Adam Pendleton (b. 1984) is a New York-based artist whose work examines and questions the freedom of abstraction in relationship to language, politics, and identity. The animating force of his work is found in Black Dada—the artist’s term for a broad conceptualization of blackness. Working in various modes and mediums including painting, collage, video, and performance, the artist disrupts and reconsiders preconceived notions of history and culture. Pendleton’s work has been widely exhibited internationally in venues including the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, The Kitchen (all New York), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Whitechapel Gallery (London); Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna); the Baltimore Museum of Art; and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Cleveland), where his traveling solo exhibition Becoming Imperceptible was recently on view.
His work is represented in numerous museum and private collections worldwide, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; as well as Tate Modern, London.