WILLIAMS CARMONA | AGAINST ALL ODDS
Oct
15
to Nov 17

WILLIAMS CARMONA | AGAINST ALL ODDS

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Official Show Opening | Thursday, October 25th. 6:00 PM

Chase Contemporary is proud to present an exhibition featuring Cuban artist Williams Carmona. Entitled “Against All Odds,” Williams presents a diverse selection of paintings and sculptures that address the consequences of human behavior in love, politics and environmental issues. This autobiographical collection is displayed through the artist’s style of “magic-realism,” a realist appeal to history merged with surrealist elements, particularly the history and fiction of Caribbean and Latin American life since 1492.

“Against All Odds” reaffirms the relationship between art and politics by representing the young generation of Cuban artists who emigrate in search of personal and artistic freedom. In his pictorial work and sculptures, Williams combines characters from other times with current situations to address issues of displacement, exile, geography and abuse. His work has been described as Caribbean Surrealism and Neo-Baroque due to his oeuvre containing a metaphysical undertone that transports the viewer through time. Inspired by art historical epigones and neighborhood characters, Williams arranges his characters in the staged play that is his work.

Williams states, “‘Against All Odds’ is an exhibit that reveals my adversity to the perceived reality of our daily lives. I … realize that life is a mixture of surrealistic and apocalyptic realities, and the only thing that separates one person from another are their ideas. I rapidly understood how beautiful it was to be different; yet how unhappy it made me to know that life is what it is, and not how it should be. The world contains so many people who suffer and feel the way I do... but with destinies marked by many differences. ‘Against All Odds’ will be an opening of new surrealistic codes and images to delight the spectator, who is educated to think he sees everything.”

Williams was born in Havana, Cuba in 1967 and studied at the Universidad de Bellas Artes. He has lived and worked in Puerto Rico since 1991, exhibiting at various galleries and museums. Originally from a broken family and modest means, Williams scaled the peaks of the global artistic scene and is now recognized by critics, peers and sophisticated collectors as one of the luminaries of surrealism. In 1996, the artist was honored with a solo exhibition in his adopted homeland at the Museo de las Americas in San Juan, Puerto Rico. That same year, Williams was invited to participate in the Latin American masters group exhibition, Latin ViewPoints, at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Long Island, New York. His works have made their place in the homes of art collectors in America, Europe and South America, as well as auction houses including Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips.

Williams’ work can be found in numerous major public collections and prestigious museums, including the Nassau County Museum of Art, New York; Museum Del Barrio Private Collection, New York; Museum of the MOLAA, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Miami; MoMA, San Salvador; Museum of Fine Arts, Havana; Pompidou Museum, Paris; Ludwig Foundation Collection, Cologne, Germany: Private Collection of Sir Paul McCartney; Private Collection of Sir Elton John: Barack Obama Presidential Collection (Smithsonian); Jarnie Walsh Foundation, Madrid; MAP of Puerto Rican Art Collection, San Juan, Puerto Rico; United Nations Latin American Art Collection, New York; Jack Lemon Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Fanjul Foundation, Miami, FL; Praxis Art International, New York: Spativm Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela; Cernuda Art Gallery, Miami, FL: Michele Esterne Collection, Washington DC; Murer Gallery, Atlanta, USA; Ewar Gomez Collection, Art critic of The New York Times.

Select awards and honors include: Juror's Award of Excellence in painting, drawing and engraving, University of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba in 1990 and a Grand Prize, Painting, Salon Provincial, Pinar del Rio, Cuba in 1989. Numerous recognized art critics and artists have written about Williams Carmona, including the esteemed English surrealist painter Leonora Carrington. The art critic Manuel Lemaza acknowledged Williams to be one of the most provoking voices in constructing a surrealist discourse, and the New York Times art critic Edward M. Gomez defined him as a "remarkable painter whose magic lies in the manner in which he transforms his materials and uses them to give physical, visible form to ideas and emotions". Williams lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

For further information, press packet and images please contact the gallery at info@chasecontemporary.com or 212-337-3203. All images are subject to copyright.


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TOM EVERHART | SLEEPING BEAUTIES
Nov
15
to Dec 15

TOM EVERHART | SLEEPING BEAUTIES

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SLEEPING BEAUTY BUBBLE BATH | 54" X 84" | 2017

Official Show Opening Thursday, November 15th. 6:00 PM

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Sleeping Beauties / The Have Mercy Paintings,” asked the question; “what and why haven’t we learned.” The question is referring to such sensitive topics as equality, discrimination, gun violence, and vulgar politics.

