Leigh Ledare

Working with photography, archives, film and text, the focus of Ledare’s practice lies in an investigation of how we are formed as subjects, not merely at the level of identity but at the level of our projected desires, motivations and aspirations. These inter-relational drives often impose irreconcilable demands on the individual. His work explores this position of ambivalence as it relates to agency, representation, self-presentation, and issues produced by the enactment of this work in the context of the real world.

Born in Seattle, Washington in 1976, Leigh Ledare received his MFA from Columbia University in 2008. Solo exhibitions include: Kunsthal Charlottenborg (2013); WIELS, Brussels, (2012); The Box, Los Angles (2012); An Invitation Pilar Corrias, London (2012); The Confectioner’s Confectioner, Pilar Corrias, London (2010); Double Bind, The Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Moscow; Pretend You’re Actually Alive, Les Rencontres de Arles, Arles (2009); Swiss Institute New York (2009); Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2008); International Center of Photography, New York (2008); You Are Nothing To ME. You Are Like Air, Rivington Arms Gallery (2008) . Group exhibitions include: Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood, The Photographer’s Gallery, London (2013); Lips Painted Red, Trondheim Kunstmuseum (2013); Collaborations & Interventions, CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain (2012); How Soon is Now, The Garage CCC, Moscow Russia, Curated by Beatrix Ruf, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Tom Eccles, Liam Gillick, Philippe Parreno (2010); Greater New York 2010, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Neville Wakefield and Connie Butler, P.S. 1 MoMA, New York (2010);Prague Biennale (2009)

Leigh Ledare lives and works in New York.

 

 

 

Born 1976 in Seattle, United States
Lives and works in New York

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Forthcoming
Office Baroque Gallery, Brussels – BE

2014
Pretend You’re Actually Alive, Andrew Roth Gallery, New York – US
Leigh Ledare, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, 534 West 26th Street, New York – US

2013
Leigh Ledare et al, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen – DE
An Invitation, Reception, Berlin – DE

2012
Leigh Ledare- Double Bind, Michele Didier, Paris – FR
Leigh Ledare et al
, WIELS, curated by Elena Filipovich – BE
An Invitation, Pilar Corrias, London – UK
The Box, Los Angeles – US

2011
Something Might Have Been Better than Nothing, two person show with Per Billgren, Reception, Berlin – DE

2010
Double Bind, The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow – RU
Double Bind
, Prix Decouvert, Les Rencontres d’Arles (curated by Beatrix Ruf, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Tom Eccles, Philippe Parreno & Liam Gillick), Arles – FR
The Confectioner’s Confectioner, Pilar Corrias, London – UK
Too Late and Later, Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo – NO
Le Tit, Guido Costa Projects, Turin – IT

2009
Pretend You’re Actually Alive, Les Rencontres de Arles, Arles – FR

2008
You Are Nothing To Me. You Are Like Air, Rivington Arms, New York – US
Pretend You’re Actually Alive, Andrew Roth Gallery, New York – US

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014
Simulacra, Galerie Max Mayer, Düsseldorf – DE
Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists’ Scrapbooks, Fox Reading Room, Institute of Contemporary Art, London – UK
Bad Conscience, Metro Pictures, New York – US

2013
Nevermore, On Stellar Rays, New York – US
Lips Painted Red, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim – NO
Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood, The Photographer’s Gallery London (curated by Susan Bright), London – UK
9 Ways to Say its Over, Farringdon Street, (curated by Natasha Cox and Keira Greene), London – UK

2012
Privacy, Schirn Kunsthalle (curated by Dr. Martina Weinhart ), Frankfurt – DE
Take Off Your Silver Spurs and Help Me Pass The Time
, Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska (curated by Gerold Miller), Salzburg – AT
Collaborations & Interventions, CCA Andratx – Kunsthalle (curated by Friederike Nymphius) , Majorca – ES
Americans in New York 2, Galerie Michel Rein (curated by Ami Barak), Paris – FR

