Karen Kilimnik
American, born 1957
High auction record
£337k, Christie's, 2011
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Lincoln Center Editions 2018,
Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project
Karen Kilimnik,
Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Karen Kilimnik,
Brant Foundation

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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