Greenwich May 1st to October 1st, 2014
Dan Colen: Help! on view at The Brant Foundation from May 1, 2014 – October 1, 2014.
Dan Colen : Help! traces a decade of Colen’s work, beginning with his first major sculpture, Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors (My Friend Dash’s Wall in the Future), 2004, and continuing through new site-specific pieces conceived specifically for The Brant Foundation. The exhibition continues the Foundation’s commitment to presenting major solo exhibitions for artists who have made singular contributions to the development of contemporary art. Peter Brant has been a major supporter of Colen throughout his career, and the artist is well represented in the Foundation’s collection.
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He received his B.F.A. in 2001 from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. Recent solo exhibitions include “Peanuts,” Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Norway (2011); “In Living Color,” FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2012); “The Illusion of Life,” Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, Scotland (2013); “Help!,” The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Connecticut (2014); “The L…o…n…g Count,” The Walter De Maria Building, New York (2014); “Psychic Slayer,” HEART—Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark (2015); and “Oil Painting,” Dallas Contemporary, Texas (2016). His work is featured in several public collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens; de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami; Jimenez–Colon Collection, Puerto Rico; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
Dan Colen: When I’m Gone. Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong. Dan Colen: Oil Painting. Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX.
Dan Colen: Shake the Elbow. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Dan Colen—Viscera. Venus Over Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. Dan Colen. And Now, Dallas, TX. Dan Colen: Psychic Slayer. HEART—Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark.
The L...o...n...g Count. The Walter De Maria Building, New York, NY. Dan Colen: Miracle Paintings. Gagosian Gallery, W. 24th Street, New York, NY. Help! The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, CT.
Dan Colen: The Illusion of Life. Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland. Dan Colen: The spirits that I called. Oko, New York, NY.
Out of the Blue, Into the Black. Gagosian Gallery, Paris, France. Cracks in the Clouds, Seagram Building, New York, NY. Blowin’ in the Wind. Gagosian Gallery, Athens, Greece. Blowin’ in the Wind. Karma, New York, NY. In Living Color. FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY.
Trash. Gagosian Gallery, Rome, Italy. Oh God! Massimo de Carlo, Palazzo Rospigliosi, Rome, Italy. Come Out, Come Out, Wherever you are. Carlson Gallery, London, England. Peanuts. Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway.
Dan Colen. Gagosian Gallery, West 24th Street, New York, NY. Karma. Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milano, Italy.
Dan Colen, An Allegory Of Faith... Gagosian Gallery, Davies Street, London, England.
Dan Colen, I live There... Gagosian Gallery, Davies Street, London, England.
Dan Colen. Peres Projects, Los Angeles, California. Potty Mouth, Potty War, Pot Roast, Pot is a Reality Kick. Gagosian Gallery, West 24th Street, New York, NY. Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors (My Friend Dash’s Wall in the future). Deitch Projects, New York, NY. NO ME. Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany.
Seven Days Always Seemed Like A Bit Of An Exaggeration. Rivington Arms, New York, NY.
Enzo Cucchi Tano Festa Dan Colen. The National Exemplar, New York, NY.
After Effect. Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX.
Popular Images. Karma, New York, NY.
The Rainbow Serpent. Gagosian Gallery, Athens, Greece.
First Show / Last Show. 190 Bowery, New York, NY.
One Way: Peter Marino. Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL.
Le Jardin Décomposé / Decomposed Garden. Gagosian Gallery, Le Bourget, Paris, France.
Broadway Morey Boogie. Montefiore Square, presented by Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY.
Alter/Abolish/Address. 5x5: 2014, Washington, D.C.
CLEAR. Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA.
Confronti – Enrico Castellani, Dan Colen, Dadamaino, Piotr Uklanski. GAMeC – Galleria
The Show is Over. Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, London, England.
Meanwhile... Suddenly and Then. 12th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France.
Joe Bradley and Dan Colen: Epiphany. Gavin Brown Enterprises, New York, NY.
Holy Crap! The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NY.
Grisaille Part II. Luxembourg & Dayan, New York, NY.
OH! Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris, France.
Grisaille Part I. Luxembourg and Dayan, London, England.
Ray's a Laugh. Half Gallery, New York, NY.
Invitation to the Voyage. Algus Greenspon, New York, NY.
Love Roses. National Exemplar Gallery, New York, NY.
George Herms: Xenophilia (Love of the Unknown). Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA.
Post 9-11. OH WOW, Los Angeles, CA.
The Art of Wit. Paddle 8, New York, NY.
New York Minute. Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia.
Unpainted Paintings. Luxembourg and Dayan, New York, NY.
