Together with Galerie Eva Presenhuber, we are delighted to announce a joint presentation of works by Karen Kilimnik at Frieze New York. Spanning works on canvas and pastel drawings over 35 years, this showcase marks Kilimnik’s exclusive representation by Galerie Eva Presenhuber and Sprüth Magers.

 

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Karen Kilimnik
the fairie Queens Sheep in the woods, 2012
Water soluble oil color on canvas
76 × 61 × 2 cm
30 × 24 × 3/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the fairie Queens Sheep in the woods, 2012
Water soluble oil color on canvas
76 × 61 × 2 cm
30 × 24 × 3/4 inches

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Karen Kilimnik
the forrest of the elves, 2013

Karen Kilimnik
the forrest of the elves, 2013
Water soluble oil color on canvas
51 × 61 cm
20 × 24 inches

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Karen Kilimnik
the jungle planet in winter, 2016
Water soluble oil color on canvas
40.5 × 51 cm
16 × 20 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the jungle planet in winter, 2016
Water soluble oil color on canvas
40.5 × 51 cm
16 × 20 inches

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Works by Karen Kilimnik draw viewers into a world of grandeur, humor and fantasy. Our joint booth at Frieze NY captures these facets of her longstanding practice. Kilimnik’s small-scale paintings and drawings are suffused with her own imaginative ideas and illustrate the important interplay of scale, format and genre that runs throughout her work. Scenes of pastoral landscapes, elven forests, castle exteriors, figures and horses give the viewer a direct encounter with the unguarded verve of Kilimnik’s wit and her interest in history, always balanced by her assured sense of color and form. These painterly surfaces and atmospheric effects transport us to other eras and places, in which the imaginative intrudes into history, and the present merges with the past.

 

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Karen Kilimnik
The bluebird forest, 2017
Water soluble oil color on canvas
20.5 × 30.5 cm
8 × 12 inches

Karen Kilimnik
The bluebird forest, 2017
Water soluble oil color on canvas
20.5 × 30.5 cm
8 × 12 inches

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Karen Kilimnik
the organic very pretty farm in england, 2010
Oil on canvas
20.5 × 26 cm
8 × 10 1/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the organic very pretty farm in england, 2010
Oil on canvas
20.5 × 26 cm
8 × 10 1/8 inches

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Karen Kilimnik
the elven Queen – Esmeralda (part of Bewitched family), 1986
Pastel on paper
61 × 45.5 cm
24 × 18 inches
63.5 × 79 × 3 cm (framed)
25 × 31 1/8 × 1 1/8 inches (framed)

Karen Kilimnik
the elven Queen – Esmeralda (part of Bewitched family), 1986
Pastel on paper
61 × 45.5 cm
24 × 18 inches
63.5 × 79 × 3 cm (framed)
25 × 31 1/8 × 1 1/8 inches (framed)

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Karen Kilimnik
the imagined folly library, 2013
Water soluble oil color on canvas
40.5 × 51 cm
16 × 20 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the imagined folly library, 2013
Water soluble oil color on canvas
40.5 × 51 cm
16 × 20 inches

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Karen Kilimnik
Leonardo Da Vinci’s living room, Amboise 1500, 2014
Water soluble oil color on canvas
36 × 45.5 cm
14 1/4 × 18 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Leonardo Da Vinci’s living room, Amboise 1500, 2014
Water soluble oil color on canvas
36 × 45.5 cm
14 1/4 × 18 inches

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Karen Kilimnik
My Sister and Me – by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1986
Pastel on paper
65 cm × 49.5 cm
25 1/2 inches × 19 1/2 inches
87.5 × 73 × 5.5 cm (framed)
34 1/2 × 28 3/4 × 2 1/8 inches (framed)

Karen Kilimnik
My Sister and Me – by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1986
Pastel on paper
65 cm × 49.5 cm
25 1/2 inches × 19 1/2 inches
87.5 × 73 × 5.5 cm (framed)
34 1/2 × 28 3/4 × 2 1/8 inches (framed)

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Karen Kilimnik
tiny leaping for joy, 2013
Water soluble oil color on canvas
51.5 × 61.5 cm
20 1/4 × 24 1/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik
tiny leaping for joy, 2013
Water soluble oil color on canvas
51.5 × 61.5 cm
20 1/4 × 24 1/8 inches

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Karen Kilimnik
the white horse and castle, 1984
Pastel on paper
28 × 21.5 cm
11 × 8 1/2 inches
39 × 45 × 3 cm (framed)
15 3/8 × 17 3/4 × 1 1/8 inches (framed)

Karen Kilimnik
the white horse and castle, 1984
Pastel on paper
28 × 21.5 cm
11 × 8 1/2 inches
39 × 45 × 3 cm (framed)
15 3/8 × 17 3/4 × 1 1/8 inches (framed)

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Karen Kilimnik
Turf, 1986
Crayon on paper
58.5 × 73.5 cm
23 × 28 7/8 inches
83 × 98 × 4 cm (framed)
32 5/8 × 38 5/8 × 1 5/8 inches (framed)

