Robert Therrien

Robert Therrien. Photo by Josh White

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Robert Therrien was born in 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. 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’s work has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions. Solo shows include the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1979); The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1984); Museum Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (1991–92); Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts, Montreal (1996; traveled to The Art Gallery of York University, Toronto and Albert College of Art & Design, Canada through 1997); The Contemporary Arts Center, Ohio (1997); Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City (2000); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2000; traveled to SITE Santa Fe, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Monterrey, Mexico, through 2001); Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Gardins, Edinburgh (2004); Public Art Fund, New York (2005); Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2007); Kunstmuseum Basel (2008); “Robert Therrien: Drawings,” The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland (2010); Milwaukee Art Museum, Milkwaukee (2011); De Pont Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands (2011); “Robert Therrien: Smoke Signals,” Tate Liverpool, England (2011); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (2011); “Robert Therrien: Scrub Brush Bird Book,” Paxton House, Berwick upon Tweed, England (2013); The Exchange, Penzance, England (2015); and The Contemporary Austin, Texas (2015).

Therrien lives and works in Los Angeles.