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Dan Colen

American, b. 1979

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Dan Colen

American, b. 1979

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Biography

Dan Colen creates mixed-media, sculptural, and painted works that locate interest and magic within the seemingly ordinary and undervalued. Drawing from mass media, local subcultures, and sources such as Walt Disney film stills, he combines the intensity of real life with reflections on the subjects of immanence and belief. His meticulously painted surfaces often replicate scrawls of graffiti, accretions of bird droppings, and absurd slogans on inadvertent monuments and sites, such as in the green-splattered oil painting Bird Shit (2007) and No Sex No War No Me (2006), where the enamel medium resembles spray-painted text. Using debris from the street—ranging from a flip-flop, to paint cans to string—Colen reclaims, scrutinizes, and transforms the everyday object.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$3m, Christie's, 2014
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Solo show at a major institution
Dallas Contemporary
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
de la Cruz Collection
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
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Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial, and 1 more
Biography

Dan Colen creates mixed-media, sculptural, and painted works that locate interest and magic within the seemingly ordinary and undervalued. Drawing from mass media, local subcultures, and sources such as Walt Disney film stills, he combines the intensity of real life with reflections on the subjects of immanence and belief. His meticulously painted surfaces often replicate scrawls of graffiti, accretions of bird droppings, and absurd slogans on inadvertent monuments and sites, such as in the green-splattered oil painting Bird Shit (2007) and No Sex No War No Me (2006), where the enamel medium resembles spray-painted text. Using debris from the street—ranging from a flip-flop, to paint cans to string—Colen reclaims, scrutinizes, and transforms the everyday object.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$3m, Christie's, 2014
User
Solo show at a major institution
Dallas Contemporary
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
de la Cruz Collection
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial, and 1 more
Shows Featuring Dan Colen
Articles Featuring Dan Colen
What Sold at Art Basel in Basel Online
Jun 23rd, 2020
What Sold at Art Basel in Basel Online
Dan Colen’s M&Ms Touch Down in Miami
Dec 2nd, 2015
Dan Colen’s M&Ms Touch Down in Miami
Bird Sh*t, Bubble Gum, and Crack Pipes: Dan Colen Reflects on his Decade-Long Career
May 13th, 2014
Bird Sh*t, Bubble Gum, and Crack Pipes: Dan Colen Reflects on his Decade-Long Career
The Artsy Questionnaire: Ivanka Trump Shares her Philosophy on Art, Collecting, Technology & More
Sep 12th, 2013
The Artsy Questionnaire: Ivanka Trump Shares her Philosophy on Art, Collecting, Technology & More
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