Karen Kilimnik
Turf, 1986
Crayon on paper
58.5 × 73.5 cm
23 × 28 7/8 inches
83 × 98 × 4 cm (framed)
32 5/8 × 38 5/8 × 1 5/8 inches (framed)

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Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
Shadow, 2013
Water soluble oil color on canvas
51.5 × 61 cm
20 1/4 × 24 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Shadow, 2013
Water soluble oil color on canvas
51.5 × 61 cm
20 1/4 × 24 inches

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Karen Kilimnik
thank you, this table is just right, we like the chair too but where’s our afternoon tea?! the egerton house hotel lobby in persia, 2017

Karen Kilimnik
thank you, this table is just right, we like the chair too but where’s our afternoon tea?! the egerton house hotel lobby in persia, 2017
Print on canvas, stickers
28 × 35.5 × 4 cm
11 × 14 × 1 5/8 inches

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Karen Kilimnik
view of park with drapery, tassel + marble column maybe Dobson, 1982
Pastel on paper
56 × 42.5 cm
22 × 16 3/4 inches
73 × 59.5 × 2.5 cm (framed)
28 3/4 × 23 1/2 × 1 inches (framed)

Karen Kilimnik
view of park with drapery, tassel + marble column maybe Dobson, 1982
Pastel on paper
56 × 42.5 cm
22 × 16 3/4 inches
73 × 59.5 × 2.5 cm (framed)
28 3/4 × 23 1/2 × 1 inches (framed)

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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
89 × 58.5 cm
35 × 23 inches
111 × 80.5 × 3.5 cm (framed)
43 3/4 × 31 3/4 × 1 3/8 inches (framed)

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Karen Kilimnik (*1955, Philadelphia, PA). Major solo exhibitions include Le Consortium, Dijon (2013, 2007), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2013), The Brant Foundation, Greenwich (2012), the Belvedere Museum, Vienna (2010), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (2008), the Serpentine Gallery, London (2007), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (2007), the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2006), the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice (2005), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2002) and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia (1992). Major group exhibitions include the Haus Mödrath, Kerpen (2020), the Carnegie International, 57th Edition in Pittsburgh (2018), the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016, 2008, 1993), the Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2015, 2010), Le Grand Palais, Paris (2013), the Tate Modern, London (2012), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2012), the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and the MOMA PS1, New York (both 2006), the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2005, 2001, 1999), the Institute of Contemporary Art, London (1997), and the Secession, Vienna (1994). In 2011 Kilimnik created a stage setting for the ballet Psyche at the Opéra National de Paris.

 

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Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
the fairie Queens Sheep in the woods, 2012
Water soluble oil color on canvas
76 × 61 × 2 cm
30 × 24 × 3/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the fairie Queens Sheep in the woods, 2012
Water soluble oil color on canvas
76 × 61 × 2 cm
30 × 24 × 3/4 inches

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
the fairie Queens Sheep in the woods, 2012 (detail)

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
the fairie Queens Sheep in the woods, 2012 (scale image)

Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
the forrest of the elves, 2013
Water soluble oil color on canvas
51 × 61 cm
20 × 24 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the forrest of the elves, 2013

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
the forrest of the elves, 2013 (detail)

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
the forrest of the elves, 2013

Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
the jungle planet in winter, 2016
Water soluble oil color on canvas
40.5 × 51 cm
16 × 20 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the jungle planet in winter, 2016
Water soluble oil color on canvas
40.5 × 51 cm
16 × 20 inches

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
the jungle planet in winter, 2016 (detail)

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
the jungle planet in winter, 2016 (scale image)

Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
The bluebird forest, 2017
Water soluble oil color on canvas
20.5 × 30.5 cm
8 × 12 inches

Karen Kilimnik
The bluebird forest, 2017
Water soluble oil color on canvas
20.5 × 30.5 cm
8 × 12 inches

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
The bluebird forest, 2017 (detail)

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
The bluebird forest, 2017 (scale image)

Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
the organic very pretty farm in england, 2010
Oil on canvas
20.5 × 26 cm
8 × 10 1/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the organic very pretty farm in england, 2010
Oil on canvas
20.5 × 26 cm
8 × 10 1/8 inches

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
the organic very pretty farm in england, 2010 (detail)

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
the organic very pretty farm in england, 2010 (scale image)

Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
the elven Queen – Esmeralda (part of Bewitched family), 1986
Pastel on paper
61 × 45.5 cm
24 × 18 inches
63.5 × 79 × 3 cm (framed)
25 × 31 1/8 × 1 1/8 inches (framed)

Karen Kilimnik
the elven Queen – Esmeralda (part of Bewitched family), 1986
Pastel on paper
61 × 45.5 cm
24 × 18 inches
63.5 × 79 × 3 cm (framed)
25 × 31 1/8 × 1 1/8 inches (framed)

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
the elven Queen – Esmeralda (part of Bewitched family), 1986 (detail)

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
the elven Queen – Esmeralda (part of Bewitched family), 1986 (scale image)

Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
the imagined folly library, 2013
Water soluble oil color on canvas
40.5 × 51 cm
16 × 20 inches

