Sandow Birk: Project to Project

Department of Art Spring 2013 Lecture Series

Los Angeles–based artist Sandow Birk is a graduate of the Otis Art Institute of Parson's School of Design whose work deals with contemporary life. Past themes have included inner city violence, graffiti, social and political issues, travel, prisons, surfing, and skateboarding. He was a recipient of an NEA International Travel Grant to Mexico City in 1995, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996, and a Fulbright Fellowship to Rio de Janeiro for 1997. In 1999 he was awarded a Getty Fellowship for painting, followed by a City of Los Angeles Fellowship in 2001. A recent project involved the rewriting and illustrating of the entire Divine Comedy into contemporary American English. A feature film of the project, Dante's Inferno, was released in 2007. He was awarded an Artist Research Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. in 2007, and was an Artist in Residence at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2008. His most recent project involves a consideration of the Qur'an as relevant to contemporary life in America. Sandow is represented by the Koplin del Rio Gallery in Los Angeles, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, and P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York City.