Carroll Dunham, Installation view, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, 2010

Carroll Dunham

Carroll Dunham

April 28 – June 17, 2017
Los Angeles

New Images of Man

Curated by Alison M. Gingeras
February 1 – March 14, 2020
Los Angeles

Four Rooms

September 12 – October 27, 2018
New York

Carroll Dunham

A Drawing Survey

April 21 – May 26, 2012
Los Angeles

Carroll Dunham

April 9 – May 15, 2010
Los Angeles

15th Anniversary Inaugural Exhibition

October 3 – November 14, 2009
Los Angeles


Carroll Dunham (b. 1949, New Haven, CT) has eschewed the conventions of abstract and figurative painting, establishing a trademark style and vast body of work that are both deeply original and enormously influential. His early works, painted on wood veneer, used the existing textures of the knotted grain to create elaborate compositions recalling both fantastic organic forms and the popular imagery of cartoons. Mining the unconscious and variously pursuing psychologically and sexually charged themes, these psychedelic depictions evolved over the years from primordial amoeba-like forms to quasi-figurative biomorphisms to his now iconic vivid nudes with graphically rendered sexual organs in saturated landscapes. A formalist by nature, Dunham’s paintings and drawings are studies in control—his line has become a protagonist in itself—nothing is accidental, whether executed in gentle pencil shading, audacious crayon scribble, or painterly ink and gouache.

As curator Johanna Burton put it in describing his 2002 retrospective at the New Museum, “Dunham’s paintings are the products of an ongoing shamanistic brew: one part art history, one part Punch and Judy, one part hallucinogen, and two parts time clocked on the analyst’s couch.”

Dunham currently lives and works in New York and Connecticut. His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at international museums and institutions including at the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO (2014); Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (2009); Millesgården, Stockholm, Sweden (2008); Drammens Museum, Drammen, Norway (2006); and a mid-career retrospective was held at the New Museum, New York, NY (2002). His work is represented in notable public collections including the Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway; Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Saint Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis, MO; Tate Gallery, London, UK; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MI; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY among others.

Selected Works


Carroll Dunham: Where Am I? Prints 1985–2022 | The National Museum, Oslo, Norway


New Yorker: Carroll Dunham’s Paintings Make You Squirm


Blau International: Carroll Dunham


Elephant Magazine: Carroll Dunham’s Nude Wrestlers Reveal Tenderness and Brutality


Brooklyn Rail: Carroll Dunham


LA Weekly: Carroll Dunham at Blum & Poe


Related Publications

Carroll Dunham: Wrestlers

Carroll Dunham: Thought Process

Carroll Dunham: A Drawing Survey

Carroll Dunham: Painting & Sculpture 2004-2008

New Images of Man

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