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Available online or by appointment: the best new commercial exhibitions to check out during lockdown

The Art Newspaper

April 1, 2020

William N. Copley: The New York Years

Kasmin, online (until 22 April)

Orphaned as an infant, William N. Copley was adopted when he was two by the wealthy Chicago newspaper magnate Ira Copley and his wife Edith—and the toddler became the heir to their fortune. Thus, twists of fate are an enduring theme in his proto-Pop paintings. This show explores the surrealist influences and sexual politics in the artist’s work from the 1960s to 1980s, when he lived in New York. Although the Manhattan gallery is closed due to coronavirus-related shutdowns in New York, Kasmin is offering artist-led Instagram tours and virtual viewings.

Call to action: Lee Krasner was a great painter, not just Jackson Pollock’s wife

The Washington Post

April 1, 2020

She painted “Celebration” in 1960, four years after Pollock’s death. She had moved into his old studio in East Hampton, N.Y., and suddenly had more space. She started painting pink, rounded forms on this canvas, only to abandon her efforts and return to it in a later campaign. Along with black and white, there are three distinct colors. Green. A rusty pink. And maroon. But the sense of teeming action and multiplying incident keeps your eye roving across the entire canvas.

Sex and the city – William N. Copley in New York

Apollo Magazine

March 31, 2020

While it’s easy to understand Copley (whose artist signature was styled CPLY) as treating Surrealist themes with a Pop art aesthetic, the artist developed an eccentric sensibility all his own. Nowhere is this more evident than in his treatment of sex. In the X-rated series (1972–75), for example, which took erotic scenes cribbed from dirty magazines purchased in Times Square, Copley blows up his subject material in bright colours – but also, somehow, makes it fun. The joy and lack of judgement in these scenes of entwined bodies makes them sexual, but avoids lechery. Even though the eye-popping outlining and foreshortened space can feel almost cartoonish, these depictions are as awkwardly charming as the real thing can be.

11 Acclaimed Artists Offer Strategies for Getting the Most Out of Working From Home, Whether From Your Studio or Bedroom Office

artnet

March 30, 2020

Use this time to read, to think, to concentrate on important things like family, and the process of creation. These are times to reorganize yourself. You don’t need a big space, you don’t need a big studio or gallery. Do your work: create your art.

—Bosco Sodi

Paul Kasmin (1960–2020)

Artforum

March 27, 2020

I knew Paul Kasmin all his life. When Paul was a small baby, his father used to have a Tuesday evening soirée, where I met a lot of people, David Sylvester and Francis Bacon among them. And then, in the late ’60s, we used to go to a chateau in the Dordogne at Carennac, which Kas rented every summer. Paul was then seven or eight years old. I always loved him. He used to come and see me in London, then Paris, and then many times in California. From his father he inherited a fabulous eye—the gallery he opened in New York proved it. It was flawless. I last saw him here in Normandy, where his mother has a charming house near Dieppe. The shows he put on in New York were some of the best. He will be very missed.

Here Are 13 of Our Favorite Gallery Shows From Coast to Coast That You Can Visit Virtually

artnet

March 26, 2020

“William N. Copley: The New York Years” at Kasmin, New York

Price: Free
Time: All day, every day

‘A Master at Dealing with Artists’: Walton Ford, Jamie Nares, and Vincent Fremont Remember Paul Kasmin

ARTnews

March 26, 2020

Walton Ford: Paul and I met in 1996. My then wife and I had just left New York City with our toddler daughter after a 14-year roller-coaster ride to rent a small cottage in the meadows of Hillsdale, New York. I had no gallery representation, and was living on credit cards, carpentry, illustration work, and the occasional sale of a painting. I was 36 years old, and beginning to feel as if there was not so much as a narrow ledge in the art world for me to cling to. One morning the phone rang. “Hello. Paul Kasmin. I’ve been hearing a bit about you and thought I had better ring you up.”

A Writer Remembers Late New York Dealer Paul Kasmin, ‘Our Own Inimitable Prince’

ARTnews

March 26, 2020

Paul Kasmin, who died earlier this week after two years battling cancer, may have been famous as a highly successful Manhattan gallerist but he was also a longtime professional photographer, world traveler, gourmet, collector and connoisseur, voracious reader and bibliophile, a man of lightly-worn erudition and firmly dictated good taste; as such he might be compared not only to a fellow dealer such as Larry Gagosian but also to the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Paddy Leigh Fermor or even Cecil Beaton.

