“Paul Kasmin Gallery”

Deborah Kass at the Paul Kasmin Gallery

Currently at the Paul Kasmin Gallery at 515 West 27th Street, Deborah Kass is putting on her exhibition “No Kidding”. It will run until 23 January 2016. The exhibition includes some of Kass’s new mixed media paintings which are primarily black and blue. Kass has incorporated neon lights in her paintings for the first time to spell out puns and phrases bearing pop cultural references that provide a sombre reflection on the troubling present and uncertain future; global warming, institutional racism, police brutality and gun violence. Kass’ paintings often borrow their titles and puns from songs, such as, Just A Shot Away, 2014, which takes its name from the Rolling Stones’ 1969 song – Gimme Shelter– that was written in response to the violence of that time. Consistently laden with ambiguity, this work, along with others in the series, references a range of current social, political, and environmental tipping points. Kass (born in 1952), lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Kass’s work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Jewish Museum and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the National Portrait Gallery, among others. In 2014, Kass was inducted into the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Hall of Fame. She is a member of the Board of the Andy Warhol Foundation and is Senior Critic of the Yale University MFA Painting Program.    ...

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Mariska Nietzman leaves Edwynn Houk gallery to head Paul Kasmin Gallery

Mariska Nietzman has left her position as Director at the New York-based gallery Edwynn Houk to head Paul Kasmin Gallery, also based in New York. Mariska Nietzman, who holds an MA in art history from UCL, has worked as an Associate Director at Houldsworth Fine Art, as Artist Liaison at Lisson Gallery in London and as Artist and Museum Liaison at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, before joining the Edwynn Houk gallery, where she headed the contemporary art section for six years. Paul Kasmin Gallery was founded in 1989 and currently owns three exhibition spaces in New York. The gallery represents modern and contemporary artists such as Ron Arad, Tina Barney, Walton Ford, Nir Hod, Robert Indiana and Deborah Kass, as well as the heritage of major figures including Constantin Brâncuși (1876-1957) and François-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008). Edwynn Houk Gallery, founded in New York in 1980, has opened a second exhibition space in Zurich in 2010. Mainly specialised in modernist photography from 1917 until 1939, the gallery has been representing the heritage of internationally acclaimed artists such as Brassaï, Dorothea Lange, André Kertész, Diane Arbus and Alfred Stieglitz, in addition to over 50 modern and contemporary...

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The Lalannes in New York: an interview with Adrian Dannatt

From 26 March until 2 May 2015, New York’s Paul Kasmin Gallery will host an exhibition on the sculptor couple Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne. In honour of this occasion, the gallery will present art critic Adrian Dannatt’s book Les Lalanne: Fifty Years of Work, 1964-2015, which contains numerous unpublished archives and photographs. Why have you chosen to write about the history of the sculptor couple? I have been familiar with their work for a long time. I contributed to a book about them ten years ago and this time I wanted to explore the context in which they are situated. That’s why, in my latest book, I talk about their workshop in Paris and their entourage: Brancusi, Nikki de Saint Phalle, Duchamps, Yves Saint-Laurent, and Pierre Bergé among others. I present a lot of unpublished works: photographs, archives, and texts. I am also exhaustive concerning the number of their collaborators and admirers, whether it be Suzi Gablik, one of the founders of Feminist art’s history and a great fan of the Lalannes, or the architects with whom they worked, such as Kevin Roche or Roland Castro. Given the scope of their sculptures, do you think that they take their inspiration from particular architectural movements? In general, what is their relationship with this discipline? In fact, they have often worked with architects. It’s important to mention because people don’t think that such artists contribute to more useful activities such as urbanism. Landscape architect Madison Cox, for example, who directed the exhibitions of Paul Kasmin Gallery, has designed gardens for art collectors around the world and often integrates the Lalannes’ works into an ensemble. However, the Lalannes have also dreamed up concert compositions for themselves, with Roche or Castro for example, in a particularly Post-Modernist style. Can we assign them to this movement? Yes and no. They joined the Post-Modernist wave in...

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Paul Kasmin Gallery now represents Tina Barney

The Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York now represents the artist Tina Barney. The Paul Kasmin Gallery represents many internationally renowned artists, in particular modern and contemporary painters, sculptors, photographers and filmmakers. Born in New York City in 1945, Tina Barney is an American artist who is well-known for her large-scale, colourful photographs of her family and friends, especially her wealthy East Coast relatives. The artist’s work can be found in several museum collections, including: the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, New York; the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas; the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection in New York City and the Museum of Contemporary Photography. She has had various exhibitions both in the US and abroad, and her work has also been shown at the New York State Theater in New York in 2011; The Barbican Art Centre, London; the Museum Folkwang in Essen and the Museum der Art Moderne, Salzburg....

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Paul Kasmin Gallery representing Ron Arad

Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York is now representing the artist Ron Arad. Ron Arad is an artist, designer and architect who was born in Tel Aviv in 1951. He produces buildings and objects which push the boundaries of form and purpose, as well as a range of public sculptures including: Big Blue in Canary Wharf, London; Evergreen! in Roppongi, Tokyo and Kesher in Tel Aviv. In 2002 he was named the Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) for his “sustained excellence in aesthetic and efficient design for industry”. He was a Professor at the Royal College of Art from 1997 until 2009, and in 2013 he was elected an Academician by the Royal Academy of...

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