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Biography from Edenhurst Gallery (Artists A to L):

JOHN DIVOLA
John Divola (b. 1949, Los Angeles) BA, 1971 California State University, Northridge; MA 1973: MFA 1974, University of California, Los Angeles. Since 1975 he has taught photography and art at numerous institutions including California Institute of the Arts (1978-1988), and since 1988 he has been a Professor of Art at the University of California, Riverside.

Since 1975, Divola's work has been featured in more than fifty solo exhibitions in the United States, Japan, Europe, Mexico, and Australia, including Galerie Marquardt, Paris, 1990; Seibu Gallery, Tokyo, 1987; the University of New Mexico Art Museum, 1982; The Patricia Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, 2000; and Janet Borden Gallery, New York, 2001. Since 1973 his work has been included in more than one hundred and fifty group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Japan, including: "Mirrors and Windows," The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 1978; "1981 Biennial Exhibition," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York. 1981; "California Photography: Remaking Make-Believe," Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York. 1989. "The Photographic Condition," The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California. 1995; "Photo Binennale, Enschede (Obsessions. From Wunderkammer to Cyberspace)," Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enchede, Netherlands. 1995 "Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity 1900-2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, , 2000; "Architecture Hot and Cold," The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2000, Los Angeles 1955-85, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2006.

Among Divola's Awards are Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1973, 1976, 1979, 1990), a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1986), a Fintridge Foundation Fellowship (1998), a City of Los Angeles Artist Grant (1999) and a California Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship (1998). Four recent books by John Divola are, "Continuity" art work and preface by John Divola. Ram Publications/Smart Art Press, Los Angeles, California. October, 1997. 72 pages, "Isolated Houses," with Essay by Jan Tumlir, 48 pages with 24 color plates, Nazraeli Press, 2000, "Dogs Chasing My Car In The Desert," preface by John Divola, 48 pages with 20 duotone plates, Nazraeli Press, 2004, and the Aperture book (upcoming) "Three Acts," essay by David Campany, interview by Jan Tumlir, 109 duotone and 54 color plates,144 pages, May, 2006.

John Divola works primarily with photography and digital imaging. While he has approached a broad range of subjects he is currently moving through the landscape looking for evidence of existential desire.

Education:
1974 M.F.A. University of California, Los Angeles,
1973 M.A. University of California, Los Angeles,
1971 B.A. California State University, Northridge


Selected  Solo Exhibitions:
2005 Arles Recontres De La Photographie, Espace Van Gogh, Arles, France
2001 Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
2001 Palm Springs Museum of Art, Jorgensen Gallery, Palm Springs, CA,
1997 Wooster Gardens, New York, NY
1997 Jessica Fredericks Gallery, New York, NY
1992 Rewdex Contemporary Art Gallery, Koyoto, Japan
1990 Galerie Niki Diana Marquardt, Paris, France
1987 Seibu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1987 Gallery Min, Tokyo, Japan (catalog)
1986 Jayne Baum Gallery, New York, NY
1985 "John Divola, Selected Work, 1974-85," Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, California
1983 The Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
1982 University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
1981 Gallerie Del Cavallino, Venice, Italy
1980 The Photographers Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1979 Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
1979 Camera Obscura, Stockholm, Sweden
1979 Print Galleri, Copenhagen, Denmark
1978 Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
1978 Image Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark
1976 The Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ
1975 Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York

