Tony Oursler

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Toni Oursler (* 1957 in New York / USA ) is an American photographer , video and installation artist .


Tony Oursler was born in Manhattan and grew up in Nyack , Rockland County , not far from Edward Hopper's birthplace and home . He studied at Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts , Valencia in 1979 . In 1977 he founded the punk band Poetic with Mike Kelley , which existed until 1983 and whose history he documented at Documenta X in Kassel . In the 1980s and 1990s he worked closely with the performance artist Constance DeJong . With her and Stephen Vitiello he realized the multi-year project Fantastic Prayers . In 1996 he was awarded the Arnold Bode Prize of the documenta city of Kassel.

He is married to the painter Jacqueline Humphries and lives and works in a house on Henry Street in Manhattan, New York .


Oursler is best known for his dummies . Using video projectors, he projects faces or entire bodies onto “dolls” - stuffed amorphous objects - and combines them with theatrical monologues.

He created the video for David Bowie's single Where Are We Now? (published January 8, 2013).


“I also collect books on fortune tellers, media, sorcery, demonology, and places that don't exist, like other planets, the interior of the earth, and so on. My collection of ghost photographs is among the best in the world. ”Tony Oursler

Exhibitions (selection)


  • Elisabeth Janus (Ed.): Tony Oursler. White Trash and Phobic , Salzburger Kunstverein, 1994.
  • Friedemann Malsch (Ed.): Tony Oursler . Portikus Frankfurt am Main / Les Musées de la Ville de Strasbourg / Center d'Art Contemporain, Geneva / Stedelijk van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, 1995.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. David Bowie returns - and sings about Berlin ,, January 8, 2013
  2. Oursler. FAZ , June 1, 2007, archived from the original on May 19, 2015 .;
  3. Dirk Schwarze's website
  4. The Watching ( Memento of the original from December 8, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . Tony Oursler's website @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /