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Biography

Known for his highly sophisticated use of digital technologies and new media, Paul Pfeiffer (b. 1966, Honolulu, Hawaii) has created celebrated works of video, photography, installation and sculpture since the late 1990s. Editing iconic images or found footage of sporting events, concerts, or Hollywood films, Pfeiffer explores our culture’s obsession with spectacle to uncover its hidden psychological cost. He has had one-person exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2001); the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2003); the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2005); MUSAC León, Spain (2008); and the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2009). Pfeiffer was also the subject of a retrospective at Sammlung Goetz in Munich, Germany. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Inhotim Museu de Arte Contemporanea, Inhotim, Brazil; the Pinault Collection, Venice; and Kunst Werke, Berlin.

Selected Works

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Paul Pfeiffer Three Figures In A Room, 2015-16 two synced video channels on two projectors, four synced audio channels, Mac Minis dimensions variable 48 minutes, looped ​Edition of 3, 1 AP

Paul Pfeiffer
Three Figures In A Room, 2015-16
two synced video channels on two projectors, four synced audio channels, Mac Minis
dimensions variable 48 minutes, looped
Edition of 3, 1 AP

Paul Pfeiffer John 3:16, 2000 digital video loop, metal armature, LCD monitor, DVD player monitor: 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 36 in. (14 x 16.5 x 91.4 cm); video loop: 2:07, Edition of 3, 2 APs

Paul Pfeiffer
John 3:16, 2000
digital video loop, metal armature, LCD monitor, DVD player
monitor: 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 36 in. (14 x 16.5 x 91.4 cm); video loop: 2:07, Edition of 3, 2 APs

Paul Pfeiffer Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (6), 2001-2018 digital C-print on matte paper 72 x 58 in. (182.9 x 147.3 cm) Edition of 3, 2 APs

Paul Pfeiffer
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (6), 2001-2018
digital C-print on matte paper
72 x 58 in. (182.9 x 147.3 cm)
Edition of 3, 2 APs

Paul Pfeiffer Playroom, 2012 steel, glass one-way mirror, wood, MDF, fabric, upholstery, and lights ​62 1/4 x 72 x 30 in. (158.1 x 182.9 x 76.2 cm), Edition of 2, 1 AP

Paul Pfeiffer
Playroom, 2012
steel, glass one-way mirror, wood, MDF, fabric, upholstery, and lights
62 1/4 x 72 x 30 in. (158.1 x 182.9 x 76.2 cm), Edition of 2, 1 AP

Paul Pfeiffer Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (11), 2004 Fujiflex digital C-print, frame: 56 x 68 x 3 in. (142.2 x 172.7 x 7.6 cm) Edition of 6, 1 AP

Paul Pfeiffer
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (11), 2004
Fujiflex digital C-print, frame: 56 x 68 x 3 in. (142.2 x 172.7 x 7.6 cm)
Edition of 6, 1 AP

Paul Pfeiffer Paul Pfeiffer: University of Georgia Redcoat Band Live, Performa Commission, Co-Commissioned with VIA Art Fund for the Performa 19 Biennial, Apollo Theater, Harlem, NY, November 11, 2019. Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk

Paul Pfeiffer
Paul Pfeiffer: University of Georgia Redcoat Band Live, Performa Commission, Co-Commissioned with VIA Art Fund for the Performa 19 Biennial, Apollo Theater, Harlem, NY, November 11, 2019. Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk

Paul Pfeiffer Caryatid (De La Hoya), 2016 digital video, 11 seconds, looped, chromed 20" color television with embedded media player 23 5/8 x 23 5/8 x 19 3/4 in. (60 x 60 x 50.2 cm) unique

Paul Pfeiffer
Caryatid (De La Hoya), 2016
digital video, 11 seconds, looped, chromed 20" color television with embedded media player
23 5/8 x 23 5/8 x 19 3/4 in. (60 x 60 x 50.2 cm)
unique

Paul Pfeiffer Façade Projection: Paul Pfeiffer: Morning After the Deluge, Installation view, Herbert Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, February 11 – 25, 2021. Photo: Robert Barker Photography, courtesy of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University.

Paul Pfeiffer
Façade Projection: Paul Pfeiffer: Morning After the Deluge, Installation view, Herbert Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, February 11 – 25, 2021. Photo: Robert Barker Photography, courtesy of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University.

Paul Pfeiffer Study for Jerusalem (3), 2006 3 video loops,1 audio loop, 3 projectors, sound system, wood structure dimensions variable

Paul Pfeiffer
Study for Jerusalem (3), 2006
3 video loops,1 audio loop, 3 projectors, sound system, wood structure
dimensions variable

Paul Pfeiffer Desiderata (Big Wheel), 2019 digital video loops, fabricated aluminum monitor with two embedded media players 4 5/16 x 13 3/8 x 4 3/4 in (11 x 34 x 12 cm) running time: 1 minute 30 seconds Edition 1 of 3, 1 AP

Paul Pfeiffer
Desiderata (Big Wheel), 2019
digital video loops, fabricated aluminum monitor with two embedded media players
4 5/16 x 13 3/8 x 4 3/4 in (11 x 34 x 12 cm)
running time: 1 minute 30 seconds
Edition 1 of 3, 1 AP

Paul Pfeiffer Live from Neverland, 2006 two channel digital video loop, single channel audio loop, projector, monitor, speakers 27 in. (68.6 cm) x 10 x 7 1/2 feet (304.8 x 228.6 cm) ​video loop: 10:18, Edition of 3, 1 AP

