Max Neuhaus

Field of Practice:

Music / Sound

City, Country:

New York City, United States


2003, 2004, 2005

As a solo percussionist, Neuhaus was renowned for his interpretation of contemporary music while still in his twenties. In the early sixties, he toured America as a percussion soloist and gave solo recitals at Carnegie Hall and in European capitals. His solo album recorded for Columbia Masterworks in 1968 stands as one of the first examples of what is now called live electronic music. Neuhaus went on to pioneer artistic activities outside conventional cultural contexts and began to realize sound works anonymously in public places. With the realization of these non-visual artworks for museums in America and Europe, he became the first to extend sound as a primary medium into the plastic arts. Over the last thirty years he has created a large number of sound works for various environments, including permanent works in the United States (Times Square in New York) and Europe (the AOK Building, Kassel, Germany; the Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland) along with numerous short-term works in museums and exhibitions (The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Documenta 6 and 9, Kassel, Germany; the Venice Biennale; and the Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland) and numerous one person exhibitions of his drawings.

The fellows selected by Max Neuhaus work on the development of the Auracle Project during their fellowship.