Project Description

b. 1967, Bethpage, NY

Denise Yaghmourian is a painter, sculptor and installation artist who works with a variety of materials, including paper pulp, paint, thread, vinyl and found objects. Her works are hybridized forms, with methodological roots in past movements like Minimalism and Post-Minimalism, and a conceptual grounding in contemporary practices. The simplicity of her surfaces reveal a material-based sensibility. Conjoining the repetitive process inherent in machine-made items with laboriously repetitious handwork, Yaghmourian embraces the hypnotic and the meditative.

Denise Yaghmourian received her BFA from Arizona State University in 1991.  Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, including The Tucson Museum of Art, Phoenix Art Museum, Ceres Gallery in New York, Bogen Galerie in Sain Paul de Vence, France, and SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery in New York.  Her work is in the public collections of Banner Desert Samaritan Hospital and The Institute for Mental Health Research. Denise Yaghmourian currently lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona.

EDUCATION
1991 BFA, School of Fine Art, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

AWARDS, GRANTS, AND HONORS
Contemporary Forum Artist Grant, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018 Objects of Memory, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2017 LABELS, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2016 Go Figure, Practical Art, Phoenix, AZ
2009 Out of the Box, Zane Bennett Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2007 Denise Yaghmourian, Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2006 Fancy Underwear, SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2005 LOOP, Fala Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2005 Push and Pull, Eye lounge: a contemporary art space, Phoenix, AZ
2005 Time Pieces, West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, AZ
2005 Standing Room Only, Burton Barr Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2004 Permanent Installation/ Prenatal, Desert Samaritan Hospital, Mesa, AZ
2003 Night Visions, Eye lounge: a contemporary art space, Phoenix, AZ
2003 Works in White, Eye lounge: a contemporary art space, Phoenix, AZ
2002 Obsessions, Arizona State University, ASU Galleria, Tempe, AZ
2002 Obsessions of the Heart, Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler, AZ
2001 New Work by D. Yaghmourian, Kerr Cultural Center, Scottsdale, AZ

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Under the Surface, Denise Yaghmourian & Sarah Kriehn, YCC Gallery, Prescott, AZ
2017 Poetic Minimalism, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2016 String Theory, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2016 Off the Wall, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2016 Five15 to the 5th, Five15 Arts, Phoenix, AZ
2015 Fragile Life, Modified Arts/phICA, Phoenix, AZ
2015 Minimally Speaking, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2015 Feminism Today, Shade Gallery at the MonOrchid, Phoenix, AZ
2014 The Gift: Selections from the Armstrong-Prior Archive, ASU Art Museum, Tempe,             AZ
2013 Sex: A Woman’s Perspective, Curated by Beatrice Moore, Frontal Lobe Community Space and Gallery, Bragg’s Pie Factory, Phoenix, AZ
2013 Structure, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2009 Partisan – Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
2008 Start08, SOHO20 Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2008 The Fiber of the Matter, The Icehouse, Phoenix, AZ
2008 Merry Go Round, SOHO20 Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2006 Ideas/Images/Structures, SOHO20 Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2006 Place, Eye lounge: a contemporary art space, Phoenix, AZ
2006 Figure Exhibition, Bogena Galerie, St. Paul, France
2006 Grant Recipient Exhibition, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
2006 Changing the World, One Thread at a Time, An International Exhibition, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ
2005 Under the Influence, Eye lounge: a contemporary art space, Phoenix, AZ
2005 Arizona Biennial, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ.
2005 Installation of Marcel Duchamp’s Mile of String, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
2004 Artlink Juried Exhibition – An Exhibition of Leading Contemporary Arizona Artwork (Jurors: Patty Haberman/ Mesa Contemporary Arts, Alan Jones/Artist, Heather Lineberry / ASU Art Museum) Phoenix, AZ
2004 Ceres Gallery Sixth National Juried Exhibition (Juror: Fereshteh Daftari, Department of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art) Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2003 7th Annual Artlink Juried Exhibition – An Exhibition of Leading Contemporary
2003 Art in Arizona(Jurors: Brady Roberts/Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art,
Phoenix Art Museum, Annie Lopez/Phoenix Arts Commission), Sixth Street Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2003 Ceres Gallery National Juried Exhibition, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2002 Group Exhibit, Studio Lo-Do Contemporary Arts Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2001 Artlink Juried Exhibition – Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Federal Courthouse, Phoenix, AZ

