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 “Sculpture by Robert Therrien,” The Contemporary Arts Center, Ohio (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 Art Museum, Houston; and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico, through 2001); Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Gardins, Edinburgh (2004); “Table and six chairs,” Public Art Fund, New York (2005); “Tables and chairs,” Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2007); “Works on Paper,” Kupferstichkabinet, Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland (2008); “Drawings,” The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2010); “Art of the Table,” Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin (2010); De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, The Netherlands (2011); Tate Liverpool, England (2011); “Selections from the Broad Collection and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California (2011); The Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast (2012); Paxton House, Berwick–upon–Tweed, England (2013); The Contemporary Austin, Texas (2015); The Exchange, Penzance, England (2015); Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London (2016); and “The Power of the Image,” Denver Art Museum, Colorado (2016).
Therrien currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.