Karen Kilimnik
the imagined folly library, 2013
Water soluble oil color on canvas
40.5 × 51 cm
16 × 20 inches

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
the imagined folly library, 2013 (detail)

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
the imagined folly library, 2013 (scale image)

Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
Leonardo Da Vinci’s living room, Amboise 1500, 2014
Water soluble oil color on canvas
36 × 45.5 cm
14 1/4 × 18 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Leonardo Da Vinci’s living room, Amboise 1500, 2014
Water soluble oil color on canvas
36 × 45.5 cm
14 1/4 × 18 inches

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
Leonardo Da Vinci’s living room, Amboise 1500, 2014 (detail)

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
Leonardo Da Vinci’s living room, Amboise 1500, 2014 (scale image)

Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
My Sister and Me – by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1986
Pastel on paper
65 cm × 49.5 cm
25 1/2 inches × 19 1/2 inches
87.5 × 73 × 5.5 cm (framed)
34 1/2 × 28 3/4 × 2 1/8 inches (framed)

Karen Kilimnik
My Sister and Me – by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1986
Pastel on paper
65 cm × 49.5 cm
25 1/2 inches × 19 1/2 inches
87.5 × 73 × 5.5 cm (framed)
34 1/2 × 28 3/4 × 2 1/8 inches (framed)

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
My Sister and Me – by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1986 (detail)

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
My Sister and Me – by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1986 (scale image)

Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
tiny leaping for joy, 2013
Water soluble oil color on canvas
51.5 × 61.5 cm
20 1/4 × 24 1/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik
tiny leaping for joy, 2013
Water soluble oil color on canvas
51.5 × 61.5 cm
20 1/4 × 24 1/8 inches

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
tiny leaping for joy, 2013 (detail)

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
tiny leaping for joy, 2013 (scale image)

Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
the white horse and castle, 1984
Pastel on paper
28 × 21.5 cm
11 × 8 1/2 inches
39 × 45 × 3 cm (framed)
15 3/8 × 17 3/4 × 1 1/8 inches (framed)

Karen Kilimnik
the white horse and castle, 1984
Pastel on paper
28 × 21.5 cm
11 × 8 1/2 inches
39 × 45 × 3 cm (framed)
15 3/8 × 17 3/4 × 1 1/8 inches (framed)

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
the white horse and castle, 1984 (detail)

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
the white horse and castle, 1984 (scale image)

Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
Turf, 1986
Crayon on paper
58.5 × 73.5 cm
23 × 28 7/8 inches
83 × 98 × 4 cm (framed)
32 5/8 × 38 5/8 × 1 5/8 inches (framed)

Karen Kilimnik
Turf, 1986
Crayon on paper
58.5 × 73.5 cm
23 × 28 7/8 inches
83 × 98 × 4 cm (framed)
32 5/8 × 38 5/8 × 1 5/8 inches (framed)

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
Turf, 1986 (detail)

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
Turf, 1986 (scale image)

Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
Shadow, 2013
Water soluble oil color on canvas
51.5 × 61 cm
20 1/4 × 24 inches

Karen Kilimnik
Shadow, 2013
Water soluble oil color on canvas
51.5 × 61 cm
20 1/4 × 24 inches

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
Shadow, 2013

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
Shadow, 2013 (scale image)

Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
thank you, this table is just right, we like the chair too but where’s our afternoon tea?! the egerton house hotel lobby in persia, 2017
Print on canvas, stickers
28 × 35.5 × 4 cm
11 × 14 × 1 5/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik
thank you, this table is just right, we like the chair too but where’s our afternoon tea?! the egerton house hotel lobby in persia, 2017

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
thank you, this table is just right, we like the chair too but where’s our afternoon tea?! the egerton house hotel lobby in persia, 2017 (detail)

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
thank you, this table is just right, we like the chair too but where’s our afternoon tea?! the egerton house hotel lobby in persia, 2017 (detail)

Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
view of park with drapery, tassel + marble column maybe Dobson, 1982
Pastel on paper
56 × 42.5 cm
22 × 16 3/4 inches
73 × 59.5 × 2.5 cm (framed)
28 3/4 × 23 1/2 × 1 inches (framed)

Karen Kilimnik
view of park with drapery, tassel + marble column maybe Dobson, 1982
Pastel on paper
56 × 42.5 cm
22 × 16 3/4 inches
73 × 59.5 × 2.5 cm (framed)
28 3/4 × 23 1/2 × 1 inches (framed)

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
view of park with drapery, tassel + marble column maybe Dobson, 1982 (unframed)

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
view of park with drapery, tassel + marble column maybe Dobson, 1982 (detail)

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
view of park with drapery, tassel + marble column maybe Dobson, 1982 (scale image)

Frieze New York

Karen Kilimnik
the Annunciation Assumption, by Leonardo da Vinci (cheeks like Gainsborough girl with milk jug + pig), 1988
Pastel on paper
89 × 58.5 cm
35 × 23 inches
111 × 80.5 × 3.5 cm (framed)
43 3/4 × 31 3/4 × 1 3/8 inches (framed)

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

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

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

Frieze New York
Frieze New York

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

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