Ann Hamilton  (American, 1956) 

Ann Hamilton (American, b. 1956) has made herself well-known throughout the world as a sensory artist who combines sculptures, textiles, and fabric within her installations, videos, objects, photographs, and performances. She was born in Lima, OH, and graduated with a BFA in Textiles from the University of Kansas in 1979. Hamilton then moved on to the Yale School of Art in New Haven, CT, to receive an MFA in Sculpture in 1985. After she graduated, her first known piece was Toothpick Suit. For this work, she arranged thousands of toothpicks in the fashion of a porcupine along a suit of clothes, which she modeled and photographed. Hamilton began teaching at the University of California in Santa Barbara, where she remained until 1991. In 1992, she moved back to Ohio and settled in Columbus. In 2001 Hamilton became an art professor at the Ohio State University.
Hamilton creates large-scale architecturally influenced sculptures and installations. Each is comprised of a variety of materials and objects. One of her most recent exhibits, Ann Hamilton at Hand, was shown at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. This interactive exhibit featured a collection of machines suspended from the ceiling. Periodically, white pieces of typing paper fluttered to the floor while faint recorded voices whispered in the background. Hamilton has also worked with video and photography. Using a unique approach, the artist places a small camera in her mouth and takes pictures of those who have come to see her work. In 1993, she was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, and she was selected to represent the United States at both the 1991 São Paulo Biennale and the 1999 Venice Biennale. Her submission in the Contemporary Art exhibit consisted of a series of walls covered with Braille writing. A red powder slowly cascaded down the walls, creating a spontaneous design on the raised dots. In 2007 Hamilton was granted a fellowship from the Agnes Gund Foundation and received a US$50,000 grant from the United States Artists public charity. In 2008 Hamilton won the 14th Annual Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities, and she launched an exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York the following year. One notable piece from the show was called Human Carriage, which was constructed from a variety of materials, including cloth, wire, bells, books, string, and pipe. A cage fastened with Tibetan bells was hoisted overhead by a pulley system constructed largely from cut-up books. Once released, the cage spiraled down, and the bells chimed, drawing the attention of spectators. Hamilton was also instrumental in creating the design for the Allegheny Riverfront Park in Pittsburgh, PA. Her major museum installations around the world include the Contemporary Art Museum in Kunamoto, Japan in 2006, The Wanas Foundation in Knislinge, Sweden in 2002, The Art Insitute of Chicago in 1995, and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA, in 1988. Hamilton currently lives and works in Columbus, OH.

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Ann Hamilton, Reading...The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen, January, 2008


Ann Hamilton
Reading...The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen, January, 2008

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
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Ann Hamilton, script b


Ann Hamilton
script b

Ann Hamilton, near-away


Ann Hamilton

Carl Solway Gallery
Ann Hamilton, american singers, f


Ann Hamilton
american singers, f

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Ann Hamilton, american singers, g


Ann Hamilton
american singers, g

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Ann Hamilton, american singers, e


Ann Hamilton
american singers, e

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Ann Hamilton, ciliary


Ann Hamilton

Ann Hamilton, Ciliary


Ann Hamilton

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Ann Hamilton, Untitled (in 2 parts)


Ann Hamilton
Untitled (in 2 parts), 2010
fabric and collage paper on cardstock


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Ann Hamilton, Untitled


Ann Hamilton
Untitled, 1992
book, bookpages, and stones in a lacquered birch and glass case


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Ann Hamilton, Untitled (Bookball)


Ann Hamilton
Untitled (Bookball), 1994
unwound book in glass and wood vitrine


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1956   Born, Lima, OH
1974 - 1976   St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York
1979   University of Kansas, Kansas City, B.F.A.
1985   Yale School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut, M.F.A.
1989   Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship
1990   Louis Comfort Tiffany Award
1993   John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Grant
  Lives and works in Columbus, OH
2008   Soundings, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO (solo)
1999   48th Venice Biennale
1998   Miami Art Museum, Florida (solo)
1998   Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (solo)
1997   Artists Projects, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York
1997   Future, Past, Present, 1965-1997, 47th Venice Biennale
1997   Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon (solo)
1997   Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas (solo)
1996   Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus (solo)
1996   Carnegie Museum of Art, Pennsylvania (solo)
1996   Sean Kelly, New York (solo)
1996   Jurassic Technologies Revenant, the 10th Biennale of Sydney
1995   About Place: Recent Art of the Americas, The Art Institute of Chicago
1995   Longing and Belonging: From the Faraway Nearby, SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico
1995   Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (solo)
1994   Tate Gallery Liverpool and Museum of Modern Art, New York (solo)
1994   Outside the Frame: Performance and the Object, Cleveland Center for the Arts, Ohio
1993   Sonsbeek 93, Arnhem
1993   Dia Center for the Arts, New York (solo)
1991   Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1991   XXI Bienal de São Paulo
1990   San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California (solo)
1988   Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (solo)