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Christian Holstad

American, b. 1972

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Christian Holstad

American, b. 1972

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In his installations, performances, collages, and drawings, Christian Holstad mixes high and low culture to explore issues of gay identity. He is known for his labor-intensive collages (which often depict erotic couplings of men whose bodies are cut out of decorative patterns in magazines) and his use of craft techniques like quilting, knitting, and sewing. In his 2007 work Leather Beach, he transformed a former New York deli into an installation about pre-AIDS gay leather culture, offering up handmade faux fetish gear assembled from pompoms, chains, hair, vegetable matter, and glitter. Interested in communal experience and activity, in 2009 Holstad used embroidery and stitching atop white-towel canvases to create free-standing soft-sculpture urinals that incorporate detritus like cigarette butts, French fries, and condom wrappers.

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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
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Whitney Biennial, and 2 more
Biography

In his installations, performances, collages, and drawings, Christian Holstad mixes high and low culture to explore issues of gay identity. He is known for his labor-intensive collages (which often depict erotic couplings of men whose bodies are cut out of decorative patterns in magazines) and his use of craft techniques like quilting, knitting, and sewing. In his 2007 work Leather Beach, he transformed a former New York deli into an installation about pre-AIDS gay leather culture, offering up handmade faux fetish gear assembled from pompoms, chains, hair, vegetable matter, and glitter. Interested in communal experience and activity, in 2009 Holstad used embroidery and stitching atop white-towel canvases to create free-standing soft-sculpture urinals that incorporate detritus like cigarette butts, French fries, and condom wrappers.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial, and 2 more