Born in the USA in 1940.
He has exhibited in venues around the world, including the Whitney Biennial (93, 2005, 2014), Documenta IX, ICA London, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp and the Venice Biennale (2012,1999,01,03,05), and the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, among many others. Recent solo exhibitions include Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2017), Neuer Berlin Kunstverein, 2015,Venice: ;Objects, Work and Tourism, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (2015); and Various Items and Complaints, Serpentine Gallery, London (2015). Group shows include Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014) the Whitney Biennial (2014); and Documenta (2012), among many others. A retrospective of his work—A Matter of Life and Death and Singing—was organized by the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp (2012), and a survey of his work from 1994 forward, Pierres rejetées… (Rejected stones…), took place at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2009). Additional solo exhibitions include Varios y Diversos, Kurimanzutto, Mexico City (2013); Wood, Stone and Friends, Palazzo Reale–Sala Dorica, Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples (2012); Rocks Encouraged, Portikus, Frankfurt (2010); Universal Miniature Golf (The Promised Land), the Glasgow International Festival (2010); Between the Furniture and the Building (Between a Rock and a Hard Place), Kunstverein Munich (1998), among many others. Since returning to Europe in 1994, Durham’s work has focused primarily on the relationship between architecture, monumentality and national narratives. Publications on anti-architecture include among others: Der Verführer und der Steinerne Gast, Springer, Vienna, 1996; Between the Furniture and the Building: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Walter Konig, Cologne, 1998. Durham is the author of numerous essays and in 1993 Kala Press published an anthology, A Certain Lack of Coherence. In 2005 Durham co-edited and wrote The American West, an attack on the mythology of the American West published for the exhibition of the same name at Compton Verney, UK. In 2009, on the occasion of Durham’s retrospective at the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Pierres rejetées, a catalogue of Durham’s work in Europe was published.
Durham’s works are included in major public collections around the world, including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Tate Modern, London; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and Museo Jumex, Mexico City, among others.