Jimmie Durham


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Jimmie Durham was born in 1940 in the USA.

Early 1960's, active in theater, performance, and literature in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. First solo art exhibit in Austin, Texas in 1965. Moved to Geneva, Switzerland in 1969, returned to U.S. in 1973. Political organizer in the American Indian Movement, 1973-1980, Director of the International Indian Treaty Council and representative at the United Nations.

Director of the Foundation for the Community of Artists (FCA) New York City, 1981-83.

Moved to Mexico in 1987, returned to Europe in 1994.

Exhibited in Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst in the Museum for Contemporary Art in Antwerp, Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP), Gent, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, ICA London, Documenta in Kassel, Hamburg Kunstverein, FRAC in Reims, Wittgenstein Haus in Vienna, Whitney Biennial, Kunstverein in Munich, Venice Biennale, among others. In 2009 the Musée d?Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris presented a solo show by Jimmie Durham and he participated at the Lyon Biennale.

In 2012 The Muhka Anvers host a retropective of the artist\'s work, and he participated in (d)OCUMENTA 13.

In 2017, Jimmie Durham will have a touring major survey (his first one in the USA) at the Hammer Museum, LA, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and Whitney Art Museum, NYC.

Selected press


Art in America

Jimmie Durham

April 2017

Sky Arte

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April 2017

New York Times

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March 2017


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March 2017

Los Angeles Times

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February 2017

W Magazine

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January 2017

Blouin Artinfo

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July 2016


Jimmie Durham Wins 2016 Goslar Kaiserring

January 2016

Contemporary Art Daily

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November 2015


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October 2015


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October 2015

Art Review

Jimmie Durham

October 2015


In the company of flesh & blood

June 2014

mousse magazine

Is this interesting?

February 2014

Art Agenda

Jimmie Durham's 'Works of Science and Yellowness'

November 2013

La Libre Belgique

Un nouvel espace galerie pour Jimmie Durham

October 2013


Jimmie Durham: The negation of negation

June 2013


Jimmie Durham: The Great Stoneface

June 2013


Jimmy Durham: Study It Lightly

June 2013


FRIEZE : Jimmie Durham, Various elements

October 2012


Jimmie Durham - Een Portret in Drie Werken

June 2012

Le Quotidien de l'Art

Jimmie Durham fait d'une pierre deux coups

June 2012

Art Actuel

La Documenta (13) selon Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

May 2012


There is no there there

May 2012


Jimmie Durham

December 2011


Une ballade avec Jimmie Durham

April 2009

Art 21

Distant Drums

February 2009

Art Forum

Jimmie Durham

January 2009



Sound and Silliness

March 2016
Publisher: MAXXI ; Nero
ISBN 978-88-97503-77-4
Jimmie Durham

Jimmie Durham : Venice, work and tourism

May 2015
Publisher: Mousse Publishing
ISBN 978-88-6749-134-6

Talking Art 1, Art Monthly interviews with artists since 1976

January 2013
Publisher: Patricia Bickers and Andrew Wilson
ISBN 978-1954644562

A Matter of Life and Death and Singing

November 2012
Publisher: Anders Kreuger32 €

Amoxohtli, Libro de carretera, A road book

November 2011

ISBN 978-3-86560-920-5

Rejected Stones

November 2009

Écrits et manifestes. Jimmie Durham

January 2009
Publisher: Beaux-arts de Paris les éditions20 €