James Kennedy // 10 Must-See Artists at Miami Art Week 2014

Last Friday was an exciting day for James Kennedy; the artist celebrated the opening of his second solo exhibition with the gallery—m o r p h o s i s—AND was named one of the “10 Must-See Artists at Miami Art Week 2014″ by Société Perrier. Read the full article here. See you in December!

“You have one week — here are the artists you need to see.”

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“Miami Art Week 2014 can be overwhelming even for the most seasoned veterans. Spanning various Miami districts, the weeklong spectacle showcases national, international and local artists and the possibilities to view art are nearly endless. With most people in town only for such a short time, we picked ten from the vast cast that you shouldn’t sleep on.”

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m o r p h o s i s was also named a 2014 ‘Top 100 Fall Show’ to see, worldwide, by Modern Painters Magazine, appeared on ArtFix Daily‘s fall roster, and will be featured in the next issue of Art + Auction.  In addition to his solo show at the gallery on view during Art Week, Kennedy will exhibit work in the Mindy Solomon Gallery booth at the Art Miami fair as well.

Bass Pass // Miami Art Week 2014

Take advantage of membership perks from Bass Museum of ArtWith the Bassartpass, members get everything they need for Miami Art Week 2014. Use it to see Mindy Solomon Gallery artists in this year’s Art Week, December 2-7, at Art Miami and Aqua Art Miami. 

LIMITED QUANTITIES available – click here to get your Bassartpass today!
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$250 Membership Level Benefits
// Admission for 2 to Bass Museum of Art VIP opening reception of
“One Way: Peter Marino” | Wed. Dec. 3, 2014
// Complimentary drink and free entrance for 2 to Sedition’s digital art exhibition
at 1826 Restaurant & Lounge during Miami Art Week – courtesy of
RekRoom Productions | Dec. 4-7, 2014
// Access to Art Basel Miami Beach Public, in partnership with the
Bass Museum of Art | Dec. 3-7, 2014
// VIP access to Departure: A 4D Experience, presented by Butter Gallery and
Parker Projects | Tue. Dec. 2, 2014
// Miami Project VIP Tour | Fri. Dec. 5, 2014
// Complimentary Art Circuits 2014/15 Guide
// Free admission to the Bass Museum of Art for 1 year
// Free or reduced admission to special programs and activities, including
10 Beats After Sunset
// 4 single admission guest passes to the museum
// Invitations to upper-level special membership receptions
// Reciprocal membership benefits at 625 museums in the
North American Reciprocal Program
// Limited edition 50th Anniversary Bass Museum of Art Baggu® tote bag

$1,000 Membership Level Benefits
All benefits of the $250 level plus:
// Invitation to Art Basel Miami Beach Vernissage | Thurs. Dec 4, 2014
// Invitation for 2 to Design Miami Vernissage | Tue. Dec. 2, 2014
// Access to Art Basel Miami Beach Public VIP Opening, in partnership with the
Bass Museum of Art | Tue. Dec. 2, 2014
// Invitation to the Sagamore Brunch | Sat. Dec. 6, 2014
// Private tour of an exhibition by the Curator
// Listing on recognition panel at entrance to the museum
// Recognition in Bass Museum of Art Members Magazine
// 10 single admission guest passes to the museum
//1 complimentary individual or family/dual membership to gift
// 10% discount on rental of Bass Museum of Art facility for a private event


Mindy Solomon Gallery will exhibit at ART MIAMI 2014, featuring work by:
Alejandro Contreras // David Hicks // James Kennedy // Osamu Kobayashi // Marc Lambrechts // Ali Smith. 

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Alejandro Contreras // Blue Painting // 65.5 x 83 inches // 2014 // Mixed media


Mindy Solomon Gallery will also exhibit at the AQUA ART MIAMI fair, featuring work by Dominique Labauvie and Pierre Mabille.

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Pierre Mabille // 3 // 13 3/4 x 19 7/8 inches // 2001 // Pastel on paper


The Bass Museum of Art is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Bass Museum of Art is generously funded by the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council;Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; and sponsored in part by the State of Florida,Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the Bass Museum of Art membership.

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SOFA Chicago // Mindy Solomon Gallery in Booth #203

The SOFA Chicago Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design Fair takes place this weekend, November 6th – 9th, at Navy Pier.  Find Mindy Solomon Gallery in Booth #203.

We will feature artists Gregorio PeñoLauren MabryDavid Peters, Kirk Mangus, Josh DeWeeseDavid Hicks, and Kang Hyo Lee.

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Mindy Solomon Gallery will also participate in the SOFA lecture series on Saturday, November 8th, from 12-1pm in room 324, presenting Kirk Mangus: Things Love.

Opening in fall 2014, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland presents the first comprehensive survey of the work of Kirk Mangus (1952-2013), an internationally recognized ceramicist and head of the ceramics department for 30 years at Kent State University. Rose Bouthillier, Associate Curator and Publications Manager, MOCA Cleveland, presents an introduction to this notable artist and exhibition highlighting his immeasurable contributions to the field. Eva Kwong, Mangus’s widow, and Mindy Solomon offer perspectives on Mangus’s influences, forms, and style—all of which propose an unguarded, impassioned way of thinking, living, and loving.

Rose Bouthillier and Eva Kwong sign copies of the monograph produced in association with Mangus’s survey exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary at Cleveland following this lecture at Mindy Solomon Gallery booth #203.

