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  • 2015
    Pigment print on archival paper
    From the series "Harlem Redux"
    Signed, titled, dated, and editioned, in ink, au mount verso
    Printed in 2016
    Edition of 6 + 2 APs (#2/6)

  • Dawoud Bey began his career as an artist in 1975 with a series of photographs, “Harlem, USA”, that were later exhibited in his first one-person exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1979. He has since had numerous exhibitions worldwide, at such institutions as the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and other museums worldwide. His works are included in the permanent collections of over fifty museums throughout the United States and Europe.

    His many museum-based projects and exhibitions have been focused on making those institutional spaces more accessible to the communities in which they are situated and reimagining the ways in which an artist can work through a museum. These projects have been completed with a wide range of institutions, including the Addison Gallery of American Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center, Wadsworth Atheneum, Wexner Center for the Arts, and the National Portrait Gallery, London among many others. His curatorial projects have included a number of exhibitions curated for such institutions as the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, DePaul Art Museum, Hyde Park Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Walters Art Museum, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

    Bey’s work is the subject of numerous publications and monographs, including a major forty-year retrospective publication, Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply, (University of Texas Press in, 2018), Class Pictures (Aperture, 2007), Harlem, USA (Yale University Press, 2012), Picturing People (Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2012), and Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project (Birmingham Museum of Art, 2013). Bey is the recipient of a 2017 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, also known as “the Genius Grant.” He has also been the recipient of fellowships from United States Artists, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts among others honors. In 2020 his work will be the subject of a career survey exhibition organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

    Dawoud Bey holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University School of Art, and is currently Professor of Art and a former Distinguished College Artist at Columbia College Chicago, where he has taught since 1998.

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  • WSJ. asks six luminaries to weigh in on a single topic. This month: Cliché - The Wall Street Journal, January 2018

    TIME’s 25 Best Photo Books of 2018 - Time, December 2018

    Dawoud Bey: 40 Years of Photos Affirming the “Daily Lives of Ordinary Black People” - The New York Times, December 2018

    Dawoud Bey, Places in History - British Journal of Photography, December 2018

    Dawoud Bey, Places in History - The Eye of Photography, December 2018

    Indelible Impressions from 3 Shows in Washington - The New York Times, November 2018