2011
Fremde Überall – Foreigners Everywhere: Selected works from the Pomeranz Collection, Jewish Museum (curated by Ami Barak), Vienna – AT
Martin Parr’s Best Books of the Decade,
National Photographic Archive, Dublin – IE
A Hole is To Dig, Office Baroque, Antwerp – BE
Something Might Have Been Better than Nothing….., Reception, Berlin – DE
Miguel Abreu Gallery. Curated by Nicolas Guagnini. New York – US
Cult of the Ruin: Strategies of Accumulation, UC Irvine, Irvine, California – US
LAXART Curator’s Choice Video Show, LAXART, Los Angeles – US
Sex Drive, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery (curated by Stuart Horodner), Haverford; Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta – US
Home videos, Leigh Ledare and Kenneth Tam, Loisaida, New York – US

2010
How Soon Is Now, The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (curated by Beatrix Ruf, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Tom Eccles, Liam Gillick & Philippe Parreno), Moscow- RU
Which Witch is Which?, White Flag Projects (curated by Ajay Kurian), St. Lois – US
Luma Discovery Award, Les Rencontres d’Arles, (curated by Beatrix Ruf, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Tom Eccles, Liam Gillick & Philippe Parreno), Arles – FR
Greater New York 2010, MoMA / PS1 (curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Neville Wakefield and Connie Butler), New York – US
They Have Not the Art to Argue with Pictures: Robert Heinecken, Erik Frydenborg, Nicolás Guagnini, Wade Guyton, Leigh Ledare, Amanda Ross-Ho, Collier Schorr, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles – US
So Be It: Interventions in Printed Matter, Andrew Roth Gallery, New York – US
Support Group, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles – US
Screening, Berkeley Museum of Art, Berkeley – US

2009
Dance, Sons and Daughters, Dance! The Physics Room, Christchurch – NZ
Selected Works, Foundation for Contemporary Arts (curated by Laurie Simmons), New York – US
Prague Biennale 4, Prague – CZ
Re-Gift, Swiss Institute (curated by John Miller), New York – US
House Call, Three’s Company, New York – US
Ca Me Touche, Les Rencontres de Arles (curated by Nan Goldin), Arles – FR
N-1, Patino Foundation (curated by Gandalf Gavan), Santa Cruz – BO
I’m So Sad, My God, ISCP International Studio & Curatorial Program (curated by Martha Kirzenbaum), New York – US

2008
Freeway Balconies, Deutsche Guggenheim (curated by Collier Schorr), Berlin – DE
Open Secret, International Center of Photography, New York – US
Swiss Institute benefit auction, Swiss Institute, New York – US
Colette, Paris – FR
Closer Now, Rivington Arms, New York – US
Foundation for Contemporary Art, Benefit Auction, Cohan and Leslie, New York – US
Columbia University MFA Thesis Show, New York – US
EPTSOLP, Small a Projects (curated by Chris Johanson), Portland – US
Blindspot Benefit Auction, David Zwirner Gallery, New York – US
Kevin Zucker, Sentimental Education, (contributor), 11 Rivington, New York – US

2007
Leigh Ledare, Ari Marcopoulos and JH Engstrom, Cohan and Leslie, New York – US
Stalemate, Curator, Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York – US
The Dating Show, ISE Foundation, New York – US
CRG, Open Video Series, New York – US
Artists’ Books: Transgression/Excess, Space Other, Boston – US
Ego, Jail Gallery, Los Angeles – US

EDUCATION

2008
Columbia University, MFA
2000
Rhode Island School of Design, BFA
1994-1997
University of Washington

 

AWARDS, GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES

2009
Jerome Foundation Travel Grant
2008
Feldman travel grant, Columbia University
2008
Columbia University Fellowship, Co-curator of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Fischer-Landau Fellowship
2005
Bakery Artist in Residence, Portland, Maine
2003
Dactyl Foundation for the Arts Working Grant
2000
Harry Koregian Memorial Scholarship

Leigh Ledare at ICA, London

Leigh Ledare at ICA, London

Leigh Ledare is a featured artist in the group exhibition, Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists’ Scrapbooks, hosted by the Institue of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, in the institution’s Fox Reading Room. This presentation explores how contemporary artists have used the … More

