Darren Bader, Installation view, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, 2018

Darren Bader

Darren Bader

Innate Value

November 1 – 16, 2023
New York

Darren Bader

character limit

November 3, 2018 – January 12, 2019
Los Angeles

5,471 miles

July 21 – August 15, 2020
Los Angeles

Darren Bader

Heaven and Earth

July 20 – August 31, 2013
Los Angeles


Darren Bader (b. 1978, Bridgeport, CT) studied filmmaking and art history at NYU (BFA, 2000). He lives and works in New York and in transit. Bader’s conceptual hobbyhorses include: word works, pairings, impossible sculpture, misattribution, object fetishism, and trash sculptures. His exhibitions are often collaborative in nature, exploring and questioning the interconnectedness of seemingly disparate objects through complex (re)arrangements, surprise juxtapositions, and absurd associations. Institutional solo exhibitions include fruits, vegetables; fruit and vegetable salad, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2020); (@mined_oud), Madre, Naples, Italy (2017–18); Meaning and Difference, The Power Station, Dallas, TX (2017); chess: relatives, High Line Art, New York, NY (2017); light (and) regret, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany (2015); Where Is a Bicycle’s Vagina (and Other Inquiries), or Around the Samovar, 1857, Oslo, Norway (2012); and Images, MoMA PS1, New York, NY (2012). Awarded the Calder Prize in 2013, Bader has taken part in numerous group exhibitions and biennials including Apparition, PHI Center, Montreal, Canada (2021); Mirage: Contemporary Art in Augmented Reality, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2020); the 58th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2019); Stories of Almost Everyone, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2018); .com/.cn, K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space, Hong Kong, China (2017); One, No One and One Hundred Thousand, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2016); 13éme Biennale de Lyon: La vie moderne, Lyon, France (2015); Under the Clouds: From Paranoia to the Digital Sublime, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal (2015); The Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2014); Antigrazioso, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2013); Empire State, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy (2013); Greater New York, MoMA PS1, New York, NY (2010); and To Illustrate and Multiply: An Open Book, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA  (2008).

Selected Works


New York Times: Want to Be an Artist? You’re in Luck. This One Is Selling His Practice.


Darren Bader and Li Ming: Mind the Gap | By Art Matters, Hangzhou, China


Darren Bader: Group Show | The Little House, Los Angeles, CA


Artnet News: Darren Bader Just Executed an Ingenious Conceptual Artwork


New Yorker: Darren Bader


The Guardian: How Do You Follow Heroin Lasagne? the Artist Who Wants You to Dice His Veg


Related Publications

Darren Bader: Comic Book Trilogy

Darren Bader: Scott Mendes's Pleonasm

Darren Bader: The Typist 2020-2002

Darren Bader: @rt_rhyme

Darren Bader: Rocks & Mirrors / Forest/Trees

Darren Bader

Darren Bader: James Earl Scones

Darren Bader: All Donations Will Go To Something

Darren Bader: 77 AND/OR 58 AND/OR 19

Darren Bader: Photographs I Like to Have and to Hold [A Show on a Piece of Paper at the Front Desk]

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