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Dan Colen, Let's have a war, 2016 Flowers on bleached Belgian linen, 93 × 74 inches (236.2 × 188 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Let's have a war, 2016

Flowers on bleached Belgian linen, 93 × 74 inches (236.2 × 188 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Under the Table, 2015 Gum on canvas, 105 × 85 inches (266.7 × 215.9 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Under the Table, 2015

Gum on canvas, 105 × 85 inches (266.7 × 215.9 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Ride of the Valkyries, 2013 Oil on canvas, 89 ½ × 119 inches (227.3 × 302.3 cm)© Dan Colen, photo by Christopher Burke

Dan Colen, Ride of the Valkyries, 2013

Oil on canvas, 89 ½ × 119 inches (227.3 × 302.3 cm)
© Dan Colen, photo by Christopher Burke

Dan Colen, Ak’b’al, 2013 Steel studs on canvas, 24 × 18 inches (60.1 × 45.7 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Ak’b’al, 2013

Steel studs on canvas, 24 × 18 inches (60.1 × 45.7 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Ak’b’al, 2013 (detail) Steel studs on canvas, 24 × 18 inches (60.1 × 45.7 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Ak’b’al, 2013 (detail)

Steel studs on canvas, 24 × 18 inches (60.1 × 45.7 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, K’an, 2013 (detail) Steel studs on canvas, 25 ½ × 21 ½ inches (64.8 × 54.6 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, K’an, 2013 (detail)

Steel studs on canvas, 25 ½ × 21 ½ inches (64.8 × 54.6 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Imix, 2013 (detail) Steel studs on canvas, 25 ½ × 21 ½ inches (64.8 × 54.6 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Imix, 2013 (detail)

Steel studs on canvas, 25 ½ × 21 ½ inches (64.8 × 54.6 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, The Most Wicked Member, 2013 (detail) Steel studs on canvas, 54 × 45 inches (137.2 × 114.3 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, The Most Wicked Member, 2013 (detail)

Steel studs on canvas, 54 × 45 inches (137.2 × 114.3 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Kaban, 2013 (detail) Steel studs on canvas, 25 ½ × 21 ½ inches (64.8 × 54.6 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Kaban, 2013 (detail)

Steel studs on canvas, 25 ½ × 21 ½ inches (64.8 × 54.6 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Angel of Death, 2013 Flowers on bleached Belgian linen, 96 × 206 inches (243.8 × 523.2 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Angel of Death, 2013

Flowers on bleached Belgian linen, 96 × 206 inches (243.8 × 523.2 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Days of Heaven, 2013 Aluminum plate, Dimensions variable© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Days of Heaven, 2013

Aluminum plate, Dimensions variable
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Chuckles, 2013 (detail, view 1) Chuckles the Clown figure, cardboard boxes with plywood reinforcement, glass sphere, Dimensions variable© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Chuckles, 2013 (detail, view 1)

Chuckles the Clown figure, cardboard boxes with plywood reinforcement, glass sphere, Dimensions variable
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Chuckles, 2013 (detail, view 2) Chuckles the Clown figure, cardboard boxes with plywood reinforcement, glass sphere, Dimensions variable© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Chuckles, 2013 (detail, view 2)

Chuckles the Clown figure, cardboard boxes with plywood reinforcement, glass sphere, Dimensions variable
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Waiting on a Friend, 2013 Guitar case, wire and dime tangle, 41 × 20 × 20 inches (104.1 × 50.8 × 50.8 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Waiting on a Friend, 2013

Guitar case, wire and dime tangle, 41 × 20 × 20 inches (104.1 × 50.8 × 50.8 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Love Triangle, 2013 Cardboard box with plywood reinforcement, playing card house, Dimensions variable© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Love Triangle, 2013

Cardboard box with plywood reinforcement, playing card house, Dimensions variable
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, The Last Night of the World, 2013 Whoopee cushion: silicon, fiberglass, glass eyes, paper cigarette; Marx: silicone, fiberglass, spandex, human hair, oil, paint, styrene, plastic, copper wire, aluminum glasses, paper cigar with tobacco, Mickey Mouse Hands: silicone, aluminum arm, Approx. 24 × 24 × 24 inches (60.1 × 60.1 × 60.1 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, The Last Night of the World, 2013

