Allan McCollum

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.


Recent and upcoming exhibitions

Greene Naftali Gallery, USA, New York
Group exhibition
June 29 – August 11, 2017

Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, USA
Group exhibition
March 11 – June 4, 2017

Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA
Lost Objects
Solo exhibition
March 4 – April 22, 2017

Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, USA
Works: 1968–1977
Solo exhibition
March 3 – April 29, 2017

Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Block Parts
Group exhibition
June 18 – July 29, 2016

MFC-Michèle Didier Gallery, Paris, France
A Vendre, Exposition
Group exhibition
April 1 – June 18, 2016

Galerie Mitterrand, Paris, France
Perfect Couples & Shapes Spinoffs
Solo exhibition
May 13 – July 16, 2016

MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
Das imaginäre Museum. Werke aus dem Centre Pompidou, der Tate und dem MMK
Group exhibition
March 24 – September 4, 2016

Gagosian Gallery, Rome, Italy
Prototypology: An Index of Process and Mutation
Group exhibition
January 14 – March 5, 2016

Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (Ludwig Foundation), Vienna, Austria
to expose, to show, to demonstrate, to inform, to offer: Artistic Practices around 1990
Group exhibition
October 10, 2015 – January 24, 2016

Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
The Shapes Project: Shapes Spinoffs
Solo exhibition
October 6 – January 16, 2015

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Various Small Fires (Working Documents)
Group exhibition
May 30, 2015 – February 7, 2016

Selected publications

Rhea Anastas
Allan McCollum
Published by: JRP Ringier, 2012
ISBN: 978-3-03764-193-4

Norton Fausto Garfield
Allan McCollum
Published by: Anim Publishing, 2011
ISBN: 978-6134937412

Information on shows at the gallery

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