Painter John Currin (American, b.1962) is known for his Figurative works, which draw on sources ranging from Renaissance painting traditions to 1950s advertisements. Currin was born in Boulder, Colorado, and received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MFA from Yale University. Currin first received critical attention for his sensual paintings of female nudes, noted for his combination of Old Master painting techniques with 1950s commercial sources.

He frequently portrayed his nude figures as examinations of the various female archetypes found in visual culture, with a caricatured sexuality and studied emotions. His later works include portraits and scenes painted with Mannerist aesthetics, featuring subjects with elongated, disproportionate limbs and in styles drawn from fashion magazines, pornography, and other commercial sources. Currin’s work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, at the Tate Gallery in London, and at the Venice Biennale. He currently lives and works in New York.

Timeline

1962
Born: Boulder, Colorado
1986
MFA Yale University
BFA Carnegie Mellon University

Exhibitions

2011
Gagosian Pop-Up!
2010
Crash Homage to JG Ballard
2010
John Currin New Paintings
2008
John Currin, Sadie Coles HQ, London (England)
2008
Old School, Zwirner & Wirth, New York City, NY
2008
What Is Painting? - Contemporary Art from the Collection, MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
2006
John Currin, Gagosian Gallery - Madison Avenue, New York City, NY
2004
Santa Fe, NM, SITE Santa Fe Biennial
Now is a Good Time. New York, Andrea Rosen Gallery.
2003
New York, Whitney Museum, John Currin -solo
London, Serpentine Gallery, John Currin -solo
Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, John Currin -solo
Paris, FRAC, Les 20 ans des FRAC
Lieber Maler, male mir..., Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt.
2000
New York, Whitney Museum, John Currin -solo
New York, Cheim & Read Gallery-solo
New York, C & M Arts -solo
1999
Los Angeles, Regen Projects -solo
New York, Andrea Rosen Gallery -solo
1998
London, Saatchi Gallery, Young Americans 2: New American Art
1997
London, Tate Gallery -solo
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art -solo
New York, Andrea Rosen Gallery -solo
New York, Museum of Modern Art, Projects 60: John Currin, Elizabeth Peyton, Luc Tuymans
1996
Los Angeles, Regen Projects -solo
1995
London, ICA -solo
Limoges, Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain du Limousin -solo
New York, Andrea Rosen Gallery -solo
1994
New York, Andrea Rosen Gallery -solo
1993
Biennale de Venise, Italy
1992
New York, Andrea Rosen Gallery -solo
1989
New York, White Columns, (downton alternative space) -solo