Tony Tasset is an American multimedia artist known widely for his large-scale sculptures. His work often references the trappings of modernism, pop culture, mass marketing and consumerism. He employs universal symbols and recognizable techniques; tropes of visual culture from pop, avant-garde and folk traditions. Tasset’s interest lies in creating works which engages its audience by using craft, humor and scale, underscoring how each viewer relates to the subject.
Tasset lives and works in Chicago. He was the recipient of the The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Award in 2006, and The Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. Tasset has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums internationally. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Rochester Arts Center, Rochester, MN (2011); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria; The Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH (2000), and the Institute of Visual Arts, Milwaukee, WI (1998). A retrospective of his work Tony Tasset: Works was presented at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR (2003). His work has been included in several group exhibitions including the Chicago River Walk Public Sculpture Exhibition, as part of the Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Year of Public Art, Chicago, IL (2017); Smart To The Core: Embodying The Self, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, IL (2017); FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH (2017); IN THIS HOUSE, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL (2016); Artists Monument, The Whitney Biennial (2014); Michael Sailstorfer: Every Piece is a New Problem and Shall I Tell You the Secret of the Whole World?, Cincinnati Arts Center (2014); The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology, Musuem of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL (2013); MCA DNA: Chicago Conceptual Abstraction, 1986-1995, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (2013); Think First, Shoot Later: Photographs from the MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (2013); This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980’s, ICA, Boston, MA (2013); This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980ʼs, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (2012); Farbe im Fluss, Weserberg Museum fur Modern Kunst, Breman, Germany (2011); 20th Century Fox, Collection Vanmoerkerke, Oostende, Belgium (2011), and Broodwork: Itʼs About Time, Otis Collage of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA (2011). Tasset’s work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Museum Fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, and the San Francisco Museum of Art amongst others.