Whoopee cushion: silicon, fiberglass, glass eyes, paper cigarette; Marx: silicone, fiberglass, spandex, human hair, oil, paint, styrene, plastic, copper wire, aluminum glasses, paper cigar with tobacco, Mickey Mouse Hands: silicone, aluminum arm, Approx. 24 × 24 × 24 inches (60.1 × 60.1 × 60.1 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Blowin in the Wind, 2013 Hickory wood chair, glass, copper, cement whoopee cushions, Approx. 34 × 20 inches (86.4 × 50.8 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Blowin in the Wind, 2013

Hickory wood chair, glass, copper, cement whoopee cushions, Approx. 34 × 20 inches (86.4 × 50.8 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, MoMA chair (To be titled), 2013 Chair with 7 concrete filled whoopee cushions, red oak, and wood glue, 19 × 17 × 34 inches (48.3 × 43.2 × 86.4 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, MoMA chair (To be titled), 2013

Chair with 7 concrete filled whoopee cushions, red oak, and wood glue, 19 × 17 × 34 inches (48.3 × 43.2 × 86.4 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Kingdom Come, 2012 Steel studs on canvas, 66 × 49 inches (167.6 × 124.5 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Kingdom Come, 2012

Steel studs on canvas, 66 × 49 inches (167.6 × 124.5 cm)
© Dan Colen

DAN COLEN Laffin’ and laffin’ till he can’t laff no more, 2012 Tar & feathers Dimensions variable Installation at Gagosian Gallery Paris © Dan Colen

DAN COLEN Laffin’ and laffin’ till he can’t laff no more, 2012

Tar & feathers Dimensions variable Installation at Gagosian Gallery Paris © Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Laffin’ and laffin’ till he can’t laff no more, 2012 (detail) Tar and feathers, dimensions variableInstallation view, Gagosian, Paris© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Laffin’ and laffin’ till he can’t laff no more, 2012 (detail)

Tar and feathers, dimensions variable
Installation view, Gagosian, Paris
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Laffin’ and laffin’ till he can’t laff no more, 2012 (detail) Tar and feathers, dimensions variableInstallation view, Gagosian, Paris© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Laffin’ and laffin’ till he can’t laff no more, 2012 (detail)

Tar and feathers, dimensions variable
Installation view, Gagosian, Paris
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Jihad, 2012 Steel studs on canvas, 66 × 49 inches (167.6 × 124.5 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Jihad, 2012

Steel studs on canvas, 66 × 49 inches (167.6 × 124.5 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Jihad, 2012 (detail) Steel studs on canvas, 66 × 49 inches (167.6 × 124.5 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Jihad, 2012 (detail)

Steel studs on canvas, 66 × 49 inches (167.6 × 124.5 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Disappearing Act, 2011 Mixed media, Dimensions variable© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Disappearing Act, 2011

Mixed media, Dimensions variable
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Hand of Fate, 2011 Trash and paint on canvas, 126 × 97 × 2 inches (320 × 246.4 × 50.8 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Hand of Fate, 2011

Trash and paint on canvas, 126 × 97 × 2 inches (320 × 246.4 × 50.8 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Blow up God, 2011 Ink on paper, 11 × 8 ½ inches (27.9 × 21.6 cm)© DAN COLEN

Dan Colen, Blow up God, 2011

Ink on paper, 11 × 8 ½ inches (27.9 × 21.6 cm)
© DAN COLEN

Dan Colen, The Space Between Nothing and Everything, 2010 Oil on canvas, 131 × 218 inches (332.7 × 553.7 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, The Space Between Nothing and Everything, 2010

Oil on canvas, 131 × 218 inches (332.7 × 553.7 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, The Space Between Nothing and Everything, 2010 (detail) Oil on canvas, 131 × 218 inches (332.7 × 553.7 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, The Space Between Nothing and Everything, 2010 (detail)

