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.

02/15/2020

In celebration of Black History Month, Hugo McCloud has been invited to participate in the Today at Apple artists series. Art Lab: Explore Texture and Color with Hugo McCloud, Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Apple Fifth Avenue (at 58th Street).
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#HugoMcCloud’s newest body of work touches on notions of class particularly through his use of plastic bags. His investigation into plastic began approximately five years ago after traveling to India and seeing multi-color polypropylene plastic sacks everywhere. Observing the downcycle of these bags from their creation, to the companies that purchased them for the distribution of products, to the trash pickers in Dharavi slums, McCloud saw how this ubiquitous material passed through the hands of individuals at every level of society. Sourcing his imagery from photographs of individuals working in developing countries these representational works address issues concerning the economics of labor, geopolitics and the environmental impact of plastic. McCloud continues his practice of incorporating industrial materials using plastic as a tool to unite people and better understand our similarities and differences as a human race, to connect our environment, and to contribute to reversing the negative impact of our carbon footprint.
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📷: @hugomccloudstudio, stair master, 2019, plastic merchandise bags on wood panel, 75 x 69 inches © Hugo McCloud Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York #fifthavenuecreates #todayatapple

"In Rest Energy we actually hold one arrow on the weight of our body and arrow is pointing my heart. We have two small, ...
02/14/2020

"In Rest Energy we actually hold one arrow on the weight of our body and arrow is pointing my heart. We have two small, little microphones on our hearts where we can hear the sounds of the heart beating. As our performance is progressing heart beats become more and more intense and it's just four minutes and ten seconds, for me it was, I tell you it was forever. So, it was really a performance about complete and total trust." - #MarinaAbramovic
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Now on view in Akış / Flux, Turkey’s first large-scale retrospective of Marina Abramović at the Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) through April 26, 2020. The exhibition at SSM consists of three sections. The first section will feature video and photographic documentation of Marina Abramović’s iconic performances, loaned from private collections and institutions, to represent the artist’s 50-year career. Akış / Flux aims to introduce and support performance art, which is the general term developed in the 1970s to define the non-object, immaterial and time-dependent form of art that is widely performed today as an interdisciplinary social process, encouraging art audiences in Turkey to experience performance art firsthand.
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Still from Ulay / Marina Abramović, #RestEnergy, 1980, #Performance for Video, 4’ 10"
ROSC' 80, Dublin, Ireland, © Ulay / Marina Abramović, Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives
#AkışFlux #InFlux @abramovicinstitute @akbank @akbanksanat #SakıpSabancıMuseum #HappyValentinesDay

Shahzia Sikander's animated film "The Last Post" is featured in Glitch a group exhibition at the Tahrir Cultural Center,...
02/13/2020

Shahzia Sikander's animated film "The Last Post" is featured in Glitch a group exhibition at the Tahrir Cultural Center, American University in Cairo, Egypt. On view through March 11, 2020
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#ShahziaSikander's film offers a layered perspective on the legacies of British colonialism and enduring impacts of the East India Company’s corporate practices. The exhibition brings together a group of international artists to explore the ways our understanding of the past, present, and future is mediated through technology. The exhibit will span video art, digital paintings, photographs, multimedia installations, drawings, paintings, and sculptures. Curated by @shivabalaghi
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Still from @shahzia.sikander, The Last Post, 2010, single channel HD digital animation with 5.1 surround sound; Music by #DuYun, duration: 10 minutes #thelastpost music by #eastindiacompany #opiumtrade #cairo #glitch #MargoVeillonGallery #AUCTahrirSquare

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02/12/2020

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𝘼𝙣 𝘼𝙢𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙟𝙚𝙘𝙩, Dawoud Bey's retrospective, organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, goes on view February 15 at SFMOMA in #SanFrancisco.⁠⁠

Jon Feinstein wrote about about Bey's oeuvre and his empathetic photographic activism in the #FEATURE for our January-February issue. Read it online and get ready to see this outstanding #retrospective of the artist’s four-decade career.⁠ http://photographmag.com/exhibitions/an-american-project/
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📷Dawoud Bey, Three Women at a Parade_Harlem NY, 1978, courtesy courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery, Stephen Daiter Gallery, Rena Bransten Gallery, ©Dawoud Bey

