January 16, 2008

PaintersNYC returns with Karen Kilimnik

After a six week respite, a new painter has been forced to walk the plank at the unsparing art-crit blog PaintersNYC. Karen Kilimnik, whose paintings are on view at 303 Gallery, NYC, through February 23, is this week's chum. According to the press release for the show, her paintings and photographs reflect her concern with the natural world and her expansion of historical landscape painting. Kilimnik's minimally executed ocean, sky, and mountain paintings refer to moments in time and/or places. Check out the comments at PNYC where the sharks are circling already.

In the NYTimes review of the show, Karen Rosenberg writes that Ms. Kilimnik’s keen color sense makes these works as haunting as they are precious. "This is especially true of the mountain paintings and the circular canvases in the first gallery, among them 'Night Above the Woods' (2001), a deep eggplant, and 'the venusian atmosphere' (2001), a chalky violet. The only miss here is a set of three photographs of 'tropical' cloud formations, taken en route from New York City to Ms. Kilimnik’s home in Philadelphia. These allude to the greenhouse effect, and are both too bland and too solemn for an artist with her head in the stratosphere." Read more.

Kilimnik's first major museum survey is on view through February 3rd at the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado. Warning: AAM's site, although attractive, has an annoying Flash interface.

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