Peter Coffin (artist)

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Photo documentation of Peter Coffin's outdoor cloud installation.

Peter Coffin (born 1972, Berkeley, California, United States) is an artist based in New York City. Coffin's work is exhibited internationally and featured in several prominent collections.

Peter Coffin is currently collaborating with Al Jaffee inspired by his undergraduate personal encounter with the modern dance choreographer Twyla Tharp.[1] He is the nephew of artist Robert Smithson who introduced Coffin to the study of plant consciousness before Smithson died July 20, 1973 when Coffin was just a year old.[2] In 2010, Coffin developed a library cataloguing system for the Library of the American Society for Psychical Research in New York City utilizing the colors cast on the library's shelves by the natural light passing through the library's Tiffany Stained Glass windows.[3]


Coffin received a BS and BA from the University of California, Davis in 1995 and MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2000.[4]

Select exhibitions[edit]

Coffin has showed in over 25 solo exhibitions both internationally and domestically. Installations include:


Coffin is represented by Herald Street in London and Haydon Boss in San Francisco. Peter Coffin also recently exhibited at Venus Over Manhattan in New York with the solo exhibition A.E.I.O.U.

Permanent works[edit]

Works by the artist can be seen at:

Audio work[edit]

In 2005, Coffin released the Music for Plants compilation album with tracks from forty artists including Ara Peterson, Ariel Pink, Arto Lindsay, Sun Burned Hand of the Man, Jutta Koether, Alan Licht & Tom Verlaine, LoVid, Christian Marclay, Dearraindrop, and Mice Parade.[12][13]


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-09. Retrieved 2008-02-20.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2010-01-06.
  3. ^ "New work by artist peter coffin". 2009-02-03.
  4. ^ Peter Coffion biography[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ Peter Coffin Artfacts.
  8. ^ Le Confort Moderne Artfacts
  9. ^ Champion Fine Art, "The Feraliminal Lycanthropizer", May 2005
  10. ^ "The Collection | MoMA".
  11. ^ "Light & Landscape - Peter Coffin".
  12. ^ WPS1 Art Radio (Accessed 2008-12-04)
  13. ^ Green Museum Website. (Accessed 2008-12-04)

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