Carroll Dunham  (American, 1949) 

Carroll Dunham (American, b.1949) is a painter and printmaker best known for his playful, erotic, and brightly-colored biomorphic paintings. Born in New Haven, CT, Dunham studied at Trinity College before settling in New York. He was initially inspired by Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art, as well as the depiction of the body in the work of artists such as Brice Marden (American, b.1938), Robert Peter Mangold (American, b.1937), and Robert Ryman (American, b.1930). In the 1980s, Dunham painted abstracted geometric compositions on wood veneer. For his Integrated Paintings series (c.1991), he created a multidimensional surface by applying balls and chips to the painted canvas. Dunham began using several recurring motifs in his work, such as waves, mounds, genitalia, teeth, and tongues. His series of Mounds, begun in the early 1990s, resemble mounds of earth but are covered with holes in neon colors. More recently, Dunham has focused on cartoon-like figures and nudes, as well as textured trees. His series of Mule paintings, begun in 2006, features male nudes wearing fedoras, knives, and guns. Dunham has held solo exhibitions at the New Museum in New York and the Millesgarden in Stockholm, and has participated in the Whitney Biennials of 1985, 1991, and 1995. His work is held in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. He currently lives and works in New York.

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Carroll Dunham, Touching Two Sides


Carroll Dunham
Touching Two Sides

Graystone Contemporary Art
Carroll Dunham, Big Leaf


Carroll Dunham
Big Leaf

Two Palms
Carroll Dunham, Closing In


Carroll Dunham
Closing In

Two Palms
Carroll Dunham, Deformed Characters


Carroll Dunham
Deformed Characters

Two Palms
Carroll Dunham, Over the Water


Carroll Dunham
Over the Water

Two Palms
Carroll Dunham, Untitled April 2, 2008 2


Carroll Dunham
Untitled April 2, 2008 2

Two Palms
Carroll Dunham, Untitled, 3B


Carroll Dunham
Untitled, 3B

Two Palms
Carroll Dunham, The Nude #12


Carroll Dunham
The Nude #12

Two Palms
Carroll Dunham, Untitled, March 10, 5/11/10, 5/13/10


Carroll Dunham
Untitled, March 10, 5/11/10, 5/13/10

Two Palms
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Carroll Dunham, Groupe #3


Carroll Dunham
Groupe #3, 1991
acrylic, pigment, sand, pencil and watercolor on canvas


