Sean Kelly Gallery

Sean Kelly Gallery A Contemporary Art Gallery in New York City 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.

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.

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Dawoud Bey's three-channel video "Evergreen" is a poetic examination of the landscape of Evergreen Plantation. Imani Uzu...
09/22/2021

Dawoud Bey's three-channel video "Evergreen" is a poetic examination of the landscape of Evergreen Plantation. Imani Uzuri’s vocals create a sonic landscape adding a moving and human presence to the unpopulated film.

For all of their historical horror, these sites present themselves mutely, and the scale of the narratives they witnessed can now only be suggested. Spending time at each location and creating this series brought @DawoudBey face to face with the challenge of conveying this moment in history. Bey questions how to visualize and make resonant the history of Black bodies in captivity and the heightened emotions that linger throughout these haunted landscapes and buildings.

#DawoudBey, Evergreen, 2021, 3-channel video with sound, duration: 10 min 59 sec, edition of 4 with 1 AP, DB-ITHP.V.21.01.1

Dawoud Bey's three-channel video "Evergreen" is a poetic examination of the landscape of Evergreen Plantation. Imani Uzuri’s vocals create a sonic landscape adding a moving and human presence to the unpopulated film.

For all of their historical horror, these sites present themselves mutely, and the scale of the narratives they witnessed can now only be suggested. Spending time at each location and creating this series brought @DawoudBey face to face with the challenge of conveying this moment in history. Bey questions how to visualize and make resonant the history of Black bodies in captivity and the heightened emotions that linger throughout these haunted landscapes and buildings.

#DawoudBey, Evergreen, 2021, 3-channel video with sound, duration: 10 min 59 sec, edition of 4 with 1 AP, DB-ITHP.V.21.01.1

09/21/2021

Sean Kelly at Art Basel, Hall 2.1, R2

Sean Kelly is delighted to return to Art Basel in person, where we will feature a compelling presentation of works highlighting the gallery artists which exemplifies our commitment to presenting important contemporary art. #SeanKellyNY

Our booth, R2 in Hall 2.1 , will include a new mosaic by #ShahziaSikander depicting a multilayered avatar that evinces the heterogeneity that exists in the cultures of South Asia; a plastic painting by #HugoMcCloud, who uses the material as a metaphor to understand our similarities and differences as human beings, to connect to our environment, and to highlight the negative impact on our shared planet of our carbon footprint; a new “erratic” sculpture by #JulianCharrière, made from a single large boulder found in the middle of otherwise empty fields. An enigma to previous civilizations, scientific study has revealed that these peculiar objects are deposits left behind by glacial ice as they glided across vast distances; new sculpture by #RebeccaHorn, who has created one of the most important and distinct oeuvres in the world, encompassing ground breaking performances, films, sculptural installations, poetry and more; as well as works by #IlseD’Hollander #CallumInnes, #IdrisKhan, #LandonMetz
#MarikoMori, #LolóSoldevilla, and #JanainaTschäpe.

Art Basel #ArtBasel2021

09/21/2021

Sean Kelly is delighted to return to @ArtBasel in person, Hall 2.1 Booth R2 VIP Preview days: September 21 – 23 Public days: September 24 – 26

Our booth features a new mosaic by #ShahziaSikander depicting a multilayered avatar depicting the heterogeneity existing in the cultures of South Asia; a plastic painting by #HugoMcCloud, who uses the material as a metaphor and to highlight the negative impact of our carbon footprint on our shared planet; a new “erratic” sculpture by #JulianCharrière, made from a single large boulder found in the middle of otherwise empty fields, an enigma to previous civilizations, these objects are deposits left behind by glacial ice; a new painting by #LandonMetz, who works with a specially devised pigment dye, which he pours onto unprimed canvas, coaxing the liquid into biomorphic shapes making paintings that are often site responsive; new sculpture by #RebeccaHorn, who has created one of the most important and distinct oeuvres in the world, encompassing ground breaking performances, films, sculptural installations, poetry and more; a stamped painting by #IdrisKhan in which the artist repeatedly stamps text onto heavily gessoed aluminum panels, ultimately eradicating the meaning of the original text to construct an abstract and universal visual language; a new Exposed Painting by #CallumInnes, a process in which he paints the canvas, and then repeatedly applies turpentine to remove the paint, leaving all but the faintest traces of color; a bold new painting by #JanainaTschäpe one of her largest canvases to date, richly painted using large scale oil sticks and water-based pigments, it marks a fresh new direction in Tschäpe’s oeuvre; an oil on canvas by #IlseDHollander whose body of work is distinguished by its subtle tonalities, depicting variations in scale and surface; one of #MarikoMori’s newest “photo paintings” created with metallic pastel pigments processed through three-dimensional computer graphics, the work references abstraction and spiritual imagery; and an artwork by #LolóSoldevilla, one of the most prominent women associated with the development of geometric abstraction in Cuba and Latin America.

