Abigail DeVille

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Abigail DeVille’s work is comprised of archaeological constructs imbued with cultural and historical cues, referencing canonical sculptures from recent art history, contemporary social issues, and the movement of solar bodies. Her dark sculptural installations are steeped in destruction and decay, acting as reflections on social and cultural oppression, racial identity, and discrimination in American history.

Abigail DeVille is concerned with narratives of displacement and marginalization, and through her sprawling installations and sculptures, she gives pronounced physical presence to “invisible people” within the privileged space of institutions.

The notion of invisibility as a social condition has held much significance, particularly for black artists working after the release of Ralph Ellison’s seminal text Invisible Man in 1952. Ellison’s novel posits race, black-ness in particular, as analogous to invisibility. Abigail DeVille’s socially engaged practice speaks to Ellison’s original concept, and by extension interrogates poverty, disenfranchisement and homelessness, other means by which people and histories are marginalized and left unseen.

Abigail DeVille (b. 1981 in NYC); she lives and works in New York. DeVille has exhibited a growing constellation of site-specific installations in the United States and Europe. Her most recent exhibitions include Bronx Calling at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2013), Future Generation Art Prize / Pinshuk Art Center, at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013), XXXXXXX, at Iceberg Projects, Chicago (2013), Fore, at The Studio Museum Harlem, New York (2012), Future Generation Art Prize Exhibition, at the Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine (2012), If I don’t think I’m sinking, look what a hole I’m in, at Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2012), First Among Equals, at the ICA, Philadelphia, PA (2012), The Ungovernables, at the New Museum, NY (2012), Bosch Young Talent Show, at the Stedelijk Museum, s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (2011).

Selected press



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Art Daily

Abigail DeVille

February 2017

City Paper

Top Ten Art Shows of 2016

December 2016

New York Times Magazine

Abigail DeVille

October 2016

MOMUS

Abigail DeVille Unburies Bodies at The Contemporary

June 2016

Hyperallergic

Abigail DeVille

June 2016

City Paper

Abigail DeVille

May 2016

Bmoreart

Descending a Staircase Darkly

May 2016

Wallpaper*

Abigail DeVille

May 2016

Baltimore Magazine

Abigail DeVille

May 2016

The New York Times

Abigail DeVille

December 2015

Artforum

Abigail DeVille

July 2015

The Brooklyn Rail

From the Ruins...

June 2015

Artnet

Rozalia Jovanovic's Top 10 Booths at the Armory Show 2015

March 2015

Artsy

Art World Picks and Purchases at the Armory Show VIP Preview

March 2015

ARTnews

Abigail DeVille

October 2014

Artnet

Abigail DeVille

October 2014

The Washington Post

Abigail DeVille

October 2014

The New York Times

Abigail DeVille

August 2014

Blouin Art Info

Studio Museum in Harlem Names Three Resident Artists for 2013-2014

October 2013

The Huffington Post

Abigail DeVille?s cosmic Cacophony Heads To Harlem

September 2013

The New York Times

Racial Redefinition in Progress ?Fore? at Studio Museum in Harlem

November 2012

Machete

Abigail D.Deville's America

September 2010

Philadelphia Weekly

Abigail Deville

August 2010

Publications



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Fore

January 2012
Publisher: The Studio Museum in Harlem
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