Sean Kelly Gallery

Sean Kelly Gallery A Contemporary Art Gallery in New York City
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The Gallery, founded by British-born Sean Kelly in 1991, operated privately in SoHo until 1995. During these formative years, it established a reputation for diverse, intellectually driven, unconventional exhibitions. The original list of artists represented included Marina Abramović, Joseph Kosuth and Julião Sarmento, who exemplify the Gallery's commitment to exhibiting important, challenging contemporary art. In 1995, the Gallery relocated to 43 Mercer Street, where it continued to enhance its reputation by taking on representation of such significant international artists as James Casebere and Callum Innes. In 2001, Sean Kelly Gallery moved into a converted 7,000 square-foot industrial space on 29th Street in the Chelsea gallery district. The move to the new, spacious Chelsea location enabled the Gallery to mount increasingly ambitious, museum-quality exhibitions to great critical acclaim. The Gallery's roster of artists also expanded to include such notable figures as Los Carpinteros, Iran do Espírito Santo, Leandro Erlich, Antony Gormley, Laurent Grasso, Johan Grimonprez, Rebecca Horn, Tehching Hsieh, Idris Khan, the estate of Robert Mapplethorpe, Anthony McCall, Alec Soth, Frank Thiel, and Kehinde Wiley. The Gallery also began representing the estate of the renowned Danish furniture designer Poul Kjærholm. In October 2012, Sean Kelly opened a new 22,000 square foot space at 475 Tenth Avenue in a historic 1914 building. Award-winning architect Toshiko Mori designed the two-story gallery, which opened with a series of events culminating in its inaugural exhibition with Antony Gormley. Toshiko Mori was awarded the AIA Design Award in Interiors for her unique architectural approach to the Hudson Yards location. Since moving to the new space, Sean Kelly has continued to add internationally renowned artists to its roster, such as David Claerbout, José Dávila, Candida Höfer, Mariko Mori, and Sun Xun. As the Gallery continues to grow, its commitment to excellence and quality remains unchanged. The Gallery's artists have consistently been included in major international exhibitions and recognized with esteemed awards across the globe. Several of the gallery's artists have represented their countries at the Venice Biennale, including Ann Hamilton (American Pavilion, 1999), Joseph Kosuth (Hungarian Pavilion, 1993), Julião Sarmento (Portuguese Pavilion, 1997), and Marina Abramović, who won the prestigious Golden Lyon Award for Sculpture in 1997. In 2008, Abramović was the recipient of the Austrian Decoration of Honour for Science and Art and in 2009, during the 8th Florence Biennale, she was presented with the Lorenzo il Magnifico award for Lifetime Achievement. Japan’s prestigious Praemium Imperiale Prize for Sculpture was awarded to both Antony Gormley (2013) and Rebecca Horn (2010), who, in 2011, was the recipient of the Grande Médaille des Arts Plastiques, Académie d’Architecture de Paris. Most recently, José Dávila was selected as the winner of the 2014 EFG ArtNexus Latin America Art Award and Kehinde Wiley was presented with a 2015 U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts for his outstanding commitment and contributions to the Art in Embassies program and international cultural exchange.

04/03/2020
David Claerbout | Travel | 1996 - 2013 | Full

Today is the first installment of #FilmFridays, April 3, featuring David Claerbout’s hypnotic film Travel, 1996-2013. Available for viewing on our Vimeo page for 24 hours: 12:00am – 11:59pm EST.