Oil on canvas, 131 × 218 inches (332.7 × 553.7 cm)
© Dan Colen

DAN COLEN Cracks in the Clouds, 2010 Motorcycles Dimensions variable Installation at Seagram Building, New York © Dan Colen

DAN COLEN Cracks in the Clouds, 2010

Motorcycles Dimensions variable Installation at Seagram Building, New York © Dan Colen

DAN COLEN And She Smiled Sweetly, 2010 Brick wall, concrete, steel 156 × 284 × 100 inches (396.2 × 721.4 × 254 cm) Installation at Gagosian Gallery West 24th Street, New York © Dan Colen *View 1

DAN COLEN And She Smiled Sweetly, 2010

Brick wall, concrete, steel 156 × 284 × 100 inches (396.2 × 721.4 × 254 cm) Installation at Gagosian Gallery West 24th Street, New York © Dan Colen *View 1

DAN COLEN And She Smiled Sweetly, 2010 Brick wall, concrete, steel 156 × 284 × 100 inches (396.2 × 721.4 × 254 cm) Installation at Gagosian Gallery West 24th Street, New York © Dan Colen *View 2

DAN COLEN And She Smiled Sweetly, 2010

Brick wall, concrete, steel 156 × 284 × 100 inches (396.2 × 721.4 × 254 cm) Installation at Gagosian Gallery West 24th Street, New York © Dan Colen *View 2

Dan Colen, Murda Murda, 2010 Gum on unprimed canvas, 110 × 207 inches (279.4 × 525.8 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Murda Murda, 2010

Gum on unprimed canvas, 110 × 207 inches (279.4 × 525.8 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Banana Split, 2010 Gum on unprimed canvas, 78 × 120 inches (198.1 × 304.8 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Banana Split, 2010

Gum on unprimed canvas, 78 × 120 inches (198.1 × 304.8 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Overture, 2010 Plywood, 92 × 192 ½ × 368 inches (233.7 × 489 × 934.7 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Overture, 2010

Plywood, 92 × 192 ½ × 368 inches (233.7 × 489 × 934.7 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Overture, 2010 Plywood, 92 × 192 ½ × 368 inches (233.7 × 489 × 934.7 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Overture, 2010

Plywood, 92 × 192 ½ × 368 inches (233.7 × 489 × 934.7 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Overture, 2010 (detail) Plywood, 92 × 192 ½ × 368 inches (233.7 × 489 × 934.7 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Overture, 2010 (detail)

Plywood, 92 × 192 ½ × 368 inches (233.7 × 489 × 934.7 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Whatever, 2007–10 Oil on canvas, 72 × 68 inches (182.9 × 172.7 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Whatever, 2007–10

Oil on canvas, 72 × 68 inches (182.9 × 172.7 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Untitled, 2008 Oil on canvas, 96 × 128 inches (243.8 × 325.1 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Untitled, 2008

Oil on canvas, 96 × 128 inches (243.8 × 325.1 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Untitled, 2008 Oil on canvas, 10 × 8 inches (25.4 × 20.3 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Untitled, 2008

Oil on canvas, 10 × 8 inches (25.4 × 20.3 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Holy Crap, 2005–08 Oil on panel, 9 ⅜ × 10 inches (23.8 × 25.4 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Holy Crap, 2005–08

Oil on panel, 9 ⅜ × 10 inches (23.8 × 25.4 cm)
© Dan Colen

DAN COLEN Fuck Authority, 2006 Oil on canvas 18 × 22 inches (45.7 × 55.9 cm) Installation at Gagosian Gallery West 24th Street, New York © Dan Colen

DAN COLEN Fuck Authority, 2006

Oil on canvas 18 × 22 inches (45.7 × 55.9 cm) Installation at Gagosian Gallery West 24th Street, New York © Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Otis and Garfield, 2006 Photo Lambda print, 15 × 18 inches (38.1 × 45.7 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Otis and Garfield, 2006

