Ryan Gander

Born 1976 Chester, Ryan Gander lives and works in Suffolk and London. Graduated from BA (Hons) Interactive Art at Manchester Metropolitan University (1999); Post-Graduate Fine Art Research Participant at the Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht (2000); and Post-Graduate Fine Art Participant at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (2002).

Through associative thought processes that connect the everyday and the esoteric, the overlooked and the commonplace, Gander’s work involves a questioning of language and knowledge, a reinvention of the modes of appearance and creation of an artwork. His work can be reminiscent of a puzzle, a network with multiple connections, the fragments of an embedded story, a huge set of hidden clues to be deciphered, encouraging viewers to make their own connections and invent their own narrative in order to solve the charade with its many solutions, staged by the artist.

His works are held in public and private collections including the Arts Council Collection, London; The Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Carré d’art, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Nimes; Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; MacBA, Barcelona; MUMOK, Vienna; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Tate, London.

Selected solo exhibitions include Natural and Conventional Signs, SOLID HAUS, Woodbridge (2021); These are the markers of our time, Lisson Gallery, New York (2020); The 500 Million Year Collaboration, Kunsthalle Bern (2019); Some Other Life, Esther Shipper, Berlin (2019); Good Heart, BASE / Progetti per l’arte, Florence (2018); Old Languages in Very Modern Styles, gb Agency, Paris (2018); Moonlighting, TARO NASU, Tokyo (2018); The Self Righting of All Things, Lisson Gallery, London (2018); These wings aren’t for flying, National Museum of Art Osaka (2017); Soft modernism, Hyundai Gallery, Seoul (2017); READ ONLY, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2015); Portrait of a blind artist obscured by flowers, Singapore Tyler Print Institute (2015); and Make every show like it’s your last, Manchester City Art Gallery (2014). Major projects include Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art (2018); Sydney Biennale (2018); British Art Show 8, Leeds (2016); Performa 15, New York (2015); Panorama, High Line, New York (2015); Imagineering, Okayama Castle (2014); The artists have the keys, 2 Willow Road, London (2014); Unlimited, Art Basel (2014); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2013); ILLUMInations, 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale (2011); Intervals, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); and The Happy Prince, Public Art Fund, New York (2010). 

Awards include an honorary Doctor of Arts from Manchester Metropolitan University, Honoris Causa, and from the University of Suffolk; an OBE for services to Contemporary Arts (2017); Zürich Art Prize (2009); Baloise Art Statement Prize at Art Basel (2009); shortlisted for the British Art Prize ‘Becks Futures’ at the ICA, London (2009); won the Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Arts (2007); and ABN AMRO prize of the Netherlands (2005).

Last updated: 07.05.2021