Marc Handelman is a visual artist and teacher. Through paintings, installations, artists’ books and other media his work explores the exchanges between painting, art history and image culture within the visual rhetoric and politics of landscape. Engaging themes such as the re-emergence of nineteenth-century landscape aesthetics in corporate advertising, political branding, white supremacist mythology, and the gendering and essentialization of Nature, Handelman’s work questions the ways in which the omnipresence of these and other naturalisms aestheticize and legitimize forms of violence and oppression.
Handelman has exhibited extensively throughout the United States as well as internationally in such venues as PS1 MoMA; The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, The Orlando Museum of Art, The Rubin Museum, The Royal Academy of Art (London), and the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts (Stockholm), The American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Portland Museum of Contemporary Art and The Stotrefront for Art & Architecture, among others. Handelman has taught in the graduate programs at Yale, Brooklyn College, Bard, SVA, and Columbia. He is currently the Associate Chair of Art & Design, and Associate Professor of painting at Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers University.