Taryn Simon, Thirty-year natural gas contract between Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corporation, Shanghai, China, May 21, 2014, Paperwork and the Will of Capital, 2015, archival inkjet print in mahogany frames with text in windowed compartment on archival herbarium paper, 85 × 73 1/4 × 2 3/4 inches framed (215.9 × 186.1 × 7 cm) © Taryn Simon.
Taryn Simon is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked in photography, text, sculpture and performance. Her practice involves extensive research, in projects guided by an interest in systems of categorization and classification.
Taryn Simon was born in 1975 in New York. She received her B.A. in 1997 from Brown University, Rhode Island. Simon’s work has been the subject of several solo and group museum exhibitions. Recent solo museum exhibitions include MoMA PS1, New York (2003); Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen (2004); Museum Jan Cunen, The Netherlands (2005); Musée de L'Elysée, France (2006); Contemporary Arts Center, Ohio (2006); High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2006); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2007); Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2007); Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam (2008); Institute of Modern Art, Australia (2009); Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2010); Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin (2011); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2011); Tate Modern, London (2011, traveled to Neue nationalgalerie, Berlin; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, through 2013); Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2011); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012); Geffen Contemporary at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2012–13); Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2012); Helsinki Art Museum, Finland (2012); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013); Museum Folkwang, Germany (2013); Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków, Poland (2014); Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2014); Le Point du Jour—Centre d’Art Editeur, Cherbourg–Octeville, France (2015); Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris (2015); Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2016); Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (2016); Albertinum, Dresden (2016); Park Avenue Armory, New York (2016); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark (2016); and George Eastman Museum, New York (2016). Simon’s work was included in the Gwangju Biennale (2008); Singapore Biennale (2011); Carnegie International (2013); Yokohama Triennale (2014); and the 56th Biennale di Venezia (2015). Simon was awarded the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Photography, New York, in 2001.
Simon’s work is featured in museum collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; Tate Modern, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt.
Simon currently lives and works in New York.
Rear Views, A Star-Forming Nebula, and the Department of Foreign Propaganda
The Works of Taryn Simon