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Karen Kilimnik

American, b. 1957

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Karen Kilimnik

American, b. 1957

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Biography

Orchestrating a correspondence between the Romantic tradition and consumer culture, Kilimnik creates wildly imaginative paintings, drawings, assemblage sculptures, installations, photographs, and videos with an uncanny, nostalgic sense of beauty. First noted for her installations of pop cultural detritus (as part of the "scatter art" movement of the 1990s) that recalled the work of feminist artists like Joan Jonas and Barbara Bloom, Kilimnik now includes her own paintings and drawings in her site-specific projects. For a 2007 exhibition, Kilimnik created a room within the larger gallery that mimicked the interior of a 19th-century bordello, her ornately framed paintings hanging salon-style on garish red brocade-covered walls (Red Room, 2007). The easel-sized paintings combined art-historical tradition, fashion imagery, and an awkward, personal intimacy.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
£337k, Christie's, 2011
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Solo show at a major institution
Serpentine Galleries, and 1 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
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Whitney Biennial, and 1 more
Biography

Orchestrating a correspondence between the Romantic tradition and consumer culture, Kilimnik creates wildly imaginative paintings, drawings, assemblage sculptures, installations, photographs, and videos with an uncanny, nostalgic sense of beauty. First noted for her installations of pop cultural detritus (as part of the "scatter art" movement of the 1990s) that recalled the work of feminist artists like Joan Jonas and Barbara Bloom, Kilimnik now includes her own paintings and drawings in her site-specific projects. For a 2007 exhibition, Kilimnik created a room within the larger gallery that mimicked the interior of a 19th-century bordello, her ornately framed paintings hanging salon-style on garish red brocade-covered walls (Red Room, 2007). The easel-sized paintings combined art-historical tradition, fashion imagery, and an awkward, personal intimacy.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
£337k, Christie's, 2011
User
Solo show at a major institution
Serpentine Galleries, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial, and 1 more
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