Allen Ruppersberg (b. 1944, Cleveland, OH) graduated from the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles in 1967. Often incorporating the ephemera of mid century popular culture, Ruppersberg’s work has utilized media from his vast archive of books, images, posters, magazines, photographs, and films to explore the narratives, languages, and culture of everyday life in America.
Ruppersberg’s work is included in the collections of the Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA; Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY; Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC; Le Fonds Ronal d’Art Contemporain, France; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Ruppersberg’s first retrospective, The Secret of Life and Death, was shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in 1985. More recent survey’s include the major career retrospective at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis entitled Intellectual Property: 1968-2018, which travelled to the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and previously his retrospective, One of Many – Origins and Variants, was shown at the Dusseldorf Kunsthalle, Germany (2005), and traveled to the Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France (2007), the Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland (2006), and the Centro Adnaluz de Art Contemporaneo, Seville, Spain (2006). The exhibition No Time Left to Start Again and Again was shown in 2014 at the Wiels Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, following an appearance at the Art Institute of Chicago. Ruppersberg has been the subject of over 90 solo shows and included in numerous group shows such as Under the Big Black Sun at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles during the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles 1945-1980. Ruppersberg lives and works in Los Angeles and New York.