Petah Coyne
American, born 1953
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Galerie Lelong & Co at Seattle Art Fair 2017,
Galerie Lelong & Co.
Galerie Lelong & Co at EXPO CHICAGO 2017,
Galerie Lelong & Co.
Petah Coyne: A Free Life,

Petah Coyne’s elaborate sculptures, characterized by a Baroque sensibility and macabre subject matter, reference an array of subjects and themes including literature, the Southern Gothic, and Christian iconography. Composed of velvet, candles, birdcages, chicken-wire fencing, hatpins, feathers, vinyl, horsehair, taxidermy peacocks, mud, and sticks, among countless other materials, her works are richly tactile, and occupy a space between the beautiful and the grotesque. In Coyne’s massive installation, Untitled #1093 (Buddha Boy) (2001-03), for example, a Madonna figure stands amidst melted wax candles and pearls. She also produces ghostly photographs that depict blurred figures of Buddhist monks and children, and draws from her own biography and associations to create her work. “The harder you strive for perfection, the greater the flaws,” she has said. “What to me is most interesting …

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