Adam Pendleton is a New York-based artist known for work animated by what the artist calls “Black Dada,” a critical articulation of blackness, abstraction, and the avant-garde. Drawing from an archive of language and images, Pendleton makes conceptually rigorous and formally inventive paintings, collages, videos, and installations that insert his work into broader conversations about history and contemporary culture.
Pendleton has been the subject of solo exhibitions across the United States and abroad, at institutions including Kunstverein, Amsterdam (2009); The Kitchen, New York (2010); Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2017); Baltimore Museum of Art (2017); and MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (2018). His 2016 solo exhibition Becoming Imperceptible was organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, and traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, before closing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland.
In 2017, Koenig Books published his Black Dada Reader, a collection of documents and essays from various sources that relate to the conceptual framework of Black Dada. The New York Times named the Reader as one of the best art books of 2017. He’s currently the subject of a two-person exhibition with Pope.l at Galerie Eva Presenhuber in Zurich and will open a solo exhibition at Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin in April 2019.
His work is held in major public collections including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and Tate, London.