Carroll Dunham Portrait by Grant Delin

Carroll Dunham

United States 1949

Sculpture, Painting, Prints, Drawing

Carroll Dunham
Carroll Dunham
United States
March 24, 2016

Initially inspired by Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism, and Surrealism, at the very beginnings of his career, Carroll Dunham painted abstract geometric compositions on a wooden surface. His characteristic was the using of exotic veneers, such was elm, oak, rosewood or pin. Respecting the natural pattern of the surface, he was creating vibrant compositions. Spurred on by the revival of interest in Surrealism in the 1970’s, Dunham began to make abstract, biomorphic paintings reminiscent of the work of Arshile Gorky and André Masson, executed with a comic twist enhanced by lurid colors and the suggestion of contemporary psychedelia. Recognizable cartoonish details from his early artistic beginnings turned into the larger formats of bodily shapes resembling lips or teeth recently became more figurative, displaying striking male and female caricatures placed in familiar, but at the same time fictional surroundings.

Carroll Dunham - Big Bang (actual size) 2, 2013–15 (Left) - Big Bang (actual size) 3, 2013-15 (Right) ” american untitled inches gladstone
Carroll Dunham – Big Bang (actual size) 2, 2013–15 (Left) / Big Bang (actual size) 3, 2013-15 (Right)

Cartoons and Nudes – An Exciting Road from the 80s until 2015

Towards the late 1980’s, Dunham began to work with more singular motifs. Among the recurring figures in his work are wave-like forms, hated male figures in a variety of settings, mounds, trees set in pastoral landscapes, and nude female bathers. His series of Mound, which he began in the early 1990s, resemble mounds of earth but are covered with holes in neon colors. More recently, Dunham has focused on cartoon-like figures and nudes, as well as textured trees. Exploring the relations between abstraction and figuration, the artist was able to learn and develop the conceptual approach to painting and drawing. His drawings demonstrate the artist’s skill in using thin lines and delicate shadings. They celebrate his ability to manipulate simple materials and lines. Carroll Dunham has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including a mid-career retrospective at the New Museum in New York and an exhibition of paintings and sculptures at Millesgarden in Stockholm, and has participated in the Whitney Biennials of 1985, 1991, and 1995. His work is part of a many public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Brooklyn Museum, New York, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Tate Gallery, London, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and Whitney Museum of Art, New York.

Beginning his paintings by “following his nose”, he starts the process by drawing a shape that is usually changed during the painting. It becomes finished at the moment when it comes alive and not just being a mess of stuff on a surface. Dunham admits that he always spends a long period of time looking at the painting and trying to hear what it’s telling him. Dunham’s paintings need to be read apart from the subject matter and the content contained on the canvas. Aware of the things that he doesn’t want to say, his greatest concern is its literal content. Tending to return into the past, Dunham is not nostalgic but strives to question his path and development as a painter. Returning back to the earlier works and basic methodology, he is trying to find the way and reason to go forward reconsidering what an artist of a certain age is supposed to do. This focus on a passage of time is visible in his paintings where scrawled dates becoming the component of the image. Attempting to make paintings that don’t resemble anything familiar in the world, Dunham created the trio of Big Bang works that actually represent the world itself. With the working title Blobs of Yellow Plasm, he only knew that he wishes to create something large and blown up. Seeing them as abstract paintings, he remembered the Big Bang theory and realized that his depiction possesses all the associations on this occasion.

Carroll Dunham has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions in Miami, Chicago and New York City

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” 2009 Carroll Dunham - seventeen (Black hole), 2011-12 2012 2008 inches media untitled 2016
Carroll Dunham – Bathers seventeen (Black hole), 2011-12

Theme of Bathers throughout Art History

Dunham’s representations always involved concrete figures, as man or woman, but during the time, he started to build a graphic world of “things with the name” – house, tree, gun – in the attempt to purify the subject and reduce it to its essence. For example, when he draws a tree, it is not the specific one, but just tree, actually the idea of the tree. Never having the problem to talk about artists who influenced his work, Dunham would always mention Otto Dix and his contemporaries Elizabeth Murray and Kara Walker. On his series of Bathers, strange geometries collide with organic form. The figure of a female bather is composed of outlined, shaded shapes created from the painting’s white ground. Unlike the other object, she is not filled in, which emphasizes her presence. Faceless, her body might belong to a specific woman, but without representing a real person. Writing some review on Otto Dix and late Renoir, Carroll Dunham was drawn to late 19th and early 20th-century French painting, starting to think about the theme of bathers throughout art history.