Leigh Ledare at The Photographers’ Gallery, London

Leigh Ledare at The Photographers’ Gallery, London

Leigh Ledare is included in The Photographers’ Gallery forthcoming exhibition Home Truths: Photography, Motherhood and Identity, curated by Susan Bright. The exhibition will explore representations of motherhood through the works of eight contemporary artists and aim to challenge long-held stereotypes and sentimental … More

Leigh Ledare at 9 Ways to Say it’s Over, London

Leigh Ledare at 9 Ways to Say it's Over, London

A series of film screenings have been developed to run alongside the exhibition, 9 Ways to Say it’s Over at 20 Farringdon Street. Chosen by three of the 9 Ways to Say its Over contributing artists. Each film will contextualise … More

Leigh Ledare at Farringdon Street, London

Leigh Ledare Tina Reflecting photograph

Leigh Ledare is included in the exhibition 9 Ways to Say it’s Over, curated by Natasha Cox and Keira Greene. The exhibition looks to Henri Cartier-Bresson’s description of the decisive moment: that precise instant in which an image is captured … More

Leigh Ledare at Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Norway

Leigh Ledare at Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Norway

Leigh Leadare is participating in Lips Painted Red, the Trondheim Kunstmuseum’s extensive thematic exhibition held this summer, curated by TKM Director Pontus Kyander. Lips Painted Red is a project examining how female identities are created and maintained as daily routines, … More

Leigh Ledare, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen

Leigh Ledare, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen

Leigh Ledare’s exhibition Leigh Ledare, et.al will open at Kunsthal Charlottenborg on 18 January 2013. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in Scandinavia. The exhibition was  organised by WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels in collaboration with Kunsthal Charlottenborg. The … More

Leigh Ledare’s solo exhibition at WIELS, Brussels

Leigh Ledare's solo exhibition at WIELS, Brussels

Leigh Ledare, et al. curated by Elena Filipovic is Leigh Ledare’s first major institutional solo show. Presenting over 100 works, the exhibition is a comprehensive retrospective of the artist’s career to date. A catalogue has been published by WIELS and … More

Leigh Ledare at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany

Leigh Ledare at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany

Leigh Ledare will take part in the group show Privacy curated by Dr. Martina Weinhart at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. The exhibition will investigate the public representations of the intimate. Participating artists include: Ai Weiwei, Merry Alpern, Michel Auder, Evan … More

Leigh Ledare at CCA Andratx

Leigh Ledare at CCA Andratx

Collaborations & Interventions is an international group show developed especially for Kunsthalle Andratx. The show will explore different types of collaboration and intervention by about 40 international artists and groups from the late 60’s to the present. Since the mid-60s … More

Leigh Ledare at Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow

Leigh Ledare at Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow

Leigh Ledare is one of fifteen artists selected for the first group exhibition on photograph at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture. The group exhibition will showcase a broad curatorial perspective of international contemporary photography   How Soon is Now … More

Kathy Noble, ‘The Art of Ambiguity,’ Tate Etc., Issue 30, Spring 2014

Robert Ayers, ‘Unmanageable identity in the work of Leigh Ledare,’ Eikon, Issue 83, February 2014

Frieze, November-December, 2012 (Download PDF)

10 Magazine, issue 25, Spring summer 2011 (Download PDF)

Kaleidoscope, issue 10, spring 2011 (Download PDF)

Modern Painters, February 2011 (Download PDF)

Leigh Ledare ‘An Invitation’

Leigh Ledare 'An Invitation'

Pilar Corrias Gallery is proud to present ‘An Invitation’: an exhibition of new works by the American artist Leigh Ledare. Working with photography, archives, film and text, the focus of Ledare’s practice lies in an investigation of how we are … More

Leigh Ledare’The Confectioner’s Confectioner’

Leigh Ledare'The Confectioner’s Confectioner'

Pilar Corrias Gallery is delighted to present The Confectioner’s Confectioner, an exhibition of new work by Leigh Ledare. Leigh Ledare is an artist working with photography, archives, video and text. Ledare’s first solo show at the gallery centres around a … More