Karen Kilimnik
September 12–October 26, 2019
Los Angeles

One of the most important representatives of figurative painting, sculpture, video and installation in the last four decades, Karen Kilimnik continues to produce work that is as diverse as it is groundbreaking. The artist brings together historical cultural references—including ballet, the aristocracy, 14th to 18th-century painting, Romanticism, and the Second World War—with the spheres of books, music, film and television. Her scenes, characters, and symbols are recognizable to many from the realms of art and world history, fairy tales, or the pages of magazines, yet they are rendered surreal and often unnerving through the artist’s deft manipulations of both content and material. Remarkably, Kilimnik’s presentation at Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, and includes recent paintings and sculptures, alongside videos and sculptural work stretching back to the 1990s.

 

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Kilimnik’s recent map paintings feature a varying array of color fields, borderlines, dates, place names and notations that sometimes pinpoint a particular moment and location, but can also be seen as abstraction. They largely center on Europe, the Near East and China, some with dates that clearly reference history (including, prominently, the Second World War), but others in which borders take a backstage to the much frothier delineations of cruise lines, trade routes, mascots and crowns. An earlier work, scout's map (2004), is the only image to depict the Americas, and its charting of American Indian tribes reflects the artist's esteem for those who nurtured and respected the earth, in contrast to how it is treated today. At once ruminations on painting and on the concepts of history, culture, geology, ecology, exploration and adventure, the map paintings remain ambivalent representations of place and time, inviting varying layers of weighty interpretation and blithe fantasy. Kilimnik has also produced a new series of cloud paintings that carry forward the multiplicities embedded within her imagery: billowing, bedazzled tufts of cloud intimate beauty and serenity, while darker, more saturated passages in other canvases suggest clouds of smoke. These works were inspired originally by cloud formations and fires dramatically depicted in 18th-century paintings, including of erupting volcanoes and factories from the Industrial Revolution viewed at nighttime. In tandem with the maps, the cloud paintings offer a means of picturing the Earth’s landscapes and atmospheric features.

Kilimnik’s new sculptures, meanwhile, also play on our ingrained notions of culture and location: miniature puzzles of the “World's Great Architectures” manufactured by CubicFun, Clever Paper and DARON, including the Eiffel Tower, the Ishtar Gate, a Chinese Pavilion, and the Hermitage, are encrusted with glittering costume jewels and crystals, some Swarovski. In light of the artist’s past reflections on ballet, theater and opulence, the sculptures have the look of stage sets for tiny actors and dancers, or playthings from an aristocratic milieu.

Two environments from the 1990s illustrate the breadth of Kilimnik’s approach to sculpture, as well as her early, inventive use of space and stage setting. Part of a group of works based on the popular 1960s British television series The Avengers, Kilimnik’s The Joker Episode of the Avengers (1991) re-presents one of the show’s particularly surreal and tense episodes. Mrs. Peel (played famously by actress Diana Rigg) is lured to a bridge champion’s home, only to find he is an escaped vicious criminal she had helped to capture, and who now enacts his revenge by putting her through a series of deadly trials and tricks. Each facet of Kilimnik’s sculptural environment—giant playing cards, cut-up images of Emma Peel, packs of Pall Mall cigarettes, dozens of strewn silk and paper roses, and a soundtrack edited from the episode and its signature song, "Mein Liebling, Mein Rose"—reflects not only specific elements taken directly from the narrative, but also alludes to the style of the sixties and our impressions of that era. Immersive and playful, The Joker Episode of the Avengers demonstrates Kilimnik’s evocative manipulation of space and sound, as well as her admiration for the work of Rigg, actor Patrick Macnee, and screenwriter and producer Brian Clemens.

