Ryan Gander

United Kingdom 1976

Conceptual Art

Ryan Gander
Ryan Gander
United Kingdom
December 30, 2014

Ryan Gander is an English artist, born in 1976 in Chester. He is a disabled Conceptual artist who works with a wide range of materials. He attended Manchester Metropolitan University, receiving a First Class Degree in 1999. After art school, Gander worked in a carpet shop in Chester. In 2000 he spent a year at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, Netherlands, as a Fine Art Research Participant. Then he participated in the artist residency programme of the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam in 2001.

Gander’s work is formally diverse and has included, “a chess set, a new word, a children’s book, jewelry, customized sportswear, glass orb paperweights and maps,” as well as photography, films, and drawings. His work for the 2011 Venice Biennale exhibition featured an action-figure sized sculpture that represents him while he falls from a wheelchair. “It is a self-portrait in the worst possible position”. Most of Gander’s art is completely removed from the hand of the artist and carried out by a team of technical specialists. He is often physically incapable of carrying out the making of the work himself. Additionally, Gander’s experiences as a disabled artist often make their way into his pieces. In 2006, his installation at the old Whitechapel Library, Is this Guilt in you too?, where he filled the space with obstacles, detritus, dead ends, and illusions meant to confound visitors and symbolize the inequitable difficulties faced by the disabled, was part of the Art Council’s Adjustments exhibitions whose aim was “to address transitional thinking on disability, equality and inclusion”. His other works are normally not related to disabilities. However, Matthew Higgs argues in his commentary about Gander’s work, that his disability actually contributes to Gander’s unique way of seeing: “The first thing I ever noticed about Ryan was that he uses a wheelchair. I mention this not in passing, nor as a gratuitous aside. Whilst I accept that some people might argue that this information is irrelevant, I would like to think that the fact that Ryan uses a wheelchair does, at least, have some bearing on my subsequent understanding of his work.”

Gander teaches at Goldsmiths, the Royal Academy in London, and the University of Huddersfield. In 2013, Gander and creative consultant Simon Turnbull proposed plans to open Fairfield International, a residency for young artists in in Saxmundham in Suffolk, eastern England. He has been awarded numerous prestigious prizes, among others the Zürich Art Prize in 2009, the ABN Amro Art Prize/ABN AMRO Kunstprijs in 2006, the Bâloise Prize of the Art Basel in 2006 and the Dutch Prix de Rome for sculpture in 2003.

Gander’s works are included in both international public and private collections including Tate Collection, London, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France, MaMBO, Bologna, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Arts Council, London, Welsh Museum, Cardiff, Government Art Collection, London.

Gander is married to the director of the Limoncello gallery, Rebecca May Marston, with whom he has a daughter. He currently lives and works between London and Suffolk.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2015Ryan Gander - Make every show like it’s your lastOK Offenes Kulturhaus OÖ, LinzSolo
2015History is Now: 7 Artists Take On BritainHayward Gallery, LondonGroup
2015A man walks into a bar. . . .Me Collectors Room Berlin, BerlinGroup
2015In __ We Trust: Art and MoneyColumbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OHGroup
2014Ryan Gander - Make every show like it’s your lastCentre for Contemporary Art - CCA Derry,Derry, Northern IrelandSolo
2014Ryan Gander: Make every show like it's your lastManchester Art Gallery, ManchesterSolo
2014Ryan Gander - Chance EverythingMostyn, Llandudno, WalesSolo
2014Ryan Gander - Explorers vs PioneersTaro Nasu Gallery, TokyoSolo
