The Critic's Notebook: On Józef Czapski, Elie Nadelman, A Christmas Carol & more from the world of culture.

The New Criterion

December 3, 2019

Elie Nadelman was one of those moderns who shaped the future by looking to the past. A sculptor who fused the classical and folk traditions, Nadelman dedicated his art to “salvaging the monumental by the miniature,” in the words of his champion Lincoln Kirstein. Now at Kasmin Gallery and curated by Priscilla Vail Caldwell, “Elie Nadelman: Significant Form” gathers together a wide selection of the artist’s figurative work assembled from his estate. “Nadelman’s craft was rooted in continuity he wished to extend,” wrote Kirstein. This show brings that extraordinary craft up to the present day.

Neon Maestro Keith Sonnier Talks Light, Life as New Show Opens in Chelsea: ‘I Sought Out Unusual People’


November 26, 2019

The light-and-glass sculptures on view at Kasmin (through January 11) come from Sonnier’s “Ba-O-Ba” series, which he started early in his career, making pioneering use of neon tubing. They are both new and old: freshly fabricated from drawings that date back more than four decades.

“I had always wanted to do the source of where ‘Ba-O-Ba’ came from,” he said, with vestiges of the twang he acquired growing up in rural Louisiana. 

Sketches Keith Sonnier Made 50 Years Ago Have Been Brought to Life in Neon Sculptures


November 22, 2019

From the placid turquoises of the blue moon to the scorching yellows of the southern sun, colors and their associations with nature still define Sonnier’s sculptures. All are inspired by deeply personal experiences, but retain a particular spot in the history of Post-Minimalist American art, following Pollock’s assertive splashes of paint and Judd’s painfully precise sculptures of reduced forms. On the brink of two such polar movements, Sonnier synthesized Abstract Expressionism’s unpredictable and dramatic conveyance of the artistic hand with Minimalism’ sleek and avant-garde assumption of tomorrow’s materials and forms.

‘Lee Krasner: Living Color’ Review: From Pain to Primacy

The Wall Street Journal

November 9, 2019

‘While the painter’s mark indicates passion,” an artist I know recently said to me, “shape points to pictorial intelligence.” Lee Krasner (1908-1984) possessed an abundance of both. A superbly cool, concise, complete and—most important—compelling exhibition of her work, “Lee Krasner : Living Colour,” is now at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. And it makes the case for Krasner as not only a major Abstract Expressionist, but also an artist whose oeuvre—35 years after her death—argues for the continued vitality of abstract painting in an era of increasingly synthetic and electronic art.

Editors’ Picks: 23 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week


October 8, 2019

French conceptualist artist Bernar Venet, who recently erected Europe’s biggest public sculpture, has brought five of his monumental sculptures. Made from raw bars of steel, each piece is a massive, multi-looped spiral, formed through an incredible show of artistic force.

Art Dealers at Frieze Masters Are Hustling to Make Sales


October 2, 2019

At a time of circumspection, “people are looking for work that’s rare, high quality, and correctly priced,” says Nick Olney of Kasmin.

William N. Copley


October 1, 2019

William N. Copley's "Reclining Nude" graces the cover of this season's Luncheon.

Worldly and welcoming, Luncheon is a style and culture magazine that invites old and new friends of all generations and cultural experiences to share their views, life and work over lunch. From simple jam sandwiches in the park to home-cooked feasts, to hours spent in chic restaurants, the conversation and visual content is inspired by this midday treat created by a top-table of writers, photographers and artists.

Art Market Buyer's Guide: Les Lalanne

The Art Newspaper

October 1, 2019

"The artist couple were celebrated for their works fusing flora and fauna. The Sotheby's sale following the death of Claude could further propel their prices."

Saturday Selects


September 21, 2019

Monica mentioned last week the plethora of good work being shown at EXPO Chicago, which goes through the end of the day tomorrow, and here comes another great piece by living legend neon artist Keith Sonnier for Kasmin.

