Fiona Banner

Born 1966 Merseyside, Fiona Banner lives and works in London. Graduated from Kingston University, and completed her MA at Goldsmith College (1993).

Banner is part of the group known as YBA or Young British Artists and is a sculptor and conceptual artist. Her work centers on the problems and possibilities of language, both written and metaphorical. She juxtaposes the brutal and the sensual, performing a complete cycle of intimacy, attraction and alienation. In 1977, she started working under the title The Vanity Press, and under this imprint has published books, objects and performances.

Her works are held in public and private collections including Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Art’s Council of England; Tate Gallery, London; and Walker Art Gallery, Minneapolis.

Selected solo exhibitions include P E R I O D, Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar (2020); Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press, Libby Leshgold Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver (2019); Full Sea Stop Scape, Barbara Thumm Gallery Project Space, Berlin (2019); Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press, Independent Art Fair, Barbara Thumm Gallery, New York (2019); Buoys Boys, Mission Gallery, Swansea (2018); Runway AW17, De Pont Museum, Tilburg (2017); Au Cœur des Ténèbres, mfc-Michele Didier, Paris (2016); Fiona Banner, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin (2016); and Study #13. Every Word Unmade, Fiona Banner, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2016). Selected group exhibitons include Glasstress Boca Raton, Boca Raton Museum of Art (2021); Extrospection, Curated by David Thorp, Pi Artworks, London (2020); In The City, Frith Street Gallery, London (2020); Summer Breeze, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin (2020); Overbooked, Hong Kong Art Book Fair, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2020); By / Buy Me, curated by David Platzker, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York (2019); [email protected], Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin (2019); Word Play: language as medium, The Bonnier Gallery, Miami (2019); and Night At The Museum, Glynn Vivian, Swansea (2019).

 Mirror, Frith Street Gallery, London (2014); Building Site, Hardwick Hall, Chesterfield (2014); Postscript: Writing after Conceptual Art, Broad Art Museum, Michigan, USA (2014); This Page Intentionally Left Blank, Akbank Art Center, Istanbul (2014); Exploding Utopia, Laure Genillard, London, (2013); Word.Image.Space, Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung, Bonn, Germany (2013); Tracing the Century: Drawing as a Catalyst for Change, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool (2012); Graphology, The Drawing Room, London (2012); and I Am Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing, MoMA, New York (2011). 

Awards include being shortlisted for the Turner Prize (2002).

Last updated: 07.05.2021


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