The best example of his subject vs. content concerns is Horse and Rider (My X), 2013-15, which makes the viewer considers what is the real subject – the X that splits the surface into four quadrants, marking the center of some other realm, or a horse with a woman on his back who obviously have a question for a viewer, whose figure represents the beginning of recessive planes of composition that make the impression of depth. When he started this painting, first move that he done was a chalk line X that noted the segments of the surface. Initial theme was a fantasy of woman on a horse, but he later realized that the other level is equally important (X as a generative principle) and must be a part of a title. Creating the horse that stares into the viewer, Dunham, unlike in his previous work, made a weird eye contact, giving the narrative implications that courage the people to imagine the story behind. The other major Bather painting Game, 2013-15, abounds narrative implications. With the swinging bather in the foreground, four strange birds randomly staggered around have fully occupied the space, taking over the role of main subject.

Carroll Dunham - Horse and Rider (My X), 2013–15 (Left) - Game, 2013–15 (Right) ” american untitled inches gladstone
Carroll Dunham – Horse and Rider (My X), 2013–15 (Left) / Game, 2013–15 (Right)

From Masculine Dystopia to Feminine Utopia

While he paints, Dunham often thinks about different theories and meaning of painting itself. Always looking for some answers, he reexamines his early thoughts about his art, comparing them to things he feels or thinks today. His idea about how to make an artwork came from the presumption about of diagram of painting or its function as the demonstration model. Still, aware of differences and progress, he can’t find the source of his change, having the subjective experience of stagnation because of the same problems and characteristic approach to them through his whole career. He spends years building pieces of his universe, developing each fragment of his visual language, from hallucinatory, anatomical abstraction of biomorphic shapes from the beginning of his career to the first signs of angry faces and fat bodies, and sun, tree and a mountain as the basic elements of a usual landscape. The next step was a masculine dystopia, the world inhabited by eyeless, penis-nosed men in suits and top hats, compulsively recreated from different angles, through numerous drawings, paintings, and sculptures. Since 2010, Dunham changed the territory, moving from hell into the feminine world of heaven. Blue skies, green hills, and colorful flowers are the place where lives nude woman with the long black hair and emphasized vagina and nipples. Still, for Dunham, his direct subjects, and the scenes are just a part of a construction that he skillfully uses, making the numerous arrangements that transform his abstract thought into the worldly shape.

At the beginning, Dunham’s art was based on painted abstract compositions

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” 2009 Carroll Dunham - Shape with puddle, 1990 inches gladstone gallery 2008 american works contact untitled
Carroll Dunham – Shape with puddle, 1990

Now and Around Here

Always striving to create the atmosphere of possibility where things seem to be in a kind of motion, the artist indicates the movement that could be going forward or backward. The viewer has a chance to see only the fragment of it. Dunham also asserts the fact that he is not kind of painter that thinks symbolically. There are no references or literary terms, but the pure truth, like any other experience in anybody’s life. The things that come up in his paintings tends to be much more an expression of an attitude about the process than of an attitude about the subject matter. Deprived of a female presence, his series Now and Around Here is prepared through 150 drawings before he achieved the final version. Feels like “femaleness needs maleness” to achieved the balance, he included the first appearance of a man in about eight years. Starting from his own body he tried to understand how to approach to his new theme. Taking the example of Mantegna and John Semmel as precedents that used to represent the body in space in that kind of way, Dunham still chose to experiment with his own train of thought. His final canvas, number 3, is the most striking, having the unexpected depiction of the dog looking out at the viewer. Like horse or birds on the previous paintings, the dog represents human’s close friend, the animal that has been there since the beginning. The falling leaves and autumnal colors leave the impression of sorrow, but also of the hope at the same time. His reclining man has seen bright skies of green and purple, but things have changed. The dog is a narrative signifier and abstract code, created of colors and lines, but with the longing gaze.

