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b. 1953, USA

Petah Coyne Biography

Petah Coyne is a contemporary American sculptor and photographer. Described as the 'queen of mixed media' in Artforum magazine, she interweaves disparate and unorthodox materials–trees, human hair, scrap metal, silk flowers, religious statuary, and taxidermy–to create sculptures that are both precise in their attention to detail and baroque in their emotional range. Literature, film art history and the depths of an individual's soul are all springboards for Coyne's incessant and unrelenting imagination. In Coyne's hands, materials, like our lived experiences, are endlessly re-purposed and reborn into something new.

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Coyne's sculptures and photographs have been the subject of more than 30 solo museum exhibitions. Her work resides in numerous permanent museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, California; Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA, Finland; and many others. She is the past recipient of grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, Anonymous was a Woman, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1953, the artist currently lives in New York City.

Text courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. New York.

Petah Coyne Featured Artworks

Untitled #1459 (Yōko Ogawa: The Memory Police) by Petah Coyne contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, drawing
Petah Coyne Untitled #1459 (Yōko Ogawa: The Memory Police), 2019 Sculpture
101.6 x 88.9 x 94 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery
Untitled #884 (Stream Monk, Monk Series) by Petah Coyne contemporary artwork photography
Petah Coyne Untitled #884 (Stream Monk, Monk Series), 1997 Silver gelatin print
50.8 x 61 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery
Untitled #1459 (Yōko Ogawa The Memory Police) by Petah Coyne contemporary artwork sculpture
Petah Coyne Untitled #1459 (Yōko Ogawa The Memory Police), 2019 40 x 32.5 x 37 inches Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery
Untitled #883 (Tear Drop Monks, Monk Series) by Petah Coyne contemporary artwork photography
Petah Coyne Untitled #883 (Tear Drop Monks, Monk Series), 1997 Silver gelatin print
95.9 x 63.8 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery
Untitled #1289 (The Year of Magical Thinking) by Petah Coyne contemporary artwork sculpture
Petah Coyne Untitled #1289 (The Year of Magical Thinking), 2008–2017 Silk/rayon velvet, batting, felt, thread, wood, chicken-wire fencing, wire, screws, washers, hanging brackets, Oz clips
85.1 x 167.6 x 43.2 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery
Untitled #1375 (No Reason Except Love: Portrait of a Marriage) by Petah Coyne contemporary artwork sculpture
Petah Coyne Untitled #1375 (No Reason Except Love: Portrait of a Marriage), 2011–2012 205.7 x 180.3 x 168.9 cm Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery
Untitled #1408 (The Lost Landscape) by Petah Coyne contemporary artwork sculpture
Petah Coyne Untitled #1408 (The Lost Landscape), 2015–2018 167.6 x 165.1 x 129.5 cm Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery
Untitled #1388 (The Unconsoled) by Petah Coyne contemporary artwork installation
Petah Coyne Untitled #1388 (The Unconsoled), 2013–2014 Specially-formulated wax, pigment, silk flowers, taxidermy, paint, thread, wire, floral tape, steel, metal hardware, maple, birch plywood, aluminium
182.8 x 152.4 x 30.5 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery

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