8 May – 22 June, 2013 293 Tenth Avenue, New York Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 6 - 8pm
Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to present ROAD PAINT, a selection of new paintings by James Nares, on view from 8 May – 22 June 2013 at 293 Tenth Avenue in New York. These works continue the artist’s ongoing kinetic investigations—exploring the form, direction, rhythm, and repetition of objects in motion. The result of a completely new technique developed by Nares exclusively for this exhibition, this unique practice seeks to capture movement’s own moment of creation, its own primal genesis.
Recalling the extremely slow frame rate of STREET, Nares slows down the processes of action and creation in his ROAD PAINT series in order to fastidiously record the minute nuances of movement. Isolating the idiosyncratic in the industrial, Nares utilizes a mechanical road striper to run extremely viscous white paint across the black ground of his canvases. Within the fresh strokes, tiny glass beads known as microspheres are deposited, producing an iridescent effect. This highly mechanical but also poetic process creates paintings that inventively echo the organic imagery of his well-known brushstroke paintings, as both uniquely record the passage of the mark-maker through both space and time.
Nares’ film STREET has recently been exhibited at the Wadsworth Atheneum (2012), the Saint Louis Art Museum (2012–2013), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (2013). STREET, is currently on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York alongside more than 60 works selected by Nares from the Metropolitan’s diverse collections, March 5 – May 27, 2013.
James Nares was born in London in 1953 and currently lives and works in New York. In 2008, Anthology Film Archives hosted a complete retrospective of his films and videos. His work is included in a number of public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
8 May - 22 June, 2013 515 West 27th Street, New York Opening Reception: Wednesday 8, May 6-8 PM
Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to present a selection of never before seen works by Simon Hantaï, on view 8 May - 22 June, 2013 at 515 West 27th Street, New York, providing a rare opportunity to experience the work of this significant post-war artist. Hantaï will also be on view in Paul Kasmin Gallery's Frieze New York booth, C10, 10 - 13 May, 2013. Expansive explosions of color and inventive geometry, these works testify to Hantaï’s brilliance as a colorist and mastery of his own signature techniques. Born in 1922 in Bia, Hungary, Simon Hantaï left his native country in 1948 and settled in France, befriending the surrealist community of Andre Breton. He became known for his large, abstract canvasses, distinct from the gestural influences of both American Abstract Expressionism and European Art Informal, Hantaï staked out a unique technique both automatic and expressive. Calling it “pliage,” Hantaï folded and tied un-stretched canvas to produce geometric patterns that guided his application of rich color. Throughout his career, Hantaï devoted himself to developing these techniques, exemplified by such series as the Etudes, Tabulas, and Blancs. They recall the towering cut-outs of Matisse as well as the impressive gesture of Pollock. Alongside the exhibition at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York, and in memoriam of Hantaï’s life and significant contributions to the history of art, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris will present a retrospective of his work from 22 May– 9 September, 2013. The exhibition “will constitute the extraordinary rediscovery of a dazzling artist who is numbered amongst the most important figures of the second half of the 20th century.” From his early explorations in surrealism to his forays into sign, gestural, miniature, and text painting, the exhibition builds toward his singularly unique “folding as method” works of the '60s.
Major surveys of Hantaï’s work have been featured at the Centre Georges Pompidou, 1976 and at the Venice Biennale, 1982, where he represented France. Though significantly respected and exhibited, Hantaï’s work has been shown with relative rarity in America, largely due to his own resistance to embrace the ever-intensifying commerce of the post-war art market. Hantaï’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Musée d’Art Moderne, the Tate Modern, the Vatican Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Hishhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Hantaï died in Paris in September 2008.
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