Allan McCollum was born in California in 1944, and lives and works in New York City. With his extremely incisive works, he has become one of the most outstanding American artists of his time.
His works can be seen in the world’s best and most important collections. MoMA alone has three large work groups by the artist in its collection. McCollum has also been honored with numerous international museum exhibitions and catalogues, including recent exhibitions at Museum Haus Esters/Haus Lange, Krefeld, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in Düsseldorf, Sprengel Museum in Hannover, Frankfurt’s Portikus, and Kunsthalle Zurich.
His artistic work is defined by his occupation with the phenomenon of individuality and the mass as a sociological and artistic problem of defining identity. His works are often characterized by an extreme accumulation of individual pieces, such as drawings or sculptures. Certainly, the most well-known example of this are his Plaster Surrogates.
Notable solo exhibitions may include, among others, the Petzel Gallery in New York City (2013), the Kunsthalle Zürich (2008), and the Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble (2008). In 2008, he received the Award for Excellence in Design through the City of New York.
Alongside his work as an artist, McCollum dedicates himself to teaching as a professor at Columbia University, School of Arts, in New York City.