Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by New York based artist Allan McCollum. This is his seventh solo exhibition with the gallery.
In her 2017 essay, “Allan McCollum’s Unstretched Canvases”, published in our forthcoming catalogue, Meredith Malone begins:
Since Allan McCollum decided to become an artist in 1967, his practice has centered on an insistent drive to demystify the process of art making. “Every project I’ve done,” he stated in a 2001 interview, “has been an inquiry into what it is we look for in an artwork.”(1) As a self-taught Los Angeles–based painter in the 1960s, McCollum learned about contemporary art by culling information from art magazines, museums, galleries, and his practical experiences as an art handler. He freely experimented with a hybrid mixture of methods and techniques, describing his approach at this time as “a cross between post-painterly abstraction and post-minimalism.”(2) Although well-received in the Los Angeles art scene of the late 1960s and 1970s, McCollum’s early forays into painting in the form of his "Bleach" and "Constructed Paintings" are less known than his subsequent series of "Surrogate Paintings" (begun in 1978) and "Plaster Surrogates" (begun in 1982). His earliest paintings represent a vital transitional moment for the artist, linking him to the formalist dialogues of the 1950s and 1960s while anticipating his growing preoccupation with issues of serial production and strategies of display evinced in his "Surrogates" and beyond. At the same time these canvases offer intriguing perspective on the dominant discourses surrounding abstract painting in the beginning of the 1970s and McCollum’s aspiration to test and strain them.
Works: 1968–1977 brings together, for the first time in New York, one Bleach Painting, five Constructed Paintings and a number of late 1960s pieces: all anticipate McCollum’s future work as much as they suggest the nature of his artistic practice at the outset of his career.
Allan McCollum was born in 1944 in Los Angeles, California, and lives and works in New York City. His work is also on display in Lost Objects at Mary Boone Gallery, New York from March 4th – April 22nd.
Petzel Gallery is located on the third floor of 35 East 67th Street between Madison and Park Avenues, New York City. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM–6:00 PM. For press inquires, please contact Janine Latham at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (212) 680-9467.
(1) Allan McCollum quoted in Robert Enright, “No Things but in Ideas: An Interview with Allan McCollum,” Border Crossings, no. 20 (August 2001): 37.
(2) Ibid., 31.
The publication contains the following essays:
"In Every Act of Approaching a Painting" by Rhea Anastas
"Allan McCollum's Supplements, More or Less" by MaryJo Marks
"Allan McColllum's Curiosities, Natural and Cultural" by Martha Buskirk
Interviews with Allan McCollum (1995-2008) by Catherine Quéloz
Edited by Rhea Anastas
Published by JRP|Ringier, Zurich
© 2012 the authors, the artist, the photographers, and JRP|Ringier Kunstverlag AG
This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Allan McCollum: Works 1980-2008 A Selection, at Luciana Brito Galeria, São Paulo, Brazil, August - October, 2009
Introduction by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti
Texts by Andrea Fraser, Craig Owens, Dietmar Elger, Hal Foster, Helen Molesworth, Jill Gasparina, Lynne Cooke, Rhea Anastas, Rosalind Krauss and Allan McCollum interviewed by D.A. Robbins, Robert Enright and Thomas Lawson
Published by Luciana Brito Galeria
© 2009 Luciana Brito Galeria
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Allan McCollum Works: 1968-1977, Petzel Gallery, 35 E 67th Street, March 2 - April 29, 2017
"Allan McCollum's Unstretched Canvases" by Meredith Malone
Published by Petzel, New York
© 2017 Allan McCollum and Petzel
36 Perpetual Photos accompanies a large exhibition at the IVAM, Centre del Carme, of the work that the American artist Allan McCollum has produced during the past four years. The show includes his "Plastic Surrogates," "Perfect Vehicles," "Perpetual Photos," "Individual Works," and the new "Drawings."
Published by Imschoot, uitgevers
© 1990 IVAM - Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno; Imschoot, utigevers and Allan McCollum