Allan McCollum's Biography
Allan McCollum is an American artist best known for his conceptual and postconceptual works. He was born in 1944 in Los Angeles, California. He attended California Institute of the Arts, where he studied graphic design, photography, and sculpture. He has since built a career as a sculptor and installation artist. McCollum's work often focuses on the idea of multiplicity and repetition, as seen in his most famous works, The Shapes Project. This project consists of thousands of unique shapes, each representing a unique individual. Through this work, McCollum is able to explore the idea of individuality within the concept of sameness. McCollum's works have been featured in numerous exhibitions, including a solo show at the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago, IL and Allan Mccollum: the Shapes Project at Krakow Witkin Gallery in Boston, MA. His works can also be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.