Biography

Brian Dettmer (b. 1974 in Chicago, Illinois) is a New York based artist known for his detailed and innovative sculptures with books and other forms of analog media. He has had solo shows in New York, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, Atlanta and Barcelona. Dettmer’s work has been exhibited throughout North America and Europe at galleries and museums including the Museum of Arts and Design, NY; The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, DC; the Museum of Contemporary Art, GA; The Chicago Cultural Center, IL; and Museum Rijswijk, Netherlands among many others. His sculptures can be found in the permanent collection of several notable institutions including: the Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC; The Art Institute of Chicago Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, IL; The High Museum, GA; The Museum of Contemporary Art, GA; and the Yale University Art Gallery, CT. Brian Dettmer’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Chicago Tribune, Art News, Modern Painters, Wired, The Village Voice, Harper’s and NPR among many others. In 2012, he had a solo show at the University of Maribor in Maribor, Slovenia as part of its celebration as the European Capital of Culture for 2012.  In 2014, he spoke at the TED Youth conference and was also the subject of a ten year retrospective at the Hermann Geiger Foundation in Cecina, Italy.  Dettmer has recently lectured at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and The New York Public Library in New York. He currently resides in Atlanta where he is represented by Saltworks Gallery.

Individual works in the MOCA GA Permanent Collection:

Artist’s Website

http://briandettmer.com/