Over the past 50 years, Allan McCollum (American, born 1944) has explored how objects achieve public and personal meaning in a world caught up in the contradictions we make between unique handmade artworks and objects of mass production, focusing recently on collaborations with regional communities and historical societies in different parts of the world. In 2005, he designed The Shapes Project, a system to produce “a completely unique shape for every person on the planet, without repeating.”
McCollum has had solo exhibitions at Musée d’art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva; Musée d’Art Moderne, Villeneuve d’Ascq, Lille, France; Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany; Serpentine Gallery, London; Denver Art Museum; Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania; and Artists Space, New York, among many other venues. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Pompidou Centre, Paris, among multiple others. His work was included in the 1975 Whitney Biennial; 9th Bienal do Mercosul, Brasil; the 1991 Carnegie International; the 1991 Sydney Biennale; and the 43rd Venice Biennale. He lives and works in New York.