Taking a far sparer tack, Helter Skelter (1992) stems from the artist’s fascination with the Manson Family and the murders perpetrated in the summer of 1969 by Charles Manson’s disciples—most (though not all) of them young women intent on rebelling against the establishment. The artist achieves dramatic effect using simple means and imagery: red scrawled messages on the wall, which replicate those left by the Manson Family on their compound, a beaded necklace and a turkey fork like the one used in the killings. In the context of the artist’s celebrated portraits of young women, real and imagined, historical and contemporary (a selection of which are on view in the exhibition), Helter Skelter calls to mind a community of independent-minded creatures, such as hippies, witches, goddesses, or eco-warriors. The exhibition also includes Kilimnik’s Paris is Burning (1991) / Is Paris Burning? (1944), 1992, which brings together clothing, photographs, and objects from two films: the 1966 Hollywood movie about Hitler’s plans to destroy Paris in 1944, and Jennie Livingstone’s celebrated 1990 documentary charting the thriving ball culture within African American, Latinx, gay, and transgender communities in New York.

Finally, a grouping of past and recent films completes the exhibition’s presentation of Kilimnik’s work from the 1990s to today. Included are iconic works from Kilimnik’s video practice—Heathers (1994), the artist's six-hour-long re-editing of the Winona Ryder cult classic, with jumps forward and backward between the narrative and credits—as well as lesser known videos, such as introducing...Tabitha! (1991/2011), in which we encounter the screen test of the artist’s fluffy black cat, with a fleeting glimpse of her tail. “Tabitha,” in the American sixties television series Bewitched, is the name of the daughter of Samantha, a suburban witch; the work thus calls to mind stereotypes of women and felines as engaged in witchcraft, just as it does the obsession with adorable cats in the age of the Internet. Her latest film, The World at War (2018), through scenes selected from twentieth and twenty-first-century century films, pays tribute to classic World War II movies and their world of pomp, ingenuity, camaraderie and bravery, with a particular focus on the music that ties everything and everyone together.

Replete with double meanings—innocence and cynicism, fantasy and reality, the everyday and infamy, the beauty of the Earth and the destruction of its environment—Kilimnik’s work continues to shed light on the components that have formed cultural identity through the ages. In her hands, the structuring factors of culture are shown to be myriad and unexpected: from regional borders, to history, architecture, mythology, witchcraft, stagecraft, the big screen and the small screen. The view of the world that she observes and presents remains both coolly familiar and entranced with beauty and perfection.

 

Installation Views
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

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Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, September 12–October 26, 2019
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

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Exhibited Works
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic and plastic crystals on unstretched canvas
76.2 × 76.2 cm
30 × 30 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
The World at War, 2018

Karen Kilimnik
The World at War, 2018
Single-channel video (color, sound)
43:58 minutes

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
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 – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
a table - diagram (inspired by Nicolas Rule), 1989

Karen Kilimnik
a table – diagram (inspired by Nicolas Rule), 1989
Crayon and glitter on paper
22.9 × 30.2 cm
9 × 11 7/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
139.7 × 151.4 cm
55 × 59 5/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
141.6 × 151.4 cm
55 3/4 × 59 5/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
139.7 × 151.4 cm
55 × 59 5/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Tinkerbell's home castle, Germany CubicFun's World's Great Architecture Germany, Neuschwanstein, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Tinkerbell's home castle, Germany CubicFun's World's Great Architecture Germany, Neuschwanstein, 2019
Foam board with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
35.6 × 44.5 × 17.8 cm
14 × 17 1/2 × 7 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Blood Drawing (Charlie) I, 1992

Karen Kilimnik
Blood Drawing (Charlie) I, 1992
Acrylic on paper
48.3 × 66 cm
19 × 26 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Blood Drawing (Ouisch), 1992

Karen Kilimnik
Blood Drawing (Ouisch), 1992
Acrylic on paper
48.3 × 66 cm
19 × 26 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Blood Drawing (Sharon Tate, Cielo Drive), 1992

Karen Kilimnik
Blood Drawing (Sharon Tate, Cielo Drive), 1992
Acrylic on paper
50.2 × 64.8 cm
19 3/4 × 25 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Helter Skelter, 1992

