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Dan Colen

HELP

February 26–April 4, 2020
Park & 75, New York

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Installation view Artwork © Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Works Exhibited

Dan Colen, HELP, 2019–20 Oil on canvas, 28 × 46 ½ inches (71.1 × 118.1 cm)© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, HELP, 2019–20

Oil on canvas, 28 × 46 ½ inches (71.1 × 118.1 cm)
© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, HELP, 2019–20 Oil on canvas, 28 × 46 ½ inches (71.1 × 118.1 cm)© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, HELP, 2019–20

Oil on canvas, 28 × 46 ½ inches (71.1 × 118.1 cm)
© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, HELP, 2019–20 Oil on canvas, 18 × 30 inches (45.7 × 76.2 cm)© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, HELP, 2019–20

Oil on canvas, 18 × 30 inches (45.7 × 76.2 cm)
© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, HELP, 2019–20 Oil on canvas, 18 × 30 inches (45.7 × 76.2 cm)© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, HELP, 2019–20

Oil on canvas, 18 × 30 inches (45.7 × 76.2 cm)
© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

About

I’m interested in the fragility of the moment. When painting, each brushstroke is an opportunity to consider and preserve that moment. Each mark is a decision, from the moment the brush collides with the canvas, and each one can go in so many different directions.
—Dan Colen

Gagosian is pleased to present HELP, an exhibition of new paintings by Dan Colen.

Moving between diverse styles and subjects, Colen investigates the conceptual stakes of materiality and mark making. In his earliest paintings, elements of the supernatural intrude into naturalistic renderings of interior spaces, while his more recent canvases explore the technical, physical, and thematic limits of the medium itself. Colen has often worked with unconventional materials such as chewing gum, soil, and trash, relinquishing control of his work’s final appearance to their unpredictable surfaces. Nevertheless, representational imagery has remained a through line across his oeuvre, allowing him to conduct an ever-evolving inquiry into the objecthood and authority of painting as a medium.

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Chicken and barn at Sky High Farm in Columbia County, New York.

Dan Colen: Sky High Farm

In this video, Dan Colen speaks about his inspiration in founding Sky High Farm as a way to address food insecurity and improve access to fresh, nutritious food for underserved communities in New York. Established in 2011, the 40-acre farm raises pasture-based livestock and grows organic fruit and vegetables exclusively for donation. 

Project EATS farm (top); Sky High Farm (bottom).

The Bigger Picture
Sky High Farm × Project EATS

Dan Colen and Linda Goode Bryant are both artists who have founded nonprofits devoted to food justice. Here they speak about art, food, and life, including how they arrived at farming and the urgency of their projects’ missions during the current health crisis.

A Single Moment: Dan Colen and Francesco Bonami

A Single Moment: Dan Colen and Francesco Bonami

Dan Colen joins Francesco Bonami in a conversation about absence and nostalgia, decadence and decay, progress and failure—and about help, the theme of his most recent body of paintings.

Video still of Dan Colen seated onstage with Hans Ulrich Obrist.

In Conversation
Dan Colen with Hans Ulrich Obrist

Against the backdrop of his survey exhibition Sweet Liberty, Dan Colen speaks about his work with Hans Ulrich Obrist, starting with his earliest interest in art and continuing up to the recent Desert paintings (2015–19).

Dan Colen: Carry On Cowboy

Dan Colen: Carry On Cowboy

Gagosian Quarterly presents Dan Colen’s Carry On Cowboy. This performance first took place during the exhibition Dan Colen: High Noon at Gagosian, Beverly Hills.

Dan Colen: At Least They Died Together

Dan Colen: At Least They Died Together

Gagosian Quarterly presents Dan Colen’s At Least They Died Together. This performance first took place during the exhibition Dan Colen: High Noon at Gagosian, Beverly Hills.

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Photo: Eric Piasecki

Artist Spotlight

Dan Colen

May 20–26, 2020

Moving between diverse styles and subjects, Dan Colen investigates the conceptual stakes of materiality and mark making. Alongside explorations in unconventional mediums including chewing gum, flowers, and metal studs, he continually returns to oil painting and representation, conducting an ever-evolving inquiry into the objecthood and authority of painting as a medium.

Photo: Eric Piasecki

Dan Colen: High Noon (New York: Gagosian, 2020)

Book Signing

Dan Colen
High Noon

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 3–4pm
Gagosian Shop, New York

Gagosian will host a book signing with Dan Colen to celebrate the publication of High Noon, an exhibition catalogue of his Desert Paintings (2015–19), exhibited at Gagosian, Beverly Hills, in 2018. These large-scale paintings are lush yet schematic interpretations of the arid landscapes from Chuck Jones’s animated shorts featuring Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. The volume also documents two new performances, At Least They Died Together and Carry On Cowboy (both 2018). To attend the free event, RSVP to colenrsvp@gagosian.com.

Download the full press release (PDF)

Dan Colen: High Noon (New York: Gagosian, 2020)