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David Scanavino

David Scanavino’s interest in ubiquitous, yet often invisible, institutional environments and materials that subliminally shape our social understanding are often informed from his interest in exploring memory—his own as well as the larger culture. This excavatory work has influenced a wide range of pieces, including large institutional installations made from mass-produced floor tiles, hand-made paper pulp paintings and most recently a series of allegorical landscape paintings executed on calf hides.

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David Scanavino
Nosedive, 2022

Catalogue printed on the occasion of David Scanavino’s solo show Nosedive at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery


.cloud No. 13: David Scanavino

Edition No. 13 of takes a look into Scanavino’s studio outside of Providence, RI where he recently relocated after 20 years working in New York. The online presentation coincides with Klaus Gallery’s inclusion of new paintings by the artist at NADA Miami 2021 from December 1-4, and features works on paper made during the autumn of 2021.


David Scanavino

Natilee Harren discusses David Scanavino’s 2017 installation at the Moody Center for the Arts.


David Scanavino on Sound & Vision Podcast

David Scanavino joins Brian Alfred on a new episode of Sound and Vision. The two discuss Scanavino's time at RISD, fake Vermeers, and '60s rock, among other things.


David Scanavino "First Look" in Art In America

David Scanavino is featured in the "First Look" column in the November 2014 issue of Art in America, by Will Heinrich.


RISD Museum receives gift of David Scanavino work

The RISD Museum announces a significant gift of 66 contemporary artworks from collectors Avo Samuelian and Manuel Gonzalez. Thirty-three works were brought into the collection in December 2019 joining a similar gift to the museum of 33 works in 2017. Both gifts expand the museum’s Contemporary Art and Prints, Drawings, and Photographs collections considerably, introducing works by Uri Aran, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Lothar Hempel, Jordan Nassar, and Paul P; additional works by Karla Black, Jim Lambie, and Tony Feher strengthen the RISD Museum’s commitment to artists already in the collection. Also of note are works by RISD alumni and faculty including David Scanavino, David Benjamin Sherry, and Patricia Treib that further develop the museum’s representation of figures who have helped define the school’s reputation. Read more on