Tara Donovan | the artist




The artist Tara Donovan
Born 1969, New York, NY, USA.
Lives and works in Brooklyn, Ndew York.

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Known for utilizing common and manufactured materials as components for her installations and sculptures, Donovan has been recognized for her commitment to process. She earned acclaim for her ability to discover how the inherent physical characteristics of an object might allow it to be transformed into art. The artist goes on to explore the multiplication of these interactions, at times utilizing hundreds of thousands or millions of units, to generate powerful perceptual phenomenon and subtle atmospheric effects…
Viewed from afar, Tara Donovan’s artworks often look like massive pieces of moon-scape, dropped straight from space into a pristine white gallery. It’s only when you draw closer that you realize these pieces aren’t alien at all: They’re made of simple, everyday stuff, whether it’s thousands of pencils or coffee cups or drinking straws gathered into hills and clouds occupying entire rooms. Donovan, a certified MacArthur Foundation genius, is the closest thing the art world has to a true alchemist, transforming the detritus of everyday life into sheer beauty…
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Tara Donovan received a B.F.A. (1991) from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and an M.F.A. (1999) from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions at such venues as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the UCLA Hammer Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston…
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