Tom Everhart’s works are both familiar and new. Using cartoon characters in his art, Everhart utilizes the instantly recognizable image of Snoopy to communicate a new sensibility – one that is at once accessible and exotic. Working alongside the likes of artists such Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat in the 80s of New York, he then became fascinated with the “brilliant architecture of Schulz’s black ink line,” and its potential for monumental shifts in tone and scale. From the early expressionist slashes of his works, to the prismatic dot, to the sculptural tendencies of his most recent art, Everhart has an unmatched eye for color and a willingness to experiment with textures and surfaces. Everhart’s work has been exhibited in Museums including the Louvre (Paris, France), Museu da Cidade (Lisbon, Portugal), Suntory Museum (Osaka, Japan), and the Charles M. Schulz Museum (Santa Rosa, CA).

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OLE AAKJÆR | UNTOLD STORIES
Nov
23
to Dec 31

OLE AAKJÆR | UNTOLD STORIES

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Official Show Opening Friday, November 29th. 6:00 PM

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Ole Aakjær (born 1962) has gained recognition as the one of the leading artists from Denmark. His artwork - done in watercolor and ink in large scale formats shows his unique signature figurative style creating portraits of men and women with multilayered symbolism revealing inspiration from by music, literature, films and photographs. The natural imperfections the artistic process left behind in the highly structured compositions form a colorful highly imaginative narrative. Aakjær´s imagery shifts in time and space, and requires close attention to the details. Ole Aakjær has had 40 acclaimed and sold exhibitions throughout Denmark as well as in New York City, Paris, Montreal, Switzerland where he has established a strong collector base and reputation. 

Watercolor, which has a life of its own, leaves behind imperfections, like scars on the skin, and add to the uniqueness and humanity of each piece. This complexity deepens the dramatic effect put forward by the artist with his use of abundant colorful hues and hidden symbolism, creating daring female portraits that cannot be forgotten. These highly structured compositions unravel an entire world before us, one filled with hidden messages. Like a map, the artwork guides us through the multilayered symbolism-laden in each individual piece. Aakjaer portrays mysterious women that are sensual, alluring and untamed. Her piercing gaze is daring the viewer to uncover her secrets. Like constellations, Aakjaer’s artwork shift in time and space, and require close attention to be unveiled by our own imagination. This is his first solo exhibition in the United States.

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BERNIE TAUPIN | TRUE AMERICAN
Oct
17
to Nov 10

BERNIE TAUPIN | TRUE AMERICAN

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Bernie Taupin’s forthcoming exhibition at Chase Contemporary marks another formative chapter in the artist’s career as a citizen who truly embraces America. While there is no singular definition for a True American, actions clearly separate those who take initiative from those who are only talkers. Bernie Taupin is an artist of action. His constructed works of art are rich with iconic and impactful symbolism. In his latest series of mixed media creations, the lyricist turned visual artist has masterfully created his most visually striking works to date. 

Once again, in keeping with the overarching theme of the True American exhibition, Taupin delivers creations that embrace the American flag, flowing with texture and diverse history in all its glory. Themes and symbols of patriotism, combined with music, run deep throughout the entire exhibition. American flags woven into compositions filled with layers of shattered guitars and instruments create a narrative of how music and patriotism are fused into American culture. Artworks with titles such as: “Wave the Flag”, “Worlds Most Wanted”, and “Sleeping Beauty” further convey Taupin’s visual perspective on what it means to be a True American. Included in the exhibition will be works of art that nod to his musical inspirations and creative alumni, but the main exhibition focus will be on his visual spirit as a True American.

Chase Contemporary is an art gallery and artist project space with two prominent locations in Chelsea, New York’s fine art district. Chase’s core program is to exhibit both established blue chip artists and emerging artists, to create a dynamic program that is diverse and provocative in its vision.

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LIU SHUISHI | RETROSPECTIVE
Sep
8
to Oct 13

LIU SHUISHI | RETROSPECTIVE

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Chase Contemporary is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by Chinese painter and installation artist Liu Shuishi at the gallery’s new space located at 521 west 23rd Street.
 

Liu Shuishi’s (b. 1962) powerful work reflects the artist’s ongoing concern with modernity's complex history and the isolation and instability of contemporary life. Influenced by both Western philosophers, as well as German and Abstract Expressionism, Shuishi renders figures with large heads and exaggerated features in highly gestural, bold brushstrokes. Chinese traditional art and calligraphy ally with the thick impasto paint strokes to make works rich in formal presentation as well as content.  His work has been a lifelong exploration of the history of western and eastern art combined with his profound connection to the history of philosophy. Highly reflective of traditional Chinese brushstroke calligraphy, his style combines this with bold, gestural and painterly brushstrokes that sweep across the canvas creating a colorful visual fantasy that keeps your eye moving around the canvas. The abstract marks, gestures and thick impasto paint strokes relate to figures and objects, but in an elusive and ambiguous style. Rather, the artist is focused on the energy within the mark or gesture. The significance of his painting is his ability to perceive human nature from the inside out, to find the truth of existence through a highly original style of painting.

