[T]here are a couple of distinctions we can make about 21st Century Art. One is that the category of “work” gets muddled […]with the onset of mobile existence beginning with the laptop and the cell phone (which are now merging—also with the camera), there is no way of telling what is work and what isn’t. And these tools allow us to produce iPeople (“autobiography”) who trade images (“visual pleasure”) such as self-made porn and of course videos of their cats (“amateur culture”). Frances is the lyricist of this condition. And the pathos of her work has to do with her ability to transmit the simplicity of those gestures into the arena of hyper-reflection, i.e. art.
—Monica Szewczyk in conversation with Dieter Roelstraete, Parkett No. 93, December 2013
She is brutally honest in a way few artists have dared to be about the complexities and contradictions of desire and about the ways the Internet has created new opportunities and appetites. … It is hard to think of another artist so nakedly present in his or her own work, and it can seem staggering that Stark is so willing to disclose intimate details. … [T]he overridingly optimistic claim of these works is that from today’s conditions of defeat and disconnection might spring a form of connectedness that is nothing like the Facebook version of networked friendship, because it is beyond the reach of commercialization.
—Mark Godfrey, Artforum, January 2013
Frances Stark is the author or subject of nine books. Her collage, drawings, videos, powerpoints, performances, and paintings have been extensively exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. One-person 2015 exhibitions include a large-scale survey at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and a survey of her video and digital works at The Art Institute of Chicago. Stark’s work has been included in exhibitions at many of the most prominent museums in the world. She participated in the 2013 Carnegie International, the 2011 Venice Biennale, and the 2008 Whitney Biennial. She is represented by Gavin Brown’s enterprise in New York, Galerie Buchholz in Berlin, greengrassi in London, and Marc Foxx in Los Angeles. Stark recently resigned her position as tenured professor in the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design.