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John Currin

June 30, 2011 to Nov. 13, 2011
Curator
John Zeppetelli
Artist
John Currin
About the exhibition

DHC/ART is delighted to present two concurrent solo exhibitions by acclaimed Belgian sculptor Berlinde De Bruyckere and American painter John Currin – two leading international figurative artists working in a virtuosic, old masterly tradition yet testing and expanding the parameters of their respective disciplines.

One of the most provocative and successful artists of his generation, John Currin makes delightfully bad, perverse paintings which enchant and repel in equal measure. His art, which constantly evades categorization, pinpoints the moment where sublime beauty and the grotesque are held in productive tension. An irreverent mannerist who brings a satirical savvy to contemporary portraiture, Currin has been confounding and seducing critics and audiences for over two decades. His work is characterized by a meticulous, masterly technique and an unfashionable investment in classical painting traditions commingling with other representational languages drawn from popular culture, including movies, pinups and 70’s Scandinavian porn.

WARNING: Works on the fourth floor are for an adult audience. Viewer discretion is advised.

Biography

John Currin (b. 1962, Boulder, Colorado) obtained an MFA from Yale in 1986. Major institutional exhibitions have included John Currin: Works on Paper at the Des Moines Art Center (2003); John Currin MOCA Chicago, Serpentine Gallery, London and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He is represented in major museum collections including MoMA, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Tate Collection, London; and Centre Pompidou, Paris. John Currin lives and works in New York. He is represented by Gagosian Gallery where he has had several exhibitions.

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