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Dan Colen

Lover, Lover, Lover

September 7–October 22, 2022
West 21st Street, New York

Installation view Artwork © Dan Colen, © Sy Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Dan Colen, © Sy 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

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 with Dan Colen, Mother (Jail) (2018–21) Artwork © Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view with Dan Colen, Mother (Jail) (2018–21)

Artwork © Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Dan Colen, © Sy Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Dan Colen, © Sy Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Dan Colen, © Sy Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Dan Colen, © Sy Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Dan Colen, © Sy Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Dan Colen, © Sy 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, © Sy Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Dan Colen, © Sy Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Works Exhibited

Dan Colen, Mother (Intersection), 2021–22 Oil on canvas, 59 × 151 inches (149.9 × 383.5 cm)© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, Mother (Intersection), 2021–22

Oil on canvas, 59 × 151 inches (149.9 × 383.5 cm)
© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, Mother (Jail), 2021–22 Oil on canvas, 59 × 151 inches (149.9 × 383.5 cm)© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, Mother (Jail), 2021–22

Oil on canvas, 59 × 151 inches (149.9 × 383.5 cm)
© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, Mother (Bedroom), 2021–22 Oil on canvas, 59 × 151 inches (149.9 × 383.5 cm)© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, Mother (Bedroom), 2021–22

Oil on canvas, 59 × 151 inches (149.9 × 383.5 cm)
© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, Mother (Jail), 2018–21 Oil on canvas, 59 × 151 inches (149.9 × 383.5 cm)© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, Mother (Jail), 2018–21

Oil on canvas, 59 × 151 inches (149.9 × 383.5 cm)
© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, Woodworker (Candle), 2022 Oil on canvas, 50 × 68 inches (127 × 172.7 cm)© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, Woodworker (Candle), 2022

Oil on canvas, 50 × 68 inches (127 × 172.7 cm)
© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, Woodworker (Violin), 2022 Oil on canvas, 50 × 67 inches (127 × 170.2 cm)© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, Woodworker (Violin), 2022

Oil on canvas, 50 × 67 inches (127 × 170.2 cm)
© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, Woodworker (Music Boxes), 2022 Oil on canvas, 50 × 67 inches (127 × 170.2 cm)© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, Woodworker (Music Boxes), 2022

Oil on canvas, 50 × 67 inches (127 × 170.2 cm)
© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, Woodworker (Chisel), 2022 Oil on canvas, 50 × 72 inches (127 × 182.9 cm)© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Dan Colen, Woodworker (Chisel), 2022

Oil on canvas, 50 × 72 inches (127 × 182.9 cm)
© Dan Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Sy Colen, Boxer, 1987–88 Wood, 18 × 12 × 17 inches (45.7 × 30.5 × 43.2 cm), edition of 3© Sy Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Sy Colen, Boxer, 1987–88

Wood, 18 × 12 × 17 inches (45.7 × 30.5 × 43.2 cm), edition of 3
© Sy Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Sy Colen, Pregnant Mother, 1979–80 Wood, 7 ½ × 2 ¼ × 2 inches (19.1 × 5.7 × 5.1 cm), edition of 3© Sy Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Sy Colen, Pregnant Mother, 1979–80

Wood, 7 ½ × 2 ¼ × 2 inches (19.1 × 5.7 × 5.1 cm), edition of 3
© Sy Colen. Photo: Rob McKeever

About

Home can be a dream for some and a nightmare for others. It is the past we come from and the future we aspire to. But inevitably it’s where we are, the earth we stand, work, and rest on in the present.
Dan Colen

Gagosian is pleased to announce Lover, Lover, Lover, an exhibition of new paintings by Dan Colen from the Mother and Woodworker series. All the paintings belong to the final group of his Disney-inspired canvases, which he initiated with the Candle series in 2003. Also included are two sculptures by Sy Colen, the artist’s father.

Borrowing its title from a song written by Leonard Cohen on a visit to his ancestral homeland of Israel during the Yom Kippur War, Lover, Lover, Lover employs the aesthetics of Disney animation to reflect on the many “lovers”—god, birthplace, friend, father, mother, spouse, and child—that we have, lose, and move between. Colen, who is also Jewish, relocated briefly with his family to Israel when he was five years old, an experience that shaped his idea of home in all its charged complexity. Lover, Lover, Lover, which was conceived of during another pivotal moment in the artist’s life, explores this perception in concert with ideas of tradition, influence, and the always-fraught American dream.

The Mother paintingswhich Colen began in 2009, are based on scenes from the Disney classic Lady and the Tramp (1955) and reflect a concern with the places that shape our lives. They propose various sites as potential manifestations of “home,” exploring a spectrum between freedom and bondage. In this series, Colen incorporates the theme of influence by “quoting” brush marks from a broad range of historical movements including, but not limited to, Photorealism, German Romanticism, and American Spiritualism. The images present moments from a journey toward a hinted-at promised land, conjuring feelings of uncertainty, but also of hope. For Colen, Disney’s creations manufacture an idealized backdrop to our shared desire while operating in the context of power and control; the series explores our collective need for a secure existence—and the reality that many will never attain it.

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Carrie Mae Weems’s The Louvre (2006), on the cover of Gagosian Quarterly, Summer 2021

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2021

The Summer 2021 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Carrie Mae Weems’s The Louvre (2006) on its cover.

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.