09/20/2021

https://www.artbasel.com/rooms/specialsector/22854/The-Burden-of-Man-waiting-to-breathe

For Art Unlimited 2021, Hugo McCloud has created “the burden of man: waiting to breathe”, his most monumental painting to date, measuring over 23 feet in length and over 7 feet in height.

A multi-panel work produced using single-use plastic bags, this epic painting interweaves multiple narratives to reference recent international crises, both obliquely and directly, addressing themes of borders, migration, hope, loss and waiting, conditions endemic internationally during the COVID crisis. This work expands upon avenues of inquiry McCloud initially explored in a body of work included in his 2021 exhibition with #SeanKellyNY entitled “Burdened”. In it, McCloud included five works referencing global migration and the Mediterranean refugee crisis, depicting individuals adrift at sea, attempting to make the perilous journey to another country to escape the unbearable conditions in their homeland—risking their lives in the hope of a better future for them and their families.

In @Hugomccloudstudio's new work, oxygen functions as both a metaphor and a physical presence, represented by a wall of oxygen tanks with various figures interspersed, that bisects the painting. The tanks reference the harrowing tales of people dying for lack of oxygen globally during COVID; the figures representing those who waited endlessly in line hoping to retrieve some of the lifesaving element. Set against a backdrop of mapping patterns that reference migration routes that the artist articulates as representing ideas of value and hope, the line of oxygen tanks also suggests other types of borders, particularly the wall separating the United States and Mexico, where McCloud currently lives and works. The texts in the painting—printed on the plastic bags the artist uses in his work—appear in a variety of international languages, reflecting the global scope of migration issues.

Photos from 臺北市立美術館 Taipei Fine Arts Museum's post
09/20/2021

Photos from 臺北市立美術館 Taipei Fine Arts Museum's post

Wishing a very happy birthday to James Casebere!#JamesCasebere's innovative work has established him at the forefront of...
09/17/2021

Wishing a very happy birthday to James Casebere!

#JamesCasebere's innovative work has established him at the forefront of artists to work with what would become known as constructed photography. His practice reveals the influence of film, architecture, and art history , in both the simple and the complex models that he creates in his studio. His table-sized constructions are made of everyday materials, pared down to their essential forms in order to create ambiguous, evocative, and, on occasion, unsettling environments. Devoid of human figures, the resulting images invite viewers to project into and inhabit the spaces he has created, relying on their imagination and memory to fill in the gaps.

@JamesCasebere, Courtyard with Towers (Night), 2021, framed archival pigment print mounted to dibond, framed: 56 11/16 x 49 9/16 x 2 1/4 inches , edition of 5 with 2 APs

Wishing a very happy birthday to James Casebere!

#JamesCasebere's innovative work has established him at the forefront of artists to work with what would become known as constructed photography. His practice reveals the influence of film, architecture, and art history , in both the simple and the complex models that he creates in his studio. His table-sized constructions are made of everyday materials, pared down to their essential forms in order to create ambiguous, evocative, and, on occasion, unsettling environments. Devoid of human figures, the resulting images invite viewers to project into and inhabit the spaces he has created, relying on their imagination and memory to fill in the gaps.

@JamesCasebere, Courtyard with Towers (Night), 2021, framed archival pigment print mounted to dibond, framed: 56 11/16 x 49 9/16 x 2 1/4 inches , edition of 5 with 2 APs

"When I looked at this tree, and the small, very present leaf growing on the surface of the bridge, it reminded me that ...
09/16/2021

"When I looked at this tree, and the small, very present leaf growing on the surface of the bridge, it reminded me that I was actually in a living landscape, that it is not just an historical site with trees, but it's also a landscape that is very much alive.” - @DawoudBey

In This Here Place, Dawoud Bey's inaugural exhibition at the gallery. Bey's new body of work focuses on plantations in Louisiana, continuing the artist's ongoing examination of African American history and his efforts to make the Black past resonant in the contemporary moment.

