Press Release

Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to participate in Frieze New York, May 9 - 12, 2014, Stand C15 with a presentation of influential contemporary and modern artists including Mattia Bonetti, Saint Clair Cemin, Taner Ceylan, Jiri Georg Dokoupil, Nir Hod, Deborah Kass, David LaChapelle, Santi Moix, James Nares, Iván Navarro, Jules Olitski, Erik Parker, and Will Ryman.

The Gallery will debut never-before-exhibited artworks by Saint Clair Cemin, Taner Ceylan, Nir Hod, Santi Moix, James Nares, Iván Navarro, Erik Parker, and Will Ryman at Frieze New York. New sculptural works by Moix, evocative of the artist’s merger of the abstract and figurative, will be on view alongside Rollercoaster, a stainless steel sculpture by Cemin.

Nir Hod’s Arab Spring will offer a window into his larger body of work Once Everything Was Much Better Even the Future, which positions fragile and paradoxical elements of life within an unending, cyclical narrative. As flames engulf a lush bloom, Hod uses recognizable contemporary iconography as symbolic references, articulating a universal identity in its romantic interpretation.

James Nares, whose monograph by Rizzoli will be published this spring, will debut a new artwork from his Speed Drawings series. As with his renowned paintings created using self-customized brushes, the new works on paper seek to capture the very moment of their creation, further developing Nares’s exploration of kinetics. 

From Will Ryman, the Gallery will premiere a new sculptural tableau made of finely crushed coal and teeth coated in gold leaf. Similar to his installation America, recently acquired by the New Orleans Museum of Art, the series explores the artist’s geometrical constructions and re-examination of traditional shapes and motifs.

Taner Ceylan’s use of iconography will be exhibited in his new drawing Divine Ego, inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights. While the background of Ceylan’s graphite on paper work draws on Bosch’s masterpiece, the piece’s foreground presents a veiled angel who appears to survey the mortal landscape, his expression inscrutable.

Iván Navarro will debut a new socio-politically charged neon work, following his recent installation This Land is Your Land in New York’s Madison Square Park. The first painting from a new series by Erik Parker will also premiere at the fair, combining aspects from his previous bodies of work: portrait heads, hieroglyphics and landscapes.

Additionally, the Gallery is delighted to present 4 Barbras, from Deborah Kass’s celebrated The Jewish Jackie Series, which showcases Kass’s decades-long career and appropriation based works that unceasingly probe the themes of personal identity, politics, and popular culture. Previously a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting (1991), Kass was inducted into NYFA’s Hall of Fame in April 2014, a testament to her ongoing contribution to the arts.

Following the recent exhibition Jules Olitski: Mitt Paintings, the Gallery will further showcase Olitski’s unique and tactile approach to painting at Frieze New York. The work will highlight Olitski’s spontaneous and visceral decisions as he spread gels and acrylics over his canvases with painter’s mitts.


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