He created series of paintings deprived of female presence

Carroll Dunham - Now and Around Here (1), 2011–15 (Left) - Now and Around Here (3), 2015 (Right)
Carroll Dunham – Now and Around Here (1), 2011–15 (Left) / Now and Around Here (3), 2015 (Right)

Painting as the Mixture of Craft and Philosophy

During his long career, Carroll Dunham developed a highly personal style. Some people connect Dunham’s work with cartoons. Sometimes, they find his paintings funny, although the author himself don’t think they are. He is trying to let something open up, not necessarily his personality, but his emotional side as an artist. Juxtapositions can be humorous, even when the artist has no intention to be funny. Viewer’s imagination has no limits and sometimes goes over any expectations. Creating scenes with multiple cartoonish and biomorphic subjects interact, his works often have sexually suggestive narratives. Considering painting as something that is not about individual subjectivity, but the mixture of craft and philosophy, Dunham’s only interest lies in the process and tradition of painting, instead of symbolism and metaphorical meanings. Unifying elements of Pop Art, Graffiti, Surrealism and Abstraction, his work reference Paul Gauguin, Arshile Gorky and Philip Guston.

Carroll Dunham lives and works in New York and Cornwall, Connecticut.

Featured image: Carroll Dunham Portrait by Grant Delin
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Painting 2.0 - Malerei im Informationszeitalter Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (MUMOK), ViennaGroup
2016The Sonnabend Collection: Meio Século De Arte Europeia E Americana. Part 1 Museu Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, PortoGroup
2016Prints And PotsHiram Butler Gallery, HoustonGroup
2016Nice WeatherSkarstedt Fine Art, New York CityGroup
2016Comic InspirationsAdam Baumgold Gallery, New York CityGroup
2016Carroll Dunham - MonotypesDiagonal Building, Maag Areal, ZurichSolo
2015Pretty Raw: After And Around Helen FrankenthalerThe Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MAGroup
2015Works on PaperGalerie Eva Presenhuber, ZurichGroup
2015Light Dark, White BlackAddison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MAGroup
2015Carroll DunhamGladstone Gallery, New YorkSolo
2014Post-Picasso: Contemporary ReactionsMuseo Picasso, BarcelonaGroup
2014Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau CollectionSan Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2014Drawings: Carroll DunhamDenver Art Museum, Denver, COSolo
2014Drawings IIRussell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, ILGroup
2014Feels Like HeavenSommer Contemporary Art, Tel AvivGroup
2014Disturbing InnocenceFLAG Art Foundation, New York City, NYGroup
2014Carroll DunhamGalerie Eva Presenhuber, ZurichSolo
2014Gallery SelectonsRussell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, ILGroup
2014Carroll Dunham - Fourteen LithographsHiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TXSolo
2014Vintage ViolenceMonya Rowe Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2014The Age Of Small ThingsDODGE Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2013Reinventing Abstraction: New York Painting in the 1980sCheim & Read, New York City, NYGroup
2013Summer DrawingsThe Journal Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2013Nothing Turned Itself Inside OutWhite Flag Projects, Saint Louis, MOGroup
20131980's RevisitedSkarstedt Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2013Hello Goodbye Thank You, Again, And Again, And AgainCastillo corrales, ParisGroup
2013Ambach & Rice PresentsDaniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2013Inaugural ExhibitionPizzuti Collection, Columbus, OHGroup
2013Comic FutureBallroom Marfa, Marfa, TXGroup
2012Carroll Dunham - A Drawing SurveyBlum & Poe, Los Angeles, CASolo
2012Carroll Dunham - Solo ShowGladstone Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2012Kind of BlueLarissa Goldston Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012Print OutMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2012This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980sICA - Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, MAGroup
2012DrawingsRussell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, ILGroup
2012Large DrawingsDavid Nolan Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012Ulae | Universal Limited Art EditionsGreg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2012Twenty Days LaterNicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012Carroll Dunham - Solo ExhibitBernier Eliades Gallery, AthensSolo
2012Painting NowGalerie Eva Presenhuber, ZurichGroup
2012This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980sICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London, LondonGroup
