Donald Sultan (North Carolina, 1951) is a distinguished American painter, printmaker and sculptor. Sultan has been at the forefront of contemporary art since the 1970s. He is best known for challenging conventions of materiality and technique, transforming Western traditions of painting into a truly contemporary venture. Sultan says his work, often categorized as still-life painting, is first and foremost abstract. His instantly recognizable silhouettes of fruit, flowers and lemons, among other objects, set against black, large-scale backgrounds assert the power of form. He incorporates geometric and organic shapes into his work and places equal emphasis on both negative and positive spaces, enabling an element of ampleness to translate to viewers.
Sultan has exhibited in important museums all over the world, including solo exhibitions at the Houston Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Museum of Modern Art, and the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, to name a few. His works are featured in permanent collections of over 50 major museums throughout the world, including the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Portland Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Tate Modern in London, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, among others.
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