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Joseph Grigely is an artist and writer whose work addresses questions about the materialization of language and communication, and the ways conversations might be represented in the absence of speech. A collector of inscribed words, documents, and related artifacts, Grigely's ongoing work, collectively titled ‘Conversations with the Hearing’, is concerned with archives and archival practices and how archives might be activated with formal and narrative meaning.

‘Some years ago I was sitting in the New York apartment of a friend having tea and a conversation. A large part of our exchange had to do with the senses, and how communication involved a wide array of possibilities outside the norm of what it means to be human. Deep into the conversation, my friend told me a story about a blind baby who had learned to imitate—perfectly—the sound of a refrigerator and the sound of a car going over gravel as it approached the house. After a long pause in which we considered the implications of this, my friend turned to me and said: “Beauty is difficult. Never forget that.”’ - Joseph Grigely

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Selected Works

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Bulletin Board I

2010

Pigment print

120.65 x 321.31 cm (47 12 x 126 12 inches)

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Bulletin Board II

2010

Pigment print

120.65 x 321.31 cm (47 12 x 126 12 inches)

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Even If You Can’t Hear

2016

Ink and pencil on paper, pins

75.5 x 262 cm (29 2332 x 103 532 inches)

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Paula’s Birthday Party

1998/2016

Pigment print

149 x 149 cm (58 2132 x 58 2132 inches)

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Untitled Conversations (Mumblebook)

1998

Framed text and seven sheets of paper, pins

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We Need a Drinking Song

2012

Crystal urethane

72 x 64 cm (28 1132 x 25 316 inches) ⌀60 cm (⌀23 58 inches)

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Cold Comfort

2006

Pigment print

46.5 x 36.5 cm (18 516 x 14 38 inches)

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Songs Without Words (Fiona Apple)

2020

Digital pigment print on Photo Rag Hahnemühle paper 305 g

84.4 x 99 x 4.8 cm (33 732 x 38 3132 x 1 78 inches)

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Songs Without Words (Garanča)

2020

Digital pigment print on Photo Rag Hahnemühle paper 305 g

99.7 x 83.9 x 4.8 cm (39 14 x 33 132 x 1 78 inches)

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Songs Without Words (Julia Bullock)

2020

Digital pigment print on Photo Rag Hahnemühle paper 305 g

99.7 x 83.7 x 4.8 cm (39 14 x 32 1516 x 1 78 inches)

Installation

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Voilà, 2000
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

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Blueberry Surprise, 2019
Marian Goodman Gallery, London

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The Information Economy, 2010
New York Art Books Fair at PS1, New York

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The Information Economy, 2010
New York Art Books Fair at PS1, New York

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EindhovenIstanbul, 2005
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

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EindhovenIstanbul, 2005
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

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Songs Without Words, 2008
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

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Erre, 2011
Centre Pompidou, Metz, Paris

News

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Joseph Grigely

Beauty is Difficult Jun 1
The Brooklyn Rail
Nueva York
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Joseph Grigely

Ever Archive: The Publications and Publications projects of Hans-Ulrich Obrist Nov 12 - Jun 10, 2022
Serralves Foundation
Porto
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Joseph Grigely

Ruido, por favor Apr 10
Babelia

Exhibitions

Small Talk

Madrid
Mar 17 - May 19, 2018

This is small talk, and for over twenty years small talk has been the subject of Joseph Grigely's art: everyday conversational exchanges that are important not for their grandiosity, but for their quiet understatement.

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Long live the old flesh

Barcelona
May 19 - Jul 29, 2016

This exhibition is the result of the fifth edition of the NoguerasBlanchard Curatorial Open Call.

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