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This is an installation view of the group exhibition titled “10” in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the group exhibition titled “10” in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the group exhibition titled “10” in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the group exhibition titled “10” in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the group exhibition titled “10” in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the group exhibition titled “10” in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the group exhibition titled “10” in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the group exhibition titled “10” in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the group exhibition titled “10” in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.
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Works

This is a work titled Young Woman with Cap and Cigarette in Left Hand by artist Jeanne Mammen. The materials are Pencil on thin off-white wove paper, and the dimensions are 31 inches by 25 inches.This is a work titled Buffalo Ballet by artist David Shrigley made in 2018. The materials are Oil on linen, and the dimensions are 63 inches by 42 inches.This is a painting titled Self-Portraits at Hamilton Madison House by artist Aliza Nisenbaum made in 2018. The materials are oil on linen, and the dimensions are 77 inches by 63 inches.This is a painting named The Shirt by Louise Bonnet made in 2017.  The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 30 by 40 inches.This is a painting titled Shy Woman by artist Julie Curtiss made in 2017. The materials for the work are vinyl paint and oil on canvas, the dimensions are 40 inches by 30 inches. This is a painting titled Woman in the City by artist Heidi Hahn made in 2017. The materials are oil on panel, and the dimensions are 24 inches by 20 inches. This is a work titled Shield by artist Alice Tippit made in 2017. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 13 inches by 10 inches.This is a work titled Blanche by artist Alice Tippit made in 2017. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 18 inches by 14 inches.This is a painting titled Funky Boots by artist Julie Curtiss made in 2017. The materials for the work are acrylic and oil on canvas, the dimensions are 24 inches by 20 inches. This is a painting titled The Body is Not Essential by artist Heidi Hahn made in 2016. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 20 inches by 24 inches. This is a painting titled The Body is Not Essential III by artist Heidi Hahn made in 2016. The materials are oil on panel, and the dimensions are 20 inches by 24 inches. This is a work titled Stacked Lingam in red, yellow, purple and green by artist Loie Hollowell made in 2016. The materials are oil paint, acrylic medium, sawdust and high-density foam on linen mounted on panel, and the dimensions are 48 inches by 36 inches.

Press Release

10
January 12 –
February 14, 2018

Anton Kern Gallery is pleased to present 10, a group show on the gallery’s third floor featuring ten painters whose work we rate at 11.

 

Spanning multiple generations, each artist selected creates intimate works that are immersed in a variety of modes of painting. Historic work from Jeanne Mammen (1890 – 1976, Berlin) and Huguette Caland (b. 1931, Lebanon) form two anchor points between which the younger artists’ works can be settled. Mammen, working in Weimar Berlin among the likes of Otto Dix and George Grosz, embraced Realism associated with the avant-garde; “real” not in verisimilitude of depiction, but real in the reference and in the sensation of reality, reflecting on the climate and zeitgeist of her time. Depicting mostly women, Mammen’s works belie a cunning and intuitive portraitist. Here, a pencil drawing of a Young Woman with Cap and Cigarette in Left Hand from c. 1935-40 is eerily fierce; the subject’s eyes and slight scowl, her defiant gesture of smoking, impress on the viewer an intense curiosity into what this woman’s history must be.

 

The second locus is Huguette Caland, whose soft modernism is charged by sexuality. Her embrace of body parts as conveyed via an abstract line was sensationally bold – particularly in consideration of her colorful life: fleeing her pedigreed upbringing in Lebanon for a bohemian one as an artist in Paris and later, Los Angeles. Caland’s two drawings in the exhibition are playfully erotic, with colorful lines merging to form figures of two faces kissing, while also suggesting that those lines might perhaps nod to other, more highly sexual, bodily connections.

 

The younger artists in this exhibition pick up among those two reference points and investigate areas of Modernism—Realism, Abstraction, as well as Surrealism and Conceptualism—that may have been previously overlooked. Julie Curtiss and Louise Bonnet tackle the surreal: Bonnet via irreverent characters with exaggerated features, and Curtiss via iconography of feminine beauty made bizarre. Loie Hollowell and Alice Tippit’s paintings continue in the use of abstraction and line as subtle allusions to human form. Hollowell’s bright shapes and patterns slowly reveal a wink to a naughtier undercurrent, and Tippit’s seemingly simple geometric images likewise function as cheekier optical illusion. Emily Sundblad is extending painting as an act of performance as well as emotional experience. The cast of women in Heidi Hahn and Jackie Gendel’s works are vivid and atmospheric; Hahn’s engage in the complications of psychology and experience in imagined landscapes and interiors, and Gendel’s reference historic fashionable sensibility. Aliza Nisenbaum carries the banner of portraiture ahead, her sharp eye focused on empathy and quietly political content. 

 

Together, the conversation that emerges among these 10 offers viewers an opportunity to contemplate the possibilities of painting.

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