Christian Holstad

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About the Artist

United by attitude rather than medium or method, Christian Holstad’s work probes received ideas about class, culture, sexuality and society. A keen eye on concepts of high and low informs a body of work that, encompassing sculpture, installation, performance, photography, collage and textiles, is concerned with the construction and manifestation of social and intimate spaces. Holstad's practice has explored domestic and subcultural sites, often exploring and calling into question preconceived notions of identity and desire. His first show in New York was inspired by the story of David Phillip Vetter, the 'boy in the bubble' whose rare genetic immune disorder resulted in having to spend most of his short life in isolation in a plastic bubble. In contrast to the bedroom scene staged for that show, Holstad's 2006 installation Leather Beach included references to S&M clubs, tanning salons, and high-end boutiques.

  • In Focus – Christian Holstad: Time wounds all heals

     

    Filmed on the occasion of the artist’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, which featured new two- and three-dimensional works in ceramic, crochet, fabric and pencil, and an earlier Eraserhead drawing that acts as a touchstone for this body of work.

  • Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

    10 April - 8 May 2021

    Christian Holstad: Time wounds all heels

    Victoria Miro is delighted to present an exhibition in Venice by Christian Holstad. The US artist’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, Time wounds all heels features new two- and three-dimensional works in ceramic, crochet, fabric and pencil, and an...
    Victoria Miro Venice
    26 January - 18 April 2019

    Christian Holstad, Grayson Perry, Tal R, Betty Woodman

    This exhibition brings together ceramic works by four artists who, through a diversity of approaches, explore the possibilities of the medium: its fluidity, in spite of an undeniable physicality, in relation to genres such as painting and sculpture, and equally...
    Victoria Miro Venice
    23 September - 5 November 2016

    Protest

    Doug Aitken, Jules de Balincourt, Vlassis Caniaris, Elmgreen & Dragset, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Christian Holstad, Isaac Julien, Yayoi Kusama, Wangechi Mutu, Alice Neel, Chris Ofili, Richard Prince, Sarah Sze, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kara Walker Historical and...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    26 April - 31 May 2014

    Christian Holstad

    Corrections
    New collage work by the American artist is presented in his third exhibition with the gallery. Corrections looks at various types of borders, boundaries and constraints in our environment that impact our lives, from the political and governmental to the...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    6 February - 14 March 2009

    Christian Holstad

    american standard
    Victoria Miro announces the second solo exhibition in the UK by American artist Christian Holstad, whose distinctive practice encompasses large-scale installations, performances, labour-intensive collage and hand-made textiles. american standard will comprise a number of new sculptural works, as well as...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    23 March - 23 April 2005

    Christian Holstad

    Beautiful Lies You Could Live In
    In the project space, Victoria Miro Gallery presents a new installation by New York-based artist Christian Holstad, titled Beautiful Lies You Could Live In. This installation foregrounds a mode of art making Holstad developed and is continually engaged with: clipping...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
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