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Dan Christensen (Estate)


Dan Christensen was born in Cozad, Nebraska in 1942. He received his BFA in 1964 from the Kansas City Art Institute and currently resides in New York City. His early work was of a minimalist geometric style which he later abandoned due to its constrictiveness. He now works as an romantic minimalist, using spray guns and squeegees to create luminous canvases with abstract patterns floating on

In 1967 Dan began using spray guns to draw colourful stacks, loops and lines on his paintings, that were among the most original abstract paintings of the decade. Having a unique mastery of the language of abstract painting colour, line, surface, and a confident and gifted touch Christensen has used his ability to produce a varied and high quality body of work.

By 1968, Christensen made a group of paintings that were colored rectangles and bars floating in a sprayed atmosphere of lyrical, multi-colored space. That year he also began his important series of loop spray paintings. Resembling colored pencil or ball point pen doodles on a note pad, made on a giant scale by a giant hand, these paintings are astonishingly primal and liberating. Painted mostly in thin sweeping lines of sprayed primary color on neutral canvas-colored grounds, these paintings are a remarkable achievement. He followed those paintings with another series of sprayed line paintings that were thick, thin, twisting, serpentine lines and arcs painted on richly colored fields.

Christensen's lucid and articulate ability to paint has led his fertile imagination into several radically different series. He has a willingness to change and grow and he has often altered his painting methods and his style. In the early seventies he made paintings with squeegees that were solid blocks of perpendicular color of different surfaces.

Dan Christensen began exhibiting his paintings in New York City in 1966. He has had more than 60 solo exhibitions and his work has appeared in important group shows all over the world. His paintings are represented in important museums and private collections in the United States and abroad.

Dan has won numerous awards including the National Endowment Grant in 1968 and the Guggenheim Fellowship Theodora Award in 1969. His paintings are a part of major national and international museum collections such as the Chicago Art Institute and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


1942    Born in Nebraska

2007    Died in East Hampton, NY




2008    Elaine Baker Gallery

2007    Spanierman Modern, New York, NY

Lew Allen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

 2005     Scott Foreman Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2004    Ed Thorp Gallery, New York, NY

2002-3 Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY

2001-2 Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

2000    Salander O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NY

1998    Elaine Baker Gallery

1994    Doug Drake Gallery, New York, NY

Gallery ISM, Seoul, Korea

1993    ACA Galleries, New York, NY

1987    Lincoln Center Gallery, New York, NY

Meredith Long Contemporary Gallery, NY

1982    Salander O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NY

1978    Meredith Long Contemporary Gallery, NY

1976    Doug Drake Gallery, New York, NY

1970-1 Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY

1969    Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY

1964    BFA, Kansas City Art Institute



2006    Spanierman Modern, New York, NY

            Weatherspoon Art Museum Greensboro, NC

            Leif Hope's Restaurant, 31 Race Lane, East Hampton, NY

2005    Spanierman Gallery, East Hampton, NY 

            Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn NY

            Joan T. Washburn Gallery and Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York 

            Remy Toldedo Gallery, New York NY 

            Pamela Wilson Gallery, East Hampton, New York

2004    Lizan-Tops, East Hampton, NY

2003    Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

            Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska

            Parrish Art Museum, New York

2002    Lizan-Tops, East Hampton, NY

            Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2000    Portland Art Museum, Portland, Or.

1998    Salander-O'Reilly Gallery, New York 

            O.K. Harris Gallery, New York 

1997    Gershwin Gallery, New York

1993     CS. Schulte Galleries, Millburn, New Jersey 

            Douglas Drake Gallery, New York 

Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati

1992    Galerie Gerald Piltzer, Paris, France 

            Vered Art Gallery, East Hampton, New York 

1991    Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Berlin, Germany

1989    Deson-Saunders Gallery, Chicago

            Gloria Luria Gallery, Miami, Florida 

1985    Douglas Drake Gallery, Kansas City

             Museum of Modern Art, New York



The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Edmondton Art Gallery, Alberta Canada

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Hirschorn  Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Museum of Modern Art, NY

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

St. Louis Art Museum, St.Louis, MO



Guggenheim Fellowship

National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant