The Americas

Brad Kahlhamer

Born 1956, USA

Brad Kahlhamer was born in Tucson, Arizona and currently lives in New York City. His work has been exhibited extensively in the United States as well as internationally. Bowery Nation was shown at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Missouri, 2013 and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut in 2012. Recent group exhibitions include One Must Know The Animals, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin, (2012) and The Old, Weird America: Folk Themes in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas, (2008). He was the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Award, 2006 and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in painting, 2001. 

Kahlhamer is included in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Seattle Art Museum, Washington; the Denver Art Museum, Colorado; the Weatherspoon Art Museum. He will be included in Musée du Quai Branly’s exhibition The Art and Life of the Plains Indians opening in 2014 and traveling to the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Missouri and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Brad Kahlhamer works with a range of media from sculpture and painting to performance and music to explore what he refers to as the “third place”—a meeting point of two opposing personal histories. His art is informed by his Native American roots and his time spent with the creative community on New York City’s Lower East Side. Other influences include Abstract Expressionism, street art, pop art and a keen interest in rock music and comics.

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