Carol Bove

Switzerland 1971


Carol Bove
Carol Bove
February 23, 2015
Music, Gestalt, .

Carol Bove is known for her simple yet intricate assemblages of found and made objects.

The focus of her artistic endeavor is an immense research project: by means of enquiring into the social history and art of the late 1960s and early 1970s, she relates the latter to the present and lends it greater depth. Here, she is as much interested in popular literature and the most popular avant-garde magazines of that period as she is in its architecture, music, art and design. For her, the former mark the influential and lasting social changes of that era, as evidenced, for example in the women’s movement, the peace movement, the notion of liberated sexuality and the liberation of the individual through both psychological and physical practices of consciousness expanding.

Carefully arranged on pedestals, elevated platforms, or directly against walls and ceilings, these yield unexpected, poetic, and multilayered meanings, which seem to derive from the composition of the objects rather than the inherent substance of the individual components. Using a wide range of materials, including books, driftwood, peacock feathers, metal, concrete, foam, and loans from other artists, Bove’s works are subtle assemblages resisting categorization despite their determined relationships with modernist display methods.

Born in 1971 in Geneva to American parents, Bove was raised in Berkeley, California and studied at New York University. The artist is co-represented by David Zwirner in partnership with Maccarone in a unique model in which the two galleries collaborate to help Bove realize future projects and exhibitions both in the United States and abroad. Her first solo presentation is planned for spring 2015 at David Zwirner in London.

In 2014, Bove debuts a new body of work alongside exhibition designs and sculptures by Italian architect Carlo Scarpa. Carol Bove/Carlo Scarpa is curated by the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, England and produced in collaboration with Museion, Bolzano, Italy and Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium. The show is currently on view at Museion (through March 1, 2015).

Recently shown in New York was a series of large-scale sculptures Bove created especially for the High Line at the Rail Yards. The project, entitled Caterpillar, was commissioned by High Line Art and ran through April 2014. In 2013, Carol Bove: The Equinox presented an arrangement of seven sculptures at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her work has been featured in important group exhibitions, most recently in 2012 with new works installed on the grounds of the Orangerie in Kassel for dOCUMENTA (13).

