USED / solo show + LIKE / group show

26.05.17 – 02.09.17
We are pleased to present Richard Kern's new solo exhibition at the gallery, for which he will assume the dual role of both artist and curator.
USED and LIKE are two related exhibitions presented in the same venue that open up a dialogue between Richard Kern's photographic work (USED) with his taste for contemporary painting (LIKE).
 
USED presents a selection of 50 vintage photographs all of a similar size, 7 x 5 inches.
This is the format generally used for "test prints", roughly the double of a Polaroid.
Beyond the practical and economical aspect for artists, these dimensions provide specific aesthetic qualities. Scarcely larger than the standard silver prints used for family and amateur photos, they obviously evoke these now obsolete objects. This format also elicits the idea of quantity. Through a single photo, you can envision beyond this one or that one, the entire series of images realised by Richard Kern over the years, his practice, his method, the repetition of his gesture, and his obsession.
His technique was born in the heart of New York City's 1980s underground scene, where some of his first models became iconic personalities such as Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Lydia Lunch, Courtney Love, or more recently Lucy McKenzie.
Since then his work has continued to propose playfulness and a shared expression with his models, creating thereby its iconography, and thus desacralizing the fantasy image of the American youth conveyed by the dominant media.
 
LIKE is a group exhibition conceived by Kern, made up exclusively of paintings that include works from his personal collection. Because Richard Kern the photographer is also a painting enthusiast.
His personal collection mainly consists of exchanges with artists through encounters, affinities, or friendships.
Through the sharing of his vision, this exhibition also provides us with a glimpse of contemporary pictorial creations gleaned from Richard Kern's artist associations over the last 30 years up to the present, with whom he shares the same history, and the same crossed paths.
There is Aurel Schmidt, Adrew Pope, Bjarne Melgaard, Brad Phillips, Chloe Wise, Duncan Hannah, Gillian Carnegie, Joe Andoe, Lucy McKenzie, Rita Ackermann, Todd Bienvenu, Walter Robinson, and Yui Kugimiya.
Nous sommes heureux de présenter la nouvelle exposition solo de Richard Kern à la galerie, pour laquelle il endosse le double rôle d’artiste et de commissaire d’exposition.
USED et LIKE, présentées comme deux expositions associées dans le même espace, mettent en dialogue le travail photographique de Richard Kern (USED) avec son goût pour la peinture contemporaine (LIKE).
 
USED présente une sélection de 50 photographies vintages, de format similaire, 7 x 5 pouces.
Il s’agit au départ du format réservé aux « test prints », dont la taille représente environ le double d’un polaroid.
Au-delà de l’aspect pratique et économique pour les essais des artistes, ces dimensions offrent des qualités esthétiques spécifiques. A peine plus grandes que les tirages argentiques standards pour les photos familiales et amateur, elles évoquent évidemment ces objets devenus obsolètes. Ce format appelle aussi l’idée de quantité. A travers un seul cliché, on visualise au-delà de celui-ci ou celui-là, toute la série d’images réalisée par Richard Kern au fil des années, sa pratique, sa méthode, la répétition de son geste, son obsession.
Sa pratique est née au cœur de la scène underground new-yorkaise des années 80, avec pour premiers modèles des personnalités devenues emblématiques comme Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Lydia Lunch, Courtney Love, ou plus récemment Lucy McKenzie.
Son travail n’a pas cessé depuis de proposer un espace de jeu et d’expression partagé avec ses modèles, construisant ainsi son iconographie, en désacralisant l’image fantasmée de la jeunesse américaine véhiculée par les médias dominants.
 
LIKE est une exposition de groupe pensée par Kern, composée exclusivement de peinture, dans laquelle il inclut des œuvres de sa collection personnelle. Car Richard Kern photographe est aussi amateur de peinture.
Sa collection personnelle s’est composée en majorité d’échanges avec des artistes au fil de rencontres, d’affinités ou d’amitiés.
A travers le partage de son goût, cette exposition permet aussi d’appréhender un pan de la création picturale contemporaine, celle que Richard Kern a côtoyé ces 30 dernières années jusqu’à aujourd’hui, et avec qui il partage la même histoire, les même chemins croisés.
On y retrouve Aurel Schmidt, Adrew Pope, Bjarne Melgaard, Brad Phillips, Chloe Wise, Duncan Hannah, Gillian Carnegie, Joe Andoe, Lucy McKenzie, Rita Ackermann, Todd Bienvenu, Walter Robinson, et Yui Kugimiya.

