David Salle

David Salle

David Salle was born in 1952 in Norman (Oklahoma); he lives and works in New York City and Sagaponack (Long Island). Like many artists of his generation, David Salle largely drew inspiration for his rich visual vocabulary from existing pictures. Based on models from art history, advertisements, design, and everyday culture, Salle creates an assemblage with manifold cultural references. Since the mid-80s, his paintings have included allusions to the works of the Baroque painters Velázquez and Bernini, to the Post-Impressionist Cézanne, to Giacometti and Magritte, and to American post-war art. In 2004, the Vortex element was added to Salle’s artistic syntax. It became the dominating element in his paintings. In most cases, Salle places these maelstroms that call to mind the anamorphotic experiments of the Surrealists in the centre of the canvas: they seem to draw the depicted fresco-like nudes, tapestry-design shells, female portraits, Manga figures, and African sculptures into oblivion. The extraordinary precision of Salle’s paintings is breathtaking. The distortion of the motifs is a testimony to his excellent command of modern graphics software. The synthesis of two-dimensional Pop art, Surrealism, contemporary computer aesthetics, and old-masterly perfection gives his work a unique character.

Solo exhibitions

2017


David Salle, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


2016


David Salle, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Hong Kong


Inspired by True-Life Events, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga (CAC Málaga), Málaga, Spain


Cindy Sherman and David Salle: History Portraits and Tapestry Paintings, Skarstedt Gallery, London, UK


 


2015


Debris, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, USA


New Paintings, Skarstedt Chelsea, New York, NY, USA


 


2014


Maureen Paley, London, UK


Collage, Mendes Wood D, São Paulo, Brasil


 


2013


David Salle / Francis Picabia, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Ghost Paintings, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY, USA


David Salle: Ghost Paintings, The Arts Club, Chicago, Illinois, USA


David Salle, Leeahn Gallery, Daegu, South Korea


David Salle, Leeahn Gallery, Seoul, South Korea


Tapestries/ Battles/ Allegories, Lever House Art Collection, New York, NY, USA


 


2012


Ariel and Other Spirits, The Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery MET, Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, New York, NY, USA


David Salle, Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, Germany


 


2011


David Salle Recent Paintings, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY, USA


David Salle, Maureen Paley, London, UK


 


2010


David Salle, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


2009


Héritage du Pop Art, Kestnergessellschaft, Hannover, Germany


 


2008


David Salle, Paintings and Drawings, Studio d'Arte Raffaelli - Palazzo Wolkenstein, Trento, Italy


David Salle, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark


 


2007


David Salle, Galleria Cardi, Milan, Italy


David Salle : 1,2,3,4, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado, USA


Bearding The Lion In His Den, Deitch Projects, New York, NY, USA


David Salle, New Works, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


 


2005


David Salle, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


2004


Paris Opera Paintings, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


David Salle: Split Worlds. The Montage Principle, Stella Art Gallery, Moscow, Russia


David Salle, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado, USA


 


2003


David Salle, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY, USA


David Salle, Waddington Galleries, London, UK


David Salle, Emilio Mazzoli Galleria d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy


 


2002


David Salle, Galleria Cardi, Milan, Italy


David Salle, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY, USA


 


2001


David Salle, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USA


David Salle, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany


 


2000


David Salle, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico


 


1999


Retrospective, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Traveled to Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria; Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain


David Salle, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY, USA


David Salle, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


1998


David Salle, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado, USA


David Salle, Itochu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


 


1997


David Salle, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, California, USA


David Salle, Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy


 


1996


David Salle, Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain


David Salle, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


1995


David Salle, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland


David Salle, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


1994


David Salle, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY, USA


David Salle, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


1993


David Salle, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California, USA


 


1992


David Salle, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France


David Salle, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USA


David Salle, Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain


David Salle, Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, The Netherlands


 


1991


David Salle, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Photographs, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY, USA


David Salle, Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland


 


1990


David Salle, Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, USA


David Salle, Fred Hoffman Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA


David Salle, Castelli Graphics, New York, NY, USA


 


 


1989


David Salle, Bayerische Staatsgemaldesammlungen München, Munich, West Germany


David Salle, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel


David Salle, Waddington Gallery, London, UK


David Salle, Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne, West Germany


 


