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Born: John Manford Divola 
Dates:  1949 -
Born:  US, CA, Santa Monica
Active:  US
Website:  www.divola.com
 
  
American photographer - noted for his Vandalism and Zuma series.

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John Divola

John Divola (b. 1949, Los Angeles) BA, 1971 California State University, Northridge; MA 1973: MFA 1974, University of California, Los Angeles. Since 1975 he has taught photography and art at numerous institutions including California Institute of the Arts (1978-1988), and since 1988 he has been a Professor of Art at the University of California, Riverside.
 
Since 1975, Divola's work has been featured in more than fifty solo exhibitions in the United States, Japan, Europe, Mexico, and Australia, including Galerie Marquardt, Paris, 1990; Seibu Gallery, Tokyo, 1987; the University of New Mexico Art Museum, 1982; The Patricia Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, 2000; and Janet Borden Gallery, New York, 2001. Since 1973 his work has been included in more than one hundred and fifty group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Japan, including: "Mirrors and Windows," The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 1978; "1981 Biennial Exhibition," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York. 1981; "California Photography: Remaking Make-Believe," Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York. 1989. "The Photographic Condition," The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California. 1995; "Photo Binennale, Enschede (Obsessions. From Wunderkammer to Cyberspace)," Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enchede, Netherlands. 1995 "Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity 1900-2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, , 2000; "Architecture Hot and Cold," The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2000, Los Angeles 1955-85, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2006.
 
Among Divola's Awards are Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1973, 1976, 1979, 1990), a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1986), a Fintridge Foundation Fellowship (1998), a City of Los Angeles Artist Grant (1999) and a California Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship (1998). Four recent books by John Divola are, "Continuity" art work and preface by John Divola. Ram Publications/Smart Art Press, Los Angeles, California. October, 1997. 72 pages, "Isolated Houses," with Essay by Jan Tumlir, 48 pages with 24 color plates, Nazraeli Press, 2000, "Dogs Chasing My Car In The Desert," preface by John Divola, 48 pages with 20 duotone plates, Nazraeli Press, 2004, and the Aperture book (upcoming) "Three Acts," essay by David Campany, interview by Jan Tumlir, 109 duotone and 54 color plates,144 pages, May, 2006.
 
John Divola works primarily with photography and digital imaging. While he has approached a broad range of subjects he is currently moving through the landscape looking for evidence of existential desire.
 
Solo exhibitions
 
2006 Patricia Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, California, April
2006 Blue Sky Gallery, Porland, Oregon, February
2005 Arles Recontres De La Photographie, Espace Van Gogh, Arles, France, July -September
2005 Gail Gibson Gallery, "Artificial Nature," Seattle, Washington, March-May
2004 Charles Cowles Gallery, NY, NY, October
2003 Patricia Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, May
2002 G. Gibson Gallery., Seattle, Washington, Jan.
2001 Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy, Nov.
2001 Patricia Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, March
2001 Janet Borden Gallery, NY, New York
2001 Palm Springs Museum of Art, Jorgensen Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
2000 Patricia Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1999 G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1999 Blue Sky Gallery, Portland Oregon
1998 Patricia Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1997 Wooster Gardens, New York, NY
1997 Jessica Fredericks Gallery, New York, NY
1996 Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, California
1995 Patricia Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1995 Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1994 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois
1993 Gail Gibson Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1992 Jan Kesner Gallery, LA, California
1992 Jayne Baum Gallery, NYC, NY
1992 Rewdex Contemporary Art Gallery, Koyoto, Japan
1991 University Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside, CA
1990 Galerie Niki Diana Marquardt, Paris, France
1990 Jayne Baum Gallery, New York, NY
1990 Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1989 Jayne Baum Gallery, New York, NY
1989 Richard Green Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1987 Seibu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1987 Photo Interform, Osaka, Japan
1987 Gallery Min, Tokyo, Japan (catalog)
1986 Jayne Baum Gallery, New York, NY
1985 "John Divola, Selected Work, 1974-85," Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, California
1985 Film in the Cities, St. Paul, Minnesota
1985 Jones Troyer Gallery, Washington, DC
1984 Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, California
1983 The Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
1982 University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
1981 Gallerie Del Cavallino, Venice, Italy
1981 Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky
1980 The Photographers Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1980 Robert Freidus Gallery, New York, New York
1980 Grapestake Gallery, San Francisco, California
1980 Lightwork, Syracuse, New York, NY
1980 Paul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1980 Catskill Center for Photography, Woodstock, New York
1979 Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin
1979 Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
1979 Camera Obscura, Stockholm, Sweden
1979 Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1979 Print Galleri, Copenhagen, Denmark
1979 Vision Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
1978 Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
1978 Image Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark
1976 The Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1976 Camerawork Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
1975 Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York
 
Grants and Fellowships
 
2004 Rome Prize - Declined
1999 COLA, City of Los Angeles Artist Grant
1998 California Arts Council Individual Artist Grant
1998 Flintridge Foundation Fellowship
1991-92 Fellowship, Center for Ideas in Society, UC Riverside
1990-91 National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowship
1987/88 Mellon Fellowship, California Institute of the Arts
1986-87 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship
1979-80 National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowship
1976-77 National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowship
1973-74 National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowship 
  
 

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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
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• Gruber, Renate and L. Fritz Gruber 1982 The Imaginary Photo Museum (New York: Harmony Books) p.245 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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