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Biography

THOMAS GLASSFORD  (b. 1963, USA/Lives in Mexico City)

"Fragmentation speaks more clearly to the realities of our lives than the false, flat image we are accustomed to seeing. There, everything is always backwards."

Thomas Glassford studied art at The University of Texas at Austin, where he received his BFA. He moved to Mexico City in 1990, and joined a young avant-garde of Mexican, European, and American artists living in the city. Since the early 1990s, Glassford has used everyday materials--ranging from gourds to broomsticks, anodized aluminum to melamine plates--to create architectural or installation-scale works. He transforms these materials into rhythmic and often abstract creations, reminiscent of Minimalist sculpture and Op Art paintings of the 1960s.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018    
Osculum, Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino, Houston, TX, USA

2017    
Testigo/Witness: Popular Fiction and the Dismembered Object, Quint Gallery, San Diego, CA, USA

2016    
Siphonophora, Museo Universitario del Chopo, México City, México

2015    
Solar Plexus, Quint Gallery, La Jolla, CA, USA

2014    
Thomas Glassford: Afterglow, Arts Brookfield, Houston, TX, USA
Afterglow, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2013    
Afterglow, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA, USA

2012    
Thomas Glassford, Galeria Il Ponte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy

2011    
Pteridomania, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2010    
Xipe Totec, Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco, UNAM, México City, México
Afterglow, Museo Experimental El Eco, México City, México

2008    
Implosion is Compulsory, Quint Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, USA
Between Earth and Sky, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2006    
Cadáver Exquisito, Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes (MUCA), UNAM, México City, México

2004    
Thomas Glassford, Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, TX, USA
Pleasure Garden, Galería OMR, México City, México
Desdoblamientos, Galeria Principal de La Escuela de Artes, UAEMéx, Toluca, México
Thomas Glassford, Arcaute Arte Contemporaneo, Nuevo León, México

2003    
Museo Carrillo Gil, México City, México
Event Horizon, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, México City, México

2002    
Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, TX, USA
Stripes and Solids, Quint Gallery, La Jolla, CA, USA
Fuente / Exhibition Agua, Wasser, Temple of San Agustín (Ex National Library), Mexico City, Mexico

2001    
DESIRE, Galería OMR, México City, México
ASTER, La Torre de los Vientos, México City, México

2000    
Fuente Parabólica, Museo de La Alhóndiga, Festival International Cervantino, Guanajuato, México

1998    
Neoprene Dreams, Sala Diaz, San Antonio, TX, USA

1997    
Diversiones, Galeria de Arte Contemporáneo, México City, México

1996    
Autogol: Oaxaca, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, México
New Work, Milagros Contemporary Art, San Antonio, TX, USA
The Privilege to Contemplate the Theories of Black Holes, ExpoArte ’98, Guadalajara, Mexico

1995    
Autogol Monterrey, Museo de Monterrey, México

1994    
Autogol, Ex-Convento del Carmen, Guadalajara, México

1993    
Natural Acts, Moody Gallery Houston, TX, USA

1992    
Arteria, Curare: Espacio Crítico Para Las Artes, México City, México

1991    
Laredo, Laredo Junior College Art Gallery, Texas, TX, USA
Hydraulics and Mechanics, N. No. O Gallery, Dallas, TX, USA

1990    
Obra Nueva, Estudio Lic. Verdad, México City, México

1986    
Drawings and Wall Pieces, Flood Gallery, Austin, TX, USA

Selected Public Collections

Art Center/Instanbul, Borusan Center for Culture and Arts, Turkey

Associacao Beneficente Alzira Denise Hertzog da Silva, Brazil

Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, USA

Bruce and Diane Halle Collection, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, FL, USA

Colección Valdemarín, Madrid, Spain

Collezione “La Gaia,” Italy

Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA, USA

Gelman Collection, Mexico

Jerry I. Speyer Collection

La Colección Jumex, México City, México

Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA

 

Montblanc International Collection

Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Bajadoz, Spain

Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes (MUCA), México

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX, USA

Neeley Collection

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, USA

Televisa Collection, Mexico

The SPACE Collection, Irvine, CA, USA

The West Collection, Oaks, PA, USA

Vergel Foundation, New York, NY, USA