2014Billboard for Edinburgh Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland Group
2014Open Museum Open CityMAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, RomeGroup
2014La Biennale de Montréal 2014Biennale de Montréal, Montreal, QCGroup
2014InsidePalais de Tokyo, ParisGroup
2014...and the stage darkens (or this voice is a big whale)LGLondon, LondonGroup
2014Art as a VerbMUMA - Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, VICGroup
2014Blue TimesKunsthalle Wien (Museumsquartier), ViennaGroup
2014Der Kubist Marcel Duchamp mag nicht malenGalerie Thomas Schulte, BerlinGroup
2014Itself Not SoLisa Cooley Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2014UndertonesMarres - Centre for Contemporary Culture, MaastrichtGroup
2014Neue Wege Nichts Zu TunKunsthalle Wien (Museumsquartier), ViennaGroup
2014The Human FactorHayward Gallery, LondonGroup
2014Nouvelle GénérationFRAC - Nord-Pas de Calais, DunkerqueGroup
2014A Guest Without A Host is a GhostTownhouse Gallery, CairoGroup
2014A Guest Without A Host Is A GhostBeirut, CairoGroup
2014Will Happiness Find Me?Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, TokyoGroup
2014PER,FORM. How to do things with[out] wordsCA2M - Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, MadridGroup
2014Postscript: Writing after Conceptual ArtBroad Art Museum, East LansingGroup
2014Free PlayArcadia University Art Gallery , Glenside, PAGroup
2014RoseCEAAC - Centre européen d'actions artistiques contemporaines, StrasbourgGroup
2014Art By Te­Le­Phone... Re­Cal­Led La Panacée, MontpellierGroup
2014Return JourneyMostyn, Llandudno, WalesGroup
2013Ryan Gander - Make every show like itFRAC - Ile-de-France - Le Plateau, ParisSolo
2013Ryan Gander: Associative PhotographsZabludowicz Collection New York, New York City, NYSolo
2013Ryan Gander - Once Upon A Bycicle, Not So Long AgoAnnet Gelink Gallery, AmsterdamSolo
2013Nostalgic for the Future27-29 Bell Street, Lisson Gallery, London Group
2013Mijn Derde LandFrankendael Foundation, AmsterdamGroup
2013De leur Temps 4: NantesCentre d’art Le hangar à Bananes - Le Hab, NantesGroup
2013DecorumMusée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - MAM ARC, ParisGroup
2013Les Apparitions - le Bel OrdinaireEspace d’art contemporain, BillièreGroup
2013Les apparitionsLa Maison, BoucauGroup
2013Dear PortraitMostyn, Llandudno, WalesGroup
2013Why not live for Art? II9 collectors reveal their treasures - Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery,TokyoGroup
2013If You Will It, It Is Not a DreamAnnet Gelink Gallery, AmsterdamGroup
2013Postscript: Writing After Conceptual ArtThe Power Plant, Toronto, ONGroup
2013The Upper Room: Reading The SurfaceDavid Zwirner Gallery, LondonGroup
2013AB, a project by Gabriele De SantisNomas Foundation, RomeGroup
2013Snap, The Portfolio 2012Paul Stolper Gallery, LondonGroup
2013Body Pressure - Skulptur Seit Den 1960er JahrenHamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, BerlinGroup
2013Jetztzeit (el tiempo del ahora) + La Espalda del ángelCentre d’Art la Panera, LleidaGroup
2013I THINK IT RAINS1a space, Hong KongGroup
2013The Magic of the State52-54 Bell Street, London - Lisson Gallery, London Group
2013Abstract Generation: Now in PrintMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2013The Magic of the StateBeirut, CairoGroup
2013Broken WindowsNew Galerie New York, New York City, NYGroup
2013The Order Of Things: Kadist Fellowship ShowCCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CAGroup
2013Cinematic MomentsKadist Art Foundation San Francisco, San Francisco, CAGroup
2013The Parergon and The GutterDavid Risley Gallery, CopenhagenGroup
2013Artists' ArtistsKunsthaus CentrePasquArt - Centre d'Art, Biel. BienneGroup
2013Sociétés secrètesMusée Alfred Canel , Pont-AudemerGroup
2013When Attitudes Became Form Become AttitudesMuseum of Contemporay Art Detroit, Detroit, MIGroup
2013Inventing a futureGbagency, ParisGroup
2013A House of Leaves. Third MovementThe David Roberts Art Foundation, LondonGroup