Born 1954, Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA
Lives in New York City




Solo exhibitions
 

2018     
Film retrospective, Museum of Modern Art, New York

2017     
USED (solo show) + LIKE (group show curated by Richard Kern), Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva 

2016    
Polarized, Fortnight Institute, New York

2015    
Viewing Room, Marlborough Chelsea, New York
Medicated, Cabinet, London

2013    
La Termica, Malaga, Spain
Feature Inc., New-York
Upheaval, Galerie Sebastian Betrand, Geneva
Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (Film Retrospective)

2012    
Vivacom Art Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
Jousse Entreprise, Paris, France

2011    
Bjokholmen Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (Film retrospective)
Anthology Film Archives, New York (Film retrospective)

2010    
Kaune, Sudendorf, Cologne, Germany
Shot by Kern, Kenny Schachter Rove, London, UK
Studio Gallery, toronto, Canada
Vice Gallery, Mexico City

2009    
Galerie Bertrand & Gruner, Geneva, Switzerland
Guidi & Schoen Arte Contemporanea, Genoa, Italy
Mesler & Hug, Los Angeles, USA
Rental Gallery, New York, USA

2008    
Feature Inc., New York, USA
The Soft and the Hardcore, Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France

2006    
Guidi & Schoen Arte Contemporanea, Genoa, Italy
Hotel, London, UK
Roger Bjorkholmen, Stockholm, Sweden

2005    
Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, Mexico
Jousse Entreprise, Paris, France
Gallery Speak F O R, Tokyo, Japan

2004    
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Feature Inc., New York
Gallery Speak F O R, Tokyo, Japan

2003    
Galerie Davide Di Maggio, Milan, Italy
Galerie Davide Di Maggio, Berlin, Germany
Jousse Entreprise, Paris, France

2002    
Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK
Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Ireland
Gallery Speak F O R, Tokyo, Japan

2001    
Fundación Municipal de Cultura, Gijon, Spain
Feature Inc., New York, USA
The Deep, Tokyo, Japan

2000    
Reali Arte Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy
Galerie Roger Bjorkholmen, Stockholm, Sweden

1999    
M du B, F, H & g, Montreal, Canada
Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Germany
Torch, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1998    
Reali Arte Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy
Center for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia
Galerie Jousse Seguin, Paris, France

1997    
Feature Inc., New York
Galerie Roger Bjorkholmen, Stockholm, Sweden
The Deep, Tokyo, Japan
Austerlitz @utrement, Paris, France

1996    
Feature Inc., New York, USA
Galerie Jousse Seguin, Paris, France

1995    
PURR Gallery, London, UK
The Deep, Tokyo, Japan

1990    
FourFiveFive, San Francisco, USA

1985    
You Killed Me First, Ground Zero, New York, USA (collaboration with David Wojnarowitz)




Selected group exhibitions
 

2020    
Portraits & Some Standing Figures, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Switzerland

2019     
Still Life: An Ongoing Story, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland

2016     
Summer Show, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
NADA (art fair), Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, New-York

2014    
Mystic Fire, curated by Darren Flook, Paradise Row, London, UK
A Shit in the Face of History, Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2013    
ArtGenève13 Art Fair, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
Coconut Water, White Flag Projects, curated by Matthew Strauss, St Louis, Missouri

2012    
Ideal Pole, Ramiken Crucible, NY, curated by Bjarne Melgaard
A rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, NY, curated by Adam Lindemann
You killed me first, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany, curated by Susanne Pfeffer
Portraits : Cabinet de Curiosités, Galerie Bertrand & Gruner, Geneva, Switzerland

2011    
After Shelley Duvall 72, Maccarone, NY, curated by Bjarne Melgaard
The Lead Awards, Deichtorhalle Hamburg, Germany

2010    
Accessories to an Artwork, Glen Horowitz (NY) and Paul Stopler (London), curated by Peter Saville
Salad Days, The Journal Gallery, NY, curated by Michael Nevin
Sonic Youth : Sensational Fix, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany and other places, curated by Roland Groenenboom

2009    
Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, Brooklyn Museum, NY, USA
Shot by Kern, Kenny Schachter Rove, London, UK

