Marc Dennis


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Marc Dennis is an American artist known for his hyper-realistic paintings that celebrate the subversive potential of beauty and explore the charged subjects of identity, pleasure and power.

Interested in transformative possibilities Dennis merges various movements throughout the western art historical canon with modern tropes in order to create clever, provocative and fresh paintings rich with hype, narrative and humor where art, history, nature, politics and pop culture intersect.

Born in Danvers, Massachusetts in 1971, Dennis was one of five sons and grew up in and around Boston, Puerto Rico and New Jersey. His father was born and raised in Havana, Cuba; and his mother was born and raised in Roxbury, MA. Marc received his B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and his M.F.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

His works have been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions in New York, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Houston and Seattle among others. His works are in numerous private and public collections, including those of John and Amy Phelan, Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, Bill and Maria Bell, Beth DeWoody, Larry Gagosian, Larry and Marilyn Fields, David and Jennifer Stockman, Carl and Donna Hessel, Anders Hedin, Bill Hair, Courtney and Karen Lord, Nancy Rogers, Michael Danoff and Jo Laird, Sean and Tammy McCarthy, The Neuberger Berman Collection, New York; The Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin; The Springfield Museum of Art, Ohio, The MIN Art Museum, Guadalajara, Mexico: and the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California among others.

Solo Exhibitions:

2019 Ernst Hilger, Vienna, Austria, Marc Dennis, Dreamers, March 4 – April 19 SOCO Gallery, Charlotte, NC, Recent Paintings, Dates TBA

2018 Cris Worley Fine Arts, Dallas, TX, Bloodlines, November 2 – December 30

SOCO Gallery, Charlotte, NC, Marc Dennis Talk, September 29

ARCIS, New York, NY, Private Event, Marc Dennis, Recent Paintings, July 17, 6- 9pm

Sip & Sketch – Meet Marc Dennis, Sponsored by Art News & Art in America, Armory Art Fair, Publications Lounge, Pier 94, New York, NY, March 9, 1-3pm

Armory Art Fair VIP Studio Tour with Marc Dennis, 55 Washington Street, Brooklyn, NY, March 6, 1-3pm

2016

Casterline Goodman Gallery, Aspen, CO, Power Play, New Paintings by Marc Dennis, December 29 – February 13

Marc Dennis Brunch, Hosted by Bank of America and Christies, Art Basel, Miami Beach, Florida at the Home of Courtney and Karen Lord, November 30th, 10am- 12pm

2014

Zane Bennett Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, A$$holes on Cellphones, New Drawings, August 28 – September 27

Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, New York, NY, An Artist, a Curator and a Rabbi Walk Into a Bar, November 7, 2013 – January 8, 2014

Marc Dennis Brunch, Hosted by Sothebys and Nets Jets, Art Basel, Miami Beach, Florida at the Home of Courtney and Karen Lord, December 4, 10am-12pm

2012 Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL, A Day in the Life, April 13 – June 2

2011

Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, New York, NY, Honey Bunny, October 20 – December 3

2010

Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY, Nature Morte, February 19 – March 20

2009

Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, American Tourists, September 10 – October 8

Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL, Truth & Allegory, April 17 – May 16,

2008

Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY, New Paintings, February 14 – March 15

Gail Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA, New Paintings, October 24 – November 29,

2007

Billy Shire Fine Art, Culver City, CA, Paradise Lost – New Paintings, February 24 –March 24

Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL, Natural Selection – New Paintings, October 12 – November 14

Gail Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA, Return to Eden – New Paintings, October 16 – November 24

2006

Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Houston, TX, Garden of Earthly Delights – New Paintings and Drawings, October 10 – November 22

Gail Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA, Allegories – Seascape Paintings, April 20 – May 22

Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York, NY, Caravaggio’s Cat and Other Things Unseen, February 23 – April 8, 40 page full-color catalog with essay by Lilly Wei

Group Exhibitions:

2018 Winston Wachter Gallery, New York, NY, The Feminine Ideal / The Ideal Feminine? curated by Natasha Schlesinger, May 23 – June 30

Dallas Art Fair, Dallas, TX, represented with Cris Worley Fine Arts, Dallas, TX, April 13 – 15

Faction Arts Project, New York, NY, All I Have is My Soul, February 5 – March 10 2017 Wilding Cran Gallery, Really? curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody, November 4 – December 21

Cris Worley Fine Arts, Dallas, TX, Introductions, July – August

Dallas Art Fair, Dallas, TX, represented with Cris Worley Fine Arts, Dallas, TX, April 6 – 9

2016

The former Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center, Los Angeles, The Human Condition curated by John Wolf, Oct 1, 2016 – Nov 30, 2016

