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Viewing Room: Allan McCollum
March 26, 2020 - July 19, 2020
Allan McCollum: Works since 1969
On the occasion of Allan McCollum’s first US museum retrospective currently mounted at the ICA Miami, Petzel is pleased to present a special online exhibition of the artist’s rarely seen early paintings. Though the ICA Miami is temporarily closed due to COVID concerns, the show will be extended upon reopening and will subsequently travel to the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis.
Over the past 50 years, McCollum has explored how objects achieve public and personal meaning in a world caught up in the contradictions between unique handmade artworks and objects of mass production. The works presented here focus on some of his earliest forays into art: the Bleach Paintings and Constructed Paintings. Dating from the early 1970s, they represent a key transitional moment anticipating the artist’s lifelong preoccupation with serial production and strategies of display.
Installation view, Allan McCollum, Works: 1968–1977, Petzel, 2017
“Every project I’ve done has been an inquiry into
what it is we look for in an artwork and an attempt…
to relativize that process and put into context with
other objects that accomplish similar results.”