Haim Steinbach

b. 1944

Haim Steinbach (b. 1944, Rehovot, Israel) is an American artist who creates selections and arrangements of everyday, ready-made objects. Careful framing and juxtaposition of found objects on prefabricated shelves allows Steinbach to tease out their anthropological, psychological and aesthetic qualities. In the early 1970s, Steinbach translated the language of Minimalism into painting, though some of his works used linoleum affixed to plywood. Starting in the late 1970s, the influence of Marcel Duchamp began to be felt in Steinbach’s installations of ready-mades. His methodically ordered, almost ceremonial displays of common artefacts convey how collective desires become organized and ritualized through objects - how communication and aspirations are exchanged through the language of design. Steinbach came to critical attention in the early 1980s, loosely associated with the ‘Neo-Geometric Conceptualists’ which included Jeff Koons, Ashley Bickerton and Peter Halley. From the early nineties Steinbach’s works started to include words placed directly onto walls, as well as installations and objects. 


Steinbach moved with his family to New York in 1957 and obtained American citizenship in 1962. He studied at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and earned an MFA from Yale University in 1973. Steinbach had his first solo exhibition at the Panoras Gallery, New York, in 1969. Steinbach’s work was also included in the Venice Biennale of 1993, 1997 and 2001. His first solo museum exhibition was held at the Musée d’Art Contemporain in Bordeaux (1988). Important solo exhibitions have included Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (1993), Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin (1995), Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna (1997), Haifa Museum, Haifa, Israel (1999), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (2000), Haus der Kunst, Munich (2000), and UC Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California.


Steinbach lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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