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TONIGHT!   7/8   @ 8PMFREE PERFORMANCE➡︎➡︎IN BROOKLYN (Bushwick)FREE COLLABORATIVE PERFORMANCEwith visual artist Jim Wat...
07/08/2021

TONIGHT! 7/8 @ 8PM
FREE PERFORMANCE
➡︎➡︎IN BROOKLYN (Bushwick)

FREE COLLABORATIVE PERFORMANCE
with visual artist Jim Watt (@jimwatt_art⁠), jazz luminary Bill Frisell (@bill.frisell) and the Antoine Drye Quartet (@bamoblation @alvestergarnett @pocketb)!

This free BYOB event will take place indoors at the Collab Fabrication Lab & Innovation Studio (@collabnyc), with a suggested donation of $20 to support the evening's musicians.

The paintings produced through these improv sessions will be available for purchase on-site or via Jim Kempner Fine Art's website. A portion of the purchase price will go towards the $100,000 donation goal to help jazz musicians hurt by the pandemic.⁠

Please come out to Brooklyn and join us to celebrate the great creative energy of this city!! ⁠

For more on this great collaborative project, visit our webpage:
https://www.jimkempnerfineart.com/1000watts

TONIGHT! 7/8 @ 8PM
FREE PERFORMANCE
➡︎➡︎IN BROOKLYN (Bushwick)

FREE COLLABORATIVE PERFORMANCE
with visual artist Jim Watt (@jimwatt_art⁠), jazz luminary Bill Frisell (@bill.frisell) and the Antoine Drye Quartet (@bamoblation @alvestergarnett @pocketb)!

This free BYOB event will take place indoors at the Collab Fabrication Lab & Innovation Studio (@collabnyc), with a suggested donation of $20 to support the evening's musicians.

The paintings produced through these improv sessions will be available for purchase on-site or via Jim Kempner Fine Art's website. A portion of the purchase price will go towards the $100,000 donation goal to help jazz musicians hurt by the pandemic.⁠

Please come out to Brooklyn and join us to celebrate the great creative energy of this city!! ⁠

For more on this great collaborative project, visit our webpage:
https://www.jimkempnerfineart.com/1000watts

🔷TOMORROW🔷 ⁠               ❗FREE❗ ⁠       👨‍🎨🎵Performance🎶🎺 ⁠            IN BROOKLYN⁠Please join us for this "1000W" eve...
07/07/2021

🔷TOMORROW🔷 ⁠
❗FREE❗ ⁠
👨‍🎨🎵Performance🎶🎺 ⁠
IN BROOKLYN

Please join us for this "1000W" event featuring visual artist Jim Watt improvising, in real time, with jazz luminary, Bill Frisell and the Antoine Drye Quartet (@bamoblation @alvestergarnett @pocketb)! This free, BYOB event will take place indoors at the Collab Fabrication Lab & Innovation Studio (@collabnyc), with a suggested donation of $20 to support the evening's band.⁠

The paintings produced through these improv sessions will be available for purchase on-site or via Jim Kempner Fine Art's website - see link below. A portion of the purchase price will go towards the $100,000 donation goal to help jazz musicians hurt by the pandemic.⁠

Please come out to Brooklyn and join us to celebrate the great creative energy of this city!! ⁠

For more on this great collaborative project, visit our webpage: https://www.jimkempnerfineart.com/1000watts

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY from Roy Lichtenstein and Allen Ginsberg and Jim Kempner Fine Art.Just in last week, this wonderful pr...
07/04/2021

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY
from Roy Lichtenstein and Allen Ginsberg and Jim Kempner Fine Art.

Just in last week, this wonderful print is coincidentally our latest gallery acquisition. It is one of ten prints in a portfolio entitled "La Nouvelle Chute de l’Amerique" (The New Fall of America), a collaboration between Allen Ginsberg and Roy Lichtenstein, published in 1992 by Édition du Solstice.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!!

We are back in the gallery on Tuesday.

Contact us at [email protected] or 212-206-6872 for more information about this wonderful print.

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY
from Roy Lichtenstein and Allen Ginsberg and Jim Kempner Fine Art.

Just in last week, this wonderful print is coincidentally our latest gallery acquisition. It is one of ten prints in a portfolio entitled "La Nouvelle Chute de l’Amerique" (The New Fall of America), a collaboration between Allen Ginsberg and Roy Lichtenstein, published in 1992 by Édition du Solstice.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!!

We are back in the gallery on Tuesday.

Contact us at [email protected] or 212-206-6872 for more information about this wonderful print.

