Robert Therrien  (American, 1947) 

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Robert Therrien (American, b.1947), a sculptor and draftsman, was born in Chicago, IL, and raised in San Francisco, CA. He moved south to study at the University of Southern California, where he earned his MFA degree. Originally, Therrien sculpted with ordinary objects, such as doors, chairs, plates, coffins, and jugs, but he later began to experiment with wood, bronze, copper, and other materials. By the 1990s, he was also focusing on the scale of objects.

Therrien enjoys creating unexpected, surreal, and dreamy worlds out of simple, familiar objects and does so by manipulating their size, color, material, and juxtaposition. For example, one of his most popular exhibits, Table and Four Chairs, consists of chairs and a table blown up to enormous sizes. When looking at the exhibit, the viewer feels as if he or she is looking through the eyes of a young child. In 2009, a portion of Therrien's work was added to a famous international Contemporary Art collection, Artist Rooms. This collection contains many of his major artworks, such as Red Room, Stack of Plates, and Beard Cart. Therrien's artworks continue to blend the dream world with the real world, play with childhood games, explore fairytales and fables, and tamper with unfinished narratives.

Therrien's work is featured in a host of well-known art museums and galleries, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA, the University of Iowa Museum of Art in Iowa City, the Walker Art Center in Minnesota, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The Broad Art Foundation in Santa Monica, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The facilities that display his art are not limited to the United States. His works are also featured in many international museums and galleries, such as the Kunstmuseum Basel in Switzerland, the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Belgium, and the Tate Gallery in London. Therrien continues to live and work in Los Angeles, CA

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Robert Therrien, Untitled Arch

 

Robert Therrien
Untitled Arch
1976

Heather James Fine Art
Robert Therrien, Untitled 1 (Suite of 8)

 

Robert Therrien
Untitled 1 (Suite of 8)
1995

Cynthia Drennon Fine Arts, Inc.
Robert Therrien, Untitled 2 (Suite of 8)

 

Robert Therrien
Untitled 2 (Suite of 8)
1995

Cynthia Drennon Fine Arts, Inc.
Robert Therrien, Untitled 3 (Suite of 8)

 

Robert Therrien
Untitled 3 (Suite of 8)
1995

Cynthia Drennon Fine Arts, Inc.
Robert Therrien, Untitled 4 (Suite of 8)

 

Robert Therrien
Untitled 4 (Suite of 8)
1995

Cynthia Drennon Fine Arts, Inc.
Robert Therrien, Untitled 5 (Suite of 8)

 

Robert Therrien
Untitled 5 (Suite of 8)
1995

Cynthia Drennon Fine Arts, Inc.
Robert Therrien, Untitled 6 (Suite of 8)

 

Robert Therrien
Untitled 6 (Suite of 8)
1995

Cynthia Drennon Fine Arts, Inc.
Robert Therrien, Untitled 7 (Suite of 8)

 

Robert Therrien
Untitled 7 (Suite of 8)
1995

Cynthia Drennon Fine Arts, Inc.
Robert Therrien, Untitled 8 (Suite of 8)

 

Robert Therrien
Untitled 8 (Suite of 8)
1995

Cynthia Drennon Fine Arts, Inc.
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Robert Therrien, F

 

Robert Therrien
F, 1985
acrylic and ink on corrugated board

 

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Robert Therrien, Untitled

 

Robert Therrien
Untitled, 1981
Tempera on paper

 

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Robert Therrien, Untitled (Red Arch)

 

Robert Therrien
Untitled (Red Arch), 1985
oil, wax and painted paper collage on corrugated board

 

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  Born in 1947, Chicago
  Lives and works in Los Angeles
  Selected Solo Exhibitions:
  2003 “Robert Therrien”, Sprüth Magers, Munich
  2003 “Robert Therrien”, Sprüth Magers Lee, London
  2003 “Selected Works: 2001-2002 Installation,” The Eli Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, CA
  2003 “Robert Therrien,” Gagosian Gallery, New York
  2000 “Robert Therrien,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Traveled to: SITE Santa Fe, NM; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX; Museo de ArteContemporáneo, Monterrey, Mexico (through 2001)
  2000 “Robert Therrien,” Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
  1998 “Robert Therrien,” Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
  1998 “Robert Therrien,” Paule Anglim Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  1997 “No Title (Chapels),” The Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  1997 “Sculpture by Robert Therrien,” The Eli Broad Family Foundation, Los Angeles
  1997 The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
  1997 “Robert Therrien,” Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
  1997 “Drawings,” Leo Castelli, New York
  1997 “Robert Therrien: Large-Scale Sculpture,”
  1997 The Eli Broad Family Foundation, Los Angeles
  Selected Group Exhibitions:
  2002 “Comer o no Comer – To Eat or Not to Eat,” Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Spain
  2002 “Sammlung Rosencranz,” Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany
  2001 “Jasper Johns to Jeff Koons: Four Decades of Art from the Broad Collections,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Traveled to: The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA (through 2002)
  2000 “Made in California: Art, Image and Identity,
  2000 1900-2000,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art (through 2001)
  2000 “Locating Drawing,” Doug Lawing Gallery, Houston, TX (through 2001)
  2000 “MoMA 2000: Open Ends,” Museum of Modern Art, New York (through 2001)
  2000 “The Anderson Collection: Selected Works”, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA (through 2001)
  2000 “Tate Modern: Collection 2000,” Tate Modern, London
  2000 “Panza: The Legacy of a Collector,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  1999 “culbutes: oeuvre d’impertinence,” Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Canada (through 2000)
  1999 “In Company: Robert Creeley’s Collaborations”, Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, Niagara Falls, NY, traveled to: New York Public Library, New York; Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC; The University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL; Green Library, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
  1999 “De Opening,” Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium
  1999 “A Selection of Recent Work on Paper,” Leo Castelli, New York
  1999 “PhotoImage: Printmaking 60s to 90s,” Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, traveled to: Baltimore Museum of Fine Art, MD; Des Moines Art Center, IA.
  1999 “Collectieopstelling”, VildMuseet, Umea, Sweden