Karen Kilimnik
Helter Skelter, 1992
Acrylic, costume jewelry and turkey fork
Dimensions variable

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
the Witch appearing in the garden, 2011/2019

Karen Kilimnik
the Witch appearing in the garden, 2011/2019
Water soluble oil color on canvas
50.8 × 40.6 × 2.5 cm
20 × 16 × 1 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
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 – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Chantilly Snowflake, 1986

Karen Kilimnik
Chantilly Snowflake, 1986
Pastel on paper
22.9 × 30.2 cm
9 × 11 7/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
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 – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
The cloven hoof in the woods, 2006

Karen Kilimnik
The cloven hoof in the woods, 2006
Water soluble oil color on canvas
30.5 × 22.9 cm
12 × 9 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
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 – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2004/2017

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2004/2017
Water soluble oil color on canvas
22.9 × 30.5 × 5.1 cm
9 × 12 × 2 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
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 – Los Angeles
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 – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Makeup brush belonging to Baroness von Maquiriche, 1983

Karen Kilimnik
Makeup brush belonging to Baroness von Maquiriche, 1983
Ink and pastel on paper
43.2 × 58.4 cm
17 × 23 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
the elven Queen - Esmeralda (part of Bewitched family), 1986

Karen Kilimnik
the elven Queen – Esmeralda (part of Bewitched family), 1986
Pastel on paper
61 × 45.7 cm
24 × 18 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
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 – Los Angeles
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 – Los Angeles
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 – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
fog for atmosphere of 1985 le Révolution at the gate, 1985

Karen Kilimnik
fog for atmosphere of 1985 le Révolution at the gate, 1985
Pastel on paper
42.5 × 55.9 cm
16 3/4 × 22 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
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 – Los Angeles
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 – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Gainsborough's daughters by Gainsborough, 1982

Karen Kilimnik
Gainsborough's daughters by Gainsborough, 1982
Pastel on paper
55.9 × 42.5 cm
22 × 16 3/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
117.5 × 134 cm
46 1/4 × 52 3/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
139.7 × 151.8 cm
55 × 59 3/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
111.8 × 160.7 cm
44 × 63 1/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
138.4 × 149.9 cm
54 1/2 × 59 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
137.2 × 161.3 cm
54 × 63 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
the divertisement - such pretty colors but is Nazi invasion one must create a diversion - in wars, 1990

Karen Kilimnik
the divertisement – such pretty colors but is Nazi invasion one must create a diversion – in wars, 1990
Acrylic and crayon on paper
58.1 × 88.9 cm
22 7/8 × 35 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
the mastermind - a girl mastermind, 1990

Karen Kilimnik
the mastermind – a girl mastermind, 1990
Acrylic and crayon on paper
58.1 × 88.9 cm
22 7/8 × 35 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
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 – Los Angeles
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 – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on canvas
142.2 × 142.2 × 5.7 cm
56 × 56 × 2 1/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Deutsches Winter Reich 1.9.1939, 1990

Karen Kilimnik
Deutsches Winter Reich 1.9.1939, 1990
Crayon, pastel, and watercolor on paper in 2 parts
27.9 × 43.2 cm each
55.9 × 43.2 cm overall
11 × 17 inches each
22 × 17 inches overall

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren of the Deutsches Reich 1.9.1939, 1990

Karen Kilimnik
Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren of the Deutsches Reich 1.9.1939, 1990
Crayon, pastel, and watercolor on paper in 2 parts
27.9 × 43.2 cm each
55.9 × 43.2 cm overall
11 × 17 inches each
22 × 17 inches overall

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
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 – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
139.7 × 149.9 cm
55 × 59 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Scout's map, 2004

Karen Kilimnik
Scout's map, 2004
Water soluble oil color on canvas
50.8 × 61 cm
20 × 24 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
93.3 × 138.4 cm
36 3/4 × 54 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
The Joker Episode of the Avengers, 1991