2013The Earth Turns And All Things Slip AwayHunt Kastner Artworks, PragueGroup
2013Disappearing into oneZabludowicz Collection London, LondonGroup
2012Ryan Gander - An Exhibition of Recent PaintingsDavid Risley Gallery, CopenhagenSolo
2012EsperluettePalais de Tokyo, ParisSolo
2012Ryan Gander. Boing, boing, squirtMuseo Tamayo, Mexico CitySolo
2012Ryan Gander - The Fallout of Living52-54 Bell Street - Lisson Gallery, London Solo
2012Ryan Gander - Lost in my own recursive narrativeFondazione Morra Greco, NaplesSolo
2012Ryan Gander - An exercise in cultural semaphoreGb agency, ParisSolo
2012ChesterCO2 contemporary art, RomeGroup
2012Ryan Gander & Jonathan Monk - They came out of nowhere” he said, pointing to nowhereTaro Nasu Gallery, TokyoGroup
2012So, This is ChristmasGalerie de multiples - GDM, ParisGroup
2012Les référentsGalerie Edouard-Manet, GenevilliersGroup
2012Art By Telephone - Angers - Bordeaux - New York - Paris, Chatou - San FranciscoCAPC - Musée d'art contemporain, BordeauxGroup
2012Moral HolidayNorthern Gallery for Contemporary Art, SunderlandGroup
2012Postscript: Writing After Conceptual ArtMuseum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, COGroup
20129th Shanghai BiennaleShanghai Biennale, ShanghaiGroup
2012When Attitudes Became Form Become AttitudesCCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts,San Francisco, CAGroup
2012Group ExhibitionGalerie Martin Janda, ViennaGroup
2012Without (Jonathan Monk)Meessen De Clercq, BrusselsGroup
2012Accidentally on PurposeQUAD Gallery, DerbyGroup
2012Beyond WordsGAK - Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst e.V. Bremen, BremenGroup
2012Documenta (13)Documenta, KasselGroup
2012GlazeValentin, ParisGroup
2012Visionäre Sammlung Vol. 18: Das Haus Des KünstlersHaus Konstruktiv, Stiftung für konstruktive und konkrete Kunst, ZurichGroup
2012Fremde Überall – Foreigners Everywhere Zeitgenössische Kunst aus der Pomeranz Collection- Jüdisches Museum Wien, ViennaGroup
2012An Incomplete History Of Incomplete Works Of ArtFrancesca Minini, MilanGroup
2012A common feelingGb agency, ParisGroup
2012The Artists’ Postcard ShowSpike Island, BristolGroup
2012AutobiographiesEspace Louis Vuitton Paris, ParisGroup
2012Several SilencesKnoxville Museum of Art (KMA), Knoxville, TNGroup
2012L´Institut des archives sauvagesVilla Arson, NiceGroup
2012L'Institut des Archives SauvagesGalerie Cour Carrée, ParisGroup
2012Vip ShowroomAnnet Gelink Gallery, AmsterdamGroup
2012Coup doubleFRAC Aquitaine, BordeauxGroup
2012Blind CutMarlborough Chelsea, New York City, NYGroup
2012Rotary Connection Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011Icarus FallingMaison Hermès, TokyoSolo
2011Ryan Gander. Really Shiny Things That Don't Mean AnythingMuseum of Modern Art in Warsaw, WarsawSolo
2011New Collusions in CulturefieldJohnen Galerie, BerlinSolo
2011Lock Room ScenarioArtangel, LondonSolo
2011Ryan Gander - 'Now there's not enough of it to go aroundAnnet Gelink Gallery, AmsterdamSolo
2011The Feeling of ThingsFRAC - Ile-de-France - Le Plateau, ParisGroup
2011gesture, form, techniqueTaro Nasu Gallery, TokyoGroup
2011I Know About Creative Block And I Know Not To Call It By NameLisson Gallery Milan, MilanGroup
2011The Collectors Show Part Of Vanuit Hier - Out Of HereStedelijk Van Abbemuseum, EindhovenGroup
2011Yokohama TriennaleYokohama Triennale, YokohamaGroup
20115x5Castelló 2011Espai d´Art Contemporani de Castelló - EACC, Castellon de la PlanaGroup
2011The Object of ObservationJohnen Galerie, BerlinGroup
2011Two Versions of the ImaginaryAnnet Gelink Gallery, AmsterdamGroup
2011SynesthesiaCaroline Wiseman, LondonGroup
2011Void if Removed - Concrete Erudition 4FRAC - Ile-de-France - Le Plateau, ParisGroup
2011Érudition Concéte 4FRAC - Ile-de-France - Le Plateau, ParisGroup
2011Biennale di Venezia54th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, VeniceGroup
2011Paysages avec objets absentsFri Art - Centre d'Art Contemporain, FribourgGroup
2011Lake of fireDen Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, CopenhagenGroup
