John M. Armleder

John M. Armleder

Performance artist, sculptor, and painter John M. Armleder draws from what he calls a "supermarket of forms." His art can take on attributes of Suprematist painting, Minimalist sculpture, Dada readymades. Affiliated with Fluxus in the 1960s and '70s, Ar-mleder was also associated with Neo-Geometric Conceptualism in the 1980s for his furniture sculptures, conflating art and the design object. His works explore decor as the inevitable devolution of cultural expressions into background elements.

 

Working in a variety of media, since the 1990s, Armleder has created installations, paintings, wall paintings, and "furniture sculptures"-installations which juxtapose furniture with paintings, which are either literally placed on the furniture or are hung on a canvas nearby. Much like other members of Fluxus, Armleder is concerned with creating anti-establishment, anti-commercialist works.

 

 

His work is in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Long Museum, Shanghai, China; Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland; Museion Foundation - Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, Bolzano, Italy; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.

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