, Swiss Institute, NY, Artforum, May 2009
Visual Essay, Purple Magazine, Winter Issue, 2009
'Feature on the Artist, Leigh Ledare', Der Spiegel, January 2009
Beatrix Ruf, 'Most Significant Emerging Artists of 2008', Frieze Magazine, January 2009
2008Interview, Monopol Magazin, Germany, December 2008
Review, You Are Nothing To Me. You Are Like Air, Time Out New York, October 8 2008
Critics picks, You Are Nothing To Me. You Are Like Air, The New Yorker, October 2008
Review, Pretend You’re Actually Alive, Artforum, September 2008
Collier Schorr, Freeway Balconies catalogue, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, 2008
Review, You Are Nothing To Me. You Are Like Air, Brooklyn Rail, 2008
Review, You Are Nothing To Me. You Are Like Air, Artnet.com, 2008
Review, You Are Nothing To Me. You Are Like Air, Artreview.com, 2008
Feature Interview, S Magazine, September 2008
Artist Profile, Rodeo Magazine, October 2008
'Portfolio of Personal Commissions', The Journal Magazine, September 2008
Review, The New York Times, 6 June 2008
Review, Pretend You’re Actually Alive, The New Yorker, May 2008
'Best in Show', Village Voice, May 2008
Interview, Tokion Magazine, 2008
'The Book Bench', Review of Show at ICP, The New Yorker, 13 November 2008
2007Interview_ANP Quarterly_, 2007
Review of show at Cohan and Leslie_The New Yorker Magazine_, 2007
Review of show at Cohan and Leslie, New York Times, 2007
Review of show at Cohan and Leslie, New York Magazine, 2007
2005'Strange Place', 'Ten page arrangement of photographs from Russia', Noun Trilogy Art Anthology, Volume One, 2005

Grants and Residencies

2009Jerome Foundation Research Grant
2008Feldman travel grant, Columbia University
Columbia University Fellowship, Co-curator of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Fischer-Landau Fellowship

Professorships

2011Visiting Professor, Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte. Torino, Italy, Spring 2011
2009 –10   Visiting Professor, Photography and Media, California Institute of the Arts, 2009-2010
2008Assistant Professor, Visual Arts, Columbia University, New York

Lectures and Artist Talks

California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
Otis College of the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
University California, Riverside, March
School of Visual Arts, NYC
School of the International Center of Photography, NYC
New York City Public Library in association with the New York Artist Book Fair
University of Washington. Seattle, Washington
University of Southern California. Los Angeles, CA
Yale University, New Haven, CT
The Garage Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow

exhibitions

23.04 – 26.06.2011
Uri Aran / Will Benedict / David Hominal / Leigh Ledare / Davis Rhodes

publications

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.

buy

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.

news

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

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

press

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