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Working in both two and three dimensions, Robert Therrien transforms elements from the culture of everyday life into works of art that evoke classical archetypes. His deceptively simple oeuvre lends itself to psychological interpretation, given its evident fascination with the narratives of childhood, while remaining firmly objective due to its literal proximity to the real and its relationship to the minimal.
Robert Therrien was born in 1947 in Chicago. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1984); Museum Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (1991–92); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2000; traveled to SITE Santa Fe, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Monterrey, Mexico, through 2001); Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York (2006, 2007 and 2013); Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2007); Kunstmuseum Basel (2008); De Pont Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands (2011) and again at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2011–12. Since 2009, a major group of his works has been part of ARTIST ROOMS, a collection of international contemporary art established through The d’Offay Donation with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, The Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments—those solo exhibitions include “Robert Therrien: Drawings,” The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland (2010); “Robert Therrien: Smoke Signals,” Tate Liverpool, England (2011); “Robert Therrien: No title (table and four chairs),” The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre), Belfast, Ireland; “Robert Therrien: Scrub Brush Bird Book,” Paxton House, Berwick upon Tweed, England (2013); and “Robert Therrien,” The Exchange, Penzance, England (2015).