Dawoud Bey's major career retrospective Dawoud Bey: An American Project opens at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,...
02/10/2020

Dawoud Bey's major career retrospective Dawoud Bey: An American Project opens at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
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Bey has dedicated more than four decades to portraying underrepresented communities and histories. From portraits in Harlem to nocturnal landscapes, classic street photography to large-scale studio portraits, his works combine an ethical imperative with an unparalleled mastery of his medium. Featuring approximately 80 works, the exhibition spans the breadth of Bey’s career, from the 1970s to the present. Co-organized with the #WhitneyMuseum of American Art, New York the exhibition will also travel to the #HighMuseum of Art, Atlanta.
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Organized both thematically and chronologically, the exhibition ranges from his earliest street portraits in Harlem from 1975–78, to his most recent exploration of the Underground Railroad in 2017. Describing his process, Bey has said, “It begins with the subject, a deep interest in wanting to describe the black subject in a way that’s as complex as the experiences of anyone else. It’s meant to kind of reshape the world, one person at a time.” The exhibition features work from eight major series and is organized to reflect the development of Bey’s vision over the course of his career, as well as his prolonged engagement with certain themes over time.
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📷: @dawoudbey, Mary Parker and Caela Cowan, 2012, Two archival pigment prints mounted to Dibond, Overall: 40X64 inches, edition of 6 + 2 APs (from The Birmingham Project) © #DawoudBey Courtesy: #SeanKellyNY #SFMOMA #AnAmericanProject

Pick up the weekend edition of the Financial Times to read Idris Khan's feature article! "Khan points to two paintings o...
02/08/2020
Idris Khan on his spiritual heritage and the power of colour

Pick up the weekend edition of the Financial Times to read Idris Khan's feature article! "Khan points to two paintings on the other side of the room, featuring black-blue panels — plain at a distance but laden with illegible text when you draw near. Their intensity casts a spell over the space, as if Mark Rothko had found inspiration in a Renaissance Madonna."

The artist made his name with intense monochrome prints but now he’s channelling something new

Pick up the weekend print edition of the Financial Times! Featuring an Op-Ed by Sean Kelly! "The value of collecting is ...
02/08/2020

Pick up the weekend print edition of the Financial Times! Featuring an Op-Ed by Sean Kelly! "The value of collecting is not in the dollar signs. There are reasons to be cynical about collecting — but art can shape history and change minds"
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"I am delighted to share with you a special Op-Ed piece I wrote for the Financial Times weekend Collecting edition, that has been published online and is featured in the FT’s print edition this weekend. In it I address current issues germane to the art world, which are of concern to me, both in the context of our Collect Wisely initiative, but also within a wider global context. I hope you will enjoy the article, that it will engender self-reflection, a positive response, advocacy within the art community and perhaps, motivate the art world at large to consider questions of sustainability and a return to focus on a passion for art and collecting so that we can all envisage a positive and viable future for the things we hold dear, art, artists and our shared cultural future." - #SeanKelly
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#FinancialTimes @financialtimes #SeanKellyNY #collectwisely

Visit us at Zona Maco! Booth Booth C114, through Sunday, February 9, 2020Featuring work by #JoseDávila #AntonyGormley #S...
02/07/2020

Visit us at Zona Maco! Booth Booth C114, through Sunday, February 9, 2020

Featuring work by #JoseDávila #AntonyGormley #SamMoyer #CandidaHöfer #LandonMetz #LolóSoldevilla #LaurentGrasso #MarinaAbramović #SergioCamargo #IlseDHollander #Callum Innes #HugoMcCloud and #JanainaTschäpe.
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#ZonaMaco #MexicoCity #SeanKellyNY @zonamaco @ Mexico City, Mexico

We are delighted to share Sean Kelly's OpEd in the Financial Times, "Responsible collecting today is about more than jus...
02/07/2020
The value of collecting is not in the dollar signs

