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Ellen Gallagher was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1965, and lives and works in New York and Rotterdam, Holland. She attended Oberlin College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Repetition and revision are central to Gallagher’s treatment of advertisements that she appropriates from popular magazines like "Ebony," "Our World," and "Sepia" and uses in works like "eXelento" (2004) and "DeLuxe" (2004-05). Initially, Gallagher was drawn to the wig advertisements because of their grid-like structure. Later she realized that it was the accompanying language that attracted her, and she began to bring these ‘narratives’ into her paintings—making them function through the characters of the advertisements as a kind of chart of lost worlds. Although the work has often been interpreted strictly as an examination of race, Gallagher also suggests a more formal reading with respect to materials, processes, and insistences. From afar, the work appears abstract and minimal. Upon closer inspection, googly eyes, reconfigured wigs, tongues, and lips of minstrel caricatures multiply in detail. Gallagher has been influenced by the sublime aesthetics of Agnes Martin’s paintings as well the subtle shifts and repetitions of Gertrude Stein’s writing. In her earlier works, Gallagher glued pages of penmanship paper onto stretched canvas and then drew and painted on it. In "Watery Ecstatic" (2002-04), she literally carved images into thick watercolor paper in her own version of scrimshaw, from which emerge images of the sea creatures from Drexciya, a mythical underwater Black Atlantis. Gallagher received the American Academy Award in Art and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship. Solo exhibitions include the Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; St. Louis Art Museum; Des Moines Art Center; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; and ICA Boston. Her work appeared in the Whitney Biennial (1995).

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1965   Born: Providence, Rhode Island
1982 - 1984   Oberlin, Ohio
1989   Studio 70, Ft. Tomas, Kentucky
1992   School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA
2005 - 2006   The Fluidity of Time. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
2005   Ellen Gallagher: deLuxe. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York -solo
Works on Paper. Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
2004   Orbus. The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh -solo
Ellen Gallagher – eXelento. Gagosian Gallery Chelsea, New York -solo
2003   Murmur, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (solo)
2003   Currents 88: Ellen Gallaghe, Saint Louis Art Museum (solo)
2002   Ellen Gallagher: Preserve, The Drawing Center, New York (solo)
2001   Watery Ecstatic,ICA Boston, Boston (solo), Gagosian Gallery, New York (catalogue)
2000   Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London (solo)
2000   Greater New York: New Art in New York Now, P.S. 1, New York, in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art, New York (group)
1999   (Corps) Social,Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (group)
1999   Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (solo)
1999   Mario Diacono, Boston (solo)
1998   Postcards from Black America, De Beyerd Centre for Contemporary Art Breda, The Netherlands
1998   IKON Gallery, Birmingham (solo)
1998   Gagosian Gallery New York, NY (solo)
1997   The Body of Painting, Mario Diacono Gallery Boston (group)
1997   Project Painting, Basilico Fine Arts; Lehmann Maupin, New York (group)
1997   Projects, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (group)
1996   Inside the Visible, Institue for Contemporary Art London, England (group)
1996   Anthony d'Offay New York, NY (solo)
1996   Mary Boone Gallery, New York (solo)
1995   Whitney Biennal, Whitney Museum of American Art New York, NY (group)
1995   Altered states, Forum for Contemporary Art, (group)
1995   Degrees of Abstraction, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (group)
1994   Airborne/Earthbound, Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston (group)
1994   In Context, ICA Boston (group)
1994   Mario Diacono Gallery Boston, MA (solo)
1993   Travelling Scholars' Exhibit, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (group)
1993   African American Perspectives, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham (group)
1993   Artists Select, Artists Space New York, NY (group)
1992   Symphony of Prosperity, Akin Gallery, Boston (group)
1992   Faces, Clark Gallery, Lincoln (group)
1992   Word and Image, Boston Public Library, Boston (group)
1992   Salon, Akin Gallery, Boston (group)
1992   Autopia, Akin Gallery, Boston (group)
1992   Akin Gallery New York, NY (solo)
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