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This exhibition is Fred Wilson’s first with PaceWildenstein. The artist, who represented the American Pavilion at the 2003 Venice Biennale, was recently the subject of an exhibition at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut entitled Fred Wilson: Black Like Me.

Fred Wilson (b. 1954, Bronx, NY) has created site-specific installations in collaboration with numerous museums and cultural institutions throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He received his B.F.A. from the State University of New York, Purchase in 1976. Since his first solo exhibition in 1988, Wilson’s work has been the subject of many individual shows and retrospectives including the critically acclaimed Mining the Museum: An Installation by Fred Wilson at The Contemporary and Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore (1992-93), and Fred Wilson: The Greeting Gallery, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (1999). In 2001, the solo exhibition Fred Wilson, Objects and Installations 1979–2000 began its three year tour, traveling to eight different venues nationally, including the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, the Art Museum, University of Houston, the Santa Monica Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Chicago Cultural Center.

Wilson’s work has also been featured in over 100 group exhibitions, including the 50th Venice Biennale (2003) as the American representative, the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial Exhibition (1993), and the 4th International Cairo Biennale (1992).

As the recipient of many honors and awards, Wilson received the 10th Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2002), the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant, Chicago (1999), the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts awards (1990), and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture (1987 and 1991).

Fred Wilson’s work can be found in several public collections including: the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Birmingham Museum of Art; Denver Art Museum; The Jewish Museum, NY; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Montclair Art Museum, NJ; The Museum of Modern Art, NY; the New School, NY; Seattle Art Museum; and The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY.

Fred Wilson currently lives and works in New York City. The artist will have his first solo exhibition at PaceWildenstein, 32 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022 from March 11th through April 15th, 2006.


Fred Wilson