We are delighted to share Sean Kelly's OpEd in the Financial Times, "Responsible collecting today is about more than just taking an honorable approach and eschewing ego-driven acquisitions. It’s about creating new opportunities and even supporting entirely new art ecosystems. It’s about making decisions and taking actions that unleash the type of art, and artists, that can inform our public conscience and bend history." - #SeanKelly

There are reasons to be cynical about collecting — but art can shape history and change minds

Aesthetica Magazine
02/05/2020

Aesthetica Magazine

Julian Charrière’s dramatically lit polar landscapes are inspired by early accounts of 20th century exploration. The exhibition at Sean Kelly Gallery highlights the fraught condition of these spaces under the climate crisis. Until 21 March. https://bit.ly/2GFPwl9

Antony Gormley’s installation in Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 3 is now open, featuring a vast 'drawing in space' - NEW YORK...
02/05/2020

Antony Gormley’s installation in Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 3 is now open, featuring a vast 'drawing in space' - NEW YORK CLEARING. A single line made of 18 kilometres of square aluminium tubing that loops and coils without beginning or end, turning itself into an environment for the viewer that counters the grid of modernism and the city with swooping lines of energy.
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This is one of a series of major art projects entitled CONNECT, BTS which will go on show over the coming months in five cities on four continents with 22 contemporary artists.
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CONNECT, BTS is presented by pioneering global superstars from Korea, BTS and has been developed by a group of international curators under the artistic direction of independent Korean curator, Daehyung Lee.
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Antony Gormley,
NEW YORK CLEARING, 2020, Approximately 18km (11mi) of 25.4mm (1in) square section aluminium and steel spigots, Installation view, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3, New York City, 2020. Photograph by Christopher Burke. © the artist

@ Brooklyn Bridge Park

“I have a never-ending curiosity about the character of the spaces that surround us,” states Candida Höfer, best known f...
02/04/2020

“I have a never-ending curiosity about the character of the spaces that surround us,” states Candida Höfer, best known for taking large-format, psychologically charged images of architectural wonders—places she calls “humble or proud, restrained or boastful, hurt by history or overcoming their fate, or simply beautiful.... Empty spaces excite the imagination.”
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Wishing Candida a very happy birthday today!
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📷 1: #CandidaHöfer, Teatro Juárez Guanajuato II 2015, C-print, framed: 64 9/16 x 71 1/4 inches, edition of 6 with 3 APs 📷 2: #CandidaHöfer, Teatro Juárez Guanajuato I 2015, C-print, framed: 72 7/16 x 89 3/16 inches both works are an edition of 6 with 3 APs #candidahöferinmexico

Every day for the past year, Peter Liversidge has sent a hand-painted ‘No Brexit’ postcard to the current Prime Minister...
02/01/2020

Every day for the past year, Peter Liversidge has sent a hand-painted ‘No Brexit’ postcard to the current Prime Minister, with photos of the final postcards also appearing in newspapers yesterday, to mark the date the UK left the European Union.
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A call out for people who were not of voting age during the last general election. You are invited to attend Jupiter Artland for free on the 9 & 10 of May to participate in a sign painting studio to have your opinions heard and shared, as part of the reinvention of Out/Exit Piece by Peter Liversidge for Jupiter Artland.
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Taking inspiration from the idea of a ‘difficult exit’, Peter Liversidge’s modern reinvention seeks to engage young people in debate and discussion about the changes happening in their own lives. Liversidge’s work also marks the beginning of Jupiter Artland’s season dedicated to Allan Kaprow, which will see Scottish and international artists, as well as Jupiter’s Youth Council ORBIT, reinventing key works from Kaprow’s oeuvre.
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@peterliversidge @the.scotsman @theheraldscotland @ArtReview_ @TheArtNewspaper @jupiterartland #Brexit #EuropeanUnion #JupiterArtland #peterliversidge @ Jupiter Artland

Happiest birthday to Joseph Kosuth! .#JosephKosuth's work is included in the two-artist exhibition at Chelsea Space. Bot...
01/31/2020

