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Brad KAHLHAMER

BIOGRAPHY

Over the course of his practice, Kahlhamer has worked within and between the mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, performance and music. This profusion of media builds layers of influence that are drawn from physical localities, daily surroundings, aesthetic experiences, collected ephemera and conjured histories that are both real and imagined. Through his paintings and sculpture new universes are built, simultaneously urban-rural and high-low with their own language of symbols drawn from such seemingly disparate sites as Topps Chewing Gum (his former employer), the Lakota Thrifty Mart in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, California skateboard culture, proliferative street art of Bushwick, Brooklyn and Kahlhamer’s personal taxidermy collection, to name only a few. His work has often been described as existing in and representing a “third place” measured by complexity and contradiction, its most salient attributes. Kahlhamer’s unruly methodology can serve as a mirror for a cross section of American cultures and their very consumption while also being a meditation on his own identity and his interest in the “re-wilding” of himself and the contemporary tribal male.

Brad Kahlhamer was born in 1956 in Tucson, Arizona to Native American parents and later adopted by a middle-class German-American family. He earned a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1982. Kahlhamer is included in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Seattle Art Museum, Washington; the Denver Art Museum, Colorado; the Weatherspoon Art Museum, North Carolina; the Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin; the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas and the Hood Museum of Art, New Hampshire, among others. His work has been exhibited extensively in the United States as well as internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Brad Kahlhamer: A Nation of One, at the Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota (2019-2020) ; Super Catcher, Vast Array, at Open Spaces, Kansas City, Missouri (2018) ; Other Walks, Other Lines, at the San Jose Museum of Art, California (2018-2019). He was part of the Musée du Quai Branly’s exhibition The Art and Life of the Plains Indians opening in 2014 traveling to the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Missouri and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Kahlhamer was commissioned by the Smithsonian to write a soundtrack for a silent film called Red Skins (2002).

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EXHIBITIONS

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Fort Gotham Girls + Boys Club

Exhibition June 19 - July 25, 2015
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Topps and the Indians, Giverny / JEEV

Brad KAHLHAMER

Exhibition April 9th to May 22nd, 2010

PRESS

The Brooklyn Rail December, 2020
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Indian Country Today Artist Brad Kahlhamer assists food drive for Navajo, Hopi September 2, 2020
Sandra Hale Schulman
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HYPERALLERGIC BRAD KAHLHAMER: A NATION OF ONE AND BOWERY NATION + HAWK + EAGLE August 12, 2019
Mason Riddle
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Bomb Magazine JAQUE FRAGUA AND BRAD KAHLHAMER January 16, 2019
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HUFFPOST ARTS & CULTURE Native American Folk Art Meets Punk In One Artist's Search For Identity September 17, 2015
Priscilla Frank
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SUPR NDN AN ESSAY BY BRAD KAHLHAMER ON THE WORK OF FRITZ SCHOLDER October 4, 2015
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JUXTAPOZ BRAD KAHLHAMERS EXPLORATIONS OF NATIVE AMERICAN IDENTITY AND AUTHENTICITY September 15, 2015
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The New York Times Brad Kahlhamer: 'A Fist Full of Feathers' November 14, 2013
Holland Cotter
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ZINGCHAT Existing in Brad Kahlhamer\'s Third Place June 1, 2015
Brandon Johnson
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Le Jeudi Brad, Jens et Adrien July 9, 2015
Marie-Anne Lorg
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D'Lëtzebuerger Land Nouveau Réalisme July 10, 2015
Josee Hansen
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Tageblatt Mensch, Tier und Mythos July 4, 2015
Fernand Weides
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Beautiful Decay Brad Kahlhamer combines his Native American heritage and post punk sensibilities in his explosive paintings and sculptures August 18, 2015
Tamara Akcay
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Huffington Post Native American Folk Art Meets Punk In One Artist's Search for Identity August 9, 2015
Priscilla Frank
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The New York Times New SFMoMA Aims to Be Not Just Giant, but Global April 29, 2016
Jori Finkel
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Brad Kahlhamer at SFMOMA

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