Willie Cole


Willie Cole featured in Cantor Arts Center’s Surrealism exhibition

On view until April 3, 2017, The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University will present The Conjured Life: The Legacy of Surrealism, an exhibition tracing the movement’s lineage from historic masters to today’s practitioners. Willie Cole’s Heal and Rest (1992) will be featured alongside historic surrealists such as Reneé Magritte, Marcel Duchamp, and current artists like David Lynch and Cindy Sherman.

Having originated at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the show’s cross-historical approach, for which the Cantor is renowned, enables viewers to witness Surrealism’s lasting impact on contemporary artistic practices.

“I’m thrilled to bring this exhibition to Stanford and to the Bay Area,” said Alison Gass, Chief Curator and Associate Director for Exhibitions and Collections at the Cantor. “In our presentation, the incredibly rich trove of works from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago combines with additions from both the Cantor’s permanent collection and rare materials form Stanford’s Special Collections libraries to offer a fresh investigation of Surrealism.”

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Willie Cole (b. 1955) earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He also studied at the Art Students League of New York and at Boston University’s School of Fine Arts. A native of New Jersey, the artist lives and works in his home state.

Willie Cole’s work has been acquired and exhibited by many stellar institutions, including:
The Museum of Modern Art, NY; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; MCA Chicago; the National Gallery of Art; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Cleveland Art Museum; Walker Art Center; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and numerous others.

More information can also be found on the artist’s website: