New Orleans artist Dan Tague is well known for thoughtful and often political compositions made of found materials. He relentlessly addresses power structures in contemporary society, and is one of the most visible artists breaking through to international recognition from a post-Katrina New Orleans. Much of his ideas come from his survivalist experience in New Orleans through several disasters. Post-hurricane, his home, like many other Americans, was destroyed. Having witnessed all of his belongings lost, he began working in a more methodical way by flipping imagery and transforming materials to create artworks of visual riddles and social commentary. Since this time, he has witnessed environmental justice and education reform take a back seat to corporate greed, frenzied consumerism, and apathy. Tague's work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of Art, the Weisman Foundation, the West Collection, and numerous private collections. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Neon Magazine (Munich), Mondo Magazine (Venezuela), Frieze Magazine, Utne Reader, Inside Art, The Times-Picayune, The Washington Post, The Austin Chronicle, UK Daily Mail, and more. His work was included in the acclaimed book “For Which It Stands: Americana in Contemporary Art,” curated by Carla Sakamoto for Farameh Media.
Dan Tague's poignant folded-currency images speak clearly
to contemporary social issues;
they are a record of sociopolitical history-in-the-making