2011Ryan Gander & Michael Marriott - Ernö Goldfinger v Groucho MarxThe Russian Club Gallery,LondonGroup
2011The Shape We’re In (London)Zabludowicz Collection London, LondonGroup
2011Le SlurmHaute école d'art et design, GenevaGroup
2011Invocations of the blank page NICC - New International Cultural Centre, AntwerpGroup
2011Radical AutonomyStroom Den Haag, The HagueGroup
2011Radical Autonomy - nieuwe werelden van niksNetwerk - center for contemporary art, AalstGroup
2011Fat Chance To TreamMaisterravalbuena Galería, MadridGroup
2011La Part ManquanteGalerie Michel Journiac, ParisGroup
2011Invocations of the Blank PageSpike Island, BristolGroup
2010Intervals: Ryan GanderSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NYSolo
2010An exhibition that will tell you nothing about Ryan GanderTriple Candie, New York City, NYSolo
2010The Happy PrincePublic Art Fund, New York City, NYSolo
2010Ryan Gander - Zürich Art Prize TrägerHaus Konstruktiv, Stiftung für konstruktive und konkrete Kunst, ZurichSolo
2010Ryan Gander - YOU WALK INTO A SPACE, ANY SPACE52-54 Bell Street - Lisson Gallery,London Solo
2010Ryan Gander - I'm an AurefilianTaro Nasu Gallery, TokyoSolo
2010The Art of CamoCardi Black Box, MilanGroup
2010I Believe in Miracles - 10th anniversary of the Lambert CollectionCollection Lambert, AvignonGroup
2010Prospective XXIe siecleFRAC - Ile-de-France - Le Plateau, ParisGroup
201021st Century OutlookFRAC - Ile-de-France - Le Plateau, ParisGroup
2010Laokoon IICOCO (Contemporary Concerns), ViennaGroup
2010Públicos y contrapúblicosCentro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), SevillaGroup
2010LaokoonCOCO (Contemporary Concerns), ViennaGroup
2010Manifesta 8 - ManifestaEuropean Biennial of Contemporary Art, AmsterdamGroup
2010Faint To BlackHENNINGSEN gallery, CopenhagenGroup
2010About UsJohann König, BerlinGroup
2010Hors d'Oeuvre IICampagne Premiere, BerlinGroup
2010Werken uit de collectie van Frans OomenKunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, VijfhuizenGroup
2010The StorytellerArt Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ONGroup
2010Premio lorenzo bonaldi per l’arte – enterprize, v edizioneGAMeC - Galleria d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, BergamoGroup
2010Alchemy boxMaison d'Art Bernard Anthonioz, Nogent-sur MarneGroup
2010Box With The Sound Of Its Own MakingWestern Bridge, Seattle, WAGroup
2010Tatton Park BiennialTatton Park Biennial, Knutsford, CheshireGroup
2010The Little shop on Hoxton Street Limoncello, LondonGroup
2010The Nice Thing About Castillo, Corrales…Castillo Corrales, ParisGroup
2010ResonanceSuntory Museum, OsakaGroup
2010Todo A Nada - Lectura Colecciones MuacMuseo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo - MUAC,Mexico CityGroup
2010The Boy Who Cried Wolf (lefty Loosey, Righty Tighty)Tulips & Roses, VilniusGroup
2010Che cosa sono le nuvole? Werke aus der Sammlung Enea RighiMUSEION - Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst , BolzanoGroup
2010The Boy Who Cried Wolf (Lefty Loosey Righty Tighty)Gb agency, ParisGroup
2010Les Belles Images : Second ScénarioLa Box - École Nationale Superieure d´Art de Bourges,BourgesGroup
2010The Library of Babel In and Out of PlaceZabludowicz Collection London, LondonGroup
2010FAXPara Site Art Space, Hong KongGroup
2010Production Site: The Artist’s Studio Inside-OutMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA),Chicago, ILGroup
2010DOUBLE BINDArrêtez d’essayer de me comprendre ! - Villa Arson, NiceGroup
2010The StorytellerSheila C. Johnson Design Center, New York City, NYGroup
2010It is itEspacio 1414, SanturceGroup
2010FAXTorrance Art Museum, Torrance, CAGroup
2009Things that mean things and things that look like they mean thingsMercer Union, Toronto, ONSolo
2009Ryan Gander - The die is castVilla Arson, NiceSolo
2009Ryan Gander - Heralded as the new blackMuseum Boijmans van Beuningen, RotterdamSolo
2009Ryan Gander : It´s a right Heath Robinson affair ( astuttering exhibition in two parts)Gb agency, ParisSolo