COLLECTIONS
Tucson Museum of Art
Institute for Mental Health Research, Phoenix, AZ
Desert Samaritan Hospital, Mesa, AZ
The Arizona Country Club, Phoenix, AZ
The University of New Mexico, NM

PUBLICATIONS
Dashnaw, Mary, Off the Wall at Bentley Gallery, The Arts Beacon, Mary Dashnaw, June 2016
Trimble, Lynn, Minimally Speaking Plays with Art History at Bentley Gallery, Phoenix New Times, March 2015
String Theory at Tucson Museum of Art, AZ Big Media, November 2015
Ross, Deborah, Eddie Shea “Krivanek” and Denise Yaghmourian “Fragile Life” at Modified Arts, art ltd., July 2015
Duncan, Jenna, Denise Yaghmourian: Fragile Life at Modified Arts, JAVA Magazine, May 2015
Hwang, Kellie, Bentley Gallery in Phoenix, The Republic, October 2015
Royse, Nicole, Artist Spotlight on Denise Yaghmourian, Arizona Foothills Magazine, April 2015
Vetter, Grant, Minimally Speaking at Bentley Gallery, The Arts Beacon, March 2015
Six Sculptors Who Are Straddling Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism, Artsy Editorial, March 2015
Ross, Deborah, Feminism Today, Visual Art Source, March 2015
Royse, Nicole, ARTEL Fall 2014, Arizona Foothills Magazine, September 2014
Phoenix Artist Denise Yaghmourian Is Creating Her First Public Piece for In Flux, Phoenix Business Journal, January 2013
Zane Bennet Contemporary, Holly Roberts/Denise Yaghmourian, ARTnews, pg. 52, June 2009
Abatemarch, Michael, Mark di Suvero, Holly Roberts, and Denise Yaghmourian, Santa Fean, pg. 53, June/July 2009
Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, THE Magazine-of and for the Arts, pg.46, June 2009
Fairfield, Douglas, Finders Sculptors, Pasatiempo, pg. 47, June 2009
Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Holly Roberts/Denise Yaghmourian, ARTnews, 2009
Abatemarco, Michael, Mark di Suvero, Holly Roberts, and Denise Yaghmourian, Santa Fean, 2009
Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, THE Magazine-of and for the Arts, 2009
Fairfield, Douglas, Finders Sculptors, Pasatiempo (New Mexico’s Magazine of Arts), 2009
Menconi, Lilia, Contain Yourself, Phoenix New Times, pg. 48, September 2007
Staff Report, Cube Shape Dominates Surprise Museum Exhibit, Surprise Today, pg. B1-3, September 28, 2007
Menconi, Lilia, Contain Yourself, Phoenix New Times, 2007
Staff Report, Cube Shape Dominates Surprise Museum Exhibit, Surprise Today, 2007
Villani, Carlos, Five Artists to Watch, The Arizona Republic, 2003

Artsy Editorial: Six Sculptors Who Are Straddling Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism
Following the spread of the Minimalism movement in the 1960’s, its terminology has been applied across numerous practices, leading to an inevitable obscurity that some contemporary artists are willing to scrutinize. Minimally Speaking (on view at Bentley Gallery through March) highlights six such artists whose counteractions and homages challenge mid-century ideals. Their works – while aesthetically spare and modern – allude to traces of personal inspiration, rendering contemporary blends of Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism.

Phoenix New Times – Artist Denise Yaghmourian Talks Objects, Suicide, and Memory
More than 100 objects covered in dried black paint hang suspended in the air over the polished concrete floor at Bentley Gallery, where they center an exhibition called “Objects of Memory.” Like other elements in the exhibit, the installation references moments in time, the inner workings of the human mind, the shifting nature of memory, and the place of objects in our lives.

Arizona Foothills Magazine – Artist Spotlight on Denise Yaghmourian
Meet local artist Denise Yaghmourian, a multimedia artist who dazzles in mixed media working in fibers, found objects, performance and installation.

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