This exhibition showcases paintings that reflect the artist’s oeuvre since his transition from more traditional Chinese landscape painting to his unique brand of existential expressionism.

Shuishi exhibited at the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, the Salon Du Carrousel du Louvre in 2009, The Grand Palace Paris in 2009, National Art Museum of China Beijing in 2006, along with scores of gallery exhibitions in China and abroad. While Shuishi has shown extensively over the past 15 plus years, this exhibition is the first time a large body of work is available for presentation, as well as private and museum acquisition.

Chase Contemporary is a contemporary art gallery and artist project space with two prominent locations in Chelsea, New York’s fine art district. While the core of both Chase galleries is to exhibit work by established international artists, the gallery also has Chase Editions, a print and publishing program for gallery artists.  Furthermore, Chase is dedicated to its ongoing philanthropic service to the community and is proud to devote its energy and resources to Chase Projects.
 

For further information, press packet and images please contact the gallery at info@chasecontemporary.com

 


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RAPHAEL MAZZUCCO | THE NEVER ENDING SUMMER
Sep
6
to Oct 13

RAPHAEL MAZZUCCO | THE NEVER ENDING SUMMER

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For the past 25 years, Canadian photographer Raphael Mazzucco has garnered acclaim from the international fashion community for his notable portraits of celebrities and models shot for leading brands, publications, and campaigns including Victoria’s Secret, Guess Jeans, Ralph Lauren, and Bergdorf Goodman, among others. Since foraying his talents into a fine art career, Mazzucco’s mixed-media works that couple fashion iconography with photographic assemblage have been met with widespread praise from the art world following a two-year tour of exhibitions that traveled the globe.

His overarching visual narratives are strongly inspired by the female form, set against a backdrop of remarkable landscapes spanning continents, from Icelandic glaciers to African wildlife, the outback of Western Australia to Vietnamese rice paddies. He incorporates these cinematized natural forms into complex and layered compositions through the methodical application of paint, collage, and hand-lettered texts. This personalized technique has earned Mazzucco a unique place in today’s contemporary art world.

Raphael’s groundbreaking career is illustrated in full color in a new collector’s edition book; The Never-Ending Summer. The book includes stunning behind-the-scenes photography and exclusive memoirs from Raphael’s closest family, as well as anecdotes from models and muses he has worked with.

Mazzucco has had major exhibitions all across the world, including Milan, Florence, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Singapore, Los Angeles, Art Basel in Miami and New York City, all met with critical recognition. He has produced artwork and photo essay book collaborations with music impresario, Jimmy Iovine and rap producer, Sean “Diddy” Combs, who are also personal collectors of his work. His photographs have also appeared across some of the world’s most noted media – Vogue, Playboy, Vanity Fair and Sports Illustrated to name a few. 

Raphael’s work is currently on view for a traveling exhibition in Italy with a final stop in Rome. Simultaneously, he kicked-off a month-long exhibition in London’s esteemed Castle Fine Art, Mayfair. The tour continues at Chase Contemporary and will conclude at a major show in Los Angeles.

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MARK SELIGER PHOTOGRAPHS
May
17
to Jul 4

MARK SELIGER PHOTOGRAPHS

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“HE HAS SPENT 30 YEARS DEFTLY RENDERING SOME OF THE MOST ELUSIVE ICONS OF POPULAR CULTURE. IN A NEW RETROSPECTIVE BOOK, VANITY FAIR PORTRAITIST MARK SELIGER FOCUSES IN ON HIS PERSONAL BEST.” —VANITY FAIR

Select photographs by iconic American photographer Mark Seliger, chosen from his extraordinary portfolio, are showcased in his new book MARK SELIGER PHOTOGRAPHS (Abrams; May 2018; $75.00), with an interview by American film producer, writer, and director Judd Apatow. Seliger has captured some of the most memorable, seminal, and critically acclaimed images featuring the most famous and influential faces of our time, including Kurt Cobain, Nelson Mandela, Leonardo DiCaprio, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Emma Stone, Angelina Jolie, Bruce Springsteen, David Byrne, Matthew Barney, Jennifer Lawrence, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Jerry Seinfeld, Jay-Z, Misty Copeland, Amy Schumer, and Paul McCartney.

Mark Seliger is a preeminent American photographer. Described by Marlon James as a “storyteller first, he defies the notion that a photograph is not supposed to move. Whether capturing a big star about to supernova, a living legend coming down to mortal size, or an unknown kid on Christopher Street finally finding himself by putting on a dress, Seliger ignites his images with kinetic energy and excitement — even when the subject is completely still.”