https://vimeo.com/402646553/d158f0e72f

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To support this project, Claerbout has created two entirely new drawings related to the film. Tag @SeanKellyNY and #DavidClaerboutTravel to share a pic of your at-home screening. The person who submits the best picture of them screening the film will receive a signed copy of David Claerbout’s catalogue.
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#DavidClaerbout’s oeuvre is characterized by meticulous attention to productiondetails, painstakingly created often over a period of years. The resultant works are immersive environments in which the viewer is invited to engage both philosophically and aesthetically. Describing the genesis of this film, @studiodavidclaerbout noted, “The idea and first preparation for this work began in 1996 when I came across a particular piece of “relaxation music” It was initially composed in the mid 1980s by Eric Breton, whose therapeutic music would take away stress, and ultimately, induce sleep. I considered that making a piece that could make people fall asleep was not a bad thing at all.
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In Travel, a continuous camera movement makes a journey beginning in a park, traveling into a dark European forest, then into an Amazonian jungle, and finally, exiting the forest to reveal a nondescript suburban plain. At this moment of the musical finale, disenchantment and catharsis ‘share the podium’ while the camera is taken up into ascension, making it impossible to conclude a final image.”
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Film Details: David Claerbout, Travel, 1996 - 2013, single-channel video, HD animation, color, stereo sound, 12 minutes edition of 7 with 1 AP and 1 AC, © David Claerbout, Courtesy: the artist and #SeanKellyNY #DigitalProgramming #Travel #WhileAtHome #NYCGalleriesLive

For the first installment of Film Friday's on Friday, April 3, we will feature David Claerbout’s hypnotic film Travel, 1996-2013. It will be available…

Thursday's #InTheArchive is with Joseph Kosuth during what would have been his current exhibition at the gallery. Today ...
04/02/2020

Thursday's #InTheArchive is with Joseph Kosuth during what would have been his current exhibition at the gallery. Today we revisit his monumental exhibition ‘Agnosia, an Illuminated Ontology’ at the gallery, November 7 – December 19, 2015.
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This major installation featured neon works from over five decades of internationally acclaimed Conceptual artist #JosephKosuth's career.
The exhibition included over forty works dating from 1965 to 2015, and simultaneously chronicled Kosuth’s fifty-year investigation into the role of language and meaning in art, and his consistent use of neon.
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The exhibition included historic early works, featuring one of the most important neons Kosuth ever made, ‘Five Fives (to Donald Judd)’ [blue], (1965), alongside works such as his ‘Camus Illuminated’ series (2013). Installed in a response to the gallery’s specific architectural space, ‘Agnosia, an Illuminated Ontology’ utilized areas never before activated for exhibition purposes, creating an all-encompassing and profound experience for the viewer.
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A radical pioneer of conceptual and installation art, Kosuth initiated appropriation strategies, language-based works and the use of neon as a medium – considering it a form of ‘public writing’ without fine art associations – in the 1960s. Kosuth’s ongoing investigations into language and perception, and the appropriated use of literature, philosophy, and psychology have characteristically taken the form of works in series, a format that opens up space for play and reflexivity in multiple directions.
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@josephkosuthstudio #InTheArchivesThursdays #SeanKellyNY #DigitalProgramming #NYCgalleriesLive #throwbackthursday #TBT

Today we are going #InDepth with Jose Dávila and his work Untitled (Femme d'Alger) IV, 2016..#JoseDávila, creates elegan...
04/01/2020

Today we are going #InDepth with Jose Dávila and his work Untitled (Femme d'Alger) IV, 2016.
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#JoseDávila, creates elegant and refined sculptures, installations and photographic works that simultaneously emulate, critique, and pay homage to 20th century avant-garde art and architecture.
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Untitled (Femme d'Alger) IV, 2016 is a large-scale photographic cut-out Dávila created based on Roy Lichtenstein’s painting Femme d'Alger, 1963, which was appropriated from Pablo Picasso’s The Women of Algiers, 1955. That painting had, in turn, had been inspired by Eugène Delacroix's 1834 painting The Women of Algiers in their Apartment. Reminiscent of the Picasso series, which included fifteen oil paintings and several hundred sketches, similarly Davila’s work is one in a series. Davila began with a photographic reproduction of Lichtenstein. His series began with a complete image; in the succeeding works, key pictorial elements of the composition were progressively removed until the final work was reduced to its essential structural elements, creating a seemingly architectural structure out of the reproduction. By cutting and re-presenting the image—transforming a two-dimensional planar image into a three-dimensional object, Davila invites the viewer to pause and consider the importance of both what is no longer present and what remains.
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In an interview with @artsy Dávila recalled his affinity for the inherent seriality in Lichtenstein’s work. “It was an image that had already been interpreted by different artists on top of each other,” he noted. "I wanted to make a twilight zone between a two-dimensional work and a three-dimensional work, between sculpture and representation.” - @josedavila
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Jose Dávila, Untitled (Femme d'Alger) IV, 2016, Archival pigment print, 178 x 155 cm

