Eric Doeringer (born 1974) graduated from Brown University in 1996 with a B.A. and received an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1999. Doeringer is on the faculty at Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Doeringer is best known for his “bootleg” and “recreation” works, which appropriate famous artworks by modern and contemporary masters. His work has been exhibited at Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA; The Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; Gagosian Gallery, NY; Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France; among many others.
Most recently, Doeringer was commissioned by contemporary artist and curator Maurizio Cattelan to create a work for Cattelan’s exhibition in Turn, Italy, in collaboration with the art fair “Artissima.” Doeringer’s piece, entitled “The Hug,” is comprised of 40,000 one dollar bills, installed floor to ceiling in the exhibition venue: a historical Palazzo. An homage to works by Gianni Colosimo and Hans Peter Feldmann, “The Hug” is a perfect example of Doeringer’s ability to recreate historical pieces so that “His distinction is his focus not on canonical works of Modernism but on famous Conceptualist pieces that are themselves art about art. He is a meta-meta artist. But the meticulous care with which he produces his reproductions gives his enterprise a persuasive feeling of authenticity,” as stated in the New York Times by art critic Ken Johnson.