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Les Joynes (US)

American, born Southern California.

Lives and works in New York. 

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(image: Joynes in sculpture performance at the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture).

Les Joynes (US) is a contemporary artist and founder of FormLAB, a museum exhibition series exploring artist-centric installations. He is a scholar on contemporary art, education and visual culture at Columbia University, New York and visiting faculty in the School of Art, Renmin University, Beijing and teaching entrepreneurial arts leadership on the Creative Industries Program at Peking University, Beijing. He is Chair for Navigating Digital Landscapes: New Hypothetical Continents and Walking with Satellites and Poetic Research, ProjectAnywhere Conference, Parsons School of Art & Design, New York November 2018 and is 2019 Zero1: Art and Technology Artist..

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He has internationally exhibited in museums and foundations including the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, Sao Paulo; Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing; Norimatsu Museum, Matsuyama, Japan; the Barbican Center, London, Treignac Project, France; and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia. 

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He was curatorial assistant for the first Taipei Biennial “Site of Desire” exhibition in 1998 and has curated contemporary exhibitions in Tokyo and the UK. He has presented on contemporary art at Cambridge University, University of California, the Bauhaus, Germany and the National University of Singapore. He is recipient of US Fulbright-Hays Awards for Mongolia and China; Edwin Austin Abbey Mural Fellow for Public Art; Taiwan Ministry of Education Huayu Scholarship. Publications Include:Going Beyond, Art as Adventure; Mapping Madness: Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing [catalogue]; ProjectAnywhere V2; Artist Centric Practices in museums (upcoming, Long museum Shanghai); Art in America; Springer (Vienna) and his work has featured in Art Monthly, Playgraph, Commons and Sense, Sculpture Magazine, NHK Television Japan. He serves on the editorial board and artist-selection for the peer-reviewed journal ProjectAnywhere, Australia.

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He has an Master of Arts Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London; Masters in Fine Art from Musashino Art University, Tokyo; BA Hons Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art, London; PhD from Leeds Metropolitan University, UK; and Post-Doctorate from Escola de Comunicações e Artes, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. He received his graduate training in Management from Boston University and Vrije Universiteit Brussels Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences and California State University. He currently researches arts leadership, entrepreneurship and emerging visual cultures at Columbia University.  He lives and works in New York.

Image: Les Joynes, left, and members of Blue Sun installing FormLAB at Zanabazar Museum of Fine Art, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 2014.

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