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Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global Ocula Conversation Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global

French gallerist Almine Rech-Picasso opened her first space in Asia on Shanghai's historic Bund in July this year, bringing her eponymous gallery's total locations to five. The Shanghai gallery occupies roughly 4,000 square feet on the second floor of the three-storey Amber Building, a beautiful warehouse space, originally occupied by the Central...

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From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut Ocula Report From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut 8 Nov 2019 : Nat Muller for Ocula

There's an inside joke amongst the team of Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts: that every time an edition of its biennial forum on cultural practices is planned, a national crisis happens. The eighth edition of Home Works was no different: it opened on 17 October amidst the most devastating wildfires that Lebanon had witnessed...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Karen Kilimnik

b. 1955, USA

Karen Kilimnik draws parallel references between historic works from the 16th century and contemporary consumer culture. She unearths romantic traditions, creating imaginative paintings, drawings, photographs and installations that span interests as diverse as animals, childhood, ballet, fashion, witchcraft, famous films, literature, landscape and dreams.

Kilimnik is known to be a recluse. Instead of manoeuvring the social pressures that come with life in a large city, she chooses to remain in her hometown of Philadelphia, where she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1984 at Temple University.

While Kilimnik works across a variety of media, her style does not remain singular. Through photography she is known to explore the natural world, focusing on landscapes and animals. Her traditional oil paintings, on the other hand, reflect her interest in the past. These paintings are often assemblages of loose brushstrokes and feature uncanny portraits of iconic figures, cut out from a scene in a film or appropriated from a famous painting. 

Kilimnik is also known to produce oil landscape paintings or set-ups of architectural interiors such as Leonardo Da Vinci's Living Room, Amboise 1500 (2014). A mise-en-scène approach is used in her assemblage sculpture as well, where she brings seemingly random items from popular culture together in one space. These installations often mimic stately homes or palatial architecture. Part of the 1990s ‘scatter movement’, the pieces of detritus included in these installations—photocopies, pieces of fabric, drawings, furniture and mirrors—brought Kilimnik fame in the 1980s and 1990s.  

Kilimnik's work is known for its whimsical approach. However, this approach is mixed with sharp and relevant themes including feminism, psychology and identity. Blurring glamour and kitsch, and bordering on the unsettling, Kilimnik’s works have been the subject of numerous solo shows in countries such as France and Ireland, and cities such as Philadelphia, Zurich, London and New York. 

Biography by Jessica Douglas | Ocula | 2017
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Featured Artworks

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cows in the english mist by Karen Kilimnik contemporary artwork
Karen Kilimnikcows in the english mist, 1984/2004 C-print
25.4 x 38.1 cm
303 Gallery
cows in england by Karen Kilimnik contemporary artwork
Karen Kilimnikcows in england, 1984/2004 C-print
25.4 x 38.1 cm
303 Gallery
the automaton’s pavilion by Karen Kilimnik contemporary artwork
Karen Kilimnikthe automaton’s pavilion, 2004 Laser copy and archival glue
32.7 x 27.9 cm
303 Gallery
the crack of lightning by Karen Kilimnik contemporary artwork
Karen Kilimnikthe crack of lightning, 2007 Water soluble oil colour on canvas
45.7 x 35.6 cm
303 Gallery
the witches' familiars in the woods by Karen Kilimnik contemporary artwork
Karen Kilimnikthe witches' familiars in the woods, 2010 Water soluble oil colour on canvas
35.6 x 45.7 cm
303 Gallery
spider web fairies by Karen Kilimnik contemporary artwork
Karen Kilimnikspider web fairies, 2013 Xerox
20.3 x 27.9 cm
303 Gallery
the laughing sprites (the Four Zephyrs) by Karen Kilimnik contemporary artwork
Karen Kilimnikthe laughing sprites (the Four Zephyrs), 2013 Laser print with acrylic paint
21 x 29.8 cm
303 Gallery

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Karen Kilimnik, Karen Kilimnik at 303 Gallery, New York
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1 November–20 December 2019 Karen Kilimnik Karen Kilimnik 303 Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Karen Kilimnik, Karen Kilimnik at Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles
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12 September–26 October 2019 Karen Kilimnik Karen Kilimnik Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, 303 Gallery: 35 Years at 303 Gallery, New York
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18 July–16 August 2019 Group Exhibition 303 Gallery: 35 Years 303 Gallery, New York

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In The Poetics of Space, first translated into English in 1964, Gaston Bachelard wrote: 'a house that has been experienced is not an inert box. Inhabited space transcends geometrical space.' This seminal phenomenological study investigates the significance of intimate spaces which govern our dreams and emotions. Bachelard scrutinises the rooms...

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The two Frieze fairs in London: One for billionaires, one for up-and-coming art Related Press The two Frieze fairs in London: One for billionaires, one for up-and-coming art Whitewall Magazine : 10 October 2016

In same the week as the two Frieze fairs are taking place, no fewer than three separate French galleries launch in London. Almine Rech, who already owns galleries in Paris, Brussels and London, has opened her second, large space (500 square-meters) in the British capital. “Collectors here are more active than in Paris,” she commented....

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Unmissable highlights at Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2016 Related Press Unmissable highlights at Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2016 The Telegraph : 8 October 2016

It may be devoted to the very latest in contemporary art, but there’s also more than a whiff of nostalgia at this year’s Frieze London which breaks new ground by devoting an entire section to the Nineties – a time which still seems really quite recent to some of us. Channelling the  collegiate spirit of an era when artists,...

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Frieze's Abby Bangser on the 2016 edition of the London fairs Related Press Frieze's Abby Bangser on the 2016 edition of the London fairs Whitewall : 6 October 2016

Joining Frieze in January 2015 as the Artistic Director for the Americas and Asia, Abby Bangser has brought over 10 years of experience in the art industry (at institutions like the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California) to assist in the global success of the fairs, particularly with...

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