Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

 

Karen Kilimnik
June 19–July 21, 2007
London

Renowned as one of the pioneers in the early 1990’s for her deconstructed installations and assemblages of seemingly random objects with an emphasis on ‘throw away’ materials – Kilimnik’s paintings and installations are a highly personalised appropriation of historical and contemporary sources. Drawing on the world of fairy tales, romance, ballet, mysteries, various magazines and newspapers, TV, European stately homes and painters such as Stubbs, Oudry and Raeburn, Kilimnik casts these diverse elements like a stage director in her own play.

 

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Part of this stage direction involves the architecture of the exhibition space. Works are often exhibited either in real historical venues – Palazzetto Tito, Venice; Powel House, Philadelphia; Historisches Museum, Haus zum Kirschgarten, Basel – or spaces are created to resemble European period salons replete with wallpaper, cornices and fireplaces.
The 18th century Grafton Street premises provide an ideal setting for this show. Visitors to the gallery are confronted by The Jungle in La Bayadère in London. A reinterpretation of a work first seen at Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers Munich in 2003 and comprising trees, plants, birds and sound, the piece is inspired, not only by the ballet La Bayadère (famously choreographed by the balletmaster Marius Petipa and set in the romanticized, ethereal ‘exoticism’ of India), but also an episode of the cult TV series The Avengers involving a retired colonel who, on his return from a British colony, creates a fake jungle in the English countryside.

The back gallery, decorated in the manner of a traditional English period drawing room with striped Regency-style wallpaper and mouldings contains several new paintings and works on paper recalling a romanticised world of English teas (The Egerton House hotel, London – tea time, 2007), old London (London Taxicab at Dukes Hotel London, England, 2007) and bucolic bliss (the pastel cloud, yellow + pink, on a summer´s day, 2007).

 

Installation Views
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, June 19–July 21, 2007

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, June 19–July 21, 2007

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, June 19–July 21, 2007

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, June 19–July 21, 2007

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, June 19–July 21, 2007

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, June 19–July 21, 2007

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, June 19–July 21, 2007

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, June 19–July 21, 2007

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, June 19–July 21, 2007

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, June 19–July 21, 2007

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, June 19–July 21, 2007

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, June 19–July 21, 2007

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Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, June 19–July 21, 2007

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, June 19–July 21, 2007

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, June 19–July 21, 2007

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, June 19–July 21, 2007

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, June 19–July 21, 2007

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, June 19–July 21, 2007

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Exhibited Works
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
The pastel clouds, yellow + pink, on a summer`s day, 2007

Karen Kilimnik
The pastel clouds, yellow + pink, on a summer`s day, 2007
Water soluble oil color on canvas
40.6 × 50.8 cm
16 × 20 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
The Jungle in La Bayadère in London, 2003-2007
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Karen Kilimnik
The Jungle in La Bayadère in London, 2003-2007
Mixed media

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Karen Kilimnik
Muffin + snowflake on vacation in the Highlands, 2007

Karen Kilimnik
Muffin + snowflake on vacation in the Highlands, 2007
Pencil on paper
22.8 × 30.5 cm
9 × 12 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Favorite palomino pony and dogs at the hovel, 2007

Karen Kilimnik
Favorite palomino pony and dogs at the hovel, 2007
Pencil on paper
35.50 × 28 cm
14 × 11 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Regent`s park - the chinese birds + little bridge, 2007

Karen Kilimnik
Regent`s park – the chinese birds + little bridge, 2007
Water soluble oil color on canvas
45.5 × 35.5 cm
18 × 14 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
London taxicab at Dukes Hotel London, England, 2007

Karen Kilimnik
London taxicab at Dukes Hotel London, England, 2007
Water soluble oil color on canvas
20.3 × 25.4 cm
8 × 10 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
The Egerton House hotel, London - tea time, 2007

