Karen Kilimnik

303 Gallery, New York

Nov 2019 to 20 Dec 2019

303 Gallery presents the twelfth solo exhibition of the work of Karen Kilimnik. Throughout the gallery, more than 70 works of painting, photography, collage, sculpture and video, are displayed in the Petersburger style.

Karen Kilimnik
the theater of the gods, 2015 
Water soluble oil color and glitter on canvas
14 1/4 x 18 inches (36.2 x 45.7 cm) Signed and dated verso
© Karen Kilimnik, courtesy 303 Gallery, New York

Included in the exhibition is a new video of excerpts from the 19th century ballets, The Awakening of Flora by Marius Petipa, Reconstruction by Sergei Vikharev, music by Riccardo Drigo, with additional excerpts (Le Talisman, Pas D’Esclave and Animated Frescoes), as performed by the graduate students of The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, on the occasion of Opening Day of the 57th Carnegie International, and the 200th anniversary of Petipa’s birth. The video, The World at War, (2018) brings together clips from color and black and white films primarily set during World War II, selected for their music and their depictions of camaraderie between troops and officers singing, seen amid battle as well as off the field.

Karen Kilimnik
the fairy ship, 2016 
Wood ship, gems, archival glue
12 1/2 x 14 x 3 inches (31.8 x 35.6 x 7.6 cm)
© Karen Kilimnik, courtesy 303 Gallery, New York

These works combine the worlds of history, architecture, art, fashion, film and television, music and ballet, animals and nature, science and literature.

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2019 
Acrylic and gouache on unstretched canvas
59 1/2 x 64 inches (151.1 x 162.6 cm) Signed, dated verso
© Karen Kilimnik, courtesy 303 Gallery, New York

Recent major solo exhibitions dedicated to Karen Kilmnik’s work include Château De Malmaison, Rueil-Malmaison (2016); Le Consortium, Dijon – La Romanée Conti (2014); Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich (2012); Belvedere, Vienna (2010); Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (2006); Serpentine Gallery, London, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (2007); Fondazione Belvilacqua La Masa, Venice (2005); and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2002). Major group exhibitions include the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2018); Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2015); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2008), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and MoMA PS1, New York (both 2006); MoMA, New York (2005, 2001, 1999); Institute of Contemporary Art, London (1997, 1992); and Secession, Vienna (1994). In 2011, Kilimnik created a stage setting for the ballet Psyché by Alexei Ratmansky, at the Opéra national de Paris. Kilimnik lives and works in Philadelphia.

Karen Kilimnik
wind and lightning at the Tower of Pisa, Daron Puzzle Inc., 2019 
Foam board with plastic, glass and Swarovski crystals
12 x 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches (30.5 x 14.6 x 14.6 cm)
© Karen Kilimnik, courtesy 303 Gallery, New York