Selected Group Exibitions:
2006 "Where we Live: Photographs of American from the Berman Collection,” Getty Museum, Los Angeles,
2006 "Los Angeles 1955-85," Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2004 "Esperando Unha Chamada (Awaiting a Call)," The Centro Galago de Arte Contemporanea, Galicia, Spain
2002 "Imago 2002," Museo de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain (catalog)
2002 "New Acquisitions / New Work / New Directions 3: Contemporary Selections," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
2002 "Friends of the West," Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
2001 "Capturing Light: Masterpieces of California Photography 1950 to the Present," Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA,
2001 "Modern Times III/Something Happened," Hasselblad Center, Goteborg Sweden, Jan. 2001
2000 "Photography: Process, Preservation, and Conservation," The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY Feb.-May 2001
2000 "Architecture Hot and Cold," The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November
2000 "Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity 1900-2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA, CA (catalog
2000 "Beyond Boundaries,: Contemporary Photography in California," Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Forum, California State University, Long Beach, The Friends of Photography, San Francisco, CA (catalog)
2000 "Heaven and Earth," G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, Washington
2000 "COLA Exhibition," Hammer / UCLA Museum, Los Angeles, CA (Catalog)
1999 "William Eggleston and the Color Tradition," Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
1999 "Innovation / Imagination: 50 Years of Polaroid Photography," Friends of Photography, Ansel Adams Center, San Francisco, CA, (catalog).
1998 "Desapercibidos," Wim Winders and John Divola, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico
1998 "Ghost Story," Kunstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
1997 "Scene of The Crime," Hammer/UCLA Art Museum, Los Angeles, California. (CATALOG)
1996 "Crossing the Frontier: Photographs of the Developing West, 1849 to the Present," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, S.F., CA (catalog)
1996 "Perpetual Mirage: The Desert in American Photographic Books and Prints," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (catalog)
1995 "The Photographic Condition," The San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, SF, CA
1995 "PLAN: Photography L.A. Now," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, L.A. California
1995 "Photo Binennale, Enschede (Obsessions. From Wunderkammer to Cyberspace)," Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enchede, Netherlands (catalog)
1994 "After Art: Rethinking 150 Years of Photography," Henry Gallery, Seattle, Washington, (Catalog)
1993 "Multiple Images; Photographs since 1965 from the Collection," The Museum of Modern Art, N.Y., New York
1992 "Proof: Los Angeles Art and Photography, 1960-80," Laguna Art Museum, Traveling, (Catalog)
1992 "More Than One Photography," Museum of Modern Art, NY
1991 "Individual Realities in the California Art Scene," Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan (Traveling) (Catalog)
1989 "California Photography: Remaking Make Believe", Museum of Modern Art, New York, 89 (Catalog) (Traveling)
1989 "Constructed Realities", Kunstrverein Munchen, Germany, (Catalog)
1989 "The Photography of Invention: American Pictures of the 1980's", National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C., (Catalog)
1987-89 "Photography and Art: 1945-Present," Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Traveling), (catalog)
1984 "California Photography:1945-1980," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, (traveling), (catalog)
1981 "1981 Biennial Exhibition," Whitney Museum of American Art" New York, New York, (catalog)
1978 "Mirrors and Windows," The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, (traveling), (catalog)

Selected Public Collections:
Australian National Gallery
University Art Gallery, University of California, Berkeley
Bibliotheque Nationale, France
Carnigie Institute, Detroit, Michigan
Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Centre Pompidou, Paris France
Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois
Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
The Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
The International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art, Tokyo, Japan
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Philadelphia Art Museum, Pennsylvania
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

Grants and Fellowships:
2004 Rome Prize - Declined
1998 COLA, City of Los Angeles Artist Grant
1998 California Arts Council Grant
1997-98 Flintridge Foundation Fellowship
1990-91 National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowship
1986-87 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship
1979-80 National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowship
1976-77 National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowship
1973-74 National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowship

Teaching:
1988-Present Professor, Art Department, University of California, Riverside
2004-06 Faculty Director, Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside
1991-96, 2001- 03, Chair, Art Department, University of California, Riverside
1978-1988 Instructor, Art/Photography, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California
1982-83 Visiting Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles
1981 Visiting Artist, Claremont Graduate School
1981 Visiting Instructor, University of Southern California
1976-80 Instructor, Art/ Photography, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
1975-79 Instructor, Art/ Photography, Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles


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