Dave Cole (artist)

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Dave Cole
Dave Cole American artist.jpg
Born 1975
Lebanon, New Hampshire
Residence Providence, Rhode Island
Nationality American
Alma mater Brown University

Dave Cole (born 1975 in Lebanon, New Hampshire) is an American contemporary visual artist specializing in sculpture.

Cole's work is characterized by an interest in politics, patriotism, nostalgia, and masculinity.[1][2] He lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island.[3] He is represented by DODGEgallery in New York City and formerly the judi rotenberg gallery in Boston.

Biography and career[edit]

In 2013, Cole participated in the centennial anniversary of the Armory Show in the Focus Section on America curated by Eric Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum. Cole's recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at DODGEgallery in 2012,[4] 40 Under 40 at the Smithsonian Museum of Art, Renwick Gallery (2012-2013),[5] Flags of the World at the Norton Museum of Art (2011-2012),[6] The Music Box at the Cleveland Institute of Art (2012).[7] In 2010, Cole had his first New York solo exhibition at DODGEgallery.[8] He has had prior solo shows at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2009) and Mass MoCA (2005).[9] Through mixing conceptual craft and assemblage, Cole's work attempts to embed subversive meaning and political message into his material and process.[10] Cole reconstitutes found and ready-made objects such as, discharged bullets and casings and eviscerated flag fragments, as well as, fabricated materials such as cast lead and knitted metal fiber. His subject matter often draws from symbols of nostalgia, childhood, and more recently, poetry and landscape.[11]

Dave Cole was born in 1975 in Lebanon, New Hampshire, attended Landmark College in Putney VT and then received his BA in 2000 from Brown University.[12][13]

He has exhibited at national and international museums, including the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA; Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, FL; DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; 21c Museum, Louisville, KY; Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, FL; Framingham, MA; Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ; Vestlanske Kunstindustrimuseum, Bergen, Norway; Nasjonal Museet, Oslo, Norway; Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel; and the Textielmuseum, Tilburg, Netherlands. In 2009 he participated in The Big West Festival in Melbourne, Australia, one of many recent international projects. Cole was the recipient of the 2009 deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum's annual Rappaport Prize, and his work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, ARTnews, Modern Painters, Art Papers, and The Boston Globe, among others. His work is included in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Danforth Museum, Wellington Management, 21c Museum, RISD Museum, The Burger Collection [14] and Jaermuseet Vitenfabrikken.[15]


  1. ^ Matthew Israel. "Dave Cole, Unreal City", Art in America Magazine, January 2011 [1]
  2. ^ Miller, Francine. "Dave Cole", Art Forum, November 2008
  3. ^ Dave Cole - Dodge Gallery
  4. ^ "DODGE gallery". dodge-gallery.com. Retrieved 2016-01-09. 
  5. ^ "40 under 40: Craft Futures". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 2016-01-09. 
  6. ^ "Norton Museum of Art | Dave Cole: Flags of the World". www.norton.org. Retrieved 2016-01-09. 
  7. ^ "Dave Cole's 'Music Box' installation at Cleveland Institute of Art turns a compactor into a musical instrument". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2016-01-09. 
  8. ^ "DODGE gallery". dodge-gallery.com. Retrieved 2016-01-09. 
  9. ^ Matthew Israel, "Dave Cole". Art in America Magazine, January 2011
  10. ^ Kurcyznski, Karen. "Dave Cole", Art Papers, November 2008
  11. ^ Matthew Israel. "Dave Cole, Unreal City", Art in America Magazine, January 2011 [2]
  12. ^ "Dave Cole catalogue" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  13. ^ "Dave Cole | Art & Education". Art & Education. Retrieved 2017-02-02. 
  14. ^ "Burger Collection - Artist". www.burgercollection.org. Retrieved 2016-01-09. 
  15. ^ Dave Cole - Dodge Gallery

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