Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Dan Colen - Miracle on 34th Street

Stellan Holm Gallery has a group show titled "The Unforgiven" which is on exhibition from November 8 through December 6.

In the back of the gallery there is a very large, almost white painting by Dan Colen, "Miracle on 34th Street". It is a miracle.

It is one of the best paintings by a young artist I have ever seen. The grayish white Olitski I recently saw at Paul Kasmin pales by comparison. It is in a class with Monet.

Forget about drawing a conclusion from the jpeg below, "Miracle on 34th Street" does not reproduce at all.

It must be seen in person.

Just go look at it, forget about "what it's about" and just look. This is what painting, in it's purest form, is all about, it is a transforming visual experience.

Dan Colen
Miracle on 34th Street
2008, Oil on canvas
93x184 inches, 236.2 x 467.3 cm



The Unforgiven features new works by Jason Brooks, Dan Colen, Till Gerhard, Nate Lowman, Anselm Reyle and Aaron Young, with works by Dan Attoe, William S. Burroughs, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Steven Parrino, Richard Prince, Andy Warhol and Christopher Wool. (Note, the new works are only from living artists, it's a technicality)

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