artistes

alicia mccarthy

Née en 1969 à Oakland, Californie, où elle vit et travaille.

Peintes avec une virtuosité sereine, les abstractions colorées d’Alicia McCarthy rappellent par endroit des tissages délicats aux lignes entrelacées. Sa pratique allie à la fois la simplicité de l’art populaire, la précision de l’op art et la rugosité du graffiti, pour mieux nous plonger dans la complexité du tissu urbain. En raison des matériaux qu'elle utilise, parfois recyclés, ses peintures portent en elles une esthétique punk, qui nous rappelle le rôle central d’Alicia McCarthy dans le groupe informel souvent appelé “Mission School”, aux côtés de Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Ruby Neri et Barry McGee. Leur style de vie a épousé le graffiti et la culture de la rue, tout en adoptant une esthétique rustique, contrastant avec l’environnement de San Francisco et de la Bay Area où ils évoluaient.

Figure majeure mais discrète de la scène artistique de la Bay Area depuis les années 1990, Alicia McCarthy a récemment vu son travail être intégré à la collection du MOMA de San Francisco. Elle a reçu le prix SECA (2017), après avoir reçu le prix Artadia (2013). Ses peintures ont été exposées au Berkeley Art Museum (2018), au SFMoMa (2017), au Oakland Museum of California Art (2014), au Craft and Folk Art Museum de Los Angeles (2013), au San Francisco Art Institute (2013), au Berkeley Art Center (2004), au Yerba Buena Arts Center de San Francisco (2004) et au Dallas Museum of Art. Son travail fait partie de nombreuses collections publiques et privées importantes telles que celle du SFMOMA, du musée Oakland Museum of California, au Facebook’s Headquarters de Menlo Park, au MIMA de Bruxelles et à l’American Academy of Arts & Letters de New York City.

voir l'exposition Californisme
voir l'exposition Ensemble

Born in 1969 in Oakland, California, where she lives and works.

Painted with her unique casual virtuosity, the colorful abstractions of Alicia McCarthy are sometimes reminiscent of delicate weaving of intertwined lines. Her practice combines the simplicity of folk art, the precision of op art and the roughness of graffiti, plunging us into the complexity of the urban fabric. Because of the material she uses, sometimes found, her paintings also carry a punk aesthetic, recalling the central role she played in the informal group often called the “Mission School”, alongside Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Ruby Neri and Barry McGee. Their lifestyle embraced graffiti and street culture while adopting a rustic vibe that contrasted with the San Francisco and the Bay Area environment where they painted.

As a major yet discrete figure in the Bay Area's art scene since the 1990s, Alicia McCarthy has recently seen her work being incorporated into the collection of the MOMA of San Francisco. She received the SECA Award (2017), after receiving the Artadia Award (2013). Her paintings have been exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum (2018), SFMoMa (2017), the Oakland Museum of California Art (2014), the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles (2013), the San Francisco Art Institute (2013), the Berkeley Art Center (2004), the Yerba Buena Arts Center in San Francisco (2004), and the Dallas Museum of Art. Her work is part of many important public and private collections such as the SFMOMA, The Oakland Museum of California, Facebook’s Headquarters in Menlo Park, the MIMA in Brussels and the American Academy of Arts & Letters of New York City.

see Californisme exhibition
see Ensemble exhibition

CV

SOLO AND TWO PERSONS SHOWS

2019

● Alicia McCarthy, Alice Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
● Alicia McCarthy: No Straight Lines, Wexner Center for the Arts, OH

2018

● Alicia McCarthy + Ruby Neri, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
● V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2017

● Fall, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, NY
● Alicia McCarthy, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2015

● Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, NY
● Snobody, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2014

● Alicia McCarthy + Jenny Sharaf, Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA

2010

● Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, NY

2003

● Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, CA
● Midway Gallery, St. Paul, Minneapolis, MN

2002

● RARE Gallery, New York, NY

GROUP SHOWS

2018

● Beyond the Streets, LA
● Superposition curated by Johnny Abrahams, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY

2017

● About Abstraction: Bay Area Women Painters, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
● SECA Art Award Exhibition, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA

2016

● 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Attics of My Life, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, NY

2014

● Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California, Oakland Museum of California Art, Oakland, CA
● All of Us Together, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013

● Artifacts of a Life Lived by the Living (To Live), The Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
● Energy That Is All Around: Mission School, Water and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute
● Independents, V1 Gallery, Denmark

2004

● 10 x 20 10th Anniversary Show in collaboration with Ruby Neri,
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

2005

● MFA, University of California at Berkeley, CA

1994

● BFA, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

AWARDS

2017

● SECA Art Award, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA

2013

● Artadia Award, San Francisco, CA

RESIDENCIES

1999

● Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

1995

● Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculp

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

● Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
● San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
● Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art, Brussels, Belgium
● American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
● Facebook Headquarters, Menlo Park, CA
● Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

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