2009Ryan Gander - I let somebody get under my skinAnnet Gelink Gallery, AmsterdamSolo
2009FAXPlug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, ManitobaGroup
2009Space as MediumMAM - Miami Art Museum, Miami, FLGroup
2009The Malady of Writing. A project on text and speculative imaginationMuseu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA, BarcelonaGroup
2009Radical Autonomy - Le Grand CaféCentre d'art contemporain de Saint-Nazaire, Saint-NazaireGroup
2009The StorytellerSalina Art Center, Salina, KSGroup
2009AssemblyYvon Lambert, ParisGroup
2009Where water comes together with other waterGb agency, ParisGroup
20097th Mercosul Biennial – Grito e Escuta (Screaming and Hearing)Bienal do Mercosul, Porto AlegreGroup
2009Chasing NapoleonPalais de Tokyo, ParisGroup
2009Là où les eaux se mêlentGb agency, ParisGroup
2009Lisson Presents 6 Lisson Gallery, London Group
2009MirrorsMARCO Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, VigoGroup
2009Curators' Series #2. Sculpture of The Space AgeThe David Roberts Art Foundation, LondonGroup
2009Trying To Cope With Things That Aren't Human (Part One)Cell Project Space, LondonGroup
2009Paper ShowDavid Risley Gallery, CopenhagenGroup
2009Pete and Repeat - Works from the Zabludowicz CollectionZabludowicz Collection London,LondonGroup
2009Nord, Nord-OuestGb agency, ParisGroup
2009Richard Prince and the RevolutionProjectesd, BarcelonaGroup
2009Boule to BraidLisson Gallery, London Group
2009The Making of ArtSchirn Kunsthalle, FrankfurtGroup
2009Lisson Presents 429 Bell Street - Lisson Gallery, London Group
2009Talk Show ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London, LondonGroup
2009Desiring NecessitiesJohn Hansard Gallery, SouthamptonGroup
2009Several SilencesThe Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Chicago, ILGroup
2009Remain in LightW139, AmsterdamGroup
2009The Happy IntervalTulips & Roses, VilniusGroup
2009FAXThe Drawing Center, New York City, NYGroup
2009The Generational Triennial: Younger Than JesusThe New Museum Triennial, New York City, NYGroup
2009Sound of MusicTurner Contemporary, Margate, KentGroup
2009VideothequeAnnet Gelink Gallery, AmsterdamGroup
2009NATURAL WONDERS. New Art from LondonBaibakov Art Projects, MoscowGroup
2009The Space of WordsMUDAM - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, LuxembourgGroup
2009Desire aquireGalerie bob van orsouw, ZurichGroup
2009UnfictionUniversity Galleries at Illinois State University, ILGroup
2008Ryan Gander - How I learnt to use my senses, how I learnt to think and how I learnt to feelTaro Nasu Gallery, TokyoSolo
2008How I learnt to use my senses, how I learnt to think and how I learnt to feelTaro Nasu Gallery, OsakaSolo
2008And it came to lifeMarz Galeria, LisbonSolo
2008Ryan Gander - Something VagueBonner Kunstverein, BonnSolo
2008Ryan Gander - Something VagueKunst Halle Sankt Gallen, St. GallenSolo
2008Ryan Gander: Heralded as the New BlackSLG South London Gallery, LondonSolo
2008Ryan Gander - Heralded as the new blackIkon Gallery, BirminghamSolo
2007Passengers: 1.3 Ryan GanderCCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CASolo
2007Ryan Gander - The Last WorkStedelijk Museum Amsterdam, AmsterdamSolo
2007Ryan Gander - short cut through the treesMuseum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig - MUMOK, ViennaSolo
2007Ryan Gander - Gallery CoverAnnet Gelink Gallery, AmsterdamSolo
2006Ryan Gander - Template For: Who Said This Was True Multiplicity Anyway?Massimo De Carlo Milan, MilanSolo
2006Rayan Gander - Nine Projects for the Pavilion de l'Esprit NouveauGalleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna - GAM, BolognaSolo
2006Ryan Gander - Your Clumsiness is the Next…Annet Gelink Gallery, AmsterdamSolo
2005Ryan Gander - But it was all greenArtists Space, New York City, NYSolo
2004Ryan Gander: But It Was All GreenAnnet Gelink Gallery, AmsterdamSolo
2003The Death of Abbé FarriaStedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam - SMBA, AmsterdamSolo