2012Riot Selections From The Ann And Mel Schaffer Family CollectionThe Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NYGroup
2012The Master Printer and the Collaborative ProcessInternational Print Center New York, New York City, NYGroup
2012Rarely Seen Contemporary Works on PaperThe Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, ILGroup
2012American Prints IiiRussell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, ILGroup
2012This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2012Group ShoeGavin Brown's Enterprise, New York City, NYGroup
2012This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980sMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, ILGroup
2011Carroll Dunham - Works on PaperPatrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke-HeistSolo
2011Great Impressions IiiDean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WIGroup
2011Paintings & SculpturesSkarstedt Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2011Images from a Floating World: 18th and 19th Century Japanese Erotic Prints and the Echo in Modern and Contemporary ArtFredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011American Prints IIRussell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, ILGroup
2011Es ist schon alles gesagt, nur noch nicht von allenGalerie Matthias Jahn, MunichGroup
2010IconoGRAPHICMary Ryan Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2010Permanent TroubleKOG - Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, RegensburgGroup
2010Your History is not Our HistoryHaunch of Venison, New York City, NYGroup
2010DisquietedPortland Art Museum, Portland, ORGroup
2010Tha Visible VaginaDavid Nolan Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2010SHAZAM!Gerhardsen Gerner, BerlinGroup
2010Carroll Dunham Prints: A SurveyAddison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MASolo
2010Carroll Dunham Prints: A SurveyUniversity Art Museum University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NYSolo
2010Collect With UsArmand Bartos Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2010Emerging ImagesInternational Print Center New York, New York City, NYGroup
2010NatureGerhardsen Gerner, BerlinGroup
2010Five On PaperRussell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, ILGroup
2010Emerging Images: The Creative Process in PrintsInternational Print Center New York, New York City, NYGroup
2010Pastorale80WSE, Washington, DCGroup
2010Carroll Dunham: PaintingsBaldwin Gallery, Aspen, COSolo
2010American PrintsRussell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, ILGroup
2009SloughDavid Nolan Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2009Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings CollectionMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2009Die Gegenwart der LiniePinakothek der Moderne, MunichGroup
2009Image MatterMary Boone Gallery - 745 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NYGroup
2009Image MatterMary Boone Gallery - 541 West 24 Street, New York City, NYGroup
2009Strike A PoseStephen Friedman Gallery, LondonGroup
2009MissingThe Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MAGroup
2009MOCA´s First Thirty YearsMOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009Carroll Dunham. Arbeiten auf PapierMuseum Ludwig, CologneSolo
2009JR. And SonsZach Feuer Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
200915th Anniversary Inaugural ExhibitionBlum & Poe, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009Constellations: Paintings from the MCA CollectionMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, ILGroup
2009The TreeJames Cohan Gallery, ShanghaiGroup
2009Close EncountersVHDG - Stichting Voorheen De Gemeente, LeeuwardenGroup
2009New Prints 2009 SpringInternational Print Center New York, New York City, NYGroup
2009We're all gonna die Part ACindy Rucker Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2008Faces and Figures (Revisited)Marc Jancou Contemporary, New York City, NYGroup
2008Carroll Dunham: Paintings on Wood 1982 - 1987Skarstedt Fine Art, New York City, NYSolo
2008Paper Trail II: Passing Through CloudsThe Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MAGroup
2008Second ThoughtsHessel Museum of Art & Center for Curatorial Studies Galleries at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NYGroup
2008Self selections showOber Gallery, Kent, CTGroup
2008Carroll Dunham Prints: A SurveyAddison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MASolo
2008Carroll Dunham: Painting and Sculpture 2004 - 2008Millesgården, LidingöSolo
2008From nature – Summer group showCarolina Nitsch, New York City, NYGroup
2008Passioniert ProvokativPinakothek der Moderne, MunichGroup
2008Another Damned Drawing ShowDaniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2008Carroll Dunham Prints: A SurveyThe Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OHSolo
