Sy Colen (father) / Daniel (Dan) Colen (son)

A case of reverse nepotism. When Sy Colen participated on the reality TV show, Artstar with Jeffrey Deitch, he said, “This is my opportunity. I want people to see my art. I’ve lived alone with my art – in the basement.” Fortunately, son Dan doesn’t seem to have a problem with that. He’s shown at Deitch Projects, Gagosian Gallery, and Peres Projects just to name a few, and it doesn’t hurt that one of his closest friends and former roommate is the highly lauded photographer, Ryan McGinley. And though Dan’s “low-cultural ephemera, graffiti-inspired paintings” seem attempt to convey the awe of a Pollock or a Miro, it lacks the hidden details that slowly reveal themselves through simple observation and the explosive nature those masterpieces embody. But it has potential…