Karen Kilimnik
April 13–May 26, 2018
London

Karen Kilimnik’s latest exhibition with Sprüth Magers brings together works from across four decades in her career as one of the most important representatives of figurative painting, sculpture and installation. Included in the exhibition is an early example of her sculptures, as well as early drawings, and more recent paintings and prints in her delightful and darkly humorous style. Kilimnik’s diverse practice is recognised for activating relationships between the traditions of culture and art history. Frequently, she combines figures and motifs from art history and collective memory – ballerinas, aristocracy, the Second World War – with cultural references to music, media and film.

 

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Paris is Burning (1991) / Is Paris Burning? (1944) from 1992 is the first work in the exhibition, occupying the ground floor space. The work has not been shown publicly since Kilimnik’s very first museum show at the ICA Philadelphia in 1992. It is an important example of her early sculptural work – a genre for which she gained attention in the late 1980s alongside artists such as Mike Kelley and Cady Noland. Other early examples include The Joker Episode of the Avengers (1991) – part of a series of works based on the British television series The Avengers. In the work on view, an assortment of objects is displayed throughout the exhibition space, seemingly at random, giving the illusion of an abandoned stage set or a display in a store window. On the back wall, the two halves of the work’s title are announced in bold white typeface on black posters, simulating the cards used in silent movies as well as the aesthetic in Jennie Livingstone’s 1990 documentary, Paris is Burning. At a remove from each other, the titles indicate two narrative frames for the incongruous props and posters that appear around them. On the left, ‘Is Paris Burning?’ Refers to a Hollywood movie from 1966 that centred on Hitler’s real-life plans to destroy Paris in 1944, hours before it was liberated from Nazi rule. Meanwhile on the right, Kilimnik uses the aforementioned documentary that followed the thriving ball culture engendered by New York City’s African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities. The films collide in the installation: the stigmatic symbol of the swastika brands a red dress like a flag, and is displayed with a bandaged leg, skis, tights, a jacket, and other costume and fashion items. The props appear to be selected from the historic and recent past to overlap in a disconcerting mise en scène of twentieth century experience. On the left, photos are displayed from the Hollywood movie, showing cities ravaged by bombs and battles in the Second World War. On the right, ball vocabulary appears with the names of the most illustrious New York drag ‘houses’. Kilimnik uses the idea of the stage set to re-present icons of evil as adornment, fashion and fascism, and to present historical fact as theatre. Through presenting these two discordant areas of history – war-torn Europe and countercultural New York, she examines how cultures are established through varying means.

Kilimnik’s theme of the Second World War continues in the next room. Paintings of fighter planes and studies of military horses are treated with a lightness of colour and ease of brushstroke that sometimes transforms their subject matter into décor. Elsewhere, an early series of maps is shown alongside a new, much larger series that at first glance looks like abstract paintings. The Battle for France is plotted in one, accompanied by a series of handwritten notes explaining battle plans. In another, she comments on the visual prettiness of the colours and shapes, deliberately subsuming the trauma and devastation they identify into a prettier, more appealing surface. Kilimnik’s works are often saturated with these double meanings – innocence and cynicism, fantasy and reality, the everyday and infamy. Upstairs, the works reveal her fascination with cultural history. Copies of the work of earlier artists abound, such as Scottish artist Sir Henry Raeburn, as well as French Rococo painter Jean Baptiste Oudry. The early drawing My Sister and Me by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1986) is a copy in pastel of a painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence, whilst another early pastel is a copy of a work by the eighteenth century French artist, Jean-Baptiste Greuze. They, along with the later ‘Doll’ paintings, and photographs, attest to Kilimnik’s instrumental development of the new tendency in figurative painting, as well as her continued interest in the components that have formed cultural identity through the ages. In her works, the structuring factors of culture are shown to be myriad and unexpected: from regional borders, to regional dress, landscapes, mythology, witchcraft, stagecraft, the big screen and the small screen.

