Deb Sokolow

Artadia Awardee

“[Sokolow’s] hilarious schematic drawings involve entertaining and twisting tales of conspiracy theories.” – Tina Kukielski, Executive Director, ART21

Deb Sokolow is an artist and writer whose text-driven drawings include both serious and comical speculation into the details of shadowy histories, manipulative individuals of influence, and organizational brainwashing. Sokolow’s work has been included in the 4th Athens Biennale in Greece and in other group exhibitions at the Drawing Center in New York, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen in Germany, Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Solo exhibitions include the Abrons Art Center in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Institute of Visual Arts in Milwaukee and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, in which Sokolow’s 2013 MATRIX exhibition, Some Concerns About the Candidate, was reviewed in The New York Times. Her work has been reproduced for Creative Time’s Comics project, for the Swedish art magazine Paletten, and in Vitamin D2, a survey on contemporary drawing. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. Sokolow has participated in residencies at Art Omi and Nordic Artists’ Centre in Norway. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004.

Deb Sokolow is the recipient of the 2012 Chicago Artadia Award.