David Musgrave

David Musgrave (b.1973, Stockton-on-Tees, UK) lives and works in London, UK. He studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design,UK, where he now teaches. Musgrave creates understated, often poignant works that demand a level of scrutiny and attention rarely encouraged in contemporary culture. The speculative potential of visual experience lies at the heart of his practice. His work has been featured in many institutional exhibitions, including The Policeman's Beard is Half Constructed at Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn; Space Force Construction, V-A-C Foundation, Venice (2017); Golem Legend, Stiftung Jüdisches Museum, Berlin (2016); Behold Continues to Retreat, Bethlem Gallery, Beckenham, UK (2015); Being Thing, CIAP, île de Vassivière, Beaumontdu-Lac, France (2015); Prix Canson, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2015); The Noing Uv It, Kunsthalle Bergen; Être Chose, CIAP Île de Vassivière; Quiz, Galeries Poirel, Nancy (2015); The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, Nottingham Contemporary and De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea (2013); In Focus: Slow Looking: contemporary drawing, Tate Britain, London, UK (2103); Made in the UK, Contemporary Art from the RISD Museum, Museum of Art, Providence, USA (2011); Transparent Things, Freiburg Kunstverein, Freiburg, Germany (2011); Draw, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, UK (2006); How to Improve the World, The Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2006); Lines of Enquiry, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, UK (2006); Waste Material, The Drawing Room, London, UK (2005); showCASe, South London Gallery, London, UK (2004); Living Dust, Norwich Gallery, Norwich, UK (2004); and Recognition, Anna Barriball and David Musgrave, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (2003). Select solo exhibitions include Select solo exhibitions include greengrassi, London, UK (2018, 2015, 2012, 2009, 2006, 2004); Luhring Augustine, New York, USA (2014, 2009); and Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, USA (2015, 2011, 2008, 2005); Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis, USA (2010); Art Now, Tate Britain, London, UK (2003). His work is held in public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA; the Dallas Museum of Art, USA; the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, USA; and Tate, London, UK. In January 2013 Musgrave’s digital animation Studio golem was broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK. He is the author of a novel, Unit, published by LemonMelon in 2015. 

Last updated: 20.06.2018


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