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Tony Oursler Art

American, b. 1957

Tony Oursler (b. 1957, New York; lives and works in New York) is best known for his innovative integration of video, sculpture, and performance. While studying at the California Institute of Arts, Oursler was influenced by John Baldessari, who taught him, Mike Kelley, John Miller, and Jim Shaw the importance of the narrative potential of images and the associative power of language. A pioneering figure in new media since the 1970s, Oursler has since explored diverse methods of incorporating video into his practice, breaking video art out of the two-dimensional screen to create moving three-dimensional environments with the use of projections. At the center of Oursler’s practice is a persisting preoccupation with technology and its effect on humanity, and in his immersive installations he presents a dissonance of moving image and sound that seeks to disorient and disarm viewers. His videos often take as their subject the human face, fragmenting and distorting its physiognomy, and thus the legibility of expression, by projecting it onto inanimate objects or embedding it into his sculptures. With these video-sculptures Oursler explores the role that the rapid growth of technology plays in altering, and often inhibiting, human social behavior.

Oursler’s work is in numerous public and private collections, Broad Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; CAPC Musée d'art Contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, France; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX; Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, Canada; Musée d'Art Contemporain, Lyon, France; Museu d'Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain; Museum der Kulturen, Basel, Switzerland; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; National Museum of Osaka, Osaka, Japan; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK; Saatchi Collection, London, United Kingdom; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA.

In 2000, Oursler was awarded the U.S. Art Critics Association ICA New Media Award.

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Headless.
By Tony Oursler
Located in New York, NY
Headless. depicts the legendary Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, shown brandishing a jack-o’-lantern and chasing a man on a white horse. This illustration refers to the tale of a ...
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2010s Tony Oursler Art

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Contemporary American Original Painting Tony Oursler "Horse Sense" 2018
By Tony Oursler
Located in Buffalo, NY
An original acrylic and collage painting by American contemporary artist Tony Oursler titled "Horse Sense". This work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and came directly from...
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2010s Contemporary Tony Oursler Art

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Acrylic

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