Leslie Thornton

 

Leslie Thornton (b. 1951) is a recognized pioneer of contemporary media aesthetics who is engaged with film, video, photography and installation. Retrospectives have been held at MoMA (New York), FemCine (Santiago), Anthology Film Archives (New York) and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Her work has been widely exhibited at venues such as Documenta 12 (Kassel); MoMA PS1 (Long Island City); Centre Pompidou (Paris); the Whitney Biennial (New York); Raven Row and Rodeo Gallery (London); the New York Film Festival, Oberhausen, and Rotterdam International Film Festival, among others. Thornton is in the permanent collections of Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Centre Pompidou, MoMA, the Pacific Film Archives, the Walker Art Center and Jeu de paume. Recent exhibitions include Kuenstlerhaus Stuttgart, Secession (Vienna) and Malmö Kunsthalle. Thornton lives and works in New York.

News

forthcoming presentation, METABOLIC RIFT, Berlin Atonal, Germany, until 30 October 2021

forthcoming solo exhibition, MIT List Visual Arts Center, until 13 February 2022

Exhibitions

SO MUCH MUCH (2018)

flutter (2019)

Writing & Press

Financial Times

Artforum

Publications

EVENT (2019)

CV

Please contact the gallery for links to films & videos by the artist

02_UNIT 17-FRIEZE 2019, Photo by Renato

flutter, 2019 installation view Frieze New York 2019

03_UNIT 17-FRIEZE 2019, Photo by Renato

flutter, installation view Frieze New York 2019

01_UNIT 17-FRIEZE 2019, Photo by Renato

flutter, installation view Frieze New York 2019

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flutter, 2019 (still)

two-channel HD video, colour, sound, 5m20s

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Mutton Fat Jade, 1973

acrylic on canvas, 68.5 x 57.7cm - 26.9 x 22.7 inches

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Convair NX-2 Test 165, 2019 (with Thomas Zummer)

graphite, carbon, ink, chalk on rag paper, 55.8 x 76.2cm - 22 x 30 inches

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Drawing of a Found Definition of the Uncanny, 1998 (with Thomas Zummer)

colour pencil, pure pigment, graphite, carbon, erasure on Arches 88 paper, 55.8 x 76.2cm - 22 x 30 inches

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Anonymous Illustrator, General Electric

Convair NX-2Atomic powered Subsonic Aircraft (WS-125A), c.1960, pencil and watercolour, 47.9 x 91.4cm - 18.8 x 35.9 inches

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SO MUCH MUCH, installation view Unit 17

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SO MUCH MUCH, installation view Unit 17

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Cut From Liquid to Snake, 2018 (still)

HD video, colour, sound, 22m6s

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Cut From Liquid to Snake, 2018 (still)

HD video, colour, sound, 22m6s

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SO MUCH MUCH, installation view Unit 17

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They Were Just People, 2016 (still)

HD video, colour, sound, 10m

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They Were Just People, 2016 (still)

HD video, colour, sound, 10m

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Peggy and Fred in Hell: The Prologue, 1984 (still)

black and white video, sound, 19m40s

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untitled, 1974

acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36cm - 14.1 x 14.1 inches

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GROUND, installation view Kunstverein Nürnberg. Photo: Rory Witt

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GROUND, installation view Kunstverein Nürnberg. Photo: Rory Witt

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GROUND, installation view Kunstverein Nürnberg. Photo: Rory Witt

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GROUND, installation view Kunstverein Nürnberg. Photo: Rory Witt

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GROUND, installation view Kunstverein Nürnberg. Photo: Rory Witt

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GROUND, installation view Kunstverein Nürnberg. Photo: Rory Witt

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Peggy and Fred in Hell, 1983-2016, 16mm film transferred into video, b&w and sepia, sound, 92m. Photo: Rory Witt

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GROUND, installation view Kunstverein Nürnberg. Photo: Rory Witt

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GROUND, installation view Kunstverein Nürnberg. Photo: Rory Witt

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Jennifer, Where Are You?, 1981, 16mm film transferred into video, colour, sound, 11m. Photo: Rory Witt