Terry Allen

American, b. 1943

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Terry Allen

American, b. 1943

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Multimedia artist and songwriter Terry Allen creates object-based and performance works that he builds from narratives drawn from historical events, personal memories, pop culture, and the American landscape. For his exhibition “Ghost Ship Rodez: The Momo Chronicles” (2008-11), comprised of a series of multimedia installations and sculptures, Allen drew inspiration from the life of French artist, playwright, and actor Antonin Artaud. Explaining his fascination with Artaud, Allen said: “The inner life of any true artist has the traits of three essential characters: children (they are innocent), criminals (they break rules), and the insane (they inhabit another world).” In addition to sculptures, collages, drawings, recordings, and installations, Allen has also produced performances and public commissions.

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MCA Chicago
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
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Biography

Multimedia artist and songwriter Terry Allen creates object-based and performance works that he builds from narratives drawn from historical events, personal memories, pop culture, and the American landscape. For his exhibition “Ghost Ship Rodez: The Momo Chronicles” (2008-11), comprised of a series of multimedia installations and sculptures, Allen drew inspiration from the life of French artist, playwright, and actor Antonin Artaud. Explaining his fascination with Artaud, Allen said: “The inner life of any true artist has the traits of three essential characters: children (they are innocent), criminals (they break rules), and the insane (they inhabit another world).” In addition to sculptures, collages, drawings, recordings, and installations, Allen has also produced performances and public commissions.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MCA Chicago
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
documenta, and 1 more
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