Sam Taylor-Wood (British, b.1967) is a photographer, filmmaker, and member of the group known as the Young British Artists (YBAs). Taylor-Wood had her first solo exhibition in 1994. In 1997, she was awarded a prize for Most Promising Young Artist at the Venice Biennale, and was then nominated for the Turner Prize the following year. In 2002, the National Portrait Gallery in London commissioned Taylor-Wood to create a video portrait of celebrity soccer player David Beckham. Because of her association with celebrities and various wealthy, high-fashion individuals, Taylor-Wood’s work has occasionally been criticized as being pretentious; however, her films and photographs frequently grapple with issues of identity and the division between public and private life, the external and the internal, and the tension created by those two realms of existence.

For her series of photographs titled Five Revolutionary Seconds, started in 1995, Taylor-Wood used a rotating camera to take five-second shots while capturing a full 360-degree panorama. The resulting photographs are often over six feet in length, and depict various settings and characters. Despite their physical proximity, the figures appear distant and detached from each other, presumably lost among their own internal thoughts. Other well-known works by Taylor-Wood include Crying Men (first exhibited in 2004), a series of photographic portraits depicting tears and contorted expressions of male celebrities, and Still Life (2001), a brief, silent film showing the accelerated decay of an originally pristine bowl of fruit. Taylor-Wood’s work has been exhibited in various locations around the world, including the White Cube gallery in London, England; the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota; the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, Texas; and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In 2009, she directed and released Nowhere Boy, a full-length feature film about the adolescence of John Lennon. She lives and works in London.

