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James Cohan Gallery

Thought Presence

  • Kathy Butterly

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Current Exhibitions at James Cohan Gallery


Spencer Finch

  • Spencer Finch,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Open Alphabet

  • Federico Herrero,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

BEST LIFE

  • Grace Weaver,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 28, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Thought Presence

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

Grids

  • Michelle Grabner,
  • Elias Sime,
  • Federico Herrero,
  • Spencer Finch,
  • Josiah McElheny,
  • Simon Evans,
  • Scott Olson,
  • Beatriz Milhazes,
  • Yinka Shonibare MBE,
  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Trenton Doyle Hancock,
  • Fred Tomaselli,
  • Opens: Jun. 28, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 27, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Washing

  • Helene Appel,
  • Opens: Jun. 22, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 22, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Rumors, Ridicules and Retributions

  • Yun-Fei Ji,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Situation Room

  • Mernet Larsen,
  • Opens: Apr. 19, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 16, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 19, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

EXTENDED: Movement Field

  • XU ZHEN®️,
  • Opens: Mar. 03, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 03, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Moving Stillness

  • Bill Viola,
  • Opens: Feb. 22, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 22, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Clue to Utsushi

  • Tabaimo,
  • Opens: Jan. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 25, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sunday Paintings, 1/7/01 to 2/11/18

  • Byron Kim,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 05, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Backwards Forward

  • Alison Elizabeth Taylor,
  • Opens: Nov. 09, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 09, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The 1960's

  • Lee Mullican,
  • Opens: Oct. 19, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 19, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

August

  • Omer Fast,
  • Opens: Sep. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 29, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

By Proxy

  • Francis Alÿs,
  • Alighiero Boetti,
  • John Cage,
  • Marcel Duchamp,
  • Wade Guyton,
  • Oliver Laric,
  • Lee Mingwei,
  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Yoko Ono,
  • Jon Rafman,
  • Mariah Robertson,
  • Xu Zhen,
  • Siebren Versteeg,
  • Opens: Nov. 20, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Current Events

  • Fred Tomaselli,
  • Opens: May. 01, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2014
  • Reception: May. 01, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Frieze Art Fair - New York

  • Booth B13,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2014
  • Closes: May. 12, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Michelle Grabner

  • Michelle Grabner,
  • Opens: Oct. 09, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 08, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Helene Appel

  • Helene Appel,
  • Opens: Sep. 04, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 04, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Pandemic Pentameter

  • Trenton Doyle Hancock,
  • Opens: Oct. 21, 2016
  • Closes: Nov. 27, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 21, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Fifth Season

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 08, 2014
  • Reception: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Elias Sime

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

The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music

  • The Propeller Group,
  • Opens: Apr. 08, 2016
  • Closes: May. 15, 2016
  • Reception: Apr. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

My business is circumference

  • Spencer Finch,
  • Opens: Oct. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Nov. 26, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Nam June Paik

  • Nam June Paik,
  • Opens: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Holy Land

  • Folkert de Jong,
  • Opens: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Rage of the Ballet Gods

  • Yinka Shonibare MBE,
  • Opens: Apr. 30, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 20, 2015
  • Reception: Apr. 30, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

All Watched Over, curated by Tina Kukielski

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 25, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 07, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Pop

  • Robert Smithson,
  • Opens: Nov. 20, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 10, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Marola

  • Beatriz Milhazes,
  • Opens: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Closes: Nov. 28, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Omer Fast

  • Omer Fast,
  • Opens: Mar. 25, 2016
  • Closes: May. 07, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 25, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Intimisms

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 29, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Soul Gym

  • Simon Evans™,
  • Opens: Jan. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 05, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Line Can Go Anywhere

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Things People Do

  • Mernet Larsen,
  • Opens: Jan. 22, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 21, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Xu Zhen

  • Xu Zhen,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 08, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lee Mullican

  • Lee Mullican,
  • Opens: May. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 18, 2016
  • Reception: May. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

A pot, a joke, a rhythm, a theory

  • Kirk Mangus,
  • Opens: May. 20, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 26, 2016
  • Reception: May. 20, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Vanishing Points - Curated by Andrianna Campbell

  • Marina Adams,
  • Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter,
  • Lucas Blalock,
  • Alex Dodge,
  • Carroll Dunham,
  • RJ Messineo,
  • Beatriz Milhazes,
  • Matt Mullican,
  • Adam Novak,
  • Toyin Ojih Odutola,
  • Laura Owens,
  • Trevor Paglen,
  • Hanna Sandin,
  • Robert Smithson,
  • Joseph Stabilito,
  • Ruth Vollmer,
  • Peixuan Wang,
  • Jack Whitten,
  • Opens: Mar. 23, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 22, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Certain Skins