Don't Do It Etc. Galerie Bruno Bischofberger AG, Zurich, Switzerland.
Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection. Curated by Jeff Koons.The New Museum, New York, NY.
Art Cologne. Peres Projects Cologne, Berlin, Germany.
New York Minute. Curated by Kathy Grayson. Macro Future Museum, Roma, Italy.
Minneapolis. Peres Projects, Los Angeles, CA.
Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture. Saatchi Gallery, London, England.
Slough. David Nolan Gallery, New York, NY.
The Living & the Dead. Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY.
Wet Pain, Step Brother. Palazzo Gallery, Brescia, Italy.
The Unforgiven. Stellan Holm Gallery, New York, NY.
Substraction. Deitch Projects, New York, NY.
Sack of Bones. Asia Song Society, New York, NY.
Meet Me Around the Corner - Works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection. Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway.
Closing Down Sale. Michelle Maccarone, New York, NY.
Unholy Truth. Initial Access, Manchester, England.
Sweet Bird of Youth. Curated by Heidi Slimane. Arndt & Partner, Zurigo.
Pop art is, Gagosian Gallery, London, England.
Nest. Deitch Projects, New York, NY.
Last Attraction Next Exit. Curated by Neville Wakefield. Max Wigram Gallery, London,
Generation. Art Gallery of Alberta, Canada.
Fractured Figure - Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection. Curated by Jeffrey Deitch. Deste Foundation Centre For Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
Beyond Zero. Peres Projects, Athens, Greece.
Beneath the Underdog. Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY.
Absent Without Leave. Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England. USA
Today. Royal Academy, London.
Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night. Curated by Chrissie Iles & Philippe Vergne. The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
Defamation of Character. Curated by Neville Wakefield. PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY.
Infinite Painting. Curated by Francesco Bonami. Villa Manin-Centre for Contemporary Art, Passariane, Cedreipe, Italy.
Mid-Life Crisis. Curated by Ivana Salander and Tara Subkoff. Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NY.
Axis of Praxis. Curated by Nate Lowman. Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN.
Infinite Painting. curated by Francesco Bonami and Sarah Cosulich Canarutto. Villa Manin-Centre for Contemporary Art, Passariano, Codroipo.
Fantastic Politics—Art in Times of Crisis. National Museum for Art, Architecture & Design, Oslo, Norway.
Survivor (organized by David Rimanelli). Bortolami Dayan, New York, NY.
Interstate. Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY.
Bridge Freezes Before Road. Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY.
The Armory Show. Curated by Neville Wakefield. Peres Projects, New York, NY.
Art Works for Hard Money. Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY.
Art Basel Miami. Peres Projects, Miami, FL.
New York. Galerie du Jour, Paris, France.
40 Views of an Icon. Comme de Garcons.
First Show. Rivington Arms, New York, NY.
There is a direct connection between these literal depictions of Colen and Snow’s time together and much of the work Colen has produced in the years following Snow’s death, such as his confetti painting series. Like the shredded paper and feathers kicked up during the nest experiences, the image of confetti suspended in the air evokes celebration. And yet, rendered in oil paint, the confetti becomes abstracted, in some cases losing any sense of its original form and raising questions about whether it is possible to preserve elation or whether efforts to do so depict, in the end, something closer to loss. This dichotomy between control and surrender is central to Colen’s practice. A shift occurs as his work progresses past early trompe l’oeil pieces and begins (with the gum painting series) to employ “real,” everyday material in addition to traditional art material. Colen breaks apart the canonical painter’s approach to mimesis and instead presents his finished works in terms of their accreted component marks – marks made using oil paint, graphite, chewing gum, artificially dyed flowers, dimes, trash and live birds. Colen tracks the overall perceptual experience of a work by these elemental events, be they carefully manufactured by the artist or simply allowed to unfold according to the character of a given material. “I’m trying to make artworks that are specifically about the fragility of a moment,” says Colen about his practice as a whole, “works that try to pin down the energy from that moment and ask questions about what happens to that energy over time and what it reflects back on the viewer.”
At Least They Died Together (After Dash), consists of a pair of box trucks turned on their ends and buried in the Brant Foundation’s manicured polo field. Colen says he took the title from a collage Snow, who died of a heroin overdose in 2009, gave him. “At its original point of conception, I don’t think he was at the forefront of my mind,” he says. “Losing him really gave me an intimacy with death that I hadn’t had before, like literally in my own life, I came really close to the precipice myself. The sculpture, for me at least, provokes this thought, ‘is it a burial or is it like a planting?’ ‘Is life going to grow out of them, or more of a monument?’
– Dan Colen (The New York Times Style Magazine, May 8, 2014)