Timeline

1967
Born in London
1990
Graduated Goldsmiths College, London
Currently lives and works in London

Exhibitions

2008
The Art of Collaboration with Bottega Veneta
2007
Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; Davis Museum and Cultural Centre, Wellesley
2007
A Matter of Life and Death, Holburne Museum of Art, Bath
2007
On History, Fundación Santander Central Hispano, Madrid
2007
The Suspended Moment, Z33, Hasselt
2007
Taking Time, Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Vigo
2007
Theatre here, there and everywhere, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
2007
Vertigo. The century of off-media art from Futurism to the Web, Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna
2007
The Constructed Image: Photographic Culture, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto
2007
Poem of an Inland Sea, Ukrainian Pavilion, Venice
2007
The Naked Portrait, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh; Compton Verney, Warwickshire
2007
Video Killed the Painting Star, DA2 - Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca
2007
The Screen Test or The New Image, Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg
2007
About Time, Herzliya Museum, Israel
2007
Aftershock: Contemporary British Art 1990-2006, Capital Museum, Beijing
2007
Sam Taylor-Wood, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta (solo)
2007
Sam Taylor-Wood, STUK Kunstencentrum, Leuven (solo)
2006
Sam Taylor-Wood, DA2 Domus Artium, Salamanca (solo)
2006
Still Lives, Baltic, Newcastle (solo)
2006
Sam Taylor-Wood, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; City Gallery Wellington, Wellington (solo)
2006
Aftershock: Contemporary British Art 1990-2006, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
2006
Art, Life & Confusion, 47th October Salon, Belgrade
2006
Eretica, Museum Sant’Anna, Palermo
2006
René Nebenschauplatz, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel
2006
The Expanded Eye, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich
2006
If it didn't exist you'd have to invent it: a partial Showroom history, The Showroom, London
2006
Walking and Falling, Magasin 3, Stockholm
2006
Full House – Faces of a Collection, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim
2006
Looking Now, 21c Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
2006
Masquerade, MCA Sydney, Sydney
2006
Picture This, Bargehouse, London
2006
Icons and Idols, The National Portrait Gallery, London
2006
Nothing Lasts Forever, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul
2005
Eternidad Fugitiva, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City
2005
Superstars! The Celebrity Factor. From Warhol to Madonna, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
2005
Stillness: Michael Snow/Sam Taylor-Wood, MoMA, New York
2005
Baroque and Neo-Baroque, Domus Artium, Salamanca
2005
Contour 05. Video Art Biennial, Mechelen
2005
Video II: Allegory, NRW-Furum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf
2005
Realit;-)t. Von Olaf Breuning bis Sam Taylor-Wood. 30 Videoarbeiten aus der Sammlung Goetz in München, Seedamm Kulturzentrum, Pfaffikon
2005
Sex and Death and A Few Trees, Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Rome (solo)
2005
Old and New Dreams, Prince Charles Cinema, London
2005
Sculpture in the Close, Jesus College, Cambridge
2005
Munch Revisited, Henie Onstad Kunstcenter, Oslo
2005
The Suspended Moment, Crac Alsace, Altkirch
2005
Summer Exhibition 2005, Royal Academy, London
2005
London Calling. Y[oung] B[ritish] A[rtists] Criss-Crossed, Galleri Kaare Berntsen, Oslo
2005
Bidibidobidiboo. La Collezione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, Piazza del Municipio, Guarene d’Alba. Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin. Cavallerizza Chiablese e Salone delle Guardie, Turin.
2005
Chronos. Time in art from the 17th Century to the Modern Day, CeSAC, Caraglio
2005
Body: New Art from the UK, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver; The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa
2005
Painting on Photography: Photography on Painting, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
2005
Getting Emotional, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Boston
2005
(My Private) Heroes, MARTA, Herford
2005
Mother and Child, Salvatore Ferragamo, New York
2005
Between Art and Life. The Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Collection, SFMOMA, San Francisco
2005
Edvard Munch and the Art of Today, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund
2005
Colección de Fotografia Contemporanea de Telefónica, MARCO, Vigo
2005
The Stuff of Life, Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol; Laing Gallery, Newcastle and National Gallery, London
2005
Masters of Illusion: 150 Years of Trompe l’Oeil in America, Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, Michigan
2004
Sam Taylor-Wood, Engineer’s Palace, State Russian Museum, St Petersburg and Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (solo)
2004
Ascension, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago (solo)
2004
New Work, White Cube, London (solo)
2004
Sorrow, Suspension, Ascension, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (solo)
2004
Strings, The Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh (solo)
2004
David, National Portrait Gallery, London and Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester (solo)
2004
Apparement Leger. Third Edition of Biennale of Photographs, Musee Malraux, Le Havre
2004
Perspectives @ 25, Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston
2004
Canterbury Festival, Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury
2004
Hors d’Oeuvre: Ordre et Desordres de la Nouritture, CapcMusee d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux Bordeaux
2004
The Charged Image, Collection of Douglas Cramer, Joseloff Gallery, Connecticut
2004
Uproar Uproar of Emotions. Passions in Contemporary Photography, Museum fur Photographie, Braunschweig and Kunsthalle Göppingen, Goppingen
2004
Some Versions of Light, The Telephone Repeater Station, Richmond
2004
Unframed, Standpoint Gallery, London
2004
Secrets of the ‘90s, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Arnhem
2004
Between Above and Below, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York
2004
Paisaje Y Memoria, La Casa Encendida, Madrid and CAAM, Gran Canaria
2004
Other Times. British Contemporary Art, City Art Gallery, Prague
2004
Symbolic Space & Repetition, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, New York
2004
