Artist's Project: Barbara Bloom


Artist Barbara Bloom re-presents selections from her lauded 2013 exhibition “As It Were...So to Speak” at the Jewish Museum in New York City, for which she recontextualized hundreds of materials, ranging from Torah pointers to spice containers, from the Museum’s archive with her trademark wit, elegance, and conceptual rigor.

Multimedia artist Barbara Bloom did her undergraduate work at Bennington College in Vermont and received her B.F.A. at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California, where she studied with Conceptual artist John Baldessari. Since then, she has garnered numerous awards and honors, including the Visual Arts Grant from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts (2016), the Wynn Newhouse Award (2009), the Artist in Residence Award from the Wexner Center for the Arts (1997), the Venice Biennale Aperto prize for best young artist (1988), the Due Miller Prize (1988), a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (1989), a Frederick Weisman Foundation Award (1991), and a Wexner Center for the Arts Residency Award (1997). A Getty Research Institute Visiting Scholar in 2007, Bloom has also received numerous fellowships, including the DAAD Berlin Artist Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist’s Fellowship in Photography, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Visual Art. Represented by Tracey Williams Ltd. in New York, she has exhibited in multiple solo and group shows at institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Serpentine Gallery, London; the Luttgenmeijer Gallery, Germany; the Den Haag Sculptuur, Netherlands; the Galerie Raffaella Cortese, Milan; the Duolon Museum of Art, Shanghai, China; and the Galerie Pièce Unique, France. A monograph of Bloom’s work, The Collections of Barbara Bloom, was published in 2008 by Steidl/International Center for Photography; designed by the artist, it features essays by Dave Hickey and Susan Tallman. Her recent solo exhibitions include Barbara Bloom: Gold Custody at David Lewis Gallery, East Hampton (2022) and Works on Paper, On Paper at Capitain Petzel in Berlin, Germany (2020). The Los Angeles native currently lives and works in New York City.