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Kasmin Gallery

Oedipus

  • Saint Clair Cemin

Press for Oedipus

Current Exhibitions at Kasmin Gallery


Indeterminate Hypothesis

  • Bernar Venet,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 12, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Painters of the East End

  • Mary Abbott,
  • Nell Blaine,
  • Perle Fine,
  • Helen Frankenthaler,
  • Jane Freilicher,
  • Elaine de Kooning,
  • Lee Krasner,
  • Joan Mitchell,
  • Charlotte Park,
  • Betty Parsons,
  • Jane Wilson,
  • Opens: Jul. 11, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Jul. 11, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Levity/Density

  • Alexander Calder,
  • John Chamberlain,
  • Mark di Suvero,
  • Alicja Kwade,
  • George Rickey,
  • Joel Shapiro,
  • David Smith,
  • Opens: Jul. 11, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Jul. 11, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Monuments

  • James Nares,
  • Opens: May. 23, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 29, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Brancusi: The Photographer

  • Constantin Brancusi,
  • Opens: May. 16, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 29, 2019
  • Reception: May. 16, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Corks

  • Jasper Morrison,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 29, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sheer Presence: Monumental Paintings By Robert Motherwell

  • Robert Motherwell,
  • Opens: Mar. 21, 2019
  • Closes: May. 18, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Plants, Minerals, And Animals

  • David Wiseman,
  • Opens: Mar. 14, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 27, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dedicated

  • Naama Tsabar,
  • Opens: Mar. 13, 2019
  • Closes: May. 04, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Different Pose

  • Jan-Ole Schiemann,
  • Opens: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Closes: May. 04, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

weald

  • Theodora Allen,
  • Opens: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 09, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Polaroid Portraits

  • Andy Warhol,
  • Opens: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Les Lalanne

  • Les Lalanne,
  • Opens: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 09, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works from the Collection of John Ashbery

  • Alex Katz,
  • Jane Freilicher,
  • Helen Frankenthaler,
  • Fairfield Porter,
  • Joe Brainard,
  • Larry Rivers,
  • Group show,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Barbary

  • Walton Ford,
  • Opens: Oct. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Brancusi & Duchamp: The Art of Dialogue

  • Constantin Brancusi,
  • Marcel Duchamp,
  • Opens: Sep. 20, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mural Studies

  • Lee Krasner,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lines Thicken: Stuart Davis in Black and White

  • Stuart Davis,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

SEED - curated by Yvonne Force

  • Theodora Allen,
  • Morgan Blair,
  • Sascha Braunig,
  • Cecily Brown,
  • Ginny Casey,
  • Jessica Craig-Martin,
  • Lacey Dorn,
  • Rachel Feinstein,
  • Vanessa German,
  • Loie Hollowell,
  • Shara Hughes,
  • Baseera Khan,
  • Sanam Khatibi,
  • Kate Klingbeil,
  • Hein Koh,
  • Emily Marie Miller,
  • Wangechi Mutu,
  • Sophia Narrett,
  • Katherina Olschbaur,
  • Yoko Ono,
  • Ebony G. Patterson,
  • Sarah Peters,
  • Ruby Sky Stiler,
  • Claire Tabouret,
  • Ambera Wellmann,
  • Summer Wheat,
  • Robin F. Williams,
  • HieJin Yoo,
  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Sarah Zapata,
  • Opens: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Almost Solid Light: New Work from Mexico

  • Adrián S. Bará,
  • José Davila,
  • Pablo Davila,
  • Cynthia Gutiérrez,
  • Circe Irasema,
  • Valentina Jager,
  • Mario Navarro,
  • Jerónimo Reyes Retana,
  • Gabriel Rico,
  • Javier M. Rodríguez,
  • Claudia Peña Salinas,
  • Federico Pérez Villoro,
  • Tezontle,
  • Fabiola Torres-Alzaga,
  • Alvaro Ugarte,
  • Opens: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Work

  • Elliott Puckette,
  • Opens: Apr. 19, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 15, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 19, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Hare is Metaphor

  • Barry Flanagan,
  • Opens: Apr. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 09, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 18, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paintings from the 1950's

  • Jane Freilicher,
  • Opens: Apr. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 09, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 18, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Oedipus

  • Saint Clair Cemin
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Fra Angelico / Opus Operantis

