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Dan Colen, TBT, 2014, flowers on bleached Belgian linen, 47 × 37".

Dan Colen

The Brant Foundation Art Study Center

Dan Colen, TBT, 2014, flowers on bleached Belgian linen, 47 × 37".

The basics of the Dan Colen story are well known. He emerged as part of a latter-day Rat Pack of hard-partying, skateboarding, incomprehensibly successful New York bad boys (and one girl) who seemed more interested in following the dissolute lifestyle of a Keith Moon or a Darby Crash than in joining the professionalized ranks of earnest MFAs on their long march through the institutions. But the 2009 death by overdose of the scene’s central figure, Dash Snow, appears to have marked a turning point; today, in any case, Colen lives quietly in upstate New York. As for me, I might not have been sufficiently curious to make the trip to Connecticut horse country to see Colen’s ten-year survey “Help!” if it hadn’t been for the fact that so many people still seem so bent out of shape by the idea that he’s made paintings out of bird shit; lifestyle be damned, if an artist can still shake

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