Michael Rees

Michael Rees is an artist working in themes of figuration, language, technology, and the social to weave a sculptural mélange. He has shown his work widely including the Whitney Museum in the 1995 Biennial and again in “Bitstreams” in 2001, the MARTa Museum in Germany, Art Omi, The Pera Museum in Istanbul, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and in private galleries such as 303 , Bitforms, Basilico Fine Art, Pablo’s Birthday, Favorite Goods and elsewhere.


His works are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, and numerous private collections. Rees has received grants from Creative Capital, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from Yale University. He also won a Deutscher Akademischer Austaushdienst for undergraduate study at the Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf, Germany, with Joseph Beuys.  Rees is currently professor of sculpture and digital media at William Paterson University, and Director of the Center for New Art there.

Rees is also a tenured Professor at William Paterson University. Director of the Center for New Art and Co-Director of the Fine Arts Graduate program (mfa)

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Michael Rees experimental sculpture studio

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  • Happy Holidays 2018! From Mary Ann and Michael!
  • The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum @thealdrich has produced yet another gorgeous catalogue detailing their fall shows by multiple curators of multiple perspectives loosely grouped under The Domestic Plane. Killer book! So happy to be included in On Edge  organized by @richardkkein The only augmented reality work in the show! Great text by Richard Klein to give a broad and deep context of the edge in art. Other artists include @lesliewayne Leslie Wayne @melvinedwards Melvinedwards Venske and Spänle @arleneshechet @paulbowen  Paul Bowen

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  • Synthetic Cell 013 from Synthetic Cells Site and Para(Site). #synthcell #synthcells #groundsforsculpture  @groundsforsculpture
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  • Many thanks to the Pratt Digital Arts department for inviting me to speak tomorrow! Free and open to the public! Repost from @prattdigitalarts using @RepostRegramApp - Pratt’s Department of Digital Arts is pleased to announce our next visiting lecturer: Michael Rees @xmichaelrees

Happening 💥THIS 💥 WEDNESDAY, November 7th, 12:45-1:45PM, 4E-3 MYRTLE HALL. ** FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC **
Bio: Michael Rees's work weaves pataphysical narratives around process and object that are at times grotesque, cerebral, uncanny or experientially charged. He has gained considerable recognition for his use of digital media in sculpture. He has shown work in public 
venues including the Whitney Museum, a public work at The Museum of Art and Design at Columbus Circle New York City, Grounds For Sculpture and many others. He has shown his work in the New York area since his debut exhibition in 1991 at 303 Gallery. His recent work of inflatable 
sculpture is part of a one person exhibition title "Pneumatopia" at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art as part of Open Spaces Kansas City and "Synthetic Cells: Site and Para(Site)" at Grounds for Sculpture until July of 2019. 
DDA Lecture Series Coordinator: @llaurolazin

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“Everything you can imagine is real”

 Pablo Picasso

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