- PRESTON CRANE
By applying the principles of abstract expressionism to origami, Preston Crane has revolutionized the medium.
Instead of patiently folding small pieces of paper into geometric patterns, Crane tears, crumples, even punches paper into submission,
earning him the nickname, Paper Puncher. By defying the conventions of the craft, his work has been attacked by all
segments of the origami world. Undaunted, the artist continues to experiment, and now reduces his work to just one or
two folds. By employing such minimal means to origami, Crane achieves maximum effect. Dehnel and Becht is proud to welcome this
innovative artist into our ranks.
Collectors such as Alberto Mugrabi and Eli Broad were among his first champions. Now his work is setting record sales at both acution houses and art fairs.
Due to this sudden success, The Museum of Modern Art, Kröller-Müller Museum, and Centre Pompidou has just announced a traveling solo exhibition of his work to take place in the fall of next year.
- STEPHEN GILCHRIST GLOVER
Regarded by intellectuals as the progenitor of performance art, Stephen Gilchrist Glover continues putting himself in imperiling
situations. Bodily harm, in fact, is the critical theme of his work, without which, he would have no avenue for personal expression.
He has been poisoned, stabbed, shot, hung, stretched, and disemboweled, all so that his art would be taken seriously. Glover’s performance
art began in 1974, when, during a children’s ballet recital, he ran on stage and cut off the big toe of his right foot. Many saw this as a
statement on the threat of adulthood in a mechanized society. Burden sells relics of such actions. His severed right toe, for instance, joined
MOMA’s permanent collection in 2001.
He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2002. Footage of his performances have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions
including the Seymour Butz Gallery, London (2004), Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles (2005), and Biennale di Venezia (2003).
- PIERRE JE JUNE
Pierre Je June’s deceptively simple geometric drawings and paintings have established him as one of the most influential
European artists of the second half of the 20th century. His work reduces art to the most fundamental shapes (squares,
circles, triangles), and colors (red, yellow, blue). Although shapes are instantly recognizable, inherently meaningless,
and easily duplicated, Je June transcends these limited boundaries by injecting them with philosophical theory, flashy
aesthetics, and complex themes. His 1976 series “Life and Death”, for instance, consisted entirely of repeating blue triangles.
Critically praised as a practitioner of the sublime, his drawings and paintings of geometric patterns test the viewer’s
psychological and visual flexibility. It is no wonder that to grasp these works requires a little effort.
His work has appeared in major exhibitions at Spruth Magers, Berlin (2010); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2007); Museum of
Modern Art, New York (2005); and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2013).
- T.M. PINPAI
T.M. Pinpái is world renowned for transforming images and objects from popular culture into sumptuous icons. No artist since
Warhol has made the banal appear so profound. His work challenges the art world’s notion of taste and commercialization and
blurs the boundaries of high and low art. His rags to riches tale has become art world legend. While working in a Nike
sweatshop in Shanghai, his dreams of becoming a sculptor were cut short when his hands were permanently mutilated in a freak
sewing accident. After successfully suing the company, he used his millions to open Think Twice Inc., a studio that hires
artisans to make art for him. Today it employs over 100 people, with operation in New Jersey, Beijing, and Detroit.
Although actively supervising production, he never directly paints or sculpts the finished works. “I can’t get my hands
dirty because I don’t have any,” he jokes. Instead, Pinpái pays anonymous assistants to execute his ideas. He is also a
master of merchandizing: repackaging kitsch culture in the forms of t-shirts, magnets, key chains, mouse pads, and handbags.
In 2012, he shocked the art world by announcing a new line of frozen foods.
- PAUL TREE
Paul Tree has set the tone for Minimalism. Unlike other artists in the genre, Tree does not merely
limit his palette to one color. Instead, the artist has worked with an array of German chemists to develop a pigment
outside the gamut of traditional hues – a pigment that is, in fact, invisible to the naked eye. This “Imaginary Paul
Tree Pigment” is adhered to every panel the artist creates. Each piece is so exceptionally blank and reflective that their
surfaces respond and change with the ambient conditions in which they are shown - which in turn become a reflection of the
outside world. The works radicality lay not only in its physical characteristics – its invisible surface as well as infinite
repeatability - but in its commentary on contemporary avant-garde art. By refusing to communicate ideas, express emotions, or represent
the world, Paul Tree profoundly challenges our conventional notions of what art can be.
He was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2007 and exhibits extensively in North America and Europe.
- CLARENCE DOLITTLE
Clarence Dolittle's greatest contribution to the history of art lies in his ability to question existing traditions in order to transcend
the status quo. His creation of Lost Art-more commonly referred to as “throw aways” - proved to be his most subversive gesture to date.
By installing mundane, mass produced objects in nature, the artist profoundly modifies its use. This altered context gives viewers time
and a stage to contemplate its conceptual value. Some argue that Lost Art is merely a relabeling of trash. Others argue it was the
century’s most influential development on the artistic creative process. Whatever your views, we can all agree that Dolittle will remain the quintessential role as artist provocateur.
Dolittle has participated in many international events, including SITE Santa Fe (2004); the Venice biennial (1982, 1995); and five Whitney Biennials.
