Selected Works

Nir Hod (b. 1970, Tel Aviv)
Lives and works in New York

Nir Hod has a B.F.A from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. In his videos, sculptures and realist paintings, Nir Hod creates luxuriously stylized worlds of beauty, loneliness, glamour and death. As Richard Vine wrote in the catalogue for Hod’s survey exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, “From the beginning of his career, Nir Hod has opposed the ideology that labels sumptuousness an esthetic sin. His work openly substitutes the pleasure principle and a fluid multiplicity of selves for the old notions of high seriousness and personal authenticity.” In his recent series of “Genius” paintings and sculptures, Hod depicted aristocratic young men and women whose cherubic cheeks contrast with their scornful expressions and smoldering cigarettes. Selected recent solo shows include: “Mother,” Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York (2012); “Genius,” Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York (2011); “Nova 7,” Alon Segev Gallery, Israel (2008); “Faded Heartache,” Davide Gallo Gallery , Berlin (2007). Selected recent group exhibitions in 2013 include: A l’etage au found Upstairs in the back, Galerie Aveline Antiquaire, Paris; FLAG’s 5th Anniversary, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York; The Concept of Baroque in Contemporary Art, Henrik Springmann Gallery, Berlin; Calligraffiti 1984 – 2013, Leila Heller Gallery, New York; Amor Fati, Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation, Brooklyn New York; and, “LADIES & GENTS”, Salomon Contemporary, New York. And in 2012, “BAD FOR YOU”, Curated by Beth Dewoody Rudin, Shirazu Gallery, London.