Salle, David

David Salle was born in Norman, Oklahoma, and earned a BFA and MFA from the California Institute for the Arts, where he studied under John Baldessari. Salle creates paintings that juxtapose seemingly unrelated images from mass media, often with an erotic and sexual theme. Images of different styles and content, taken from magazines, film and mass media are superimposed together both formally and textually. Adapting scenes from art history, advertising design and popular culture, he creates a combination of diverse cultural references.

Salle had his first solo exhibition at age 23 in Los Angeles. When his work was first shown, it generated controversy. Since then, he has earned the reputation as one of the most influential representational painters of the latter half of the 20th century. His work was in the 1993 Venice Biennale and in major retrospectives of the Whitney Museum. He lives and paints in New York City.

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