Paul Pfeiffer
Live from Neverland, 2006
two channel digital video loop, single channel audio loop, projector, monitor, speakers
27 in. (68.6 cm) x 10 x 7 1/2 feet (304.8 x 228.6 cm)
video loop: 10:18, Edition of 3, 1 AP

Paul Pfeiffer Three Figures In A Room, 2015-16 two synced video channels on two projectors, four synced audio channels, Mac Minis dimensions variable 48 minutes, looped ​Edition of 3, 1 AP

Paul Pfeiffer
Three Figures In A Room, 2015-16
two synced video channels on two projectors, four synced audio channels, Mac Minis
dimensions variable 48 minutes, looped
Edition of 3, 1 AP

Paul Pfeiffer John 3:16, 2000 digital video loop, metal armature, LCD monitor, DVD player monitor: 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 36 in. (14 x 16.5 x 91.4 cm); video loop: 2:07, Edition of 3, 2 APs

Paul Pfeiffer
John 3:16, 2000
digital video loop, metal armature, LCD monitor, DVD player
monitor: 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 36 in. (14 x 16.5 x 91.4 cm); video loop: 2:07, Edition of 3, 2 APs

Paul Pfeiffer Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (6), 2001-2018 digital C-print on matte paper 72 x 58 in. (182.9 x 147.3 cm) Edition of 3, 2 APs

Paul Pfeiffer
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (6), 2001-2018
digital C-print on matte paper
72 x 58 in. (182.9 x 147.3 cm)
Edition of 3, 2 APs

Paul Pfeiffer Playroom, 2012 steel, glass one-way mirror, wood, MDF, fabric, upholstery, and lights ​62 1/4 x 72 x 30 in. (158.1 x 182.9 x 76.2 cm), Edition of 2, 1 AP

Paul Pfeiffer
Playroom, 2012
steel, glass one-way mirror, wood, MDF, fabric, upholstery, and lights
62 1/4 x 72 x 30 in. (158.1 x 182.9 x 76.2 cm), Edition of 2, 1 AP

Paul Pfeiffer Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (11), 2004 Fujiflex digital C-print, frame: 56 x 68 x 3 in. (142.2 x 172.7 x 7.6 cm) Edition of 6, 1 AP

Paul Pfeiffer
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (11), 2004
Fujiflex digital C-print, frame: 56 x 68 x 3 in. (142.2 x 172.7 x 7.6 cm)
Edition of 6, 1 AP

Paul Pfeiffer Paul Pfeiffer: University of Georgia Redcoat Band Live, Performa Commission, Co-Commissioned with VIA Art Fund for the Performa 19 Biennial, Apollo Theater, Harlem, NY, November 11, 2019. Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk

Paul Pfeiffer
Paul Pfeiffer: University of Georgia Redcoat Band Live, Performa Commission, Co-Commissioned with VIA Art Fund for the Performa 19 Biennial, Apollo Theater, Harlem, NY, November 11, 2019. Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk

Paul Pfeiffer Caryatid (De La Hoya), 2016 digital video, 11 seconds, looped, chromed 20" color television with embedded media player 23 5/8 x 23 5/8 x 19 3/4 in. (60 x 60 x 50.2 cm) unique

Paul Pfeiffer
Caryatid (De La Hoya), 2016
digital video, 11 seconds, looped, chromed 20" color television with embedded media player
23 5/8 x 23 5/8 x 19 3/4 in. (60 x 60 x 50.2 cm)
unique

Paul Pfeiffer Façade Projection: Paul Pfeiffer: Morning After the Deluge, Installation view, Herbert Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, February 11 – 25, 2021. Photo: Robert Barker Photography, courtesy of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University.

Paul Pfeiffer
Façade Projection: Paul Pfeiffer: Morning After the Deluge, Installation view, Herbert Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, February 11 – 25, 2021. Photo: Robert Barker Photography, courtesy of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University.

Paul Pfeiffer Study for Jerusalem (3), 2006 3 video loops,1 audio loop, 3 projectors, sound system, wood structure dimensions variable

Paul Pfeiffer
Study for Jerusalem (3), 2006
3 video loops,1 audio loop, 3 projectors, sound system, wood structure
dimensions variable

Paul Pfeiffer Desiderata (Big Wheel), 2019 digital video loops, fabricated aluminum monitor with two embedded media players 4 5/16 x 13 3/8 x 4 3/4 in (11 x 34 x 12 cm) running time: 1 minute 30 seconds Edition 1 of 3, 1 AP

Paul Pfeiffer
Desiderata (Big Wheel), 2019
digital video loops, fabricated aluminum monitor with two embedded media players
4 5/16 x 13 3/8 x 4 3/4 in (11 x 34 x 12 cm)
running time: 1 minute 30 seconds
Edition 1 of 3, 1 AP

Paul Pfeiffer Live from Neverland, 2006 two channel digital video loop, single channel audio loop, projector, monitor, speakers 27 in. (68.6 cm) x 10 x 7 1/2 feet (304.8 x 228.6 cm) ​video loop: 10:18, Edition of 3, 1 AP

Paul Pfeiffer
Live from Neverland, 2006
two channel digital video loop, single channel audio loop, projector, monitor, speakers
27 in. (68.6 cm) x 10 x 7 1/2 feet (304.8 x 228.6 cm)
video loop: 10:18, Edition of 3, 1 AP