Carroll Dunham (American, b.1949) is a painter and print maker 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, Robert Mangold, and Robert Ryman. 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.

Timeline

1949
Born in New Haven, CT
1972
Trinity College, Hartford, CT
2004
Skowhegan Medal for Distinction in Painting
Lives and works in New York City and Connecticut

Exhibitions

2012
“A Drawing Survey,” Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/CA, USA (solo)
2012
“Carroll Dunham,” Bernier / Eliades Gallery, Athens, Greece (solo)
2012
Summer Shoe, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/NY, USA (curated by Joe Bradley)
2012
“Print/Out,” Museum of Modern Art, New York/NY, USA
2012
“Painting Now,” Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
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
“Nature,” Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, Germany
2010
“Your History is not Our History,” Haunch of Venison, New York/NY, USA
2010
“Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection,” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles/CA, USA
2010
“Pastorale,” curated by Klaus Kertess, 80WSE, New York University, New York/NY, USA
2010
“The Visible Vagina,” David Nolan, New York
2010
“Carroll Dunham,” Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2010
“Carroll Dunham,” Patrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium (solo)
2009
“Carroll Dunham,” Gladstone Gallery, New York/NY, USA (solo)
2009
“Carroll Dunham: Works on Paper,” Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (solo)
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)
2009
“Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty Years,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles/CA, USA
2009
“15th Anniversary Inaugural Exhibition,” Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/CA, USA
2009
“Listen Darling… The World is Yours,” Ellipse Foundation, Alcoitão, Portugal
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: Painting and Sculpture 2004 – 2008,” Millesgarden, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
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)
1998
Nolan/Eckmann Gallery, New York/NY, USA (Kat.) (solo)
1998
White Cube, London, UK (solo)
1998
London, UK Projects, London, UK (solo)
1998
Atle Gerhardsen Gallery, Oslo, Norway (solo)
1997
Metro Pictures, New York/NY, USA (solo)
1996
“Carroll Dunham: Paintings and Drawings 1990-1996,” Guild Hall, Easthampton/NY, USA; Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara/CA, USA; Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis/MO, USA (solo)
1996
Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York/NY, USA (solo)
1996
Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich, Germany (solo)
1995
Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Santa Monica/CA, USA (solo)
1995
“Carroll Dunham: Selected Paintings 1990-95,” School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/MA, USA (solo)
1994
“Works on Paper,” Lemburg Gallery, Birmingham/MI, USA (solo)
1994
Sonnabend Gallery, New York/NY, USA (solo)
1993
Sonnabend Gallery, New York/NY, USA (solo)
1993
Galerie Lehmann, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
1993
Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York/NY, USA (solo)
1992
David Nolan Gallery, New York/NY, USA (solo)
1992
Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1992
“Carroll Dunham: Selected Paintings and Prints,” Wiedner Gallery, Trinity College, Hartford/CT, USA (solo)
1991
“Carroll Dunham: Drawings,” Gallery Mukai, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1991
Galerie Jahn und Fusban, Munich, Germany (solo)
1991
Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Santa Monica/CA, USA (solo)
1990
Sonnabend Gallery, New York/NY, USA (solo)
1989
Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1989
Sonnabend Gallery, New York/NY, USA (solo)
1988
“Selected Drawing,” Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Elkins Park/PA, USA (solo)
1988
“Drawings 1982-1983,” Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich, Germany (solo)
1987
Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles/CA, USA (solo)
1987
Jay Gorney Modern Art, New York/NY, USA (solo)
1986
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston/MA, USA (solo)
1986
Baskerville & Watson Gallery, New York/NY, USA (solo)
1985
Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles/CA, USA (solo)
1985
Baskerville & Watson Gallery, New York/NY, USA (solo)
1981
Artists Space, New York/NY, USA (solo)

Public Collections

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago/IL, USA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles/CA, USA
Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City/MO, USA
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park/KA, USA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia/PA, USA
Sammlung Olbricht, Essen, Germany
St. Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis/MO, USA
Tate Gallery, London, UK
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis/MO, USA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York/NY, USA
Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago/IL, USA
Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn/NY, USA
Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland/OH, USA
Ellipse Foundation, Cascais, Portugal
Fort Wayne Art Museum, Fort Wayne/IN, USA
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill/NY, USA
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Museum of Modern Art, New York/NY, USA

Literature

2014
Gladstone Galerie, Karma. (2014). Carroll Dunham, Note to Self (Drawings 1979-2014). New York: Gladstone Galerie, Karma
2014
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Karma. (2013). Carroll Dunham, In The Flowers, The Beach. New York: Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Karma
2013
Gallery Gladstone. (2013).Bathers Trees:Carroll Dunham. Köln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König.
2011
Caroll Dunham: Bathers, Supplement of The Journal, Entry 31, 2011
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
2005
Contemporary Voice: The Contemporary American Art from Misumi Collection. November 19 – December 25, 2005, Tottori Prefectural Museum