Biography

Selected Works / Exhibitions / Biography / Available Inventory

Amir Zaki

One Person Exhibitions

2010
Relics. James Harris Gallery. Seattle, WA. January 7-February 20
Relics. Perry Rubenstein Gallery. New York, NY. May 6-June 26
Eleven Minus One. LAXART. Los Angeles, CA. July 17th-August 21st.
Finished. Hagedorn Foundation. Atlanta, GA. October 28th-November 30th.

2007
? • . Perry Rubenstein Gallery. New York, NY
At What Point is the Wax No Longer Wax. James Harris Gallery. Seattle, WA

2006
Gesture. Gold Coast Arts Centre. Surfers Paradise, Australia

2005
Spring Through Winter. Perry Rubenstein Gallery. New York, NY
Spring Through Winter. Mak Center for Art and Architecture. Los Angeles, CA SOUTH…WEST…COLD…WATER…SOUTH…WEST…STUDIO…CITY. Roberts and Tilton Gallery. Los Angeles, CA

2004
Amir Zaki: Front and Center. Sweeney Art Gallery, UC Riverside. Riverside, CA

2003
VLHV (Valley Lake Hollywood Village). Roberts and Tilton Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
VLHV (Valley Lake Hollywood Village). James Harris Gallery. Seattle, WA

2002
Art Statements. Art Basel-Miami Beach. James Harris Gallery. Miami, FL

2001
Various Recordings of Ambient Noise (from at Least Ten Feet above Ground) and A Long, Dark Look at Common Roofing Materials and Their Surroundings and What Cats Might See. Roberts and Tilton Gallery. Los Angeles, CA

2000
Photographs From. Roberts and Tilton Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
Photographs From. James Harris Gallery. Seattle, WA
Photographs From. Caren Golden Gallery. New York, NY

1999
Spot-Lit Stages of a Nocturnal Voyage. Sweeney Art Gallery. University of California, Riverside

Two Person Exhibitions

2008
Amir Zaki and John Opera. Shane Campbell Gallery. Chicago, Il

Group Exhibitions

2011
The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age. Henry Art Gallery. Seattle, WA. July 9th-September 25th.

2010
The City Proper: Curated by James Welling. Margo Leavin Gallery. Los Angeles, CA. November 20th-December 15th.
Art Video-The Regional: Curated by Lauri Firstenberg. Art Basel Miami Beach. Miami Beach, FL. December 2nd-5th.

2009
Underwater. Western Bridge. Seattle, WA

2008
Utopia. Traveling Exhibition – Multiple venues. Photoespaña, Museu Berardo. Lisbon, Portugal. May-July, 2008. Fundación Municipal de Cultura, Valladolid, Spain. January-February, 2009.
Truthiness: Photography as Sculpture. California Museum of Photography. Riverside, CA
Desertshore. Luckman Gallery. Cal State Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

2007
California Context. Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Madison, WI
Viewfinder. Henry Art Gallery. Seattle, WA
Exit Music (For a Film). Grimm/Rosenfeld. Munich, Germany
Imaging + Imagining California. Orange County Museum of Art. Newport Beach, CA

2006
Boys and Flowers. Western Bridge. Seattle, WA
Façade. Soil Gallery. Seattle, WA
Sub-Urbane. Rio Hondo College Art Gallery. Whittier, CA
California Biennial. Orange County Museum of Art. Newport Beach, CA
Suburban Escape: The Art of California Sprawl. San Jose Museum of Art. San Jose, CA

2005
The New City: Sub/Urbia in Recent Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, NY
Empire Style. Art 2102. Los Angeles, CA
Frontier. Roberts & Tilton. Los Angeles, CA
Still, Things Fall from the Sky. California Museum of Photography. Riverside, CA
Happenstance. Harris Lieberman Gallery. New York, NY
James D. Phelan Art Award in Photography. SF Cameraworks. San Francisco, CA

2004
Direct Exposure: Perspectives on the Southern California Landscape, Ontario International Airport. Ontario, CA.

2002
New Additions to the Curiously Strong Collection, New Museum of Contemporary Art. New York, NY
For Real, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Pittsburgh, PA
New Additions to the Curiously Strong Collection, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Los Angeles, CA
Majestic Sprawl, Pasadena Museum of California Art. Pasadena, CA
Caught, Montserrat College of Art. Beverly, MA
Anti-form, Center for Contemporary Photography. Kansas City, MO

