Limited edition (ed. 150)hand signed and numbered silkscreen on heavy rag paper with deckled edges commissioned by The Paris Review. They created a series by major contemporary artists to provide financial support for its literary endeavors. Artists like Robert Indiana, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Haring, Robert Motherwell, and Alex Katz donated signed, limited editions. other artists including David Hockney, Louise Bourgeois and Ed Ruscha would participate as well.
In this bright, graphic novel style print Macconel weaves together a series of narrative scenes in dramatic vivid colors.
Kim MacConnel (born 1946 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is an American artist who works with painting, sculpture, and mixed media-collage/fabric. MacConnel is a seminal figure in the Pattern and Decoration movement of the seventies, but overall MacConnel’s oeuvre has surpassed being categorized. MacConnel received his BA, with honors, from the University of California, San Diego in 1969 and his MFA, also with honors, in 1972. He is represented by Rosamund Felsen Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.
MacConnel had a lot of trouble starting out as an artist due to the fact that he had to come up against the minimalism of the time in the 1970s. During the Minimalist movement, artists weren’t interested in color or even painting for the most part; MacConnel’s art just wasn’t accepted as serious. It also had partly to do with his material, instead of painting on stretched canvas, MacConnel instead painted on fabric and bed sheets, which he would tear apart and sew back together again. It wasn’t until MacConnel was in an exhibition in Germany that his art became recognized.
Collection Applied Design in 1976 was MacConnel’s first solo exhibition and was also his big break back in the states. A book, Collection Applied Design, which he had found in China Town a few years before, inspired the exhibition. This book was pages of clip art and logos put together randomly, in no certain order, and without an index, which inspired his series of works, “10 Items or Less” which he put into the show.
Age of Plastic was his next big exhibition which he added more of the sculpture aspect of his work. He had been collecting beach items that had washed up on shore for two decades and finally decided how he wanted to utilize them. He used them into a series of works titled “Trashy Beach Clowns” where he used his found objects and transformed them into clown figures.
Another well recognized series of works that is more recent is “Woman with Mirror” in 2007. In this series he went back to his original medium of painting with acrylics. Like Picasso had used African art as the subject of his work and added backgrounds of pattern, he would look at those backgrounds and take out the subject matter. He draws inspiration from such wide-ranging and multicultural resources as the textile arts of numerous world regions, found graphic images, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso.
In 1969 MacConnel received his BA from UCSD and an MFA in 1972. He has taught in the Visual Arts Department in various capacities between 1976 and 1980, and permanently since 1987 until retirement in 2009. His work has been exhibited in the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial Exhibition’s in 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, and 1985; The Museum of Modern Art’s An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture, 1984; The Venice Biennale, 1984; inSite 1992, 1994.
MacConnel is one of the founding artists of the Pattern and Decoration movement of the 1970s, and began showing with the Holly Solomon Gallery, NY in 1976. His work is in numerous public collections including the Albright Knox, Buffalo, NY; Brooklyn Museum; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Fowler Museum, UCLA; Frederick R. Weisman Collection, Los Angeles; McNay Museum, San Antonio; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Neue Galerie/Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen, Germany; Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY.
MacConnel's paintings, drawings and sculpture, including furniture, have been in exhibitions at museums and galleries around the world including the Whitney Biennials of 1975, 1977, 1979,1980, 1985; the Museum of Ghent, Belgium; PS 1, Long Island City; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Museum of Modern Art, NY; and many others.
About Kim MacConnel
American , b. 1946, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, based in California