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Tickets are available online or at the door; general admission is $20 and a 3-day pass is $30.

Show hours are:
Friday, November 7, 2014 from 11 am – 7 pm
Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 11 am – 7 pm
And Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 12 noon – 6 pm

An Opening Night Preview takes place Thursday, November 6th by invitation only from 5 – 7 pm, and opens to the public from 7 – 9 pm, tickets $50.

Jeremy Briddell // This Week on CFile

We are happy to share that Mindy Solomon Gallery artist Jeremy Briddell is featured in This Week on CFile.

Spotted | This Week’s Ceramics in Art: From Koons to Barceló
by Garth Clark, Chief Editor of www.cfileonline.org:

“Spotted is a week’s photographic survey of works worth noting that have crossed the paths and desks of the CFile Team recently. They are presented without comment but you might want contribute your perspective in our comments section. Choose the best work in this post. Click on the link included with each work and it will take you either to the artist, an article, the gallery, an art fair or somewhere else where the work was spotted. All works are either ceramic or ceramic and mixed media.”

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Also, don’t miss new works by Jeremy Briddell this weekend, November 6 – 9, at SOFA Chicago at Navy Pier in Mindy Solomon Gallery booth #203.

Muir Vidler // Photography Featured in DAS MAGAZIN

Gallery artist Muir Vidler was recently published in DAS MAGAZIN, East Germany’s monthly Arts & Culture magazine, published continuously since 1924.

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The Isle of Muck is a privately owned island off the west coast of Scotland with a population of around 35.

“Das Magazin asked me to go there to shoot whatever I happened to find – a mix of portraits and reportage. A great commission from one of my favourite magazines.”

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Visit Muir Vidler’s website here. //

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James Kennedy // m o r p h o s i s November 14th – December 26th

Named a 2014 Top 100 Fall Show to See Worldwide by Modern Painters Magazine

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James Kennedy // Fiction 2 // 2014 // 60 x 60 inches acrylic polymer and glazed graphite over gesso on eucalyptus masonite panel

Mindy Solomon Gallery is proud to present m o r p h o s i s, new work by James Kennedy, November 14th through December 26th at 172 NW 24th Street in the Wynwood Art District, Miami. An Opening Reception with the artist will be held Friday, November 14th, from 6-9pm. In his second solo exhibition with the gallery, Kennedy presents paintings and sculptures that characterize structural shifts within his work, evolving components evident in his complex Spatial series into abstract and semi-abstract figurative suggestions. The collection has been named a 2014 ‘Top 100 Fall Show’ to see, worldwide, by Modern Painters Magazine.

Fresh from his Golden residency, which allowed Kennedy the opportunity to explore new ideas and materials, he endeavors to leave the formality of frame and place an emphasis on linear tensions and kinetics—the organic relationship between the subject and structure, habitat and inhabitant. Kennedy will also be introducing sculptural works, manipulating masonite into the constructivist forms so iconic to his two-dimensional art.

Miranda McClintic, independent scholar specializing in twentieth and twenty-first century art, writes of Kennedy: “James Kennedy sees himself in the artistic traditions of both alchemist and master craftsman. With no preliminary drawings, he begins by covering masonite with washes of acrylic paint. The backgrounds are customarily a mixture of titanium white, medium gray, titanium buff, and yellow ochre. Next, Kennedy seamlessly applies emulsions, glazing, and scraping to build up individual planes. Varying hues, tints, and values of tertiary colors are subtly modulated by density of pigment, dilution, and overlay to create a tonal structure across the surface. The absence of visible brushstrokes gives each work an ethereal quality.”

Kennedy’s flawless technique combined with his one-of-a kind imagery serve as a wonderful departure point for this creative evolution of his work; Mindy Solomon Gallery is pleased to showcase its newest permeations.

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James Kennedy // Fiction 3// 2014 // 60 x 60 inches acrylic polymer and glazed graphite over gesso on eucalyptus masonite panel

ABOUT JAMES KENNEDY

James Kennedy, Irish painter, studied at the Royal Scottish Academy, London School of Contemporary Dance, and Rhodec Academy of Architecture and Design. Upon his arrival in New York in 2003, Kennedy’s early abstract landscapes—moody, blended explorations in the horizon line—evolved into more visceral, textural works (Tectonics and Earthscapes), which employed deeper layers of media, mainly oils and encaustic over acrylic.

It was not until 2006 that material from Kennedy’s early drawings and training in dance and architecture began to appear in his trademark simplistic arrangements on masonite panel. The first exhibition of these works was held in 2007; Architectures and Choreographies presented oil paintings that resonated subtly with the British Post-Cubist, Bauhaus, and Constructivist schools. In 2010, Kennedy moved his studio from the Springs in East Hampton to New York City.  Concurrently, his painting language developed a stronger, more individual, instantly recognizable style.  He employed acrylics exclusively, and embarked upon deeper exploration of color field, use of incised linear connections between shapes and spatial characters, and the added dynamic of dilution and density.

Despite the hard-edged complexities evident in many of his works, Kennedy’s aim is to resolve these self-generated conundrums and present a balanced, unified surface. His recent work develops an emphasis on carving, glyphs, and greater attention to the painted understructure.  Kennedy currently works in his studio in Long Island City, New York.