2001
Friends of the West, Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Santa Barbara, CA
Vision Embraces the World, Echo Park Projects. Los Angeles, CA

2000
Scanner, CCAC Oliver Art Center. Oakland, CA
Legal Paper Show, Beyond Baroque. Venice, CA

1999
Take a Walk Around the Room, Tularosa Dr., Los Angeles, CA
MFA Thesis Exhibition, UCLA Wight Art Gallery. Los Angeles, CA.
CAA / MFA Juried Exhibition , Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Los Angeles, CA

1998
Home , Los Angeles Culture Net. Internet Project : www.lacn.org

1997
Malibu Sex Party , Purple Fine Art. Venice, CA

1996
Thesis Exhibition, Sweeney Art Gallery. Riverside, CA

Monographs, Anthologies, and Books

2010
Eleven Minus One. Monograph. Co-published by LAXART and Eighth Veil. Los Angeles, CA
The Digital Eye. Anthology. Prestel Verlag. Munich, Berlin, London, New York. Pages 166-167

2009
Words Without Pictures. Book. LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). Transcription of artist talk and panel discussion, as well as publication of original essay. Los Angeles, CA. Pages 48-51, 103-117.

2006
Vitamin Ph.: New Perspectives in Photography. Anthology. Phaidon Press. London, England. Pages 328-329

2005
Expanding the Center: Walker Art Center and Herzog and de Meuron. Book. Distributed Art Publishers. New York, NY. Page 14

2003
Amir Zaki. VLHV (Valley Lake Hollywood Village) Monograph. Co-published by Roberts and Tilton, and James Harris Gallery. Los Angeles, CA

Projects, Commissions, Curated Exhibitions

2010
Creative Inneneinrichter Magazine. Images from ‘Relics’ series chosen for two design magazine covers, and a website feature. German – http://www.creative-inneneinrichter.de/ci-katalog-2010.html. September.

2009
Amir Zaki Selects Vintage Photographs of Southern California, 1870-1950. A selection and re-contextualization of historical photographs from a large archive.Steve Turner Contemporary. November 21st-December 19th. Los Angeles, CA.

2008
Words Without Pictures Essay Response. Original essay response entitled “Not Yet” commissioned by Charlotte Cotton, curator of photography at LACMA, as part of an online critical discussion forum surrounding issues of contemporary photography. January 3rd. Online at: http://wordswithoutpictures.org
Wright Auction House Image Series. Commissioned project to photograph and respond to the Wright Auction House’s 60000 sq/ft warehouse space containing 20th century modernist furniture and art. Catalog reproduces 7 original works. Chicago, IL.

2006
Mouvement Magazine: l’indisciplinaire des arts vivants. Project featuring a double page reproduction of a photograph. July-September. Pages 134-135

2005
Amir Zaki: Billboard Project. Mak Center for Art and Architecture / City of West Hollywood. West Hollywood, CA. January-June
Domus Magazine. Commissioned artist project: Photographs of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota – new extension by architects Herzog and de Meuron. Cover of the magazine and special feature. Issue #881. May. Tripartite cover and Pages 26-45.
Domus Magazine. Artist project. Portfolio feature and cover of magazine. Issue #885. October. Tripartite cover and Pages 32-35.
Grazia Magazine (Italian Version). Photographs of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota – new extension by architects Herzog and de Meuron. Issue 43. October, 25th, 2005. Pages 119-122.
Ripe Magazine. Artist project. Juried selection of images. Issue: Open. November. Page 11

