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John Currin

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Boulder, Colorado

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John Currin is an American painter. He is best known for satirical figurative paintings which deal with provocative sexual and social themes in a technically skillful manner. His work shows a wide range of influences, including sources as diverse as the Renaissance, popular culture magazines, and contemporary fashion models. He often distorts or exaggerates the erotic forms of the female body.

In the 1990s, when political themed art works were favored, Currin brazenly used bold depictions of busty young women, mustachioed men and asexual divorcés, setting him apart from the rest. He used magazines like Cosmopolitan along with old issues of Playboy for inspiration for his paintings. In 1992 a subsequent exhibition focused, less sympathetically, on well-to-do middle-aged women. Nonetheless, by the late 1990s Currin's ability to paint subjects of kitsch with technical facility met with critical and financial success, and by 2003 his paintings were selling "for prices in the high six figures". More recently, he has undertaken a series of figure paintings dealing with unabashedly pornographic themes.


Recent Exhibits

John Currin participated in these exhibits:

May, 2015 As Is Is
Altman Siegel Gallery
Mar, 2015 Dans un intérieur - Meubles, oeuvres murales & textiles d'artistes
Almine Rech Gallery Brussels
Feb, 2015 Solo Exhibition
Gagosian Gallery - Beverly Hills
Jan, 2015 The Shell (Landscapes, Portraits & Shapes), A Show by Eric Troncy
Galerie Almine Rech
Oct, 2014 FIERCE CREATIVITY curated by Chuck Close and Jessica Craig-Martin
Pace Gallery - 57th St.
Galerie Almine Rech
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