2008Carroll Dunham - Recent PaintingsGerhardsen Gerner, BerlinSolo
2008Now and Forever, Part IIMatthew Marks Gallery - 522 West 22th Street, New York City, NYGroup
2008Listen Darling… The World is YoursEllipse Foundation, AlcoitãoGroup
2007Contemporary Painters and Their InfluencesVirginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA),Virginia Beach, VAGroup
2007ULAE: New EditionsLarissa Goldston Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2007Carrol Dunham. MonotypesGerhardsen Gerner, BerlinSolo
2007Feed Your HeadHeskin Contemporary, New York City, NYGroup
2007Dreamland: American Explorations Into Surrealism - Sullivan GossAn American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2007OverdriveBarbara Davis Gallery, Houston, TXGroup
2007Great ImpressionsDean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WIGroup
2007Multiplex: Directions in Art, 1970 to NowMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2007New Works For The V22 CollectionV22, LondonGroup
2007Nordea´s Art CollectionHenie Onstad Art Centre, HøvikoddenGroup
2007Size Matters - XXL-recent Large-scale paintingsHVCCA - Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NYGroup
2007POP ART 1960's to 2000'sHiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, HiroshimaGroup
2007What Is Painting? - Contemporary Art from the CollectionMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2006Nightmares of SummerMarvelli Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2006Open HOUSE (part 2)Ellipse Foundation, AlcoitãoGroup
2006PossessedWestern Bridge, Seattle, WAGroup
2006Group ShowDavid Nolan Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2006Making a Mark: Four Contemporary Artists in PrintYale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CTGroup
2006Carroll Dunham - In Red SpaceWhite Cube, LondonSolo
2006Twice DrawnThe Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College,Saratoga Springs, NYGroup
2006Works on PaperTexas Gallery, Houston, TXGroup
2006Remote Viewing. Invented Worlds in Recent Painting and DrawingSaint Louis Art Museum,Saint Louis, MOGroup
2006Ele-MentalDavid Nolan Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2006Vanessa Baird - Me, myself and the other oneGerhardsen Gerner, BerlinGroup
2005Carroll Dunham - Dead SpaceGerhardsen Gerner, BerlinSolo
2005Carroll Dunham, John Newman, Terry WintersGalerie Fred Jahn, MunichGroup
2005Drawings: 1945 to nowRussell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, ILGroup
2005Dunham, Drawings 1984-2004 - Polke, Vintage PhotographsHaunch of Venison,ZurichGroup
2005Art in the ‘Toon AgeArt and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, CAGroup
2005Remote Viewing - Invented Worlds in Recent Painting and DrawingWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NYGroup
2004Is One Thing Better Than Another?Galerie Aurel Scheibler, CologneGroup
2004Recent SelectionRussell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, ILGroup
2004Art, Artists, and the AddisonAddison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MAGroup
2004ARBEITEN AUF PAPIER WORKS ON PAPERSprüth Magers Projekte, MunichGroup
2004Carroll Dunham - PrintsGerhardsen Gerner, BerlinSolo
2004Carroll Dunham: He, She, and ItGladstone Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2004Carroll Dunham: Composite Image PaintingsDaniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2004Carrol Dunham - Solo ShowDavid Nolan Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2004Visions of America - Essl Museum Kunst der Gegenwart, KlosterneuburgGroup
2004Tear Down This Wall: Paintings From The 1980sMOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004Under $2,000 Albers < ZauggBrooke Alexander Editions, New York City, NYGroup
2004Fifth International Biennial Exhibition: Disparities and Deformations: Our Grotesque Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2004SITE Santa Fe's Fifth International BiennialSITElines, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2004SetsThe Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MAGroup
2003The Human FigureDavid Nolan Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2003Sommerausstellung 2003White8 showrooms, VillachGroup
2003Ballpoint InklingsKerry Schuss, New York City, NYGroup
2003DrawingsMetro Pictures Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
200350th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale Biennale di VeneziaLa Biennale di Venezia,VeniceGroup
2003Carroll Dunham: Personal Distance: New PaintingsBaldwin Gallery, Aspen, COSolo
2002Carroll Dunham - Meso-kingdom - The Search for OrgoneGerhardsen Gerner, BerlinSolo
2002Annika Ström, Lothar Hempel + Carroll DunhamGerhardsen Gerner, BerlinGroup
2002Carroll Dunham - Mesokingdom (Paintings)Metro Pictures Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2002Under Pressure - Prints from Two Palms PressUniversity Museum of Contemporary Art - UMass Amherst, Amherst, MAGroup
