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Sean Kelly Gallery

Early Works

  • Marina Abramovic

Press for Early Works

Current Exhibitions at Sean Kelly Gallery


'Existential Time'

  • Joseph Kosuth,
  • Opens: Mar. 27, 2020
  • Closes: May. 02, 2020
  • Reception: Mar. 26, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

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

Feb 10 - Mar 17, 2018


Where

Sean Kelly Gallery

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

About

Sean Kelly is delighted to present Marina Abramović Early Works, an exhibition featuring twelve historical performance editions, first issued by the gallery in 1994, that document Abramović’s early performances (1973-1975). They will be presented with screenings of five of the artist’s earliest films (1975-1977). The exhibition of these rarely seen works, most of which are now in museums, celebrates the pioneering legacy of Abramović, who is internationally recognized as the most significant figure in the history of performance art; it also acknowledges the three-decade professional collaboration between Marina Abramović and Sean Kelly. This will be the artist’s ninth solo exhibition with the gallery; there will be an opening reception on February 10, 2018.

The performances documented in these early editions represent the nucleus of the canon Abramović has expanded upon and explored in her practice over the ensuing forty-plus years. At the time Abramović carried out these actions in galleries and art festivals throughout Europe, before very limited audiences, she was a young artist teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts in Serbia. These first solo performances tested the limits of physical endurance, exploring ritual, gesture, even pain to interrogate the parameters of art and challenge the fundamental relationship between performer and audience.

Each edition is comprised of black and white photographs accompanied by text panels that provide a narrative of the event depicted. Issued in 1994 in editions of 16, these works were the result of years of extensive dialogue between Abramović and Kelly to both preserve and conserve the original negatives that Abramović had carried around for years in a backpack whilst living out of a van and which were rapidly degrading. Abramović and Kelly worked carefully to choose a key image for each work, aware that once disseminated to a wider public, their selection would become the iconic representation of these historic, yet transient actions.

Also on view are longer format films that document performances in which Abramović, both in solo works and works in collaboration with Ulay, challenged the boundaries of her strength, endurance, and mental strength. In Freeing the Body, 1975, for instance, the artist—nude with her head shrouded in a black cloth—dances to the rhythm of an African Drummer over a period of eight hours, her energy visibly draining until she collapses to the floor. In these earliest manifestations and in all her ensuing performances, Abramović has traversed the limits of consciousness through extreme ritualistic acts. Marina Abramović Early Works offers a concise and compelling survey of some of these first audacious actions, which have in turn become among the most essential and influential in the annals of the history of performance art.

Abramović has participated in large-scale international exhibitions including Documenta VI, VII, and IX in Kassel, Germany and the Venice Biennale in 1976 and 1997, for which she was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist. She also received the New Media Bessie award in 2003 for The House with the Ocean View and the AICA-USA award for Best Exhibition of Time Based Art in 2007 for her performance, Seven Easy Pieces at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Major retrospectives of her work have appeared at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010) and at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, Russia (2011). She is currently the subject of a retrospective at the Henie Onstad, Sandvika, Norway, which premiered at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2017) before traveling to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (2017).


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