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Howard Fried (born June 14, 1946, in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American conceptual artist who became known in the 1970s for his pioneering work in video art, performance art, and installation art.[1]

He lives and works in Vallejo, California.[2]

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Biography

Howard Fried attended Syracuse University from 1964 to 1967, received his B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1968 and his M.F.A. from the University of California, Davis, in 1970. He founded the video and performance department (currently the New Genres Department) at the San Francisco Art Institute as he "wanted to recognize art that left no physical remnants".[3]
Fried is associated with the first generation of conceptual artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, along with Terry Fox, Lynn Hershman, David Ireland, Paul Kos, and Tom Marioni, among others.[4] His early works addressed such issues as decision making, conflict situations, control, and predictability.[5]
Fried has participated in numerous group exhibitions including the 1977, 1979, and 1981 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; documenta V, Kassel Germany; Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Museum of Conceptual Art, San Francisco; the Berkeley Art Museum, University of California; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco.
Fried has held solo exhibitions at the de Saisset Art Gallery and Museum, University of Santa Clara, California; Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; and/or, Seattle, Washington; the Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley; and apexart, New York, among others.

Selected Works

  • All My Dirty Blue Clothes (1969) – installation
  • Studio Relocation [1](1970) – photo and text
  • 1970 [2] (1970) – Super 8 film installation
  • Inside the Harlequin: Approach-Avoidance III and II [3](1971) – Super 8 film installation
  • Synchromatic Baseball (September 5, 1971) – performance action, 16 Rose Street, San Francisco
  • 40 Winks (December 10, 1971) – performance action, University Art Museum, Berkeley
  • Fuck You Purdue (1971) – videotape
  • Sea Sell Sea Sick at Saw Sea Soar (1971) – videotape
  • Which Hunt? (1972) – videotape
  • Indian War Dance / Indian Rope Trick (July 24-25, 1972) – performance action, documenta V, Kassel, Germany
  • Fireman’s Conflict Resolution (1972) – installation
  • Seaquick (1972) – performance, installation, videotape
  • Long John Servil vs. Long John Silver [4] (1972) – performance documentation
  • The Burghers of Fort Worth (1975-76) – performance action, 16mm film transferred to video
  • Vito's Reef (1978) – videotape
  • The Museum Reaction Piece (1978) – video installation
  • Condom (1979-80) – videotape
  • Making a Paid Political Announcement (1981-82) – videotape
  • Sociopath [5](1983) – installation
  • The Edge of the Forest [6] (1983) – installation

Selected Bibliography

  • Richardson, Brenda. “Howard Fried: The Paradox of Approach-Avoidance,” Arts Magazine, 45 (Summer 1971)
  • Bear, Liza. “Howard Fried; The Cheshire Cat,” Avalanche, no. 4 (Spring 1972)
  • White, Robin. Interview with Howard Fried at Crown Point Press, ‘’View’’. Oakland, California: Crown Point Press, 1979.
  • Roth, Moira. "A Star is Born: Performance Art in California," Performing Arts Journal, Vol. 4, No. 3. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1980.[7]
  • Foley, Suzanne. Space Time Sound, Conceptual Art in the San Francisco Bay Area: The 1970's. San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1981. ISBN 0-295-95879-0
  • Lewallen, Constance. Howard Fried: Works from 1969 to 1983. Berkeley: University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, 1983.
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University Gallery. In site : five conceptual artists from the Bay Area : Terry Fox, Howard Fried, David Ireland, Paul Kos, Tom Marioni : University Gallery, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, February 2-March 17, 1990. Amherst : University Gallery, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1990.
  • Hall, Doug, Sally Jo Fifer, ed. Illuminating Video: An Essential Guide to Video Art. New York: Aperture Foundation/BAVC, 1991. ISBN 978-0-89381-390-1
  • Montano, Linda. Performance Artists Talking in the Eighties. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.ISBN 978-0520210226
  • Phillips, Glenn, ed. California Video: Artists and Histories. Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute and J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008, ISBN 978-0-89236-922-5

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