Karen Kilimnik
The Joker Episode of the Avengers, 1991
Mixed media
Dimensions variable

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
a set of 16th century miniature pistols - the duel, 1993

Karen Kilimnik
a set of 16th century miniature pistols – the duel, 1993
Pastel on paper
49.8 × 64.8 cm
19 5/8 × 25 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
immobiliere de la Piedmontese of the baroque + roccoco, 1983

Karen Kilimnik
immobiliere de la Piedmontese of the baroque + roccoco, 1983
Crayon and pastel on paper
44.5 × 58.4 cm
17 1/2 × 23 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
No. 31, 1990

Karen Kilimnik
No. 31, 1990
Crayon on paper
43.2 × 27.9 cm
17 × 11 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
the miniature Mrs. Peel in the country house library miniaturized by the miniaturizer machine, ca. 1994 - 1998

Karen Kilimnik
the miniature Mrs. Peel in the country house library miniaturized by the miniaturizer machine, ca. 1994 – 1998
Crayon on paper
88.9 × 57.2 cm
35 × 22 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
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 – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Stormy, Muffin + Friend, 1982

Karen Kilimnik
Stormy, Muffin + Friend, 1982
Ink and watercolor on paper
63.5 × 48.3 cm
25 × 19 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Card games - Neptune's grotto ancient Greece and 1745, 1985

Karen Kilimnik
Card games – Neptune's grotto ancient Greece and 1745, 1985
Pastel on paper
43.2 × 58.4 cm
17 × 23 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
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 – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Sightseeing in World War Two or the Battle of Britain, 2015

Karen Kilimnik
Sightseeing in World War Two or the Battle of Britain, 2015
Water soluble oil color on canvas
35.6 × 45.7 cm
14 × 18 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
137.2 × 151.4 cm
54 × 59 5/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
151.8 × 165.1 cm
59 3/4 × 65 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
151.4 × 163.8 cm
59 5/8 × 64 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
130.8 × 151.1 cm
51 1/2 × 59 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
141 × 154.9 cm
55 1/2 × 61 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
138.4 × 151.1 cm
54 1/2 × 59 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
140.3 × 160.7 cm
55 1/4 × 63 1/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
139.7 × 152.4 cm
55 × 60 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
139.7 × 161.3 cm
55 × 63 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
139.1 × 161.3 cm
54 3/4 × 63 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
134.6 × 160 cm
53 × 63 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
137.2 × 160 cm
54 × 63 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
161.3 × 144.8 cm
63 1/2 × 57 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
the green elven fairy's hermitage, St. Petersburg, (Umbum Russa Clever Paper), 2019

Karen Kilimnik
the green elven fairy's hermitage, St. Petersburg
(Umbum Russa Clever Paper)
, 2019
Cardboard with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
8.3 × 15.2 × 10.2 cm
3 1/4 × 6 × 4 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
the Eiffel Tower of Jewels, (Umbum Clever Paper), 2019

Karen Kilimnik
the Eiffel Tower of Jewels
(Umbum Clever Paper)
, 2019
Cardboard with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
40.6 × 16.5 × 16.5 cm
16 × 6 1/2 × 6 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
St. Basil's cathedral of the fairies, Moscow, CubicFun puzzles, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
St. Basil's cathedral of the fairies, Moscow, CubicFun puzzles, 2019
Foam board with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
55.9 × 43.2 × 33 cm
22 × 17 × 13 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
the Temple of Neptune under the sea Worldwide Trading Inc. Daron puzzle, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
the Temple of Neptune under the sea Worldwide Trading Inc. Daron puzzle, 2019
Foam board with acrylic and plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
11.4 × 27.9 × 20.3 cm
4 1/2 × 11 × 8 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Worldwide Trading, Inc. Daron, the temple of the Oracle of Delphi of Diamonds, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Worldwide Trading, Inc. Daron
the temple of the Oracle of Delphi of Diamonds
, 2019
Foam board with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
20.3 × 27.9 cm
8 × 11 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
the elven Houses of Parliament, Monumental Puzzles, Cheatwell Games, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
the elven Houses of Parliament, Monumental Puzzles, Cheatwell Games, 2019
Cardboard with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
47 × 25.4 × 62.9 cm
18 1/2 × 10 × 24 3/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
the Tower Bridge belonging to the water Nixies, London, (National Geographic CubicFun Britain Architecture), 2019