As part of Sean Kelly's Collect Wisely initiative in 2021, we are pleased to debut "The Artist Audio Experience." For each new photograph in Dawoud Bey's In This Here Place" series, there is a microchip next to the work in the gallery, so visitors can hear the artist speaking about each individual work. Only accessible in the physical gallery to promote the in-person viewing of art. #DawoudBey #SeanKellyNY #CollectWisely

#Dawoud Bey, Branches, Leaves, and Cabins, 2019, gelatin silver print, framed: 49 x 60 x 2 inches, edition of 6 with 2 APs #InThisHerePlace

"When I looked at this tree, and the small, very present leaf growing on the surface of the bridge, it reminded me that I was actually in a living landscape, that it is not just an historical site with trees, but it's also a landscape that is very much alive.” - @DawoudBey

In This Here Place, Dawoud Bey's inaugural exhibition at the gallery. Bey's new body of work focuses on plantations in Louisiana, continuing the artist's ongoing examination of African American history and his efforts to make the Black past resonant in the contemporary moment.

As part of Sean Kelly's Collect Wisely initiative in 2021, we are pleased to debut "The Artist Audio Experience." For each new photograph in Dawoud Bey's In This Here Place" series, there is a microchip next to the work in the gallery, so visitors can hear the artist speaking about each individual work. Only accessible in the physical gallery to promote the in-person viewing of art. #DawoudBey #SeanKellyNY #CollectWisely

#Dawoud Bey, Branches, Leaves, and Cabins, 2019, gelatin silver print, framed: 49 x 60 x 2 inches, edition of 6 with 2 APs #InThisHerePlace

09/14/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Walter Annenberg Lecture: Dawoud Bey. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

TONIGHT at 06:30pm!

Walter Annenberg Lecture: Dawoud Bey hosted by the Whitney Museum of American Art

For the past four decades, Dawoud Bey has worked to expand upon what photography can be and the subjects and themes it can address. For this Walter Annenberg Lecture, Bey speaks with Adam D. Weinberg, the Museum’s Alice Pratt Brown Director, about his work, the history of American photography relevant to his own practice, and his ongoing engagement with Black history and memory.

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For the past four decades, Dawoud Bey has worked to expand upon what photography can be and the subjects and themes it can address. For this Walter Annenberg Lecture, Bey speaks with Adam D. Weinberg, the Museum’s Alice Pratt Brown Director, about his work, the history of American photography rele...

Sean Kelly is delighted to present a pair of new bronze sculptures by American portrait artist Kehinde Wiley. "Barthélém...
09/12/2021

Sean Kelly is delighted to present a pair of new bronze sculptures by American portrait artist Kehinde Wiley. "Barthélémy Senghor" (2021) and "Mame Kéwé Aminata Lô" (2021) are the first sculptures that @kehindewiley has released from the body of work that Wiley developed during the period of COVID-19 in 2020.

Wiley spent this time in quarantine at Black Rock Senegal, the artist compound and residency program he opened in 2019 on the coast of Dakar, Senegal. In the absence of any ability to follow his traditional streetcasting methods, which enable him to find models at random on the streets of New York and many other international cities, Wiley turned to the people and friends of people immediately surrounding him in Dakar. As the artist describes them, "What follows are a series of portraits that I might consider friends and family of Black Rock."

Wiley’s contemporary bronze sculptures borrow techniques from the 18th century French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon, whose own work was heavily influenced by styles from the Baroque period and from antiquity. Wiley has applied these techniques to render contemporary Senegalese subjects, featuring in these works Mame Kéwé Aminata Lô, the local director of Black Rock Senegal, and Barthélémy Senghor the resident Sports Coach and Trainer.

These works are on view at the gallery's booth 120 at the Armory Show, 2021.
#KehindeWiley #SeanKellyNY #theArmoryshow

Sean Kelly is delighted to present a pair of new bronze sculptures by American portrait artist Kehinde Wiley. "Barthélém...
09/12/2021

Sean Kelly is delighted to present a pair of new bronze sculptures by American portrait artist Kehinde Wiley. "Barthélémy Senghor" (2021) and "Mame Kéwé Aminata Lô" (2021) are the first sculptures that @kehindewiley has released from the body of work that Wiley developed during the period of COVID-19 in 2020.

