Derrick Adams (b. 1970, Baltimore, Maryland) is a multidisciplinary New York-based artist whose practice is rooted in Deconstructivist philosophies and the perception of ideals attached to objects, colors, textures, symbols and ideologies – and how they are formed. His work focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface while exploring the shape-shifting force of popular culture in our lives.
Adams received his BFA from Pratt Institute and his MFA from Columbia University, and has completed the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture program and The Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program. His work has been shown widely, including at MoMA PS1, New York; Performa 05, New York; The Kitchen, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the 11th Havana Biennial, and the 30th BAM Next Wave Festival, New York. He is the recipient of a 2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and an honored finalist for the 2011 William H. Johnson Prize.
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