Michael Cline
American, born 1973
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Home Sweet Home,
Parrish Art Museum
Leyendecker at ARCOmadrid 2015,
Michael Cline - Corporation Pudding,
Horton Gallery

Michael Cline’s paintings of men and women mired in imaginary experiences of urban poverty, sex, and violence seamlessly blend aspects of Surrealism with traditional realism. His work has a satirical element, critiquing aspects of urban life but also creating a space for folk narrative and urban myth. His cities are not real places and his style is not documentary; rather, the city is a dream-like landscape in which Cline integrates seemingly unrelated details, figures, and inscrutable objects. For example in Reverse Engineered (2007), a destitute man points to a bitten sandwich on the ground while a child in strange glasses looks on ambivalently; around these centrally positioned figures, Cline has placed graffiti, a clothesline, a doll, a hanging light bulb, and a disembodied foot, together hinting at a narrative though leaving it largely ambiguous.

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