Clay Arch Museum, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea, Hyperrealism, September 25 – June 2, 2017

Suwon I Park Museum of Art, Suwon City, South Korea, Hyperrealism, January 2 – March 20

EMP Museum, Seattle, WA, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, November 15 – May 15

2015

Berry Campbell Gallery, New York, NY, Something, Curated by Noah Becker, January 7 – February 6

C24 Gallery, New York, NY, How Many Miles To Babylon – Recent Paintings From Los Angeles and New York, Curated by Peter Frank, December 17 – February 17

The Daejeon City Art Museum, Daejeon, South Korea, Hyperrealism, September 8 – December 30

2014

The Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, October 11, 2014 – April 26, 2015

EXPO Chicago, Shaq Loves People, Curated by Shaquille O’Neal, Represented with The Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY, September 11-14

ArtCRUSH, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO, July 28 – August 3

2013

Dallas Art Fair, Dallas, TX, represented with Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, New York, NY, April 11 – 14

2012

2×2, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, October 18 – 22

ArtCRUSH, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO, August 3 – 5

2011

Art Basel, Miami, Delano Hotel, Chairs by Novogratz, sponsored by HGTV Flag Foundation, New York, NY, Art2, September 23 – December 17

Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Extreme Materials, October 22 – January 15, 2012

The Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art, Scranton, PA, Buds, Blooms & Berries: Plants in Science, Culture & Art, August 12 – December 31, 2011

La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Hollywood, CA, 25th Anniversary Show, October – December, 2011

The Armory Show NYC, represented with Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY, March 3 – 8

Trudy Labell Gallery, Naples, FL, Realism Show, February – April

Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY, winter exhibition 2010

Anthony Spinello Gallery, Miami, FL, Littlest Sister, December 5 – 29

Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, CA, November 11 – January 30

ArtCRUSH, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO, August 3 – 5

The Armory Show NYC, represented with Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY Armand Bartos Fine Art, New York, NY, Knock, Knock, That Jokeʼs Not Funny Anymore! February 24 – April 24

Chicago Art Fair, Chicago, IL, April 14– 18 represented with Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York

Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY, summer exhibition

2009

Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, CA, November 9 – January 30

Shroeder Romero Gallery, New York, NY, Summer Sexy, June – August

Artropolis, Chicago, IL, represented with Wells Laing Gallery, April 30 – May 4

Chicago Art Fair, Chicago, IL, April 14 – 19 represented with Hirschl & Adler Modern

2008

Art Chicago, Chicago, IL represented with Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY, April 25 – 28

Art Chicago, Chicago, IL represented with Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL, April 25 – 28

Trudy Labell Gallery, Naples, FL, Weeds, Seeds and Buds, December – January

2007

Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY, Summer Exhibition, June – August

Gail Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA, The Great Outdoors, June 21 – August 20

Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, Charleston, WV, The Human Figure, February 10 – April 30

Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL, Summer Exhibition, July – August

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution of American Art, Washington, DC, Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Exhibition, July – February 2007

2006

Art Chicago, Chicago, IL represented with Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL, March 22 – 24

The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA, Bug Out of the Box: A New Look at the Contemporary Art, History and Science of Bugs, July 8 – November 15

Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL, A New Look at Man, July – August

Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, Tooth and Claw, June – August

2005

Beacon Firehouse Gallery, Beacon, NY, Transparency, October 6 – November 29 Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Houston, TX, Diptychs, February

2004

Conner Contemporary Art, Washington, DC, Seven (more things we like), seven- person show

Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York, NY, Water Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY, Heroes, Villains, and Average Joes, four person show, curated by Alex Baker of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; exhibition sponsored in part by The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Lilly Auchincloss Foundation and Harvey S. Shipley Miller Roberson Museum & Science Center, Binghamton, NY, Cosmos & Chaos: A Cultural Paradox, twelve person show, including Eric Fischl and Lucien Freud; 40 page full- color catalog available

2003

Art Chicago, Chicago, IL represented with ZieherSmith Gallery, New York, NY, March 20 – 22

Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY, Man Walks Into a Room, four person show, exhibition sponsored in part by The Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Lilly Auchincloss Foundation & Harvey S. Shipley Miller

2002

Cranbrook Academy of Art, Birmingham, MI, Collision/Glide, four person show Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Annual Realism Invitational, full-color 40 page catalog available with essay written by Patricia Failing, regular contributor to Art news and Professor of Modernism, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2001

Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY, Horse Tales – American Images and Icons, 1800-2000, curated by Susan Edwards, Director of Museum; and Ezra Shales, Director of Museum Education; Full-color 55 page catalog available with essays written by Susan Edwards, Ezra Shales, Charlotta Kotik, and Deborah Bright