Dan Colen - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session New York Thursday, November 18, 2021 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Artist Biography

    Dan Colen

    American • 1979

    American artist Dan Colen has spent most of his career asking himself questions about the editorial decisions artists have to make when creating a scene from scratch on canvas. In his early work, Colen painted mundane interiors punctuated with fantastical elements. This manifested as part of a growing curiosity in the ethereal or divine intervention.

    Colen subsequently stepped away from paint as material and started using found objects as mediums with which to paint. Among these, Colen has used chewing gum, street trash, confetti, feathers, flowers and dirt. This methodology allows Colen to abandon control and create in a more free-form, subconscious manner.

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signed "Daniel Colen" on the reverse of the backing board; titled "8" on the reverse of the sheet
M&Ms on paper, in artist's frame
sheet 30 x 39 7/8 in. (76.2 x 101.3 cm)
frame 33 1/2 x 43 5/8 in. (85.1 x 110.8 cm)

Executed in 2012.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $8,820

Contact Specialist

Rebekah Bowling
Head of Day Sale, Afternoon Session, New York
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session

New York Auction 18 November 2021