Karl Haendel


Karl Haendel is an American artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. Haendel received a Bachelor’s degree in Art Semiotics from Brown University in 1998. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California Los Angeles in 2003 where he studied with John Baldessari, Mary Kelly, and Paul McCarthy. Haendel arranges his drawings in salon-style installations to foster powerful juxtapositions of references, often specifically quoting American culture. His drawings, while often direct copies of photographs, are also composed at a markedly larger scale; transforming the quickness of composing a photograph with the manual labor required to produce drawings that often exceed 10 feet. 

Haendel has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the New Museum, NY; and the Guggenheim Museum, NY. Two years after graduating from UCLA, Haendel had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2005. Haendel was also included in the 2004 and 2008 California Biennials at the Orange County Museum of Art and Prospect II, New Orleans in 2011.

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