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PIOTR UKLAŃSKI

1968
Born in Warsaw, Poland

Polish-born artist. He emerged on the New York art scene in 1996 with an emblematic artwork, Untitled (Dance Floor), a wall-to-wall floor piece of interactive illuminated tiles reminiscent of Saturday Night Fever which integrated the legacy of minimalist art with the world of entertainment. Through his diverse body of photography, installation, painting, sculpture and film, he is known for clashing popular culture with high art such as his 1998 photographic series “Untitled (The Nazis)”, a collection of film stills of actors portraying Nazis, which caused an outrage when first exhibited in London. His 2004 billboard “Untitled (John Pope II)” turned into a memorial shrine after the Pope’s death in 2005 when it was exhibited on the streets of Warsaw. Solo exhibitions of his work have been organized by the MoMA and Whitney Museum in New York, Kunsthalle Basel and Bass Museum of Art in Miami amongst others. He lives and works in New York and Warsaw.

The Wild Regrets and the Bloody Sweats, 2012
Ink on canvas
66 x 87¼ inches (167.6 x 221.6 cm)