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Introduction

Ellen Gallagher (born 1965) uses her paintings, prints, collages and films to probe the codes and conventions communicated in popular culture. Frequently drawing from recognizable or familiar imagery, such as magazine advertisements from the 1930s through 1970s aimed at Black consumers, Gallagher examines the human desire both to change and to conform. She regularly explores themes of race and the origins of racial stereotypes through formal ideas about medium, process, and repetition in her work. 

Gallagher was exhibited in the Whitney Biennial in 1995 and the Venice Biennale in 2003. Her work can be found in the collections of numerous institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Irish Museum of Art, Dublin, Ireland; Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY among others. 

Gallagher’s seminal print DeLuxe was made at Two Palms between 2004 and 2005 and can be found in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Broad Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. 

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Duke, 2004
Photogravure with laser-incised peeled paper, collage and hair pommade
14 5/8 x 10 inches
Edition of 20

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Abu Simbel, 2005
Photogravure, watercolour, colour pencil, varnish, pomade, plasticine, blue fur, gold leaf and crystals
24 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches 
Edition of 25

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Ishmael, 2011
Etching with gravure, spitbite, collage, painting, cutting, oil paint, watercolor, varnish, plasticine, graphite and gold leaf in an artists designed black mdf frame
11 1/2 x 8 inches
Edition of 15

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Isolatoes, 2010
Four etchings with spit-bite, etching, hardground, softground, hand stamping, cut and collaged bas relief on Japanese paper in an artists designed black mdf frame
28 x 26 inches
Edition of 15

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Duke, 2004
Photogravure with laser-incised peeled paper, collage and hair pommade
14 5/8 x 10 inches
Edition of 20

Abu Simbel, 2005
Photogravure, watercolour, colour pencil, varnish, pomade, plasticine, blue fur, gold leaf and crystals
24 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches 
Edition of 25

Ishmael, 2011
Etching with gravure, spitbite, collage, painting, cutting, oil paint, watercolor, varnish, plasticine, graphite and gold leaf in an artists designed black mdf frame
11 1/2 x 8 inches
Edition of 15

Isolatoes, 2010
Four etchings with spit-bite, etching, hardground, softground, hand stamping, cut and collaged bas relief on Japanese paper in an artists designed black mdf frame
28 x 26 inches
Edition of 15

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020  Ellen Gallagher and Edgar Cleijne, Centro Botín Centre, Santander, Spain
2018  Ellen Gallagher in Artist Rooms, Tate Modern, London, England 
2018  Are We Obsidian?, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 
2018  Ellen Gallagher: Better Dimension, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweede
2014  AxME, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
2013  Ellen Gallagher: Don’t Axe Me, New Museum, New York, NY
2013  Ellen Gallagher: AxME, Tate Modern, London, England
2009  Moby Dick, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA
2005  Ellen Gallagher: DeLuxe, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2005  Ellen Gallagher: Ichthyosaurus (inc. films with Edgar Cleijne), Freud Museum, London, England

2003  POMP-BANG, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO
2002  Watery Ecstatic, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
 

Selected Public Collections

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA 
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, P
Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Tate, London, England
Whitney Museum of American Art New York, NY

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