- CHRISTIAN CURRENTS
Christian Currents art has been labeled as, “the highest voltage of shock value.” Due to his offensive religious imagery/behavior, the artist has received
prayers of hope, death threats from Christian extremists, even a letter of condemnation from the Pope. In his infamous 2005 performance piece,
“Holy Water”, the artist urinated in Saint Peter’s Basilica and was subsequently banned from entering the Vatican City forever. When asked if
he possessed any artistic guilt, the outspoken atheist ironically quipped, “I know I’m going to hell.” By ridiculing others faith, Currents
achieved mass levels of attention. While most artists create with the hope that people will love their work, Currents, by contrast, deliberately
creates work for people to hate - a brilliant doctrine for future artists to follow.
His work has been exhibited internationally in many solo and group exhibitions including the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2001),
Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2005), MADRE, Naples (2007), and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010).
- POLLY M. SCHNEIDERPolly M. Schneider is a pioneer of feminist art.
Her work incorporates traditional women’s techniques - sewing, piercing, cooking, etc - to examine societal assumptions surrounding gender. In 1977, her widely published essay,
“Time for a Feminist Art Period.” was instrumental in freeing art from male dominance. After challenging the very foundation of the male art world, Schneider continued transforming
art’s propensity to objectify women into a sustained critique of the medium. Using lipstick and nail polish as her medium, Schneider explores gender roles, sexuality, and perception
by tracing her nude reflection directly on mirrors. The viewer literally becomes part of the work as they see their own features juxtaposed with hers. Leaving her works untitled,
Schneider refuses to impose descriptive language on her images, relying instead on the viewer’s creativity to insert meaning. She is survived by her long-time partner, artist Olga Grossman.
She is the recipient of the Guerrilla Girls Lifetime Achievement Award (2010), the Lily Tomlin Grant (2012), and the Chanel Award (2006).
- KNOX HARRINGTON
Knox Harrington’s work can be read as an unwritten history of video installations. He began experimenting with VHS in 1984 as a temporal response and extension to
painting. Since 2004 he has produced over 800 video artworks, most having to do with his own genitalia. These particular works explore the nature of sexuality and its
subsequent effect on the psyche. The renowned critic Graham Nightingale appropriately described his work as, “that odd intersection where avant-garde film
and queer cinema meet.”
His work has been shown internationally in museums, galleries, alternative spaces and festivals and is represented in many public and private collections
including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Modern Art, NY, Museum fur Neue Kunst in Karlsruhe,
Germany, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid. In the past 30 years, Harrington has been the recipient of many grants and awards.
- OSGOOD SCHLATTER
Born in Socialist East Germany in 1983, Osgood Schlatter claims to have witnessed the
fall of the Berlin Wall. The trauma of this childhood experience was central to the development of Schlatter’s mature work, which
are dark in color, yet soft in texture. Preferring massive canvas and bold brush strokes, his work has been described as an interior decorators dream, able to fill any wall (as well as match any couch) in New York's most
In 2009, the Kunsthaus Zürich mounted a major exhibition of his work to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This was
followed by major retrospectives at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. Work by the artist is held in public collections internationally, including The Art Institute of Chicago; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Borremans lives and works in Ghent.
- COLIN RIVERS
Sexual intercourse is always present in the photographs of Colin Rivers.
Female genitalia is his inspiration; photography his medium. "Polaroids of Cunts" was Colin Rivers first series to garner attention (and scandal).
Considering that each snapshot was signed by a splattering of the artists cum, it is no wonder
so many have protested his work. Still, one must acknowledge the power of such imagery, which critic Graham Nightingale described as a "forced penetration into the mind."
In 2010, Rivers was made Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur by the French government. His photographs are in the permanent
collections of many museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Sex Museum, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Tate Gallery, London; Las Vegas Museum of Art, Nevada;
as well as the personal collections of Larry Claxton Flynt and Hugh Marston Hefner. He currently lives and works in Amsterdam.
- ANDREW CARR
Andrew Carr's sharp observations of American society have yielded some of the greatest works of social commentary this century. Nothing is safe from his satirical bite. His work depicts imagery ubiquitous to Main Street USA, from gawdy prom queens to game show sets. While these slices of Americana may not be to everyone's taste, they convey Hogarthian messages all should digest. In his continual attempt to bring art to the masses, the artist frequently exhbits his work in alternative venues, such as fraternities and senior proms. For over 9 years, he has been represented exclusively by Dehnel & Becht.
In 2009, Carr was the subject of a ten-year survey at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. Public collections include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
- JASON PEGG
Virtually all of Jason Pegg’s highly contemporary work is digitally produced. Using technology as his medium, Pegg pushes computer creativity to the limits.
“Warhol used silkscreen - I use print screen”, says Pegg, who frequently utilizes that command in his work. Preferring low res to high res,
the artist intentionally distorts visual images until a colorful patchwork of compression artifacts is laced throughout his work. Whether
an animated giffs or 8 bit song, this artifact-heavy style is evident in everything the artist produces. Even the way he displays his work
is revolutionary. Instead of the traditional framed canvas, Pegg displays his pixilated art on the very screens they were created; computer
monitors, ipads, and flat screen TV’s.
Well-known collectors avidly buy his art, examples of which are already in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York,
the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, to name a few. In 2012, the Jocose Museum in Zurich,
Switzerland held the artist’s first solo exhibition.