Carol Bove lives and works in New York.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015The Plastic Unit David Zwirner, London [forthcoming]Solo
2015Another Minimalism The Fruitmarket Gallery, EdinburghGroup
2015Building SculptureCenter Benefit Exhibition Maccarone, New York [organized bySculptureCenter, Long Island City, New York]Group
2015The Persistence of Objects Lismore Castle Arts, Ireland [catalogue]Group
2014Carol Bove-Carlo Scarpa Museion - Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bolzano, ItalySolo
2014[itinerary Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, England; Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle,Belgium] [catalogue] [two-person exhibition]Solo
2014My Old Friend My New Friend, My Girlfriend, My Cousin and My Mentor Shoot the Lobster,New YorkGroup
2014On the Blue Shore of Silence Tracy Williams, Ltd., New YorkGroup
2014Rockaway! Rockaway Beach Surf Club, Rockaway Beach, New York [organized in collaborationwith the Honolulu Biennial]Group
2013Carol Bove: The EquinoxThe Museum of Modern Art, New YorkSolo
2013CaterpillarHigh Line at the Rail Yards, New YorkSolo
2013The Foamy Saliva of a HorseThe Common Guild, Glasgow [catalogue]Solo
2013RA, or Why is an orange like a bell?Maccarone, New YorkSolo
2013The Angel of History Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris [catalogue]Group
2013Dark StarsMuseum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland, OhioGroup
2013Desire Yancey Richardson Gallery, New YorkGroup
2013From Triple X to Birdsong (In Search of the Schizophrenic Quotient) Kayne Griffin Corcoran,Santa Monica, CaliforniaGroup
2013Garage Show, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New YorkGroup
2013Illuminations,Richard Telles Fine Art, Los AngelesGroup
2013LAT. 41˚ 7’ N., LONG. 72˚ 19’ W Martos Gallery, East Marion, New YorkGroup
2013A Place in Two Dimensions: A Selection from Colección Jumex + Fred Sandback Museo Jumex, Mexico CityGroup
2013Suddenness + Certainty Robert Miller Gallery, New YorkGroup
2013tc: temporary contemporary Bass Museum of Art, Miami BeachGroup
2012Coquilles mécaniques CRAC Alsace Centre Rhénan d’Art Contemporain, Altkirch, FranceGroup
2012El mañana ya estuvo aquí Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City [itinerary: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico]Group
2012In the Holocene MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MassachusettsGroup
2012No Desaster Sammlung Haubrok bei Falckenberg, Deichtorhallen Hamburg [catalogue]Group
2012Painting In Space Luhring Augustine, New YorkGroup
2012Sculptural Matter Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, MelbourneGroup
2012Stand still like the hummingbird David Zwirner, New YorkGroup
201154th Venice Biennale: ILLUMInazioni ILLUMInations, VeniceGroup
2011After Images Musée Juif de Belgique, BrusselsGroup
2011The Age of AquariusThe Renaissance Society at the University of ChicagoGroup
2011Frauenzimmer,Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany [catalogue]Group
2011The Language of Less (Then and Now) Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago [catalogue]Group
2011The Medicine Bag Maccarone, New YorkGroup
2011We Will Live, We Will SeeZabludowicz Collection, LondonGroup
2010Carol BoveKimmerich Gallery, New YorkSolo
2010Prix Lafayette 2009 Carol Bove La traversée difficile, Palais de Tokyo, ParisSolo
2010At Home-Not At Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-On-Hudson, New York [catalogue]Group
2010Carol Bove, Sterling Ruby Dana Schutz, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New YorkGroup
2010Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New YorkGroup
2010Curious? Art in the 21st Century from Private Collections Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik, Bonn, Germany [catalogue]Group
2010An Einem Schönen Morgen Des Monats Mai.. Gesellschaft für aktuelle Kunst, Bremen, GermanyGroup
2010Endless Bummer-Surf Elsewhere Blum and Poe, Los AngelesGroup
2010ITEM Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New YorkGroup
2010Looking Back The Fifth White Columns Annual White Columns, New YorkGroup
2010Normal Dimensions Half Gallery, New YorkGroup
2010Perspectives 2010 International Center for Photography, New YorkGroup
2010Picture Industry (Goodbye to all that) Regen Projects, Los AngelesGroup
2010Wait for Me at the Bottom of the Pool Martos Gallery, Bridgehampton, New YorkGroup
2009Plants and Mammals Horticultural Society of New York [catalogue]Solo
2009Summer 2009 - Upper Gallery 2: Carol Bove Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, England [exhibition publication Carol Bove]Solo
2009Compass in Hand Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York [catalogue]Group
2009Don't Perish Leo Koenig Projekte, New YorkGroup