03/31/2020

Callum Innes #IntheStudio

We are delighted to welcome you to #SeanKellyNY's digital programming on Instagram. Each day's post in this ongoing weekly series will focus on one of our artists, their art and practice, our collective histories, and plans for the future.
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Today we are #IntheStudio with Callum Innes at his studio in Oslo as he works on a new painting.
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To create his Exposed Paintings, layers of paint are laid down on meticulously gessoed canvas and ultimately covered in black. #CallumInnes then uses turpentine to remove layers of paint from sections of the canvas, revealing the luminous color that lies underneath. The process is repeated several times, alternating between application and removal. In the #ExposedPaintings, the residue from this process is left on the canvas's surface directly below the "exposed" section, creating another layer of color altogether.
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"I make a painting and work with the surface, then dissolve it, taking it off with turpentine. In many ways, I am dissolving an image that is in my head… With the paintings, [I] make a black made of many colors…until I dissolve it. Then the colors separate so that color will be revealed." - @innes_callum
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#SeanKellyNY #DigitalProgramming #TuesdaysIntheStudio

Happy Birthday to Wu Chi-Tsung!.#WuChiTsung's Cyano-Collage works explore the relationship between the image, it’s makin...
03/30/2020

Happy Birthday to Wu Chi-Tsung!
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#WuChiTsung's Cyano-Collage works explore the relationship between the image, it’s making, and the viewer’s perception. The Cyano-type process was invented in the 19th century to duplicate engineering drawings. Wu Chi-Tsung employs his own contemporary version of this process, by which he manipulates light sensitive #cyanotype paper to create images that at a glance resemble traditional Chinese landscapes. Connecting Eastern and Western culture and art, Wu Chi-Tsung integrates traditional aesthetics with his own startling contemporary language.
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@wuchitsung, Cyano-Collage 075, 2019, cyanotype photography, Xuan paper, acrylic gel, 30 5/16 x 47 1/4 x 1 3/8 inches, unique

Our weekly staff calls may look a little different, but we’re all still connect. .#SeanKellyNY #SKNY #WFHome
03/26/2020

Our weekly staff calls may look a little different, but we’re all still connect.
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#SeanKellyNY #SKNY #WFHome

For Sam Moyer’s birthday we’re highlighting the recent installation of her outdoor sculpture, Newport Hinge..In all of #...
03/25/2020

For Sam Moyer’s birthday we’re highlighting the recent installation of her outdoor sculpture, Newport Hinge.
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In all of #SamMoyer's works issues of scale and space remain critical, she is particularly interested in the way architecture functions in tandem with her objects to create dynamic visual experiences. Moyer creates compelling hybrids, often working with with repurposed marble, slate, and stone.
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Outdoor installation, #SamMoyer, Newport Hinge, 2019

Today on Sun Xun’s birthday we’re looking back to his Midnight Moment with Times Square Arts in July 2017. .When @tsqart...
03/24/2020