 

Installation Views
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018
Photo: Stephen White, Voytek Ketz

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018
Photo: Stephen White, Voytek Ketz

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018
Photo: Stephen White, Voytek Ketz

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018
Photo: Stephen White, Voytek Ketz

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018
Photo: Stephen White, Voytek Ketz

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018
Photo: Stephen White, Voytek Ketz

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018
Photo: Stephen White, Voytek Ketz

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018
Photo: Stephen White, Voytek Ketz

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Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018
Photo: Stephen White, Voytek Ketz

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018
Photo: Stephen White, Voytek Ketz

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018
Photo: Stephen White, Voytek Ketz

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018
Photo: Stephen White, Voytek Ketz

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018
Photo: Stephen White, Voytek Ketz

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018
Photo: Stephen White, Voytek Ketz

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018
Photo: Stephen White, Voytek Ketz

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, April 13–May 26, 2018
Photo: Stephen White, Voytek Ketz

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Exhibited Works
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
81.3 × 151.1 cm
32 × 59 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Paris Is burning (1991) / Is Paris burning? (1944), 1992

Karen Kilimnik
Paris Is burning (1991) / Is Paris burning? (1944), 1992
Mixed media
Dimensions variable

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
151.1 × 161.3 cm
59 1/2 × 63 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2017

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2017
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
153.7 × 171.5 cm
60 1/2 × 67 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
the gold celadon express, 1997

Karen Kilimnik
the gold celadon express, 1997
Acrylic on paper
50.8 × 66 cm
20 × 26 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Mongolian Siberia, 1997

Karen Kilimnik
Mongolian Siberia, 1997
Acrylic on paper
50.8 × 66.7 cm
20 × 26 1/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Messerschmitt in trouble, the Alps, Zermatt on Kitzbühel, 2009

Karen Kilimnik
Messerschmitt in trouble, the Alps, Zermatt on Kitzbühel, 2009
Water soluble oil color on canvas
35.6 × 27.9 cm
14 × 11 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Messerschmitt over Gstaad, 2009

Karen Kilimnik
Messerschmitt over Gstaad, 2009
35.6 × 27.9 cm
14 × 11 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
spitfires + messerschmidt, North Sea, 1940, World War II in color!, 2012

Karen Kilimnik
spitfires + messerschmidt
North Sea, 1940
World War II in color!
, 2012
Water soluble oil color on canvas
40.6 × 50.8 cm
16 × 20 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
train under attack the 1940 winter war, - dash for cover - Finland Sweden, Russia, 2009

Karen Kilimnik
train under attack the 1940 winter war
– dash for cover – Finland Sweden, Russia
, 2009
Water soluble oil color on canvas
22.9 × 33 cm
9 × 13 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
U boat in the Loch, 2012

Karen Kilimnik
U boat in the Loch, 2012
Water soluble oil color on canvas
20.3 × 25.4 cm
8 × 10 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
spitfires + messerschmidts, hedgerow country, France, Worldwar II in color!, 2013

Karen Kilimnik
spitfires + messerschmidts
hedgerow country, France
Worldwar II in color!
, 2013
Water soluble
oil color on canvas
40.6 × 50.8 cm
16 × 20 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Pigment print
61 × 152.4 cm
24 × 60 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Alectrona, goddess of the sun + beach - yellow marble statue, Versailles with Princess Caroline bows, 1987

Karen Kilimnik
Alectrona, goddess of the sun + beach – yellow marble statue, Versailles with Princess Caroline bows, 1987
Pastel on paper with velvet bow and rhinestone earring
drawing: 59.7 × 45.7 cm
drawing: 23 1/2 × 18 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Giant earring, 1987-2018

Karen Kilimnik
Giant earring, 1987-2018
Velvet, foam, hand-blown glass, steel, alloy
130 × 120 × 30 cm (bow)
37 × 21 × 18 cm (earring)
51 1/8 × 47 1/4 × 11 7/8 inches
14 5/8 × 8 1/14 × 7 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
"Winston" pet society stray cat (paper Kenny's present from London, England), 1979

Karen Kilimnik
'Winston' pet society stray cat (paper Kenny's present from London, England), 1979
Ink on paper
21 × 14.6 cm
8 1/4 × 5 3/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
cloud, 2018

Karen Kilimnik
cloud, 2018 (detail)

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
perfumed cloud, 2018

Karen Kilimnik
perfumed cloud, 2018 (detail)

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
the cozy living room, the Cotswolds, 2017

Karen Kilimnik
the cozy living room, the Cotswolds, 2017
Water soluble oil colour on canvas
20.3 × 30.5 cm
8 × 12 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Tiffany on the way to ballet class in January, 2011

Karen Kilimnik
Tiffany on the way to ballet class in January, 2011
Water soluble oil color on canvas
35.6 × 27.9 cm
14 × 11 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
proper hair care, 1982

