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The pure necessity

  • David Claerbout

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Current Exhibitions at Sean Kelly Gallery


Towards No Earthly Pole

  • Julian Charrière,
  • Opens: Jan. 31, 2020
  • Closes: Mar. 21, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 30, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

On the Water's Edge

  • James Casebere,
  • Opens: Dec. 13, 2019
  • Closes: Jan. 25, 2020
  • Reception: Dec. 12, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

OttO

  • Laurent Grasso,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 07, 2019
  • Reception: Oct. 24, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Constructing Her Universe

  • Loló Soldevilla,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 19, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Abstract By Nature

  • Callum Innes,
  • Markus Karstieß,
  • Hyun-Sook Song,
  • Su Xiaobai,
  • Wu Chi-Tsung,
  • Opens: Jun. 28, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Jun. 28, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Blue Rhythms

  • Idris Khan,
  • Opens: May. 04, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 22, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

?DO GEESE SEE GOD?

  • Kris Martin,
  • Opens: Mar. 22, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 27, 2019
  • Reception: Mar. 21, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating

  • Alec Soth,
  • Opens: Mar. 22, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 27, 2019
  • Reception: Mar. 21, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In Mexico

  • Candida Höfer,
  • Opens: Feb. 02, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 02, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Split Second

  • Anthony McCall,
  • Opens: Dec. 14, 2018
  • Closes: Jan. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Dec. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

HumidGray and ShadowLake

  • Janaina Tschäpe,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 08, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 26, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Asymmetrical Symmetry

  • Landon Metz,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ravelled Threads

  • Igshaan Adams,
  • Joël Andrianomearisoa,
  • Ayan Farah,
  • Aboubakar Fofana,
  • Alexandra Karakashian,
  • Abdoulaye Konaté,
  • Lawrence Lemaoana,
  • Senzeni Marasela,
  • Zohra Opoku,
  • Athi-Patra Ruga,
  • Opens: Jun. 22, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

180 Faces

  • Liu Wei,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 16, 2018
  • Reception: May. 04, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sergio Camargo

  • Sergio Camargo,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 16, 2018
  • Reception: May. 04, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Invisible Dimension

  • Mariko Mori,
  • Opens: Mar. 23, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 28, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 23, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Early Works

  • Marina Abramovic,
  • Opens: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

15 [Quince]

  • Frank Thiel,
  • Opens: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Edifice, Complex, Visionary, Structure

  • Alejandro Campins,
  • Los Carpinteros,
  • James Casebere,
  • David Claerbout
  • Jose Dávila,
  • Iran do Espírito Santo,
  • Diana Fonseca Quiñones,
  • Antony Gormley,
  • Laurent Grasso,
  • Candida Höfer,
  • Ilse D’Hollander,
  • Joseph Kosuth,
  • Peter Liversidge,
  • Sam Moyer,
  • Alec Soth,
  • Frank Thiel,
  • James White,
  • Opens: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 03, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

WIDE WAKE

  • Sam Moyer,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The pure necessity

  • David Claerbout
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Vertebrae Oracle

  • Rebecca Horn,
  • Opens: May. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 21, 2014
  • Reception: May. 09, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Forms of Attraction: Kjærholm, Tenreiro and Selected Works

  • Poul Kjærholm,
  • Joaquim Tenreiro,
  • Edgar Degas,
  • Los Carpinteros,
  • Olafur Eliasson,
  • Ellsworth Kelly,
  • Iran do Espírito Santo,
  • Donald Judd,
  • Pietro Roccasalva,
  • Frank Thiel,
  • Opens: May. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 21, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Soleil Double

  • Laurent Grasso,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

From Pre-History to Post-Everything

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 27, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 08, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Time Vivarium

  • Sun Xun,
  • Opens: Dec. 13, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 24, 2015
  • Reception: Dec. 12, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Generator

  • Marina Abramović,
  • Opens: Oct. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 06, 2014
  • Reception: Oct. 23, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Stones Don't Move

  • Jose Dávila,
  • Opens: Oct. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 03, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Palindrome

  • Hugo McCloud,
  • Opens: Jan. 30, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 29, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Songbook

  • Alec Soth,
  • Opens: Jan. 30, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 29, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Élysée

  • Laurent Grasso,
  • Opens: May. 06, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception: May. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Overture

  • Idris Khan,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Emotional Architecture

  • James Casebere,
  • Opens: Jan. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Blue Orchids

