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KARMA

Group Show

  • Jean Conner,
  • Wally Hedrick,
  • Deborah Remington,
  • Franklin Williams
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    Jean Conner, Food Levitation, 1981
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    Jean Conner, Undersea, 1982
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    Jean Conner, Blue Pyramid, 1970
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Press for Group Show

Current Exhibitions at KARMA


Summer Group (Solo) Show

  • Henni Alftan,
  • Matt Hilvers,
  • Ruth Ige,
  • Andrew Sim,
  • Opens: Aug. 08, 2019
  • Closes: Sep. 15, 2019
  • Reception: Aug. 08, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

To live in hope.

  • Woody De Othello,
  • Opens: Jun. 27, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 04, 2019
  • Reception: Jun. 27, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I see with my body now

  • Paul Lee,
  • Opens: Apr. 04, 2019
  • Closes: May. 12, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 04, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works from 1968–1970

  • Robert Duran,
  • Opens: Feb. 21, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 31, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 21, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Auguries Cast Aside

  • Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili,
  • CAConrad,
  • Jason Dodge,
  • Tony Just,
  • Opens: Jan. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 17, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paul Mogensen

  • Paul Mogensen,
  • Opens: Sep. 27, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 04, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dike Blair

  • Dike Blair,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Gertrude Abercrombie - Organized With Dan Nadel

  • Gertrude Abercrombie,
  • Opens: Aug. 09, 2018
  • Closes: Sep. 16, 2018
  • Reception: Aug. 09, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sunset Moon

  • Ann Craven,
  • Opens: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Shelf Life

  • Mathew Cerletty,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2018
  • Reception: May. 05, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Matthew Wong

  • Matthew Wong,
  • Opens: Mar. 22, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 29, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 22, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

C-A-T Spells Murder

  • Alex Da Corte,
  • Opens: Feb. 17, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 18, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 17, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kinder Gentler Nation

  • Rita Ackermann,
  • Paweł Althamer,
  • Joan Brown,
  • Derrick Alexis Coard,
  • William N. Copley,
  • Barkley L. Hendricks,
  • Robert Hudson,
  • Cheyenne Julien,
  • Marie Laurencin,
  • Irving Marcus,
  • Barbara Nessim,
  • Woody De Othello,
  • Richard Prince,
  • Joseph Raffael,
  • Michael Williams,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 09, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Group Show

  • Jean Conner,
  • Wally Hedrick,
  • Deborah Remington,
  • Franklin Williams
  • Opens: Nov. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 5 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Pastel

  • Nicolas Party,
  • Opens: Sep. 24, 2017
  • Closes: Nov. 05, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 24, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Robert Grosvenor

  • Robert Grosvenor,
  • Opens: Jun. 22, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 13, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Faules Fundament (Rotten Foundation)!

  • Urs Fischer,
  • Opens: Aug. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Sep. 10, 2017
  • Reception: Aug. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Nov 12 - Dec 22, 2017

  • Reception: Nov 12, 5 - 8pm
  • Artist Talk: Nov 12, 5 - 6pm
  • Panel discussion with Jean Conner, Franklin Williams, and Dan Nadel moderated by Anastasia Aukeman: Sunday, November 12, 5pm

Where

KARMA

  • 188 East 2nd Street, New York NY 10009 Map
  • 212.390.8290

About

Karma is pleased to exhibit four presentations of artists who emerged in Northern California in the 1950s and 1960s. Artists in that place and time were not saddled with a canonical modernist art history, and were encouraged to reject dogma and follow their instincts. Jean Conner, Wally Hedrick, Deborah Remington, and Franklin Williams made idiosyncratic work that embraced memory, absurdity, sex, and protest as primary subjects for formally daring work in painting, collage, and sculpture. They are linked by attitude, camaraderie, the North Beach and the Fillmore neighborhoods of San Francisco, a handful of exhibition spaces, and a necessarily DIY art culture.

Clyfford Still’s ethos of, as the critic Thomas Albright put it, “the freedom and integrity of the artist as fundamentally indivisible from [their] art” was overarching for this constellation of artists. Remington and Hedrick, who were childhood friends, became familiar with this idea firsthand as students at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute), where Still’s influence was prevalent; they were also two of the cofounders of the now-infamous Six Gallery in San Francisco, where Allen Ginsberg first recited Howl. Jean Conner was, with Hedrick, a member of Bruce Conner’s Rat Bastard Protective Association; Williams developed his work in Oakland, was featured in Peter Selz’s Funk exhibition in 1967, and taught at the SFAI for over thirty years.

Conner’s collages demonstrate her prolific artistic activity from the late 1950s to the present. Comprised of found imagery taken from magazine pages, are surreal, witty meditations on contemporary life. Hedrick’s Black Paintings, made and remade over extant paintings to protest each war in the artist’s lifetime, are accompanied by his Dada-inflected image-based paintings from the 1990s. Remington’s Bay Area years are represented by mid-1950s pastoral abstractions and her breakthrough kimono-inspired gestural paintings from the early 1960s; Williams is exhibiting his highly suggestive color-infused soft sculptures and densely painted and sewn wall pieces, all of which made him a key figure in the area.

An illustrated publication, with an introductory essay and texts on each artist, will be released at the exhibition.

Special thanks to The Conner Family Trust, San Francisco; Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco; The Estate of Wally Hedrick; The Box, Los Angeles; The Deborah Williams Remington Charitable Trust for the Visual Arts, New York; Parker Gallery, Los Angeles.


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