Irwin Kremen (1925-2020), began making art at the age of 41 after a career in clinical psychology (where he became director of the Graduate Clinical Psychology Training Program at Duke University). He worked primarily in collage, composing his works from loose papers, scraps of paint, and various other ephemeral materials. Kremen’s collages were created using a singular process: they were constructed with network of attachments via a delicate architecture of tiny Japanese paper hinges. This allows the various elements a certain sculptural quality within the overall composition. The collages, in retaining their distinct qualities without being flattened or altered by gluing, possess a tactility and monumentality that transcends their small scale.View CV
Donna Chung and Irwin Kremen Included in Looking Back / The 12th White Columns Annual – Selected by Mary Manning
Donna Chung and Irwin Kremen have artworks included in a group show, Looking Back / The 12th White Columns Annual – Selected by Mary Manning, at White Columns Gallery. The show is on view from January 22 through March 5, 2022.
Retrospective at the Nasher Museum
The Nasher Museum presented a retrospective of the work of Irwin Kremen. Irwin Kremen: Beyond Black Mountain (1966 to 2006) included collage, painting and sculpture spanning each of the 40 years of the artist’s career.
ART IN REVIEW; Irwin Kremen
Grace Glueck reviews Irwin Kremen’s 2004 exhibition at ACA Gallery.
Exhibition Catalog, 2018
Exhibition catalog of Irwin Kremen's first show with the gallery. 10.5 x 8.5 inch, 24 page, soft cover, full-color catalog
Irwin Kremen Obituary Published in ARTNews
“Irwin Kremen, an esteemed professor of psychology at Duke University whose mid-career pivot to art brought international acclaim, died on February 5. A self-taught sculptor, painter, and collagist, Kremen was best known for abstract collages of painted fabric and found materials such as bits of steel, weathered paper, or wasps’ nests.”
The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center presented the new exhibition In Site: Late Works by Irwin Kremen opening in 2011. The exhibition primarily focused on recent collages and also included a selection of his sculptures.
Irwin Kremen's 1988 show at the University of Illinois was reviewed in Artforum by Buzz Spector.
Berkley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Lawrence Rinder curated a show of Irwin Kremen’s collage works as part of the MATRIX 265 series at BAMFA in August 2017.
Catalog published on the occasion of the Irwin Kremen solo presentation at the Independent art fair in 2019. Works presented at the fair and a chronology of Kremen's life, career, and exhibition history is included in the publication. The book is 8.25 x 10.75 inch, 38 page, perfect-bound catalog with full color images.