Elton John’s London Living Room

About Karen Kilimnik

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.

American, b. 1957, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Solo Shows on Artsy

2014
Karen Kilimnik, Sprüth Magers