Los Angeles-based artist Doug Aitken's work includes photography, collage, objects, events, and publications, yet when he simultaneously, and characteristically, uses up to a dozen or more projectors, monitors, and speakers, he offers a multimedia experience that suggests a separate category, somewhere between cinema and architectural sculpture.
Aitken studied at Marymount College, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, from 1986 to 1987 and graduated from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, in 1991 with a BFA. He has been featured in solo exhibitions at venues such as Museum of Modern Art, New York (2007); 303 Gallery (2007, 2002, 1998, 1997, 1994); Aspen Art Museum (2006); Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich (all in 2005); Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2004); Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo (2004, 2000, 1998, 1996); Kunsthalle Zürich (2003); Victoria Miro Gallery, London (2003, 1999); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2002); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg and Serpentine Gallery, London (both in 2001); and Vienna Secession, Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, and Dallas Museum of Art (all in 2000). Aitken has recently appeared in group exhibitions at venues including Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2007); Hamburger BahnhofMuseum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2006); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2005); 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, Magasin 3, Stockholm, ZKM/Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, and La Colección Jumex, Mexico City (all in 2003); Tate Liverpool (2002); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2000-2001); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2000, 1997); Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (all in 2000); and Venice Biennale (1999).
—From acquisition narrative, 2009, by Douglas Fogle and Karin Campbell