Since 2015, Kyle Thurman’s (*1986, lives and works in New York) practice has focused on an expansive drawing project titled Suggested Occupation. This project looks at the portrayal of conditioned cultural violence and the maintenance of institutional violence in the media through the lens of male bodies in both a journalistic and diaristic manner.
Thurman received his BA in Film Studies and Visual Arts from Columbia University in 2009. He later studied as a guest student at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in the classes of Christopher Williams and Peter Doig from 2011 to 2012 and completed his MFA in painting at Bard College in 2016.
Selected solo exhibitions include: 2020 ‘Heard Through Bone’ at Central Fine, Miami Beach (US); ‘Error Erred’ at David Lewis Gallery, New York (US); 2018 ‘Tremoring Cup’ at Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna (AT), ‘Like Crazy Nature’ at CENTRAL FINE, Miami (US); 2016 ‘A Lonely Butcher’ at Off Vendome, New York (US); 2015 ‘Towards A Technical Being’ at Office Baroque, Brussels (BE), ‘to drink with teeth’ at Carl Kostyal, London (UK), ‘Heat Theater’ at Off Vendome, Düsseldorf (DE); 2013 ‘Banana Tourist’ at Office Baroque, Brussels (BE).
Selected group shows include: 2019 ‘Whitney Biennial’, curated by Rujeko Hockley and Jane Panetta, at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (US), ‘Stay Gold’ at The Meeting, New York (US); 2018 ‘Burn It Clean’ at 1301PE, Los Angeles (US), ‘FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial’, Cleveland (US); 2017 ‘Hadi Fallahpisheh, Dani Leder, Kyle Thurman’ at Off Vendome, New York (US); 2016 ‘A Change of Heart’ curated by Chris Sharp at Hanna Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles (US), ‘finding Ling-Ling’s head’ at Cookie Butcher, Antwerp (BE); 2015 ‘The Gentle Way (Judo)’ curated by Zak Kitnick at Clifton Benevento, New York (US); 2014 ‘Three Cups Fragrance’ at Bodega, New York (US), ‘On Kindness: Jacob Kassay & Kyle Thurman’ at MOCA Tuscon (US), ‘Idiosynchromism’ at Dickinson Gallery, New York (US) and ‘Stay in Love’, curated by Chris Sharp with Lisa Cooley & Laurel.
His work is included in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the De la Cruz Collection, Miami, and the ICA Miami (all US).