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Carroll Dunham, Sans titre


Carroll Dunham
Sans titre, 1982
charcoal on printed paper sticker


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Carroll Dunham, Hanging


Carroll Dunham
Hanging, 2005-2006
mixed media on linen


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1949   Born in New Haven, Connecticut
1972   Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut
2004   Skowhegan Medal for Distinction in Painting
  Lives and works in New York City and Connecticut
2012   "Carroll Dunham," Gladstone Gallery, New York (solo)
2011   “Carroll Dunham”, Patrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium (solo)
2011   “Carroll Dunham”, Gladstone Gallery, Brussels (solo)
2011   “Carroll Dunham”, Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2010   “Carroll Dunham: Paintings”, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado (solo)
2010   “Carroll Dunham Prints: A Survey,” University Art Gallery, State University of New York, Albany (solo)
2010   “Carroll Dunham: Paintings” Blum & Poe Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
2010   “The Visible Vagina,” David Nolan, New York
2009   “Jr. and Son’s” Zach Feuer Gallery, New York
2009   “Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty Years,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2009   “15th Anniversary Inaugural Exhibition,” Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
2009   “Small Packages,” The Art Production Fund Lab, New York
2009   “Listen Darling… The World is Yours,” Ellipse Foundation, Alcoitão
2009   “Carroll Dunham,” Gladstone Gallery, New York (solo)
2009   “Carroll Dunham: Works on Paper,” Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2008   Paintings on Wood 1983-87, Per Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY
2008   A Print Survey, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover CT
2008   Carroll Dunham Monotypes, Atle Gerhardsen, Berlin (solo)
2007   Carroll Dunham Paintings, Gladstone Gallery, New York (solo)
2007   Contemporary Painters and Their Influences, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach
2006   Remote Viewing. Invented Worlds in Recent Painting and Drawing, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis
2006   Ele-Mental, Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York
2006   Vanessa Baird – Me, myself and the other one, c/o – Atle Gerhardsen Gallery, Berlin
2006   Group Show, Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York
2006   In Red Space, White Cube Hoxton Sqaure, London (solo)
2006   Monotypien, Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich (solo)
2006   Carroll Dunham: Small Drawings 1991 – 2005, Drammens Kunstmuseum, Drammens (solo)
2006   Carroll Dunham, Galleri MGM, Oslo (solo)
2005   Dead Space, c/o – Atle Gerhardsen Gallery, Berlin (solo)
2005   Carroll Dunham: A Survey of Drawings 1984-2004, Judin Gallery, Zurich and Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York (solo)
2005   Remote Viewing: Invented Worlds in Recent Painting and Drawing, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2005   Carroll Dunham, John Newman, Terry Winters, Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich
2004   Visions of America, Sammlung Essl – Kunsthaus, Klosterneuburg
2004   Tear Down This Wall: Paintings from the 1980s, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2004   Fabulism, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, curated by Klaus Kertess
2004   SITE.5. Santa Fe International Biennial, Santa Fe
2004   Is One Thing Better Than Another?, Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Berlin
2004   Art, Artists and the Addison, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover MA
2004   Arbeiten auf Papier, Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers, Munich
2004   Under $2,000 Albers < Zaugg, Brooke Alexander Editions, New York
2004   He, She, and It, Gladstone Gallery, New York (solo)
2004   Prints, c/o – Atle Gerhardsen Gallery, Berlin (solo)
2004   Recent Drawings, Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York (solo)
2004   Composite Images: Paintings, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
2003   White Cube, London (solo)
2003   Personal Distance, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen (solo)
2003   Funny Papers, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003   We Love Painting, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
2003   160 Meisterzeichnungen, Oldenburger Kunsteverein, Germany
2003   Sommerausstellung 2003 - 20 zeitgenössische Künstler, White 8 Galerie Dagmar Aichholzer, Villach
2003   Drawings, Metro Pictures Gallery, New York
2003   The Human Figure, Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York
2002   Carroll Dunham, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (solo)
2002   Carroll Dunham: Drawings 1985 – 2002, Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York (solo)
2002   Mesokingdom, Metro Pictures, New York (solo)
2002   Drawings, Gallerie Fred Jahn, Munich (solo)
2002   Bildnis und Figur, Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich, Germany
2002   Metro Pictures, New York
2002   Annika Ström, Lothar Hempel & Carroll Dunham, c/o – Atle Gehardsen, Berlin
2002   Under Pressure: Prints from Two Palms Press, The University Gallery, Amherst
2002   Urgent Painting, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris – MAM/ARC, Paris
2001   Some Options in Abstractions, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2001   American Art, Galerie Rudolfinum, The Center of Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic
2001   Pop & Post Pop (On Paper), Texas Gallery, Houston
2001   Locating Drawing, Lawing Gallery, Houston
2001   Group Show, Metro Pictures Gallery, New York
2001   The Search for Orgone, Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York (solo)
2001   The Search for Orgone, c/o-Atle Gerhardsen, Berlin (solo)
2001   Carroll Dunham, New Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA (solo)
2001   Carroll Dunham: Recent Prints and Related Works, Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich, Germany (solo)
2000   c/o-Atle Gerhardsen, Oslo, Norway (solo)
2000   N.E.G., Milan (solo)
2000   Olav Chr. Jensen, Sarah Morris, Carroll Dunham, c/o – Atle Gerhardsen Gallery, Berlin
2000   End Papers, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY
2000   Superorganic, Hydroponic Warfare: Carroll Dunham, David Dupuis, Alexander Ross, Derek Eller Gallery, New York
2000   Art in America 2000, US Department of Art in Embassies Program, Washington DC
2000   Land & Houses, Two Sequences of Drawing, Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York
2000   The Figure: Another Side of Modernism, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, New York
2000   00, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
2000   The Figure in the Landscape, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York
2000   Open Ends, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2000   Prints, Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York
2000   Olav Chr. Jensen, Sarah Morris, Carroll Dunham, c/o-Atle Gerhardsen, Berlin
2000   Kippenberger, Oehlen, Le Va, Dunham, Roth, Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York
2000   Selected Prints V, Brooke Alexander Editions, New York
2000   Arbeiten auf Papier, Michael Hasenclever, Munich
1999   Metro Pictures, New York (solo)
1999   Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris (solo)
1999   Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC (solo)
1999   No Limits Events Gallery, Milan (solo)
2008    Kemmerer, Allison N., Elizabeth C DeRose, and Carroll Dunham, Carroll Dunham Prints: Catalogue Raisonné, 1984-2006,, Yale University Press, New Haven
2008    Sparks!: The William T. Kemper Collecting Initiative, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
2007    Fischer, Hartwig, Rockers Island Olbricht Collection Museum Folkwang, Essen 5.Mai- 1. Juli 2007,
2007    Steidl/Folkwang Museum, Essen, 2007.
2007    Counterparts: Contemporary Painters and Their Influnences, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, 2007
2007    Logan, Kent, Impulse: Works on Paper from the Logan Collection, The Logan Collection, Vail, 2007
2007    Carroll, Dunham, “Carroll Dunham: Dead, Yellow, Mule. Garbage, Ratio. Giant,” Gladstone Gallery, New York, 2007.
2006    RADAR: Selections from the Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, Denver Art Museum: Denver, 2006
2006    Couples Discourse, Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, 2006
2006    X#*@(ING) INDEX! Who is pointing at who - and why - in Carroll Dunham’s Drawings, Asmund Thorkildsen, Drammens Museum, Drammens, Norway. London” Koenig