The FLAG Art Foundation presents the first U.S. survey of artist of Bali-based artist Ashley Bickerton.
Bickerton’s vibrant and often dystopic vision of contemporary culture has been at the center of his three-decade-long practice, which includes painting, photography, sculpture, and every possible combination therein. The survey demonstrates the extraordinary visual range of Bickerton’s practice and his iconoclastic approach to self-portraiture, painting, and art history. Works from the early 1980s to present, including a new Wall-Wall work coming directly from the artist’s studio in Bali, continue Bickerton’s subversive critique of identity, consumerism, cultural artifice, and exoticism.
Ashley Bickerton (b. 1959, Barbados, West Indies) is an artist living and working in Kuta Bali, Indonesia. Bickerton graduated from California Institute of the Arts, Santa Clarita, CA, in 1982, and continued his education in the Independent Studios Program (ISP) at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, in 1985. Bickerton has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions, including Norton Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2016; Tripoli Gallery, Southampton, NY (2016); Walls and Paintings, Dirimart Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey (2015); Mitochondrial Eve/Viral Mother, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY (2013); among others. His work has been featured in major institutions, including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (2012); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (2012); Victoria & Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom (2011); New Museum, New York, NY (2010), among others. Bickerton’s work has been included in prominent international biennales, including the 9th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (1992); the 44th Venice Biennale (1990); and the 1989 Whitney Biennial. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the Whitney Museum of American At, New York, NY; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan; among others.