Ed Young


Ed Young, ALL SO FUCKING AFRICAN, 2016 Images courtesy of SMAC Gallery and The Armory Show.
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With an emphasis on conceptualism, Ed Young is a master of subversion.

He is best known for his various irreverent and, at times deliberately, politically incorrect and provocative pieces. Refraining from using ‘traditional’ media, Young’s practice remains challenging and varied. This may include; found objects, text-based works, video, performances, neon-lights, installations and sculpture, and painting.

Ed Young was born in 1978 in Welkom, South Africa, and currently lives and works in Cape Town. He holds a Masters of Fine Art Degree from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town.

In 2016, Young was an invited artist to present a site-specific installation as one of eight special projects for The ARMORY Show’s invitational Focus: African Perspectives section, curated by Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba of Contemporary And (C&).

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

das Freiraum-Stipendium, Zurich, Switzerland, 2018

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

Cash or Card, SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg

2016

LITTLE, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town
All So Fucking African, The Armory Show, New York

2015

Agnus Dei, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town

2013

VOLTA9, Basel

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

FNB Joburg Art Fair 2017
Cape Town Art Fair 2017

2016

Artissima 2016
FNB Joburg Art Fair 2016
Upstart/Startup
Cape Town Art Fair 2016

2015

Artissima 2015
FNB Joburg Art Fair 2015
Cape Town Art Fair 2015

2014

FNB Joburg Art Fair 2014
Viewing room #01 Typography
Paperwork: an exhibition of Contemporary South African works on paper
Cape Town Art Fair

2013

The Xmas Show
Cape Town Art Fair
FNB Joburg Art Fair 2013

2012

COLLECTION 17 Modern and Contemporary South African Art: 1952 – 2012 | Aardklop Nasionale Kunstefees / National Arts Festival | Potchefstroom
FNB Joburg Art Fair 2012