The imagery from the Nose Portfolio by William Kentridge is based on the 1903 opera The Nose by Dmitri Shostakovich, whi...
06/25/2021

The imagery from the Nose Portfolio by William Kentridge is based on the 1903 opera The Nose by Dmitri Shostakovich, which in turn is based on an 1836 short story by Nikolai Gogol. In 2010, Kentridge directed and designed a new production of The Nose for New York's Metropolitan Opera.

Check out this great interview with Kentridge discussing Nikolai Gogol's short story and his production of Shostakovich's opera!
Link below:
https://www.instagram.com/metopera/

William Kentridge
Nose Projection with Walking Woman (from Nose Portfolio), 2010
Photogravure, sugarlift, aquatint and drypoint
17 3/16 x 23"
Edition 30

The imagery from the Nose Portfolio by William Kentridge is based on the 1903 opera The Nose by Dmitri Shostakovich, which in turn is based on an 1836 short story by Nikolai Gogol. In 2010, Kentridge directed and designed a new production of The Nose for New York's Metropolitan Opera.

Check out this great interview with Kentridge discussing Nikolai Gogol's short story and his production of Shostakovich's opera!
Link below:
https://www.instagram.com/metopera/

William Kentridge
Nose Projection with Walking Woman (from Nose Portfolio), 2010
Photogravure, sugarlift, aquatint and drypoint
17 3/16 x 23"
Edition 30

Christiane BaumgartnerPictured here, Amsterdam, 2005, one of Christiane Baumgartner’s larger woodcuts."I was attracted t...
06/24/2021

Christiane Baumgartner

Pictured here, Amsterdam, 2005, one of Christiane Baumgartner’s larger woodcuts.

"I was attracted to woodcut based on a conceptual reason and not just on the love of the material. 10 years ago I was working nearly exclusively in digital media. This was the time I was studying at the Royal College of Art in London. When I went back to Leipzig it struck me how far I had come from the tradition I was born out of. I wanted to find a way to reconcile these two traditions."
...
"Woodcut is the earliest technique to reproduce an image. It is very simple and you don't need more then a sharp knife and a piece of wood -which could even be a kitchen board. And in a way, digital video is the quickest, latest, and most developed reproduction technique.

For me it seemed only logical to combine those two techniques."

...
"The actual creative part is the choosing of the image, size and frequency. This all happens on the computer. Until then the image exists only virtually. Then I transfer a computer print on to the wood plate.
The cutting process is more something like a meditation, where I am concentrated but still have my mind open. I use an old specially sharpened kitchen knife."

...
"I was reading Paul Virilio and thought about how we live in a time when things speed up so much. There is so much more movement in our physical lives than 20 years ago. But also the time of information and communication has sped up in an extreme way. Because we are expecting such quick responses to our communications we miss the time for the thinking process and also to really prioritize."

From an interview with Christiane Baumgartner by Jose Roca and the Philagrafika | Blog - for the full interview, see below

http://philagrafika.blogspot.com/2009/05/interview-christiane-baumgartner.html

Christiane Baumgartner

Pictured here, Amsterdam, 2005, one of Christiane Baumgartner’s larger woodcuts.

"I was attracted to woodcut based on a conceptual reason and not just on the love of the material. 10 years ago I was working nearly exclusively in digital media. This was the time I was studying at the Royal College of Art in London. When I went back to Leipzig it struck me how far I had come from the tradition I was born out of. I wanted to find a way to reconcile these two traditions."
...
"Woodcut is the earliest technique to reproduce an image. It is very simple and you don't need more then a sharp knife and a piece of wood -which could even be a kitchen board. And in a way, digital video is the quickest, latest, and most developed reproduction technique.

For me it seemed only logical to combine those two techniques."

...
"The actual creative part is the choosing of the image, size and frequency. This all happens on the computer. Until then the image exists only virtually. Then I transfer a computer print on to the wood plate.
The cutting process is more something like a meditation, where I am concentrated but still have my mind open. I use an old specially sharpened kitchen knife."

...
"I was reading Paul Virilio and thought about how we live in a time when things speed up so much. There is so much more movement in our physical lives than 20 years ago. But also the time of information and communication has sped up in an extreme way. Because we are expecting such quick responses to our communications we miss the time for the thinking process and also to really prioritize."

