Doug + Mike Starn
Must be love, it’s a bitch
17 March – 16 April 2017
Opening reception for the artists,
Friday, 17 March, 6–8 pm
Born in 1961 identical twins Doug and Mike Starn first received international attention at the 1987 Whitney Biennial. Their career has spanned more than three decades. Doug and Mark Starn have continued to defy categorization as they effectively combine traditionally separate disciplines such as photography, sculpture, painting, found images, and architecture. By far, their largest artistic endeavor has been their series “Big Bambú”: the roof garden exhibition at the Metropolitian Museum of Art, New York in 2010 was the 9th most attended exhibition in the museum’s history with almost 4000 visitors per day. The installation comprised of a network of more than 2,500 fresh-cut 30-40 foot long bamboo poles lashed together.
Must be love, it’s a bitch will be the Starn brothers sixth exhibition with the Baldwin Gallery. Opening March 17 the exhibition will showcase large-scale portraits that perfectly capture an ephemeral sense of time and place within America. Utilizing iconic but ultimately superseded technological components as a gridded backdrop, the Starn brothers create a body of work that celebrates the constant cultural significance of music.
Doug and Mike Starns’ art has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide. Major artworks by the Starns are represented in public and private collections including: The Museum of Modern Art (NYC); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, (NYC); The Jewish Museum, (NYC); The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC); The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC); Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan; La Bibliotèque Nationale, Paris; La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, amongst many others.
The public is invited to meet the artists at the opening reception on March 17th from 6 to 8 pm. Images are available upon request. Please call 970.920.9797 for further information.