  • Johan Grimonprez,
  • Opens: Jan. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cyclicscape

  • Mariko Mori,
  • Opens: Mar. 21, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception: Mar. 20, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

By the Book

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

From Düsseldorf

  • Candida Höfer,
  • Opens: May. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 20, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Agnosia, an Illuminated Ontology

  • Joseph Kosuth,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 19, 2015
  • Reception: Nov. 06, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Unique

  • Robert Mapplethorpe,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 19, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ilse D'Hollander

  • Ilse D'Hollander,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 06, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Diana Fonseca Quiñones

  • Diana Fonseca Quiñones,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 06, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

ASPECT:RATIO

  • James White,
  • Opens: Feb. 12, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 12, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 11, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lapse

  • Alejandro Campins,
  • Opens: Feb. 12, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 12, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 11, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

LIGHT/WORK

  • David Claerbout
  • Opens: Mar. 19, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 30, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 18, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Veiled

  • Hugo McCloud,
  • Opens: Dec. 10, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Dec. 09, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

CONSTRUCT

  • Antony Gormley,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 29, 2016
  • Reception: May. 06, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Freeze, Memory

  • Julian Charriere,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Trickster

  • Kehinde Wiley,
  • Opens: May. 06, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception: May. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

With Curve

  • Callum Innes,
  • Opens: Mar. 17, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

SELECTED

  • Marina Abramović,
  • Bernd and Hilla Becher,
  • Los Carpinteros,
  • James Casebere,
  • Julian Charrière,
  • Jose Dávila,
  • Edgar Degas,
  • Marcel Duchamp,
  • AWOL ERIZKU,
  • Iran do Espírito Santo,
  • Douglas Gordon,
  • Antony Gormley,
  • Laurent Grasso,
  • David Hammons,
  • Rebecca Horn,
  • Tehching Hsieh,
  • Marine Hugonnier,
  • Callum Innes,
  • James Joyce,
  • Idris Khan,
  • Yves Klein,
  • Joseph Kosuth,
  • Peter Liversidge,
  • Édouard Manet,
  • Anthony McCall,
  • Mariko Mori,
  • Yasumasa Morimura,
  • Sam Moyer,
  • Zanele Muholi,
  • Shirin Neshat,
  • Rocío Olivares,
  • Simon Patterson,
  • Julião Sarmento,
  • Shahzia Sikander,
  • Alec Soth,
  • Frank Thiel,
  • James White,
  • Sun Xun,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 22, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

SHIFT

  • Iran do Espírito Santo,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Time Spy

  • Sun Xun,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Oct 27 - Dec 16, 2017

  • Reception: Oct 26, 6 - 8pm

Where

Sean Kelly Gallery

  • 475 10th Ave, New York NY 10019 Map
  • 212.239.1181

About

Sean Kelly is delighted to present The pure necessity, 2016, a new work by David Claerbout. Based in Antwerp, Claerbout is recognized as one of the most innovative artists working today in the realms of film, photography, and digital media. This will be the artist’s second exhibition with Sean Kelly and marks the US premiere of this video, which had its debut this June at Unlimited—Art Basel. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, October 26 from 6-8 pm.

For The pure necessity, Claerbout and a team of professional artists redrew the frames of the 1967 classic animated film The Jungle Book to create an entirely new, hour-long video. Devoid of narrative, comic antics, and anthropomorphic animals, Claerbout focuses on the wildlife as they move through the jungle accompanied by the sounds of their natural habitat.

As Claerbout notes, something that at first glance might seem familiar has been “transformed into a different reality, a different being.” Continuing his investigation into the cinematic nexus where issues of labor and temporality often collide, The pure necessity serves as a moving meditation on the gulf between sentimental fantasy and mundane reality.

Claerbout’s work is included in major public collections worldwide, including: Centre Georges Pompidou Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and many others. He has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions internationally, including: Schaulager, Basel; MNAC, Barcelona (2017); Städel Museum, Frankfurt; KINDL, Berlin (2016); De Pont museum of contemporary art, Tilburg, The Netherlands (2009) and (2016); Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz, Germany (2013); Secession, Vienna, Austria (2012); Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel (2012); SFMOMA, San Francisco (2011); WIELS, Brussels, Belgium (2011); Pompidou Center, Paris, France (2007); Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen, Switzerland (2008); and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (2005); Claerbout studied at the Nationaal Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp from 1992 to 1995 and participated in the DAAD: Berlin Artists-in-Residence program from 2002 to 2003.


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