"Wherever he went, Tony Feher transformed the space, not only through his work but also through his presence; nothing ever felt or looked the same after he had his way with it."
- Claudia Schmuckli, Curator-in-Charge Contemporary Art and Programming, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Tony Feher was born in 1956 in Albuquerque, NM and lived in worked in New York until his passing in 2016. Feher received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1978 from The University of Texas, Austin, TX. Feher is the recipient of the 2006 Aspen Award for Art, Aspen Museum, Aspen, CO.
Feher’s practice is deeply personal, culled from all the things, people, places, and events that have defined his life for more than half a century. And yet its manifestation is such that it speaks to all who come within the reach of his sculptures and installations. Feher’s work stands out as an oddly optimistic ode to hope. Its power to move us lies in the artist’s desire to carve out moments of profound solace and quietude, to restore order and beauty where there is chaos and ugliness, and to celebrate the power of creativity as humanity’s most powerful weapon and achievement.
Feher has had domestic and international exhibitions at ACME., Los Angeles, CA; Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA; Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH; Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA; Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX; ArtPace, San Antonio, TX; Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, Houston, TX; Boesky and Callery Fine Arts, New York, NY; Bronx Museum, New York, NY; Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; Cheryl Numark Gallery, Washington, D. C.; The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA; D’Amelio Terras, New York, NY; De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands; DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA; Diverse Works, Houston, TX; Foundación La Caixa, Lleida, Spain; The Gramercy International, New York, NY; Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN; James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA; Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX; The Lumber Room, Portland, OR; Mercer Union, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY; Numark Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Pace Gallery, New York, NY; Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY; Richard Anderson Fine Arts, New York, NY; Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA; San Jose Art Museum, San Jose, CA; Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, NY; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS; University of California Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT; Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT; Wooster Gardens, New York, NY; and Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA.
Selected public collections include Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA; Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Baltimore Museum of Art, MD; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Des Moines Art Center, IA; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; La Coleccion Jumex, Mexico City; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Worcester Art Museum, MA.
Tony Feher is included in "Color. Theory. & (b/w)" at the Sarasota Art Museum, Florida from December 2019 to July 2020.
This is the first installation of an ongoing investigation into the art and science of color. The subject of color theory allows us to look at wide range of ideas, from cognitive science to philosophy to literature, while marveling at the seductive and confounding ways in which artists wrestle with color.
Tony Feher is included in the exhibition "Doubles" at Hiram Butler Gallery. The exhibition will be on view from 16 November 2019 - 11 January 2020.
Tony Feher is in ""Furniture of Desire: Bader Deschenes Feher Levine" at Lie Lay Lain Gallery, New York. The exhibition will be on view from 16 November to 19 December by appointment.
Lie Lay Lain’s first exhibition, titled "Furniture of Desire", starts as a location, an apartment, and the clear understanding that the space is filled with objects and people that we desire to keep close. The artists in the show either similarly collect or fashion materials and concepts that are reflective, thoughtful, productive, attractive.
Tony Feher in "Raid the Icebox Now with Nicole Eisenman: Tonight We Are Going Out And We Are All Getting Hammered" at the RISD Museum from 1 November 2019 to 19 July 2020.
This installation plucks these works from the chronology of art history and gives them space to step forward and claim their seats in sonder with us, helping us to realize that each one has a life as vivid and complex as our own. Inside Kiki’s Backdoor, a faux-bar exhibition space, works from the RISD Museum’s collection, ranging from medieval to contemporary, are arranged to draw attention to their humanity.
Tony Feher is included in the exhibition "Specters of Disruption" at the de Young Museum, San Francisco from 15 August - 10 November 2019. The exhibition is the result of an inquiry into the shared encyclopedic collections of the de Young and Legion of Honor museums, performed with an eye toward patterns that might suggest a storyline within a collective institutional subconscious. Drawing from their historic holdings and re-contextualizing them with modern and contemporary art, "Specters of Disruption" connects the museums’ colonial and geological underpinnings to the current conditions of the Bay Area and the evolving trajectories of American art histories.
Tony Feher included in the exhibition "Celebration of Our Enemies: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection" at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles from 9 June - 8 September 2019. This selection of video, sculpture, and photography from the Hammer’s Contemporary Collection presents an intergenerational group of artists whose works rarely have been exhibited together. "Celebration of Our Enemies" embraces the concept of the enemy as an inherent part of art’s character and provides a context in which friends and enemies, collaborators and competitors, lovers and loved ones can cohabitate in the warm glow of the museum’s galleries.
