Janet Biggs

Janet Biggs is an American artist, known primarily for her work in video, photography and performance. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has captured such events as speeding motorcycles on the Bonneville Salt Flats, Olympic synchronized swimmers in their attempts to defy gravity, kayaks performing a synchronized ballet in Arctic waters, sulfur miners inside an active volcano, and a camel caravan crossing the Taklamakan desert of Western China.


Biggs received her undergraduate degree from Moore College of Art, and pursued graduate studies at Rhode Island School of Design.


She has had solo exhibitions and film screenings at the Musee d'art contemporain de Montréal; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; the Armory Art Fair; Tampa Museum of Art; Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art; Mint Museum of Art; Everson Museum of Art; Gibbes Museum of Art; Rhode Island School of Design Museum; and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Australia; among others.


Her work has been featured in the first International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena, Colombia; the Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, France; Vantaa Art Museum, Finland; Linkopings Konsthall, Passagen, Sweden; the Oberosterreichisches Landesmuseum, Austria; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; Museo d'arte contemporanea Roma, Italy; and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan.


Reviews of her work have appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, ArtForum, ARTNews, Art in America, Flash Art, artnet, and many others.


Biggs is the recipient of numerous grants including the Electronic Media and Film Program at the New York State Council on the Arts Award, the Arctic Circle Fellowship/Residency, Art Matters, Inc., the Wexner Center Media Arts Program Residency, the Anonymous Was a Woman Award, and the NEA Fellowship Award.


Her work is in collections including Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain (FRAC), Languedoc-Roussillon, France; the Zabludowicz Collection, London; Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl (Ruhr Kunst Museen), Marl, Germany; the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL; the High Museum, Atlanta,GA; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC; the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, NC.; and the New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, Connecticut.


Mountains: Janet Biggs, Rikke Flensberg, Chrischa Venus Oswald, Helena Wittmann Arte Cultura
January 31, 2017
Artists Define their Femininity in Bruce, Wadsworth Exhibits Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant
October 13, 2016
Janet Biggs at SCAD Museum of Art Bansie Vasvani, Aesthetica Magazine
July 27, 2016
Pursuing The Afar: Janet Biggs at SCAD Museum Lilly Wei, BURNAWAY
June 30, 2016
Janet Biggs: Cristin Tierney / New York John Haber, Artillery
February 23, 2016
Back to the Future: 50 Years of Video Art at the Broad Art Museum, MSU Barbara Pollack, ARTnews
February 12, 2016
Review: Janet Biggs Andrea K. Scott, The New Yorker
February 2, 2016
TWI-NY Talk | Janet Biggs: within touching distance Mark Rifkin, This Week in New York
February 1, 2016
Interview: Janet Biggs Romanov Grave
January 23, 2016
Experimental Film: Janet Biggs, Paul Sharits, and Sara Ludy John Haber, Antennae
January 19, 2016
Future Greats - the artists to look out for in 2016 Lynn Hershman Leeson, ArtReview
January 9, 2016
This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Gallery Armageddon Paddy Johnson, Michael Anthony Farley, and Rea McNamara, Art F City
January 4, 2016
15 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before January 12 Paul Laster, Observer
January 4, 2016
A Step on the Sun: In conversation between Janet Biggs and Suzanne Anker Suzanne Anker, Antennae
December 24, 2015
The Larger-Than-Life Projections of a Modern-Day Artist Adventurer Susan Silas, Hyperallergic
December 7, 2015
Janet Biggs Investigates Survival through an Innovative Two-Channel Video Bridget Gleeson, Artsy
November 30, 2015
Five Must-See Events During Art Basel Miami 2015 Wear We Went
November 9, 2015
Janet Biggs: A Crystal Grotto Faye Hirsch, Art in America
October 1, 2015
Exhibit | (Un)livable: Janet Biggs & Kari Soinio Miss Rosen, Crave
September 1, 2015
Janet Biggs: "The Arctic Trilogy"
February 17, 2011

By Holland Cotter, The New York Times


"The three short, related videos that make up Janet Biggs's debut show at Winkelman were filmed on glacial islands between the top of Norway and the North Pole."

Exhibition Reviews: Janet Biggs
May 1, 2011

By Barbara Pollack, Art in America


"Janet Biggs tempts fate every time she makes a video, focusing on acts of extreme physicality that are as difficult to film as they are to perform."

Critics' Picks: Janet Biggs Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts
November 1, 2010

By Travis Jeppesen, Artforum


"After all the confrused pomo ramblings and posturings of the 1980s and '90s, it comes as something of a relief that a number of artists in the millennial years have gone back to classic existential themes. Chief among them is Janet Biggs, whose work documents individuals obsessed with attaining extreme states of being, mainly through athletic pursuits."