  • Graham Anderson,
  • Sadie Benning,
  • Sara Greenberger Rafferty,
  • Byron Kim,
  • Opens: Jun. 29, 2016
  • Closes: Sep. 11, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Prejudice at Home: A Parlour, a Library, and a Room

  • Yinka Shonibare MBE,
  • Opens: Feb. 17, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 17, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Michelle Grabner - EXTENDED

  • Michelle Grabner,
  • Opens: Dec. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 09, 2017
  • Reception: Dec. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mud Root Ochre Leaf Star

  • Byron Kim,
  • Opens: Dec. 09, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Dec. 09, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Scott Olson

  • Scott Olson,
  • Opens: Mar. 10, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Twisted & Hidden

  • Elias Sime,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 28, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Nerve Reserve

  • Amy Feldman,
  • Opens: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 04, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sculpture

  • Nahum Tevet,
  • Richard Long,
  • Alan Saret,
  • Opens: Jun. 09, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 09, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dream Machines

  • David Altmejd,
  • Omer Fast,
  • Trenton Doyle Hancock,
  • Mernet Larsen,
  • Lee Mullican,
  • Jon Rafman,
  • Tabaimo,
  • Fred Tomaselli,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 28, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Sep 06 - Oct 20, 2018

  • Reception: Sep 06, 6 - 8pm

Where

James Cohan Gallery

  • 533 W 26th St, New York NY 10001 Map
  • 212.714.9500

About

James Cohan will present Thought Presence, an exhibition of new work by Kathy Butterly at the gallery’s Chelsea location from September 6 through October 20. Thought Presence is Butterly’s first solo exhibition at James Cohan. The gallery will host a conversation with the artist and Carrie Moyer on October 13 from 2-4 pm.

For more than two decades, Kathy Butterly has created striking, evocative sculptures that play between figuration and abstraction, contributing to and expanding the field of contemporary ceramics. Like George Ohr and Ken Price, who Butterly cites as key influences, she is an artist whose medium is clay and whose considerable ambitions are not tethered to the modest dimensions of her pieces. Butterly’s oeuvre is defined by her process: she begins with a cast form, created by pouring wet clay into a plaster mold made from a generic, store-bought vessel, pinching and pulling and folding the clay until she finds something that resonates, Rorschach-like, with her psychological state. She then refines the piece, carving and smoothing its surfaces in a manner she likens to three-dimensional line drawing. The vessel is subsequently fired and glazed—always repeatedly and often upwards of 30 times—allowing her to paint surfaces and build volumes with accumulated layers of glazes and clay. Her work is an exploration of what her materials can do and how she can speak through them. It is also predicated upon risk, for with each firing the chance of loss is always at hand.

Many of the twenty-four ceramic sculptures in Thought Presence represent a recent evolution in Butterly’s practice toward larger, more abstract works characterized by sparer compositions in a unified palette of yellows, greens and white. Working at a scale that allows for more space to wrestle with ideas of form, color, and line, the vessels in this series are less explicitly evocative of the human body than her earlier pieces and more formally concerned with the visual, physical, and psychological weight of color and the mass of line. Yet Butterly’s wickedly irreverent wit and masterful sense of palette remain. Seams of fleshy pink, pops of vermillion red, and strokes of dusty blue hug the crevices and curves of these crumpled vessels, affirming Butterly’s deserved reputation as a colorist par excellence. Surprising juxtapositions of texture, built—like her colors—through layers upon layers of glaze and repeated firings, simultaneously seduce and repulse.

Thought Presence also includes fifteen of Butterly’s works on paper. These multimedia collages begin with catalogue pages of her existing ceramic works, upon which Butterly pours and swirls richly-colored nail polish, often embedding beads and cut-out elements of other works into the varnish. The creation of these pieces is analogous in many ways to her process with clay and represents a closed circuit of artistic reference. Butterly manipulates a readymade form and then builds meaning and density with color and line. She prizes nail polish as a material for its glaze-like properties, allowing her to play with relationships between colors and finishes. The beads in her collages echo the delicate porcelain trim that draws the eye around many of her works in three-dimensions. Unlike the ceramic works, which she develops over months of deliberation and repeated firings, the nail polish collages are executed quickly and completed in only a few days. Their satisfying immediacy provides Butterly with a counterbalance to the laborious creation of her ceramics.


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