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Marianne Boesky Gallery

Pure, Very, New

  • Paul Stephen Benjamin
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Press for Pure, Very, New

Current Exhibitions at Marianne Boesky Gallery


Recent Work

  • Frank Stella,
  • Opens: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Closes: May. 31, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Homesick

  • Andisheh Avini,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 06, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Staging Silence (3)

  • Hans Op de Beeck,
  • Opens: Feb. 23, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 06, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Pure, Very, New

  • Paul Stephen Benjamin
  • Opens: Jan. 19, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 19, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Holding Environment

  • John Houck,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Crescendo

  • Svenja Deininger,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

sometimes we circle the sun

  • Dashiell Manley,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Embedment

  • Anthony Pearson,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The White Wolf

  • Sue de Beer,
  • Opens: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Girl

  • Hans Op de Beeck,
  • Opens: Apr. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 09, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 26, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

More Than Words

  • Julia Dault,
  • Opens: Apr. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 09, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 26, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Frontier Ballads

  • Barnaby Furnas,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Chapter

  • Claudia Wieser,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Personal Effects in BLACK

  • Serge Alain Nitegeka,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 24, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The People’s Cries

  • Jessica Jackson Hutchins,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Arches

  • Dean Levin,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Falcon’s Fortress

  • Diana Al-Hadid,
  • Opens: Sep. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Another Look At Detroit: Parts 1 & 2, Curated by Todd Levin

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 08, 2014
  • Reception: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Frank Stella Sculptures

  • Frank Stella,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Something Beautiful, Curated by Nicolas Wagner & Khary Simon of CRUSHfanzine

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Material Image, Curated by Debra Singer

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Denuded Lens

  • Roxy Paine,
  • Opens: Sep. 04, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

IMAGE AND MATTER IN JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE 1970S, CURATED BY YUMIKO CHIBA

  • Group show,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hannah Van Bart

  • Hannah Van Bart,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2014
  • Reception: May. 03, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Uncanny Valley

  • Adam Helms,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 05, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Crunchy

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jan. 15, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 21, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mimetic Pleasures

  • Melissa Gordon,
  • Opens: Oct. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 09, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

a different sort of gravity

  • Matthias Bitzer,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

whatever, a vibrant holiday

  • Dashiell Manley,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Murmurs

  • Dorothea Tanning,
  • Opens: May. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 27, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

First Morning

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

Third Person

  • Jibade-Khalil Huffman,
  • Anthony Pearson,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 08, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Beverly Hills John

  • John Waters,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 14, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Plaster Positives and Etched Plasters

  • Anthony Pearson,
  • Opens: Nov. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 16, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Towns

  • Björn Braun,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Any Fallow Field

  • Donald Moffett,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 15, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Blue Lenses

  • Sue de Beer,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Maker's Mark

  • Julia Dault,
  • Opens: Feb. 20, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 21, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

There and After All

  • Robert Elfgen,
  • Opens: Mar. 29, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 26, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

let's get dizzy

  • Yuichi Higashionna,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 18, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Drawing Room

  • Hans Op de Beeck,
  • Opens: Apr. 02, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

No Vacancies

  • Miyoko Ito,
  • Phillip King,
  • Robert Morris,
  • Lisa Williamson,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 07, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ordering Nature

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Weird Science

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jul. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 07, 2015
  • Reception: Jul. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jacco Olivier

  • Jacco Olivier,
  • Opens: Jan. 10, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 14, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Long, Narrow Mark

  • Dean Levin,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 07, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I Do Choose

  • Jessica Jackson Hutchins,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: May. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I Talk With The Spirits

  • Thornton Dial,
  • Jay Heikes,
  • Lee Mullican,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 12, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I Talk With The Spirits

  • Thornton Dial,
  • Jay Heikes,
  • Lee Mullican,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 12, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

We All Live Under the Same Old Flag

  • Thornton Dial,
  • Opens: Apr. 30, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 18, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Untitled / Head

  • Svenja Deininger,
  • Opens: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Closes: Nov. 14, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Work

  • Andisheh Avini,
  • Opens: Sep. 24, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

OCT. PM.

