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Derek Fordjour

Derek Fordjour (b. 1974, Memphis, USA) is a painter who depicts the codes, regalia and structures of competition and play, revealing passion and discipline — as well as style — as steps toward uplift. Attuned to the power and spectacle of display, the artist is also a maker of objects and installations as standalone scenes and as staging devices for his paintings. Fordjour’s work is held in public collections including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Perez Art Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has been represented by Josh Lilley since 2018.

Derek Fordjour lives and works in New York.

Education

2016, MFA, Hunter College, New York
2002, Ed.M., Harvard University, Cambridge
2001, BA, Morehouse College, Atlanta
2001, Pratt Institute College of Art and Design, New York

Solo Exhibitions

2021
Pond Society, Shanghai, China (forthcoming)

2020
SELF MUST DIE, Petzel Gallery, New York, NY
SHELTER, Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis, St. Louis

2019
The House Always Wins, Josh Lilley, London
JRRNY/S, Night Gallery, Los Angeles

2018
Half Mast, Public installation at the Whitney Museum, New York
Derek Fordjour: Camelot Study, BAM, Brooklyn
Ritual, Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami

2017
PARADE, Sugar Hill Museum, New York

2016
Agency & Regulation, LUCE Gallery, Turin
Derek Fordjour: Eight Paintings, Papillon Art, Los Angeles

2015
UPPER ROOM, Robert Blumenthal Gallery, New York
Meritocracy, Jack Bell Gallery, London

2014
The Big Game, Storefront Ten Eyck Gallery, Brooklyn

2013
Sciame Artist's Salon Series Exhibition, Sciame Corporate Gallery, New York
Built Environments: Inaugurations with Felandus Thames, Columbia University, Russ Barrie Pavilion, New York

Group Exhibitions

2021
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling, New York, NY (forthcoming)

2020
100 Drawings from Now, Drawing Center, New York, NY
Private View: Selections from ABHK, Petzel Gallery, New York, NY
Open Air, LUCE Gallery, Turin, Italy
Majeure Force, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, LA
Art Basel Curated Selection, Petzel Gallery, New York, NY
Uptown 2020, Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, New York, NY

2019
Stains on a Decade, Josh Lilley, London
Painting Is Its Own Country, The Harvey B. Center, Charlotte
Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary, California African-AmericanMuseum, Los Angeles
Transmissions, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg

2018
Fun House, Josh Lilley, London
Cliche, organized by Bill Powers, Almine Rech Gallery, New York
Everyday Muse, ltd Gallery, Los Angeles
Reclamation!, The Taubman Museum, Roanoke
Sidelined, Galerie Lelong, New York

2017
Reinventing the Figure, Galleria Monica de Cardenas, Zuoz
Diamonds, Rings and Courts, Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery, St. John's University, New York
All That Glitters, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York
Selections, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York

2016
Human Condition, The Former L.A. Metropolitan Medical Centre, Los Angeles
The Barn Show, Johannes Vogt Gallery East, East Hampton
First We Take Manhattan, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York
Island States, Tops Gallery, Memphis
March Madness, Fort Gansevoort, New York

2015
I Like it Like This, Sothebys S2 Gallery, New York
And There is an End, Roberts & Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles
Mixed Doubles, Sometimes Gallery, New York
No Such Place, Edward Tyler Nahem Gallery, New York

2014
OPEN, Papillion Gallery, Los Angeles

2013
Corpus Americus, Driscoll Babcock Gallery, New York
Ticknihova and Winter, New York
Atlanta University Center Alumni Exhibition, Atlanta University Center, Atlanta

Press

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Regatta Pattern Study by Derek Fordjour, 2020
Jamestown Champ by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Carnival II by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Single Pivot Turn by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Burden Cycle II (Blue) by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Southside Row Club by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Rower by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Pomp and Regalia by Derek Fordjour, 2019
The Ringmaster & The Rider by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Installation View: The House Always Wins by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Installation View: The House Always Wins by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Installation View: The House Always Wins by Derek Fordjour, 2019
No. 43 by Derek Fordjour, 2018
No. 68 by Derek Fordjour, 2017
No. 50 by Derek Fordjour, 2018
No. 35 by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Installation View: SHELTER by Derek Fordjour, 2020
Installation View: SHELTER by Derek Fordjour, 2020
Installation View: SHELTER by Derek Fordjour, 2020
Aquatic Composition by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Southeastern Semi-Finals by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Three Straight Locked, by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Highstep Double by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Showstopper Double by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Two Point Bend by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Installation View: Art Basel Miami Beach by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Installation View: Art Basel Miami Beach by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Installation View: Art Basel Miami Beach by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Haberdashery by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Pageant by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Conspicuous Consumption by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Burden Cycle VIII (Orange) by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Tandem Orange by Derek Fordjour, 2019
VICTOR by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Colonial Headdress (after Cecil J. Rhodes) by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Team Box Green by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Carnival I by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Left Toe Step by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Conductor by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Installation View: The House Always Wins by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Installation View: The House Always Wins — In Memoriam by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Installation View: The House Always Wins — In Memoriam by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Installation View: The House Always Wins — In Memoriam by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Installation View: The House Always Wins — In Memoriam by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Pringle Memorial by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Podium by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Five Open Wide by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Couplet 50 by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Showtime (Blue Deuce) by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Six Hand Stand by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Picture Day by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Protective Covenants & Restrictions by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Rally Finale by Derek Fordjour, 2017
Installation View: Parade by Derek Fordjour, 2017
Installation View: Parade by Derek Fordjour, 2017
WWYDTHUW by Derek Fordjour, 2017
No 10 by Derek Fordjour, 2017

Exhibitions

The House Always Wins at Josh Lilley, presenting Derek Fordjour

The House Always Wins

Solo Show

Stains on a Decade at Josh Lilley, presenting Tom Anholt, Brian Bress, Peter Linde Busk, Gareth Cadwallader, Sarah Dwyer, Derek Fordjour, Nick Goss, Nicholas Hatfull, Christof Mascher, Rebecca Nassauer, Sarah Pichlkostner, Benedetto Pietromarchi, Belén Rodríguez, Kathleen Ryan, Analia Saban, Vicky Wright, Ryan Mosley, Celeste Rapone, Hurvin Anderson, Jack Burton, Ian Davis, Svenja Deininger, Holly Hendry, John Houck, Aliza Nisenbaum, Conrad Shawcross, Leon Kossoff, Tal R, Paula Rego, Euan Uglow & Kaari Upson

Stains on a Decade

Group Show

Art Basel Miami Beach at Josh Lilley, presenting Derek Fordjour

Art Basel Miami Beach

Solo Show

Fun House at Josh Lilley, presenting Derek Fordjour, Brian Bress, Nicholas Hatfull, Alake Shilling, Genevieve Gaignard, Farah Atassi, Sayre Gomez & John Seal

Fun House

Group Show