Scott King

Born 1969 in Goole, East Yorkshire, England
Lives and works in London

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About The Artist

Scott King is a London-based artist that was trained as a graphic designer. His prints, sculptures, and installations focus on how an iconic image can become detached from its original context and reduced to a unit of symbolic information. As such, King slyly highlights a slew of new meanings that bubble to the surface once these images get undermined through the mass media.

King has exhibited internationally, with solo or two-person institutional shows at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, MO; the FRAC Nord in Pas-des-Calais, France; the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, UK and the Kunstverein Munich, in Munich, Germany. His recent group exhibitions include shows at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, UK; the Saatchi Gallery in London, UK and The Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France. His work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY; The Saatchi Gallery in London, UK and the Tate in London, UK, among others.

King has also written on music for Arena HOMME+ and has published several books, most recently Public Art by Slim Volume in London. Over the years, he has also produced an art magazine under the title ‘CRASH!’ in tandem with writer and historian Matt Worley. He has worked as an art director for I-D magazine and as creative director for Sleazenation, where he received Total Publishing Awards for ‘Best Cover’ and ‘Best Designed Feature of the Year.’

In 2013, King also collaborated with James Fry and Vinyl Factory on the hilarious dance track ‘You’re My Favorite Artist,’ an art world send up based on a real experience King had in New York City.

Galleries

Bortolami Gallery, New York
Herald St, London

Select Permanent Collections

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Saatchi Gallery, London
Tate, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
FRAC – Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque, France
Centre National des Arts Plastique, France
Burger Collection, Hong Kong, China
National Gallery of Victoria, Australia


Work


Exhibitions

  • Anything for a Laugh: Humor in Contemporary Art

    Now you could study Shakespeare and be quite elite
    And you can charm the critics and have nothin’ to eat
    Just slip on a banana peel
    The world’s at your feet

    ”Make ‘em Laugh,” Singin’ in the Rain (1952)


News

  • Scott King at Bortolami
    July 7, 2016

    I Beam U Channel June 30 – August 12 Bortolami Gallery 520 W 20th Street New York, NY 10011

  • Scott King at Herald St
    November 10, 2015

    Scott King Anish and Antony Take Afganistan November 17 – December 13 Herald St, London

  • In Production: Scott King’s ‘Marxist Disco (Cancelled)’
    October 8, 2015

    Scott King, Marxist Disco (Cancelled), 2015. All images courtesy of Edwin Pickstone.

  • Scott King at Palais de Tokyo
    September 29, 2015

    Ugo Rondinone: I Love John Giorno is the first retrospective devoted to John Giorno, a poetry icon of America’s counterculture since the 1960s. Artists include: Anne Collier, Angela Bulloch, Verne Dawson, Judith Eisler, John Giorno, Mark Handforth, Matthew Higgs, Pierre Huyghe, Francoise Janicot, Scott King, Elizabeth Peyton, Michael Stipe, Ugo Rondinone, Erik Satie, Billy Sullivan, Rirkrit Tiravanija, … Continue reading Scott King at Palais de Tokyo