2009Every Revolution is a Roll of the Dice Paula Cooper Gallery, New YorkGroup
2009Story Without a Name Peres Projects, BerlinGroup
2009Stuart Sherman: Nothing Up My Sleeve Participant, Inc., New YorkGroup
2008Bronze PeanutGalerie Dennis Kimmerich, DüsseldorfSolo
2008Art Now: The Way In Which It Landed Tate Britain, LondonGroup
2008The Artist's Library Centre international d'art et du paysage, Ile de Vassivière, FranceGroup
2008Heavy Metal Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, GermanyGroup
2008ImplantUBS Art Gallery, New YorkGroup
2008Murder Letters Galeria Filomena Soares, LisbonGroup
2008Pretty Ugly Maccarone and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New YorkGroup
2008Saints and Sinners The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, Waltham, MassachusettsGroup
2008Whitney Biennial 2008 Whitney Museum of American Art, New York [catalogue]Group
2007The Middle PillarMaccarone, New York [catalogue published in 2013]Solo
2007Archaeologies of the Future Sala Rekalde, Bilbao [catalogue]Group
2007Aspects, Forms and Figures Bellwether, New YorkGroup
2007Every Revolution is a Roll of the Dice Ballroom Marfa, TexasGroup
2007Just Kick It Till It Breaks The Kitchen, New York [catalogue]Group
2007Learn to Read Tate Modern, LondonGroup
2007Multiplex: Directions in Art, 1970 to Now The Museum of Modern Art, New YorkGroup
2007NeoIntegrity Derek Eller Gallery, New YorkGroup
2007Strange Events Permit Themselves the Luxury of Occurring Camden Arts Centre, LondonGroup
2007Um-KehrungenKunstverein Braunschweig, GermanyGroup
2007Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century New Museum of Contemporary Art, New YorkGroup
2007Worker Drone Queen Centre Culturel Suisse, ParisGroup
2006Carol Bove Georg Kargl, ViennaSolo
2006Moonspikes and VedasGalerie Dennis Kimmerich, DüsseldorfSolo
2006The Night Sky Over BerlinREC., BerlinSolo
2006Setting for A. PomodoroBlanton Museum of Art, Austin, TexasSolo
2006Draft Deceit Kunstnernes Hus, OsloGroup
2006Fountains D'Amelio Terras, New YorkGroup
2006Hiding in the Light Mary Boone Gallery, New YorkGroup
2006I Love My Scene: Scene 3Mary Boone Gallery, New YorkGroup
2006An Ongoing Low-grade Mystery Paula Cooper Gallery, New YorkGroup
2005Critical SocietiesBadischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2005Girls on Film Zwirner & Wirth, New YorkGroup
2005Good Titles for Bad Books Kevin Bruk Gallery, MiamiGroup
2005Greater New York 2005 P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New YorkGroup
2005Icestorm,Kunstverein Münich, MunichGroup
2005Model Modernisms Artists Space, New YorkGroup
2004A Pattern Language: Intimacy Gradient Hotel, LondonSolo
2004Carol Bove Kunsthalle Zürich [catalogue]Solo
2004Momentum 1: Carol BoveInstitute of Contemporary Art BostonSolo
2004Black Friday: Exercises in Hermetics Galerie Kamm, BerlinGroup
2004Curious Crystals of Unusual Purity P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New YorkGroup
2004Emoticons Guild and Greyshkul, New YorkGroup
2004Formalismus Moderne Kunst, heute, Kunstverein Hamburg [catalogue]Group
2004Hysterical Galerie Dennis Kimmerich, DüsseldorfGroup
2004Playlist Palais de Tokyo, Paris [catalogue]Group
2004When I Think About You I Touch Myself New York Academy of Art [catalogue]Group
2003Experiment in Total FreedomTeam Gallery, New YorkSolo
2003The Joy of Sex: Carol Bove & Charles RaymondCubitt, London [two-person exhibition]Solo
2003The Science of Being and the Art of LivingKunstverein Hamburg [catalogue published in 2004]Solo
2003#19 Champion Fine Art, Brooklyn, New YorkGroup
2003from the flat files Ramp Gallery, Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton, New ZealandGroup
2003Influence, Anxiety and Gratitude List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts [catalogue]Group
2003Plastic, Plush and Politics: Echoes of the 70s in Contemporary Art Städtische Galerie Nordhorn,Nordhorn, Germany [catalogue]Group
2003Re-Production 2 Georg Kargl, ViennaGroup
2003Ronce Noire presents The House Galerie Catherine Bastide, BrusselsGroup
2002StatementsTeam Gallery presentation at Art Basel|33, Basel Art & Public, GenevaSolo
2002burst Team Gallery, New YorkGroup
2002XEROS - Projet mobile et reproductible sur les sexualites et l'espace Le Magasin - Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble, FranceGroup
2001Team GalleryNew York [two-person exhibition with Erik Wesselo]Solo
2001First There was a Drawing College of Santa Fe, New MexicoGroup
2001Perfunctory Team Gallery, New YorkGroup
2001TransformerLa Panaderia, Mexico CityGroup
2000UntitledBronwyn Keenan Gallery, New YorkSolo
2000DrawBarry Whistler Gallery, DallasGroup
2000Love Cynthia Broan Gallery, New YorkGroup
1999Forever is a Hell of a Long Time Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New YorkGroup
1999Road Show D.F.N Gallery, New YorkGroup