2004
Brown Constructions. Curated Exhibition. Lemon Sky Projects. Miami Beach, FL

Press – Reviews, Articles, Features, Interviews

2011
Green, Tyler. Carmaggedon and the Presence of Absence. Art Info. Online. July 21st.

2010
Boodro, Michael. Hitting the Beach. Elle Décor. Online. June 3rd.
Dykstra, Jean. Amir Zaki. Art in America. No. 9. October. Page 185.
Faigan, Gary. The Art of Everyday Objects. KUOW Radio. Audio Feature. Seattle, WA. January 21st.
Faigan, Gary. Amir Zaki at James Harris and Katya Marritz at Zeitgeist Café. Artdish.com. January 22nd.
Graves, Jen. California, Seattle, and Las Vegas. The Stranger. Volume 19, No. 18. January 14th-20th. Page 23.
Graves, Jen. Amir Zaki. The Stranger. Cover and Review in the Stranger Suggests section. Volume 19, No. 18. January 7-13. Cover and Page 17.
Grima, Joseph. Architecture and Photography: Beach Types. DOMUS online. Video Interview and Review. May 31st.
Kyung, Ki-Nak. Bay Watch. Avenuel Magazine. Feature. July issue. Natural Cut section. Page 208.
Miller, Brian. Amir Zaki. Seattle Weekly. Calendar Section. Seattle Weekly Online. January 13th.
Ollman, Leah. Taking Shots at Urban Landscape. Los Angeles Times. Review. Calendar Section, D21. December 10th.
Patterson, Robert. Artist Profile: Amir Zaki. Revolver. Interview and Image spread. Online Magazine. August 21st, 2010.
Peers, Alexandra. Amir Zaki. The New York Observer. Art Section. May 10th, 2010. Page 39.
Regen, Kyle. Yesterday the Stranger Suggested: Amir Zaki at the James Harris Gallery. SLOG. January 13th.
Spencer, Rosie. Hang. Icon. Article and Image spread. Issue 083. May. Pages 115-120.
Warchol, Kit. Amir Zaki. Modern Painters. Review. October. Page 70.
Zellen, Jody. Eleven Minus One by Amir Zaki and The Green of This Notebook by John Divola. Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism. Review. November. Volume 38, Number 3. Page 27-28.

2009
Ollman, Leah. A Constructive Look into the Past. LA Times. December 11th. Calendar, D15.

2008
Cochran, Jessica. Gallery Watch. Chicago Social. January. Page 44.
Lang, Karissa. Art. New City. January 24th. Page 19.
Zellen, Jody. Amir Zaki. artUS. Issue 22, Spring. Page 31.

2007
Graves, Jen. At What Point is the Wax No Longer Wax?. Artinfo.com. May 24th. Online.
Graves, Jen. At What Point is the Wax No Longer Wax?. The Stranger. May 23rd-30th. The Stranger Suggests section.
Lippens, Nate. Amir Zaki’s Photographs Give Depth to Artifice. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. May 17th. Theatre and Fine Arts Section P-1.
Nelson, Christian. Looking vs. Seeing. The Daily of the University of Washington. August 1st. Arts Section.
Pence, Elizabeth. Viewfinder. artUS. Issue 20. Winter. Page 61.
Schwendener, Martha. Amir Zaki. The New York Times. October 26th, Arts Section. Page B29
Tumlir, Jan. Sci-Fi Historicism: Part 1. Flash Art. March-April. Pages 102-105.
Tumlir, Jan. Sci-Fi Historicism: Part 2. Flash Art. May-June. Pages 118-121.

2006
Armstrong, Elizabeth. California Above All. Art Review Magazine. May-June. Pages 80-82.
Berwick, Carly. Happenstance. ARTnews Magazine. April. Page 146.
Blaine, Françoise-Alaine. Los Angeles: Fait Son Show. Beaux Arts Magazine. March. Page 77.
Campagnola, Sonia. Focus on Los Angeles: Amir Zaki. Flash Art. January-February. No. 246. Page 75.
Douglas, Theo. Let’s Talk About Us. OC Weekly. October 5th. Volume 12, No. 5. Page 31.
Frank, Peter. Still, Things Fall from the Sky. Artweek. Review. February. Pages 15-16.
Glueck, Grace. The New City: Sub/Urbia in Recent Photography. New York Times. Review. January 6th. Page E34.
Knight, Christopher. Forget ‘isms’ – Except Eclecticism. Los Angeles Times. Feature. October 1st, Section E40.
Pollack, Barbara. Happenstance. Time Out New York. Review. January 5th-11th. Page 80.
Strodl, Kelly. Collapse, Rise. Huntington Beach Independent. Feature. October 5th. Section B1-B2.
No Author Noted. Happenstance. The New Yorker. Review. January 16th. Page 17.