Today on Sun Xun’s birthday we’re looking back to his Midnight Moment with Times Square Arts in July 2017.
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When @tsqarts asked #SunXun what he wanted viewers to take away from their experience of his animated film, Time Spy, he responded: "I want people to take a dream. In truth, you can't go back [in time] but if you go to Times Square, you can. This is what I want."
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A violin with wings flies through a sky filled with spinning moons, while rotating machinery gives way to strange landscapes and pressure valves. These chimerical images come together in @sun_xun’s Time Spy, a 3D animated film created from thousands of individual hand-carved woodcuts. Hundreds of Chinese art students assisted Xun in carving each frame of the film, juxtaposing traditional and analog illustration methods with modern 3D animation across digital screens in a way that turns the antithetical into the elegant. The film employs images of traditional Chinese themes like the five elements (metal, wood, water, fire, and earth) in a symbolic exploration of the nature of time and how we try to make sense of it.
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Photographs courtesy of Lovis Dengler for #TimesSquareArts #timessquare #happybirthday

Happy Birthday to Landon Metz. .Landon Metz has garnered critical attention for his ability to imbue a spare language of...
03/24/2020

Happy Birthday to Landon Metz.
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Landon Metz has garnered critical attention for his ability to imbue a spare language of abstraction with visual dynamism and sense of movement. His paintings have the capacity to expand and deal with space serially, while being site-responsive rather than site-specific. Metz’s painting practice is marked by great sensitivity to site and scale and increasingly incorporates performance and sculptural approaches to activate space.
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📷: #LandonMetz, Untitled, 2018, dye and canvas, 76 x 95 inches

Johan Grimonprez's film Every Day Words Disappear, is featured in Artport's Doc/Art: Artist Film Festival on view March ...
03/23/2020

Johan Grimonprez's film Every Day Words Disappear, is featured in Artport's Doc/Art: Artist Film Festival on view March 26 - 28, 2020
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On Friday, March 27th, the works in the program “The Stories We Tell” use legends, folk tales, and rumors as their raw materials. The oral stories form a platform on which the real and the fantastic, the poetic and the political, are fused, offering an intricate view of a given cultural moment. Whether a quasi-anthropological documentation, a manipulation of the familiar format of nature movies, or a coded phrase intended to set political action in motion—the works in this program rely on the power of the narrative to recount new stories on top of existing ones. They set out to expose the modi operandi behind the narrative, as well as the manner in which it structures our perception of reality. Who tells the story and from what point of view?—these questions turn out to be crucial.
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In 1515, political philosopher Machiavelli wrote that a Prince should better be feared than loved. This assumption is the point of departure for the work of celebrated Belgian filmmaker #JohanGrimonprez. Grimonprez interviews one of today’s most influential political philosophers, Michael Hardt, about the feasibility of a political paradigm based on love rather than fear. In his straightforward manner, Hardt discusses the possibility of creating a reality which is not based on the exploitation of people, the exclusion of populations, and the privatization of public resources. Their conversation is held against the backdrop of excerpts from Godard’s 1965 film Alphaville, which looks into the political potential of love in a dystopian reality.
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@artportlv #artportlv #EveryDayWordsDisappear

03/21/2020
Julian Charrière | Towards No Earthly Pole | 2019 | Full

For the first time ever, we will present a digital screening of Julian Charrière's film Towards No Earthly Pole, Sat, March 21, 10am - 6pm EST for this exclusive one-day event.
Tag Sean Kelly Gallery to share a pic of your at-home screening https://vimeo.com/398950427

Julian Charrière Towards No Earthly Pole Live Film Streaming Saturday, March 21 10am - 6pm EST For the first time ever, we will present an online screening…

03/20/2020

For the first time ever, we will present an online screening of Julian Charrière's film, Towards No Earthly Pole, on what would have been the last day of his solo exhibition at the gallery. Charrière's film will be available on @vimeo on Saturday, March 21, 10am - 6pm EST for this exclusive one-day event.
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While we are saddened that we cannot personally welcome you to the gallery, we hope this special initiative will connect us all online. Join us on social media and tag @SeanKellyNY and #TowardsNoEarthlyPole to share a pic of your at-home screening. The person with who submits the best picture of them screening the film will receive a signed copy of #JulianCharrière's catalogue.
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We look forward to seeing how everyone enjoys the film!
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@julian.charriere conceived the film, Towards No Earthly Pole, while aboard a Russian research ship for the first Antarctic Biennale. This meditative 104-minute film is the result of a series of expeditions made between 2017-2019. Filmed at night, the dazzling landscapes Charrière captured are dramatically lit by a spotlight carried on a drone; as light tracks across the dark terrain, incredible shapes and tonalities of an almost otherworldly nature are revealed.

