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Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

River

  • Merlin James
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    Merlin James, Dredge, 2018
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    Merlin James, Twenty-Twenty, 2020
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    Merlin James, Winter, 2019
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    Merlin James, Figure, 2019-20
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    Merlin James, The House, 2019-20
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    Merlin James, Rosebush, 2020
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    Merlin James, The Window, 2020
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    Merlin James, Two Figures, 2020
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    Merlin James, Indian Toys I, 2018-19
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    Merlin James, Between the House and the Studio, 2019
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    Merlin James, Green Blind, 2019
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    Merlin James, Sling, 2016-18
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    Merlin James, Bridge and River, 2018
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    Merlin James, Carlton Place, 2018
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    Merlin James, Indian Toys II, 2018-19
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    Merlin James, Night Window, 2017-18
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    Merlin James, Far Bank, 2018
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    Merlin James, Birdcage, 2018
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Press for River

Current Exhibitions at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.


2020

  • Arturo Herrera,
  • Opens: Nov. 21, 2020
  • Closes: Jan. 23, 2021
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

River

  • Merlin James
  • Opens: Nov. 21, 2020
  • Closes: Jan. 23, 2021
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Morning

  • Louis Fratino,
  • Opens: Oct. 09, 2020
  • Closes: Nov. 14, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawings

  • Kara Walker,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2020
  • Closes: Sep. 30, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

György Kepes/Cameron Martin

  • Cameron Martin,
  • György Kepes,
  • Opens: Nov. 21, 2019
  • Closes: Jan. 18, 2020
  • Reception: Nov. 21, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

As the Ground Turns Solid

  • Zipora Fried,
  • Opens: Nov. 21, 2019
  • Closes: Jan. 18, 2020
  • Reception: Nov. 21, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Pictures of Paint and Museum of Ashes

  • Vik Muniz,
  • Opens: Oct. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Nov. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Oct. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Property Rights

  • Mitch Epstein,
  • Opens: Sep. 03, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 05, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Terry Haggerty

  • Terry Haggerty,
  • Opens: May. 30, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 12, 2019
  • Reception: May. 30, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Come Softly to Me

  • Louis Fratino,
  • Opens: Apr. 18, 2019
  • Closes: May. 24, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 18, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Whole Picture

  • Zipora Fried,
  • Arturo Herrera,
  • Thomas Pihl,
  • Erin Shirreff,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 06, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In a Few Words

  • Steven Evans,
  • Jenny Holzer,
  • Glenn Ligon,
  • Marlene McCarty,
  • Lorna Simpson,
  • Gran Fury,
  • Kara Walker,
  • Opens: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 23, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In a Lighter Place

  • Brenda Goodman,
  • Opens: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 23, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Quality of Life

  • Jennifer Packer,
  • Opens: Nov. 28, 2018
  • Closes: Jan. 19, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Enormity of Time

  • Marlene McCarty,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 13, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Work

  • Luiz Zerbini,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 13, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Down Side Up

  • Sheila Hicks,
  • Opens: May. 24, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 06, 2018
  • Reception: May. 24, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Erin Shirreff

  • Erin Shirreff,
  • Opens: Apr. 13, 2018
  • Closes: May. 19, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Vital

  • Maria Nepomuceno,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 07, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Work

  • Deana Lawson,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 07, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Onrush of Scenery

  • Leonardo Drew,
  • Mitch Epstein,
  • Marc Handelman,
  • Luiz Zerbini,
  • Opens: Jan. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 24, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 25, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paintings

  • Arturo Herrera,
  • Opens: Nov. 29, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 29, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

As I Went Walking

  • Josephine Halvorson,
  • Opens: Oct. 19, 2017
  • Closes: Nov. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 19, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The most Astounding and Important Painting show of the fall Art Show viewing season!

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

Album

  • Vik Muniz,
  • Opens: Apr. 10, 2014
  • Closes: May. 10, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Soldier

  • Suzanne Opton,
  • Opens: May. 16, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 28, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Blingo

  • Kay Rosen,
  • Opens: May. 16, 2014
  • Closes: Jul. 18, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Deana Lawson, Judy Linn, & Paul Mpagi Sepuya

  • Deana Lawson,
  • Judy Linn,
  • Paul Mpagi Sepuya,
  • Opens: Jan. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 13, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Arturo Herrera

  • Arturo Herrera,
  • Opens: Oct. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 15, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Keiichi Tanaami

  • Keiichi Tanaami,
  • Opens: Sep. 02, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 04, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Burt Barr