Karen Kilimnik
proper hair care, 1982
Ink and watercolour on paper
35.2 × 27.6 cm
13 7/8 × 10 7/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
lots of jewelry + eyelashes - must be Elizabeth Taylor, 1981

Karen Kilimnik
lots of jewelry + eyelashes – must be Elizabeth Taylor, 1981
Ink on paper
27.9 × 21.6 cm
11 × 8 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
tiny leaping for joy, 2013

Karen Kilimnik
tiny leaping for joy, 2013
Water soluble oil color on canvas
51.4 × 61.3 cm
20 1/4 × 24 1/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Silesian princess ballerina, 2018

Karen Kilimnik
Silesian princess ballerina, 2018
Water soluble oil color on canvas
50.8 × 40.6 cm
20 × 16 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
the goddess of wisdom in her forest - the airy forest, 2018

Karen Kilimnik
the goddess of wisdom in her forest – the airy forest, 2018
Water soluble oil color on canvas
50.8 × 40.6 cm
20 × 16 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
the squirrel + the watch, 1983

Karen Kilimnik
the squirrel + the watch, 1983
Graphite and pastel on paper
55.9 × 35.6 cm
22 × 14 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Italian bombe chest learning French, 1984

Karen Kilimnik
Italian bombe chest learning French, 1984
Pastel on paper
44.5 × 58.4 cm
17 1/2 × 23 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Swampy's friend, the blond, living in the woods, eco warriors camp, 2009

Karen Kilimnik
Swampy's friend, the blond, living in the woods, eco warriors camp, 2009
Water soluble oil color on canvas
50.8 × 40.6 cm
20 × 16 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
evening view of the park with tassel, 1982

Karen Kilimnik
evening view of the park with tassel, 1982
Pastel on paper
55.9 × 42.5 cm
22 × 16 3/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Battle plans for Belgique + France WW2, 1990

Karen Kilimnik
Battle plans for Belgique + France WW2, 1990
Acrylic and crayon on paper
88.9 × 58.4 cm
35 × 23 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
the Annunciation Assumption, by Leonardo da Vinci (cheeks like Gainsborough girl with milk jug + pig), 1988

Karen Kilimnik
the Annunciation Assumption, by Leonardo da Vinci (cheeks like Gainsborough girl with milk jug + pig), 1988
Pastel on paper
88.9 × 58.4 cm
35 × 23 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
a gaming table and chairs, Ireland, 1985

Karen Kilimnik
a gaming table and chairs, Ireland, 1985
Crayon and pastel on paper
44.5 × 58.4 cm
17 1/2 × 23 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Cinderella at Rapunzel's castle in her snowy cloud outfit, 2009

Karen Kilimnik
Cinderella at Rapunzel's castle in her snowy cloud outfit, 2009
Water soluble oil color on canvas
61 × 40.6 cm
24 × 16 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
view of park with drapery, tassel + marble column maybe Dobson, 1982

Karen Kilimnik
view of park with drapery, tassel + marble column maybe Dobson, 1982
Pastel on paper
55.9 × 42.5 cm
22 × 16 3/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Shadow, 2013

Karen Kilimnik
Shadow, 2013
Water soluble oil color on canvas
51.4 × 61 cm
20 1/4 × 24 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
the spanish doll ballerina, Paris, 2011

Karen Kilimnik
the spanish doll ballerina, Paris, 2011
Water soluble
oil color on canvas
35.6 × 27.9 cm
14 × 11 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
NYC doll on way to ballet class, 2011

Karen Kilimnik
NYC doll on way to ballet class, 2011
Water soluble oil color on canvas
35.6 × 27.9 cm
14 × 11 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
unsuspected + unseen, a feat of eerie magic, toil + trouble the tree of the witches, 1985

Karen Kilimnik
unsuspected + unseen, a feat of eerie magic, toil + trouble the tree of the witches, 1985
Pastel on paper
44.5 × 58.7 cm
17 1/2 × 23 1/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Secret agent club, London, Mayfair, 2017

Karen Kilimnik
Secret agent club, London, Mayfair, 2017
Water soluble oil color on canvas
30.5 × 23.5 cm
12 × 9 1/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
the water nymph by Greuze, 1988

Karen Kilimnik
the water nymph by Greuze, 1988
Pastel on paper
35.6 × 27.9 cm
14 × 11 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
Caricature of authors drawings - esquire. England like 1700s, 1982

Karen Kilimnik
Caricature of authors drawings – esquire. England like 1700s, 1982
Ink on paper
22.5 × 16.2 cm
8 7/8 × 6 3/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London
Karen Kilimnik
the cozy living room, Austrian Alps chalet, 2017