2005
Aletti, Vince. Amir Zaki. The Village Voice. NYC Guide. April 20th-26th. Volume L, Number 16. Page 74.
Cotter, Holland. Happenstance. The New York Times. Review. December 30, 2005. Arts Section B37.
Frank, Peter. Amir Zaki.. LA Weekly. Review: Pick of the Week. January 28 – February 3. Volume 27, Number 10. Page 138.
Isermann, Jim. The Artists’ Artists. Artforum. Review: Best of 2005. December. Page 107.
Klara, Robert. Domestic Anxiety. Architecture Magazine. Review. November. Pages 32-33.
Muckenfuss, Mark. A Big Step. The Press Enterprise. Review. October 17th. Section D2.
Myers, Holly. A Dramatic Gaze up at the Hilltop. Los Angeles Times. Review. January 28th. Calendar Section. E24.
Ollman, Leah. ‘Things Fall’ but not Quite Together. Los Angeles Times. Review. November 23rd. Section E24.
Pogrebin, Robin. Art/Architecture: The New City: Sub/Urbia in Recent Photography. New York Times. Review. October 9th. Arts and Leisure section 2. Page 39.
Rastignac. Genuine Authentic. Domus. October Issue #885. Page 36-37.
Schwendener, Martha. Amir Zaki. Artforum.com. Review: Critic’s Pick. April 10. Online at http://artforum.com.
Tumlir, Jan. Amir Zaki. Artforum. Review. April. Page 195.
Valentin, Jude. Amir Zaki’s Powerful Photos Adorn Chelsea. New York Resident. Review. March 21. Page 42.
Wood, Eve. Amir Zaki. Art Papers. Review. May/June. Page 55.
Zellen, Jody. Amir Zaki at the Mak Center and Roberts & Tilton. Artweek. Review. April. Page 22.
No Author Noted. Seeing the Suburbs through a Different Lens. Los Angeles Times. January 6th. Home Section – F2.
No Author Noted. Amir Zaki. Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Curatorial Hot Picks. April. Online.
No Author Noted. Amir Zaki, Spring Through Winter. Skuawk.com. April. Online.
No Author Noted. Amir Zaki: Spring Through Winter. Artdaily.com. February. Online.
No Author Noted. Amir Zaki. Art Scene Magazine. February. Online.
No Author Noted. Spring Through Winter. Residential Architect Online. January/February Issue. Online.
No Author Noted. Amir Zaki: Spring Through Winter. Los Angeles Times-Calendar Live Critics Picks. January 25th. Online.
No Author Noted. Amir Zaki: Roberts and Tilton. Los Angeles Times-Calendar Live Critics Picks. January 25th. Online.
No Author Noted. Amir Zaki. KCRW Public Radio: DnA-Design and Architecture. January 24th.
No Author Noted. Mak Center Opens Exhibit “Spring Through Winter”. Beverly Press. Volume 15, Number 1. January 6th. Page 17.
No Author Noted. Amir Zaki. Tank Magazine. Volume 3, Issue 12. Back Page.
No Author Noted. Spring Through Winter. Top Choices. Blueprint Magazine. December-January. Back Page.
No Author Noted. Amir Zaki. Museums Los Angeles. Volume 6, Number 2.
No Author Noted. Amir Zaki. Architecture Week. Number 222.
No Author Noted. Amir Zaki: Spring Through Winter. Idea Magazine. www.ideamagazine.net

2004
No Author Noted Brown Constructions. Miami New Times. November 12th.

2003
Frank, Peter. Amir Zaki.. LA Weekly. Review: Pick of the Week. January 31 – February 6. Page 117.
Hackett, Regina. Amir Zaki’s photos of everyday scenes invite double takes. The Seattle Post-Examiner. Review. January 10. Page 15.
Miller, Jeffrey. Age of Convenience: The Beauty of Monotony. The Stranger. Review. January 16-22. Page 32.

2002
Hoffman, Leslie. Skewed Perspectives. Pulp. Review. November 28th.
McQuaid, Cate. Modern Art’s North Shore Exposure. The Boston Globe. Review. March 28. Page D3
Thomas, Mary. Artist’s Make their Own Reality in Digital Realism. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 7th. Section C-7.

2001
Hainley, Bruce. Amir Zaki at Roberts and Tilton. Artforum. Review. November. Page 151.

2000
Cooper, Jacqueline. Amir Zaki at Roberts and Tilton,. New Art Examiner. Review. September. Page 61-62
Hackett, Regina. Amir Zaki. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Review, March 24. Page 22
Hall, Emily. New Developments. The Stranger. Review, March 23-29. Page 33
McGovern, Thomas. Amir Zaki at Roberts and Tilton. Artweek. Review. July/August. Page 85
Schubert, Lawrence. Amir Zaki. Flaunt. May. Page 52-53
Zellen, Jody. Amir Zaki at Roberts and Tilton. Art Press. Review. September. Page 68
No author noted. Amir Zaki. The New Yorker. June 5. Page 21.