Photo Lambda print, 15 × 18 inches (38.1 × 45.7 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Nostalgia, 2006 Mixed media, Approx. 100 × 144 × 144 inches (254 × 365.8 × 365.8 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Nostalgia, 2006

Mixed media, Approx. 100 × 144 × 144 inches (254 × 365.8 × 365.8 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, HOLY SHIT, 2006 Oil on plywood, 48 × 36 inches (121.9 × 91.4 cm)Photo by Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, HOLY SHIT, 2006

Oil on plywood, 48 × 36 inches (121.9 × 91.4 cm)
Photo by Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, Fuck, 2004 Oil on canvas, 8 ½ × 9 inches (22 × 22.9 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Fuck, 2004

Oil on canvas, 8 ½ × 9 inches (22 × 22.9 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, For they know not what they do (self-portrait), 2006 Oil on found painting, 22 ⅞ × 30 ⅞ inches (58.1 × 78.4 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, For they know not what they do (self-portrait), 2006

Oil on found painting, 22 ⅞ × 30 ⅞ inches (58.1 × 78.4 cm)
© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Self-portrait as the Wanderer (as I pause to ponder: do real men break herds? I decide yes! They do, only to later change my mind.), 2004 Oil on found painting, 14 ¼ × 18 inches (36.2 × 45.7 cm)© Dan Colen

Dan Colen, Self-portrait as the Wanderer (as I pause to ponder: do real men break herds? I decide yes! They do, only to later change my mind.), 2004

Oil on found painting, 14 ¼ × 18 inches (36.2 × 45.7 cm)
© Dan Colen

About

From the outset, Dan Colen’s paintings have continually investigated one foundational question: To what extent does art come from the artist, and to what extent does it arise from forces independent of the artist? In his earliest works, Colen labored over precise oil renderings of banal interiors—a sloppy apartment bathroom, an adolescent bedroom, a camping tent—into which he introduced the presence of the supernatural—the Blue Fairy, Jesus Christ, twinkling cherubs, his deceased grandfather. He describes his subsequent series of Candle paintings as “portraits of God.” In these works, the space of the canvas embodies Geppetto’s worktable—where Pinocchio transcends his materiality to become real—and a message appears in the smoke left by a just-extinguished candle flame.

In 2006 Colen started to make “paintings” with chewing gum instead of paint, ushering in a long period during which he traded representational subject matter for an exploration of the medium itself. Using flowers, dirt, grass, tar and feathers, Mylar confetti, street trash, and readymade metal studs, he relinquished his controlled approach to painting, allowing the final result to be guided by the behavior of a given material. He has mused on this loss of control as a source of excitement, commenting that it was as if the paintings were taking on “inevitable forms—almost like destined forms.”

Colen was born in 1979 in New Jersey. He received a BFA in 2001 from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. Recent solo exhibitions include Peanuts, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (2011); In Living Color, FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2012); The Illusion of Life, Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (2013); Help!, Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, Connecticut (2014); The L . . . o . . . n . . . g Count, Walter De Maria Building, New York (2014); Psychic Slayer, Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark (2015); Shake the Elbow, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York (2015); and Oil Painting, Dallas Contemporary (2016). Colen’s work was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and the 12th Lyon Biennale in 2013. His work is featured in collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo; Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens; de la Cruz Collection, Miami; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Jiménez-Cólón Collection, Puerto Rico; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

Colen lives and works in New York.

Dan Colen

Photo: Eric Piasecki

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Fairs, Events & Announcements

Dan Colen, Vengeance, 2015 © Dan Colen. Photo: Christopher Burke

Lecture

Dan Colen

Friday, September 21, 2018, 7pm
De la Cruz Collection, Miami
www.delacruzcollection.org

Dan Colen will speak about his practice and his new series of works inspired by desert landscapes. To attend the free event, reserve tickets at www.delacruzcollection.org.