Karen Kilimnik
the Tower Bridge belonging to the water Nixies, London, (National Geographic CubicFun Britain Architecture), 2019
Foam board with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
80 × 15.2 × 21.6 cm
31 1/2 × 6 × 8 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
the sparkling leaning Tower of Pisa of the miniature puzzle world, CubicFun, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
the sparkling leaning Tower of Pisa of the miniature puzzle world, CubicFun, 2019
Foam board with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
13.3 × 5.7 × 5.7 cm
5 1/4 × 2 1/4 × 2 1/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Ishtar - the Sands of Time, the Ishtar gate of gold, brass and Lapis Lazuli, (Umbum, Clever Paper), 2019

Karen Kilimnik
Ishtar – the Sands of Time, the Ishtar gate of gold, brass and Lapis Lazuli
(Umbum, Clever Paper)
, 2019
Cardboard with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
17.8 × 39.4 cm
7 × 15 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
the Imperial Jeweled Dragon of Peking, 2019

Karen Kilimnik
the Imperial Jeweled Dragon of Peking, 2019
Plastic with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
12.7 × 22.9 × 5.1 cm
5 × 9 × 2 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
the great Sphinx and the great pyramids under the desert stars, (World's Great Architecture, Runsong), 2019

Karen Kilimnik
the great Sphinx and the great pyramids under the desert stars
(World's Great Architecture, Runsong)
, 2019
Foam board with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals in two parts
6.4 × 27.9 × 17.8 cm
10.2 × 10.8 × 24.1 cm (Sphinx)
2 1/2 × 11 × 7 inches
4 × 4 1/4 × 9 1/2 inches (Sphinx)

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
the diamond dragon Chinese pavilion , (Umbum Clever Paper, Keranova Russia), 2019

Karen Kilimnik
the diamond dragon Chinese pavilion
(Umbum Clever Paper, Keranova Russia)
, 2019
Cardboard, paper, thread with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
33 × 33 × 29.8 cm
13 × 13 × 11 3/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Heathers, 1992-1993

Karen Kilimnik
Heathers, 1992-1993
Single-channel video
6 hour DVD

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Bananarama Guilty, 1988 - 1991

Karen Kilimnik
Bananarama Guilty, 1988 – 1991
Single-channel video (color, sound)
17:04 minutes

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
Kate Moss at the Beginning, 1996

Karen Kilimnik
Kate Moss at the Beginning, 1996
Single-channel video (color, sound)
7:01 minutes

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles
Karen Kilimnik
introducing...Tabitha!, 1991/2011

Karen Kilimnik
introducing…Tabitha!, 1991/2011
Single-channel video (color, sound)
1:11 minutes

Details
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic and plastic crystals on unstretched canvas
76.2 × 76.2 cm
30 × 30 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
The World at War, 2018
Single-channel video (color, sound)
43:58 minutes

Karen Kilimnik
The World at War, 2018
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