Tony Feher will have a solo exhibition at Pymouth Rock in Zurich, Switzerland from 7 June - 22 July, 2019. Feher was one of the most rigorous and innovative sculptors of the past three decades. From his emergence in the late 1980s to his death of AIDS related illnesses in 2016 he manipulated the detritus of the human landscape, constructing sculptures that maintained an intrinsic poetry as they dealt directly with an everyday minimalism of shape, color and form.
The exhibition is co-curated with the artist Wyatt Kahn. Kahn worked for Feher from 2010-2012 and Feher became both a mentor and close friend of Kahn’s up until his death.
De Nieuwe Kerk is pleased to present the group exhibition, "Buddha's Life, Path to Present" with works by Tony Feher. The exhibition will be on view from 16 September 2018 through 3 February 2019. The earliest objects in the exhibition date back to the third century A.D. and the most recent from 2018. The ancient works of art recount the life of Siddhartha Gutama, better known as the Buddha. Born a wealthy prince in the fifth century BC, he chose at the age of 29 to renounce his royal lifestyle and devote himself to spiritual development. The various phases in his life - his birth, renunciation, enlightenment, first sermon and death - symbolize Buddhist belief and form the narrative of this exhibition.
The essence of Buddhism is enlightenment, attainable via a consciousness of the here and now. The exhibition makers, including co-curator and designer Siebe Tettero, illustrate the ‘now’ by including works by contemporary artists; some of these are new pieces specially created for this exhibition. The contemporary exhibits are by internationally famous artists like Ai Weiwei, Yoko Ono, Tony Feher, Alicia Framis, Tatsuo Miyajima, Allan Kaprow, Rei Naito, Kohei Nawa, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Ugo Rondinone and Carolee Schneemann. Dutch art is also represented with works by Salvador Breed and Koos Breukel.
Tony Feher will be included in Ritual at the Aspen Art Museum, 15 December 2017 - 25 November 2018.
Tony Feher is included in Blue Black at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.
Renowned artist Glenn Ligon (b. 1960) guest-curates a lyrical meditation on blue and black. Inspired by the Pulitzer’s monumental Ellsworth Kelly wall sculpture, Blue Black, Ligon will expand Kelly’s exploration of the two colors with a diverse selection of more than forty works spanning almost a century and touching upon notions of language, identity, and memory. With work ranging from Abstract Expressionist canvases to experimental film, and including pieces by Ligon, the exhibition resists fixed interpretations, instead enlisting color as a means to pose timely and nuanced questions.
Sikkema Jenkins & Co. is pleased to announce It Didn’t Turn Out the Way I Expected, a memorial exhibition of work by Tony Feher on view at the gallery from November 17 through December 23, 2016.
Baldwin Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by Tony Feher.
27 December 2015 – 7 February 2016
Tony Feher, Jim Hodges, Zoe Leonard, and Donald Moffett are included in Art AIDS America at the Tacoma Art Museum.Tacoma Art Museum is proud to present Art AIDS America, a groundbreaking exhibition that underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art. More than ten years in the making, the exhibition of 120 works is now on view at TAM through January 10, 2016.
Tony Feher will be included in Flames on the Side of My Face, a group exhibition at Klaus Von Nichttsagend Gallery curated by artist David Gilbert. Flames on the Side of My Face brings together work by four artists working in different media to explore anger. The work presented eschews stereotypes of angry artwork such as noise, yelling, or violent movement; instead the agitation is held eerily still and quiet. Through this exploration and focus, the work becomes intensely physical and bodily.
13 February - 15 March 2015
Hiram Butler Gallery is pleased to announce Super Special Happy Group, an exhibition of new works by Tony Feher.
1 November - 27 December 2014
Tony Feher will be in conversation with Dan Cameron and Polly Apfelbaum at the Lumber Room on 8 October 2014.
8 October 2014, 6-8pm
Tony Feher will give a lecture at UMFA's Dumke Auditorium at 5pm on 2 October following the public preview of Fehe's site-determined installation - They arrived yesterday, dusty and weary from the journey, but in good spirits.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
2 October 2014, 5pm
Lumber Room is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Tony Feher opening on 18 May 2014.
