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Allen Ruppersberg

Born in: 1944

United States

Emergent Artist

Translation in progress

Allen Ruppersberg is born in 1944 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. He lives and works in New York and in Santa Monica.

Allen Ruppersberg is among the generation of American conceptual artists who changed the way art was thought about and made at the end of the 1960s. His multiform artistic work, which includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations, performances and books, amongst other media, is inspired by the Beat Generation and anchored in a critical approach to the media and consumer society.

Over the years, Ruppersberg, an avid collector, has accumulated an impressive quantity of books, posters, postcards, educational films, magazines, records and other documents or objects that bare witness to American popular culture. This archive serves as a regular resource for the artist, who tirelessly draws, copies, classifies and recycles elements in the making of his works.

During his early years in Los Angeles, he began significant relationships with John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, William Wegman and Allan McCollum. He participated in the 1969 exhibition When Attitudes Become Form and is recognized as a seminal practitioner of installation art, having produced works includin Al’s Cafe (1969), Al’s Grand Hotel (1971) and The Novel that Writes Itself (1978).

Since the late 1960s, his work has been the subject of over sixty solo exhibitions and nearly 200 group shows.
His work can be found in permanent collections of museums internationally, including the Foundation de Appel in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, United States.
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