CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Dan Colen The Sorcerer's Apprentice, 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, NY

DAN COLEN

Oil Painting

16 APRIL - 21 AUGUST 2016

This exhibition examines the artistic process of Dan Colen (b. 1979) over the course of the last 15 years, both within particular series and also across the development of different bodies of work. Colen studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he graduated in 2001. He then moved immediately to New York City, not far from where he grew up and where he continues to live and work today.

 

While he has become known for making paintings with everyday materials such as chewing gum, metal studs, and flowers, Colen began his career with oil painting, and paint itself has continued to buoy the large part of his exploration. Paint (as well as its conspicuous alternatives) often constitutes both medium and subject matter simultaneously in the artist’s work. This self-reflexive function, painting about paint, is usually associated with abstraction, but Colen instead uses the same approach to confound the distinction between abstract and representational art.

 

For the first time, Oil Painting examines Colen’s exhaustive, widely arrayed working processes in this most traditional of mediums. From the meticulous progression of mapping, editing, intertwining, and transferal typical of his early, highly detailed paintings to the multilateral, experience-driven approach of his more experimental works, Colen maintains an insatiable curiosity about what kinds of marks are available to him as an artist. The works on view here chart a full spectrum of the artist’s control over and surrender to the mark, as well as the potencies activated by the interaction between mark and viewer.

 

Curated by Peter Doroshenko, Executive Director

 

PRESENTING SPONSORS:

NANCY C. + RICHARD R. ROGERS

 

SUPPORTED by:

 

 

TAMMY COTTON HARTNETTMARILYN + BILL LENOXMARK GIAMBRONE

 

ANN + DONALD SHORTDIEGO MARROQUIN

 

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Helmut Lang Untitled, 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Sperone Westwater, New York

HELMUT LANG

BURRY

16 APRIL - 21 AUGUST 2016

Over the past decade, Helmut Lang has developed an artistic practice founded in enigmatic interventions and characterized by a distinct use of materials and textures. Often created in series, his sculptural works explore organic variations that occur when working extensively with a single medium. Lang acquires his materials from diverse sources and repurposes them, baring their histories of former use. In BURRY, he transforms soft sheepskin into rigid, textured surfaces through the application of tar, and in this act of alchemy, Lang actively negates the expected qualities of the raw material.

 

BURRY casts the gallery as a space of contemplation and reverance. Lang’s works are positioned in a unique place of tension between floor-sculpture and wall-painting. Whether leaning against the wall or laying on the floor, the works evoke human scale. The works’ rectilinear outlines crisscross the space—drawing attention to the room’s interior volume. This is one of several markers of Lang’s acute ability to bring the viewer’s awareness to his own connection with the space and the work within it. Lang forces a physical relationship to the sculptures, creating a sense of being addressed by—even implicated in—them.

 

Born in Vienna, Austria in 1956, Helmut Lang lives and works in New York. His engagement with art started in the mid 1990's, when he collaborated with Louise Bourgeois and Jenny Holzer. Lang has devoted himself solely to his art since 2005 and exhibited since 1996 in Europe and the United States. Lang has exhibited, among others, at the Florence Biennale, Florence (1996); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (1998); The Journal Gallery, New York (2007); kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2008); The Fireplace Project, Long Island (2011); Schusev State Museum, Moscow (2011); Mark Fletcher, New York (2012); Deste Foundation, Athens (2013) and Sperone Westwater, New York (2015). The exhibition is curated by Peter Doroshenko, Executive Director of Dallas Contemporary.

 

Curated by Peter Doroshenko, Executive Director

 

PRESENTING SPONSORS:

NANCY C. + RICHARD R. ROGERS

 

SUPPORTED by:

 

 

TAMMY COTTON HARTNETTLAREE HULSHOFF + BEN J. FISCHERLUCY M. BUCHANAN

 

MARILYN + BILL LENOXJO MARIE LILLYMUFFIN + JOHN LEMAK

 

MICHELLE MOUSSAGOWRI SHARMAJESSICA PULLIAM

 

ANN + DONALD SHORTMAXINE + BEN TROWBRIDGE

 

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Paola Pivi ?, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Perrotin

PAOLA PIVI

Ma'am

16 APRIL - 21 AUGUST 2016

Diverse and enigmatic, Paola Pivi’s oeuvre appears to be the work of multiple creative minds. With ambitious and spectacular acts, as well as simple gestures, Pivi playfully appropriates cultural symbols, resulting in unexpected visuals that also appear surprisingly familiar. In each work, subject and materiality are manipulated leading to surprising transformations. The complexity of Pivi’s work is deepened by her belief that comprehensive explanation curtails the viewer’s freedom of interpretation.

 

Paola Pivi’s first museum solo exhibition in the United States addresses the viewer as “ma’am.” Women, men, and children are greeted with this term of reverence and kindness along with its common, unintentional undertones of comedy and pretension. Ma’am brings together iconic past works with new commissions. Pivi’s feather-covered polar bears occupy the gallery in the company of an inverted Fiat G-91 fighter jet. Canvases of cascading real pearls converse with photographs of zebras on a snowy mountaintop. Spinning, feather-dressed wheels evoke dream catchers, while a giant inflatable ladder elicts wonder and aspiration.

 

Originally from Milan, Italy, Paola Pivi (b.1971) is currently based in New Delhi, India, but she considers Anchorage, Alaska to be her permanent home. In 1997, as a student, Pivi placed an 18-wheeler truck on its side as part of the exhibition Fuori Uso in Pescara, Italy. Two years later, she installed an upside down G-91 fighter jet in the Venice Biennale’s Arsenale, helping Italy win the coveted Golden Lion for Best National Pavilion. Recently, Pivi has created major commissions for the Public Art Fund and the High Line in New York City. She has been the subject of major solo exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Basel, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan and MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma. Pivi’s work is included in the permanent collections of many renowned institutions including the Guggenheim Museum and the Centre Pompidou.

 

Curated by Justine Ludwig, Director of Exhibitions / Senior Curator

 

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:

 

 

SPONSORED by:

 

 

TAMMY COTTON HARTNETTMARILYN + BILL LENOXANN + DONALD SHORT

 

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Shepard Fairey Rise Above, 2012. Singleton Avenue, Dallas, TX. Photo by Colleen McInerney

SHEPARD FAIREY

Citywide Street Mural Project

ONGOING

Dallas Contemporary has invited Los Angeles based street artist Shepard Fairey to create more than 12 murals throughout the city with a focus on West Dallas. Known for his iconic designed President Obama HOPE poster, Fairey has worked as an artist creating works on the streets and globally in public spaces using posters, stickers, wheat paste and painted murals.

 

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El renombrado artista callejero de Los Ángeles Shepard Fairey fue invitado por el Dallas Contemporary para crear más de 12 murales a lo largo de toda la ciudad con un énfasis especial en el oeste de Dallas.

 

CLICK HERE to view mural location map.