Robert Therrien. Photo by Josh White
Working in both two and three dimensions, Robert Therrien transforms elements from the culture of everyday life into works of art that evoke classical archetypes. His deceptively simple oeuvre lends itself to psychological interpretation, given its evident fascination with the narratives of childhood, while remaining firmly objective due to its literal proximity to the real and its relationship to the minimal.
Robert Therrien was born in 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. His work has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions. Recent solo shows include Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1984); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (1991–92); “Sculpture by Robert Therrien,” Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (1997); Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City (2000); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California (2000, traveled to SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico, through 2001); Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2004); “Table and Six Chairs,” Public Art Fund, New York (2005); “A New Installation by Robert Therrien,” Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (2006); “Tables and Chairs,” Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2007); “Works on Paper,” Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland (2008); “Artist Rooms: Robert Therrien,” Tate Modern, London (2009, traveled to Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Tate Liverpool, England; Metropolitan Arts Center, Belfast; and Paxton House, Scotland, through 2015); “Drawings,” Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2010); De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands (2011); “Selections from the Broad Collection and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California (2011); Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (2013); The Contemporary Austin, Texas (2015); “The Power of the Image,” Denver Art Museum, Colorado (2016); and “Works 1975–1995,” Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London (2016).
Therrien currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.