Paul Kasmin, Pioneering Gallerist and Champion of Chelsea Art Scene, Dies at 60

AD Pro

March 24, 2020

Kasmin was a staunch supporter of his artists and possessed a keen eye for talent. A British import, he was a sharp dresser, oenophile, and a consummate conversationalist. “Paul was about beauty and deliciousness of all kinds and stripes,” Louis Bofferding, an Upper East Side decorative and fine art dealer as well as an AD contributor, comments to AD PRO. “He was besotted equally by Titian and Twombly, cordon bleu and curry. His artists were immensely talented, but it didn’t hurt if they, like his friends, were bohemian, erudite, racy, and a bit grand—all qualities he possessed himself, to one degree or another.”

Paul Kasmin (1960–2020)

Artforum

March 23, 2020

Born in London in 1960, Kasmin’s passion for art was sparked by one of his biggest influences, his father John Kasmin, a leading London dealer and collector who “discovered” David Hockney in the 1960s and helped launch his career. Like Hockney, Kasmin was drawn to America, in his case New York, where he would become a staple of the arts scene after he visited the city with John Kasmin at ten years old. Like his father, Paul Kasmin also bolstered under-recognized artists.

New York gallerist Paul Kasmin, who helped build the Chelsea gallery scene, has died, aged 60

The Art Newspaper

March 23, 2020

Kasmin’s roster famously melded historically pivotal artists such as Constanin Brancusi, Max Ernst, Stuart Davis, Lee Krasner and Robert Motherwell with those of a different generation, including Walton Ford, Bosco Sodi, James Nares, Bernar Venet, Judith Bernstein and others, whose careers were fostered and solidified by Kasmin. He also organised the first US show of the husband-and-wife art and design team Les Lalanne, whose playful, zoomorphic work Kasmin described as among his favorites and whose US market he largely forged. “It's a coincidence that two of my favorite artists, Walton Ford and the Lalannes, are known for animals,” he told WSJ. “I love animals, but I was drawn to these artists for different reasons.”

Prominent New York Gallerist Paul Kasmin, Who Helped Elevate Chelsea Into an Art Hub, Has Died at Age 60

artnet

March 23, 2020

In the 30 years since founding the gallery in Soho in 1989, Kasmin developed a program that managed to toe the line between brainy and lighthearted by placing historic postwar artists like Lee Krasner, Robert Motherwell, and Stuart Davis in dialogue with established and emerging contemporary figures. The gallery has fostered the careers of artists including Tina Barney, Walton Ford, James Nares, Mark Ryden, Bosco Sodi, and Bernar Venet. Kasmin also organized the first US show of the now-coveted work of husband-and-wife design duo Les Lalanne.

8 Art World Luminaries Share How They’re Staying Creative at Home

Galerie Magazine

March 23, 2020

Since starting to work remotely with his studio team, London-based artist Ian Davenport has launched a series of Instagram posts called fantasy projects, sharing ambitious artworks on iconic buildings and architectural sites for his over 50,000 followers. “If we can’t actually do them, at least we can dream!” Davenport tells Galerie. “As we try to recalibrate our lives, I want to keep my team motivated and engaged.”

Women’s Art Is Every Kind of Art

The New York Times

March 12, 2020

The “Women of Action” gallery attempts to fill in some of those omissions, featuring “Sunspots,” a 1963 painting by Lee Krasner, who was married to Pollock. Krasner painted the canvas with a broken arm — serving as proof of her artistic obsession, according to Ms. Gadsden — resulting in the small, thick yellow and brown dabs that distinguish the piece from the typically longer brush strokes that came to define Krasner’s style. When she wasn’t painting, Krasner promoted her husband’s career and didn’t receive recognition for her own work until after Pollock’s death in 1956, when she was in her 50s.

In the Face of Sanctions, Supporting Artists in Iran is Difficult. One Ambitious Collector Is Trying to Change That

artnet

March 12, 2020

The exhibition brings together the work of more than 22 Iranian-born artists across three generations, from established names like Shirazeh Houshiary, Shirin Neshat, and Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, to younger figures like Mahmoud Bakhshi and Ali Banisadr.

It’s underwritten by Afkhami’s foundation, which oversees his personal collection of 600-some works—roughly 450 of which are Iranian—and aims to spread Iranian art at a time when local artists themselves don’t have the means to do so.

More News This Week

Architectural Digest

March 6, 2020

Open this week, Kasmin’s latest show, “Valley of Gold: Southern California and the Phantasmagoric,” examines Southern California art through the lens of European surrealists and more. Aesthetes will note the depictions of Hollywood interiors by Man Ray, who photographed cavernous yet eerie residences, and ceramics by Beatrice Wood, an avant-garde potter who was close with Marcel Duchamp. The exhibition also includes works by John Baldassari, Ed Ruscha, Marjorie Cameron, and other greats, and is on view until April 11.

