Wade Guyton, a 2004 grantee, is a visual artist based in New York City. He received his FCA grant at age 32. The FCA funds allowed him to experiment more freely with expensive materials such as rolls of primed linen and ink at a scale (and cost) that would have intimidated him. He credits this to having fundamentally changed the direction of his work. The following year, Guyton was featured in MoMA PS1’s influential Greater New York exhibition.
Since then, Guyton’s work has been the subject of solo shows in Berlin, Bregenz, Frankfurt, Hamburg, London, Milan, Paris and elsewhere and at such U.S. experimental art institutions as LAXART in Los Angeles. Guyton is represented by Friedrich Petzel Gallery and his work is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, Centre Georges Pompidou, Kunsthaus Zurich, MoMA and the Whitney Museum. In 2010, Guyton and fellow artist Kelley Walker created a site-specific installation commissioned by the Whitney Museum for the construction site of their new building in downtown Manhattan. In the fall of 2012, Guyton received his first mid-career survey at the Whitney Museum. The exhibition explored the human relationship to works of art in the age of accessible digital technologies.