  • Burt Barr,
  • Opens: Jan. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 13, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Group Show

  • Antony,
  • Marc Handelman,
  • Marlene McCarty,
  • Jorge Queiroz,
  • Kara Walker,
  • Opens: Sep. 02, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 04, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Afterword

  • Kara Walker,
  • Opens: Nov. 21, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Nov. 21, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Genre Paintings

  • Merlin James
  • Opens: Jan. 28, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 07, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 28, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sheila Hicks

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

Harold Edgerton

  • Harold Edgerton,
  • Opens: Jan. 28, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 07, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 28, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Aggregates

  • Marc Handelman,
  • Opens: Mar. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 11, 2015
  • Reception: Mar. 12, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Arm's Length

  • Erin Shirreff,
  • Opens: Apr. 17, 2015
  • Closes: May. 22, 2015
  • Reception: Apr. 17, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Terry Haggerty

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

Perhappiness

  • Luiz Zerbini,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 04, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Work

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

Amplitude

  • Jennie C. Jones,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 08, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

stuff change

  • Amy Sillman,
  • Opens: Feb. 04, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 12, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 04, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Larry Walker

  • Larry Walker,
  • Opens: Jun. 09, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 15, 2016
  • Reception: Jun. 09, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

More Simply Put

  • Lucas Blalock,
  • Arturo Herrera,
  • Sheila Hicks,
  • Maria Nepomuceno,
  • Opens: May. 19, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2017
  • Reception: May. 19, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Epistemes

  • Vik Muniz,
  • Opens: Feb. 23, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 01, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 23, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Turn Up the Bass

  • Arlene Shechet,
  • Opens: Oct. 13, 2016
  • Closes: Nov. 12, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 13, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paintings for Persons

  • Merlin James
  • Opens: Oct. 13, 2016
  • Closes: Nov. 12, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 13, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

It Didn't Turn Out the Way I Expected

  • Tony Feher,
  • Opens: Nov. 17, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 17, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Nov 21 - Jan 23, 2021


Where

Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

  • 530 W 22nd St, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 212.929.2262

About

Sikkema Jenkins & Co. is pleased to present River, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Merlin James, on view November 21, 2020 through January 23, 2021.

Central to James’ recent work is the artist’s daily, nuanced awareness of the view from his home in Glasgow, looking out to the River Clyde and surrounding environments. These paintings constitute a “familiar remembered image, a cumulative memory,” incorporating all the “inaccuracies or approximations” of his own recollection.

Works like Dredge or The Window present very much a specific location, yet a sense of the artificial and the universal is carried through the imaginative scale and coloration. Painting neither directly from life nor from photographs, James draws on impressions and recollections over time to bring to life familiar spaces and the presences that populate them.

The physicality of painting remains a central focus. The raw material of canvas is frequently as integral to the complete work as the paint applied upon it. In some paintings James has made incisions to reveal the stretcher bars or contribute to imagery, while other works have semi-transparent surfaces, veiling information beneath. The stretcher (always fashioned by the artist himself) can become a visual, even sculptural feature. Idiosyncratic picture frames are also a frequent feature.

While acknowledging poetry and music as touchstones, James insists upon the medium of painting, and the range of genres inherent to it, as a distinct field of art production. Within his visual morphology, abstract shapes transform into landscape motifs, landscape and figure elements combine with still life objects. In these latest works, such complexities of form and convention articulate some of the artist’s most candid statements to date. Writing of French painter Jean Siméon Chardin, he notes:

"Personal human narrative is in no way eclipsed by the formal and depictive work and play going on in the painting. It is continuous with them. Pictorial ambiguity and complexity prevents us from seeing the painting merely as a biographical document but, despite or because of that, permits us to entertain as full a human narrative as the picture will sustain.(*)"

Born in Cardiff, Wales, in 1960, Merlin James studied in London at the Central School of Art and the Royal College of Art. He currently lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. James’ work has been exhibited widely, including in recent solo shows at A-M-G5, Glasgow, UK (2018); OCT Boxes Museum, Shunde & OCT Art and Design Gallery, Shenzhen (2018); Long Game, CCA Glasgow (2016); Kunstverein Freiburg (2014); Parasol Unit, London; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2013). In 2007 James represented Wales at the 52nd Venice Biennale. He also curates the exhibition space 42 Carlton Place, in Glasgow.

*Merlin James, A Lady Taking Tea by Jean Siméon Chardin, (London: Modern Art Press, 2020), 42-43.


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