Allan McCollum was born in 1944, in Los Angeles. The first solo exhibition of his artwork was presented there in 1970. He moved to New York City in 1975, where he presently lives and works.
He has spent his life as an artist exploring the complex ways our culture makes symbolic distinctions between fine art works, mass-produced goods, and objects created by nature. In his “Visible Marker” project, he has at- tempted to create a kind of object that only can achieve its full meaning through a social exchange - either by being used as a “gift” or as away to say “thanks” for a gift.
Allan McCollum’s art has been shown widely throughout the world, and is found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado, the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C., the Seattle Art Museum, Washington, the Cincin- nati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio, the National Gallery of Canada, Ontario, Canada, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, the Museum of Mod- ern Art, Vienna, Austria, the Musée d’Art Moderne-Villeneuve d’Ascq, France, the Sprengel-Museum, Hannover, Germany, the Museum Ludwig, Rheinhal- len der Kölner Messe, Cologne, Germany, and many others.
He has had retrospective exhibitions at the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, in Eindhoven, Holland, the Rooseum, in Malmö, Sweden, the Musée d’Art Mod- erne-Villeneuve d’Ascq, in Lille, France, the Centre d’art Contemporain, in Geneva, Switzerland, the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, in Valencia, Spain, and the Serpentine Gallery, in London, England. His work is represent- ed by the Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York, by the Xavier Hufkens Gallery in Brussels, Belgium, by the Thomas Schulte gallery in Berlin, Germany, and in London, England by the
Allan McCollum THANKS, Visible Markers (set of 5 bars), 2002, Open edition, stamp signed, solid resin,
3 3/4” h x 1 1/4” w x 1” d / 9.5cm h x 3.2cm w x 2.5cm d. Item no. 10090