David Salle (Norman, Oklahoma, 1952) is one of the most important artists that emerged in the early 80’s. His unique style of painting influenced the international renaissance of large-scale figurative painting that characterized much of the artistic production of that decade. Salle, who lives and works in New York, created in the Midwest of the United States. In the 70's he attended the newly created California Institute of the Arts, where he began to use cinematographic techniques such as montage and split screen in his painting. After finishing his studies, he moved to New York, where his complex images, visually stimulating, soon attracted the attention in the international artistic circles of the decade of the eighty. The artist, like many others of his generation, owes much of his rich visual vocabulary to the images that served as inspiration, the room creates an assemblage of mixed cultural references. Throughout his career, he has created an intuitive and changing style, built from many sources that is easily recognizable and clearly of his own.
Salle’s paintings have been shown in museums and galleries worldwide for over 35 years. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Whitney Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; MoMA Vienna; Menil Collection, Houston; Dallas Contemporary; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; the Kestner Geselshaft, Hannover, and the Guggenheim Bilbao. He has participated in major international expositions including Documenta 7 (1982), Venice Biennale (1982 and 1993), Whitney Biennial (1983, 1985, and 1991), Paris Biennale (1985), and Carnegie International (1985). David Salle lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
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