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Works on Paper
Forest Eater
Forest Eater
Uncertain Beauty/Filthy Lucre
Uncertain Beauty/Filthy Lucre


Darren Waterston

Darren Waterston graduated with a BFA from the Otis Art Institute in 1988, having previously studied at the Akademie der Künste and the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, both in Germany. His exhibition Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre is currently on view at The Smithsonian Institution’s Freer/Sackler Galleries through June 2017.

Darren Waterston has been exhibiting his paintings, works on paper, and installations in the U.S. and abroad since the early 1990s. Recent exhibition highlights include: Forest Eater at The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu (2011); Splendid Grief: The Afterlife of Leland Stanford Jr. (2009), an installation at The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, CA; and The Flowering (The Fourfold Sense) (2007), at the Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR.

In 2007 CHARTA published a monograph on the artist, “Darren Waterston: Representing the Invisible”, and in 2013 Prestel published a collaboration between the artist and poet Mark Doty, “A Swarm, A Flock, a Host: A Compendium of Creatures.” “Darren Waterston: Filthy Lucre,” was published by Skira Rizzoli in association with MASS MoCA and the Freer/Sackler in 2014.

Waterston’s paintings are included in numerous permanent collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; New York Public Library, New York City; The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Waterston lives and works in New York City.


Darren Waterston in Conversation with Susan Cross, Curator of Visual Arts at MASS MoCA

April 19th, 2018

Darren Waterston and Mark Doty: Gallery Talk and Book Signing

April 6, 2013 at DC Moore Gallery

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