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  • One by One: Wes Lang


    July 20 - 25, 2021


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    Almine Rech is pleased to present One by One: Wes Lang, featuring the painting This Is Happiness, 2019.

    One by One is a series of exclusive online viewing rooms dedicated to extraordinary individual artworks. Established to further refine the experience of online exhibitions, One by One features works by artists from the gallery's program on a regular basis.

    Over the last several decades, artist Wes Lang has been honing his craft involving, amongst other things, a tireless, obsessive mining of a post-pop American landscape. A great many of the artist's influences are a function of a distinct autobiographical experience with certain exceptions; the indigenous American as well as other totems of the American West, and painters and sculptors from middle of last century such as Twombly, Guston, Kline, Mitchell, Bacon dove-tailing on up to the more contemporary such as Basquiat, Kippenberger, and Mike Kelley.

    - Arty Nelson, writer and art critic

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  • Almine Rech is pleased to announce exclusive representation of Scott Kahn


    The painter Scott Kahn’s entrancing quasi-pastoral scenes and psychological portraiture traverse the boundaries between contemplative immersion and surrealist dissolution. Kahn was born in 1946 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and, in 1968, studied at the Art Students League with Theodoros Stamos. Spending most of his adult life in the Northeast, primarily in New York City and in small towns, the painter's practice reflects an abiding sense of solitude contemplating nature.

    Expressions of recognizable architecture and piercing portraits of his artist friends and family occur among private landscapes from Kahn’s amblings outdoors, often at night. The feeling of reveling in a romp through the woods is contrasted with the artist’s highly controlled brushwork and attention to detail. Focal points suspend maximal blues or tornadic yellow skies to meet individually visible elements—blades of grass or stars—built up over or onto luxurious textures to create atmospheric scenes that ignore walls between exteriors and interiors.

    A graduate of The Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University and two-time recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant among other awards, Kahn’s painting in oil continue experimenting with psychic shifts created from undulating regions of color across his canvas, we are encouraged to search deep within his decisively arranged palette as well as the psychological terrain it conjures.

    - Darla Migan, Ph.D., writer and researcher based in New York City

  • One by One: Genieve Figgis


    July 6 – 18, 2021


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    Almine Rech is pleased to present One by One: Genieve Figgis, featuring the never-seen before painting Equal Rights from 2021.


    One by One is a series of exclusive online viewing rooms dedicated to extraordinary individual artworks. Established to further refine the experience of online exhibitions, One by One features works by artists from the gallery's program on a regular basis.

    In the unusual and satirical style that has made her reputation, Genieve Figgis continues her exploration of the history of painting with Equal Rights, showing a particular attachment to 18th-century genre painting. Following Bruegel and then Vermeer, this artistic genre flourished in British and French painting of the Enlightenment, especially with the fêtes galantes of Watteau, the interior scenes of Chardin and Greuze, and the erotic scenes of Fragonard. Often in small dimensions, genre painting rejected the historical, religious, or allegorical themes fully humanizing the social space and took hold of familiar everyday scenes that could even seem trivial, with just a few close figures entering the composition.

    - Charles Barachon, writer and art critic

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  • Aaron Johnson - Prints


    Launching June 27 at 5 PM CET


    Almine Rech Editions is pleased to present three limited edition prints by Aaron Johnson, the first limited edition collaboration with the artist.

    Allegory, the grotesque, humor and esotericism animate the paintings of New York-based artist Aaron Johnson, whose new body of work oscillates between genre painting, portraiture and landscape painting.

    - Charles Barachon

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  • One by One: Scott Kahn


    June 25 - July 11, 2021


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    Almine Rech is pleased to present One by One: Scott Kahn, featuring the painting House in Chester from 1990, marking his first collaboration since he joined the gallery.

    One by One is a series of exclusive online viewing rooms dedicated to extraordinary individual artworks. Established to further refine the experience of online exhibitions, One by One features works by artists from the gallery's program on a regular basis.

    Massachusetts-born Scott Kahn’s studio is located in Brooklyn, but his artistic fancy surfaces from a larger subjective and geographical space, one that transcends the material and the immaterial. Kahn pinpoints dream-like testimonies, found in his daytime and nighttime reveries.

    The ecosystems Kahn makes visible in his works recall traces of Upstate New York and New England pastoralism, astutely represented and reflecting the time he spends between New York and Connecticut. In House in Chester (2021), benevolent, lush grass and adjacent foliage is rich and inviting, while temperamental skies advise caution, warning its witnesses to take cover in the perspectivally central Connecticut home, in its unostentatious but welcoming presence. Tenderly rendered by Kahn, the home's slender columns are reminiscent of Greek Revival architecture in New England, inviting the viewer into a meditative space that is characterized by warmth and safety, with ample space for contemplation.

    - Kristen Cochrane, writer and researcher.

    For inquiries, please contact: inquiries@alminerech.com

  • Larry Poons with Mathieu Copeland | Almine Rech London


    Saturday, July 3, from 3 pm to 4 pm

     

    Please join our unique tour led by curator and author Mathieu Copeland on Saturday, July 3, from 3 pm to 4 pm. Mathieu Copeland will take viewers around the exhibition, looking at Poons' world of painting as well as his relation to music, composition and language.

    Mathieu Copeland is an independent curator and author based in London. This year he curated Exhibition Cuttings at the Hermès Foundation in Tokyo (2021). His recent books include the anthology of Gustav Metzger’s writings (2019).

