James Casebere

Selected works


Born in 1953 in Michigan, USA, James Casebere lives and works in New York. The work produced by this pioneer of staged photography is a poetic commentary on our society, never referring to a clearly identifiable reality. The artist works using models, imaginary and standardised reconstructions of familiar buildings that he painstakingly creates in his studio then uses as the basis for his photographs. His images can have a paradoxical effect, their visual beauty often arousing feelings of discomfort and emptiness.


As part of the group show Contours du réel at Topographie de l’Art, James Casebere and Gregory Crewdson will exhibit two artworks each from February 3, 2023.

Topographie de l’Art, Paris

From February 3 to April 5, 2023


GROUP SHOW – Architectures impossibles

The work Blue House on Water #2 by James Casebere will be exhibited at the Beau-Arts de Nancy, as part of the exhibition Architectures impossibles, from November 19, 2022. The exhibition, curated by Sophie Laroche, brings together some fifty artists, bringing together more than 150 works of all kinds, from national and international institutions and private collections.

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, France

From November 19, 2022 to March 19, 2023


GROUP SHOW – Exodes 

“ExodeS” is a particular cultural event because of its conception, invading, for one summer, a city rich in history and migrations since Antiquity. The exhibition is installed in temporary structures, taking possession of emblematic places and monuments, squares and gardens, unusual places, seashores where it is good to stroll, rest, look.

Philippe Cognée, James Casebere - Exodes

ville de Saint-Raphaël 

From July 1st to September 30, 2022

Tableau and Transformation: Photography from the Permanent Collection – Group show

“Tableau and Transformation” presents an overview of the Tampa Museum of Art’s holdings in 20th-century photography, a cornerstone of the Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition looks at how artists have used distinct darkroom effects and studio practices to create new narratives in photography.  Artists such as James Casebere, Robert Cumming, Stephen Frailey, Sandy Skoglund, and William Wegman create constructed environments, often blurring the boundaries of truth and fiction in their images. Photographers Blythe Bohnen, Duane Michals, Arnulf Rainer, Lucas Samaras, Cindy Sherman examine the transformation of one’s self as a means to explore identity, gender, and place. This exhibition features approximately 50 photographs with objects ranging in date from the mid-1960s to through the early 2000s, predominately drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection.


TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART, TAMPA, FLORIDA From 20/06/2019 to 06/10/2019


Model Natures in Contemporary Photography – Group show

The international group exhibition “Model Natures” is dedicated to a fascinating area of contemporary photography: Iandscape. The exhibition presents impressive landscapes. But on closer inspection, it turns out that these are not photographs of actual landscapes, but deceptively real images of models.


MUSEUM HAUS LUDWIG, SARRELOIS, ALLEMAGNE From 19/05/2019 to 25/08/2019


Modell-Naturen in der zeitgenössischen Fotografie – group show

KALLMAN-MUSEUM, ISMANING, GERMANYFrom 23/02/2019 to 05/05/2019


After Scale Model : Dwelling in the Work of James Casebere – solo show

Following a major retrospective at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, BOZAR opens its doors to James Casebere. This American photographer ­ a pioneer of staged photogrpahy – studied with John Baldessari and obtained his Master of Arts from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). His work is marked by a profound interest in architecture. Yet rather than focusing his lens on the actual buildings, he makes scale models of them, which he then photographs. During the International Biennial of Photography Casebere presents an intricate ensemble of domestic interiors and settings in the antechambers of Victor Horta’s Centre for Fine Arts.


BOZAR, BRUSSELS, BELGIUMFrom 06/17/2016 to 09/04/2016


Fugitive – solo show

With more than 70 works, the exhibition presents images drawn from all periods of the artist’s career. The survey includes recent large multi-panel and single-panel color photographic works; early black-and-white gelatin silverprints, dye destruction prints, waterless lithographs, and Polaroid prints. In addition, for the first time, Casebere shows working notebooks, a series ofcollages, and an extensive collection of never before exhibited Polaroid studies. For the exhibition in Haus der Kunst, Casebere realizes four new site-specific monumental works in the form of friezes in the gallery’s grand staircase.