1999
Chapman, Tenele. DARK. Highlander. Review, November 23rd. Volume 48, Issue 10. Section R-4.

1998
Hainley, Bruce. Malibu Sex Party. Artforum. Review, February. Page 98.
Hultrans, Andrew. Surf and Turf. Artforum. Feature, Summer. Page 134

Catalogs for Exhibitions

2011
Firstenberg, Lauri. LAXART 5. LAXART. Culver City, CA. Page 88.

2008
Stallings, Tyler. Truthiness: Photography as Sculpture. California Museum of Photography. Riverside, CA. pp. 41-42
Wombell, Paul. Utopia. Photoespana 08, Museu Berardo. Lisbon, Portugal. Pages 192-211.

2007
Lopez, Michelle. Exit Music (For a Film). Grimm/Rosenfeld. Munich, Germany. Includes an article and interview. Pages 87-90.
Krajewski, Sara. Viewfinder. Henry Art Gallery. Seattle, WA. Page 11.

2006
Armstrong, Elizabeth; Gonzalez, Rita; Moss, Karen, California Biennial. Orange County Museum of Art. Newport Beach, CA. Pages 35-45. Includes an additional article on my work by Jan Tumlir. Pages 168-171.
Wolfe, Ann. Suburban Escape: The Art of California Sprawl. San Jose Museum of Art. San Jose, CA. Page 82.

2005
Ennis, Ciara. Still, Things Fall from the Sky. California Museum of Photography. Riverside, CA. Page 2.

2002
Amir Zaki: Statements. Art Miami/Basel. Miami, FL. Pages 358-59.
Donaldson, Laura. Caught. Montserrat College of Art. Beverly, MA. Page 3-4.

Awards and Grants

2010
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

2005
James D. Phelan Art Award in Photography

Lectures

2010
Graduate Studio Visits, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. January 7th.

2009
Museum Walkthrough and Video Interview for the New Topographics Exhibition. November 8th. LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). Los Angeles, CA

2008
Artist Lecture. USC. Los Angeles, CA
Artist Lecture. Chapman University. Orange, CA

2007
Artist Lecture and Graduate Critiques. Yale University. New Haven, CT
Artist Lecture and Group Critique. University of Washington. Seattle, WA
Artist Lecture and Panel Discussion. Foundation for Art Resources (FAR). CalTrans building, Los Angeles, CA

2006
Artist Lecture. Art Center. Pasadena, CA
Artist Lecture. UCLA. Los Angeles, CA
Artist Lecture and Studio Visits. Claremont Graduate School. Claremont, CA
Artist Lecture and Studio Visits. San Francisco Art Institute. San Francisco, CA
Artist Lecture and Studio Visits. Cal Arts. Valencia, CA
Artist Lecture and Exhibition Walkthrough. Rio Hondo College Art Gallery. Whittier, CA
Artist Lecture. Otis College of Art and Design. Los Angeles, CA
Artist Lecture and Exhibition Walkthrough. Orange County Museum of Art. Newport Beach, CA

2005
Artist Lecture/Exhibition Walkthrough. Mak Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House. West Hollywood, CA.
Visiting Artist Panelist. SCIArc (Southern California Institute for Architecture). Los Angeles, CA.
Visiting Artist Panelist. California Museum of Photography. Riverside, CA
2003
Keynote Speaker. Society of Photographic Educators Northwest Conference. University of Washington. Seattle, WA.

2002
Keynote Speaker. Citizens University Committee Calender and Board Memebers. University of California, Riverside. Riverside, CA.

Selected Public Collections

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of art, Santa Barbara, CA
Progressive Corporation, Mayfield Village, OH
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Microsoft, Redmond, WA
Madison Museum, Madison, WI
Nevada Museum of Art, NV

Education

1999 – Masters of Fine Arts – University of California, Los Angeles
1996 – Bachelors of Arts – University of California, Riverside

Teaching Positions

2002-present: Professor of Photography and Digital Technology – Art Department. University of California, Riverside.
2001-2002 Academic year: Lecturer of Photography – Art Department. University of California, Riverside.
2000-2001 Academic year: Lecturer of Photography – Art Department. University of California, Riverside.
1999-2000 Academic year: Lecturer of Photography – Art Department. University of California, Riverside.

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