Wiley spent this time in quarantine at Black Rock Senegal, the artist compound and residency program he opened in 2019 on the coast of Dakar, Senegal. In the absence of any ability to follow his traditional streetcasting methods, which enable him to find models at random on the streets of New York and many other international cities, Wiley turned to the people and friends of people immediately surrounding him in Dakar. As the artist describes them, "What follows are a series of portraits that I might consider friends and family of Black Rock."

Wiley’s contemporary bronze sculptures borrow techniques from the 18th century French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon, whose own work was heavily influenced by styles from the Baroque period and from antiquity. Wiley has applied these techniques to render contemporary Senegalese subjects, featuring in these works Mame Kéwé Aminata Lô, the local director of Black Rock Senegal, and Barthélémy Senghor the resident Sports Coach and Trainer.

These works are on view at the gallery's booth 120 at the Armory Show, 2021.
#KehindeWiley #SeanKellyNY #theArmoryshow

Visit our booth 120, The Armory Show 2021. The fair is open through the weekend, today until 8pm and tomorrow until 7pm....
09/11/2021

Visit our booth 120, The Armory Show 2021. The fair is open through the weekend, today until 8pm and tomorrow until 7pm.

Our booth features a dynamic selection of painting, sculpture, photography, and works on paper by the gallery’s international roster of artists including a sculpture from Dawoud Bey, James Casebere, Julian Charrière, Jose Dávila, Antony Gormley, Candida Höfer, Ilse D’Hollander, Hugo McCloud, Landon Metz, Mariko Mori, Sam Moyer, Shahzia Sikander, Janaina Tschäpe, Kehinde Wiley, and Wu Chi-Tsung.

Photography by Adam Reich.

@thearmoryshow #TheArmoryShow2021

Visit #SeanKellyNY at #theArmoryShow open through the weekend! Booth 120#DawoudBey,  #JameCasebere #JulianCharrière, #Jo...
09/11/2021

Visit #SeanKellyNY at #theArmoryShow open through the weekend! Booth 120

#DawoudBey, #JameCasebere #JulianCharrière, #JoseDávila, #AntonyGormley, #CandidaHöfer, #IlseDHollander, #CallumInnes, #HugoMcCloud, #LandonMetz, #MarikoMori, #SamMoyer, #ShahziaSikander, #JanainaTschäpe, #KehindeWiley, and #WuChiTsung.

Photography by Adam Reich.

Julian Charrière’s ongoing project "We Are All Astronauts" is being presented in the United States for the first time as...
09/09/2021

Julian Charrière’s ongoing project "We Are All Astronauts" is being presented in the United States for the first time as part of @TheArmoryShow’s Platform section, curated by Claudia Schmuckli.

Taking its name from the writings of Buckminster Fuller, @julian.charriere's project #WeAreAllAstronauts is composed of world globes with their geographic information erased. The globes, dating from 1890 to 2021, have had their geographical information and geopolitical borders removed using “international sandpaper” which Charrière created utilizing mineral samples from all U.N. recognized countries. The dust created by the abrasions settled beneath the globes, creating new, yet-to-be-defined cartographies. The globes are rendered obsolete, their carefully articulated territories, erased reflecting our increasingly globalized world.

The section, titled "Can you hear the fault lines breathing?", focuses on works that speak to the urgency of working toward new models of bridging fault lines – societal, historical or geographical – that are grounded in empathy and understanding.

"We Are All Astronauts" has been an ongoing project since 2011, exhibited at multiple international venues.
#JulianCharrière #ArmoryShow2021 #seankellyny

Julian Charrière’s ongoing project "We Are All Astronauts" is being presented in the United States for the first time as part of @TheArmoryShow’s Platform section, curated by Claudia Schmuckli.

Taking its name from the writings of Buckminster Fuller, @julian.charriere's project #WeAreAllAstronauts is composed of world globes with their geographic information erased. The globes, dating from 1890 to 2021, have had their geographical information and geopolitical borders removed using “international sandpaper” which Charrière created utilizing mineral samples from all U.N. recognized countries. The dust created by the abrasions settled beneath the globes, creating new, yet-to-be-defined cartographies. The globes are rendered obsolete, their carefully articulated territories, erased reflecting our increasingly globalized world.

The section, titled "Can you hear the fault lines breathing?", focuses on works that speak to the urgency of working toward new models of bridging fault lines – societal, historical or geographical – that are grounded in empathy and understanding.

"We Are All Astronauts" has been an ongoing project since 2011, exhibited at multiple international venues.
#JulianCharrière #ArmoryShow2021 #seankellyny

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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.

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