Social Strategies. Redefining Social Realism, Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, New York
2004
Contemporary Photography Collection, Fundación Telefónica, Madrid
2004
The Big Eat in Art, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld
2004
Ideal and Reality. A History of the Nude from Neoclassicism to the Present Day, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna
2003
Sam Taylor-Wood, BAWAG Foundation, Vienna (solo)
2003
Nueva Film Festival, Tokyo
2003
Something More Than Five Revolutionary Seconds, Fondazione Davide Halevim, Milan
2003
A Century of Artists’ Film in Britain, Tate Britain, London
2003
The Process, Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma
2003
Revelation: Representations of Christ in Photography, International House of Photography, Hamburg
2003
Social Strategies. Redefining Social Realism, DePauw University, Greencastle
2003
Fast Forward. Avance rápido Media Art de la Colección Goetz, ZKM, Karlsruhe and Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid
2003
Images au Centre 03, Chapelle du Château de Chambord, Chambord
2003
Electric Body, Musée de la Musique, Paris
2003
Process…Encounters In Live Situations/Shifting Spaces, Kiasma, Helsinki
2003
Make Life Beautiful! The Dandy in Photography, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Brighton
2003
Einblicke In Privatsammlungen, Museum Folkwang, Essen
2003
Just Love Me; Post-Feministic Art of the 1990’s, Bergen Art Museum, Bergen
2003
Bankett. Metabolismus und Kommunikation, Zentrum fûr Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe
2003
A Bigger Splash: British Art from Tate 1960-2003, Pavilhao Lucas Nogueira Garcez, São Paulo
2003
Revelation: Representations of Christ in Photography, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
2003
Home Sweet Home, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus
2003
Soliloqui: Sam Taylor-Wood, Tracey Moffat, Rineke Dijkstra, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
2003
Losing It, Fenton Gallery, Cork
2003
Social Strategies, Redefining Social Realism, University Art Museum, University of California, Santa
2002
Still Life/Object/Real Life/Memento Mori, Collection Display, Tate Modern, London (solo)
2002
Sam Taylor-Wood, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Montreal (solo)
2002
The Passion, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (solo)
2002
Sam Taylor-Wood, Hayward Gallery, London (solo)
2002
Sam Taylor-Wood. Films and photographs, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (solo)
2002
Sam Taylor-Wood, Shiseido, Tokyo (solo)
2002
Intimacy, Paco des Artes, Sâo Paulo
2002
A Show of Works from the Caldic Collection, Museum Bojimans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
2002
To Eat or not to Eat, Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Salamanca
2002
Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
2002
Die Wohltat der Kunst: Post/Feministische Positionen der neunziger Jahre aus der Sammlung Goetz, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden
2002
Face Off, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
2002
True Fictions. Inszenierte Fotokunst der 1990er Jahre, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aaachen
2002
Embracing the Present: The UBS PaineWebber Art Collection, The Portland Art Museum, Portland
2002
Landscape, Saatchi Gallery, London
2002
The Rowan Collection. Contemporary British & Irish Art, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
2001
Mute, White Cube², London (solo)
2001
Sam Taylor-Wood, Kunstlerverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf (solo)
2001
Sam Taylor-Wood. Photographies et films, Centre National de la Photographie, Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, Paris (solo)
2001
Centrum Sztuki Wspó³czesnej Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw (solo)
2001
Espacio Uno, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (solo)
2001
Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (solo)
2001
Pantalles Sensibles Videoart dels anys 90, Centre Cultural de la Fundació “la Caixa”, Lleida; Sala
2001
No World Without You, Herzliya Museum of Art, Herzliya
2001
There is something you should know. Die EVN Sammlung im Belvedere, Österreichische Galerie
2001
Die Sammlung Olbricht Teil 2. Without Hesitation, Gesellschartf für Aktuelle Kunst & Neues Museum
2001
Beautiful Productions. Art to play, art to wear, art to own, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
2001
6 Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon, Musée d’Art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon
2001
A Baroque Party – Moments of Theatrum Mundi in Contemporary Art, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
2001
The Body of Art – The Valencia Biennial, Valencia
2001
Sous Titree X – La Pornographie entre image et propos, Galerie Art & Essai, Rennes and National School of Fine Art, Tours
2001
Scopophilia, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
2000
Out There, White Cube², London
2000
Socialismer, BildMuseet, Stockholm Art Fair, Stockholm
2000
The Self is Something Else – art at the end of the 20th century, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
2000
Quotidiana. The Continuity of the Everyday in 20th Century Art, Castello di Rivoli, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin
2000
Fourth Wall: Turner on the Thames, Public Arts Development Trust, South Bank, London
2000
Making Time: Considering Time as a Material in Contemporary Video & Film, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Florida
2000
Sincerely yours. British art from the 90s, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo
2000
Action, On Tourne Action We're Filming, (Artist/Actor, A Production Of The Real, Villa Arson Nice, Nice
2000
Contemporary Film and Video, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
2000
Idea Festival. Video in the City, Centrum Hedendaagse Kunst Maastricht, Maastricht
2000
Nurture and Desire, Hayward Gallery, London
2000
Njesto Na Kojem Nisam Bio, Hrvatski Fotosaves, Zagreb
2000
Initiare, Institute of Contemporary Art, Lisbon
2000
Art and Psychology from Leonardo to Freud, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
2000
Media City Seoul 2000, Seoul
2000
Une Mise en scène du réel: artiste/acteur, Villa Arson Nice, Nice
2000
The Henry Collects: Video, The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
2000
Emotion Pictures, Galleri F15, Moss
2000
Potent Present. Selections from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection, Logan Galleries, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco