Richard Kern was one of the leaders of the 1980's Cinema of Transgression, whose films, such as "You Killed Me First" in 1985 and "Fingered" a year later, are shockingly violent and remain controversial to this day. A regular contributor to VICE and Purple, Kern is also known for his music video work (including a project with Bjarne Melgaard), and has published several books of photography. He has exhibited in more than fifty solo exhibitions internationally, including at Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Feature Inc. (New York), La Termica (Malaga, Spain), Galerie Sebastian Bertrand (Geneva), Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Rove (London), and Vice Gallery (Mexico City). Select group shows include those at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Ramiken Crucible, Venus Over Manhattan (New York), Brooklyn Museum, The Journal Gallery (Brooklyn), the KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), and Paradise Row (London). Kern lives and works in New York City.