From Nathaniel Mary Quinn
« As I am moved, enriched, empowered, and inspired by the courage and fortitude of the brother Dr. Cornel West, I write: The murder of George Floyd was practically a public lynching, giving rise to heightened protests and mass demonstrations throughout America — and, indeed, in many parts of the world — highlighting, at last, that America has proven to be, on many levels, a failed social experiment. The world is undergoing and witnessing America’s great moment of reckoning, where the long-standing correlation between the local and the global are most remarkably felt: sowing the seeds of unchecked greed that made concrete domestic inequality in tandem with America’s imperial, militarized, and violent tentacles around the globe. Make no mistake, the collective seeds of violence operate as the obvious link that bounds the connective tissue between the external and the internal. Such is most efficiently true in relation to the seed of white supremacy’s deep hatred of Black people within the context of a predatory capitalistic society obsessed with money, domination, and the marginalization of the “other.”
The American Empire’s foundation is shaken to its core, with uprisings from below, from the streets.
No doubt, George Floyd’s murderous lynching by the embodiment of white supremacist hatred by the name of Derek Chauvin ignited the fuse, but the outright failings of America’s predaceous capitalistic economy to adequately fulfill basic needs — food, healthcare, a quality education, jobs with decent wages — was the explosion. The so-called promise of America’s legitimacy is bankrupt, and a multiracial check is past overdue.
Now, the youth and the streets are forcefully speaking, highlighting the hypocrisy and the abject blindness to their suffering and misery. Simply put, they no longer believe in the legitimacy of the traditional American social contract. However, rebellion, while being the sounding call, is not enough, for a Nonviolent Revolution is of the highest order; that is, enacting comprehensive, democratic sharing — power, wealth, resources, respect, organizing — and the radical transformation of the American Empire.
For, by all means, we cannot possibly, comfortably, and willingly return to the way things were. »
Nathaniel Mary Quinn, I Imagine It Was a Burden at Times, 2019 - oil paint, paint stick, oil pastel, soft pastel, gouache on linen canvas - 50.8 x 50.8 x 2 cm; 20 x 20 x 3/4 in
Courtesy of the artist and Almine Rech
Art Basel - Online Viewing Room
VIP days: June 17 - 18, 2020
Public Days: June 19 - 26, 2020
Explore Art Basel Online Viewing Room here!
Almine Rech presents “Conjunctions”, the second iteration of Art Basel's Online Viewing Room.
Artists include Karel Appel, Ha Chong-Hyun, George Condo, Genieve Figgis, Günther Förg, Markus Lüpertz, Pablo Picasso, Peter Saul, Kenny Scharf, Vaughn Spann, Vivian Springford, Kim Tschang-Yeul, Zhang Wei and Tom Wesselmann.
Taken from a major painting series started in the early 1970s by Ha Chong-Huyn, “Conjunction” reflects on how artists can mirror the many overlapping emotions and understandings of our present moment. Today, we are at once dreamers or actors caught in a complex drama. We are susceptible to rumor or present to just observe the simple things, like an expanding orb of color. We are here to play and revere energy and to reflect on our bodies as they pass through love and time.
Almine Rech will rotate some works during the fair in order to offer a diverse selection.
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Kenny Scharf, Badda Bing!, 2020 - Oil and spray paint on linen with powder coated aluminum frame - 154 x 123,8 x 5,7 cm ; 60 5/8 x 48 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches (framed) / Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Joshua White
On paper: Marcus Jahmal - Online Viewing Room
June 16 - 28, 2020
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It seems impossible today to look at this series of drawings by Marcus Jahmal without considering the context of racial events in the United States during recent weeks and years. His artistic practice is deeply inspired by a concrete reality that reflects social issues in America and beyond. In Jahmal's iconography, ancient mythology has always played a dominant role, revealing both a yearning for hybrid forms of culture and a search for origins, blending each with contemporary society. A word that appears in one of his minotaur-men drawings is extremely revealing: Kemet. This term contains links to ancient Egypt, but more generally it means "the land of Black people." The artist's exploration of the figure of the bull-man, a favorite theme of Pablo Picasso, is linked to the depletion of the autobiographical subject through its multiplication and a harsh look at the violence perpetrated by the powerful. Jahmal has said "paper is a mirror," and, indeed, his art reflects the world.
