Tom Marioni

Tom Marioni (b.1937 Cincinnati, Ohio) attended the Cincinnati Art Academy and lives and works in San Francisco. His first sound work, One Second Sculpture (1969), was celebrated in the 2005 Lyon Biennial as presaging the work of many artists today who use sound and duration as subjects. His first museum show was in 1970 at the Oakland Museum of California. Titled “The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art,” it was an early example of social art as a sculpture action, and he has been invited to repeat the work around the world. He founded the Museum of Conceptual Art (MOCA) which has entered history as one of the first alternative art spaces. Marioni has had solo shows in many significant venues for early conceptual art, including: the Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh (1972) and Gallery Foksal, Warsaw (1975). Marioni was included in For Eyes and Ears (1980) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin, Live to Air (1982) at the Tate Gallery in London, and From Sound to Image (1985) at the Stuttgart Staatsgalerie in Germany. His work was shown in Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object (1998) at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, (2009) at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Drawing is central to Marioni’s art, and in 1999 he had a drawing retrospective at the Mills College Art Museum in Oakland.

Installation/performance venues include: Whitechapel Gallery in London (1972), the Institute of Contemporary Art in London (1973), the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (1980), and the Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany (1982).Marioni received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981 and three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts during the 1970s. His work is in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Stadtische Kunsthalle in Mannheim, Germany, the Pompidou Center in Paris, among others. He is represented by Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco, the Margarete Roeder Gallery in New York, and the Carl Solway Gallery in Cincinnati.

Last updated: 23.09.2014

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