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.
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.
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.