2002Plotting: An Exhibition Of StudiesCarrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2002Group ShowMetro Pictures Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2002Teoría del ocioGaleria Jumex, Mexico CityGroup
2002Urgent paintingMusée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - MAM ARC, ParisGroup
2002The Paintings of Carroll DunhamNew Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, NYSolo
2001Carroll Dunham - The Search for OrgoneDavid Nolan Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2001American Art from the Goetz Collection, MunichGalerie Rudolfinum, PragueGroup
2001Two-Palms Press: Under PressureSchick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NYGroup
2001Olav Christopher Jenssen, Sarah Morris + Carroll DunhamGerhardsen Gerner, BerlinGroup
2001Group ShowMetro Pictures Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2000Figure in the LandscapeLehmann Maupin, New York City, NYGroup
2000Kippenberger, Oehlen, Le Va, Dunham, RothDavid Nolan Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2000Arbeiten auf PapierGalerie Michael Hasenclever, MunichGroup
2000Art at Work: Forty Years of the Chase Manhattan CollectionQueens Museum of Art (QMA),New York City, NYGroup
2000Superorganic Hydroponic WarfareDerek Eller Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2000PrintsDavid Nolan Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1999Art at Work - Forty Years of the Chase Manhattan CollectionContemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TXGroup
1999Summer Group ShowDavid Nolan Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1999Examining Pictures - Exhibition of 56 artists links generations of paintersMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, ILGroup
1999DrawnMetro Pictures Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1998Carrol Dunham - Land and HousesDavid Nolan Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1998Pop SurrealismThe Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CTGroup
1998Group Show Metro Pictures Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1998Summer Group ShowDavid Nolan Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1998Painting - Now and Forever, Part IMatthew Marks Gallery - 522 West 22th Street, New York City, NYGroup
1998Imagined WorldDavid Nolan Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1998Caroll Dunham - Integrated PaintingsWhite Cube, LondonSolo
1997Project PaintingLehmann Maupin, New York City, NYGroup
1997DrawingsDavid Nolan Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1997Group ShowMetro Pictures Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1997Now on ViewMetro Pictures Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1996Nuevas abstraccionesMuseu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA, BarcelonaGroup
1996Nuevas abstraccionesMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, MadridGroup
1996Sammlung SonnabendDeichtorhallen Hamburg, HamburgGroup
1996Carroll Dunham - ZeichnungenGalerie Fred Jahn, MunichSolo
1996Moving StructuresLehmann Maupin, New York City, NYGroup
1996Carroll Dunham - Recent DrawingDavid Nolan Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1995Not a Metaphor Art Projects International (API), New York City, NY Group
1995Drawings from a Private Collection David Nolan Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1995Carol Dunham: Selected Drawings and PrintsGreenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
1994Contemporary Art on PaperPhiladelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PAGroup
1994Portfolios and SuitesGreg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
1993Drawn In the ‘90’sHuntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, ALGroup
1993Drawn In the ‘90’sIllingworth Kerr Gallery at Alberta College of Art, Calgary, ABGroup
1993Carroll Dunham - DrawingsDavid Nolan Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1992Carroll Dunham - Drawings 1988-1991David Nolan Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1992Drawn In the ‘90’sKatonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NYGroup
1991New Editions from U.L.A.EGreg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
1991Caroll Dunham, Mike Kelley, Cindy ShermanMetro Pictures Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1990An Overview of DrawingsDavid Nolan Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1990With the grain ; contemporary panel paintingWhitney Museum of American Art - Fairfield County, Stamford, CTGroup
1990Tryk ok multiplesGalleri Susanne Ottesen, CopenhagenGroup
198918th International Biennial of Graphic ArtsLjubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, LjubljanaGroup

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