It's the first public day of @artbasel's online viewing rooms! Click the link in our bio to view our curated selection. ...
03/20/2020

It's the first public day of @artbasel's online viewing rooms! Click the link in our bio to view our curated selection. On view through March 25, 2020.
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Featuring works by #SunXun whose artistic practice combines extraordinary virtuosity with stylistic experimentation, blurring the lines between drawing, painting, animation, and installation, amongst others; #JulianCharrière who draws on ideas about ephemerality, the passage of time, and humankind’s attempts to dominate the environment; #LaurentGrasso working in video, sculpture, painting, and drawing, to recreate phenomena – both human and natural – creates surreal and ambiguous juxtapositions of time and space; #JosephKosuth is one of the pioneers of Conceptual art, initiating language-based works and appropriation strategies in the 1960s. His work has consistently explored the production and role of language and meaning within art; and #SuXiaobai is recognized for a sensuous yet rigorous body of painting inspired by both the artistic heritage of his native China and Western developments in modern abstraction, amongst others.
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📷 1: Su Xiaobai, Cobalt Blue Charm 魅藍, 2019 📷 2: Sun Xun, Sometimes Memory Does Lie, 2014 📷 3: Julian Charrière, An Invitation to Disappear - Sorong, 2018 📷 4: Joseph Kosuth, 'Mondrian's Work XII', 2016 📷 5: Laurent Grasso, Studies into the Past
#artbaselOVR @artbasel #SeanKellyNY #OnlineViewingRooms #ABHKImage

Sean Kelly is pleased to participate in the Online Viewing Rooms launched by Art Basel. VIP Opening: March 18 - 20, 2020...
03/17/2020

Sean Kelly is pleased to participate in the Online Viewing Rooms launched by Art Basel. VIP Opening: March 18 - 20, 2020 Public Opening: March 20 - 25, 2020
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For our inaugural viewing room, we have carefully curated a selection of works by the gallery's internationally acclaimed roster of artists will including, #MarinaAbramović, universally recognized as the preeminent pioneer of performance art; #JoseDávila who creates sculptural installations and photographic works that simultaneously emulate, critique, and pay homage to 20th-century avant-garde art and architecture; #JoseDávila who creates sculptural installations and photographic works that simultaneously emulate, critique, and pay homage to 20th-century avant-garde art and architecture; #CallumInnes one of the most significant abstract painters of his generation, whose work is a continuous exploration of color and the materiality of paint on canvas; #MarikoMori whose practice explores the universal questions at the intersection of life, death, nature, and science; #JanainaTschäpe, who creates large-scale, landscape-inspired paintings, which involve her own body in performative actions to realize their creation, and #SunXun whose artistic practice combines extraordinary virtuosity with stylistic experimentation, blurring the lines between drawing, painting, animation, and installation, amongst others. With this carefully curated selection, the gallery presents not only the international breadth of its program but also affords visitors the experience of multimedia artworks of the highest quality.
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📷1: Mariko Mori, Radiant Being IV, 2019 📷 2: Callum Innes, Exposed Painting Crimson Lake, 2018 📷 3: Marina Abramović, Artist Portrait with a Candle, 2013 📷 4: Janaina Tschäpe, Winter Painting IV, 2020 📷 5: Jose Dávila, Untitled (Spray), 2020 #artbaselOVR @artbasel #SeanKellyNY #OnlineViewingRooms #ABHKImage

