Allan McCollum (American, b.1944) is a contemporary artist, born in Los Angeles, who now lives and works in New York. After first working as an actor, then attending trade school, he eventually decided to educate himself in art, taking on an art handling position to learn more about the Contemporary art world. Often physically produced by other people, his work consists of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and multiples. Mass production is used in McCollum’s work to blur the line between what is unique and what is uniform. This theme is conveyed throughout a number of important works and series, notably the 1988 installation Perfect Vehicles at the Venice Biennale, the well-known Shapes Project, and Each and Every One of You, a project executed in 2010. Shapes from Maine (2005) is another example of the artist’s use of mass production, as he enlisted the skills of four small manufacturers to fabricate individualized versions of objects that might normally be identical, such cookie cutters formed into hundreds of unique shapes. McCollum has worked on several occasions with photographer Laurie Simmons (American, b.1949); in particular, they worked together in the International Center for Photography’s 1988 exhibition, Two to Tango: Collaboration in Recent American Photography. His work has been featured in shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, among others around the world.

Timeline

1944
Born in Los Angeles, CA, USA
1988–1989
Visiting Professor, Rhode Island School of Design, USA
2002–2004
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University, Visual Dept., NY, USA
2004
Visiting professor, USF School of Art and Art History, Florida, USA
2008
Awards for Excellence in Design

Exhibitions

2012–2013
This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics, Museum of Contemporary Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, USA
2012
Regarding Warhol. Sixty Artists, Fifty Years, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA
2011
Each and Every One of You, La Salle de bains, Lyon, France (solo)
2010
Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, Institute for the Creative and Perfomring Arts, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
CLIMAX REDVX, BAC Building for Contemporary Art, Geneva, Switzerland
The Sourire du Chat (Opus 1) Frac des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France
Collecting Biennials, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
Human Rites, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL
Collecting Biennials, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
2009
Notation. Kalkül und Form, ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
Highlights from the Collection of Fundación La Caixa, Kunsthalle Emden, Emden, Germany
2008
Notation, Akademie der Künste and ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, Berlin, Germany
Flying Start 1978-1982, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany, cat
Obra recent, Sala Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (solo)
Studio Guenzani (collaboration with Allen Ruppersperg), Milan, Italy (solo)
Allan McCollum, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
Allan McCollum, Magasin – Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France (solo)
Kavalierstart. 1978 – 1982 Aufbruch in die Kunst der 80er, Museum Morsbroich Leverkusen, Germany
Art as Idea, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, NY
Multiplex: Directions in Art, 1970 to Now, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Estratos, PAC (Contemporary Art Project) Murcia, Murcia, Spain
P2P, Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg
Can of Worms, Christine Burgin Gallery, New York, NY
2007
Das Schwarze Quadrat, Kunsthalle Hamburg, Germany
Beneath the Underdog, Gagosian Gallery Madison, New York, NY
2006
Into A Journey, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe, Germany
Big Bang - Destruction and creation in 20th century art, Le Centre National D´Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris, France
Flashback - Eine Revision der Kunst der 80er Jahre, Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland
Los Angeles 1955-1985. The Birth of an Artistic Capital, Le Centre National D´Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris, France
An Ongoing Low-Grade Mystery, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
Part Object, Part Sculpture, Wexner Center, Columbus, OH
3D. An exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Discussions dans le Boudoir, Musée Magnin, Dijon, France
Allan McCollum, Musée d´Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
Allan McCollum, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Shapes, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Konkretismus : Material/sprache und abstraktion seit 1955, Baden-Württembergisch Bank Vorstand, Stuttgart, Germany
Faster!Bigger!Better!, ZKM/Zentrum für Kunst- und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
2005
O estado das cousas. O obxecto na arte contemporánea 1960-2000, Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Vigo, Spain
Galerie Mueller-Roth, Stuttgart, Germany (solo)
Each and Every One of You , Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC (solo)
Schöner Wohnen, BE-PART, Waregem, Belguim (solo)
Crimes and Misdemeanors: Politics in U.S., Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
Schöner Wohnen, BE-PART, Waregem, Belgium
de Zomer van Middelburg, Muhka/Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, The Netherlands
Cereal Art - Feed your Head, Püerry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, NY
Looking at Words, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
2004
Crimes and Musdemeanors: Politics in U.S., CAC, Cincinnati, OH
Perfect Vehicles, Doris C. Freedman Plaza, New York, NY
Each and Every One of You, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
Your Fate, Christine Burgin Gallery (with Matt Mullican), New York, NY
Perpetual Photos, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY
Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated): Art from 1951 to the Present, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
2001
Pollock Today: Highlights from the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2000
Small World Drawings, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
1997
Objects of Desire: The Modern Still Life, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
Visible Markers, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY
1993
Allan McCollum, Castello Di Rivara, Turin, Italy
1988
Allan McCollum/Richard Prince, Kunsthalle, Zurich, Switzerland
1987
Perfect Vehicles, Lisson Gallery, London, UK

Literature

2005
Foster, Hal, Krauss, Rosalind E., Bois, Yve-Alain, and Buchloh, Benjamin H. D., Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism, Thames and Hudson, London, U.K.
2005
Molesworth, Helen, et al, Part Object Part Sculpture, Wexner Center for the Arts, Pennsylvania State University Press.
2004
D. cateforis, 'A Map of teh Divide', Review, Kansas City, Missouri, vol. 6, no. 2, Dec - Jan
2002
"Conversation with Andrea Zittel," Andrea Zittel: Diary #01, Tema Celeste Editions, Gabrius Spa, Milan, Italy.
2000
D. Belasco, 'Spike Punch', ARTnews, October, vol. 99, no. 9, p. 36
1998
W. J. T. Mitchell, 'The Last Dinosaur Book', University of Chicago Press
1995
R. Taplin, 'Allan McCollum at John Weber, Art in America, October, p. 120
1987
R. Brooks, 'Space Fictions', Flash Art, December - January, pp. 78 - 80