Artist, filmmaker, and writer William E. Jones was born in Canton, Ohio. He has made two feature length experimental films, Massillon (1991) and Finished (1997), which won a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award; videos including The Fall of Communism as Seen in Gay Pornography (1998); the documentary Is It Really So Strange? (2004); and many installations. His work has been the subject of retrospectives at Tate Modern, London, in 2005; at Anthology Film Archives, New York, in 2010; at the Austrian Film Museum, Vienna, and at the Oberhausen Film Festival in 2011; and has been shown at shown at the Cinémathèque française, Palais de Tokyo, and Musée du Louvre, Paris; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; International Film Festival Rotterdam; Sundance Film Festival; Museum of Modern Art, Carnegie Museum, Columbus Museum of Art, Wexner Center for the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Walker Art Center, St. Louis Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. He was included in the 1993 and 2008 Biennial Exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. His work was on view in the Nordic Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009, in the exhibition “Untitled (Death by Gun)” at the 12th Istanbul Biennial in 2011, and at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014. Jones has published the following books: Is It Really So Strange? (2006); Tearoom (2008); Selections from The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton (2008); Heliogabalus (2009); Killed: Rejected Images of the Farm Security Administration (2010); Roehr/Warhol/Rocco/Lynde (2011); Halsted Plays Himself (2011); issue 4 of Gayhouse (2012); Inside the White Cube (2012); Between Artists: Thom Andersen/William E. Jones (2013); Imitation of Christ, which was named one of the best photo books of 2013 by Time magazine; Flesh and the Cosmos (2014); and True Homosexual Experiences: Boyd McDonald and Straight to Hell (2016). The blog Amber Waves of Brain is a collection of his writings. His work is represented by David Kordansky Gallery, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, and The Modern Institute.
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