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  • Sean Kelly Gallery - Johan Grimonprez - Artist Biography
    recycled images taken from news broadcasts Hollywood movies animated films and commercials As a child of the first TV generation the artist mixes reality and fiction in a new way and presents history as a multi perspective dimension open to manipulation Grimonprez s Looking for Alfred 2005 plays with the theme of the double through simulations and reversals The point of departure is the film director Alfred Hitchcock and his legendary guest appearances in his own films Innumerable Hitchcock doppelgangers act out a mysterious game of confusion in which Hitchcock meets Hitchcock This puzzling game of confusion also pays tribute to the pictorial cosmos of the Surrealist painter René Magritte Looking for Alfred won the International Media Award ZKM Germany in 2005 as well as the European Media Award in 2006 His full length feature Double Take 2009 received the Black Pearl Award at the Abu Dhabi film festival a Spirit Award and was an official selection of both the Berlin and Sundance Film Festivals His current film project The Shadow World was awarded a production grant from the Sundance Institute Grimonprez s productions have traveled the main festival circuit from Telluride Los Angeles Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo and

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  • Sean Kelly Gallery - Candida Höfer - Artist Biography
    Ruff Known for her meticulously composed large scale color images of architectural interiors Höfer s oeuvre explores the structure presentation and influence of space Interested in the psychological impact of design and the contrast between a room s intended and actual use Höfer has focused her lens on cultural and institutional buildings such as libraries hotels museums concert halls and palaces Whilst devoid of people the images allow us to consider the role of their missing inhabitants The large scale nature of the work invites the viewer to linger over the architectural details and contemplate the subtle shifts in light that make up the character of the space On her decision to exclude people from her photographs Höfer has said it became apparent to me that what people do in these spaces and what these spaces do to them is clearer when no one is present just as an absent guest is often the subject of a conversation Höfer s internationally recognized work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Kunsthalle in Basel and in Berne Museum Folkwang in Essen the Louvre in Paris the Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin and most recently at the Kunstmuseum Luzerne Her

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  • Sean Kelly Gallery - Rebecca Horn - Artist Biography
    The Feathered Prison Fan in Der Eintänzer 1978 or The Peacock Machine in La Ferdinanda 1981 In the 1980s and 1990s huge installations were created out of and dedicated to places charged with political and historical importance With her kinetic sculptures the artist releases and rediverts the weight of the past on these physical spaces as for example in Concert in Reverse 1997 in Münster where an old municipal tower turns out to be an execution site for the Third Reich or in Vienna with the Tower of the Nameless 1994 where she sets a monument to the refugees from Balkan states in the form of a tower with mechanically playing violins In Weimar the Concert for Buchenwald was composed on the premises of a former tram depot The artist has layered 40 metre long walls of ashes behind glass as archives of petrifaction In Mirror of the Night 1998 at a derelict synagogue in Cologne she uses the energy of writing textured to counter historical amnesia To work with energy in this way can also mean to set the turbulence of passion as a magnetic flow into the space as we see in High Moon 1991 in New York or in El Rio de la Luna 1992 in Barcelona The circulatory systems of mercury pumps atmospheric energies like sonorous structures or voiced lamentations metamorphose in recent works into an incorporeity of space that is filled with newly generated energy at an old monastery church on Majorca in Moon Mirror 2003 the artist sets up an invisible yet tangible column of energy that spans the space between a rotating mirror on the floor and a vortex of light high up in the cupola With the outdoor installation Spiriti di Madreperla 2002 she transforms Italy s largest city square the Piazza

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  • Sean Kelly Gallery - Tehching Hsieh - Artist Biography
    Hsieh arrived at the port of a small town by the Delaware River near Philadelphia He was an illegal immigrant for fourteen years until he was granted amnesty in the US in 1988 Beginning in the late 1970s Hsieh made five One Year Performances and a Thirteen year Plan inside and outside his studio in New York City Using long durations of time as context for the work making art and life simultaneous the first four One Year Performances made Hsieh a regular name in the art scene in New York the last two pieces in which he intentionally retreated from the art world set a tone of sustained invisibility Since the Millennium released from the restriction of not showing his works during the period of the Thirteen year Plan Hsieh has exhibited his work in North and South America Asia and Europe Hsieh s One Year Performance 1978 1979 often referred to as Cage Piece was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in Performance 1 Tehching Hsieh in 2009 One Year Performance 1980 1981 often referred to as Time Clock Piece was included in The Third Mind Artists Contemplate Asia 1860 1989 at the Guggenheim Museum 2009 the