2008     
PM Dawn, Taxter & Spengemann, New York
Off, Off Bowery, Colette, Paris
Accessories to an Artwork, Paul Stolper, London
Sonic Youth, etc.: Sensational Fix, Museion, Bolzano, Italy
Political Corect, Blondeau Fine Art Services, Geneva (brochure)
Explicit Fantastic, Keep Six Contemporary, Toronto
Sympathy for the Devil, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

2007     
Sympathy for the Devil, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

2006     
The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene 1974–84, Grey Art Gallery, New York; Andy Warhol Museum,
Pittsburgh, PA; Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX
Vice, Silverstein Photography, New York
The Kate Show, Amsterdam Photography Museum, Amsterdam
Tiny Vices, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York; curated by Tim Barber Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City

2005     
Bienal de Valencia, Solares Foundazione Culturale, Valencia
Trade, White Columns, New York
East Village USA, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

2004     
XXX, Galerie Davide DiMaggio, Berlin
Indigestible Correctness, Participant, New York; curated by Rita Ackerman and Lizzi Bougatsos
Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; 
The Human Face, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam; curated by Rita Ackerman and Lizzi Bougatsos

2003    
Lumpenedlyness, Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC; curated by Hudson
Against All Evens, Goteborg International Biennial, Goteborg, Sweden; curated by Miki Von Hausswolfe
Femmes, Celine, Tokyo; curated by Olivier Zahm
Snapshots Now, Angell Gallery, Toronto; curated by Randy Gladman
Educational Books, Hotel, London; curated by Daren Flook
Phantom of Desire: Visions of Masochism in Art, Neue Galerie und Stadtmuseum, Graz, Austria
Martha Graham, ConTEMPorary, New York, curated by Kenny Schachter
Not Ordinary People, Galerie In Arco, Torino, Italy; curated by Sergio Bertaccini

2002     
Strip & Tease, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels

2001     
Selected Works, Eye Five Gallery, Los Angeles
Wet, Luise Ross Gallery, New York
Face Off, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels

2000     
Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris
Kim's Bedroom, Parco Gallery, Tokyo; MU, Eindhoven, the Netherlands; curated by Kim Gordon
Full Serve: Celebrating Ten Years of Shows, Rove, New York; curated by Kenny Schachter
Reali Artecontemporanea, Brescia, Italy

1999     
B.m.W. (black met white), ANP, Antwerp, Belgium
Shake the Disease, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, Scotland;
Salome: Images of Women in Contemporary Art, Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY

1998     
Disidentico, Palazzo Branciforte, Palermo, Italy; curated by Achille Bonito
Move 2, New Image Art, Los Angeles; curated by Rich Jacob

1997     
Scared Stiff, Grey Art Gallery, New York; curated by Annie Stanley
Flying Buttress Please, Torch, Amsterdam; curated by Hudson
El Ojo Tambien Penetra, Organismo Autonomo de Cultura, Centro de Fotografia, Isla de Tenerife, Spain
The Bite Generation, Lola Productions, Nantes, France; curated by Romain Slocombe

1996     
One Hundred Photographs, American Fine Arts, New York
The Experimenters, Lombard-Fried Fine Arts, New York; curated by Kenny Schachter
B-Side Gallery, New York; curated by Rick Prole
Picture This, CBGB Gallery, New York
Kunsthaus, Cologne, Germany; curated by Reiner Opoku

1995    
High Anxiety, 66 Crosby Street, New York; curated by Kenny Schachter
Oy!, 121 Greene Street, New York; curated by Kenny Schachter

1994     
Winter of Love, P.S.1, Long Island City, NY; curated by Olivier Zahm and Dike Blair



Monographs


2017    
Polarized, Fortnight Institute & Victoria Press

2015    
Bed Bath & Beyond, Innen, Geneva

2013     
Contact High, Picturebox, New York
Shot by Kern, Taschen Books, Cologne

2011     
10:41,The Oversea Books, New York

2008    
Looker, Harry Abrams Books, New York

2007    
Digital Kern, Charta, Milan
Action, Taschen Books, Cologne

2004    
Soft, Universe Publishing, New York

2002    
Kern Noir, Charta, Milan

2001    
XXModels, Fiction Inc. Books, Tokyo

2000    
Model Release, Taschen Books, Cologne

1998    
Richard Kern, Charta, Milan

1997    
New York Girls, Taschen Books, Cologne

1996    
XXGirls, Fiction, Inc. Books, Tokyo

1995    
Richard Kern: New York Girls, Purr Books, London