Thomas Glassfordborn 1963, United States
Thomas Glassford

"Fragmentation speaks more clearly to the realities of our lives than the false, flat image we are accustomed to seeing. There, everything is always backwards."


Thomas Glassford studied art at The University of Texas at Austin, where he received his BFA. He moved to Mexico City in 1990, and joined a young avant-garde of Mexican, European, and American artists living in the city. Since the early 1990s, Glassford has used everyday materials--ranging from gourds to broomsticks, anodized aluminum to melamine plates--to create architectural or installation-scale works. He transforms these materials into rhythmic and often abstract creations, reminiscent of Minimalist sculpture and Op Art paintings of the 1960s.



2015: Solar Plexus, Quint Gallery, La Jolla, CA, USA

2014: Thomas Glassford: Afterglow, Arts Brookfield, Houston, TX, USA

Afterglow, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2011: Pteridomania, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2010: Xipe Totec, Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico
Afterglow, Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City, Mexico
2008: Implosion is Compulsory, Quint Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, USA
Between Earth and Sky, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
2006: Cadáver Exquisito, Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes, MUCA, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico
2003: Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico
Event Horizon, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City, Mexico
2001: ASTER, La Torre de los Vientos, Mexico City, Mexico
2000: Fuente Parabólica, Museo de La Alhóndiga, Festival International Cervantino, Guanajuato, Mexico
1998: Neoprene Dreams, Sala Diaz, San Antonio, TX, USA
1997: Diversiones, Galeria de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico
1996: Autogol: Oaxaca, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Mexico
New Work, Milagros Contemporary Art, San Antonio, TX, USA
The Privilege to Contemplate the Theories of Black Holes, ExpoArte ’98, Guadalajara, Mexico
1995: Autogol Monterrey, Museo de Monterrey, Mexico
1994: Autogol, Ex-Convento del Carmen, Guadalajara, Mexico

Thomas Glassford's work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including Mexico Inside Out: Themes in Art Since 1990, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2013); ¿Neomexicanismos? Ficciones identitarias en el Mexico de los ochento, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City (2011): Destello, La Colección Jumex, Mexico City (2011); Cosmopolitan Routes: Houston Collects Latin American Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2010); Todo a Nada, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City (2010); La invención de lo Cotidiano, Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City (2008); Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2008); Tlatelolco and the localized negotiation of future imaginaries, Museum as Hub, New Museum, New York (2008); Constructing A Poetic Universe: The Diane and Bruce Halle Collection of Latin American Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2007); La Era de la Discrepancia, Arte y Cultura Visual en Mexico 1968-1997, Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes, MUCA, UNAM, Mexico City (2007); Made in Mexico, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2006); Road to Aztlan: Art From a Mystical Land, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California (2001); In Site ’97, San Diego – Tijuana, Mexico (1997); and Texas Between Two Worlds, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (1993).



Art Center/Instanbul, Borusan Center for Culture and Arts, Turkey

Associacao Beneficente Alzira Denise Hertzog da Silva, Brazil

The Bruce and Diane Halle Collection, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, FL, USA

Colección Valdemarín, Madrid, Spain

Collezione “La Gaia,” Italy

Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA, USA

Gelman Collection, Mexico

Jerry I. Speyer Collection

La Colección Jumex, Mexico

Montblanc International Collection

Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Bajadoz, Spain

Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes (MUCA), Mexico

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX, USA

Neeley Collection

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, USA

Televisa Collection, Mexico

Vergel Foundation, New York, NY, USA


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