HAUS DER KUNST, MUNICH, GERMANYFrom 02/15/2016 to 06/12/2016


“Dimensions variables. Artists and Architecture” collective show

For the first time, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal dedicates all of its exhibition space to contemporary art. Fifty six French and international artists, some renowned and others emerging, put in question and challenge Architecture, its issues and stakes, through one of their works.

Artists and Architecture, Variable dimensions, is based on the conviction that artists highlight and reveal potentials capable of enriching and transforming our sharedambitions to build together the world city of tomorrow.

With Vito Acconci – Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil – Daniel Arsham – Thomas Bayrle – Christophe Berdaguer & Marie Péjus – Pierre Besson – Julien Bismuth – Mel Bochner – Marie Bovo – Brevet & Rochette – stanley brouwn – Alain Bublex – Heidi Bucher – Daniel Buren – Pedro Cabrita Reis – James Casebere – Jordi Colomer – Stéphane Couturier – François Dallegret – Denicolai & Provoost – Larissa Fassler – Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil – Jean-Pascal Flavien – Zachary Formwalt – Peter Friedl – Carlos Garaicoa – Anne-Valérie Gasc  – Liam Gillick – Pierre-Jean Giloux – Geert Goiris – Dan Graham – Carsten Höller with Philippe Parreno – JR – Anish Kapoor – Sabina Lang & Daniel Baumann – Jonier Marin – Matthieu Martin – Gordon Matta-Clark – Rita McBride – Dean Monogenis – Nicolas Moulin – Matt Mullican – Bruce Nauman – Olaf Nicolaï – Julian Opie – Giulio Paolini – Enoc Perez – Alexandre Perigot – Tabor Robak – Yvan Salomone – Peter Scott – Richard Serra – Timothée Talard – Bert Theis – Lawrence Weiner




James Casebere – Scales and Dimensions

From August 24th to September 20th 2014

Scales and Dimensions presents a broad interdisciplinary practice joining art and architecture. Rarely does artist James Casebere reveal the scale models that contribute to the “work,” defined as the photograph. This exhibit is uniquely organized to engage students and faculty in the creative process behind the work. The show reveals the artistry of how modeling is handled in the creation of an image conceptualized from specific vantage points.John Hartell Gallery will feature Casebere’s recent work, mostly from the Landscape with Houses (Dutchess County) series featuring several very large framed photographs and, unusually, a display of the corresponding scale models that were used to create the photographs. Olive Tjaden Gallery will exhibit highlights of other projects, including pieces from his Vaulted Corridor, Tunnel, Hallway, and Spanish Bath series. (…)



Architecture : entre illusion et nécessités

From July 3rd to September 10th 2012

Photographies de James Casebere en partenariat avec les Rencontres d’Arles. (…)

Abbaye de Montmajour


The sleepwalker

From June 23th to September 2nd 2012

En contrepoint de la création de Marion Tampon-Lajarriette au centre d’art la Chapelle Jeanne d’Arc, la galerie d’exposition
des Ecuries du Château, tout nouvellement réaménagée, présentera une sélection d’oeuvres issues des collections des
Fonds régionaux d’art contemporain Poitou-Charentes et Centre. Ces oeuvres, des photographies et une peinture,
reprennent l’idée d’une métamorphose onirique de la réalité, et, pour certaines, offrent une vision vertigineuse dans l’espace,
autant d’éléments que l’on retrouve dans l’installation de Marion Tampon-Lajarriette. (…)

Centre d'art La Chapelle Jeanne d'Arc, Thouars


Fragments d’un discours onirique(Group show)

From May 12th to October 7th 2012

Du 12 mai au 7 octobre Chambord vous propose un parcours d’art contemporain initié par les Frac Centre, Poitou-Charentes et Pays de la Loire. Sont exposées certaines des oeuvres de Christian Boltanski, Mircea Cantor, Alain Fleischer, Pierre Ardouvin, Marie-Céline Delibiot, James Casebere et Philippe Oudard. (…)

Domaine National, Chambord