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Abigail DeVille


Biography

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, the 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 Punta Della Dogana (Venice), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington DC), 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). 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 was in residence at the American Academy in Rome in 2017-2018. 

 

Her work is part of prestigious collections as Pinault Collection, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art (MBMA), 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 works

Coltello, Cuchillo, knifed, Abigail DeVille
Moon Meditations for Martin II, Abigail DeVille
Native Tongue, Abigail DeVille
Jeffersonian Vacuum, Abigail DeVille
Watchers on the Wall, Cosmological Recompense (Drunk in Love), Abigail DeVille
Watchers on the Wall, Cosmological Recompense (Away We Go), Abigail DeVille
Watchers on the Wall, Cosmological Recompense (Scene/Seen), Abigail DeVille
.0001 Pour Cent, Abigail DeVille
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Museum exhibitions

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Abigail DeVille -

Brand New Heavies (cur. Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas), Pioneer Works Centre for Art and Innovation, New York, USA, 2021

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Brand New Heavies (cur. Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas), Pioneer Works Centre for Art and Innovation, New York, USA, 2021

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Light of Freedom, organized by Brooke Kamin Rapaport, Martin Friedman, Tom Reidy, Madison Square Park, New York NY, USA, 2020, ph. Tonje Thilesen

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Light of Freedom, organized by Brooke Kamin Rapaport, Martin Friedman, Tom Reidy, Madison Square Park, New York NY, USA, 2020, ph. Andy Romer

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Light of Freedom, organized by Brooke Kamin Rapaport, Martin Friedman, Tom Reidy, Madison Square Park, New York NY, USA, 2020, ph. Andy Romer

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Untitled, 2020. Trois regards sur l'art d'aujourd'hui, cur. Caroline Bourgeois, Muna El Fituri, Thomas Houseago, Punta della Dogana, Venise, Italy, 2020

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The American Future, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (Pica), Portland, USA, 2019. Ph.Evan LaLonde

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The American Future, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (Pica), Portland, USA, 2019. Ph.Evan LaLonde

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The American Future, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (Pica), Portland, USA, 2019. Ph.Evan LaLonde

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The American Future, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (Pica), Portland, USA, 2019. Ph.Evan LaLonde

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Lift Every Voice and Sing (amerikanskie gorki), ICA Miami, USA, 2017

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No Space Hidden (Shelter), Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA), USA, 2017

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No Space Hidden (Shelter), Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA), USA, 2017

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A Picture of the Universe in Clock Time, site specific installation for Momentum 9, The Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art, Moss, Norway, 2017

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A Picture of the Universe in Clock Time, site specific installation for Momentum 9, The Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art, Moss, Norway, 2017

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Platform, The Armory show, Michel Rein booth, cur. Eric Shiner, New York, USA, 2017

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Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947-2016, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2016

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Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947-2016, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2016

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Landmark, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, New York, USA, 2016

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Only When It's Dark Enough Can You See The Stars, Peale Museum, Baltimore, USA, 2016

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Only When It's Dark Enough Can You See The Stars, Peale Museum, Baltimore, USA, 2016

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Only When It's Dark Enough Can You See The Stars, Peale Museum, Baltimore, USA, 2016

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From the Ruins..., 601 Artspace, New York, USA, 2015, ph. by Rafafel Gamo

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Armory Show, Michel Rein Paris/Brussels, New York, USA, 2015

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Material Histories: Artists in Residence 2013-14 (cur. by Lauren Haynes), Studio Museum, Harlem, USA, 2014

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Material Histories: Artists in Residence 2013-14 (cur. by Lauren Haynes), Studio Museum, Harlem, USA, 2014

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Material Histories: Artists in Residence 2013-14 (cur. by Lauren Haynes), Studio Museum, Harlem, USA, 2014

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Future Generation Prize Exhibition, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine, 2012

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Future Generation Prize Exhibition, The 55th Venice Biennial, Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Venice, Italy, 2013

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Future Generation Prize Exhibition, The 55th Venice Biennial, Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Venice, Italy, 2013

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XXXXXXX, Iceberg Project, Rogers Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 2013

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Future Generation Prize Exhibition, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine, 2012

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Future Generation Prize Exhibition, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine, 2012

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Fore, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA, 2012

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The Ungovernables, The New Museum Triennial, New York, USA, 2012

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First Among Equals, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA, 2012

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Artist residency, Iscp, New York, USA, 2012

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Installation view, Deitch Studios, Long Island City, USA, 2009


Videos

EXHIBITION

Abigail DeVille I A collection of sculptures and installations

DOCUMENTARY

In this film, artist Abigail DeVille stalks the streets of Harlem with a trash-laden push cart, creating temporary sculptural interventions along the way.

DOCUMENTARY

Abigail DeVille: "Light of Freedom"

DOCUMENTARY

Through her immersive performances and installation works, Abigail DeVille celebrates the bravery and optimism - while also memorializing the suffering - embedded within the African American experience.

DOCUMENTARY

Artist Abigail DeVille constructs the set for a premiere performance of Adrienne Kennedy's play "She Talks to Beethoven" (1989) at the JACK arts center in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

CONVERSATION

A Conversation on Abigail DeVille's "Light of Freedom »


Press

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Publications

Fore

Fore

Publisher: The Studio Museum in Harlem

2012


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