Rachel Harrison Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Rachel Harrison
Nose (and detail)


Wood, polystyrene, cement, acrylic, rubber, cardboard

193 x 76.2 x 45.7 cm
Rachel Harrison’s work draws from a wide range of influence, wittily combining art historical and pop cultural references through a diverse play of materials. In Nose, Harrison’s figure towers on a cardboard box plinth as an abject gargoyle, adorned with a plastic joke shop nose. Grotesque and funny, Harrison’s humour derives from its carefully structured, yet open-ended suggestion, each element building up to a plausible punch line. Using visual language as a subversive tool, Harrison parodies expected comparison to artists such as Franz West and Paul McCarthy,
appropriating styles and motifs with subtle knowingness, wielding artistic process as a mode of investigation.
Rachel Harrison
Glamour Wig


Wood, polystyrene, acrylic, ladder, synthetic wig, digital photograph

170.2 x 71.1 x 40.6 cm
Like many of her creations, Rachel Harrison’s Glamour Wig plays sculptural dress-up by combining abstract forms and color with manufactured readymade products. Pairing the silver glitz of a rock-star wig with the aluminum of a utility ladder, its long, bare legs leading up to a gaping mouth, Harrison’s figure suggests the comical decadence and sexual innuendos of a Glam Rock queen. Glamour Wig, a sculptural “space oddity,” lends itself well to the intentional artificiality, synthesized sound, and androgyny for which this genre became notorious.

Rachel Harrison's Biography

Born in New York

Lives and works in New York


San Francisco MoMA, San Francisco, California
Posh Floored as Ali G Tackles Beck, Arndt & Partner, Berlin
Posh Floored as Ali G Tackles Beck, Camden Arts Centre, London
Latka/Latkas, Greene Naftali, New York

Kunsthall No 5, Bergen, Norway

Currents 30: Rachel Harrison, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, USA
Brides and Bases, Oakville Gallery, Oakville, Canada
Seven Sculptures, Arndt & Partner, Berlin

Perth Amboy, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York

Patent Pending: Beveled Rasp Sac, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York

The Look of Dress-Separates, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York

Should home windows or shutters be required to withstand a direct hit from an eight-foot-
long two-by-four shot from a cannon at 34 miles an hour, without creating a hole big
enough to let through a three-inch sphere?, Arena Gallery, Brooklyn, New York


Carnegie International, Pittsburgh
Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario, Canada
Hysterical, Galerie Dennis Kimmerich, DĂĽsseldorf, curated by Michelle Maccarone
Last One On is a Soft Jimmy, curated by Kelley Walker, Paula Cooper, New York
Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The Project, New York
Patterson Beckwith: Home, American Fine Arts, New York
American Idyll, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York
Collage, Bloomberg SPACE, London
Open House: Working in Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
Drunk vs. Stoned, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York

The Inconsiderable Things-Peter Fraser and Rachel Harrison, Brighton Photo Biennial
The Structure of Survival, 50. Venedig Biennale, Venedig, Italien
Teenage Rebel – The Bedroom Show, John Connelly Presents, New York
Rachel Harrison, Hirsch Perlman, Dieter Roth, Jack Smith, Rebecca Warren, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

Telling Stories, Haus der Kunst, MĂĽnchen
Whitney Biennale, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Off the Wall, Gallery 400, Chicago
Walker Evans & Company, Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Full Serve: Celebrating Ten Years of Shows, Kenny Schachter/Rove, New York
The Armchair Project, Cinch, London
Superpredators, C.R.P., Brooklyn
Dusk, I-20 Gallery, New York
New York Projects, Delfina Project Space, London
Walker Evans & Company, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Rapture, curated by Janet Phelps, New York
Trailer, Greene Naftali Gallery
Photography about Photography, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, curated by Liz Deschenes
Greater New York: New Art in New York Now, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York
Photasm, Arts Strium Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, New York; Hunter
College of the City University of New York

DOPE. An XXX-Mas Show, American Fine Arts, Co,New York
I'm Not Here: Constructing Indentity at the Turn of the Century, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Sleeping Waters, Chantal Crousel, Paris
Still Life", State University of New York College at Old Westbury
GIRLSCHOOL, Brenau University Galleries, Gainseville, Georgia
What Big Is, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Barrington, MA
New York Neither/Nor, Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO
Monochrome, Patrick Callery Gallery, New York
Free Coke, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York
Answer yes, no, or don't know; Part II: Layers, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
Hypervision, Elizabeth Cherry Contemporary Art, Tuscon, AZ

New Photography 14, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Summer Group Show, Turner & Runyon, Dallas, Texas
Installations/Projects, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York
Super Freaks: Post Pop & The New Generation; Part I: Trash, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York
Lo-Fi Baroque, Thread Waxing Space, New York
Science, Feature Gallery, New York

Funny Pictures, Ten in One Gallery, Chicago
The New God, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
24 Seven, Galerie Kklaus Peter Goebel, Stuttgart
Paper Trail, Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, New York
Current Undercurrent: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York
Summer of Love, Futouhi Cramer Gallery, New York
Prosthetic Garden Daniel Silverstein Gallery, New York
The Experimenters, Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York
Normotic, 1 Great Jones, New York
Anne Chu, Rachel Harrison, Donald Moffet, Jasmin Sian, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles

Rachel Harrison and Michael Lazarus, Feature, New York
Space, Mind, Place, Andrea Rosen gallery, New York
Shit", Baron Boisante Gallery, New York
Summer Exhibition", Greene Naftali Gallery
Sex, Drugs and Explosives, New London Arts Forms, London, England
Sculpture Incorporating Photography, Feature Gallery, New York
Post Hoc, Stark Gallery, New York
Facing The Millenium: The Song Remains The Same, Arlington Museum, Arlington, Texas

Oy, 121 Greene Street, New York
Summer Exhibition, Paolo Baldacci Gallery, New York
High Anxiety, 66 Crosby, New York
Looky Loo, Sculpture Center, New York
Dark Room", Stark Gallery, New York

UnSuccess, 479 Broome St, New York,
Tight, Tannery Gallery, London; Liverpool, England
Dirty, John Good Gallery, New York
Galerie Elizabeth Valleix, Paris
I Could Do That, 109 Spring Street, New York,
Pre-Existing Condition", The Puffin Room, New York

Poverty Pop: The Aesthetics of Necessity, Exit Art, New York
Resurrections, The William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut at Storrs
Shooting Blanks, 81 Greene Street, New York
1920: The Sublety of Subversion, The Continuity of Intervention", Exit Art, New York

Simply Made In America, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT;
Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngston, Palm Beach Community College of Art, and the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington
I Was Born Like This, Mulberry Street Gallery, New York
Seven Rooms/Seven Shows, P.S.1 Institute for Contemporary Art, Long Island City, New York
Morality Café, Postmasters Gallery, New York
Lesbian Museum, Franklin Furnace, New York

Unlearning, 142 Greene Street, New York
Open Bar, Flamingo East, New York
The Neurotic Art Show, Four Walls Gallery, Brooklyn, New York