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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: sculptor-figure installation

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Based in New York City where his studio is in an East Village loft, Fred Wilson is an African-American installation artist who explores with humorous and ironic metaphors of mining and excavation of forgotten ideas in museum archives. Many of his themes have to do with his own feelings of being left out because of the color of his skin and his perception that black artists were not being exhibited in galleries and museums.

An exhibition, "Mining the Museum," for The Maryland Historical Society has become a model for the interaction of curators and museum audiences and won the 1993 Museum Association's Best Exhibition of the Year. In 2002, he was chosen to represent the USA at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, the world's most prestigious international contemporary art exposition."

He was raised in an upper-middle class white New York suburb, where he felt social isolation as a black person. He attended Manhattan's Music and Art School and then became a fine-arts major at the State University of New York at Purchase. Following his formal education, he worked as a preparator at several museums including New York's Museum of Modern Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In 1977, he worked in East Harlem running nonprofit community centers, and by the 1980s, he was making large indoor and outdoor sculptures that evolved into his signature works.

"ARTnews", 'ARTtalk', 10/2002

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