Artist Profile

Allan McCollum

b. 1944

Born in Los Angeles in 1944, and now living and working in New York City, Allan McCollum has focused on exploring the intersection between the public and the private, and between mass production and the handmade, in his unique blend of painting and sculpture. Although he did not receive a formal art education, he did find an education by taking jobs, such as an art handler, that put him into contact with artists and collectors. His first solo exhibition in 1971 was in La Jolla, California, at the Jack Glenn Gallery. In 1975, the same year that he moved to New York City, his work was included in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s prestigious Biennial. Since then, he has had over one hundred solo exhibitions, including several retrospectives, and his works are held in important art museum collections worldwide. The work 5 Coloured Surrogates was included in Laguna Art Museum’s 2003 exhibition, Some Fuzzy Logic: The Joan Simon Menkes Gift.



Works in Our Collection

Allan McCollum
5 Coloured Surrogates (set #1)
Hydrostone and enamel, 1987
20 1/4 x 70 1/12 inches
Gift of Dr. John Menkes in memory of Joan Simon Menkes