New York based James Casebere (born 1953) is an American visual artist whose early work established him at the forefront of artists working with constructed photography. For almost 40 years Casebere has devised both simple and complex table-top models, photographing them in his studio. His work has been collected by museums worldwide, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Victoria and Albert and Tate Museums in London, among many others.
Casebere’s works have progressively depicted a wider perspective: the surrealist domestic scenes and claustrophobic vistas of his early pieces gave way to hauntingly evocative architectural interiors and exteriors of building typologies found both in the United States and the Middle East. Creating simulacra that revise and usurp reality to expose a psychopathology of everyday life, Casebere’s scenes are profoundly ambiguous yet politically pointed, chronicling our times through images of unpeopled spaces and landscapes that convey a deep disquiet.