The Armory Show Booths Built to Stand Out on Instagram

Observer

March 5, 2020

One booth presenting a stunning blend of work and aesthetics this year is Kasmin Gallery (Booth 700).

The Armory Show VIP Preview Opens To Strong Sales, Resilient Collectors

Forbes

March 5, 2020

Kasmin was showing a mix of modern and contemporary pieces. "We are mimicking a collector's room, and we've integrated works from both the 20th and 21st centuries: a beautiful Stuart Davis, a Lalanne mirror, a unique David Wiseman bronze chandelier that has been electrified," continued Gleason.

Highlights from The Armory Show 2020

For its presentation this year, Kasmin eschewed the traditional booth treatment in favor of inviting fairgoers into a curated living room of sorts, displaying works from across its modern and contemporary programs. Jasper Morrison’s cork fireplace, shelves, table, and chairs serve as the backdrop for a wide range of works placed around the room, from Max Ernst’s bronze sculptures and William Copley’s ink on paper drawings, to a photograph of Patti Smith by Robert Mapplethorpe and a dreamy oil painting of Union Square by Jane Freilicher.

10 Highlights from The Armory Show

Interior Design

March 9, 2020

Home is revived in a literal sense at Kasmin Gallery’s booth, where numerous artists, including Bernar Venet, Naama Tsabar, Bosco Sodi and Robert Mapplethorpe, are juxtaposed in a living room setting, finished with decorative accents and furnishings, particularly in wood. Small-scale works of photography, painting, and drawing orchestrate a domestic display, drawing unforeseeable parallels between the artists from disparate careers.

Donald Kuspit on Keith Sonnier

Artforum

March, 1, 2020

Red, yellow, and blue neon tubes were illuminated. Wires hung loosely and were expressively slack. A flat black plane, rectangular or square, was often thrown into the mix. Everything was finessed into the gallery’s smooth, white walls like a bas relief. The works’ finitude and self-containment were exacting, perfect: Such is the formula for Keith Sonnier’s technological constructions, which were arranged like altarpieces within Kasmin’s West Twenty-Seventh Street space in Manhattan’s Chelsea. The compositions have a peculiarly sacramental character, all the more so because their radiant colors cast an auratic spell. Sonnier created a church of pure art—inside of which audiences paid fealty to its hypnotic concoctions.

Loplop Persists: Max Ernst’s Collages Reviewed by Elina Alter

BOMB

February 26, 2020

As with most of the images he used in his collages, Ernst found this “Amazon” in books that reproduced nineteenth-century engravings. In the process of scrambling these stories, Ernst revealed their unintentional humor (riding a lion) and absurd piety (the monk is patting a plant) while assembling them into images that can’t be used to tell a coherent story.

Who’s in and Who’s Out at Art Basel? See the Exhibitor List for the Swiss Fair’s 50th Anniversary Edition

artnet

February 26, 2020

The 288 galleries at this year’s edition hail from 35 countries and territories, numbers that are in keeping with previous iterations of the fair. Several notable names are making the trip to the Swiss fair for the first time, including Kasmin, which will show early charcoal drawings from Lee Krasner. 

Here’s the 2020 Exhibitor List for the World’s Biggest Art Fair, Art Basel

ARTnews

February 26, 2020

Of the fair’s four main sections, Feature and Statements present booths that are curated primarily around solo presentations of artists. Among the highlights of in Feature are presentations of sculptures by Mary Beth Edelson at New York’s David Lewis, charcoal drawings by Lee Krasner at New York’s Kasmin, and rarely seen pieces from the 1960s by Peter Saul at New York’s Venus Over Manhattan.

Art Basel announces exhibitors for its 50th anniversary edition this June

The Art Newspaper

February 26, 2020

Lee Krasner's formative charcoal drawings presented by Kasmin follow on the heels of the artist's European retrospective, which started at London's Barbican and this year travels to the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland, and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.

Alma Allen

Brooklyn Rail

February 15, 2020

The fluid, organic nature of Allen’s work argues for a sense of sculpture that is biomorphic and process-oriented. His sculptures are hardly urban, belonging instead to woods and fields and ponds—this despite the monumental tenor of the work on hand. Kasmin’s show, installed in a high-ceilinged gallery space in Chelsea, argues for a distinct perception of form. No work is very much like another, but the organicism of the overall project ties the discrete sculptures together in ways that generate meaning, in terms both of the individual works and also the overall gestalt resulting from their placement.

