Taryn Simon (born February 4, 1975) is an artist who has worked in photography, text, sculpture and performance. Her practice involves extensive research, guided by an interest in systems of categorization and classification. By mirroring the systems that she sets out to examine, she supersedes them, revealing the fictional nature of facts. Simon combines photography’s power to stage and record with impersonal, neutral texts, imposing the illusion of objectivity on the indeterminate nature of her subjects.
Simon's works have been the subject of solo exhibitions at Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (2016), Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2016), Jeu de Paume, Paris (2015); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012); Tate Modern, London (2011); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2011); and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2007). Her work was included in the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). Permanent collections holding her work include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Modern, the Guggenheim Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Simon is a graduate of Brown University and a Guggenheim Fellow. She lives and works in New York.