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BLACK + BLUE | Group Exhibition

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Chicago, Illinois (March 17, 2015) - KM Fine Arts is pleased to announce the second tier of their winter gallery series BLACK + BLUE: a dynamic group exhibition of sculptures and paintings by both contemporary New York and Los Angeles based KM artists along with secondary market masters, with an emphasis on the relationship between color and tenor. 

Featured in the exhibition are sculptures by Fernando Botero, Carole Feuerman, and Robert Indiana, as well as two-dimensional works by Georg Baselitz, Ramsey Dau, Francoise Gilot, Hans Hofmann, Wolf Kahn, Dana Louise Kirkpatrick, Victor Matthews, Ruth Pastine, and Cole Sternberg. The exhibition will be on view at KM Fine Arts | Chicago, 43 East Oak Street, Suite B, Chicago, IL, from March 17 – May 5, 2015. 

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Cole Sternberg’s questioning manifests engage the viewer in a dialog in an age of content overload, government control and the traditional hallmarks of good and evil humankind, from torture to consumption to hope. The works tend to be subtle or subversive in nature, driven by elegant visual concepts and poetry versus overt political statements.

Sternberg, with studios in Los Angeles and New York, has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at The American University Museum (Washington DC), Hochhaus Hansa (a Ruhr.2010 Museum, Dortmund, Germany, and Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND, Los Angeles, CA).  In 2013 Sternberg's projects included exhibitions with e105 Gallery (Berlin, Germany), and ARTed House (Wainscot, NY). His works can be found in major collections and publications throughout the world and have been published in two monographs. Sternberg has been featured in publications such as Whitewall Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Juxtapoz, Autre Magazine, and Suspend.

 

Dana Louise Kirkpatrick's bold, large-scale artworks in mixed media references elements of Modern art, German and Neo-Expressionism. She grapples with the dichotomies and contradictions embedded in contemporary Western culture, religion and humanity, using forceful iconography and a highly expressive technique. Born in Cambridge, MA.  She currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Many of the figures in Kirkpatrick’s work are often surreal depictions of the artist herself. Her work and confessional visual language, inspired and influenced by confessional artists Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin, grows from her fascination with, and empathy for, the constant existential duel between the isolated individual and the shared awareness of the group.

Notable collectors of Kirkpatrick’s work include Jorge Perez, Lyndley & Sam Schwab, Flea, Anthony Kiedis, Ian Montone, Dana White, Tim Hutton, Sonia Kushak, Cindy Crawford, Michael Lerch, Catherine Benett (CFDA), Roxanne & James Grant, Jon Breslerand, Stephen Nemeth, and Shepard Fairey.

 

Victor Matthews has produced work since the mid-’80s, alongside Haring, Basquiat, and Clemente. The serenity and active simplicity of the paintings suggest the way in which we all seek to be on intimate terms with the places we live in.

His work has been exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions in the US and abroad, including the 48th Venice Biennale, Museum Sala Uno (Rome), the Boca Musem of Art, the Guggenheim Museum (Venice), and The Sculpture Center (New York). In 2013, Matthews exhibited at the 55th Venice Biennale, for which a catalog was published. Friends and collectors Salmon Rushdie and Francesco Clemente wrote the introduction for this publication. His work was recently placed in the Credit Suisse Collection.

 

Ruth Pastine’s work focuses the phenomenological investigation of color and its optical invocation of temperature, light, and spacial interplay. Trained at The Cooper Union and Hunter College, her approach to painting and color theory is nearly scientific, but her complete paintings are intensely emotive. Working in oil on canvas, she utilizes limited palettes of complementary color systems through which she forms infinite color experiences. Her work can be found in significant public and private collections internationally. 

Ruth Pastine's exhibition, Present Tense, is currently on view at the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, California. More information on the exhibition can be found at the museum's website here: www.carnegieam.org

He studio in Ojai, California sits adjacent her husband, Gary Lang's studio, who's solo exhibition will open at KM Fine Arts | Chicago on May 9th, 2015.

 

Carole Feuerman currently lives and works in New York, New York. She is most known for her resin sculptures painted in oil, but she also utilizes other media such as bronze and stone. She developed a technique she calls “painting with fire” where she pours, splatters and splashes up to five different molten metals that are 2000 degrees in temperature.

Selected public collections include the El Paso Museum of Art, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Bass Museum, and Art St. Urban Museum. She has taught, lectured, and given workshops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, Columbia University, and Grounds for Sculpture. In 2011, she founded the Carole A. Feuerman Sculpture Foundation. Her works are included in the selected private collections of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, Irm and Norman Brahman, Joop Van Caldenborgh, Andrew Zaro and Lois Robbins, Mark Parker, William Mack, Robert and Soledad Hurst, and the Forbes Magazine Collection, among others.

Her monumental work, Grande Catalina, was featured in the 2007 Venice BiennaleTwo large-scale sculptures will also be featured in this year's 2015 Venice Biennale exhibition, Personal Structures. Carole Feuerman's upcoming solo exhibition at KM Fine Arts | Chicago is scheduled to open mid-July, 2015.

 

Ramsey Dau has focused on a body of work he terms “Future Primitivism” since 2012. Combining a personal graphic vocabulary of primitive shapes, pattern and expressionistic mark-making, with masterfully rendered photorealism, Dau creates a type of “painted collage” that explores the tension of opposites – between modern and primitive, geometric and abstract, the simple and complex. It is a body of work shaped both by chance, and a deliberate, prodigious exploration of personal aesthetics. When asked about the meaning of his work, he gives a somewhat existential answer:

I make work that I am drawn to make. Aesthetics plays a major role, but as to my motivation – I believe that to be buried in my subconscious. Modern neuropsychology emphasizes the power of the subconscious and questions the existence of free will, so maybe it is beyond my knowing. Perhaps, in time, it will reveal itself through the making of the work itself. Like some future archaeologist finding an ancient machine and trying to figure out what it is by plugging it in and letting it run – seeing what it makes.

Dau’s recent work has put him on the path of emergence. He was published in Modern Painters as one of 2014’s 25 Artists to Watch.

Ramsey Dau's first solo exhibition is scheduled to open at KM Fine Arts | Los Angeles on September 12, 2015.





 


BLACK + BLUE | Group Exhibition

Mar 17 – May 5, 2015