1988


David Salle, Mary Boone/Michael Werner Gallery, New York, NY, USA


David Salle, The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, USA


David Salle, Fundacion Caja de Pensiones, Madrid, Spain


David Salle, Castelli Gallery, New York, NY, USA (with Jasper Johns and Bruce Naumann)


 


 


1987


David Salle, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA


David Salle, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, USA


David Salle, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada


David Salle, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois, USA


David Salle, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY, USA


David Salle, Spiral Garden, Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo, Japan


David Salle, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK


David Salle, Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland


 


1986


David Salle, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY, USA


David Salle, Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, USA


David Salle, Castelli Graphics, New York, NY, USA


David Salle, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, West Germany. Traveled to: Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts, USA


David Salle, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Traveled to: the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, USA; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois, USA


David Salle, Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland


 


1985


David Salle, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY, USA


David Salle, Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA


David Salle, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France


David Salle, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA


David Salle, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois, USA


David Salle, Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne, West Germany


 


1984


David Salle, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY, USA


David Salle, Mario Diacono Gallery, Rome, Italy


David Salle, Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland


 


1983


David Salle, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands



David Salle, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY, USA


David Salle, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


David Salle with Francis Picabia, Galerie Schellmann & Kluser, Munich, West Germany


David Salle, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA


 


1982


David Salle, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY, USA


David Salle, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY, USA


David Salle, Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland


David Salle, Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, UK


 


1981


David Salle, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY, USA


David Salle, Larry Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA


David Salle, Lucio Amelio Gallery, Naples, Italy


 


1980


David Salle, Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland


 


1979


David Salle, Gagosian/Nosei Webber, New York, NY, USA


Group exhibitions

2017


Third Space/Shifting Conversations About Contemporary Art, The Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, USA


Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA




2016


Portraits, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Painters’ Painters, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK


Unfinished Business: Paintings from the 1970s and 1980s by Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl, and David Salle, Parrish Art Museum, New York, NY, USA


Cindy Sherman and David Salle: History Portraits and Tapestry Paintings, Skarstedt Gallery, London, UK


Water Bodies, New York Academy of Art, Southhamton Arts Center, New York, NY, USA


La Mia Ceramica, Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris, France


Condo, Kippenberger, Oehlen, Salle, Skarstedt Gallery, London, UK


Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Member and Recipients of Honors and Awards, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY, USA


Condo, de Kooning, Kippenberger, Muñoz, Salle, Warhol, Skarstedt Gallery, London, UK


Body Superficial, Sgorbati Projects, New York, NY, USA


Nice Weather, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Condo, Gonzalez-Torres, Kelley, Prince, Salle, Sherman, Trockel, Wool, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


2015


Winter Group Show, Skarstedt Gallery, London, UK


America Is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA


Matters of Pattern, Skarstedt Chelsea, New York, NY, USA


Future Seasons Past, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY, USA


GHP Amer, Baga, Cameron, Greenbaum, Lins, Mackler, Salle, Jane Harstook Gallery at Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY, USA


Making Art Dance: Backdrops and Costumes from the Armitage Foundation, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA


Summer Exhibition, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


2014


Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980’s, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas, USA


Feats of Clay, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado, USA


Absent Friends, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Disturbing Innocence, The Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY, USA


Everyday Epiphanies: Photography and Daily Life Since 1969, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA


Inaugural Exhibition, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China


Rauschenberg: Collecting and Connecting, Nasher Museum, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA


Beg, Borrow, Steal, Medical Facilities of America Gallery/Temporary Exhibitions Gallery and The Media Lab, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia, USA


Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert & Jane Meyerhoff Collection, de Young Museum, San Francisco, California, USA


Summer Exhibition, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY, USA


George Condo, Albert Oehlen, David Salle, Thomas Schütte and Cindy Sherman, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY, USA



Variations in Abstraction, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY, USA


To Have and to Hold, The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida, USA


 


2013


Girls can tell, GAK, Bremen, Germany


Meshes of the Afternoon, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY, USA


DSM-V, The Future Moynihan Station, New York, USA


 


2012


Spring Fever, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY, USA


This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Traveled to: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts, USA


The Brucennial 2012, Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, NY, USA


Daum 10! The First Decade, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri, USA


Contemporary Painting, 1960 to the Present: Selections from the SFMOMA Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, USA


 


2011


Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, USA


Pop Art 1960’s-2000’s from Misumi Collection, Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, Yamansashi Prefecture, Japan


