Tara Donovan is an internationally recognized, New York-based artist known for elaborate and exquisite installations and sculptures created from everyday objects. Donovan is committed to process and seamlessly transforms the ordinary into something altogether extraordinary. Donovan’s inventive use of materials and artistic process draw attention to the dynamic qualities present in the mass-produced objects she uses as her media. Constructed entirely from utilitarian and man-made items such as toothpicks, buttons, drinking straws, Styrofoam cups, paper plates, sewing pins, or even Slinkys, Donovan’s works transcend the initial intention of the objects she includes and ultimately resemble the spectacle of forms founds in nature.
Donovan has received many awards for her work including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award (2008) and the inaugural 2005 Calder Foundation Prize, among others. She participated in the 2000 Whitney Biennial and has since held numerous solo exhibitions at such venues as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the Parrish Art Museum in Watermill, NY, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck in Germany, and Jupiter Artland in Scotland, among others. She is represented by Pace Gallery in New York.