Akron Art Museum is pleased to present: TONY FEHER, a twenty-year survey dedicated to American sculptor Tony Feher.
Opening 12 April 2014.
Sikkema Jenkins & Co. is pleased to present Encore, a solo exhibition of work by Tony Feher. The show marks twenty years since the gallery, then called Wooster Gardens, first presented Tony Feher’s work in his premier solo exhibition in New York.
22 November 2013 - 18 January 2014
The Bronx Museum of the Arts is pleased to announce: TONY FEHER, a twenty-year survey dedicated to American sculptor Tony Feher. The exhibition and the accompanying monograph represent the first attempt at a comprehensive, in-depth consideration of Feher’s career. It seeks to reveal the richness, complexity, and impact of Feher’s investigations through a careful selection of 60 key works that revolve around a very personal formal, material, and spatial vocabulary developed and refined over the past couple of decades. Tony Feher is organized by Claudia Schmuckli, director of Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston.
6 October 2013 - 15 February 2014
Tony Feher is included in the group show The Gravity of Sculpture: Part II at Dorsky Gallery. Featuring the work of Bill Albertini, Beth Campbell, Tony Feher, Brian Gaman,Robert Gero, Jeff Grant, DeWitt Godfrey, Sarah Kabot, Peter Kreider, Russell Maltz,Curtis Mitchell, Roxy Paine, Paul O'Keeffe, Alex Seton, Stephen Schofield,Jeanne Silverthorne, and Barry Underwood.
May 5 – July 3, 2013
'Tony Feher: Free Fall'
When: Opens 7 p.m. Friday. Noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, through March 19
Where: DiverseWorks, 4102 Fannin, Suite 200
Information: Free; 713-223-8346 or www.diverseworks.org
13 October 2012 - 31 March 2013, The Blaffer Art Museum showcases a 20-year collection of Tony Feher’s sculptures.
Tony Feher is the debut show for the newly remodeled and reopened Blaffer Art Museum. Curated by Claudia Schmuckli, Blaffer director and chief curator, the exhibition presents a 25-year survey of Feher's works.
October 13, 2012 - March 31, 2013
Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston
Blaffer Art Museum is pleased to present a twenty-year survey dedicated to American sculptor Tony Feher. The exhibition and the accompanying monograph represent the first attempt at a comprehensive, in-depth consideration of Feher’s career. It seeks to reveal the richness, complexity, and impact of Feher’s investigations through a careful selection of 60 key works that revolve around a very personal formal, material, and spatial vocabulary developed and refined over the past couple of decades.
October 13, 2012 - March 31, 2013
Socrates Sculpture Park will honor artist Tony Feher and curator Richard Flood at their annual benefit on 27 September 2012. The event will feature cocktails, live music, boat rides and maritime cuisine.
Tony Feher’s commissioned public art installation at the new federal courthouse in Rockford, Illinois, will be dedicated on Monday 14 May 2012. A lecture by the artist will follow at 7pm at the Rockford Art Museum.
Anthony Meier Fine Arts is pleased to announce a traveling survey dedicated to American artist Tony Feher. Organized by Director and Chief Curator Claudia Schmuckli of the Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, the exhibition will seek to reveal the richness, complexity, and impact of Feher’s investigations through a careful selection of 60 key works.
The exhibition will open 11 May 2012 at Des Moines Art Center and is accompanied by a monograph that represents a comprehensive, in-depth consideration of the artist’s career to date.
In celebration of his traveling survey exhibition and newly-launched, fully-illustrated monograph, Tony Feher will speak in a dialogue with Zoe Leonard at the New York Public Library. Booksigning will follow.
Wednesday, 30 May 2012, 6-8pm
With the indoor galleries closed for renovation, the Ulrich Museum of Art turned to Tony Feher to activate their outdoor spaces by creating a pair of temporary site-determined artworks titled titled "Carl Sagan, Carl Sagan" for the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection. On the WSU campus, his inventive application of fluorescent orange to the museum’s façade and the branches of trees across campus encourages university students, staff, and visitors to see familiar spaces anew. Tony Feher: Extraordinary Ordinary is on view through Fall 2012 at Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas.