American, born 1951, lives in New York City
Barbara Bloom studied art at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA, earning her BFA in 1972. For many years, Bloom lived abroad in Holland and Germany, and began exhibiting early in her career with solo shows in Europe and the United States. In 1993, she was commissioned by the MAK-Austrian Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna to participate in their inaugural exhibition, an intervention using the museum’s permanent collection. Her subsequent sculptural installations, The Reign of Narcissism and Pictures from the Floating World, have traveled extensively, including to museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1999), the Serpentine Gallery in London (1990), and Kunsthalle Zürich (1990). In 1989, Bloom was honored with The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, and, in 1988, the Due Mille Prize at the Aperto of the Venice Biennale.