Allan McCollum

Works: 1968–1977

35 E 67th Street

March 2 – April 29, 2017

Allan McCollum
Works: 1968–1977
Installation view 1
2017

Allan McCollum
Works: 1968–1977
Installation view 2
2017

Allan McCollum
Works: 1968–1977
Installation view 3
2017

Allan McCollum
Works: 1968–1977
Installation view 4
2017

Allan McCollum
Works: 1968–1977
Installation view 5
2017

Allan McCollum
Works: 1968–1977
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2017

Allan McCollum
Works: 1968–1977
Installation view 7
2017

Allan McCollum
Works: 1968–1977
Installation view 8
2017

Allan McCollum
Works: 1968–1977
Installation view 9
2017

Allan McCollum
Works: 1968–1977
Installation view 10
2017

Allan McCollum
Works: 1968–1977
Installation view 11
2017

Allan McCollum
Works: 1968–1977
Installation view 12
2017

Allan McCollum
Works: 1968–1977
Installation view 13
2017

Allan McCollum
Works: 1968–1977
Installation view 14
2017

Allan McCollum
Works: 1968–1977
Installation view 15
2017

Allan McCollum
Works: 1968–1977
Installation view 16
2017

Allan McCollum
Works: 1968–1977
Installation view 17
2017

Remnants III
1973
Canvas, sand, silicone adhesive, and acrylic
43 x 48 inches

Untitled (Blown-Up Newspaper Print)
1968
Acrylic on canvas
82.25 x 59.5 inches

Beauty Is as Beauty Does
1972
Canvas, lacquer stain, varnish, and silicone adhesive
70 x 135 inches

Talking in Tongues
1974
Canvas, sand, glitter, silicone adhesive, and acrylic
72 x 163 inches

Untitled
1971
Canvas, dye, and boat caulking
92 x 90 inches

Untitled (Bleach Painting)
1970
Dye and bleach on canvas
90 x 100.5 inches

Secrets
1974
Canvas, glitter, sand, silicone adhesive, and acrylic
74 x 78 inches

Untitled Paper Constructions
1975
Acrylic, watercolor, colored pencil on paper (12 parts)
16 x 24 inches (each)

Untitled Paper Constructions
1977
Acrylic on paper mounted on foam core with wooden strips
17 x 57.75 inches

Untitled Paper Constructions
1977
Acrylic on paper mounted on foam core with wooden strips
17 x 25 inches

Untitled Paper Constructions
1977
Acrylic on paper mounted on foam core with wooden strips
17 x 50 inches

Untitled Paper Constructions
1977
Acrylic on paper mounted on foam core with wooden strips
17 x 42 inches

Untitled Paper Constructions
1975
Ink on paper
Diptych: 8 x 16 inches; 16 x 32 inches

Untitled Paper Constructions
1976
Acrylic on paper
Diptych: 32 x 24 inches; 16 x 12 inches

Untitled Paper Constructions
1975
Acrylic on paper
Diptych: 16 x 18 inches; 16 x 36 inches

Untitled Paper Constructions
1975
Acrylic on paper
Diptych: 16 x 18 inches; 16 x 36 inches

Untitled Paper Constructions
1975
Acrylic on paper
Diptych: 16 x 18 inches; 16 x 36 inches

Untitled Paper Constructions
1977
Acrylic on paper mounted on foam core with wooden strips
9 x 25.5 inches

Untitled Paper Constructions
1977
Acrylic on paper mounted on foam core with wooden strips
34 x 33.625 inches

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 janine@petzel.com, 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.

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