Artist Fred Wilson speaks about his works and site-specific installations that reconsider social and historical narratives. In his PAMM installation piece, Addiction Display, Wilson raises questions about the politics of erasure and exclusion.
Fred Wilson is a conceptual artist whose artistic practice includes painting, sculpture and photography. He is known for his sculptures in glass and for his site-specific installations in collaboration with museums and cultural institutions throughout North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He received his B.F.A. from the State University of New York, Purchase in 1976, and was awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees from Maryland Institute College of Art, MD (2013), Skidmore College, NY (2009), and Northwestern University, IL (2007). Wilson's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions and retrospectives worldwide, including, amongst others, the critically acclaimed Mining the Museum: An Installation by Fred Wilson sponsored by the Contemporary in collaboration with The Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore (1992–1993) and Fred Wilson, Objects and Installations 1979–2000 which traveled to eight different venues nationally from 2001-2004. In 2003, Wilson represented the United States at the 50th Venice Biennale with the solo exhibition, Fred Wilson: Speak of Me as I Am. In 2008, Wilson was named to the Board of Trustees of the Whitney Museum of Art, New York as well as to the Board of Trustees of the American Academy in Rome. His many accolades include the prestigious MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant (1999), amongst others. Wilson's work can be found in numerous public collections worldwide, including The Art Institute of Chicago; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Cleveland Museum of Art; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta; The Hood Museum, New Hampshire; The Tate Modern, London: The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Institute of Jamaica, Kingston; The Jewish Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Seattle Art Museum; and The Whitney Museum of American Art.
Fred Wilson lives and works in New York City, where he is represented by The Pace Gallery.