Born in Rockford, Illinois U.S.A. in 1980 – Virgil Abloh is an artist, architect, and fashion designer.
After earning a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he completed a Master’s degree in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
It was here at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he was introduced to a curriculum, originally established by Mies van der Rohe. A curriculum which was formed from the notions of Bauhaus, that enabled Virgil Abloh to learn how to converge the fields of arts, craft, and design.
Those notions merged with contemporary culture make up his inter-disciplinary practice today; stemming from his last 15 years, which is summarized below.
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Miami

Virgil Abloh
American, born 1980
“Dollar a Gallon” III, 2019
Mixed media, Corten Steel Coated
Private collection

“Dollar a Gallon” is a sculpture by artist Virgil Abloh presenting a window into the artist’s study and research of the effect of advertising on the impressionable. The work serves as a comprehensive lighthouse of mixed media.

The framework is reminiscent of a gasoline sign relaying information about various types of gasoline and the respective pricing, while also being the commodity of an advertised sponsor. The series of global occurrences of this work was considered specifically for the Miami Design District, where its final positioning implies the concept of commerce and necessity re-packaged as a brand — while underscoring the relevancy via location. Ultimately the work is a signature of Abloh’s multi-lauded artistic logic emanating in a physical form not limited to any specific medium.




















Gilles Peterson with Virgil Abloh




2018

“2ème Étage”

BACK TO THE BODY: HUMAN- ORIENTED FORMS IN ART, DESIGN, AND ARCHITECTURE, PRESENTED BY THERME ART PROGRAM













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