Keegan McHargue

American, b. 1982

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Keegan McHargue

American, b. 1982

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As a painter, sculptor, choreographer, and musician, Keegan McHargue is concerned with the tension between tragedy and comedy that lies behind the banality of everyday life. “Humor is a large part of my work,” he has said. “[…] The human condition can be tragic, but […] you have to occasionally laugh about it all.” McHargue’s semi-abstract mixed-media paintings and colorful assemblages blend identifiable figures with objects of the artist’s imagination; he is particularly inspired by music for his use of color and abstraction.

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Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Biography

As a painter, sculptor, choreographer, and musician, Keegan McHargue is concerned with the tension between tragedy and comedy that lies behind the banality of everyday life. “Humor is a large part of my work,” he has said. “[…] The human condition can be tragic, but […] you have to occasionally laugh about it all.” McHargue’s semi-abstract mixed-media paintings and colorful assemblages blend identifiable figures with objects of the artist’s imagination; he is particularly inspired by music for his use of color and abstraction.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum