WE WERE HERE | EAST COAST x WEST COAST
Jun
27
to Jul 21

WE WERE HERE | EAST COAST x WEST COAST

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Shepard Fairey,  Peace Guard 2, 2016.  Mixed media on canvas. 60 x 44".

Shepard Fairey, Peace Guard 2, 2016. Mixed media on canvas. 60 x 44".

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 27th, from 6-8 pm at Chase Contemporary, 521 W23rd Street, NY 10011.

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Chase Contemporary is pleased to announce We Were Here: East Coast x West Coast, a group exhibition of graffiti and street art from New York and California. The exhibition will chronicle the development of street art from the early 1970s graffiti writers to the global presence of today’s street artists. Artists include Blade, Chor Boogie, Crash, Cope2, Shepard Fairey, Richard Hambleton, Keith Haring, LA2, Greg Miller, Retna, Risk, Kenny Scharf, Seen, Swoon, and Twist. The show will be concurrent with the major street art survey Beyond the Streets in Brooklyn curated by Roger Gatsman, which showcases over 150 artists from around the world. We Were Here will run from June 27th through July 21st, 2019. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 27th, from 6-8 pm at the gallery’s 521 w. 23rd street location.

Street art- both uncommissioned and interventionist- has been around since the beginning of Modernism. However it was the graffiti writers of New York’s South Bronx who unleashed the arena of public art in the early 1970s. The movement was pioneered by the young writers “tagging” (spray painting their names) on New York City subway cars, a time when urban creativity was exploding.

At the same time that graffiti was booming and street artists like Basquiat and Haring were becoming international stars, the enigma that was Richard Hambleton was using the urban landscape as a canvas to create conceptual work. Along with his close friends and contemporaries Haring and Basquiat, Hambleton created a sensation in the 1980s art scene. Hambleton was considered the Godfather of this conceptual urban painting. His energetic gestural works were positioned in dark alleys and walls, startling New Yorkers already on the edge in the 1980s. Featured in the show are early Shadowman paintings, along with a Shadow Head stop sign and construction sign.

Swoon and Shepard Fairey demonstrate the ways in which street art is used as a form of activism and humanitarianism, creating artwork to promote awareness of social issues and contributing directly to those issues. Shepard Fairey’s Peace Guard 2 is one of his iconic anti-ware compositions, recalling images of 1960s and ‘70s flower power ideology. This mixed media canvas painting is the largest format of this image, which was also created in limited edition silkscreen runs. Peace Guard 2 is a reconfiguration of raised arms brandishing guns. The rose in the gun barrel- a symbol of peace- is also used in his 2006 work Guns and Roses, a composition with motifs from Chinese Communist propaganda.

Street art culture—which was started by youths writing their names over and over again for fun and notoriety—has ballooned into a worldwide cultural phenomenon. Many street and graffiti artists were able to develop their style to a point where it could be painted on canvas and elsewhere to be exhibited, sold, and legitimized to the public. Collectors are increasingly interested in the acquisition of urban works, and in particular these early works which have become so coveted in the art world.

For more information about the exhibition, please contact info@chasecontemporary.com

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STEVE HASH & ANDY WARHOL | POVERTY/PORN
May
4
to May 26

STEVE HASH & ANDY WARHOL | POVERTY/PORN

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Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4th, from 6-8pm at Chase Contemporary, 521 W23rd Street, NY 10011.

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Chase Contemporary is pleased to announce, Poverty / Porn, a two-person exhibition of concrete sculptures by Steve Hash and late black-and-white paintings and works on paper by Andy Warhol.

This marks the gallery’s first exhibition with Los Angeles-based artist Steve Hash
and his first exhibition in New York.

The exhibition engenders a dialogue between Steve Hash and the late Andy Warhol. Both Hash and Warhol grew up in poverty, heavily immersed in religious ideologies. Warhol (b.1928-87) was a Ruthenian Catholic and son of a coal miner in depression-era Pittsburgh, PA. Hash (b. 1982) was raised in a radicalized Christian community in rural Mississippi, the son of a construction worker. Warhol was able to elevate the quotidian commodities of American life into the realm of fine art. Similarly, Hash transforms everyday, accessible materials into elegant forms. Poverty / Porn features sculptures from three of Hash’s ongoing bodies of work; Voids, Nurture vs Nature and Clotheslines. The hollow, self-supporting figures from Hash’s Voids are formed from concrete-infused cotton toweling. They employ the use of drapery as a means to dissolve innate perceptions of the individual, dissolving social identifiers that would otherwise indicate gender, race, or socioeconomic class. This use of common materials is a constant theme in Hash’s work. In The Pity I (Plank), a concrete-draped figure is supported by a simple wooden plank, recalling both classical renaissance works in marble and the 1973 post-minimal work by artist Charles Ray.  

Alongside Hash’s figurative sculptures, one is confronted with the artist’s Clothesline works consisting of socks, briefs and undershirts, hung from steel wire and frozen in concrete. His Nurture Versus Nature series  includes tall, precariously balanced totems, erected from casting the interior space of used milk jugs, canned food, beer cans or cigarette packs. All are the contents in which Hash himself has consumed over a specific course of time. Warhol’s late black and white works appear to be a deliberate departure from the polished, celebrity-obsessed Pop Art he became famous for. Warhol’s works chosen for this exhibition pull from source material indicative of his early days in advertising. Warhol depicted adverts of everyday commodities with hand-hewn sensibilities, while concurrently exploring themes of spirituality and religion as seen in the artist’s screen print on silk scarf titled The Only Way Out is In! from 1984. A direct reference to Osho, The Only Way Out is In! depicts a figure seated in the lotus position under the image of the All-seeing eye.


Steve Hash Steve Hash (1982) was born in Santa Barbara, CA and raised in De Soto National Forest in southern Mississippi. After receiving his BFA from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2005, Hash moved to New York City where he worked as a creative director for a major record label. Hash currently lives and works as an artist in Los Angeles, CA.

Since his 2018 debut at Los Angeles’s HILDE Gallery, which received a “Critic’s Pick” review in ArtForum, Hash has exhibited at L.A. Louver, Desert Center | Los Angeles, Bombay Beach Biennale, Marfa Invitational, the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles and ArtMiami (2018), where he received “Director’s Choice” for his Mother no. I and Child no. I sculptures.

Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century, obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

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POP UP EXHIBITION | A TRIBUTE TO THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME
Apr
27
to May 1

POP UP EXHIBITION | A TRIBUTE TO THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME

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Andy Warhol,
Muhammad Ali F&S II.179-182, 1978
Portfolio of four screen-prints
40” x 30" each

Edition 150


Private Show: Saturday, April 27th, at Chase Contemporary, 521 W23rd Street, NY 10011.
Public Viewing: Sunday, April 28th - Tuesday, May 1st.

In collaboration with HBO and Fuqua Studio, Chase Contemporary is pleased to present a tribute to the greatest of all time: Muhammad Ali.

Artists including Andy Warhol, Bria Murphy, Herb Ritts, Bob Gomel and Lawrence Schiller.

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STANLEY CASSELMAN & HALLIE HART | TWO DOORS DOWN
Apr
4
to Apr 26

STANLEY CASSELMAN & HALLIE HART | TWO DOORS DOWN

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Opening Reception: Thursday, April 4th, from 6-8pm
Chase Contemporary, 521 West 23rd Street, NYC 10011.
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Chase Contemporary is pleased to announce Two Doors Down, a two-person exhibition with abstract painters and artist couple Stanley Casselman and Hallie Hart. The show will reveal Stanley Casselman’s new Liquid series, reflective acrylic paintings coated in silver nitrate, along with action-painter Hallie Hart’s new round paintings, a series of atmospheric sphere-shaped canvases. The exhibition will run from April 4th- April 28th, 2019. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 4th, from 6-8 pm at the gallery’s 521 w. 23rd street location.

Casselman’s new liquid series is the latest development in his practice of painting on polyester screen. Casselman has experimented with polyester screen, typically used for silkscreen printing, for over thirty years. His works are created from the backside of the screen by pushing paint in the direction it’s to be viewed. Working in such a fashion, Casselman has pioneered a host of unique surfaces. Casselman’s technique includes throwing, splashing, pouring and then manipulating the resulting mass with a squeegee. The Liquid paintings are made with an additional layer of silver nitrate (spray chrome) creating a mirror-like surface.

The concept of gestural expressionism showed Hallie Hart a way to channel the life force and methodical chaos of everything happening around her into paintings. Aligning with several elements of Pollock in his conceptual and physical approach to picture making, Hart works with a canvas on the floor, using only her hands to manipulate, flick, splatter or throw paint. Further defining Hart’s unique practice is her use of catwalks, some spanning eight meters in order to get in the middle of her action painting process.

Stanley Casselman is a mid-career New York artist whose richly textured paintings subtly reference the history of abstraction. His works often self-consciously appropriate the signature styles of twentieth and twenty-first century artists from Mark Rothko to Gerhard Richter, while at the same time introducing novel techniques and procedures that expand the discourse and material possibilities of contemporary painting. In a 2017 interview with Casselman, David Anfam (Senior Curator of the Clyfford Still Museum) describes the artist’s work as so “tantalizing and complex” that it “makes you want to come back to it,” and he sees the “mix of randomness and pattern” in Casselman’s paintings as “a figure of life itself.” Casselman has also been favorably reviewed in such publications as Wall Street International, New York Magazine, Forbes, and Huffington Post. He has been interviewed by Brainard Carey (author of The Art World Demystified) for Yale University Radio, and Jerry Saltz has praised his “highly crafted minimalist works.”

Casselman has a record of strong auction results at Phillips, Sotheby’s, and Christie’s, and his work was exhibited in Sotheby’s S|2 space in New York (“Icons: The Art of Appropriation,” 2015) alongside Richard Pettibone, Vic Muniz, Louise Lawler, Mike Bidlo, Banksy, and Richard Prince. International curators such as Joan Young of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (NYC) and Laura Plana Gracia (Barcelona) have curated his work. Casselman’s most recent group exhibition was with Metro Pictures project space in Brooklyn, 7 Herkimer Place in a 2018 show that also included works by Marilyn Minter, Tracey Emin, and Carol Bove. Casselman’s paintings are included in the permanent collections of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation (Los Angeles), Borusan Contemporary (Istanbul, Turkey), New Orleans Museum of Art, Georgia Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art of Bologna (Bologna, Italy), and numerous outstanding private collections around the world.

Hallie Hart is an American born artist raised in New York City. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a M.A. in English Literature and excelled at creative writing. Beyond her passion for writing, Hart felt magnetically drawn to painting with a deep and instant connection to abstract expressionism. Hart interned for abstract painter, Annaleis van Dommelen in Holland and it led to an awakening within that she had never felt before. To Hart the concept of gestural expressionism would allow her to channel the methodical chaos of everything happening around her into moments; paintings. Hart's practice as an artist was then set into motion. 

Aligning with Pollock in his conceptual and physical approach to picture making, Hart has always chosen to be over her work to have a wide angle view of the overall painting and to continuously be able to work around it. However, instead of Pollock's use of sticks and brushes to drip paint, Hart uses only her hands to manipulate, flick, splatter or throw paint. Further defining Hart's unique practice is her use of catwalks, some spanning eight meters in order to physically get over or into the middle of her pieces. 

Hart in 2016 took her love of film and produced and wrote a short documentary titled "Fragments, Michael Gitlin". The film is a fascinating and provocative expose into the life and work of Mr. Gitlin. Hart has also begun a documentary series on art and music and will begin filming in the spring of 2019. Hart is a women's empowerment activist, and is a leading business woman as well. She will be launching HX NYC incorporating the beauty of her paintings into wearable art that cross over to jewelry, apparel and home lines. 

Hart has received numerous awards including the prestigious, GemLucArt Award. Hart's paintings have been exhibited widely and her work can be found in numerous corporate and private collections across Europe, Asia and the United States. Hart lives between and maintains studios in New York, London and Monaco.

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GROUP EXHIBITION | IN HER IMAGE
Mar
28
to Apr 21

GROUP EXHIBITION | IN HER IMAGE

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Left: Carole Feuerman. Miniature Balance, 2015. Right: Alex Katz Black Dress 7 (Carmen), 2018.

Left: Carole Feuerman. Miniature Balance, 2015. Right: Alex Katz Black Dress 7 (Carmen), 2018.

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 28, from 6-8pm at Chase Contemporary, 231 10th Ave NYC 10011.

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Chase Contemporary is pleased to announce In Her Image, a group exhibition of mixed media works centered around the female figure. Artists included world-renowned hyperrealist sculptor Carole Feuerman and hyperrealist painter Yigal Ozeri, the internationally recognized fashion photographer Raphael Mazzucco, Danish watercolor painter Ole Aakjaer, body painter Andy Golub, and the American figurative artist Alex Katz. The show will run from March 28th through April 21st, 2019. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 28th, from 6-8pm at 231 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011. The gallery will host a performance on Thursday, April 11th, from 5-8 pm for NYC-based artist Andy Golub, who specializes in public art and body painting. Golub will be painting three live female models in the gallery space, creating a painting out of the female figure that will later be available as a print.


Ole Aakjær has gained recognition as the one of the leading artists from Denmark. His watercolor and ink works in large scale format shows his signature style, creating portraits laden with multilayered symbolism. The natural imperfections the artistic process left behind form a colorful, highly imaginative narrative.

The Connor Brothers is the pseudonym for British artists James Golding and Mike Snelle. The duo came to prominence in 2012 and for several years maintained their anonymity by using a fictional biography. Their identities were revealed in 2014 in a major feature by Mick Brown in The Telegraph magazine, allowing them to undertake more ambitious projects. Major collections include the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Penguin books art collection and the Omer Koc and Niarchos Collections.

Carole A. Feuerman is an American Hyper-Realist sculptor. Along with artists like Duane Hansonand John DeAndrea, she focuses on figurative sculptures executed with a startlingly high degree of realism. Her works are in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the El Paso Museum of Art, and the Bass Museum of Art in Miami, among others. Notably, she is also represented in many prestigious private collections around the world, including in the collection of the Emperor of Japan, and President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton. Feuerman lives and works in New York, NY.

Andy Golub is a world renowned artist specializing in public art and body art. His public performances have changed nudity laws in New York City and opened the doors for free expression for many other artists. Founder of the international non-profit Human Connection Arts, Golub's work has been featured in many events in NYC, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin and San Francisco.

Alex Katz is an American painter renowned for his large-scale depictions of landscapes, flowers, and portraits. Katz’s flattening of forms, simplification of detail, and alla-prima paint application, are trademarks of his work. Having achieved widespread critical acclaim and commercial success, his work serves as a beacon to younger generations of artists, including Elizabeth Peyton and Julian Opie. Katz maintains residences in Lincolnville, ME, and New York, NY. Today, his works are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Tate Modern in London, and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., among others.

Raphael Mazzucco specializes in multifaceted, female-centric images that reflect his various creative interests and strengths. As a fashion photographer, Mazzucco’s images have graced the covers of publications from Vogue to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and his editorial fashion imagery and celebrity portraiture have appeared in numerous magazines, including L’OfficialFrench & Italian VogueL’Uomo VogueMarie ClairePlayboy, and Vanity Fair. Additionally, Mazzucco has been profiled by several leading outlets, such as The Wall Street JournalThe New YorkerThe New York Times Style Section, and Paris Vogue, to name a few. His multimedia photography is featured in the private collections of well-known names from Tommy Hilfiger to Rhianna, as well as fellow artists Peter Beard and Damien Hirst.

Yigal Ozeri is a contemporary Israeli painter known for his photorealistic renderings of young women amidst natural settings, such as rainforests and deserts. Ozeri takes his own digital photographs, later editing them in Photoshop and printing them out to use as reference material for his highly detailed oil paintings. His work tends to have a subtle tone of allegory and fantasy, while simultaneously being incredibly realistic and almost indistinguishable from a photograph. Ozeri was born in Israel in 1958, and is most notably included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Albertina Museum in Vienna. He lives and works in New York, NY

Reisha Perlmutter is a contemporary American painter known for her realistic depictions of nude women emerging from underwater. In her paintings, the artist explores notions of primal awareness and the need to be accepting of all body types. “Connecting with our bodies with a deeply physical awareness allows us to acknowledge all aspects of our physicality; our scars, our sickness, our health, and our beauty,” she has said. Born in 1990 in Naples, FL, she studied at Bates College in Lewiston, ME, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before receiving her MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2015.  She has gone on to exhibit her work both in the United States and abroad. Perlmutter currently lives and works in New York, NY.

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THE CONNOR BROTHERS | A DANGEROUS IDEA
Jan
31
to Mar 3

THE CONNOR BROTHERS | A DANGEROUS IDEA

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She Had An Unquiet Mind , 2018. Acrylic, varnish and collage on paper. 59 1/4 x 43 3/4”.

She Had An Unquiet Mind, 2018. Acrylic, varnish and collage on paper. 59 1/4 x 43 3/4”.

 

Chase Contemporary is pleased to announce A Dangerous Idea, its first exhibition with British artists The Connor Brothers. In partnership with British brand Maddox Gallery, the exhibition will be the artists’ first solo exhibition in the United States. A Dangerous Idea will be on view from January 31st through March 3rd, 2019. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, January 31st, from 6-8pm at 231 10th Ave in the heart of Chelsea, New York.

The exhibition will feature a selection of new works from 2018, including oil on canvas paintings, hand-painted works on paper, editioned collage works, and hand-painted vintage books. The new work is executed in the artists’ signature style of witty proverbs superimposed over motifs taken from historical pop culture. One painting incorporates a pithy aphorism, “Truth is weirder than any fiction I’ve seen,” painted over a mostly grey-scale, film noir image. The works are at once cinematic and literary, playful yet sinister, and insightfully relatable.

Best known for their Pulp Fiction series, the pair are also known for their activist work and their playful hoaxes. In 2014 they created a fictional museum, The Hanbury Collection, which fused truth and fiction in such a way as to render it impossible to work out which exhibits were real and which were not. This obsession with truth and fiction can be seen throughout their work, and is particularly relevant in the current climate of fake news, post-truth and social media obsession.

The Connor Brothers is the pseudonym for British artists James Golding and Mike Snelle. The duo came to prominence in 2012 and for several years maintained their anonymity by using a fictional biography. Their identities were revealed in 2014 in a major feature by Mick Brown in The Telegraph magazine, allowing them to undertake more ambitious projects. The Connor Brothers have been amongst the most prominent artistic voices to comment on the refugee crisis, having worked in The Jungle refugee camp in Calais building shelters and on an international billboard campaign, Refuchic, highlighting the plight of displaced people.  Closely associated with the Russian activist group Pussy Riot, The Connor Brothers produced their 2015 refugee themed theatrical performance at Banksy’s Dismaland. More recently they have teamed up with Professor Green and the mental health charity CALM to raise funds and awareness about the UK’s epidemic of male depression and suicide.

The Connor Brothers exhibited internationally in London, Sydney, Dubai, Hong Kong and Berlin, including solo shows at Maddox Gallery and Guy Hepner. Works have been included in major auction houses such as Christie’s and Bonhams with a record set at Phillips London in 2018. Major collections include the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Penguin books art collection and the Omer Koc and Niarchos Collections.

For further information please contact gallery director Isabel Sullivan at isabel@chasecontemporary.com. All images are subject to copyright.

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OLE AAKJÆR | UNTOLD STORIES
Nov
23
to Jan 31

OLE AAKJÆR | UNTOLD STORIES

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Please Step Aside , 2018. Water Color on Paper. 19 x 55”

Please Step Aside, 2018. Water Color on Paper. 19 x 55”

Ole Aakjær has gained recognition as the one of the leading artists in Denmark. His watercolor and ink paintings are painted in a signature figurative style of highly structured compositions layered with symbolism. Untold Stories is his first solo exhibition in the United States.

Portraits with multilayered symbolism reveal inspiration from music, literature, film, and photography. Watercolor, which has a life of its own, leaves behind imperfections, adding to the uniqueness and humanity of each piece. This complexity deepens the dramatic effect put forward by the artist with his use of abundant color and rich hues. Aakjaer portrays mysterious women that are sensual, alluring and untamed. A piercing female gaze dares the viewer to uncover her secrets.

Aakjær affixes his hues and combines them with an apparent ease, and his works appear with a force and presence full of passion and power. The main represented theme, widely portrayed throughout the history of art, is the beautiful young woman. In his case, she is complex and fearless. Aakjær examines the female face as a gateway to the soul. Although she courageously meets the eyes of the spectator with energy and obstinacy, her inner life and secrets remain intact. Her body is tattooed with texts and characters. We can also recognize a subtle influence from the world of advertising and graphic design, observing the margins of framing and the presence of oversized keywords in certain artwork.

Ole Aakjær was born in Denmark in 1962. He has won numerous awards and competitions and has had 40 acclaimed solo exhibitions throughout Denmark as well as in New York City, Paris, Montreal, Switzerland where he has established a strong collector base and reputation.

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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 , 2017. Acrylic Varnish on Canvas. 54 x 84”.

Sleeping Beauty Bubble Bath, 2017. Acrylic Varnish on Canvas. 54 x 84”.

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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LIU SHUISHI | RETROSPECTIVE
Sep
8
to Oct 13

LIU SHUISHI | RETROSPECTIVE

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Exploration of Sexuality , 2015. Oil on Canvas. 70.90 x 90.50”.

Exploration of Sexuality, 2015. Oil on Canvas. 70.90 x 90.50”.

Liu Shuishi’s 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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Net,  2014. Archival print, ink, acrylic paint, encased in resin. 25 x 38”.

Net, 2014. Archival print, ink, acrylic paint, encased in resin. 25 x 38”.

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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Dalai Lama, Washington, DC,  2011. Gelatin Silver Print. Signed, dated, titled and numbered verso. 50 x 60”.

Dalai Lama, Washington, DC, 2011. Gelatin Silver Print. Signed, dated, titled and numbered verso. 50 x 60”.

 

“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

  • Chase Contemporary | 23rd St. (map)
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Chase Contemporary is 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

  • Chase Contemporary | 10th Ave. (map)
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SLEEPING BEAUTY VI,  2017. Original Mixed Media Fabric, Twine, Acrylic Paint. 36 x 60”.

SLEEPING BEAUTY VI, 2017. Original Mixed Media Fabric, Twine, Acrylic Paint. 36 x 60”.

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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