BORN 1952

Since the early 1980s, David Salle has created complex, searingly psychological paintings that juxtapose an array of images from art history, popular culture, and his own starkly lit photographs. an astute art critic, he is the author of How to See: Looking, Thinking and Talking about Art (2018).

Salle attended the California Institute of the Arts and studied under John Baldessari. Salle’s works are in several collections worldwide, including Tate Modern, National Gallery of Australia, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He lives and works in East Hampton, New York.

Photo Credit: Michael Avedon

When David Salle’s layered and psychologically complex paintings gained prominence during the early 1980s, his work was embraced by critics steeped in postmodernist theory given its appropriative tendencies and evocative blend of high and low imagery. He famously created multipaneled, surrealist canvases in which the familiar was made uncanny through disjunctive combinations of found imagery and dramatic lighting effects. Over a career of some forty years, Salle expanded beyond his painting practice to also work in costume and set design for dance theater, direct a feature film, publish a book of critical writings on art, and exhibit the photographs that he had always produced as provocative source material for his canvases.

Citing cinematic influences on his thinking from mid- 1970s on -Salle was an astute student of filmmakers such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Preston Sturges-he deployed filmic strategies in his paintings. Devices such montage, splicing, and panning were translated by the artist onto canvas. It is, therefore, not a leap to understand Salle’s decision to amalgamate elements of his paintings into an animated video for his first NFT. His recent, celebrated Tree of Life series(2020-21) servers as a departure point for its imagery with the paintings’ cartoon narrative illustrating the fall from grace, Western culture’s origin myth. But the animation also brings from earlier paintings–ghosts appearing and disappearing in the digital ether to memorable effect.

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  1. Open the Spatial app on your headset and click on the profile icon below your dock
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About Hani Rashid

Hani Rashid a practicing architect, known for a first-of-its-kind Guggenheim Virtual Museum and the Virtual New York Stock Exchange among other notable projects and buildings including the Yas Marina Hotel and Formula one venue in Abu Dhabi. Hani co-founded New York based Asymptote Architecture with his partner, Lise Anne Couture in 1989. Alongside his professional work, Hani has a distinguished, international academic career having held numerous visiting professorships at a number of important universities including the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design as well as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). In 1998 Hani co-founded and developed Columbia University’s GSAAP Advanced Digital Design program. And in 2000 Hani co-represented the United States at the 7th Venice Architecture Biennale. Hani lives in New York City, and alongside his architectural practice, is the director of Deep_Futures, a research laboratory in the Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

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Ricci Albenda: Breath ‘3,2’, 2022

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Ricci Albenda: breathe. (3,2)