Artist Talk: Josh Kline

July 13, 2018 / 12:00pm

Josh Kline discusses his recent body of work, Civil War (2017) with Senior Curator Andria Hickey

Josh Kline (1979 Philadelphia, PA) is an artist based in New York City working in sculpture, installation, and video. Kline’s early work examined how media, advertising, and the commercial marketplace shape generational cultural norms and expectations. More recently Kline’s projects have grown in scale, looking at the potential future consequences of a 21st century society overrun by automation, artificial intelligence, and an unstable political environment.  In one such ongoing body of work, Civil War, Kline presents a dystopian future of decaying everyday objects, stuffed animals, furniture, and tools posing questions about what an American society of mass unemployment due to technological progress might become. Solo exhibitions of Kline’s work include Civil War, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London, United Kingdom (2017). He has also participated in group exhibitions including The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. (2017); Cult! Legends, Stars and Icons, Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen, Germany (2017); High Anxiety, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL (2016); Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016); 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art: The Present in Drag, Berlin, Germany (2016); Open Source: Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin & Paris (2015); 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience, New Museum, New York, NY (2015); and New Pictures of Common Objects, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY (2012) . Kline has also been involved in a number of curatorial and publishing projects throughout the United States and Europe.


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Generous support for MOCA Cleveland’s presentation of Josh Kline: Civil War is provided by Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. Additional support by Modern Art, London.

Sherwin-Williams is the official paint of MOCA Cleveland.

All current exhibitions are funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Leadership Circle gifts from anonymous donors, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Michelle and Richard Jeschelnig, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Jan Lewis, Toby Devan Lewis, and Scott Mueller. 

All MOCA Cleveland exhibitions are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members.