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Petah Coyne

Exhibition catalgue for 'Everything That Rises Must Converge, 2010.
Petah Coyne, referred to as “the queen of mixed media” by Artforum, is a contemporary sculptor and photographer working in innovative and disparate materials. Ranging from the organic to the ephemeral, her works incorporate dead fish, mud, sticks, hay, black sand, specially-formulated and patented wax, satin ribbons, velvet, silk flowers, and more recently, taxidermy and cast wax statues.
Coyne’s most recent solo exhibition, “Everything That Rises Must Converge,” at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), in 2010–11, featured large mixed-media sculptures and silver gelatin prints mainly from the last ten years. Director of MASS MoCA, Joseph C. Thompson, states in the introduction to the exhibition catalogue that Coyne’s world is “a world of dense, enfolding forces, a world in which rising from the surface takes one inwards to some dark, ultimate center.”
Her work is 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, Brooklyn; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Finland, among others.
Select awards include the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award, The Rockefeller Foundation Award, three National Endowment for the Arts Awards, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, Asian Cultural Center Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Award, Anonymous Was A Woman Award, Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial Foundation Award, Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities Awards, and the Art Matters Award.
Born in Oklahoma City in 1953, Coyne currently lives in New York and is represented by Galerie Lelong, New York.
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