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Damon Crain

Damon Crain began his career as founder of the Dynamo Arts Association in Vancouver, a gallery focusing on sculpture and multi-media work. After relocating to New York as a consultant, his clients included the Marian Goodman Gallery, Matthew Marks Gallery, trustees of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim and the New Museum, among others.

In the early aughts, Damon’s purview expanded to include historical design, with a focus on mid-20th century production and proto-Studio Glass. Recognized as a leading expert after years of study and careful research, he has published a book and numerous articles, served as board member of Art Glass Forum | NY, and was elected a Fellow of the Corning Museum of Glass.

Since 2014 Damon has applied his knowledge of historical art and design to develop a program that gives form to an expanded vision of contemporary art by engaging functional typologies in a salon format setting. The culmination of this vision is Culture Object, which Damon opened in March 2020 in Midtown Manhattan and subsequently mounted over two dozen solo and group exhibitions.


Recommended Reading
After the End of Art, by Arthur Danto, 1997
The Evolution of Beauty, Richard O. Prum , 2017
Biocentrism, Robert Lanza, 2010

Research, Ideas (PDFs)
Ideology & Structuralism
The Big Nothing
Nothing is Truly Alive
The Case for Optimism
The Art of Not Trying
Free Will
What is Sleep?
Inherited Memories
Where is Now?
The Universe is Spooky
The Extreme Luck of Existence
Reality is What our Minds Make It
Consciousness and Physics
Finding Ourselves
Consciousness is Matter
All Machine and No Ghost?
A New Theory of the Universe



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Culture Object’s program seeks to answer the question 'what can art do?' by concentrating on objects that integrate conceptual and functional approaches. We champion work of skillful manufacture that engages with technical innovation and material exploration in service of narrative exposition and the engagement of historical dialogue and classical themes, seen through a lens of contemporary relevance.





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