Exhibition on view from April 20 through June 16, 2018 at Gladstone Gallery, 515 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10011 USA.
Gladstone Gallery in New York is hosting an exhibition of new works by Carroll Dunham. The show runs through June 2018.
The exhibition features large-scale paintings from the artist’s Wrestlers series. It looks at the artist’s continued exploration of and interpretations of the nude body with particular attention to the male form. These paintings shed light on a new path for Dunham. The artist uses the distinctive approach to painting that he has employed and experimented with throughout his career. He uses a visual language that depicts wrestling, mined from art historical sources and his own memory. These paintings bring forth new lines in Dunham’s practice that is formal as well as autobiographical in nature.
The series introduces the viewers to a variety of visceral and psychological narratives. It incorporates a combination of recurring themes that are a part of his oeuvre such as playfulness, violence, and sexuality. Dunham’s paintings are set in colorful and abstracted landscapes adorned with tree and flowers. Where the male protagonists brutally assault one another, gently hold each other, or lie lifeless on the rugged terrain. Each work by the artist is a unique insight into the physical and mental struggles among these competing figures.
The wrestler paintings highlight a new approach by Dunham that involves less explored motifs. These works reuse and play with a visual vocabulary found throughout the artist’s paintings and drawings. This can be observed in his work “Day” (2017), where the viewer is transported to an unidentifiable technicolor terrain of rolling hills. In this location scale, gravity, and reality are contradictory. This is a signature setting for the artist. In his work, Dunham also depicts a nude woman bathing. It is a recurring character in his earlier figurative works. The artist combines the familiar figures and settings with his newfound male protagonists. His recent work brings to light the ever-explorative vision and curiosity in depicting forms in space.
Carroll Dunham (b. 1949) is an American artist. His work has been exhibited at international institutions including Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Millesgården, Stockholm; Drammens Museum, Drammen, Norway; a mid-career retrospective was held at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. The artist lives and works in New York and Connecticut.
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