Painter Sam McKinniss sources his works from images of recent pop cultural phenomena he finds using Google Image Search, such as the much celebrated and widely discussed portrait of Prince, painted and exhibited in New York immediately following the beloved pop star's unti-mely death. He is inspired by themes or narratives focu-sing on romance or tragedy, beauty, perversion, innocence and its destruction. Most often his paintings are portraits of celebrities such as movie stars and musicians, while at other times he finds landscapes or animals as suitable subject matter. Discussing his studio practice in a recent interview, McKinniss was quoted, “[I'm] trying to tell some kind of almost cinematic story, and trying to cast it with characters who suit whatever mood I’m in.” Sam McKinniss (b. 1985, Northfield, Minnesota) earned a MFA at New York University. Recent solo exhi-bitions were held in Los Angeles and New York. His work is currently on view in a major group exhibition, ‘The Lure of the Dark: Contemporary Painters Conjure The Night’, curated by Susan Cross at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
The Coalition for the Homeless - Online Viewing Room
May 26 - June 7, 2020
Almine Rech is pleased to announce a special initiative in collaboration with artists to support the individuals and families who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. A curated online exhibition will open May 26, featuring new works by New Jersey- and New York-based artists:
Justin Adian, Joe Andoe, Jean-Baptiste Bernadet, Todd Bienvenu, Joe Bradley, Peter Halley, Marcus Jahmal, Kurt Kauper, Leelee Kimmel, Jeff Koons, Erik Lindman, John McAllister, Sam McKinniss, Arlene Shechet, Taryn Simon, Vaughn Spann, Genesis Tramaine, Chloe Wise.
There are currently more people homeless in New York than at any time since the Great Depression. Tonight alone, 63,000 people - including nearly 22,000 children - will sleep in NYC shelters. As the nation's oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless individuals and families, the Coalition for the Homeless provides lifesaving support to thousands of homeless and at-risk individuals every single day. Over the past 40 years, the Coalition has developed and implemented humane, cost-effective strategies to end mass homelessness once and for all, and in those four decades has given more than one million homeless New Yorkers a way off the streets.
50% of each sale will be donated to the Coalition.
- 'FAMOUS FEELINGS WITH PAINTER SAM MCKINNISS', Thora Siemsen in Ssense, May 2020 — 14.1 MB
- 'How Many People Does it Take to Make Art Work?', Nate Freeman in GARAGE, April 26, 2020 — 13.7 MB
- 'CLAIM TO FAME' by Gary Indiana, ARTFORUM, September 2019 — 3.1 MB
- 'FAMOUS FEELINGS WITH PAINTER SAM MCKINNISS', Thora Siemsen in SSENSE, February 2019 — 3.0 MB