Distant Star, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, California, USA


Distant Star/Estrella Distante, Kurimanzutto, Mexico City, Mexico


Les Fleurs du Mal, Munich Modern, Munich, Germany


America: Now and Here, cross-country traveling exhibition


 


2010


Calder to Warhol: Introducing the Fisher Collection, San Francisco Museum Modern Art, San Francisco, California, USA


Brucennial 2010: Miseducation, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, NY, USA


Your History is Not Our History, Haunch of Venison, New York, NY, USA


Pastiche, The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Re-Dressing, Bortolami Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Songs for Sale: Robert Rauschenberg/David Salle/Michael Bevilacqua, Faurschou Beijing, Beijing, China


 


2009


The Pictures Generation, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA


 


2008


Passioniert Provokativ : Die Sammlung Stoffel, Pinakothek Der Moderne, Munich, Germany


Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA, Los Angeles County, California, USA; Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, USA


 


2007


Not for Sale, P.S. 1 MoMA Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, USA


 


2006


Damien Hirst, David Salle, Jenny Saville The Bilotti Chapel, The Bilotti Chapel, Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome, Italy


 


2005


Contemporary Voices: Works from the UBS Art Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA


 


2002


Something We Talked About (John Baldessari, Rita McBride, Lawrence Weiner, David Salle), Brooke Alexander Gallery and Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


2001


Mythic Proportions:Painting in the 1980's, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida, USA


Jasper Johns to Jeff Koons: Four Decades of Art from the Broad Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, USA


 


2000


Around 1984: A Look at Art in the Eighties, PS1, New York, NY, USA


 


1999


The American Century: Art & Culture, 1900-2000 Part 2, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA


The First View, Sammlung Essl, Vienna, Austria


 


1998


Contemporary Art: The Janet Wolfson de Botton Gift, Tate Gallery, London, UK


Young Americans 2, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK


 


1996


The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA


 


1995


American Photography 1890-1965, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


 


1993


Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy


The Portrait Now, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK


 


1992


Allegories of Modernism, Contemporary Drawing, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA


 


1991


1991 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA


 


1990


Bilderstreit: Widerspruch, Einheit und Fragment in der Kunst seit 1960, Rheinhalle, Cologne, Germany


Image World: Art and Media Culture, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA


High and Low: Modern and Popular Culture, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA


 


1987


Europe/America, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany. Prospect 86, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany


Avant Garde in the Eighties, Los Angeles County Art Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA


L'époque, la morale, la passion, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France


 


1986


An American Renaissance, Painting and Sculpture Since 1940, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA


Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia


Barry Lowen Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, USA


 


1985


Polke, Salle, Clemente, Contemporary Art Gallery, Seibu Department Store, Tokyo, Japan


Overture, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy.


Carnegie International, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.


The Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA.


XIII Biennale de Paris, Grande Halle du Parc de la Villette, Paris, France


 


1984


An International Survey of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA


The Heroic Figure, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas, USA. Travelled to Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, Louisiana, USA;
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California, USA


Content, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, USA


The Human Condition: SFMMA Biennial III, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, USA


 


1983


Directions 1983, The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C., USA


1983 Biennial Exhibition, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA.


New York Now, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany


New Art, The Tate Gallery, London, UK


Tendencias en Nueva York, Crystal Palace, Madrid, Spain


São Paulo Biennale, São Paulo, Brazil


Back to the USA, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland


 


1982


Dokumenta 7, Kassel, Germany.


Clemente, Kiefer, Salle, Schnabel: New Paintings, Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, UK


74th American Exhibition, The Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois, USA


Zeitgeist, Internationale Kunstausstellung, Berlin, Germany.


Focus on the Figure: Twenty Years, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA


Eight Artists: The Anxious Edge, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA


Art and the Media, Renaissance Society, Chicago, Illinois, USA


The Americans: Collage 1950-1982, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas, USA


Avanguardia Transavanguardia, Gallerie Civica, Modena, Italy


Body Language, Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, USA


New York Now, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany


Image Scavengers: Painting, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Venice Biennale, Aperto, Venice, Italy


 


1981


Young Americans, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, USA


Westkunst: Heute, Cologne, Germany


U.S. Art Now, Goteborgs Konstmuseum, Goteborg, Sweden


 


AWARDS


2016


American Academy of Arts and Letters


 


2015


National Academy of Art


 


1986


Guggenheim Fellowship for Theater Design