Karen Kilimnik
the cozy living room, Austrian Alps chalet, 2017
Water soluble oil colour on canvas
20.3 × 30.5 cm
8 × 12 inches

Details
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
81.3 × 151.1 cm
32 × 59 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Paris Is burning (1991) / Is Paris burning? (1944), 1992
Mixed media
Dimensions variable

Karen Kilimnik
Paris Is burning (1991) / Is Paris burning? (1944), 1992
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
151.1 × 161.3 cm
59 1/2 × 63 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2017
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
153.7 × 171.5 cm
60 1/2 × 67 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2017
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
the gold celadon express, 1997
Acrylic on paper
50.8 × 66 cm
20 × 26 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the gold celadon express, 1997
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Mongolian Siberia, 1997
Acrylic on paper
50.8 × 66.7 cm
20 × 26 1/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Mongolian Siberia, 1997
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Messerschmitt in trouble, the Alps, Zermatt on Kitzbühel, 2009
Water soluble oil color on canvas
35.6 × 27.9 cm
14 × 11 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Messerschmitt in trouble, the Alps, Zermatt on Kitzbühel, 2009
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Messerschmitt over Gstaad, 2009
35.6 × 27.9 cm
14 × 11 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Messerschmitt over Gstaad, 2009
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
spitfires + messerschmidt
North Sea, 1940
World War II in color!
, 2012
Water soluble oil color on canvas
40.6 × 50.8 cm
16 × 20 inches

Karen Kilimnik
spitfires + messerschmidt, North Sea, 1940, World War II in color!, 2012
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
train under attack the 1940 winter war
– dash for cover – Finland Sweden, Russia
, 2009
Water soluble oil color on canvas
22.9 × 33 cm
9 × 13 inches

Karen Kilimnik
train under attack the 1940 winter war, - dash for cover - Finland Sweden, Russia, 2009
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
U boat in the Loch, 2012
Water soluble oil color on canvas
20.3 × 25.4 cm
8 × 10 inches

Karen Kilimnik
U boat in the Loch, 2012
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
spitfires + messerschmidts
hedgerow country, France
Worldwar II in color!
, 2013
Water soluble
oil color on canvas
40.6 × 50.8 cm
16 × 20 inches

Karen Kilimnik
spitfires + messerschmidts, hedgerow country, France, Worldwar II in color!, 2013
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Pigment print
61 × 152.4 cm
24 × 60 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Alectrona, goddess of the sun + beach – yellow marble statue, Versailles with Princess Caroline bows, 1987
Pastel on paper with velvet bow and rhinestone earring
drawing: 59.7 × 45.7 cm
drawing: 23 1/2 × 18 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Alectrona, goddess of the sun + beach - yellow marble statue, Versailles with Princess Caroline bows, 1987
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Giant earring, 1987-2018
Velvet, foam, hand-blown glass, steel, alloy
130 × 120 × 30 cm (bow)
37 × 21 × 18 cm (earring)
51 1/8 × 47 1/4 × 11 7/8 inches
14 5/8 × 8 1/14 × 7 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Giant earring, 1987-2018
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
'Winston' pet society stray cat (paper Kenny's present from London, England), 1979
Ink on paper
21 × 14.6 cm
8 1/4 × 5 3/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik
"Winston" pet society stray cat (paper Kenny's present from London, England), 1979
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
cloud, 2018 (detail)

Karen Kilimnik
cloud, 2018
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
perfumed cloud, 2018 (detail)