  • Robert Polidori,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cut Outs

  • Alex Katz,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Robert Indiana

  • Robert Indiana,
  • Opens: Jan. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 18, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Landscapes

  • Tina Barney,
  • Opens: Jan. 17, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 17, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Money Shot

  • Judith Bernstein,
  • Opens: Jan. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 18, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Umber Paintings

  • Lee Krasner,
  • Opens: Nov. 09, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 13, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 09, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works on Paper, 1961 – 2009

  • David Hockney,
  • Opens: Nov. 09, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 13, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 09, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Caryatides

  • Bosco Sodi,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

ONE NIGHT EVENT: Book Signing

  • Tina Barney,
  • Peter Galassi,
  • Opens: Oct. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 05, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Enormity of the Possible

  • Milton Avery,
  • Charles Burchfield,
  • Stuart Davis,
  • Elie Nadelman,
  • Helen Torr,
  • John Mari,
  • Mark Rothko,
  • Jackson Pollock,
  • Lee Krasner,
  • Gaston Lachaise,
  • Arthur Dove,
  • Oscar Bluemner,
  • Charles Demuth,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 28, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Art of Collage

  • Robert Motherwell,
  • Opens: Apr. 14, 2016
  • Closes: May. 21, 2016
  • Reception: Apr. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Watercolors

  • Walton Ford,
  • Opens: May. 01, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 21, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Life in Death

  • Chaim Soutine,
  • Opens: Apr. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mute Parade

  • Iván Navarro,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 26, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works on Paper, 1951 - 1991

  • Robert Motherwell,
  • Opens: Oct. 30, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 03, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 30, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Myth and Math

  • Saint Clair Cemin
  • Opens: Oct. 30, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2014
  • Reception: Oct. 30, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Four Decades

  • Tina Barney,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 20, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bloodflames Revisited

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings

  • Jiri Georg Dokoupil,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 07, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The New York School, 1969: Henry Geldzahler at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Alexander Caler,
  • John Chamberlain,
  • Joseph Cornell,
  • Mark di Suvero,
  • Dan Flavin,
  • Adolph Gottlieb,
  • Hans Hoffman,
  • Donald Judd,
  • Ellsworth Kelly,
  • Roy Lichtenstein,
  • Morris Louis,
  • Robert Morris,
  • Robert Motherwell,
  • Isamu Noguchi,
  • Kenneth Noland,
  • Claes Oldenberg,
  • Jules Olitski,
  • Robert Rauschenberg,
  • James Rosenquist,
  • Frank Stella,
  • Andy Warhol,
  • Opens: Jan. 13, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 13, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Naturalia

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jan. 19, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 04, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 19, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

High Speed Drawings

  • James Nares,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Once Everything Was Much Better Even The Future

  • Nir Hod,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Copley: Women

  • William N. Copley,
  • Opens: Jan. 26, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawings, 1962 - 1973

  • William N. Copley,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 07, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

No Kidding

  • Deborah Kass,
  • Opens: Dec. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Dec. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Written Trace, curated by Ariella Wolens

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 25, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 14, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Moment

  • Santi Moix,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Two Rooms

  • Will Ryman,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Shape as Form

  • Frank Stella,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 10, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Angles

  • Bernar Venet,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 25, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Les Lalanne

  • François-Xavier Lalanne,
  • Claude Lalanne,
  • Opens: Mar. 26, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Acephalous Series

  • Laylah Ali,
  • Opens: Mar. 25, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings

  • Caio Fonseca,
  • Opens: Mar. 25, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Nyoman Masriadi

  • Nyoman Masriadi,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 18, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Psyche

  • Saint Clair Cemin
  • Opens: May. 26, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 19, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Celestial Tales

  • Tai Xiangzhou,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 03, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lost Downtown

  • Peter Hujar,
  • Opens: Jan. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 27, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 28, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Transboundary

  • Naama Tsabar,
  • Opens: Jul. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Jul. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

We now must say goodbye

  • Taner Ceylan,
  • Opens: Oct. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Blancs

  • Simon Hantai,
  • Opens: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 05, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paramyths, Sculpture 1934 – 1967

  • Max Ernst,
  • Opens: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 05, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Unbalanced

  • Kenneth Noland,
  • Opens: Jan. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 27, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 28, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Morris Louis/Landon Metz

  • Morris Louis,
  • Landon Metz,
  • Opens: Mar. 03, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 09, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 03, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

