Blair Thurman

Smoke on the Water (Deep Purple) , 2019

Acrylic on wood on plexiglass

214 x 122 x 15 cm | 85 x 48 x 4 in



curated by Friederike Nymphius

​May - October, 2021

Cassina Projects



curated by Friederike Nymphius

May 14 - October 2, 2021



John M Armleder, Monica Bonvicini, Martin Boyce, Valentin Carron, Andrew Dadson, N. Dash, Philippe Decrauzat, Francesco De Prezzo, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Manuel Fois, Liam Gillick, Fernanda Gomes, Francesco João, Tarik Kiswanson, Alicja Kwade, Beth Letain, Meuser, Gerold Miller, Olivier Mosset, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Monika Sosnowska, Blair Thurman, Tatiana Trouvé, Franz Erhard Walther, Heimo Zobernig


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Blair Thurman is known for his post-minimalist paintings, neons and wall works. In the 1980s, as a way to escape the theories of the period, Thurman began to explore “pre-art school” subject matter and revisited his childhood fascination with cars and pop/comic culture.

He continues to be particularly interested in the iconography of Hot Wheels and slotcar tracks to explore American consumer culture with critical irony and a strong consciousness of the present time. As a child, Thurman was often behind the scenes at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, where his mother was director. Until today, he admires the aesthetics of both pop and minimalist art, particularly the works of Nam June Paik, Carl Andre, and Ed Kienholz, whose impact appear in his work. Deep Purple is also a reference to the band Deep Purple.