The Six Best-Designed Items of the Month

Wall Street Journal

February 13, 2020

A show of William N. Copley paintings opening March 11 at New York’s Kasmin gallery explores the surrealist influences and sexual politics in the artist’s work from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. Once beloved by Duchamp and Lichtenstein, he’s now adored by Beyoncé.

The Collages of Max Ernst

The Paris Review

February 6, 2020

Few bodies of work represent the splintering of the twentieth-century Western psyche like the collages of Max Ernst. Striking and playful, the German surrealist’s clipped-together creations, produced throughout his life, attest to a roving eye for materials and a deep curiosity about harmony and dissonance. The art historian Werner Spies has said that “collage is the thread that runs through all of his works; it is the foundation on which his lifework is built.” A new exhibition of Ernst’s collages (on view at Paul Kasmin’s 297 Tenth Avenue location through February 29, 2020) presents approximately forty of them, some of which are being displayed for the first time.

Max Ernst "Collages"

Brooklyn Rail

February 2020

Well, the most wonderful things about this most wonderful exhibition—and goodness knows, we have all seen many exhibitions of this Dada/Surrealist/genius guy—are the “Lettrines". These are the illuminations of various letters, many D’s, some A’s, and some M’s. So many responses are elicited from the observers we are, going up close to the amazing small images whose impact and whose intricacies are enormous. Where to start to say anything? Perhaps with the repetitious details, for to me, this all felt like poetry, in its rhythms, its small figures, and its large resonance.

Artist Alma Allen’s Story Is Wilder Than Fiction. Here’s How He Went From Whittling Sticks in the Utah Desert to a Splashy Solo Show in Chelsea

artnet

January 31, 2020

Allen grew up in a landscape dotted with canyons, mines, and petroglyphs, which he describes as “the first things [he] understood as art.” He began creating small objects—carved stones or bits of wood—to leave behind in the hopes of communicating with the indigenous people he imagined might still be lingering nearby.

Raised in a Mormon family without television and with few outside influences, Allen spent a lot of time alone in nature, and it was against that backdrop that he forged an enduring relationship with the types of materials he still uses today: marble, wood burl, stone.

Saturday Selects: Week of January 27, 2020

Sight Unseen

February 1, 2020

Alma Allen’s new exhibition at Kasmin Gallery showcases the artist flexing his resplendent imagination in bronze, wood and stone at scales only achievable with the employ of a custom-built robotic arm. (Injuries sustained early on in his career necessitated getting crafty, in the highest-tech way possible.) The pieces, situated as in a spartan sculpture garden, look at first glance like elegantly oversized Pokemon. I’d glibly suggest you catch them all, but you’d probably have to take the gallery, too — where else could you store such a collection? Where else would you want to?

Alma Allen reaches great new heights in New York exhibition

Wallpaper*

January 26, 2020

Comprising 12 large-scale sculptures, including a bronze that measures five metres at its highest point, the new pieces create a unique dialogue with the architecture of the gallery. Ranging from bronze sculptures displaying an unnerving malleability to the use of unexpected stones such as peach onyx, obsidian and green cantera, Allen’s works are psychologically charged, yet effortlessly expressive and reflect the artist’s inherent curiosity about the life of objects.

Of his work, Allen reflects, "I’m interested in describing a moment or an instant, not necessarily an archetypal thing. I like to capture things in-between that are still progressing beyond the moment I make them. I’m interested in that split second. They are a moment in the life of something rather than a symbol for something, they are more a symbol for an idea or feeling."

10 Standout Dealers at FOG Design + Art

Architectural Digest

January 17, 2020

What appeared to be a patinated and rather charming cabbage with chicken legs sitting high on a pedestal was, in fact, Choupatte—a 2014 bronze sculpture by Claude Lalanne, from an edition of eight, and in a manageable size somewhere between grand and petit.

The Idiosyncratic Work of Sculptor Alma Allen

WSJ Magazine

January 15, 2020

Surfaces are highly expressive and specific for Allen, a result of the intuitive conversation he holds with each material. Forms may yield outcrops that suggest beaks, tentacles, nipples, stems, tails, though his references are never so explicit. Regardless of its final form, a piece always starts small, as a lump of soft clay or wax the size of a walnut.

“I like making new things every day,” he says. “When I was working by hand, I would often have a hundred pieces going at a time. I still do that, but I don’t produce all of them. And I don’t make drawings. Whenever I have a plan, I end up changing it. Maybe that’s why I have always loved working small.”