PORTRAITS

  • James Nares,
  • Opens: Mar. 03, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 03, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Thermoplastic Flux

  • Roxy Paine,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Doubletake

  • Ian Davenport,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Farewell Transmission

  • Roxy Paine,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 01, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Arcs

  • Bernar Venet,
  • Opens: Mar. 09, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 09, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Les Lalanne

  • Les Lalanne,
  • Opens: Mar. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Art of Whipped Cream

  • Mark Ryden,
  • Opens: May. 20, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 21, 2017
  • Reception: May. 20, 2017
  • Hours: 4 - 6pm
  • Admission: free

Impasse Ronsin

  • Constantin Brancusi,
  • William N. Copley,
  • Max Ernst,
  • Yves Klein,
  • Les Lalanne,
  • Larry Rivers,
  • Niki de Saint Phalle,
  • Jean Tinguely,
  • Jimmy Metcalf,
  • Opens: Oct. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Big Brother: Teaching Staff for a School of Murderers

  • Max Ernst,
  • Opens: Mar. 30, 2017
  • Closes: May. 13, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 30, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Farewell Transmission

  • Roxy Paine,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 01, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Curators’ Eggs

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jul. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Jul. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Early Paintings

  • Robert Motherwell,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Mar 08 - Apr 14, 2018

  • Reception: Mar 08, 6 - 8pm

Where

Kasmin Gallery

  • 293 10th Ave, New York NY 10001 Map
  • 212.563.4474

About

Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new sculpture by Brazilian artist Saint Clair Cemin. This will be Cemin’s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. Oedipus takes on the renowned and influential Greek tragedy in order to interrogate the commanding force that human action can impose over what we perceive to be ‘destiny.’ Furthering the artist’s investigation into the symbolism of ancient mythology, the exhibition presents a new, twenty-part work alongside three sculptures that act as monuments to the power of language and family. The exhibition is on view at the gallery’s 293 Tenth Ave location between March 8 - April 14, 2018.

The exhibition’s title work, Oedipus, functions as its focal point and represents Cemin’s first exploration into the form of narrative sculpture; a traditional folk practice popular in his native Northeastern Brazil. Twenty sculptural tableaux are cast in bronze, each presented on an individual plinth and placed in a spiral formation that curves into the center of the gallery. Tiresias, the blind prophet of Apollo, revered for his clairvoyance, takes the role of narrator and sits at the center of the configuration, posed gesticulating as though in the midst of a passionate retelling of the tragedy.

The scenes, while remaining true to the myth’s original narrative, are humorously embellished by Cemin to include an array of carnivalesque incarnations of the tragic hero. Oedipus takes on a human form when confronting the emblematic Sphynx; a monstrous figure when he meets Iocasta; a giant, raging baby when he murders Laius; and lastly a helpless, blind chimpanzee being led by the hand of Antigone. This act of retelling—its ability to create anew as it amends what was before—is a central facet of the exhibition. By contributing his own unique rendering of Oedipus to the manifold versions belonging to literary and oral history, Cemin underscores the nature of storytelling: its inherently transmutable essence; its ability to espouse a central philosophical tenet even as the particularities of the narrative shift and mutate.

Three works presented in the second room of the gallery are what Cemin refers to as ‘domestic monuments,’ each depicting a Greek character: ‘Logos,’ ‘Ismene’ and ‘Hipolitos.’ ‘Logos,’ realized in the form of a large-scale parrot on a green perch, embodies the spirit of the incantatory word such as that referred to by St John in the gospel. ‘Ismene’, sister of Antigone, represents a monument to the lesser-celebrated sibling. ‘Hipolitos’ is the charioteer: the ambition of young prince Chryssipous before he was brutally abducted by Laius, thus initiating the drama of Oedipus and the house of Thebes. The works have all been forged in Cemin’s foundry just ten miles outside of Thebes (the city of which Oedipus, according to the myth, was King.)

Cemin’s broad sculptural vocabulary has developed over his four decades as an artist and is articulated in a range of materials with subjects both figurative and abstract, drawing on traditions from across the globe and cannibalizing a range of aesthetic movements from modernism to folk art. The artist lives and works between Brooklyn, New York, and Beijing, China.

Cemin’s work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France; Emily Fisher Landau Collection, Long Island City, NY; Rooseum, Stockholm, Sweden; Eli Broad Family Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; and Inhotim, Minas Gerais, Brazil, among many others.


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