Nate Lowman is an interdisciplinary American artist known for his wryly humorous take on appropriation and the hierarchy of taste in art. Throughout a wide-ranging and irreverent practice, he uses symbolic images such as bullet holes, smiley faces, pine tree air fresheners, and tombstones to re-contextualize art history, notions of violence, celebrity, and his own social life. “A lot of the images I use are already out there in the public or in the news,” he explains. “I just steal them or photograph them or repaint them, so they've already been talked about, already been consumed.” Born 1979 in Las Vegas, NV, Lowman went on to receive his BS from New York University in 2001. Alongside his friends Dan Colen, Ryan McGinley, and the late Dash Snow, Lowman came to prominence in the New York art scene during the early 2000s. He has had solo exhibitions at Maccarone gallery in New York, Carlson Gallery in London, and the Hydra Workshop in Greece, among several others. His works are in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Moderna Museet in Malmö, among others. Lowman lives and works in New York City.
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