Sanford Biggers

Sanford Biggers (Los Angeles, 1970) lives and works in New York, US.

Biggers’ practice encompasses a range of mediums including films, installations, video, drawing, sculpture and performance. Through these various mediums, the artist challenges our given relationships to history with its established symbols and beliefs, combining Afro-American traditions and aesthetics with Japanese symbolism, Central European references with contemporary urban experiences and Italian technique with the rhythms of Hip Hop music.

Heinz Collection Justin Lubke


Solo exhibitions
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
USA, Back to the Stars, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago
USA, Meet Me on the Equinox, Marianne Boesky, New York
USA, re:mancipation, Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI
USA, Oracle, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
F, Birdsong, MASSIMODECARLO Pièce Unique , Paris
USA, Unframed: Sanford Biggers, commissioned by Arts Council New Orleans and The Helis Foundation, New Orleans, LA
USA, Of many waters… Curated by Heidi Zuckerman, Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana, CA
USA, Patching Voyages, Salina Art Center, Salina
USA, Contra/Diction, Scad Museum of Art, Savannah
USA, Oracle, Rockefeller Center, New York
USA, Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch, California African American Museum, Los Angeles
USA, Intersections: Sanford Biggers, The Phillips Collection, Washington
USA, Codeswitch, Bronx Museum, New York
USA, Soft Truths, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
USA, Quadri Ed Angeli, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach
USA, Chimeras, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen
USA, Just Us, For Freedoms, Charleston
USA, Sanford Biggers, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Traveled to Madison, WI, Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Medford, MA, Tufts University Art Gallery, Tufts University, St. Louis
USA, New Work, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago
USA, Sanford Biggers: Falk Visiting Artist Curated by Emily Stamey, Weatherspoon Art Museum, The University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro
USA, Selah, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
USA, NEW / NOW, New Britain Museum of American Art, Batchelor Gallery, New Britain
USA, Subjective Cosmology, MOCAD, Detroit
USA, The pasts they brought with them, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago
USA, New Monuments – Sanford Biggers: Laocoön, Cressman Center for Visual Art, Louisville
USA, New Work, Monique Meloche Projects, New York
USA, Mantra, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain
USA, Matter, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach
USA, Danpatsu, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair
USA, Vex, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen
USA, Shake, Shuffle, Syracuse University, Syracuse
USA, Floating World, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York
Group exhibitions
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
UK, Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art, Barbican Art Gallery, London
NL, In Brilliant Light, Wereldmuseum Leiden, Leiden
UK, Thread Routes, MASSIMODECARLO, London
USA, Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage, Frist Art Museum, Nashville
USA, Imagining Black Diasporas: 21st Century Art and Poetics, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
USA, Seeing Stars, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Charlotte, NC
P, Democracy Collection: Advocacy through Art Curated by The United States Embassy in Portugal and Art in Embassies Program, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon
USA, Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles
I, Temporary Atlas, Gallerie delle Prigioni, Treviso
UK, The Art of Anxiety: Race, Sexuality and Disorder in Victorian Sculpture, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
USA, Codeswitch, Speed Art Museum, Louisville
UK, The Colour of Anxiety: Race, Sexuality and Disorder in Victorian Sculpture, Henry Moore Foundation, Much Hadham
UK, Temporary Atlas: mapping the self in the art of today, Mostyn, Llandudno
DN, Heroic Bodies, Rudolph Tegners Museum, Dronningmølle
USA, (Still) Sculpturally Distanced Curated by Meriwether McClorey, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
HBO, Black Art: in the Absence of Light, HBO Documentary
USA, Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston
USA, Artists For NYC, Hauser & Wirth, New York
GR, ECLIPSE, Athens Biennale 7th Edition, Athens
USA, Garmenting: Costume and Contemporary Art, Museum of Arts and Design, New York
USA, Mandala Lab - Where Emotions Can Turn to Wisdom, The Rubin Museum Of Art, New York
USA, High Anxiety, 22 London from the collection of Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull, Asheville
USA, Flag Project, Rockefeller Center, New York
USA, Uptown, Wallach Art Gallery, New York
USA, Radical Tradition: American Quilts and Social Change, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo
USA, Feedback, Jack Shainman Gallery, Hudson, NY
USA, Barring Freedom, travels to Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery, UC, Santa Cruz ( October 2020) and San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA (October 2020), Shiva Gallery, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY, Curated by Rachel Nelson and Alexandra Moore (April 2021)
USA, In Plain Sight, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
USA, Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition, The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.
USA, Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
USA, Say It Loud, The Denison Museum, Granville
USA, The Academic Body, American Academy, Roma


Author, Publication Title, Date
Whitewall, May 5
Cascone, Sarah, Artnet, May
Angeleti, Gabriella, The Art Newspaper, May
ArtDaily, May
Alipour, Yasi, the Brooklyn Rail, March
Scott, Chadd, Forbes, March
Rodney, Seph, Hyperallergic, 8th September
Mitter, Siddhartha, The New York Times, 14th August
Angeleti, Gabriella, The Art Newspaper, September 8,
Tauer, Kristen, Wwd, September 10,
Crawford, Amy, Smithsonian Magazine, September
Lloyd-Smith, Harriet, Wallpaper, September 10,
Schneider, Tim, Artnet, April
Laster, Paul, Garage (VICE), February
Greenberger, Alan, ARTnews, March
Cunningham, Vincent, The New Yorker, January
Strickland, Carol, The Clyde Fitch Report, September
Akbari, Ariana, ARTEFUSE, October
Bannister, Tawny, Surface Magazine, September
Mitter, Siddhartha, The Village Voice, December
Olsen, Carly, Architectual Digest, August
Pestana, Steven, The Brooklyn Rail, October
Hyperallergic, October
Aldridge, Taylor Renee, ARTnews, July
Weiss, Haley, Interview Magazine, August
Ten Have, Mieke, Cultured Magazine, August
Stryker, Mark, Detroit Free Press, September
Kane, Ashleigh, Dazed Digital, May
Garrett, Natalie Eve, powerHouse Cultural Entertainment
Farrington, Lisa, Oxford University Press
Donoghue, Katy, Whitewall, August
Frieze, January/February

Public collections

Fundação Sindika Dokolo, Luanda
Memorial ACTe, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
United States of America
America’s Black Holocaust Museum, Milwaukee
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
Cantor Arts Center for Visual Arts, Stanford
Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York
J.P. Morgan Chase Art Collection, New York
LAMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum of Arts and Design, New York
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Museum of Fine Art, Boston
National Museum of African History and Culture, Washington, D.C.
New Museum, New York
Pérez Art Museum, Miami
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix
Portland Art Museum, Portland
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington D.C.
Syracuse University Art Museum, Syracuse, New York
The Altoids® Curiously Strong Collection
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
The Bass Museum, Miami Beach
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York
The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton
The Jewish Museum, New York
The Legacy Museum, Montgomery


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