Seliger began working for Rolling Stone in 1987 and served as its chief photographer from 1992 to 2001. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, ELLE, GQ, Vogue ItaliaThe New Yorker, Purple, and in museums and galleries worldwide.


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RETNA X WARHOL
Mar
15
to Apr 30

RETNA X WARHOL

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We are proud to present an Exhibition sure to be remembered.  The Retna-Warhol exhibition. Andy Warhol, whose name alone sparks a conversation that transcends time and cultures. Warhol is an iconic artist whose works are displayed in galleries and museums globally. He is among the greatest artists of our lifetime. Best known as the leader of the art movement known as Pop Art.Warhol's company included the legendary Jean-Michel Basquait. In addition to his friendship with Basquiat, with whom he collaborated on several artworks with, he had associations with Julian Schnabel, David Salle and other so-called Neo-Expressionists, as well as members of the Transavantgardia movement in Europe, including Francesco Clemente and Enzo Cucchi.

Retna was born in Mid City Los Angeles and started his art career at the young age of 8.  A graffiti writer who roamed the streets during the prolific street art movement of the 80's and 90's, he became a legend. In the late 80's, the young Retna was painting murals on buses, trains and walls that he called his "canvas."  As a youth, he joined a group of other young graffiti writers and traveled throughout the country painting everywhere and everything they could find that needed a touch of paint.  This became his passion and his life.

Today Retna is among the top graffiti artists in the world.  In addition to exhibiting at institutions and prestigious galleries in London, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Hong Kong (and the list goes on), Retna has done work for brands such as VistaJet, Louis Vuitton, and Nike.

Retna explains that he was inspired to pursue art after seeing graffiti on the freeway. He has become known for his long and geometric script, which he developed while looking towards Egyptian and Native American traditional symbols. Though his marks resemble the calligraphy of multiple cultures (and he maintains that he composes his works in English and Spanish), the writing does not belong to a particular language. Retna explains, “I want my text to feel universal. I want people from different cultures to all find some similarity in it—whether they can read it or not.”

Chase Contemporary is proud to have these two artist side by side.  The Retna-Warhol exhibition is a natural fit, two iconic and inspiring artists.  In 2014, Retna was featured in Hong Kong together with Keith Haring in a show that many still talk about today, and we follow up by presenting another show that includes this young artist, Retna, and the legendary Warhol.

 

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BERNIE TAUPIN | AMERICAN TEXTURE
Nov
4
to Nov 16

BERNIE TAUPIN | AMERICAN TEXTURE

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Since the dawn of modern man—roughly around the time that we decided unibrows were unfashionable and that it was easier to hit Burger King than to throw down with a nearby mountain goat—only a handful of us have harnessed unnatural creative superpowers. We common folk have been graced by their presence as artists, musicians, and indubitably talented banjo players jamming for dollars on the L train. And while only a mere few have been fortunate enough to possess any of these oft-desired gifts, Artist/Songwriter Bernie Taupin defines (almost) all of them.

Hailing from Lincolnshire, UK circa 1950 (think Peaky Blinders devoid of the unnecessary violence and ubiquitous three-piece-suits), Taupin received his creative proclivities from his mother’s encouragement in literature, poetry, and art. Sixty years later, he has become a master of visual productions, conveying powerful motifs in a coalescence of string, spray paint, wood stain, pop-art, and more.

Oh, did we forget to mention his side gig? Taupin has made a name for himself both with words and visual art. With musical partner Elton John (and a few others), he’s amassed a repertoire of over 29 albums. Taupin has been responsible for penning classics such as “Tiny Dancer,” “Rocket Man,” and infamous karaoke super-hit and Whalebone office favorite, Starship’s “We Built This City.” Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.

For the past 30 years, Taupin has drawn creative inspiration from his sun-soaked California domicile and adopted homeland. His recurring use of the American flag in his art pays tribute to the American West and the patriotic freedom he enjoys. All of these themes are prevalent in his upcoming show titled “American Texture.” Having become famous for his songwriting, Taupin considers himself a storyteller, and his visual productions are an extension of his mastery of words, often using found objects and repurposed material and artifacts to create a narrative. His titles, therefore, define his final works as much as aesthetic elements, cueing to deeper meaning using string, spray paint, wood stain, and elements of pop art. He also expresses emotions through color and form, rendering imagery inspired by Mark Rothko, Rauschenberg and Barnett Newman.

Perhaps second only to Hank Moody and those guys singing on that bus in Almost Famous, we’re big fans of Bernie’s music and moreover, his artistic work. We are happy to announce that his collection of art will be exhibited this November at the IV New York, which also just so happens to be our office. Pack your lunchbox. And don’t worry, while it might be a long long time ‘till touchdown brings me round again to find, the solo exhibition begins November 4th. So come check it out. 


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