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

2020
(forthcoming) 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

2020
(forthcoming) Majour Force, Night Gallery, Los Angeles
(forthcoming) Uptown 2020, Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, New York
Private View: Selections from ABHK, Petzel Gallery, New York
Open Air
, LUCE Gallery, Turin, Italy

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

Exhibitions

The House Always Wins

The House Always Wins

Solo Show

Stains on a Decade

Stains on a Decade

Group Show

Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach

Solo Show

Fun House

Fun House

Group Show