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  • Sean Kelly Gallery - Callum Innes - Artist Biography
    worldwide Innes tends to work alternately on a number of disparate series each of which he repeatedly revisits In his Exposed Paintings a single color mixed by the artist is brushed on to the canvas Turpentine is then repeatedly applied by brush to remove the paint before it begins to dry Innes washes away or as he has described it unpaints the canvas leaving all but the faintest vestigial traces of color The result reveals varied veils of color buried within the seemingly monochromatic single pigment Each finished painting thus suggests a freezing in time of the otherwise momentary arrest of an ongoing process The play between the additive and subtractive process the making and unmaking underlies this sophisticated body of work Innes joined Sean Kelly gallery in 1997 He was awarded the Jerwood Prize for Painting in 2002 and the Nat West Prize in 1998 In 1995 Innes was short listed for the Turner Prize His critically acclaimed museum exhibition From Memory traveled throughout Europe and Australia and the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester England recently presented an exhibition of his oil paintings and watercolours Innes s work is included in many major public collections worldwide including the Tate

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  • Sean Kelly Gallery - Idris Khan - Artist Biography
    late Caravaggio paintings he then builds up the layers of scans digitally which allows him to meticulously control minute variances in contrast brightness and opacity The resultant images are often large scale C prints with surfaces that have a remarkable optical intensity This visual layering also occurs in Khan s videos such as Last Three Piano Sonatas after Franz Schubert a three channel video installation wherein he films multiple camera angles that capture numerous performances of the sonatas Schubert composed on his deathbed The work is both an elegy and a paean to creative genius As Khan explains The last three sonatas form a kind of cycle and thus illuminate one another when performed Thematic rhythmic and harmonic links are evident between the movement of each sonata and they also hold the idea that each piece is in some way inhabiting the persona of the lonely alienated wanderer As with his richly layered photographic images the meaning of the work emerges slowly and experientially with the passage of time Khan s oeuvre has expanded to include sculpture and painting For sculptural works using materials such as steel plates cubes and horizontal stone slabs Khan sandblasts the surface with templates of musical scores or prayers continuing his investigation into the ways in which cultural visual cinematic and temporal memories coalesce into a dense synesthetic whole In 2012 Khan was commissioned by the British Museum in London to create a new wall drawing for the exhibition Hajj Journey to the Heart of Islam In addition to the wall drawing Khan s stunning floor sculpture Seven Times was installed in the museum s majestic Great Court In March of the same year The New York Times Magazine commissioned Khan to create a new body of work that was published in their London issue

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  • Sean Kelly Gallery - The Estate of Poul Kjærholm - Artist Biography
    craft techniques with industrial production After a series of experiments with molded materials Kjærholm developed his mature method treating steel construction with the delicacy and precision of traditional woodworking techniques Kjærholm s aesthetic revolved around open modular structures in which ornament and historical references were stripped away to reveal the beauty of the materials and the quality of the construction During his lifetime Kjærholm was honored with numerous awards including

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  • Sean Kelly Gallery - Joseph Kosuth - Artist Biography
    conceptual works which were first shown in 1967 at the exhibition space he co founded known as the Museum of Normal Art In 1969 Kosuth held his first solo exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery New York and in the same year became the American editor of the journal Art and Language From 1971 1972 he studied anthropology and philosophy at the New School for Social Research New York The philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein among others influenced the development of his art from the late sixties to mid seventies Kosuth s work has consistently explored the production and role of language and meaning within art His nearly forty year inquiry into the relation of language to art has taken the form of installations museum exhibitions public commissions and publications throughout Europe the Americas and Asia including Documenta V VI VII and IX 1972 1978 1982 1992 and the Biennale di Venezia in 1976 1993 and 1999 Recently he exhibited Il Linguaggio dell Equilibrio The Language of Equilibrium at the Monastic Headquarters of the Mekhitarian Order on the island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni Venice This was presented concurrently with the 2007 Biennale di Venezia Awards include the Brandeis Award 1990 Frederick

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