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  Deb Sokolow

The Home Studio

Concepts and Key Themes

  • semi-fictitious 
  • speculation
  • humor
  • schematic drawing
  • diagrammatic visuals
  • semi-abstraction
  • color field
  • architecture
  • the foibles of heads of state

Artist's Bio

Deb Sokolow is an artist and writer whose semi-fictitious drawings and books speculate both comically and critically on a number of subjects including architecture, artists, world leaders, politics and intelligence organizations.  

Her work has been included in the 4th Athens Biennale (Athens, Greece) and in exhibitions at Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Siegen, Germany), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, Netherlands), Drawing Center (New York), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), Contemporary Art Museum (St. Louis), Smart Museum of Art (Chicago), Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City) and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford) in which her 2013 MATRIX exhibition, Some Concerns About the Candidate, was reviewed in the New York Times.

Sokolow’s drawings have been reproduced for BOMB Magazine, Creative Time’s Comics project, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Best American Comics and in Phaidon’s Vitamin D2, a survey on contemporary drawing. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Thomas J Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. Sokolow is a recipient of an Artadia award and residencies at Art Omi in Ghent, New York and Nordic Artists’ Centre in Dale, Norway. 

She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004.