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Sam Durant (American, b. 1961) is an interdisciplinary artist whose works engage a variety of social, political, and cultural issues. Growing up near Boston, MA in the 1970s he experienced the radical pedagogy of A.S. Neill, Maria Montessori, John Holt, anti-war demonstrations and the de-segregation of the public school system. Exposure to an educational culture emphasizing democratic ideals, racial equality and social justice created the framework for Durant’s artistic perspective. Often taking up forgotten events from the past, his works make connections with present and ongoing social and cultural issues. Earlier works have excavated subjects as diverse as modernism’s repressive energy, the death drive beneath 1960s-70s pop music and artist Robert Smithson’s theories of entropy. More recent work has encompassed Italian anarchism, cartographic histories of capitalism, gestures of everyday refusal, and the meaning of museums for their visitors. He has recently done major public art projects, Labyrinth (2015) in Philadelphia which addressed mass incarceration and The Meeting House (2016) in Concord, MA that took up the subject of race in colonial and contemporary New England. He has had recent solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, London and Tokyo. His work can be found in many public collections including Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Project Row Houses, Houston; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium; and the Tate Modern, London.Interested in consigning works by Sam Durant? Learn more »
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