Cham Hendon

American, 1936–2014

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Cham Hendon

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American, 1936–2014

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Since the late 1970s, Cham Hendon has been setting galleries and museums alight with his electric, psychedelically colored paintings, breaking the bounds of the formal methods in which he was trained. He first gained recognition for what he calls his “dumb” paintings, when Marcia Tucker, founding director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, included his work in her groundbreaking exhibition, “Bad Painting” (1978). To make his works—whose subjects include urban and natural landscapes, animals, architecture and interior scenes, and portraits of canonical artists—Hendon begins with a detailed drawing on un-stretched canvas. Laying the canvas flat, and working quickly, he then pours a mixture of acrylic and Rhoplex (an emulsion that thins the paint and prevents blending) over the drawing, often working with multiple colors simultaneously, building up the thick, bright surfaces for which he is celebrated.

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Biography

Since the late 1970s, Cham Hendon has been setting galleries and museums alight with his electric, psychedelically colored paintings, breaking the bounds of the formal methods in which he was trained. He first gained recognition for what he calls his “dumb” paintings, when Marcia Tucker, founding director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, included his work in her groundbreaking exhibition, “Bad Painting” (1978). To make his works—whose subjects include urban and natural landscapes, animals, architecture and interior scenes, and portraits of canonical artists—Hendon begins with a detailed drawing on un-stretched canvas. Laying the canvas flat, and working quickly, he then pours a mixture of acrylic and Rhoplex (an emulsion that thins the paint and prevents blending) over the drawing, often working with multiple colors simultaneously, building up the thick, bright surfaces for which he is celebrated.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
MoMA PS1
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Articles Featuring Cham Hendon
The Legacy of Cham Hendon and his “Dumb Paintings”
Feb 6th, 2014
The Legacy of Cham Hendon and his “Dumb Paintings”
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