Karen Kilimnik
perfumed cloud, 2018
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
the cozy living room, the Cotswolds, 2017
Water soluble oil colour on canvas
20.3 × 30.5 cm
8 × 12 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the cozy living room, the Cotswolds, 2017
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Tiffany on the way to ballet class in January, 2011
Water soluble oil color on canvas
35.6 × 27.9 cm
14 × 11 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Tiffany on the way to ballet class in January, 2011
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
proper hair care, 1982
Ink and watercolour on paper
35.2 × 27.6 cm
13 7/8 × 10 7/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik
proper hair care, 1982
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
lots of jewelry + eyelashes – must be Elizabeth Taylor, 1981
Ink on paper
27.9 × 21.6 cm
11 × 8 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik
lots of jewelry + eyelashes - must be Elizabeth Taylor, 1981
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
tiny leaping for joy, 2013
Water soluble oil color on canvas
51.4 × 61.3 cm
20 1/4 × 24 1/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik
tiny leaping for joy, 2013
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Silesian princess ballerina, 2018
Water soluble oil color on canvas
50.8 × 40.6 cm
20 × 16 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Silesian princess ballerina, 2018
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
the goddess of wisdom in her forest – the airy forest, 2018
Water soluble oil color on canvas
50.8 × 40.6 cm
20 × 16 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the goddess of wisdom in her forest - the airy forest, 2018
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
the squirrel + the watch, 1983
Graphite and pastel on paper
55.9 × 35.6 cm
22 × 14 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the squirrel + the watch, 1983
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Italian bombe chest learning French, 1984
Pastel on paper
44.5 × 58.4 cm
17 1/2 × 23 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Italian bombe chest learning French, 1984
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Swampy's friend, the blond, living in the woods, eco warriors camp, 2009
Water soluble oil color on canvas
50.8 × 40.6 cm
20 × 16 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Swampy's friend, the blond, living in the woods, eco warriors camp, 2009
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
evening view of the park with tassel, 1982
Pastel on paper
55.9 × 42.5 cm
22 × 16 3/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik
evening view of the park with tassel, 1982
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Battle plans for Belgique + France WW2, 1990
Acrylic and crayon on paper
88.9 × 58.4 cm
35 × 23 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Battle plans for Belgique + France WW2, 1990
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
the Annunciation Assumption, by Leonardo da Vinci (cheeks like Gainsborough girl with milk jug + pig), 1988
Pastel on paper
88.9 × 58.4 cm
35 × 23 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the Annunciation Assumption, by Leonardo da Vinci (cheeks like Gainsborough girl with milk jug + pig), 1988
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
a gaming table and chairs, Ireland, 1985
Crayon and pastel on paper
44.5 × 58.4 cm
17 1/2 × 23 inches

Karen Kilimnik
a gaming table and chairs, Ireland, 1985
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Cinderella at Rapunzel's castle in her snowy cloud outfit, 2009
Water soluble oil color on canvas
61 × 40.6 cm
24 × 16 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Cinderella at Rapunzel's castle in her snowy cloud outfit, 2009
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
view of park with drapery, tassel + marble column maybe Dobson, 1982
Pastel on paper
55.9 × 42.5 cm
22 × 16 3/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik
view of park with drapery, tassel + marble column maybe Dobson, 1982
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Shadow, 2013
Water soluble oil color on canvas
51.4 × 61 cm
20 1/4 × 24 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Shadow, 2013
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
the spanish doll ballerina, Paris, 2011
Water soluble
oil color on canvas
35.6 × 27.9 cm
14 × 11 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the spanish doll ballerina, Paris, 2011
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
NYC doll on way to ballet class, 2011
Water soluble oil color on canvas
35.6 × 27.9 cm
14 × 11 inches

Karen Kilimnik
NYC doll on way to ballet class, 2011
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
unsuspected + unseen, a feat of eerie magic, toil + trouble the tree of the witches, 1985
Pastel on paper
44.5 × 58.7 cm
17 1/2 × 23 1/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik
unsuspected + unseen, a feat of eerie magic, toil + trouble the tree of the witches, 1985
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Secret agent club, London, Mayfair, 2017
Water soluble oil color on canvas
30.5 × 23.5 cm
12 × 9 1/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Secret agent club, London, Mayfair, 2017
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
the water nymph by Greuze, 1988
Pastel on paper
35.6 × 27.9 cm
14 × 11 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the water nymph by Greuze, 1988
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
Caricature of authors drawings – esquire. England like 1700s, 1982
Ink on paper
22.5 × 16.2 cm
8 7/8 × 6 3/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Caricature of authors drawings - esquire. England like 1700s, 1982
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – London

Karen Kilimnik
the cozy living room, Austrian Alps chalet, 2017
Water soluble oil colour on canvas
20.3 × 30.5 cm
8 × 12 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the cozy living room, Austrian Alps chalet, 2017
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Selected Press

Previewed
ArtReview, preview by Martin Herbert, May, 2018

Karen Kilimnik’s ’Winston’-pet society stray cat
The Guide, The Guardian, review by Sky Sherwin, April 28–May 4, 2018

Karen Kilimnik at Sprüth Magers, London
Blouin Artinfo, April 18, 2018

Around the World This Spring
New York Observer, preview by Margaret Carrigan, March 20, 2018