Conceptual artist Allen Ruppersberg (American, b.1944) is known for his philosophical approach to art. He explores language as a means of expression. Working in a variety of media, including painting, photography, printmaking, books, sculpture, and installation, Ruppersberg draws inspiration from mass media and consumerism, critically assessing the inescapable relationship between vernacular objects and popular culture. He was one of the major practitioners of installation art, exploring themes of everyday life, cultural mythologies, and societal narratives. Ruppersberg has participated in three Whitney Biennials and has been in over 60 solo exhibitions and more than 200 group shows.

Timeline

1944
Born in Cleveland, OH
1967
BFA, Chouinard Institute, Los Angeles, California
Lives and works in New York and Santa Monica

Exhibitions

2011
Dan Graham / Allen Ruppersberg, Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp, Belgium
2010
Allen Ruppersberg: No Time Left to Start Again 2, Air de Paris, Paris, France (solo)
Allen Ruppersberg: No Time Left to Start Again, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Allen Ruppersberg, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2009
You and me or the art of give and take, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
Allen Ruppersberg: As the Crow Flies/How I miss the Avant-garde, greengrassi, London, UK (solo)
2008
Camden Arts Centre, London, UK
Allen Ruppersberg and Allan McCollum, Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy
Allen Ruppersberg: Selected Works, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007
Alterations, Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp, Belgium
2006
Allen Ruppersberg: The Singing Posters, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT (solo)
Allen Ruppersberg: Photoworks 1970-73, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Allen Ruppersberg and Guy de Cointet, Air de Paris, Paris, France
Allen Ruppersberg: The Singing Posters, University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
2005
Allen Ruppersberg: One of Many - Origins and Variants, Kunsthalle Dorf, Dorf, Germany
Allen Ruppersberg: Free/Trade Art and Poetry, greengrassi, London, UK (solo)
Allen Ruppersberg: The Singing Posters, Parts II & III, Jurgen Becker; Karin Guenther / Nina Borgmann Galleries, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
Allen Ruppersberg: The New Five Foot Shelf, Texas Gallery, Houston, TX (solo)
Allen Ruppersberg: Line Drawings, Book Pages, Games and a Puzzle, Christine Burgin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2004
Allen Ruppersberg: The Singing Posters, Rice University, Sewall Gallery, Houston, TX (solo)
Allen Ruppersberg: The New Five Foot Shelf and Other Projects Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Allen Ruppersberg: The New Five Foot Shelf, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands (solo)
2003
Allen Ruppersberg: The Singing Posters, Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy (solo)
Allen Ruppersberg: The Singing Posters, Poetry/Sound/Collage/Sculpture/Book, Gorney \ Bravin + Lee, New York, NY (solo)
2002
Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp, Belgium
Allen Ruppersberg: Drawings 1973-1980, Christine Burgin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Allen Ruppersberg: The New Five Foot Shelf, Galerie Erna Hecey, Luxembourg (solo)
2001
Colby College Museum of Art (Skowhegan School), Waterville, ME
Allen Ruppersberg, The New Five Foot Shelf, Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
Allen Ruppersberg: The Novel that Writes Itself; Honey I Rearranged the Collection, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2000
Allen Ruppersberg: The Novel That Writes Itself, ArtPace, San Antonio, TX
Honey, I Rearranged the Collection, Christine Burgin Gallery, New York, NY
1999
Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy
Allen Ruppersberg - One Man Show, Livres en tous genres, Le Fonds Ronal d'Art Contemporain Limousin, Limoges, France (solo)
Honey, I rearranged the collection while you were gone, greengrassi, London, UK
The Novel That Writes Itself, Institute of Visual Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
1998
Letter to a Friend, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1997
Letter to a Friend, Portikus, Frankfurt am Main
Allen Ruppersberg: Proofs, Le Fonds Ronal d'Art Contemporain Nord Pas de Calais, Dunkerque, France (solo)
Where's Al?, Magasin, Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France
1996
Allen Ruppersberg, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Larry Johnson, Allen Ruppersberg, Jay Gorney Modern Art, New York, NY
1994
Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy
Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France
Allen Ruppersberg, Galerie de Expeditie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Raum fueller Kunst, Vienna, Austria
Looking Backward. 20001887, Paintings, Sculpture, Drawings, Jay Gorney Modern Art, New York, NY
1993
How to Remember A Better Tomorrow, Linda Cathcart Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Galerie Francoise Lambert, Milan, Italy
Siste Viator, Musee d'art moderne et contemporain, Grenoble, France
What was literature?, Jay Gorney Modern Art, New York, NY
Situation Gallery, London, UK
1992
Personal Art II, 1974, 85, 92, Le Fonds Ronal d'Art Contemporain Limousin, Limoges, France
Galerie de Expeditie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Difference between Analytic and Poetic Language, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany
Personal Art, Christine Burgin Gallery, New York, NY
1991
Allen Ruppersberg, Stichting De Appel, Amsterdam (solo)
The Myth of Metaphor, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France
1990
Zoetrope from Andre Breton, Ponce de Leon and the Fountain of Youth, Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Allen Ruppersberg, Christine Burgin Gallery, New York, NY
1989
How to Remember A Better Tomorrow, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
1988
Allen Ruppersberg: The Sky Above/The Mud Below, James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Allen Ruppersberg: The Sky Above/The Mud Below, Julian Preto Gallery, New York, NY
Allen Ruppersberg, Christine Burgin Gallery, New York, NY
1987
Nostalgia is Over: Allen Ruppersberg, Hanes Art Center Gallery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC,
1986
Allen Ruppersberg: What are you Looking Art?, Cash/Newhouse Gallery, New York, NY
1985
Allen Ruppersberg: Commercial Art, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY
Allen Ruppersberg: Commercial Art, James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Secret of Life and Death, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
1984
How to Make Life More Interesting by Allen Ruppersberg, West Beach, Venice, CA
1983
Art Rolls/ Head Rolls/ Painting and Sculpture by Allen Ruppersberg, James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1982
Allen Rupeprsberg: Searching for Passion and Sex (and Other Things), Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
1980
Some Marvellous Things: Andre Breton, Ponce de Leon, and the Fountain of Youth, The Clocktower, New York, NY
Some Marvelous Thing, The Institute for Art and Urban Resources Inc., New York, NY
Allen Ruppersberg: Illustrations Vol. II, The Texas Gallery, Houston, TX (solo)
Allen Ruppersberg: Illustrations, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1979
Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1978
Miscellaneous Men, Art & Project, Amsterdam
Illustrations, The Texas Gallery, Houston, TX
Allen Ruppersberg: Play on Words, A Collection of Rare Books, University of Southern California Library, Los Angeles, CA
1977
Projects: Allen Ruppersberg, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)
1976
Allen Ruppersberg: A Collection of Letters, An Exhibition of Drawings, The Texas Gallery, Houston, TX (solo)
1974
Allen Ruppersberg, Kabinett fuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven, Germany (solo)
Allen Ruppersberg, Claire S. Copley Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Allen Ruppersberg, MTL and Art and Project, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
1973
Information Gallery, University of California, Irvine, CA
Walden, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
Allen Ruppersberg, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (solo)
Galerie Francoise Lambert, Milan, Italy
Situation Gallery, London, UK
1972
Pomona College Art Gallery, Claremont, CA
Market Street Program, Venice, CA
1971
Art & Project, Amsterdam
1970
Young Artist: Allen Ruppersberg, Pasadena Art Museum, CA