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About

Spanning a wide range of materials including bronze, parota wood, various types of marble, obsidian and stalagmite, Allen’s work retains a singularly unique energy and original aesthetic. From sinuously thin bronze shapes to magmatic and smooth marble outpourings, Allen's biomorphic forms seem to rise up effortlessly from the artist’s chosen material. Allen’s artistic trajectory has seen him progress from humble origins, selling hand-carved miniatures on the street in Soho, NY, to his breakthrough moment of recognition after his acclaimed presentation at the Whitney Biennial of 2014.

Largely self taught, there is a spontaneity and energy to Allen’s work that seems to bear little connection to the artistic movements of this time. In fact they have more in common, formally and perhaps spiritually, with the vast expanses of territory and the monolithic natural formations that seem to have punctuated his life: Utah, where he grew up; Joshua Tree, California, where he lived for several years; and Tepoztlán, Mexico, where he currently has his studio, about 50 miles out from Mexico City. Rocks, branches and unspecified biomorphic entities that exude a kind of prehistoric energy dominate his shows, their size and mass undermined by their apparent levity and effortless presence.

His most recent solo exhibitions include Mendes Wood DM & Van Buuren Museum & Gardens, Brussels (2021); Kasmin Gallery, New York (2020); Blum & Poe, Los Angeles (2019); Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago (2016); Heath Ceramics, Los Angeles (2009); Hoodoos by Alma Allen, Play Mountain, Tokyo (2009).

Additionally, his work has been included in group exhibitions such as Days of Inertia, Mendes Wood DM at D'Ouwe Kerk, Retranchement (2021); At The Luss House: Blum & Poe, Mendes Wood DM and Object & Thing, The Gerald Luss House, Ossining (2021); Collective /Collectible, MASA, Mexico City (2019); In Conversation: Alma Allen & JB Blunk, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs (2018); Handheld, organized by Elizabeth Essner, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield (2018); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2014).

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Education
Self-taught

Solo Exhibitions
2022
Masa, Rockefeller Center, New York, USA (upcoming)
Poco Util, Ago Projects, Mexico City, Mexico
2021
Mendes Wood DM & Van Buuren Museum & Gardens, Brussels, Belgium
Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA
2020
Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA
2019
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA
2016
Blum & Poe, New York, USA
Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, USA
2015
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA
2009
Heath Ceramics, Los Angeles, USA
Hoodoos by Alma Allen, Play Mountain, Tokyo, Japan
2008
Sucking the Universe, Anthony Greaney Gallery, Boston, USA
1996
Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, USA
1994
Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, USA
1991
Cordell Taylor Gallery, Salt Lake City, USA

Group Exhibitions
2021
Days of Inertia, Mendes Wood DM at D'Ouwe Kerk, Retranchement, The Netherlands
Between the Earth and Sky, Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA
At The Luss House: Blum & Poe, Mendes Wood DM and Object & Thing, The Gerald Luss House, Ossining, USA
2020
5,471 miles, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA
At The Noyes House Blum & Poe, Mendes Wood DM and Object & Thing, The Eliot Noyes House, New Canaan, USA
2019
Collective /Collectible, MASA, Mexico City, Mexico
Galería OMR, Mexico City, Mexico
2018
In Conversation: Alma Allen & JB Blunk, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs; traveled to Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, USA
Handheld, organized by Elizabeth Essner, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, USA
2017
HILL PEOPLE, curated by Benjamin Godsill, Performance Ski, Aspen, USA
2016
Gold Rush, De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, USA
First Hand: Architects, Artists, and Designers from the L.J. Cella Collection, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, USA
2015
Small Sculpture, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, USA
2014
2014 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
2012
Function Dysfunction: Alma Allen, Ani Kasten, Adam Silverman, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan 2010
Alma + Adam + Commune + This Show, Heath Ceramics, Los Angeles, USA
2005
Pearce, Los Angeles, USA
2004
Pearce, Los Angeles, USA
2003
Pearce, Los Angeles, USA
2002
Pearce, Los Angeles, USA
1997
Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, USA

Museum and Public Collections  
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Villa Santo Sospir, Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat, France
Fondation Thalie, Brussels, Belgium
EKARD Collection, Wassenaar, The Netherlands

Exhibitions
Alma Allen Alma Allen at Mendes Wood DM Brussels
Alma Allen Alma Allen at the Van Buuren Museum & Gardens
Days of Inertia
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