January 17 — May 17, 2024

portrait peter nadin

Peter Nadin (b. 1954 in Bromborough, near Liverpool) is a key figure of the downtown New York art scene in the late 1970s and 1980s. A painter, sculptor, and poet whose work explores the practice of mark- and image-making as fundamental, evolutionary human functions, Nadin is the son of a sea captain whose family roots stretch back centuries in northwest England. He arrived in New York in 1976 on a Max Beckmann award from the Brooklyn Museum and became involved in a downtown art scene that included Christopher D’Arcangelo, Daniel Buren, Louise Lawler, Richard Prince, Jenny Holzer and Lawrence Weiner. Along with D’Arcangelo, he founded the artist-run space 84 West Broadway located in his own Tribeca loft, in 1978. Two years later, he became a founder of an unlikely artists’ collective called The Offices of Fend, Fitzgibbon, Holzer, Nadin, Prince & Winters whose members, including Richard Prince and Jenny Holzer, offered up their talents as critical thinkers to solve real-world problems for clients. From January through June 2022, Off Paradise hosted a pair of sequential exhibitions, “A Proposal to Peter Nadin, 1979; realized 2022” and “The Distance from a Lemon to Murder,” exemplifying two very singular aspects of Nadin’s career: his early conceptual projects and his ongoing exploration of pictorial conventions and mark-making. Nadin has been included in numerous exhibitions, including ones at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Brooke Alexander Gallery, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and James Fuentes Gallery. Nadin’s work is in public and private collections in the U.S. and Europe, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Yale Center for British Art and the Centre Pompidou.