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Samuel Draxler is an artist, curator, and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. As an artist, Draxler’s installations adopt various sculptural and photographic techniques as tools of historical and cultural analysis. In 2015, the ACC Galerie in Weimar commissioned his installation Buyout / Tragedy. The piece – which centered on the 18th century utopianist Christian Gottlieb Priber – spawned variations for the Städtische Museen Zittau, Germany (2016) and for the postfab salon, New York (2017). Draxler’s installation AN INVENTORY of vases, "6151 Richmond Street” was recently included in the exhibition Miami is Nice at SpaceCamp in Baltimore. Upcoming curatorial projects include Isaac Pool: 40 Volume, an exhibition and performance at the Knockdown Center, Queens, where Draxler is currently finishing a one-year term as a Curator-at-Large.
Draxler is currently an administrative assistant at the Cooper Union School of Art. He has provided communications, production, and documentation services for a wide range of arts institutions, including David Nolan Gallery, Thomas Erben Gallery, and the James Gallery at CUNY. Draxler was formerly the co-director of La MaMa Galleria and the director of NYPAC - the New York Performance Artists Collective, which Draxler grew into a unique institution that provided performance artists with creative opportunities and professional services, aiding them to develop their practices and careers. NYPAC’s programming and commissions received coverage from a wide range of media outlets, including Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Interview Magazine.
Draxler's writing has appeared in publications including Texte Zur Kunst, Art in America, and Avidly (The Los Angeles Review of Books), among others. Draxler received his B.A. in Art History from Columbia University.
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