Abigail DeVille

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Born in 1981 in New York (USA). Lives and works in New York (USA).

She trained in painting at Yale University and the New York Fashion Institute of Technology. She creates part-archaic, part-Afrofuturist sculptures and installations using rubbish and found objects, such as the wooden door and four brooms that make up Talismán, continuing the tradition of assemblage developed in the United States and Europe. For DeVille, history is recorded in these objects – which are often items from everyday life – that are the receptacles of lost voices. When she talks of her work, she recalls the unfailing optimism of the African-American communities in the face of the weight of the past, and readily recites the Martin Luther King’s final speech: “But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.”

Abigail DeVille’s work has been exhibited at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (St Louis), Institute of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York), the Pinchuk Art Centre (Kiev), New Museum (New York), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam). DeVille has designed sets for theatrical productions—at venues such as the Stratford Festival, directed by Peter Sellers, Harlem Stage, La Mama, JACK, and Joe’s Pub directed by Charlotte Brathwaite. She has received honors fellow at The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, Creative Capital grantee, received a OBIE Award for design, and nomiated for The Future Generation Art Prize in 55th Biennale di Venezia. She is currently in residence at the American Academy in Rome.

Her work is part of prestigious collections as Kadist Art Foundation (San Francisco), Kaviar Factory (Henningsvaer), The Bronx Museum of the Arts (Bronx), The Studio Museum (Harlem), Centre National des Arts Plastiques (Paris), among others.

She teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore), and she's a visiting critic at the Yale School of Art (New Haven) and Columbia University MFA program (New-York).



Selected press



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SCULPTURE

Abigail DeVille

June 2018

Vogue

Abigail DeVille

December 2017

Carnegie

Abigail DeVille

November 2017

Frieze

Abigail DeVille

July 2017

See You There

Abigail DeVille

July 2017

La Libre Belgique

Abigail DeVille

May 2017

Riverfront Times

Abigail DeVille

May 2017

Artforum

Abigail DeVille

April 2017

Artnews

Abigail DeVille

April 2017

Art Daily

Abigail DeVille

February 2017

City Paper

Top Ten Art Shows of 2016

December 2016

New York Times Magazine

Abigail DeVille

October 2016

Artsy

Abigail DeVille

August 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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