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
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.
Irwin Kremen, 2018 exhibition catalog
Exhibition catalog of Irwin Kremen's first show with the gallery. 10.5 x 8.5 inch, 24 page, soft cover, full-color catalog
ART IN REVIEW; Irwin Kremen
Grace Glueck reviews Irwin Kremen’s 2004 exhibition at ACA Gallery.
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.