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William E. Jones is an artist, filmmaker, and writer living in Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited internationally, including retrospectives at Tate Modern, London (2005); Anthology Film Archives, New York (2010); Austrian Film Museum, Vienna, and Oberhausen Short Film Festival (both 2011). He participated in the Whitney Biennials of 1993 and 2008, and in the 2009 Venice Biennale. He has been exhibited at Musée du Louvre, Palais de Tokyo, and Cinémathèque française, Paris; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh; St. Louis Art Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
He has published the following books: Is It Really So Strange? (2006), Tearoom (2008), Heliogabalus (2009), Selections from The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton (2009), Killed: Rejected Images of the Farm Security Administration (2010), Halsted Plays Himself (2011), Between Artists: Thom Andersen and William E. Jones (2013), and Imitation of Christ, a catalogue for the exhibition he curated at UCLA Hammer Museum in 2013. Recent books include Flesh and the Cosmos (2014) and True Homosexual Experiences: Boyd McDonald and Straight to Hell (2016). His first novel, I’m Open to Anything, is scheduled for publication in spring 2019. Jones’s writing has appeared in periodicals such as Animal Shelter, Area Sneaks, Artforum, Bidoun, Butt, Frieze, Little Joe, Mousse, and The White Review.