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Daniel Arsham

Phases

A grainy black-and-white photograph of the Hollywood sign, framed by foliage on either side
Portrait of Daniel Arsham in his studio, posing next to a shelf of sculptural materials

Beginning March 22, 2024, Fotografiska New York will present the first-ever exhibition dedicated to artist Daniel Arsham’s photography practice. Best known for his sculptures and design collaborations with brands including Tiffany & Co and Hot Wheels, Arsham has taken photographs since he was 11 years old, making it an essential component of his practice that has fundamentally informed his work as a sculptor and designer.

Arsham’s photographs are primarily black and white, which create a unifying aesthetic. The images take viewers on a journey alongside the artist’s travels and experiences with a focus on the juxtaposition of natural and urban environments. His images of skylines and nightscapes bring light, the passage of time, and negative space to the forefront. Visitors will encounter never before seen photographs alongside Arsham’s sculptures that together show the broad impact photography has on the artist’s full practice.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

New York based artist Daniel Arsham (b. 1980) work explores the fields of fine art, architecture, performance, design and film. Raised in Miami, Arsham attended the Cooper Union in New York City where he received the Gelman Trust Fellowship Award in 2003.

Soon thereafter Arsham toured worldwide with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as the company’s stage designer. The experience led to an ongoing collaborative practice which continues as Arsham works with world renowned artists, musicians, designers, and brands including Porsche and Dior.

Arsham’s uchronic aesthetics revolves around his concept of fictional archaeology. Working in a multitude of disciplines he creates and crystallizes ambiguous in-between spaces and situations, and stages what he refers to as future relics of the present. Always iconic, most of the objects that he turns into stone refer to the late 20th century or millennial era, when technological obsolescence unprecedentedly accelerated along with the digital dematerialization of our world. While the present, the future and the past poetically collide in his haunted yet playful visions between romanticism and pop art, Arsham also experiments with the timelessness of certain symbols and gestures across cultures.

In recent years Arsham’s practice has begun to bridge the gap between fine art and commerce through Arsham Editions and Archive Editions, two subsets of Arsham Studio dedicated to the conception of limited edition artworks aimed at reaching a wider global audience.

In 2021 Arsham was appointed the role of creative director of the Cleveland Cavaliers, becoming the first- ever fine artist to hold a position of this nature.

Arsham’s work has been shown at PS1 in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, The Athens Bienniale in Athens, Greece, The New Museum In New York, Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah GA, California and Carré d’Art de Nîmes, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta GA. Arsham is represented by Galerie Perrotin in Paris, Hong Kong, New York, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. Arsham also shows with Baró Galeria in Lisbon and Mallorca, Ron Mandos in Amsterdam, Nanzuka Gallery in Tokyo, Friedman Benda in New York, and König Galerie in Berlin.