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Cornelia Parker

Artist Cornelia Parker (B.1956, UK) is internationally renowned for her sculpture and installations.

Cornelia Parker
Her concerns are with formalising things beyond our control, containing the volatile and transforming it into something that is quiet, contemplative and often tragi-comic. Through a combination of visual and verbal allusions her work triggers cultural metaphors and personal associations. Some of her most noted works include The Distance (A Kiss with String Attached) (2003), The Maybe, in collaboration with Tilda Swinton (1995), and Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View (1988-9).

Her solo exhibitions, include The Roof Garden Commission: Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) (2016), Metropolitan Museum NY, Magna Carta (An Embroidery) British Library London (2015), Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester, (2015), Museo de Arte de Lima, Lima Peru (2008) The Modern, Fort Worth, Texas (2006) and the Serpentine Gallery (1998). International exhibitions include the Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2014), Glasstress, Venice Biennale (2013), Medals of Dishonour, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia (2012); 4th Guangzhou Triennial, China (2012),16th Biennale of Sydney (2008) and 8th Sharjah Biennial UAE (2007).

Parker’s work is included in many private and public collections internationally, including Metropolitan Museum NY, Tate Gallery, Brooklyn Museum of Art, de Young Museum San Francisco, MoMa NY, Centre Pompidou Paris, V&A Museum London, and Yale Center for British Art. Nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997, elected as a Royal Academician (2009) she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2010. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from The University of Wolverhampton (2000), The University of Birmingham (2005), the University of Gloucestershire (2008) and Manchester University (2017). She is currently Honorary Professor Manchester University, and Honorary Fellow of Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oxford. She lives and works in London.