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Institute of Contemporary Art Miami

ICA Speaks: Avery Singer

On the occasion of her solo exhibition “Unity Bachelor,” Avery Singer will discuss her work with exhibition curators Alex Gartenfeld and Stephanie Seidel. A leading artist of her generation, Avery Singer uses innovative tools to create iconic, complex paintings that interpret contemporary social realities and technologies. The artist’s large-scale paintings portray worlds that emerge from digital renderings and take shape through manual and digital airbrush techniques, liquid and solid masking, and complex layering processes. Singer’s work has often engaged modernist and avant-garde movements to cite the radical potential for painting.

“Unity Bachelor” debuts a new body of Singer’s work that reflects on identities on- and offline. These new paintings feature a trio of figures the artist has purchased from commercial vendors like Sketchfab and Quixel, creating a narrative through animation and design software including Daz 3D and Cinema 4D. Singer has set a couple—Unity Bachelor and Priya Prasad—in New York in 2001, a coming-of-age period and place for the artist. Their fictionalized love story is marked by the collective trauma of September 11, 2001, when Priya goes missing, while a third figure, a drunk art student, who throughout Singer’s career has doubled as a kind of self-portrait, roams Lower Manhattan.

Avery Singer (b. 1987, New York) lives and works in New York. She has been honored with solo museum presentations at Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2019); Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2017); Secession, Vienna (2016); Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2016); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015–16); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2015); and Kunsthalle Zurich (2014–15). Singer’s work is represented in the permanent collections of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Art Institute of Chicago; Hammer Museum; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, among others.