Teachers and Students: Carroll Dunham and Barnaby Furnas

After he graduated the School of Visual Arts in 1995, Barnaby Furnas spent three years working for Carroll Dunham, who would encourage the upstart painter to enroll in Columbia’s MFA program (where was an instructor). The move would prove fortuitous: Marianne Boesky encountered Furnas’s work at one of Columbia’s open studio events, and would go on to become his long-time gallerist.

At even a casual glance the connection between the two artists’ work, both full of grotesquely exaggerated figures in often-X-rated scenes, is apparent. As The Guardian once described, “both call into question a boys’ club of sex, violence, and global politics.”