Alex Da Corte
The artist interrupted the island's flat landscape with a giant balloon-work floating above the fair
Alex Da Corte (b. 1980, Camden, USA. Lives and works in Philadelphia,USA) combines the glossy aesthetics of commercial culture, personal narratives and re-mixed references to other artists’ works within his vibrant sculptures, videos and fully immersive installations. His inflatable work, Free Money, floated outside the North entrance, above the fair, alongside the skyline of New York City. The piece references a large parade float from Tim Burton’s film Batman (1989) and also pays tribute a 1993 Philipe Parreno work, inspired by the same film.
Alex Da Corte received his MFA from Yale University in 2010, and was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2012. His work has been most recently shown in solo gallery shows including ‘Le Miroir Vivant’ at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningan, Rotterdam; ‘Devil Town’, Gio Marconi, Milan; ‘Die Hexe’, Luxembourg & Dayan, New York (2015); ‘Easternsports’ (with Jayson Musson), Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; ‘White Rain’, White Cube, London; ‘Delirium I’, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen (2014); ‘1 O O O I S L A N D’, Joe Sheftel Gallery, New York (2013); as well as the solo museum exhibition ‘Fun Sponge’, Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, Portland (2013). Group shows include ‘La Vie Moderne’, Biennale De Lyon (2015); ‘Paint Things’, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln (2013); ‘First Among Equals’ (2012) and ‘That’s How We Escaped: Reflections on Warhol’ (2011), Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2012); ‘NEW SKIN FOR THE OLD CEREMONY’, Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010 and 2011); ‘Cellar Door: Front Room Series’, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MO (2010); and ‘Between Spaces’, MoMA PS1, New York (2009). His forthcoming solo museum show, ‘FREE ROSES’ opens at MASS MoCA in Spring 2016.