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Calvin Marcus

° 1988, San Francisco (US) – lives and works in Los Angeles (US) 

While the work of Calvin Marcus is not concerned in any overt way with his own biography, he is interested in artistic persona as it takes shape through carefully directed formal decisions and conceptual structures. The mixed-media paintings, sculptures, and drawings that result are notable for their iconic forms (dead soldiers, stylized self-portraits with devilish tongues, ceramic fish), meticulous attention to craft, and surreal humor, evincing a playfulness borne from variance among serial forms. Marcus draws attention to the pillars that support artistic endeavor as a whole, as well as the basic questions that often go unanswered when any artist chooses to display their output in a public setting. This has led him to produce works that also address the physical and institutional envelopes in which art is experienced.

(courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery)

Calvin Marcus’ work has been shown internationally, at The Power Station, Dallas, Peep-Hole, Milan; Massimo De Carlo, London; Gagosian, Athens; Eva Presenhuber, Zurich; White Cube, London; and Greene Naftali, New York. His work is part of the collection of MoMA, New York; MCA, Chicago; The Whitney Museum, New York; MOCA, Los Angeles; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; K11, Hong Kong/Shanghai/Beijing; Astrup Fearnly Museum, Oslo; and The Rubell Family Collection, Miami.

Calvin Marcus is represented by the following galleries;
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C L E A R I N G, New York / Brussels 

David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles 

works by Calvin Marcus