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 – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
a table – diagram (inspired by Nicolas Rule), 1989
Crayon and glitter on paper
22.9 × 30.2 cm
9 × 11 7/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik
a table - diagram (inspired by Nicolas Rule), 1989
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
139.7 × 151.4 cm
55 × 59 5/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
141.6 × 151.4 cm
55 3/4 × 59 5/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
139.7 × 151.4 cm
55 × 59 5/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Tinkerbell's home castle, Germany CubicFun's World's Great Architecture Germany, Neuschwanstein, 2019
Foam board with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
35.6 × 44.5 × 17.8 cm
14 × 17 1/2 × 7 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Tinkerbell's home castle, Germany CubicFun's World's Great Architecture Germany, Neuschwanstein, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Blood Drawing (Charlie) I, 1992
Acrylic on paper
48.3 × 66 cm
19 × 26 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Blood Drawing (Charlie) I, 1992
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Blood Drawing (Ouisch), 1992
Acrylic on paper
48.3 × 66 cm
19 × 26 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Blood Drawing (Ouisch), 1992
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Blood Drawing (Sharon Tate, Cielo Drive), 1992
Acrylic on paper
50.2 × 64.8 cm
19 3/4 × 25 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Blood Drawing (Sharon Tate, Cielo Drive), 1992
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Helter Skelter, 1992
Acrylic, costume jewelry and turkey fork
Dimensions variable

Karen Kilimnik
Helter Skelter, 1992
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
the Witch appearing in the garden, 2011/2019
Water soluble oil color on canvas
50.8 × 40.6 × 2.5 cm
20 × 16 × 1 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the Witch appearing in the garden, 2011/2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

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 – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Chantilly Snowflake, 1986
Pastel on paper
22.9 × 30.2 cm
9 × 11 7/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Chantilly Snowflake, 1986
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

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 – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
The cloven hoof in the woods, 2006
Water soluble oil color on canvas
30.5 × 22.9 cm
12 × 9 inches

Karen Kilimnik
The cloven hoof in the woods, 2006
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

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 – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2004/2017
Water soluble oil color on canvas
22.9 × 30.5 × 5.1 cm
9 × 12 × 2 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2004/2017
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

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 – Los Angeles

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 – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Makeup brush belonging to Baroness von Maquiriche, 1983
Ink and pastel on paper
43.2 × 58.4 cm
17 × 23 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Makeup brush belonging to Baroness von Maquiriche, 1983
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
the elven Queen – Esmeralda (part of Bewitched family), 1986
Pastel on paper
61 × 45.7 cm
24 × 18 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the elven Queen - Esmeralda (part of Bewitched family), 1986
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

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 – Los Angeles

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 – Los Angeles

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 – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
fog for atmosphere of 1985 le Révolution at the gate, 1985
Pastel on paper
42.5 × 55.9 cm
16 3/4 × 22 inches

Karen Kilimnik
fog for atmosphere of 1985 le Révolution at the gate, 1985
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

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 – Los Angeles

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 – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Gainsborough's daughters by Gainsborough, 1982
Pastel on paper
55.9 × 42.5 cm
22 × 16 3/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Gainsborough's daughters by Gainsborough, 1982
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
117.5 × 134 cm
46 1/4 × 52 3/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
139.7 × 151.8 cm
55 × 59 3/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
111.8 × 160.7 cm
44 × 63 1/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
138.4 × 149.9 cm
54 1/2 × 59 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
137.2 × 161.3 cm
54 × 63 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
the divertisement – such pretty colors but is Nazi invasion one must create a diversion – in wars, 1990
Acrylic and crayon on paper
58.1 × 88.9 cm
22 7/8 × 35 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the divertisement - such pretty colors but is Nazi invasion one must create a diversion - in wars, 1990
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
the mastermind – a girl mastermind, 1990
Acrylic and crayon on paper
58.1 × 88.9 cm
22 7/8 × 35 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the mastermind - a girl mastermind, 1990
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

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 – Los Angeles

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 – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on canvas
142.2 × 142.2 × 5.7 cm
56 × 56 × 2 1/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Deutsches Winter Reich 1.9.1939, 1990
Crayon, pastel, and watercolor on paper in 2 parts
27.9 × 43.2 cm each
55.9 × 43.2 cm overall
11 × 17 inches each
22 × 17 inches overall

