Peggy Preheim’s exquisitely rendered drawings, sculptures and photographs explore themes relating to the transience of life and the cyclical nature of human experience. Regarded for her minute and delicate works on paper, the artist draws from personal, found and historical sources to construct evocative narratives that are at once enigmatic yet accessible, strikingly intimate yet universal. Banknote fragments and figures from antique photographs, particularly women and children, appear frequently in her works on paper, rendered and recombined in ways that powerfully address the distance between public and private worlds, the past and the present, the sacred and secular, the conscious and the subconscious.
- Out of the Woods III, 2016
- Dart, 2015
- Memento Mori, 2014
- Memento Mori [detail], 2014
- Untitled 2, 2013
- Untitled 2 [detail], 2013
- Linden Tree, 2013
- Linden Tree [detail], 2013
- Chromosome, 2013
- Chromosome [detail], 2013
- Flash Point, 2012
- Flower Eater VI, 2010
- Near Miss, 2009
- Hummingbird, 2009
- Blind Spot, 2009
- Grass Ceiling, 2009
- Swarm, 2008
- Cocoon, 2008
- DNA #1, 2004
- Address, 1995/2004
- Witness I, 1993
- Witness I [detail], 1993
- Love, 1991-94
- Devolution, 1991-1994
- Blink-of-an-eye, 1995/2004
Born in 1963 in Yankton, South Dakota, Peggy Preheim lives and works in Yonkers, New York. She studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design from 1981 to 1983, and has since exhibited her work throughout the United States and Europe.
In 2008, the artist presented a solo exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, entitled Little Black Book, which traveled to the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma and to the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University in New York through 2010. Other notable exhibitions include Quiet Accord, a two-person presentation with Paul Chiappe at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin (2012), Directions in American Drawing, a group show that opened at The Columbus Museum in Georgia in 2007 and traveled to the Telfair Museum in Savannah and the Knoxville Museum of Art in Tennessee through 2008, and Transitional Objects: Contemporary Still Life, a 2006 group show at the Neuberger Museum in New York.
Preheim’s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, NY, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York, NY Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, among others.
PEGGY PREHEIM: ARCHIPELAGOTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York January 8 - February 14, 2015
PEGGY PREHEIM: THE END (FINAL CUT)Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York November 4 - December 18, 2010
PEGGY PREHEIM: LITTLE BLACK BOOKPHILBROOK MUSEUM OF ART, TULSA, OK May 17 - July 26, 2009
PEGGY PREHEIM: DON'T LOOK NOWTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York September 4 - October 4, 2008
PEGGY PREHEIM: LITTLE BLACK BOOKALDRICH CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM, RIDGEFIELD, CT August 10, 2008 - February 9, 2009
PEGGY PREHEIM: FACING TIMETanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York May 10 - June 16, 2007
PEGGY PREHEIM: THREE SHEETS TO THE WINDTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York January 20 - February 19, 2005
DRAWINGSTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York September 9 - October 16, 1999
PercursorTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York February 6 - 21, 1998
PEGGY PREHEIM: DRAWINGSTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York June 7, 1997 - July 3, 2007
PEGGY PREHEIM: PASSING GLANCESTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York January 13 - February 10, 1996
Peggy PreheimArtist talk with Gregory Volk and Marilyn Kushner at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York January 17, 2015Peggy Preheim in conversation with Gregory Volk art critic, freelance curator, and professor at Virginia Commonwealth University; and Marilyn Kushner Curator and Head, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections at the New York Historical Society on the occasion of the exhibition Peggy Preheim : Archipelago.