New York-Based Artist Ali Banisadr Presents the Beauty in Chaos

Harper's Bazaar Arabia

January 14, 2020

For American-Iranian painter Ali Banisadr, creating art is beyond a pure hobby or a choice, it’s a necessity. Growing up amidst the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq war during a time of upheaval, art became not only a coping mechanism, but a way to understand the world around him and organise his thoughts. “At a young age, the only way I could process that chaos was in a visual manner,” Banisadr says. “That same habit continued throughout my life. There are so many abstract thoughts that for me, can only be expressed visually."

Bernar Venet Frames Belgian Motorway in Monumental Corten Steel l’Arc Majeur

designboom

January 12, 2020

Exhibiting art as a challenge to technology, renowned sculptor Bernar Venet inaugurates his monumental work entitled ‘l’arc majeur.’ along a highway in Belgium. The installation of l’arc majeur began in <arch of 2019 along the E411 motorway, bordering the Belgian provinces of Namur and Luxembourg. the artist had initially conceived the corten steel project over 35 years ago in 1984 — intending for it to be sited along a highway in France — during a time when art was just emancipating itself from the museum space and asserting its presence in the public space to be enjoyed by one and all.

Why 2020 promises a revolution for women in art

The Financial Times

January 3, 2020

What a year it was for women artists — unprecedented, glorious, diverse. In New York, the Kenyan-American Wangechi Mutu’s towering caryatids currently front the Metropolitan Museum. In Shanghai, the Colombian Doris Salcedo won the inaugural $1m Nomura Art Award, the world’s largest art prize. In London no show compared, for memories of colour punching the eye, with the magentas, spring greens and shooting blues of Lee Krasner’s abstract paintings at the Barbican: a joyous revelation. Dora Maar’s photomontages and Nan Goldin’s photo diary “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency” at Tate Modern, Cindy Sherman’s identity puzzles at the National Portrait Gallery, celebrate women as indomitable pioneers in photography. 

Peter Marino-designed Raleigh Gardens host immersive Les Lalanne's sculpture exhibit in Miami

designboom

December 23, 2019

Honoring the hotel’s epic past as an icon of culture and style, Les Lalanne at the Raleigh Gardens is a colossal public art exhibition featuring more than 40 sculptures.

The exhibition hosting Les Lalanne’s amusing creations includes anthropomorphized creatures that have been installed throughout the luxuriant gardens. It features famous works like Porte du jardin (1992) framing the entrance to the garden; The Choupatte, très grand (2008), a fantastical anthropomorphized cabbage with bird’s feet; and culminates with the imposing masterpiece, the large scale gorilla – Singe avisé très grand (2010).

Art Review: Edith Halpert and American Modernism

National Review

December 14, 2019

Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art is now at the Jewish Museum. If there’s a show to see in New York, it’s this one. It’s beautifully done, as are all the Jewish Museum’s shows, with great art and a majestic personality at its center. Halpert (1900–1970) was self-made, tough, kind, focused on the next buck, a charming woman with a canny sense for under-the-radar art. She took trompe l’oeil gun paintings, old weather vanes, American cubism, and Georgia O’Keeffe and made an American whole. As a young woman, at the start of the Depression, she opened the cutting-edge Downtown Gallery, which represented Stuart Davis, Charles Sheeler, and Jacob Lawrence through thick and thin.

Finally out of the shadows: the biggest exhibition trend in 2019

The Art Newspaper

December 13, 2019

One of the best painting exhibitions of the year was Lee Krasner: Living Colour at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, the artist’s first major exhibition in Europe since 1965, which would have surely left many visitors wondering why there had not been one sooner. Krasner is nowhere near as well-known as her husband, Jackson Pollock, the poster child of Abstract Expressionism, and although her show garnered near universal five-star reviews, most critics could not help but pepper their copy with “Pollocks”. Krasner was once told her work was “so good you would not know it was painted by a woman”. Hopefully this travelling exhibition—now at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (until 12 January 2020) and then the Zentrum Paul Klee Bern followed by the Guggenheim Bilbao—will lead to people thinking her work is so good you would never have known she was married to a famous artist.

All About Armory

Vogue

March 5, 2020

The following evening, guests gathered at the piers off 50th Street to see and shop some art. The VIP preview (which was populated by galleries like Gagosian, Kasmin, and Axel Vervoordt) ended promptly at 8 p.m., which was also the start time of the fair’s after-party, hosted at the nearby Museum of Modern Art.

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