Cornelia Parker was born in Cheshire in 1956. She studied at Gloucestershire College of Art and Design, Wolverhampton Polytechnic and at Reading University. She lives and works in London.
Parker is best known for a number of large-scale installations including Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View (1991), and The Maybe (1995), a collaboration with actress Tilda Swinton, who appeared sleeping inside a vitrine at the Serpentine Gallery. In 2015 Magna Carta (An Embroidery), was exhibited at the British Library, London, The Whitworth, Manchester and The Bodleian Library, Oxford. In 2016 she was commissioned to make a site-specific work, Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) (2016), for the Roof Garden Commission at The Metropolitan Museum of New York. Her work reflects an enduring fascination with found objects which she physically and allegorically transforms.
In 1997 Parker was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. She was elected a Royal Academician in 2009 and awarded an OBE in 2010. In 2016 Parker was awarded Apollo Artist of the Year. In 2014 she curated Black and White, a room at the 2014 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. In 2016 she curated Found, an exhibition featuring over 60 artists, at the Foundling Museum, London. A permanent installation, Breathless (2001), hangs in the British Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
She has had major solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, London; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Ikon Gallery, Bimingham; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; The Whitworth, Manchester; Galeria de Arte Moderne, Turin and The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas. A retrospective of her work was held at the ICA Boston in 2000.
Parkers works are held by numerous public and private collections in Europe and the USA including the Tate, London; British Museum, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Fundacio La Caixa, Barcelona; Museum of Contemporary Arts Sarajevo; ICA, Boston; Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut; MoMA, New York and Museum of Modern Art, Fort Worth, Texas.
Parker had her first solo exhibition, One Day This Glass Will Break, at the gallery in 2015.
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