  • Kon Trubkovich,
  • Opens: Feb. 21, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 27, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 21, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Floss

  • Pino Pascali,
  • Donald Moffett,
  • Opens: Jan. 26, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 05, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Colour & Form in BLACK

  • Serge Alain Nitegeka,
  • Opens: Mar. 17, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

AND I SAY

  • Pier Paolo Calzolari,
  • Opens: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 25, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Protectors

  • William J. O’Brien,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 04, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Smudge Waves Back

  • Hannah Van Bart,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 04, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The First Green

  • Thiago Rocha Pitta,
  • Opens: Apr. 01, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Golden State - Curated by Drew Sawyer

  • John Divola,
  • Buck Ellison,
  • Christina Fernandez,
  • Anthony Hernandez,
  • Catherine Opie,
  • Larry Sultan,
  • Dorothea Lange,
  • Opens: Mar. 29, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Keep Out

  • Jay Heikes,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Frank Stella

  • Frank Stella,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cells

  • Matthias Bitzer,
  • Jackie Brookner,
  • Alex Da Corte,
  • Jennie C. Jones,
  • Nancy Lupo,
  • Jorge Pardo,
  • Cosima von Bonin,
  • Jessica Jackson Hutchins,
  • The Haas Brothers,
  • Opens: Jun. 28, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 28, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Selah

  • Sanford Biggers,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Jan 19 - Feb 16, 2019

  • Reception: Jan 19, 6 - 8pm

Where

Marianne Boesky Gallery

  • 507 West 24th Street, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 212.680.9889

About

Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to present Pure, Very, New, Atlanta-based artist Paul Stephen Benjamin’s first solo exhibition in New York. Installed across both of the gallery’s Chelsea locations, at 509 and 507 W. 24th Street, the exhibition features Benjamin’s paintings, photographs, sculpture, and single and multi-channel video installations, as well as a new site-specific black light installation in the internal passageway between the two spaces. Curated by independent curator Lisa Freiman, the exhibition highlights Benjamin’s years-long examination of the word “black” as a linguistic, conceptual, and cultural construct. Pure, Very, New, is on view from January 19 to February 16, 2019.

Benjamin’s practice is rooted in a vigorous meditation on blackness, considering: “What is the color black?” “What does black sound like?” “Is it an adjective, a verb, an essence, or all of these components mixed to create a nuanced whole?” For his large-scale monochromatic paintings, Benjamin thickly coats the canvas in varying shades of black, producing a sensation of boundless depth. This is further accentuated by Benjamin’s application of the particular tonality’s name within the field of color—the words appearing to float and dissipate within the richness of the paint itself. The development of these paintings followed an ordinary visit to a hardware store, where Benjamin was confronted with the many permutations of commercial black paint. Shades of black came with emotive titles like “Totally Black,” “New Black,” and “Pure Black,” among numerous others. For Benjamin, this sparked a multi-layered investigation of the color and whether it could be distilled or understood differently within the context of a painting or the color itself.

Benjamin’s use of the monochrome and the formal language of seriality, repetition, and wholeness extend the strategies first introduced by Minimalist artists like Frank Stella, Dan Flavin, and Sol LeWitt. Indeed, Benjamin is particularly concerned with the seemingly endless aesthetic experiences that his continued deconstruction of form and color can yield. At the same time, his insertion of language within the Minimalist tradition evokes a broader questioning of the relationships between words and meaning, and the ways in which a particular context can evoke a range of associations. What does and can “Pure Black” mean, and is that altered by its presentation on a pure black canvas or alongside another type of black?

These kinds of implications take on further meaning in works like Paint the White House Totally Black (2017), in which Benjamin has replaced specific color titles with images. While Benjamin does not ascribe a particular political or social perspective to the work, he provides a platform through which to consider the complexities of language, cultural and racial constructs, and the malleability of reality as it is shaped by our own experiences and subjectivities. For Benjamin, the open-ended and interpretative quality of his works is an important completing facet.

Benjamin’s practice also extends into a conceptual investigation of sound, and how “black” can be conveyed and experienced aurally. In these works, he often uses single and multi-channel video installations to loop portions of particular historic and cultural footage to isolate fragments of collective memories or internalized narratives. With Black is the Color (2014), which will be included in the exhibition, Benjamin arranges a towering cluster of antiquated televisions, forming a glowing grid that endlessly repeats a segment of Nina Simone’s 1959 performance of “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair.” Here, Benjamin appropriates only the words “Black is the Color,” creating an abstraction of the song that reveals the contradictions and parallels between the notion of black being the color and it being a color. Moving fluidly from sound installation to painting to photography and sculpture, Benjamin’s practice is driven by the idea that blackness, whether explored as a matter of conceptual inquiry or identity, cannot be captured in a single action, emotion, or language.


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