Karen Kilimnik
The Egerton House hotel, London – tea time, 2007
Water soluble oil color on canvas
30.5 × 23 cm
12 × 9 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
The chinese pavillion in green park, 2007

Karen Kilimnik
The chinese pavillion in green park, 2007
Water soluble oil color on canvas
45.7 × 35.6 cm
18 × 14 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Tara in a brown leather jacket, Baron von Curt in a turquoise turtleneck + navy blue velvet jacket, with a sword - in archery field, England, 2007

Karen Kilimnik
Tara in a brown leather jacket, Baron von Curt in a turquoise turtleneck + navy blue velvet jacket, with a sword – in archery field, England, 2007
Water soluble oil color on canvas
28 × 35.5 cm
11 × 14 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Best friends - snowflake + midnight, 2007

Karen Kilimnik
Best friends – snowflake + midnight, 2007
Watercolor on paper
35.5 × 50.8 cm
14 × 20 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
The poor workhorses at the coal mines, London or York, a life of unremitting toil, poor poor horses, 2007

Karen Kilimnik
The poor workhorses at the coal mines, London or York, a life of unremitting toil
poor poor horses
, 2007
Water soluble oil color on canvas
20.3 × 25.4 cm
8 × 10 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
The pretty carriage, The Mall, Pell Mell, 2007

Karen Kilimnik
The pretty carriage
The Mall
Pell Mell
, 2007
Watercolor, pastel, oil color and gold leaf on paper
30.5 × 45.7 cm
12 × 18 inches

Details
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
The pastel clouds, yellow + pink, on a summer`s day, 2007
Water soluble oil color on canvas
40.6 × 50.8 cm
16 × 20 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
The Jungle in La Bayadère in London, 2003-2007
Mixed media

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
The Jungle in La Bayadère in London, 2003-2007 (detail)

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
The Jungle in La Bayadère in London, 2003-2007 (detail)

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
The Jungle in La Bayadère in London, 2003-2007 (detail)

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
The Jungle in La Bayadère in London, 2003-2007 (detail)

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
The Jungle in La Bayadère in London, 2003-2007 (detail)

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
The Jungle in La Bayadère in London, 2003-2007 (detail)

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
The Jungle in La Bayadère in London, 2003-2007 (detail)

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Muffin + snowflake on vacation in the Highlands, 2007
Pencil on paper
22.8 × 30.5 cm
9 × 12 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Favorite palomino pony and dogs at the hovel, 2007
Pencil on paper
35.50 × 28 cm
14 × 11 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Regent`s park – the chinese birds + little bridge, 2007
Water soluble oil color on canvas
45.5 × 35.5 cm
18 × 14 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
London taxicab at Dukes Hotel London, England, 2007
Water soluble oil color on canvas
20.3 × 25.4 cm
8 × 10 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
The Egerton House hotel, London – tea time, 2007
Water soluble oil color on canvas
30.5 × 23 cm
12 × 9 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
The chinese pavillion in green park, 2007
Water soluble oil color on canvas
45.7 × 35.6 cm
18 × 14 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Tara in a brown leather jacket, Baron von Curt in a turquoise turtleneck + navy blue velvet jacket, with a sword – in archery field, England, 2007
Water soluble oil color on canvas
28 × 35.5 cm
11 × 14 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Best friends – snowflake + midnight, 2007
Watercolor on paper
35.5 × 50.8 cm
14 × 20 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
The poor workhorses at the coal mines, London or York, a life of unremitting toil
poor poor horses
, 2007
Water soluble oil color on canvas
20.3 × 25.4 cm
8 × 10 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
The pretty carriage
The Mall
Pell Mell
, 2007
Watercolor, pastel, oil color and gold leaf on paper
30.5 × 45.7 cm
12 × 18 inches

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Selected Press

London-Dada
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, review by Jörn Ebner, July 14, 2007

Karen Kilimnik
Artforum, review by Lillian Davies, July 4, 2007