biography

Philip Taaffe, born 1955 in New Jersey, is a contemporary American artist. He studied at the Cooper Union where he received his BFA in 1977. Taaffe’s working method revolves around the appropriation of works: He incorporates elements from well-known artists such as Barnett Newman and Bridget Riley as well as designs by unknown artisans. In these process-based abstractions Taaffe creates densely patterned works by melding iconography, design, art-historical motifs and personal experience. The poet Vincent Katz says of his work: „Taaffe’s paintings are built in complex layers, both technical and historical. The more one knows about his process, the more stupefying are the final results.“ His paintings are created by using different techniques and media, one can find acrylic stains, oil-bases prints from linoleum blocks, scraping, scouring, photo-bases silkscreen prints, collages paper elements or acrylic swirls on the canvases.

 

His works have been shown at various institutions such as the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin), The Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), The Essl Museum (Vienna), and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York).

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS  

2015

Philip Taaffe, Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg

 

2013

Philip Taaffe. Die Weltsprache des Ornaments , Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design in Nürnberg, Nuremberg

 

2011

Philip Taaffe. Anima Mundi, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

 

2010

Philip Taaffe. Ekstasis, Gagosian Gallery, Athens

 

2008

Philip Taaffe. The Life of Forms, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg

 

2007

Philip Taaffe, Gagosian Gallery, New York

Philip Taaffe, The Portalakis Collection, Athens

 

2004

Philip Taaffe. Recent Paintings and Drawings, Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG, Zurich

 

2003

Philip Taaffe. Recent Paintings and Drawings, Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG, Zurich

 

2001

Philip Taaffe. Oeuvres récentes, Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Paris

 

2000

Philip Taaffe, IVAM Centre del Carme, Valencia

Philip Taaffe, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles

 

1999

Philip Taaffe, Gagosian Gallery, New York

 

1998

Philip Taaffe, Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG, Zurich

 

1997

Philip Taaffe, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles

 

1996

Philip Taaffe, Wiener Secession, Vienna

 

1994

Philip Taaffe, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles

 

1993

Philip Taaffe, Center for the Fine Arts, Miami

 

1991

Philip Taaffe, Gagosian Gallery, New York

 

1989

Philip Taaffe, Mary Boone Gallery, New York