Kaari Upson: Good thing you are not alone

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Encompassing drawing, painting, sculpture, and video, Upson’s works track open-ended, circuitous narratives that weave elements of fantasy, physical and psychological trauma, and the often-fraught pursuit of an American ideal. A decade ago, Upson immersed herself in what became perhaps her best-known project, which began with her visit to the site of a burned-down house. For the prodigious The Larry Project (2005–ongoing), she unearthed a well of projected histories, images, and artifacts inspired by forgotten fragments from the abandoned personal archive of a man whom she had never met. Upson has continued this near-obsessive forensic approach in subsequent projects, such as MMDP (My Mother Drinks Pepsi) (2014–ongoing), a series of videos and sculptures of fossil-like, aluminum-casted Pepsi cans based on the interdependent relationship between herself and her mother, and informed by commodity culture. For her exhibition at the New Museum, Upson debuts a new series of works that center around a family living in a tract house in Las Vegas. The series will explore an environment characterized by its architectural mirroring, yet haunted by the psychological tensions inherent in striving toward an imaginary perfect double. This exhibition is curated by Margot Norton, Associate Curator, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication.



Kaari Upson was born in 1972 in San Bernardino, California, and lives and works in Los Angeles. Her works have recently been included in the group exhibitions “Adhesive Products,” Bergen Kunsthall (2016); “The Los Angeles Project,” Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2016); “Sleepless: The Bed in History and Contemporary Art,” 21er Haus, Vienna (2015); “No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection,” Miami (2015); “Test Pattern,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2013); and “The Residue of Memory,” Aspen Art Museum (2012).

Selection of further exhibitions in: United states

18.10.2019 - 09.02.2020
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
New York

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01.03.2020 - 05.06.2020
National Gallery of Art
4th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington DC

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02.02.2020 - 03.03.2020
National Gallery of Art
4th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington DC

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20.06.2021 - 06.09.2021
National Gallery of Art
4th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington DC

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03.05.2020 - 16.08.2020
National Gallery of Art
4th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington DC

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01.11.2019 - 22.03.2020
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
New York

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06.04.2019 - 28.06.2020
Seattle Art Museum
1300 FIRST AVENUE
Seattle

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12.09.2019 - 25.04.2020
Perez Art Museum Miami - PAMM
1103 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami

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20.01.2020 - 20.01.2020
Mexican and Latino Art Museum | San Francisco | In Association With The Smithsonian Institution - Th
Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., Building D
San Francisco

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19.08.2017 - 26.01.2020
de Young Museum | de Young
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco

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22.11.2019 - 06.07.2020
Perez Art Museum Miami - PAMM
1103 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami

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07.12.2018 - 12.01.2020
School of Visual Arts - SVA
209 East 23 Street
New York

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26.04.2019 - 29.03.2020
Perez Art Museum Miami - PAMM
1103 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami

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04.12.2018 - 26.01.2020
Perez Art Museum Miami - PAMM
1103 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami

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07.09.2019 - 12.04.2020
Legion of Honor | Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
100 34th Avenue
San Francisco

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04.05.2019 - 08.03.2020
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston

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27.02.2020 - 30.05.2021
Perez Art Museum Miami - PAMM
1103 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami

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13.07.2019 - 23.02.2020
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston

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Kaari Upson: Good thing you are not alone New Museum Main address: New Museum 235 Bowery NY 10002 New York, United states New Museum 235 Bowery NY 10002 New York, United states Encompassing drawing, painting, sculpture, and video, Upson’s works track open-ended, circuitous narratives that weave elements of fantasy, physical and psychological trauma, and the often-fraught pursuit of an American ideal. A decade ago, Upson immersed herself in what became perhaps her best-known project, which began with her visit to the site of a burned-down house. For the prodigious The Larry Project (2005–ongoing), she unearthed a well of projected histories, images, and artifacts inspired by forgotten fragments from the abandoned personal archive of a man whom she had never met. Upson has continued this near-obsessive forensic approach in subsequent projects, such as MMDP (My Mother Drinks Pepsi) (2014–ongoing), a series of videos and sculptures of fossil-like, aluminum-casted Pepsi cans based on the interdependent relationship between herself and her mother, and informed by commodity culture. For her exhibition at the New Museum, Upson debuts a new series of works that center around a family living in a tract house in Las Vegas. The series will explore an environment characterized by its architectural mirroring, yet haunted by the psychological tensions inherent in striving toward an imaginary perfect double. This exhibition is curated by Margot Norton, Associate Curator, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication.



Kaari Upson was born in 1972 in San Bernardino, California, and lives and works in Los Angeles. Her works have recently been included in the group exhibitions “Adhesive Products,” Bergen Kunsthall (2016); “The Los Angeles Project,” Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2016); “Sleepless: The Bed in History and Contemporary Art,” 21er Haus, Vienna (2015); “No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection,” Miami (2015); “Test Pattern,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2013); and “The Residue of Memory,” Aspen Art Museum (2012).
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