    Almine Rech London
    Broadbent House
    Grosvenor Hill
    London W1K 3JH

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  • Miquel Barceló | Despintura fónica | Performance at Museo de Malaga, Spain


    June 18 and June 19, 2021 at 8 pm

     

    Miquel Barceló accompanied by the musician Pascal Comelade.

    Based on the exhibition Miquel Barceló. Metamorphosis, the Museo Picasso Málaga, in close collaboration with the Museo de Málaga, has organized "Despintura fònica" (Phonic Unpainting), a performance in which artist Miquel Barceló creates an ephemeral artwork that slowly becomes volatile before the audience’s very eyes.

    Miquel Barceló’s performance art is known for an aesthetic that is half-way between Altamira cave paintings and graffiti, in which the artist evokes the Buddhist notion of impermanence with an audiovisual and painted display in which drawings disappear as if by magic. After the first performance at Musée Picasso Paris, as well as other iconic venues in Bangkok, Kyoto, Salamanca and Zurich, Miquel Barceló is now presenting two performances in Málaga.

    In the first half, Miquel Barceló will create drawings in water using brushes, balls and water pistols. In the second half, the audience will watch alongside the artist, the gradual disappearance of the work he has just created, to a background of vibrant music by Pascal Comelade. This French- Catalan musician, who is widely known in both France and Japan, creates avant-garde music in which his roots are very much present. The running time is approximately 30 minutes. Both sessions have a limited number of seats and will be held in compliance with all current health regulations.

    Museo de Málaga
    Plaza de la Aduana
    29015 Málaga, Spain

    Tickets to attend this event in the Courtyard of the Museum are free and are available here.

  • Tribute to Turi Simeti


    May 7 - 23, 2021

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    Almine Rech is pleased to present the first posthumous presentation of Italian artist Turi Simeti (1929 – 2021), on view in the gallery’s Online Viewing Room from May 7 to 23, 2021.

    Turi Simeti is widely recognized as one of the last representatives of the generation of Milanese artists who shook up Italian art during the second half of the 20th century. The selection will reflect signature elements of Turi Simeti’s career, conceived to celebrate the full scope of his artistic legacy.

    Turi Simeti’s use of pure, saturated tones such as red or yellow is embodied by this selection of late works, created between 2014 and 2018. His works have a sculptural aspect, utilizing an oval shape made of wood that creates volume on the canvas. This signature technique produces different relief patterns on the surface of his paintings that invite a play of shadows and light across monochrome colors such as yellow, red or black. Employing the recurrent motif of the oval, Turi Simeti set out to develop an irregular writing system that would liberate the surface of the canvas from the principles of materiality, allowing nothing but silence.

    Almine Rech organized several exhibitions with the artist throughout his life, including a retrospective titled Le Choix du Signe curated by Natacha Carron in Brussels in 2015. The same year, Almine Rech Editions published a monograph featuring an array of archival images. Turi Simeti’s work was also shown at Almine Rech Shanghai as part of the 2020 exhibition Spring and in Abstraction(s) at the Song Art Museum in Beijing in 2019, curated by Nicolas Trembley.

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  • Brian Calvin - NFTs on Foundation

    Launching on May 8 at 3 PM EST, 2021

    Almine Rech Editions is pleased to present a first-time collaboration with Foundation and contemporary artist Brian Calvin. Two animated NFTs by the artist will launch through the Foundation platform on May 8 at 3 PM EST.

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  • Almine Rech now represents Alejandro Cardenas

     

    Almine Rech is pleased to announce the representation of contemporary artist Alejandro Cardenas in Europe, the United Kingdom, New York, and China.

    Almine Rech hosted the artist's inaugural solo exhibition in Almine Rech New York in January 2021. His second solo exhibition, featuring new paintings and works on paper will take place at Almine Rech Paris, Matignon from June 30 to July 31, 2021.

    Cardenas' work is currently featured in a group presentation at Almine Rech New York, Salon de Peinture, on view from April 29 to June 5, 2021.

    The paintings and sculptures realized by Alejandro Cardenas (b. 1977, Santiago, Chile) provide a vision of a post-human world wherein the relationship between human forms and the environment is one of unity and coexistence. Guided by his own imagination and inspired by a wide variety of influences ranging from Surrealism to Sci-Fi to magical realism, Cardenas immerses himself in the creation of surreal, post-human scenes of polished, gridded interiors populated by eerie, angular figures. Cardenas' unique approach to figuration places his signature humanoids—narrow, wire-frame silhouettes wrapped in colorful patterns of zigzagging lines—calmly reclining, sitting, or standing within minimalist architectural environments. Unlike us, these faceless humanoids appear to lack all sensory organs, yet they are not deprived of their sensorial abilities. Instead, they convey emotion through body language, resulting in a wide variety of suggested emotional expression.

    Alejandro Cardenas completed his BFA at the Cooper Union School of Art in 2000. Before becoming a full time studio painter, Cardenas had a successful career as a multimedia artist, working in illustration, graphic design, and videography. For over a decade, Cardenas served as the lead textile designer and art director for the influential fashion label Proenza Schouler. He was also a founding member of Lansing-Dreiden, a New York-based transdisciplinary art collective that produced musical albums, a literary journal, and artworks. Reviews of his art and design projects have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, AnOther Magazine, and more.

    Alejandro Cardenas currently lives and works in Los Angeles.