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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's work at the Aldrich reviewed in New York Times and in Artcritical

Susan Hodara reviews "Fifty Years" in the New York Times. Stephen Maine writes "The Aldrich at 50: Clutch of Exhibitions Demonstrate Currency of Founder’s Vision" in Artcritical


David Scanavino at the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse

David Scanavino has an installation in the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse, as a part of When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out, curated by Regine Basha. The Courthouse is located at 878 Brook Ave, Bronx, New York, and runs through July 19th, 2015.


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.

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David Scanavino at The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

David Scanavino is presenting a new work, Candy Crush, as a part of Reset, at The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis, MO. The work will be on view from January 17 - 29, 2014.


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


David Scanavino
Monograph, 2012

David Scanavino is the first monograph of the artist’s work, covering the years 2005 – 2011, and representing a broad view of his practice. The publication includes an introductory essay by Alex Gartenfeld, and over 90 pages of full color reproductions.