Happiest birthday to Joseph Kosuth!
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#JosephKosuth's work is included in the two-artist exhibition at Chelsea Space. Both artists engage with the architectural and cultural context of the exhibition space showing how art is itself essentially a questioning process. The exhibition is on view through February 28, 2020
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Kosuth’s installation entitled ‘(A Grammatical Remark) #11’, 2019 develops from the artist’s interest and use of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein’s theory of language, and a body of works referred to as Kosuth’s Wittgenstein Series begun in 1988. Through the use of an appropriated text from the renowned novel Paradise, by Cuban author José Lezama Lima, famously edited by the writer Julio Cortàzar, Kosuth physically and conceptually plays on the notion of ‘punctuation and grammar’ and literally punctuates the space by creating a grammatology of his own.
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The presentational aspects of the installation include resurfacing the walls with a single line of silkscreened text traversing the architectural context in one continuous line. The text is articulated with white neon components forming all the points of the sentence's punctuation. For Kosuth what begins as a formal device in a shift of meaning ends in a metaphorical investigation of art’s basic agenda.
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📷@josephkosuthstudio '(A Grammatical Remark) #11', 2019 @chelseaspace @ Chelsea Space

01/30/2020

Opening tonight!! Don’t miss Julian Charrière’s solo exhibition Towards No Earthly Pole, Thursday, January 30, 6-8pm
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Click the link in our bio to watch Julian’s interview and hear him discuss his process‪. ‬vimeo.com/388011298 ‪The exhibition is centered around Charrière’s video work, of the same name, filmed between 2017-2019. Resulting from a series of expeditions to high latitudes and altitudes in the Arctic, Greenland, the Alps, and Antarctica, Towards No Earthly Pole offers a unique vision of polar landscapes, inviting a novel consideration of their mythos, delicate ecology, and fraught geopolitical condition.‬
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‪#JulianCharrière #TowardsNoEarthlyPole ‬#FriezeFilms

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01/30/2020
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the 50 minute film copies the original’s settings and characters but in a version that's more like a nature documentary than a disney film.

01/29/2020

Join us at Zona Maco, booth C114, next week! February 5 - 9, 2020
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Exemplifying the Gallery's commitment to championing important contemporary art, we will present a carefully curated selection of new works. Our booth will feature a monumental new sculpture by #JoseDávila which pushes the tension and balance between industrial and organic materials; sculpture by #AntonyGormley exploring the relationship of the human body to space; #SamMoyer continues her investigation of abstraction through the languages of painting and sculpture; #CandidaHöfer’s large-scale architectural photographs which invite the viewer to contemplate subtle shifts in light that make up the character of a space; #LandonMetz’s paintings which combine abstraction and visual dynamism to create a sense of movement; and paintings by #LolóSoldevilla, the most significant woman artist to be prominently associated with the development of geometric abstraction in Cuba. We will also feature a selection of important works by #MarinaAbramović, #SergioCamargo, #IlseDHollander, #CallumInnes, #HugoMcCloud, and #JanainaTschäpe.
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#ZonaMaco @zonamaco #mexicocity #SeanKellyNY

Join us on Thursday, January 30th for the opening of Julian Charrière's solo exhibition Towards No Earthly Pole..Centere...
01/28/2020

Join us on Thursday, January 30th for the opening of Julian Charrière's solo exhibition Towards No Earthly Pole.
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Centered around the US premiere of #JulianCharrière’s video work of the same name, the exhibition continues Charrière’s exploration into how human civilization and the natural landscape are inextricably linked. Featured in the exhibition are a series of photographs in which the dazzling landscapes Charrière captured are dramatically lit by a spotlight carried on a drone; as light highlights the dark terrain, incredible shapes and tonalities of an almost otherworldly nature are revealed. #TowardsNoEarthlyPole is on view through March 21, 2020.
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Julian Charriére, Towards No Earthly Pole - Vostok, 2019, Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl,mounted on aluminium dibond, framed (alder), Mirogard anti-refective glass, framed: 32 1/5 x 40 x 4 3/5 inches, edition of 5 with 1 AP © @Julian.Charriere I VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020 Courtesy: #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.

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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