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, New York, NY) received her MFA from Yale University 2011 and her BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2007. DeVille has exhibited a constellation of site-specific installations in the United States and Europe. Her most recent exhibitions include Harlem: Found Ways. Cooper Gallery at Hutchins Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2017); Urban Planning: Contemporary Art and the City 1967-2017, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MO (2017); The Intersectional Self, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (2012); Future Generation Art Prize Exhibition, the Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine (2012); The Ungovernables, New Museum, New York, NY (2012); Bosch Young Talent Show, Stedelijk Museum, s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (2011).

DeVille has designed sets for theatrical productions—at venues such as the Stratford Festival (2014), directed by Peter Sellers, Harlem Stage (2016), La Mama (2015), JACK (2014-16), and Joe’s Pub (2014) directed by Charlotte Brathwaite.
She has received honors—2014-15 fellow at The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, 2015 Creative Capital grantee and received a 2015 OBIE Award for design. DeVille is the 2017-18 Chuck Close Henry W and Marion T Mitchell Rome Prize.

Selected press



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Vogue

Abigail DeVille

December 2017

Carnegie

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November 2017

Frieze

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July 2017

See You There

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July 2017

La Libre Belgique

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May 2017

Riverfront Times

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May 2017

Artforum

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April 2017

Artnews

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April 2017

Art Daily

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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

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June 2016

City Paper

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May 2016

Bmoreart

Descending a Staircase Darkly

May 2016

Wallpaper*

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May 2016

Baltimore Magazine

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May 2016

The New York Times

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December 2015

Artforum

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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

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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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