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DONALD SULTAN | Mimosa, April 12, 2023

Donald Sultan, an internationally recognized artist who rose to prominence in the late 1970s as part of the “New Image” movement, is known for elevating the still-life tradition through the deconstruction of his subjects into basic forms and the use of industrial materials. 

Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Sultan studied at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and later received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. His first solo exhibition was mounted in 1977 at Artists Space in New York, and his work has since been exhibited worldwide in solo and group exhibitions.



Mimosa, April 12, 2023


Archival pigment ink print on 315 gsm fine art paper

42 x 52 inches (107 x 132 cm)

Edition of 50


“It’s such a beautiful and delicate flower. To me it seems so soft and unobtrusive,” says Sultan from his Manhattan studio, where he recasts mimosa in abstract forms and on an industrial scale. “A French friend sent me a letter with a little mimosa posy inside –...I’d never seen them before,” he says. It ignited a fascination that has consumed his creative output ever since. “I’m still stuck on mimosa,” he says simply. -

Donald Sultan (Excerpt: Aimee Farrell, Copyright, The Financial Times Limited 2024. All rights reserved.)

His work is included in internationally renowned public and private collections, among them:

The Art Institute of Chicago | British Museum | Cincinnati Art Museum | Cleveland Art Museum | Dallas Museum of Fine Arts | Detroit Institute of Arts | Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Cambridge | Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC | Ludwig Museum, Budapest | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York | Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston | Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | Museum of Modern Art, New York | National Gallery of Australia, Canberra | Neuberger Museum at SUNY-Purchase, New York | San Francisco Museum of Modern Art | Singapore Museum of Art | The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York | Tate Gallery, London | Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

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