Dan Colen, Vengeance, 2015 © Dan Colen. Photo: Christopher Burke

Georg Baselitz, Frau am Strand (Woman on the Beach), 1981 © Georg Baselitz 2018

Art Fair

Art Basel

June 14–17, 2018
Messe Basel, booth B11
www.artbasel.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art Basel 2018, presenting works by modern and contemporary artists including Georg Baselitz, John Chamberlain, Dan Colen, John Currin, Willem de Kooning, Urs Fischer, Helen Frankenthaler, Ellen Gallagher, Jennifer Guidi, Andreas Gursky, Neil Jenney, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, Takashi Murakami, Giuseppe Penone, Pablo Picasso, Richard Prince, Sterling Ruby, Richard Serra, Rudolf Stingel, Mark Tansey, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Mary Weatherford, and Tom Wesselmann. To receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact the gallery at inquire@gagosian.com. To preview our booth go to www.artsy.net. To purchase tickets to attend the fair go to www.artbasel.com.

Georg Baselitz, Frau am Strand (Woman on the Beach), 1981 © Georg Baselitz 2018

John Chamberlain, Untitled, 1993 © 2018 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Art Fair

Zona Maco

February 7–11, 2018, booth F201
Centro Citibanamex, Mexico City
www.zsonamaco.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in Zona Maco México Arte Contemporáneo 2018, presenting works by Chris Burden, John Chamberlain, Dan Colen, Frank Gehry, Piero Golia, Douglas Gordon, Katharina Grosse, Adam McEwen, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Giuseppe Penone, Pablo Picasso, Richard Prince, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Saville, Rudolf Stingel, Robert Therrien, Blair Thurman, Adriana Varejão, Jeff Wall, Andy Warhol, and Tom Wesselmann. If you wish to receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact us at losangeles@gagosian.com. Tickets are available at www.zsonamaco.com.

John Chamberlain, Untitled, 1993 © 2018 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Museum Exhibitions

Dan Colen, No Way Jose, 2008–09 © Dan Colen. Photo: Christopher Burke

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Dan Colen

May 25–September 16, 2018
Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo
afmuseet.no

This exhibition of works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection will bring together a corpus of Dan Colen’s paintings (made from oil, chewing gum, confetti, flowers, and lemon juice) as well as sculpture, photographs, and film. Embodiments of moments that have taken on aesthetic form, the works present fragmented stories told in the first person about the artist and his immediate environment. They are dialogues with society and commentaries on art history that often reference political issues, mixing high and low cultural values.

Dan Colen, No Way Jose, 2008–09 © Dan Colen. Photo: Christopher Burke

Installation view, Dan Colen: Sweet Liberty, Newport Street Gallery, London, October 4, 2017–January 28, 2018. Artwork © Dan Colen. Photo by Prudence Cumings Associates Ltd © Victor Marta Ltd.

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Dan Colen
Sweet Liberty

October 4, 2017–January 28, 2018
Newport Street Gallery, London
www.newportstreetgallery.com

This exhibition is Dan Colen’s first major solo exhibition in London and spans more than fifteen years of his art making. The show features new works, including large-scale installations, alongside significant early pieces.

Installation view, Dan Colen: Sweet Liberty, Newport Street Gallery, London, October 4, 2017–January 28, 2018. Artwork © Dan Colen. Photo by Prudence Cumings Associates Ltd © Victor Marta Ltd.

Dan Colen, Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors (My Friend Dash’s Wall in the Future), 2004–06/2016

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Dan Colen in
Ryan McGinley: The Kids Were Alright

February 11–August 20, 2017
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
mcadenver.org

Featured in this survey of Ryan McGinley’s early work is Dan Colen’s Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors (My Friend Dash’s Wall in the Future) (2004–06/2016). This massive sculpture––the artist’s first––is also a monumental painting. Spanning almost ten feet, the freestanding work is comprised of hundreds of small oil paintings on paper or foam, each a 1:1 trompe l’oeil representation of a corresponding photograph, newspaper clipping, or object that hung in an identical position on Dash Snow’s apartment wall in the early 2000s. The apartment was a gathering place for friends and artists, among them Colen’s childhood friend Ryan McGinley.

Dan Colen, Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors (My Friend Dash’s Wall in the Future), 2004–06/2016

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