Sean Kelly is pleased to participate in the Online Viewing Rooms launched by Art Basel. VIP Opening: March 18 - 20, 2020...
03/17/2020

Sean Kelly is pleased to participate in the Online Viewing Rooms launched by Art Basel. VIP Opening: March 18 - 20, 2020 Public Opening: March 20 - 25, 2020
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For our inaugural viewing room, we have carefully curated a selection of works by the gallery's internationally acclaimed roster of artists will including, #MarinaAbramović, universally recognized as the preeminent pioneer of performance art; #CallumInnes one of the most significant abstract painters of his generation, whose work is a continuous exploration of color and the materiality of paint on canvas; #MarikoMori whose practice explores the universal questions at the intersection of life, death, nature, and science; and #JanainaTschäpe, who creates large-scale, landscape-inspired paintings, which involve her own body in performative actions to realize their creation, amongst others. With this carefully curated selection, the gallery presents not only the international breadth of its program but also affords visitors the experience of multimedia artworks of the highest quality.
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📷1: Mariko Mori, Radiant Being IV, 2019 📷 2: Callum Innes, Exposed Painting Crimson Lake, 2018 📷 3: Marina Abramović, Artist Portrait with a Candle, 2013 📷 4: Janaina Tschäpe, Winter Painting IV, 2020 #artbaselOVR @artbasel #SeanKellyNY #OnlineViewingRooms #ABHKImage

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Since its inception in 1991, Sean Kelly Gallery has been internationally regarded for its diverse, intellectually driven program and highly regarded roster of artists. The gallery has garnered international attention for its high caliber exhibition program and collaboration with many of the most significant cultural institutions around the world.

The gallery operated privately in SoHo until 1995, when its first public space opened at 43 Mercer Street. During these formative years, it established a reputation for diverse, intellectually driven, unconventional exhibitions. The original list of artists represented; Marina Abramović, James Casebere, Callum Innes, Joseph Kosuth and Julião Sarmento, all of whom are still with the gallery today, exemplified the Gallery’s commitment to presenting important and challenging contemporary art.

In 2001, Sean Kelly moved to a converted 7,000 square-foot industrial space on 29th Street in the Chelsea gallery district. The new spacious location enabled the Gallery to mount increasingly ambitious, museum-quality exhibitions to great critical acclaim. During its early period in Chelsea, the Gallery's roster of artists expanded to include such notable figures as Iran do Espírito Santo, Antony Gormley, Rebecca Horn and Frank Thiel. In the ensuing years, the Gallery undertook representation of Los Carpinteros, Leandro Erlich, Laurent Grasso, Johan Grimonprez, Tehching Hsieh, Peter Liversidge, Anthony McCall, Alec Soth and Kehinde Wiley.

In October 2012, Sean Kelly opened a new 22,000 square foot space at 475 Tenth Avenue in a historic 1914 building. Award-winning architect Toshiko Mori designed the two-story gallery, which opened with an exhibition of work by Antony Gormley. Toshiko Mori was awarded the AIA Design Award in Interiors for her unique architectural approach to the Hudson Yards location. With the gallery’s expansion into the new space, Sean Kelly added internationally acclaimed artists to its roster; David Claerbout, José Dávila, Candida Höfer, Ilse D’Hollander, Hugo McCloud, Mariko Mori, Liu Wei, James White and Sun Xun.

Throughout its twenty five plus years, Sean Kelly has garnered extensive attention for its work with renowned cultural institutions, coordinating hundreds of exhibitions on behalf of its artists at an array of prestigious museums including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; Kunstwerke Berlin, Germany; the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Canada; the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sapporo, Japan; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Tate Gallery, London, England; the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; the Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Holland; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, to name but a few.

Sean Kelly has continued to expand its program to include a new generation of exceptional contemporary artists adding Julian Charrière, Landon Metz, Sam Moyer, Shahzia Sikander and Janaina Tschäpe in the past year. As the Gallery continues to grow, its commitment to excellence and quality remains unwavering.

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