Dan Colen

Dan Colen was born in 1979 in New Jersey; he lives and works in New York City.

Over the years, Colen’s practice explored various styles and subjects, ranging from abstract mixed-media projects to figurative painting, to performance art. Throughout these explorations, Colen has maintained a steadfast commitment to interrogating and reshaping the semiotic nature of contemporaneity. His work frequently explores the capacity of artworks to convey symbols and meanings, and delves into the societal significance of mass media and subcultural language.

In recent years, Colen’s focus has expanded to encompass social cohesion and community engagement projects. In 2011, he founded Sky High Farm, a non-profit active on the local territory.

Colen’s work is part of the collections of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Newport Street Gallery, London, England; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; among others.


Solo exhibitions
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
US, Lover, Lover, Lover, Gagosian Gallery, New York
US, HELP, Gagosian Gallery Park & 75, New York
NO, Dan Colen. Works From the Astrup Fearnley Collection, Astrup Fearnley Musee, Oslo
US, Mailorder Mother Purgatory, Lévy Gorvy, New York
USA, High Noon, Gagosian, Beverly Hills
UK, Sweet Liberty, Newport Street Gallery, London
UK, Sweet Liberty, Newport Street Gallery, London
I, Purgatory Paintings, Massimo De Carlo, Milano
USA, First they exchanged anecdotes and inclinations, Vito Schnabel Projects, New York
HK, When I'm gone, Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong
USA, Oil Paintings, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas
DK, Psychic Slayer, HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning
USA, And Now, Dallas
USA, Viscera, Venus Over Los Angeles, Los Angeles
USA, Shake The Elbow, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
USA, Help! Curated by A130921140007, The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich
USA, Dan Colen: Miracle Paintings., Gagosian gallery, New York
USA, The L...o...n...g Count, The Walter De Maria Building, New York
USA, Dan Colen: The spirits that I called, Oko, New York
UK, The Illusion of Life, Inverleith House, Edimburgh
F, Out of the Blue, Into the Black, Gagosian Gallery, Paris
USA, Cracks in the Clouds, Seagram Building, New York
GR, Blowin’ in the Wind, Gagosian Gallery, Athens
USA, Blowin’ in the Wind, Karma, New York
USA, In Living Color, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
N, Peanuts Curated by Gunnar B. Kvaran, Hanne Beate Ueland e Grete Arbu, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo
UK, Dan Colen Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are! Dedicated To Dash Snow, Massimo De Carlo, London
UK, Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are! - Dedicated to Dash Snow, Massimo De Carlo, London
I, Oh God!, Palazzo Rospigliosi, Roma
Trash, Gagosian Gallery, Roma
I, Karma, Massimo De Carlo, Milano
USA, Poetry, Gagosian Gallery, New York
Group exhibitions
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
US, The Patriot, O’Flaherty’s, New York
US, Home and Away: Selections From Common Practice, Miles McEnery, New York
DK, Fabulous: Highlights from the Collection, HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning
US, A Possible Horizon, De la Cruz Collection, Miami
USA, From Day to Day, De La Cruz Collection, Miami
DK, Heart 10, HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning
ROK, Meet Me In the Bathroom: The Art Show, The Hole, New York, US Reflections: Matt Black x Gana Art, Gana Art Center and Gana Art Hannam, Seoul
US, More/Less, De la Cruz Collection, Miami
USA, Ryan McGinley: The Kids Were Alright Curated by Nora Burnett Abrams, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver
USA, Abstract / Not Abstract, Moore Building, Miami
US, Force and Form, De la Cruz Collection, Miami
USA, After Effects, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa Texas
US, Progressive Praxis, De la Cruz Collection, Miami
UK, I still believe in miracles, Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
USA, Progressive Praxis, de la Cruz Collection, Miami
US, Enzo Cucchi Tano Festa Dan Colen, The National Exemplar, New York
UK, Self, Massimo De Carlo, London
N, The World is Made of Stories Curated by Gunnar B. Kvaran, Therese Möllenhoff, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo
USA, You've Got to Know the Rules...to Break Them, de la Cruz Collection, Miami
USA, Popular Images, Karma, New York
GR, The Rainbow Serpent, Gagosian Gallery, Athens
USA, First Show / Last Show, 190 Bowery, New York
B, Three Blind Mice, Museum Dhondt Dhaenens, Deurle
USA, Alter/Abolish/Address, LAND, Washington DC
USA, Beneath the Surface, de la Cruz Collection, Miami
USA, CLEAR, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
USA, Broadway Morey Boogie, Montefiore Square, New York
F, Le Jardin Décomposé / Decomposed Garden, Gagosian Gallery, Le Bourget, Paris
USA, One Way: Peter Marino, Bass Museum of Art, Miami
UK, Snow Variation, Massimo De Carlo, London
F, Meanwhile… Suddenly and Then, 12th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon
I, Confronti - Enrico Castellani, Dan Colen, Dadamaino, Piotr Uklanski, GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo


Author, Publication Title, Date
McGinley, Ryan, V Magazine, February 18
Arnold, Daniel, Interview, February 18
Whittle, Andrea, W Magazine, November 10,
Eastham, Ben, Gagosian
Gagosian, November
Ferrarocol , Raffaella, Segno
La Repubblica (il venerdi), 18 March
Poli, Francesco, La Stampa, 16th September
Perry, Grayson, MULTIPLE - ArtReview
Bixio, Maria Letizia, INSIDEART, October
Pratesi, Ludovico, Flash Art, November
Vogel, Carol, The New York Times, September 9
Spampinato, Francesco, Flash Art, May
Meneghini, Matteo, Exibart Onpaper, June
Sarica, Federico, Rolling Stone, July
Dan colen - Out of the Blue, Exhibition Catalogue. New York, Gagosian Gallery
Novelli, Silvia, INSIDEART, April
Skin Fruit. Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Exhibition Catalogue. New York, New Museum
Vogel, Carol, Vogue Homme
New York Minute: Sixty Artists on the New York Scene, Exhibition Catalogue. Roma, MACRO Museum
Blair, Dike, Purple Magazine
Cattelan, Maurizio, Muse Magazine
Bodin, Von Claudia, Art
Wakefield, Neville, I-D Magazine
Blair Taylor, Mary, Flaunt Magazine
Hirsch, Faye, Art in America
USA Today, Exhibition Catalogue. Londra, Royal Academy of Arts
Brooks, Amra, Art Forum
Pieroni, Paul, Art World

Public collections

HEART - Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning
Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens
The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo
Puerto Rico
Jimenez-Colon Collection, Ponce
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
United Kingdom
Newport Street Gallery, London
United States of America
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York
de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis


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