One of Dunham's greatest gifts is his ability to comprehend what the culture constructs as real. In turn, it can be fairly said that his paintings, core samples from his own psychological terrain, are touchstones of human emotion. What I see as real in his art is a living strain of painting's impurity, and therefore its future.
—Ronald Jones, "The Funny Biology of Evil," Carroll Dunham: Selected Paintings, 1990–95, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 1995
Gagosian Gallery Los Angeles is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Carroll Dunham.
The exhibition is comprised of six paintings that the artist refers to as “portraits,” three male and three female. In them, Dunham continues to use animated figures to explore the formal and psychological issues for which he has become most well known. The new paintings however, have figures that have become much more iconic and monumental.
All of the paintings were worked on simultaneously from late 1999 and throughout most of 2000. The first in the series entitled, Alpha, depicts an archetypal male who is surrounded of by splashes of paint, graphic marks, stains and scribbles. It is clear that inspiration is taken from contemporary masters such as Cy Twombly, Arshile Gorky, Joan Miró and even Jean Dubuffet and William Copley, but Dunham's male is thoroughly contemporary and seems to be caught in the psychology of our present moment.
The three female portraits are set against deep blue backgrounds with similar graphic complexity. Dunham has painted his females with deference, while self-sufficient and powerful; their sinuous and supple forms are reminiscent of early Paleolithic carvings such as the Venus of Willendorf.
The gallery will also display 19 new prints by the artist that were the stimulus for this series of paintings.
Dunham has exhibited widely in the last 15 years, and is in notable public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Tate Gallery of Modern Art in London. He will have a major retrospective at The New Museum of Art, New York in January of 2003.
Fragments of Time Past
March 27–April 25, 2020
Extended through April 25, 2020
February 6–April 25, 2020
On the Eve of Never Leaving
November 1, 2019–January 11, 2020
Nathaniel Mary Quinn
Hollow and Cut
September 11–October 19, 2019