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James Cohan Gallery

The 1960's

  • Lee Mullican

Press for The 1960's

Current Exhibitions at James Cohan Gallery


A Lotus in a Sea of Fire

  • Tuan Andrew Nguyen,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2020
  • Closes: May. 03, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Volume

  • Federico Herrero,
  • Opens: Jan. 17, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 23, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 17, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

El manto negro / The black shroud

  • Teresa Margolles,
  • Opens: Jan. 10, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 29, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 10, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Twenty Years

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

James Cohan: Twenty Years

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Music is Not Sound

  • Nam June Paik,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Observations at Night

  • Josiah McElheny,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 19, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Scott Olson

  • Scott Olson,
  • Opens: Jun. 20, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Jun. 20, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

NOISELESS

  • Elias Sime,
  • Opens: Apr. 27, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 12, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 27, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Je bâtis a roches mon langage

  • Firelei Báez,
  • Opens: Apr. 20, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 30, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cosmic Theater

  • Lee Mullican
  • Opens: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 20, 2019
  • Reception: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Passing through the gates of irresponsibility

  • Simon Evans,
  • Sarah Lannan,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2019
  • Reception: Mar. 01, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Borders

  • Etel Adnan,
  • Edgardo Aragón,
  • Yael Bartana,
  • Jorge Méndez Blake,
  • Mounir Fatmi,
  • Susan Hefuna,
  • Federico Herrero,
  • Yun-Fei Ji,
  • Byron Kim,
  • Mernet Larsen,
  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Candice Lin,
  • Teresa Margolles,
  • Misheck Masamvu,
  • Jordan Nassar,
  • Katie Paterson,
  • The Propeller Group,
  • Matthew Ritchie,
  • Hiraki Sawa,
  • Dread Scott,
  • Yinka Shonibare CBE,
  • Elias Sime,
  • Mikhael Subotzky,
  • Alison Elizabeth Taylor,
  • Fred Tomaselli,
  • Hank Willis Thomas,
  • XU ZHEN®,
  • Opens: Jan. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 23, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Borders

  • Katie Paterson,
  • The Propeller Group,
  • Matthew Ritchie,
  • Hiraki Sawa,
  • Dread Scott,
  • Yinka Shonibare CBE,
  • Elias Sime,
  • Mikhael Subotzky,
  • Alison Elizabeth Taylor,
  • Fred Tomaselli,
  • Hank Willis Thomas,
  • XU ZHEN®️,
  • Etel Adnan,
  • Edgardo Aragòn,
  • Yael Bartana,
  • Jorge Méndez Blake,
  • Mounir Fatmi,
  • Susan Hefuna,
  • Federico Herrero,
  • Yun-Fei Ji,
  • Byron Kim,
  • Mernet Larsen,
  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Candice Lin,
  • Teresa Margolles,
  • Misheck Masamvu,
  • Jordan Nassar,
  • Opens: Jan. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 23, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

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

Oct 19 - Dec 21, 2017

  • Reception: Oct 19, 6 - 8pm

Where

James Cohan Gallery

  • 48 Walker Street, New York NY 10013 Map
  • 212.714.9500

About

James Cohan will present an exhibition of important paintings and works on paper from the 1960s by Lee Mullican at the gallery’s Chelsea location, on view from October 19 through December 21, 2017. A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by art historian Andrianna Campbell will accompany the exhibition. The gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, October 19 from 6-8 PM.

During the late 1940s and 1950s, Lee Mullican, along with fellow painters Wolfgang Paalen and Gordon Onslow Ford, constituted the short-lived but influential Dynaton collective, which culminated in a 1951 exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Art. After the group disbanded in the mid-1950s and his connection with Paalen and Onslow Ford waned, Mullican’s aesthetic shifted but his spiritual concerns remained unchanged.

Drawing inspiration from the natural world, Mullican developed a practice of mapping both a quasi-mystical internal landscape and an external topography which he expanded in the decade immediately following the Dynaton period. If it is possible to identify a single perspective in the works produced during this period, it would be aerial and omniscient. Wolfgang Paalen observed in these works “[a] new approach to landscape from above.” While not strictly landscapes in the traditional sense, Mullican’s paintings have an expansive quality, as if representing a concept of vastness rather than particular tracts of land. In 1953, Mullican wrote:

I am concerned with the essence of nature; its behavior, its contour and exploitation, as in the discovery of a new planet with its phases of light, growth, weather; of a world solid in its seasons—brittle in winter—transparent in summer; a vista built for meditation—the air being important—shock being replaced by contemplation and a radiation of a wave and a plain …

Through this non-specificity, Mullican activated a meditative spirituality that he continued to define throughout his career. Mullican’s works from the latter part of the 1960s, which constitute the majority of this exhibition, display his willingness to experiment with bold forms and a diverse palette. The works on view explore the same thematic concerns as outlined in his 1953 statement, yet these paintings represent an important stylistic change, incorporating greater variations in line, shape and color. The quiet cohesion of his monochromes painted in 1962 and 1963 yield to decentralized compositions in Shatter Passage (1965) and Space Mix (1967). The later paintings reveal a different way of seeing, capturing the minutiae of interlocking, seemingly organic systems. Mullican’s productive and contemplative gaze was central to his practice, allowing him to access both the subjective experience and cosmic sublimity of art.


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