Karen Kilimnik
Deutsches Winter Reich 1.9.1939, 1990
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren of the Deutsches Reich 1.9.1939, 1990
Crayon, pastel, and watercolor on paper in 2 parts
27.9 × 43.2 cm each
55.9 × 43.2 cm overall
11 × 17 inches each
22 × 17 inches overall

Karen Kilimnik
Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren of the Deutsches Reich 1.9.1939, 1990
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

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 – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
139.7 × 149.9 cm
55 × 59 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Scout's map, 2004
Water soluble oil color on canvas
50.8 × 61 cm
20 × 24 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Scout's map, 2004
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
93.3 × 138.4 cm
36 3/4 × 54 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
The Joker Episode of the Avengers, 1991
Mixed media
Dimensions variable

Karen Kilimnik
The Joker Episode of the Avengers, 1991
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
a set of 16th century miniature pistols – the duel, 1993
Pastel on paper
49.8 × 64.8 cm
19 5/8 × 25 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik
a set of 16th century miniature pistols - the duel, 1993
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
immobiliere de la Piedmontese of the baroque + roccoco, 1983
Crayon and pastel on paper
44.5 × 58.4 cm
17 1/2 × 23 inches

Karen Kilimnik
immobiliere de la Piedmontese of the baroque + roccoco, 1983
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
No. 31, 1990
Crayon on paper
43.2 × 27.9 cm
17 × 11 inches

Karen Kilimnik
No. 31, 1990
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
the miniature Mrs. Peel in the country house library miniaturized by the miniaturizer machine, ca. 1994 – 1998
Crayon on paper
88.9 × 57.2 cm
35 × 22 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the miniature Mrs. Peel in the country house library miniaturized by the miniaturizer machine, ca. 1994 - 1998
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

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 – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Stormy, Muffin + Friend, 1982
Ink and watercolor on paper
63.5 × 48.3 cm
25 × 19 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Stormy, Muffin + Friend, 1982
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Card games – Neptune's grotto ancient Greece and 1745, 1985
Pastel on paper
43.2 × 58.4 cm
17 × 23 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Card games - Neptune's grotto ancient Greece and 1745, 1985
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

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 – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Sightseeing in World War Two or the Battle of Britain, 2015
Water soluble oil color on canvas
35.6 × 45.7 cm
14 × 18 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Sightseeing in World War Two or the Battle of Britain, 2015
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
137.2 × 151.4 cm
54 × 59 5/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
151.8 × 165.1 cm
59 3/4 × 65 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
151.4 × 163.8 cm
59 5/8 × 64 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
130.8 × 151.1 cm
51 1/2 × 59 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
141 × 154.9 cm
55 1/2 × 61 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
138.4 × 151.1 cm
54 1/2 × 59 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
140.3 × 160.7 cm
55 1/4 × 63 1/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
139.7 × 152.4 cm
55 × 60 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
139.7 × 161.3 cm
55 × 63 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
139.1 × 161.3 cm
54 3/4 × 63 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
134.6 × 160 cm
53 × 63 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
137.2 × 160 cm
54 × 63 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
161.3 × 144.8 cm
63 1/2 × 57 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2018
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
the green elven fairy's hermitage, St. Petersburg
(Umbum Russa Clever Paper)
, 2019
Cardboard with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
8.3 × 15.2 × 10.2 cm
3 1/4 × 6 × 4 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the green elven fairy's hermitage, St. Petersburg, (Umbum Russa Clever Paper), 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
the Eiffel Tower of Jewels
(Umbum Clever Paper)
, 2019
Cardboard with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
40.6 × 16.5 × 16.5 cm
16 × 6 1/2 × 6 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the Eiffel Tower of Jewels, (Umbum Clever Paper), 2019
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Karen Kilimnik
St. Basil's cathedral of the fairies, Moscow, CubicFun puzzles, 2019
Foam board with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
55.9 × 43.2 × 33 cm
22 × 17 × 13 inches