A future-focused Chicago relies on a new class of collectors

The Art Newspaper

September 27, 2019

New York-based Kasmin, situated at the highly visible booth at the entrance to Expo, brought a wide selection of works from artists spanning their programme available for between $30,000 and $1m. Over the course of the fair, the team sold four works by Robert Indiana, Bosco Sodi, Elliott Puckette, and James Nares (who currently has a retrospective on show an hour away at Milwaukee Art Museum).

This Year's EXPO Art Week Highlights


September 20, 2019

The Peninsula Chicago hotel teamed up with New York gallery Kasmin to host REVERB, an exhibition of the work of James Nares, Iván Navarro and Naama Tsabar. Displayed in the hotel’s public spaces is an exploration of movement, sound and electricity. The neon works, Impenetrable Room by Navarro in particular, draw the viewer deeper in; through the use of mirrors and glass, he creates a rabbit-hole rippling effect that entrances the viewer.

Bernar Venet's "Indeterminate Hypothesis"

artnet China

September 24, 2019

What’s the Craziest Experience You’ve Ever Had at an Art Opening?


September 13, 2019

Howard Lutnick: "Earlier tonight, at Kasmin gallery, I was talking to a friend of mine, Debbie, and she’s chatting with me, and I go, “Debbie, do you want to meet my friend?” She says sure. Then I go, “Debbie, this is Frank Stella.” She was shocked. If you know Frank, he dresses really down. He was wearing a baseball hat and like the crappiest clothes ever. [Looking out into the crowd] He’d be 100 times under-dressed for this group."

“Painters of the East End” Explored How the Beaches of Long Island Influenced Abstract Expressionism

Art in America

September 11, 2019

Although Long Island has been a weekend utopia for New York elites since the late nineteenth century, beach culture boomed on the Island’s South Fork during the postwar period. Lured by open space and dramatic coastal scenery, artists affiliated with the New York School began congregating there in the 1940s and ’50s, forming a close-knit community. These urban artists flocked to the tip of the island alongside urban professionals, transforming what had been farmland into a seaside land of leisure. “Painters of the East End” brought together a selection of paintings and drawings by eleven artists, all of them women, who spent time living and working on Long Island, highlighting the resonances between the landscape and their art.

The New Empire Builders: How Pace and Other Art Dealers Are Reinventing What a Gallery Space Should Do

artnet news

September 10, 2019

The goal for these galleries appears to be to maximize the space available not only to artists, but also to collectors. Paul Kasmin’s latest space on 28th Street includes three private viewing rooms totaling 3,400 square feet, while a mere 460 square feet is set aside for public exhibitions and offices. Viewing rooms “allow us to spend uninterrupted time with collectors and curators in order to discuss a single work in detail,” says Nick Olney, a Kasmin director.

Mega-galleries pick up the pace in the race for space

The Art Newspaper

September 10, 2019

Meanwhile, Kasmin will open another space this fall at 514 West 28th Street, with 3,400 sq. ft of private viewing rooms and office space and 460 sq. ft of public exhibition space. This expansion connects it to its 3,000 sq. ft flagship gallery (and 5,000 sq. ft rooftop sculpture garden) at 509 West 27th Street, which opened last September, "completing our vision for the new, purpose-built space,” its director, Nick Olney, says.

Kasmin Represents Ali Banisadr


September 10, 2019

Born in Iran in 1976, Banisadr is known for his densely populated paintings which draw from his childhood experiences of the Iran-Iraq war. His work is currently featured in the exhibition “Bosch & Banisadr, Ali Banisadr: We Work in Shadows at Gemäldegalerie,” which recently opened at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and has been included in exhibitions ranging from “Love Me/Love Me Not, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbors” (2013) at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, to the Fifty-Fifth Venice Biennale. The New York–based artist will have his first solo exhibition at Kasmin in early 2021.

Kasmin Now Represents Ali Banisadr


September 4, 2019

Painter Ali Banisadr has left Sperone Westwater to join Kasmin, with a solo exhibition scheduled for the enterprise in New York’s Chelsea gallery district in the winter of 2021. Banisadr’s gestural and frenetic paintings are often abstractions of experiences during his childhood in Tehran while witnessing the Iran-Iraq war. His work has been seen at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Centre Pompidou, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.

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