Allan McCollum was born 1944, in Los Angeles, California.
In his sculptures, drawings, and photographs, Allan McCollum applies the strategies of typologies and mass production to handmade objects, creating vast installations of small-scale works. In the late seventies he became especially well known for his Surrogate Paintings, with which he examines what it means to be a working contemporary artist and considers the role of seriality in contemporary art-making. To produce this work, the artist and his assistants engage in repetitive and communal labor that systematizes and brakes down the artistic process into stages of production: the creation of molds, the casting of plaster, and the application of enamel paint to create a smooth surface with no trace of the artist’s hand. None of the panels share the same dimensions and frame color. Handmade but standardized, they integrate art and mass production, challenging conventional distinctions between these types of labor.
Allan McCollum has been the subject of over 100 solo exhibitions at institutions including Artists Space, New York; Portikus, Frankfurt; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands; Denver Art Museum; Musée d'art moderne de Lille Métropole, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France; and Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Geneva . His work was included in Aperto at the 1988 Venice Biennale and in the So Paulo Biennial. He has produced numerous public art projects in the United States and Europe.
He lives and works in New York City.
Allan McCollum: Works: 1968–1977, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, 67th Street, New York. March 2 - April 29. Catalog with text by Meredith Malone.
Allan McCollum: Lost Objects, Mary Boone Gallery, Chelsea, New York. March 4 - April 29.
Allan McCollum and Claude Rutault: ÀVNDRE, EXPOSITION, mfc-michèle didier, Paris, France. April 1 - June 18.
The Shapes Project: Perfect Couples & Shapes Spinoffs, Galerie Mitterrand, Paris, France. May 13 - June 30.
Allan McCollum & Robert Thill: Ghosting the Screen. Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, California. July 16 - August 20.
The Shapes Project: Shapes Spinoffs, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany. October 6, 2015 - January 16, 2016.
The Shapes Project: Shapes Spinoffs, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany.
Canvas Constructions: Karen Carson and Allan McCollum, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle. Curated by Nina Bozicnik. June 20 - October 4.
The Shapes Project: Perfect Couples, Petzel Gallery, New York.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
WE NEED TO TALK... Artists and the public respond to the present conditions in America. Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York. January 7 - February 11.
Cynthia Daignault: There is nothing I could say that I haven’t thought before, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York. January 19 - May 13.
Unique and Singular, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, California. January 31 - March 11.
Politicizing Space, The Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York. Curated by Charlotta Kotik. February 2 - March 31.
Minimalism/Post-Minimalism, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina. March 11 - June 4.
Doppeleröffnung - Karin Sander: Zeigen und The Present Order. An audio tour through the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig (GfZK), Leipzig, Germany. March 17.
Darkling, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts. March 18 - April 22, 2017.
Picture Industry, Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Curated by Walead Beshty. June 24 - December 15.
Exo Emo, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York. Curated by Antoine Cantala and Vera Alemani. June 29 - August 11.
From Duchamp to Cattelan. Contemporary Art at the Palatine. Exhibition of contemporary art among the ancient ruins of the Palatine Hill, Rome, Italy. Curated by Alberto Fiz. June 28 - October 29.
Pompei@Madre. Archaeological Matter. Museo Madre, Naples, Italy. Curated by Massimo Osanna and Andrea Viliani. October 27, 2017 - April 30, 2018.
DOUBLES, DOBROS, PLIEGUES, PARES, TWINS, MITADES, The Warehouse, Farmers Branch, Texas. Curated by Rodrigo Moura. July 10 – December 31.
I.C. Editions 25th Anniversary, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York. December 10, 2016 - January 28, 2017.
Prototypology: An Index of Process and Mutation, Gagosian Gallery, Rome, Italy. Curated by Aaron Moulton. January 14 - April 2.
Free Play, Museum London in London, Ontario, Canada. Curated by Melissa E. Feldman. January 30, 2016 - May 8.
Free Play, The Rooms, Provincial Art Gallery Division in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Curated by Melissa E. Feldman. May 27, 2016 - August 28.
Free Play, Parsons’ Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at The New School in New York, New York. Curated by Melissa E. Feldman. September 30 - December 13.
The Coveter, Dickinson Roundell, Inc. Curated by Alex Glauber. February 16 - March 5.
Maurizio Nannucci: Top Hundred, The Marino Marini Museum, Florence, Italy. February 27 - April 23.
Claude Rutault and Allan McCollum: ÀVNDRE, EXPOSITION, mfc-michèle didier, Paris, France. April 1 - June 18.
Receipt of a Magical Agent, CCS Bard Galleries, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. April 3, 2016 - May 29.
Cynthia Daignault: There is nothing I could say that I haven’t thought before, Stems Gallery, Brussels, Belgium. April 19 - May 28.
Fade In: Int. Art Gallery - Day, Swiss Insitute of Contemporary Art, New York. March 3 - May 19. “An Imagined Museum: Works from the Pompidou, Tate and MMK collections,” Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, Germany. March 24 - September 11.
The Eighties – A Decade of Extremes, M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Belgium. June 17 - September 18.
Block Parts, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts. June 18 - July 29.
For Another, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts. September 10 - October 15.
Every Future Has A Price: 30 Years After Infotainment, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York. October 29 – December 17.
Art for a Nation: Inspiration from the Great Depression, High Desert Museum, Bend, Oregon. Curated by Faith Brower. April 16 - October 2.
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut
Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California
Denver Art Museum, Colorado
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
Detroit Institute of the Arts, Michigan
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.
Seattle Art Museum, Washington
Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey
Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York
Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, New York
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Ohio
University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida
Hillsborough County Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa, Florida
John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida
Long Beach Museum of Art, California
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
Springfield Museum of Fine Art, Missouri
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California
Nelson Galley of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa
Santa Fe Museum of Art, New Mexico
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri
Imperial County Pioneers Museum, Imperial, California
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
National Gallery of Canada, Ontario, Canada
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, The Netherlands
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
Rooseum, Malmö, Sweden
Wanås Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden
City of Malmö, Sweden
City of Montpellier, France
Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Musée d’Art Moderne-Villeneuve d’Ascq, France
Musée de Grenoble, France
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, France
Le Consortium, Dijon, France
Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain, Bourgogne, France
Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain, Dunkerque, France
Musée de la Roche-sur-Yon, France
Castello di Rivoli: Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Italy
Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, Austria
Sprengel-Museum, Hannover, Germany
Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Muhka, Antwerp, Belgium
KunstMuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
Museum Ludwig, Rheinhallen der Kölner Messe, Cologne, Germany
Centre d’art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
Musée d’art Contemporain et Moderne, Geneva, Switzerland
Fotomuseum, Winterthur, (Zurich), Switzerland
Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, Spain
Fundació “la Caixa,” Centre Cultural, Barcelona, Spain
Fundación Arco, Santiago, Spain
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
New Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Japan
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea.