American, born 1968, lives in Los Angeles
Born in Redondo Beach, California, Doug Aitken received his BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 1991. In the 1990s Aitken became known for his video installations, which involve a productive cross-pollination of styles borrowed from television advertising, Hollywood cinema, experimental and documentary film, as well as the music video genre—a blend he refers to as “pure communication.” Aitken was awarded the International Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1999, and the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award in 2000. His work has appeared in solo exhibitions at venues such as the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2002); the Serpentine Gallery, London (2001); and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (2000). Major group shows include Let’s Entertain (organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2000); the Biennale of Sydney 2000 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney); and the 1997 and 2000 Whitney Biennials (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York).