Carroll Dunham

Carroll Dunham’s canvases incorporate aspects of Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Surrealism, and graffiti to build tautly painted, sexually and psychologically charged narratives and personal reflections. His independence from prevailing stylistic norms, coupled with his idiosyncratic combination of biomorphism, cartooning, and abstraction, has expanded the vocabulary of American painting and played a pivotal role in synthesizing abstraction with representation. Dunham’s recurring use of cartoon-like characters strips away the pretensions of the art world to reveal dark truths about the human condition. In an interview conducted by Matthew Ritchie and published in the catalogue of his New Museum exhibition, Dunham says, “I want to make art that feels true, that can function as a window into realms that aren’t part of the day to day. I know that my art exists in this kind of tension between irrational, almost goofy, things and extremely tight, formal, organized things. That tension is where I live.” Carroll Dunham received a B.A. from Trinity College, Hartford in 1972. He had a mid-career retrospective at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York in 2002 and participated in the following group exhibitions: Open Ends at the Museum of Modern Art in 2000; American Century, Part II at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1999; and Examining Pictures at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London in 1999. Please join us for an exciting look at Carroll Dunham’s most recent projects.

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