From an interview with Christiane Baumgartner by Jose Roca and the Philagrafika | Blog - for the full interview, see below

http://philagrafika.blogspot.com/2009/05/interview-christiane-baumgartner.html

Happy Birthday Bike Girl - This one's for you SK❤️⁠⁠In Rivers early work of the 1950s and 1960s, he filled paper and can...
06/23/2021

Happy Birthday Bike Girl - This one's for you SK❤️⁠

In Rivers early work of the 1950s and 1960s, he filled paper and canvases with clearly recognizable images while revealing the process of making them. When he would encounter the problem of correcting marks on a litho stone, it was not intimidating. Erasures and pentimenti had long been a part of River's style. With solid bold colors layered with wide brush strokes, this piece exemplifies River's style. Bike Girl II is an abstracted vision of a girl biking through an outdoor landscape. Whimsical yet minimalistic, Rivers has framed the image with a thick black line containing the movement into a forward motion.⁠

Larry Rivers⁠
Bike Girl, 1958⁠
Lithograph⁠
20 x 26"⁠
Edition 30⁠
Printer Robert Blackburn⁠
Publisher ULAE⁠

@ULAE⁠

#Lithograph #LarryRivers #Lithography #ULAE #collectprints #Printmaking #JimKempnerFineArt #robertblackburn #robertblackburnprintmakingworkshop

Happy Birthday Bike Girl - This one's for you SK❤️⁠

In Rivers early work of the 1950s and 1960s, he filled paper and canvases with clearly recognizable images while revealing the process of making them. When he would encounter the problem of correcting marks on a litho stone, it was not intimidating. Erasures and pentimenti had long been a part of River's style. With solid bold colors layered with wide brush strokes, this piece exemplifies River's style. Bike Girl II is an abstracted vision of a girl biking through an outdoor landscape. Whimsical yet minimalistic, Rivers has framed the image with a thick black line containing the movement into a forward motion.⁠

Larry Rivers⁠
Bike Girl, 1958⁠
Lithograph⁠
20 x 26"⁠
Edition 30⁠
Printer Robert Blackburn⁠
Publisher ULAE⁠

@ULAE⁠

#Lithograph #LarryRivers #Lithography #ULAE #collectprints #Printmaking #JimKempnerFineArt #robertblackburn #robertblackburnprintmakingworkshop

2 Days until the summer solstice!!!  ⁠⁠Today we honor the long hours of sunlight with gallery artist Randy Regier's gaso...
06/18/2021

2 Days until the summer solstice!!! ⁠

Today we honor the long hours of sunlight with gallery artist Randy Regier's gasoline-fueled model of the blazing sun. There is so much power in Regier's humor and inventiveness. To get a wonderful glimpse of who Randy Regier is as an artist and as a human being, go to the interview and short film found here: http://www.estheticlens.com/2017/10/15/5-questions-randy-regier/. To learn more about available works by Regier currently in the gallery, please contact us at [email protected] or 212-206-6872.⁠

Randy Regier⁠
"Blazing Model Sun", 2011⁠
Mixed media, steel, found objects⁠
10 x 10 x 10"⁠
Edition of 5

3 days to the summer solstice.  ⁠⁠“I see art-making as a ritual, a meditation [...] It’s to exclude myself from society ...
06/17/2021

3 days to the summer solstice. ⁠

“I see art-making as a ritual, a meditation [...] It’s to exclude myself from society and to create my own rites." -Ugo Rondinone⁠

We continue to acknowledge and to celebrate this time of year, here with four of Ugo Rondinone's "Sun" prints from a series of 8 - 6 large (5 feet x 5 feet) and 2 small (3 feet x 3 feet).⁠

1. "SUN 2", 2019⁠
Silkscreen in colors on Rising 4-ply Museum Board⁠
60 x 60 inches (152.5 x 152.5 cm)⁠
Edition of 30⁠

2. "SUN 5", 2019⁠
Silkscreen in colors on Rising 4-ply Museum Board⁠
60 x 60 inches (152.5 x 152.5 cm)⁠
Edition of 30⁠

3. A photograph by celebrated land art photographer, Gianfranco Gorgoni (represented by Jim Kempner Fine Art) of Ugo Rondinone's "Seven Magic Mountains", 2016, land art work produced by the Art Production Fund (@artproductionfund) and the Nevada Museum of Art (@nevadaart), and located near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15, approximately ten miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada.⁠

4. "SMALL SUN 1", 2019⁠
Silkscreen in colors on Rising 4-ply Museum Board⁠
36 x 36 inches (91.5 x 91.5 cm)⁠
Edition of 50⁠

5. "SMALL SUN 2", 2019⁠
Silkscreen in colors on Rising 4-ply Museum Board⁠
36 x 36 inches (91.5 x 91.5 cm)⁠
Edition of 50⁠

6. Another photograph by renowned photographer, Gianfranco Gorgoni of Ugo Rondinone's "Seven Magic Mountains", 2016, in Nevada.⁠

Please contact the gallery for more information about the "Sun" series by Rondinone, and visit www.jimkempner.com to learn more about Gianfranco Gorgoni.

