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  • December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM
    December 31, 1969
    7:00 PM

Leonardo Drew

Born in Tallahassee, FL, 1961
Lives and works in San Antonio, TX

Day 29: Leonardo Drew

The cyclical nature of life–decay and resurrection–plays a central recurring role throughout Leonardo Drew’s elaborate and enthralling installations and multilayered sculptures, which are often composed of found objects, wood, and fabrics. As gripping as Drew’s large-scale works are, they can be enigmatic to the point of hermetic, forcing some viewers to question the validity of its artistry. Others are captivated by the suggestiveness and mystery of the works.

Watch this video of Leonardo Drew as he installs a work at Houston’s Blaffer Gallery, and recalls being questioned about his art while working in Brazil.


 From Arts in Houston, the Houston Chronicle's art blog


1985 B.F.A., The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY
1982 Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY (two years of coursework)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2009 Leonardo Drew, Blaffer Gallery at The Art Museum of the University of Houston, Houston, TX [cat.]
2007 Leonardo Drew, Sikkema, Jenkins & Co., New York, NY
2006 Leonardo Drew: Existing Everywhere, Palazzo Delle Papesse, Centro Arte Contemporanea,
Sienna, Italy [cat.]
2005 Number 94, Number 95 & Number 96, Brent Sikkema, New York, NY
2002 Leonardo Drew: New Work, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
2000 Directions – Leonardo Drew, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution,
Washington, DC [cat.]

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010 From then to Now: Masterworks of Contemporary African American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH
2007 Repeat Performances: Seriality and Systems Art since 1960, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, OH
New Directions in American Drawing, The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA; traveled to Telfair
Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
2006 Black alphabet - conTEXTS of contemporary african-american art, Zacheta National Gallery of Art,
Warsaw, Poland [cat.]
Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery, New York Historical Society, New York, NY [cat.]
2005 Leonardo Drew / Kara Walker, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
2001 Brooklyn!, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, FL [cat.]
2000 Vanitas: Meditations on Life and Death in Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,
Richmond, VA [cat.]
1999 Passages: Contemporary Art in Transition, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY [cat.]

Selected Collections

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

30 Americans is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. The presenting sponsor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is Altria Group.

Additional support has been provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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