Sharon Core is an American artist and photographer whose work uses art-historical conventions of landscape, portraiture and still life to explore questions of collective memory, the nature of authenticity and authorship, and the interplay between photographic truth and illusion.
Core had her first solo show in 2000, when her series Drunk was exhibited at White Columns in New York. Since then, her work has been shown in a range of museums and galleries nationally. In 2003-2004, her Thiebauds series was exhibited at Bellwether Gallery in Brooklyn and NADA Miami. Her Early American series was shown at Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York (2008), James Kelly Contemporary in Santa Fe, NM (2009), and the Gallery of the Hermès Foundation (New York, 2009). Still Lives: Early Works by Sharon Core was presented at the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, in 2013. Core had the solo exhibitions Early American, 2009, 1606-1907, 2011, Understory, 2016, and Oldenburgs, 2019 at Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York.
Core's work has been shown in numerous group exhibitions at institutions worldwide, including the Museo del Romanticismo (Madrid), Milan Triennale (Italy), the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, D.C.), the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (Fort Worth, TX), the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles), MoCA Shanghai and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
Among the awards and commissions Sharon Core has received are the 2014 Views of Lafite annual photography commission of the Domaines Barons de Rothschild, Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac, France; a Shifting Foundation Fellowship in 2013; a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant in 2000; and the 1998 George Sakier Memorial Prize for Excellence in Photography (Yale University School of Art).
Her first monograph, Sharon Core: Early American, was published by Radius Books in 2012.
Sharon Core received an MFA in Photography from Yale University School of Art in 1998 and a BFA in Painting from the University of Georgia in 1987. She lives and works in Esopus, New York.