Karen Kilimnik
St. Basil's cathedral of the fairies, Moscow, CubicFun puzzles, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
the Temple of Neptune under the sea Worldwide Trading Inc. Daron puzzle, 2019
Foam board with acrylic and plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
11.4 × 27.9 × 20.3 cm
4 1/2 × 11 × 8 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the Temple of Neptune under the sea Worldwide Trading Inc. Daron puzzle, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Worldwide Trading, Inc. Daron
the temple of the Oracle of Delphi of Diamonds
, 2019
Foam board with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
20.3 × 27.9 cm
8 × 11 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Worldwide Trading, Inc. Daron, the temple of the Oracle of Delphi of Diamonds, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
the elven Houses of Parliament, Monumental Puzzles, Cheatwell Games, 2019
Cardboard with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
47 × 25.4 × 62.9 cm
18 1/2 × 10 × 24 3/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the elven Houses of Parliament, Monumental Puzzles, Cheatwell Games, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
the Tower Bridge belonging to the water Nixies, London, (National Geographic CubicFun Britain Architecture), 2019
Foam board with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
80 × 15.2 × 21.6 cm
31 1/2 × 6 × 8 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the Tower Bridge belonging to the water Nixies, London, (National Geographic CubicFun Britain Architecture), 2019
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Karen Kilimnik
the sparkling leaning Tower of Pisa of the miniature puzzle world, CubicFun, 2019
Foam board with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
13.3 × 5.7 × 5.7 cm
5 1/4 × 2 1/4 × 2 1/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the sparkling leaning Tower of Pisa of the miniature puzzle world, CubicFun, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Ishtar – the Sands of Time, the Ishtar gate of gold, brass and Lapis Lazuli
(Umbum, Clever Paper)
, 2019
Cardboard with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
17.8 × 39.4 cm
7 × 15 1/2 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Ishtar - the Sands of Time, the Ishtar gate of gold, brass and Lapis Lazuli, (Umbum, Clever Paper), 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
the Imperial Jeweled Dragon of Peking, 2019
Plastic with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
12.7 × 22.9 × 5.1 cm
5 × 9 × 2 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the Imperial Jeweled Dragon of Peking, 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
the great Sphinx and the great pyramids under the desert stars
(World's Great Architecture, Runsong)
, 2019
Foam board with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals in two parts
6.4 × 27.9 × 17.8 cm
10.2 × 10.8 × 24.1 cm (Sphinx)
2 1/2 × 11 × 7 inches
4 × 4 1/4 × 9 1/2 inches (Sphinx)

Karen Kilimnik
the great Sphinx and the great pyramids under the desert stars, (World's Great Architecture, Runsong), 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
the diamond dragon Chinese pavilion
(Umbum Clever Paper, Keranova Russia)
, 2019
Cardboard, paper, thread with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
33 × 33 × 29.8 cm
13 × 13 × 11 3/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the diamond dragon Chinese pavilion , (Umbum Clever Paper, Keranova Russia), 2019
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Heathers, 1992-1993
Single-channel video
6 hour DVD

Karen Kilimnik
Heathers, 1992-1993
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Bananarama Guilty, 1988 – 1991
Single-channel video (color, sound)
17:04 minutes

Karen Kilimnik
Bananarama Guilty, 1988 - 1991
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
Kate Moss at the Beginning, 1996
Single-channel video (color, sound)
7:01 minutes

Karen Kilimnik
Kate Moss at the Beginning, 1996
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Los Angeles

Karen Kilimnik
introducing…Tabitha!, 1991/2011
Single-channel video (color, sound)
1:11 minutes

Karen Kilimnik
introducing...Tabitha!, 1991/2011
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Selected Press

The ‘Blood and Treasure’ of Karen Kilimnik
Frieze, review by Travis Diehl, October 18, 2019

The Last Days of Rococo: Karen Kilimnik
Mousse Magazine, article by Sabrina Tarasoff, Fall 2019