4 days until the summer solstice when the balance of the seasons shifts, and the hours of sunlight begin to wane.  This ...
06/16/2021

4 days until the summer solstice when the balance of the seasons shifts, and the hours of sunlight begin to wane. This solstice has often been connected to one's fortune in the coming months. So, get out and celebrate these many hours of sunlight!!! ⁠

Hung in the gallery now, we have Robert Rauschenberg's "Bellini #2", 1987. Rauschenberg placed Giovanni Bellini's (c. 1430-1516) Fortune in the center of this image - taken from one of Bellini's four, small, panel paintings of the Virtues. Fortune, floating in an unstable boat, precariously balances a sphere with the help of the putti. This all somehow seems so relevant to our present day. ⁠

Rauschenberg's Bellini series is made up of 5 works - pictured is #2 in the series.⁠

Robert Rauschenberg⁠
"Bellini #2", 1987⁠
Intaglio in 11 colors on Arches paper⁠
58 7/8 in. x 37 1/4 in. (149.54 cm x 94.62 cm)⁠
Edition 18/48⁠
Signed, numbered and framed⁠

To view more Rauschenberg works currently in the gallery, visit our website: https://www.jimkempnerfineart.com/robert-rauschenberg

For inquiries, please call 212-206-6872 or write to us at [email protected].

As we draw closer to the summer solstice (Sunday, June 20), we are reminded of time.  Pictured here is the latest collab...
06/15/2021

As we draw closer to the summer solstice (Sunday, June 20), we are reminded of time. Pictured here is the latest collaborative work by LigoranoReese (@ligorano). In their description of the work, they mention the hour glass, astronomical instruments, Vladimir and Estragon of Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" and the long hiatus of this past year. ⁠

Time. ⁠

LIGORANO/REESE⁠
"The Essential Doesn’t Change. Nothing To Be Done", 2021⁠
Two 6-inch glass globes, MDF lacquer bases, 3-D printed feet, black mica and white silica sand⁠
Each globe: approximately 7 1/2 inches high; base: approximately 5 3/4 inches in circumference⁠
Edition of 5 + 1AP⁠

"Comprised of a pair of glass globes on lacquered bases, the edition revisits a recurrent form in our collaborative work – namely, the form of a snow globe. In this latest iteration, the vessels are no longer filled with water but are instead filled with sand, a choice of materials that alters and transforms them to suggest hour glasses or astronomical instruments. The globes appear to hover over the surfaces they are placed on. Their roundness, color and contrast propose dependence and interdependence, a marriage of inversions greater than the sum of its parts.⁠

“While working on them, the globes became our constant companions in the studio, compatriots to the passing of time. As their presence grew they began personifying the characters Vladimir and Estragon on their quest for meaning in Irish writer Samuel Beckett’s existential play Waiting for Godot, from which the title comes. The Essential Doesn’t Change. Nothing To Be Done symbolizes for us the long hiatus from collective experiences that we all passed through over the past year.”⁠

For more information on LigoranoReese, please visit our website: https://www.jimkempnerfineart.com/nora-ligorano-and-marshall-reese.

To inquire about the work pictured here, please contact us at 212-206-6872 or [email protected].

Yesterday, we were lucky to have Jay Kelly (@jaykelly.nyc) stop by the gallery to drop off this gorgeous new sculpture. ...
06/11/2021

Yesterday, we were lucky to have Jay Kelly (@jaykelly.nyc) stop by the gallery to drop off this gorgeous new sculpture. A couple hours later it was sold. ⁠

"Just like his obsessively labored sculptures Jay Kelly seems to move fluently through centuries. Not agreeing on the now. His pieces tell a story of yearning for a time that never existed. Like props or artifacts from a world just beyond reach - that seem all too familiar but, then again, elude understanding."⁠
- from a reflection on Jay Kelly by artist Suzanne Levesque (@suzanne.levesque.art)⁠

Jay Kelly⁠
"Untitled #532", 2021⁠
Metal, Japanese paper, archival glue and enamel paint⁠
7 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 2 3/4”⁠

Stop by the gallery to see more work by Jay Kelly, including his drawings, paintings and, of course, his sculpture. You can also visit our website: https://www.jimkempnerfineart.com/jay-kelly

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