Janet Biggs

Janet Biggs (b. 1959, Harrisburg, PA) focuses on extreme landscapes and situations, drawing connections between physical terrains and psychological, societal, or political dynamics. She had solo exhibitions and film screenings at the SCAD Museum of Art, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Blaffer Museum of Art, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 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, and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, among others. She is the recipient of numerous grants, including the 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, 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 works are in the collections of the SCAD Museum of Art, Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain (FRAC), Zabludowicz Collection, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl (Ruhr Kunst Museen), Tampa Museum of Art, High Museum, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Mint Museum of Art, Gibbes Museum of Art, and the New Britain Museum of Art. Biggs lives and works in New York.


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"How Can We Think of Art at a Time Like This?" Eileen Cartter, Garage
March 22, 2020
"How Can We Think of Art at a Time Like This?": A Star-Studded Online Show Weighs the Triviality—and Importance—of Art in a Crisis Sarah Cascone, Artnet News
March 18, 2020
The Women Artists Who Deserve Our Attention, According to 9 Leading Artists Artsy Editors, Artsy
March 1, 2020
Janet Biggs: Overview Effect Nicole Miller and Eleanor Paynter, The Brooklyn Rail
July 31, 2019
Janet Biggs Johanna Fateman, The New Yorker
July 8 & 15, 2019
Janet Biggs: Like Walking on Mars Lilly Wei, Studio International
December 20, 2018
Museos de Tenerife: Instalaciones audiovisuales "Like Walking on Mars," Janet Biggs La Laguna Ahora
November 20, 2018
NYC Gallery Scene – Highlights Through September 9, 2018 Genevieve Kotz, Hamptons Art Hub
September 4, 2018
Janet Biggs Named a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow Grace Halio, ARTnews
April 5, 2018
Janet Biggs: A Step on the Sun Best Things New York
December 15, 2017
In Washington, Portraits of the Forgotten Alexandra Wolfe, The Wall Street Journal
November 10, 2017
Janet Biggs with Nancy Princenthal Nancy Princenthal, The Brooklyn Rail
November 3, 2017
5 great things to do this weekend, Sept. 8-10 Michelle Almonte, LoHud
September 6, 2017
Janet Biggs: A Step On the Sun--Terrific exhibition opening in September at the Neuberger Museum of Art Stacy Knows
September 5, 2017
Joslyn features exhibition of video works by Janet Biggs Daily Nonpareil
June 29, 2017
La artista estadounidense Janet Biggs recrea en el Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos la vida en Marte Diario de Tenerife
June 19, 2017
Warning Shot - Topographie de l'art Paris Point Contemporain Agenda
June 4, 2017
Wide Aisles and Tight Spaces: Kaari Upson, Janet Biggs, and Regina José Galindo John Haber, haberarts.com
May 24, 2017
Janet Biggs and Regina José Galindo: Endurance Robin Scher, Riot Material
May 24, 2017
Without Walls Phoebe Hoban, ARTnews
Summer 2017
Must-See Art Guide: New York Tatiana Berg, artnet News
May 4, 2017
9 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week The Editors, ARTnews
April 24, 2017
Play videos! UK museum brings art to Commonwealth’s big screen Rich Copley, Lexington Herald-Leader
April 5, 2017
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
15 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before January 12 Paul Laster, Observer
January 4, 2016
This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Gallery Armageddon Paddy Johnson, Michael Anthony Farley, and Rea McNamara, Art F City
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."