b. 1966, New York, U.S.; lives and works New York, U.S.
Jonathan Horowitz works in video, sculpture, sound installation, painting and photography. He critically examines the cultures of politics, celebrity, cinema, war, and consumerism. From found footage, Horowitz visually and spatially juxtaposes elements from film, television, and the media to reveal connections and breakdowns between these overlapping modes of communication. Through this technique and range of media, he is able to critically examine often controversial social and political issues of the day that intersect the subjects of race, antisemitism, racial violence, immigration, women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights. Horowitz regularly works with found footage and images, juxtaposing elements from different media to reveal the interstice of pre- and post-digital society and the overlapping modes of communication common to both. Combining the imagery of Pop Art with the critical rigour of Conceptualism, Horowitz’s work is frequently provocative and subversive, and yet often also offset by the poignant and humorous. In this way, Horowitz is able to question the value systems inherent within advertising, politics and the media to reveal larger, more uncomfortable truths about contemporary society.
Jonathan Horowitz's solo exhibitions and projects include The Future Will Follow the Past: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz, Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia (2022); We Fight to Build a Free World: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz, The Jewish Museum, New York (2020); Pre-Fall ’17, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2019); 1612 Dots, the Oculus, World Trade Center, New York (2017); Occupy Greenwich, The Brant Foundation Art Study Centre, Greenwich CT (2016); projects at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit and the Swiss Institute / Contemporary Art, New York (2016); Your Land/My Land: Election ’12, staged concurrently at seven museums across the US (from the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles to the New Museum, New York, 2012); Secret Life, with Elizabeth Peyton, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2012); minimalist works from the holocaust museum, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee (2010-11); Apocalypto Now, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2009); and the retrospective exhibition, Jonathan Horowitz: And/Or, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2009).
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