Tara Donovan’s (born 1962) process-driven work explores how materials behave, as she re-imagines the potential of everyday things. Her sculptures and large-scale installations build on the malleability of her chosen materials, amassing mundane objects such as plastic straws, Styrofoam cups, straight pins, rubber bands, and index cards into transcendent forms. Her work is typically untitled, but even in its open interpretation suggests a biomimicry of organic form and pattern.


Donovan is the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Genius Award (2008), the first Calder Prize (2005), and exhibits her work internationally. Donovan has been the subject of several major solo exhibitions at museums including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (1999); UCLA Hammer Museum (2004); The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2007); Milwaukee Art Museum (2012); Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York (2015); and Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2018).

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