Ryan Gander (b. 1976, UK) Portrait, biography, career facts, books & selected works.
Artist Ryan Gander at Lisson Gallery. / Photo: Linda Brownlee.
Ryan Gander, born in 1976, lives and works in Suffolk and London, United Kingdom. The British artist has established an international reputation during the first two decades of the 21st century with his eclectic oeuvre that defies categorization. Most often, Gander is described as a conceptual artist, although he has refuted this term and claims to be rather a 'neo-conceptualist' with a 'no style'-style.
The artist encompasses sculpture, film, writing, graphic design, installation, performance, architecture, public interventions and more. This complex body of work is characterized by a questioning of knowledge, language, the process and appearance of a work of art. His oeuvre can be seen as a giant puzzle, a network, a set of hidden clues and connections inviting the viewer to decipher and give meaning. A central element throughout his oeuvre is 'absence'. Although his works are highly conceptual, smart, intellectual and often filled with humor, they also seem to bade in an enigmatic aura of absence. One could even say melancholy in some cases.
Since the turn of the millennium, Gander has exhibited internationally in Belgium, France, United Kingdom, United States, Italy, Austria, China, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Australia and more. In 2011 he was part of the 54th International Art Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia.
Other important shows at major institutions were at the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (MUMOK), Vienna, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, Guggenheim Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Aspen Art Museum and more. His oeuvre features in various important public and private collections such as Tate Britain, London, the Zabludowicz Collection, London, Kadist Paris, Paris, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf or Fondazione Morra, Naples.
Gander completed a research residency in Maastricht at the Jan van Eyck Akademie and the Rijksakademie residency program in Amsterdam. He has won multiple important prizes such as the Zürich Art Prize in 2009, the ABN Amro Art Price in 2006, the Dutch 'Prix de Rome' in 2003 or the Baloise Art Statements of the Art Basel in 2006.
Gander is ranked top 1.000 globally and top 100 in the United Kingdom on Artfacts. As a result, Gander is featured among The Most Influential Young Artists Today.
Ryan Gander Books — Selected bibliography
For further reading on Ryan Gander, I highly recommend Artists' cocktails edited and written by the artist himself, setting up an intriguing and refreshing compendium of contemporary artists. In 2010 he also published a monographic work titled Catalogue Raisonnable Vol: 1, published by JRP, Ringier and Thea Westreich and Ethan Wagner Publications.
Selected works – 2013-2020