Born 1965 in Wilmington, OH
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
For Andrea Bowers, political engagement and artistic expression are inseparable. Her practice, which includes drawings, videos and installations addresses a wide range of relevant socio-political issues from women’s and worker’s rights to the arms industry, to immigration politics and the climate crisis. Storytelling is integral to Bowers’ work and part of her activism consists of highlighting the narratives of resistance and rebellion.
Bowers has over the last 20 years gained an international reputation as an artist and social activist, with upcoming survey exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in 2021. An extensive, joint monographic publication will accompany the shows. Other recent institutional solo exhibitions include Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach (2020); Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2017); Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris (2014); Wiener Secession, Vienna (2007); and The Power Plant, Toronto (2007). Bowers' group shows include Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (upcoming 2021); Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf; Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2018); Documenta 14, Fridericianum, Kassel (2017); Triennale di Milano, Milan (2017); Aspen Art Museum (2016); and Albertina, Vienna (2015). Bowers’ work is held in the collections of The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, MoMA, New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, among others.