• In the ketchup, 2014, Gum on canvas, 71 x 56 x 1 1/2 inches (180.3 x 142.2 x 3.8 cm).

Dan Colen

Dan Colen

Spanning painting, sculpture, photography, performance, and installation, Dan Colen’s oeuvre explores the tensions between figuration and abstraction, the abject and the sublime, the timely and the timeless. Colen’s earliest paintings investigate the forms and characters that populate our collective imagination. Today, he continues to probe cultural mythologies and archetypes in various media, appropriating imagery from animated films, mail-order catalogues, modernist abstraction, and street graffiti to create an artistic lexicon that insistently collapses the boundaries between high and low.

In 2006, Colen began making colorful and formally expressive paintings using chewing gum instead of paint, beginning a long period of material experimentation in which he mined and questioned various established historical styles—Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Conceptualism, for example. That year, three of the artist’s megalithic rock sculptures featuring chewing gum and graffiti were included in the Whitney Biennial. Using flowers, dirt, grass, tar and feathers, Mylar confetti, and street trash, Colen’s abstract surfaces replicate street art, accumulations of bird droppings, and nonsensical slogans on monuments and public sites. His 2015 exhibition at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, presented a group of multicolored abstract paintings done in bubblegum, bridging the gap between Abstract Expressionism and sidewalk detritus. Recent sculptural installations, such as Cracks in the Clouds  (2010) at New York’s Seagram Building and At Least They Died Together (2014) at the Brant Foundation, Greenwich, CT, imbue the spare language of Minimalism with emotional depth. Colen continues to pursue a variety of concerns with conceptual rigor, humor, and experimental innovation.

Dan Colen was born in 1979 in Leonia, New Jersey. He received his B.F.A. in 2001 from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. His work is held in various public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami. Recent solo exhibitions include Help! at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Connecticut (2014); The L...o...n...g Count at the Walter De Maria Building, New York (2014); Psychic Slayer at the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark (2015); Shake the Elbow at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (2015); and Oil Painting at the Dallas Contemporary (2016). Colen's work will be the subject of an exhibition in Asia in 2019.

Dan Colen currently lives and works in New York.

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Selected Works

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  • The Meeting Place
    2014 - 2015
    Oil on canvas
    9 x 12 inches (23 x 30.5 cm)

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  • Pretzel bender
    2014
    Gum on canvas
    28 x 22 x 1 1/2 inches (71.1 x 56 x 3.8 cm)

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  • In the ketchup, 2014, Gum on canvas, 71 x 56 x 1 1/2 inches (180.3 x 142.2 x 3.8 cm).

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Selected Press

Artlyst | Alt Power 100 ArtLyst 2017 – Meet The Alternative Powerhouses

October 31, 2017

The list includes Brett Gorvy and Dan Colen.

CNN | Frieze Week 2017: Curator Hans Ulrich Obrist's picks

October 5, 2017

"I was very struck by this exhibition. We have always known Colen as a painter. There are paintings …

Artnews | Dan Colen on His Rollicking, Career-Spanning Show at Damien Hirst’s Gallery in London

October 3, 2017

...the show takes his practice to new places. There’s an intervention sure to cause some head scratching: …

Artsy | What Sold at EXPO Chicago

September 17, 2017

Lévy Gorvy was another international gallery with a first-time presence at EXPO Chicago, lured, again, …

Artdaily | Lévy Gorvy to represent Dan Colen

June 1, 2017

In close collaboration with the artist, Lévy Gorvy will foster Colen’s work and its place within …

Artlyst | Dan Colen To Be Represented By Lévy Gorvy In New International Partnership

June 1, 2017

The gallery will have a close collaboration with the artist, to foster Colen’s work and its place …

Artnet | Lévy Gorvy to Co-Represent Dan Colen, the Reformed ‘Bad Boy’ of New York’s Art World

May 31, 2017

Lévy Gorvy, the Upper East Side gallery led by Dominique Lévy and former Christie’s rainmaker …

Artnews | Lévy Gorvy to Represent Dan Colen in Collaboration with Gagosian, Massimo De Carlo

May 31, 2017

Dominique Lévy and Brett Gorvy announced that they will share representation of 37-year-old artist …

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