Friday, September 21, 2018, 7pm
De la Cruz Collection, Miami
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
Livin’ and Dyin’
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 11:30am
Newport Street Gallery, London
In this ninety-minute walking performance piece, Dan Colen is accompanied by Wile E. Coyote, Roger Rabbit, and the Kool-Aid Man. The script Colen reads is built from every pat cliché and aphorism one could think of, as well as several soaring, inspirational movie speeches. As a whole the piece overlays the human condition with human fantasy and folly (and vice versa) until it becomes confusing–what is true and what is phony.
Photo: Katherine March Driscoll
RxArt honors Dan Colen with the RxArt Inspiration Award at their annual party on November 9, 2017 in New York. In March 2017 Colen finished an ambitious and complex installation titled Moments like this… at St. Mary’s Hospital, which was organized in collaboration with RxArt. The facility will serve a community of 2,000 children and adolescents living with acute special needs and medical conditions. Tickets are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Christopher Burke Studio
Art Talk! on Vice
In this 2011 interview with Vice, Dan Colen walks through his New York studio and explains his nontraditional entry into the art world.
May 25–September 16, 2018
Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo
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
October 4, 2017–January 28, 2018
Newport Street Gallery, London
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 in
Ryan McGinley: The Kids Were Alright
February 11–August 20, 2017
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
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