Works by Avery Singer at Sotheby's
Avery Singer Biography
Born in 1987 in New York, where she continues to live and work, Avery Singer is celebrated today as a young contemporary artist who raises questions about the rising ubiquity of technologies in everyday life through her cutting-edge and humor-filled paintings. Born to artists Janet Kusmierski and Greg Singer, Singer was named by her parents after Milton Avery and experimented with photography, film, and drawings from a young age as she grew up in a creative community in downtown New York. Singer studied at Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main in 2008 and received her BFA from Cooper Union, New York in 2010, where she engaged in an eclectic range of mediums that spanned performance, video, and sculpture. Singer is best known for her innovative use of SketchUp, a program for designing exhibition spaces and architectural plans, to create experimental digital illustrations she later materializes with her deft manipulation of airbrush. In her signature paintings, blocky, greyscale figures rendered with the abstract geometries of 3D-modeling software perform the romanticized activities associated with cultures of artistic production. Challenging and extending the traditional medium of painting with technological dexterity and self-conscious wit, Singer is known for her impressive works that seamlessly synthesize an impressive range of media to render humorous compositions and scenes that both exaggerate and parody the life of an artist.
Singer is celebrated today for reshaping the future of painting as her works blur the boundaries between digital and material worlds by employing new technologies and representing virtual fictional characters. The youngest artist represented by Hauser and Wirth, whose roster she joined in 2020, Singer extends an wide timeline of art historical movements including Futurism, Constructivism, Cubism, and Modernism with a style and technique of painting and seeing that is distinctly her own. Singer has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Lyon Biennale, and the New Museum Triennial, and her works reside in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Tate Modern in London; and the Yuz Museum in Shanghai. One of the most exciting and inventive contemporary artists today, Singer redefines painting as she intervenes in the traditional medium with her virtuosic use of new technologies.