- Loïc Le Gall
Director of La Passerelle - Contemporary Art Center, Brest, France
Almine Rech Gallery is pleased to announce the representation of Kenny Scharf.
Almine Rech is pleased to announce the representation of iconic American artist Kenny Scharf, and his inaugural solo exhibition of new paintings at Almine Rech New York this fall.
Opening September 10, Kenny Scharf: Dystopian Painting will debut 15 paintings and a sculpture by Scharf, showcasing the energy and depth of his singular artistic practice. The artist’s new body of work reflects his continued immersion in the everyday life of urban society and circumstances of our time, blending quotidian and deeply relevant themes within the framework of his bright, frenetic canvases and enduring optimism.
Kenny Scharf (b. 1958, United States) is a renowned artist affiliated with the 1980’s East Village Art movement in New York. Alongside his mentor Andy Warhol, and contemporaries Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, Scharf developed a distinct and uniquely personal artistic style. References to popular culture reoccur throughout his works, such as appropriated cartoon characters from the Flintstones and Jetsons, as well as imagined anthropomorphic creatures. Through ecstatic compositions and a dazzling color palette, Scharf presents an immersive viewing experience that is both intimate and fresh. Scharf’s multifaceted practice—spanning painting, sculpture, installation work, murals, performance and fashion—reflects his dedication to the creation of dynamic forms of art that deconstruct existing artistic hierarchies, echoing the philosophy of Pop artists. Yet Scharf’s artistic significance expands beyond the art historical terrain of Pop Art; the artist instead coined the term “Pop Surrealist” to describe his one-of-a-kind practice. His inclusion in the 1985 Whitney Biennial marked the start of his international phenomenon, a reputation that continues to thrive today.
Kenny Scharf, ZOOM WAY!, 2020 - Oil and acrylic on linen with powder coated aluminum frame - 60 x 72 in, 152.4 x 182.9 cm / © Kenny Scharf - Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech.
Tursic & Mille - Prize Foundation Simone and Cino Del Duca
Tursic & Mille received the prize of the Foundation Simone and Cino Del Duca, along with Guillaume Bresson, Damien Deroubaix and Pierre Monestier.
This year, the prize have been shared between the four nominated artists.
An exhibition featuring the work of the artists will be on view from June 18 to August 9, 2020 at Académie des Beaux-Arts / Palais de l’Institut de France in Paris.
Kurt and Courtney, 2016 - Oil on wood - 37 x 56 x 2,2 cm ; 14 5/8 x 22 x 0 7/8 Inches
Photo: Rebecca Fanuele
Tom Wesselmann - Catalogue Raisonné of The Great American Nudes
The Wildenstein Plattner Institute (WPI) is pleased to announce the launch of the Tom Wesselmann Catalogue Raisonné. Working in close collaboration with the Estate of the artist, the WPI will author a dynamic online publication that will link to digitized material from the artist’s archives.
In addition to the wealth of archival documentation at the Wesselmann studio, the WPI’s researchers will also draw from the relevant archival materials compiled throughout the duration of the Jasper Johns Catalogue Raisonné project over the course of the last decade.
The WPI will begin accepting submissions for possible inclusion to the Tom Wesselmann Catalogue Raisonné in March 2020. As their team of researchers will initially focus their efforts on examining works from The Great American Nude series, they will prioritize these works with a limited-time fee-waiver for submission. More information will be available about this process in the coming months.
The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc. is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the study of art history and to fostering the accessibility, cataloguing, and digitization of archival materials that support critical research in the field.
Photo: Tom Wesselmann in his studio at 175 Bleecker Street, New York, with Great American Nude #21 (1961, in progress). / Photo: Jerry Goodman, 1961 - © The Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by ARS/VAGA, New York
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.
Pre-order - Wes Lang
Almine Rech Editions is pleased to present the limited edition print 'For The Good Times', its first collaboration with artist Wes Lang.
For The Good Times, 2020
Archival pigment print on cotton paper, hand beveled edges
58 x 44 cm - 22 7/8 x 17 3/8 inches
Edition of 75 + 20 AP
Signed and numbered on the front
Pre-order - Rudolf Polanszky
Rudolf Polanszky's catalog titled 'Chimera', published by Almine Rech Editions, is now available to pre-order.
Published in conjunction with Rudolf Polanszky's exhibition 'Chimera' held at Almine Rech Brussels from October 24 to December 21, 2019, with an essay by Dieter Buchhart.