Johan Grimonprez Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Johan Grimonprez: DOUBLE TAKE at Sean Kelly, New York
February 7 - March 21, 2009
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Johan Grimonprez Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Johan Grimonprez: DOUBLE TAKE at Sean Kelly, New York
February 7 - March 21, 2009
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York
 

Johan Grimonprez Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Johan Grimonprez: DOUBLE TAKE at Sean Kelly, New York
February 7 - March 21, 2009
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Johan Grimonprez Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Johan Grimonprez: DOUBLE TAKE at Sean Kelly, New York
February 7 - March 21, 2009
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York
 

Johan Grimonprez Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Johan Grimonprez: DOUBLE TAKE at Sean Kelly, New York
February 7 - March 21, 2009
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York
 

Johan Grimonprez Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Johan Grimonprez: DOUBLE TAKE at Sean Kelly, New York
February 7 - March 21, 2009
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Johan Grimonprez Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Johan Grimonprez: DOUBLE TAKE at Sean Kelly, New York
February 7 - March 21, 2009
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York
 

Johan Grimonprez Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Johan Grimonprez: DOUBLE TAKE at Sean Kelly, New York
February 7 - March 21, 2009
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Johan Grimonprez Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Johan Grimonprez: DOUBLE TAKE at Sean Kelly, New York
February 7 - March 21, 2009
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Still from DOUBLE TAKE, 2009
80 minutes
digital beta
edition of 15
JG-5

Still from DOUBLE TAKE, 2009
80 minutes
digital beta
edition of 15
JG-5

Still from DOUBLE TAKE, 2009
80 minutes
digital beta
edition of 15
JG-5

Still from DOUBLE TAKE, 2009
80 minutes
digital beta
edition of 15
JG-5

Press Release

Weekly Approximate Screening Times for DOUBLE TAKE:
Tuesday-Friday - 11:00am, 12:20pm, 1:40pm, 3:00pm, 4:20pm
Saturday - 10:00am, 11:20am, 12:40pm, 2:00pm, 3:20pm, 4:40pm

Special Evening Screenings, 6:30pm:
• Wednesday, February 25 (Screening and Q&A with the Artist)
• Tuesday, March 3rd
• Wednesday, March 11th
• Tuesday, March 17th (A Double Feature Screening*)
*A screening of two Grimonprez films: dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y and
DOUBLE TAKE

Sean Kelly Gallery is delighted to announce a major exhibition of new work by Belgian artist Johan Grimonprez - his first since joining the gallery. The exhibition includes his new film DOUBLE TAKE. The opening will take place on Friday, February 6th from 6pm until 8pm. The artist will be present.

Grimonprez's second film essay, titled DOUBLE TAKE, questions how our view of reality is held hostage by mass media, advertising and Hollywood. Written by award winning British novelist Tom McCarthy, the film targets the global rise of fear-as-commodity, in a tale of odd couples and hilarious double deals. Paying tribute to the themes of doubling and mistaken identity, Grimonprez creates a unique interpretation of Alfred Hitchcock's illustrious cameo television and film appearances, through which Grimonprez examines the influence of this cinema-icon on a deeper, more socio-political level. The film covers the post World War II period, characterized by prosperity and innocent consumerism, as well as institutionalized fear, through the beginning of the 1960s featuring Sputnik, Nikita Khrushchev and Richard Nixon. The cold war era was characterized by the conquest of space, sexual politics, anxiety and paranoia disrupting the idyllic American suburban dream. In the words of Alfred Hitchcock, "Television brought murder into the American home, where it has always belonged." Not without humor, DOUBLE TAKE invites the viewer to question today's hegemony of the image, the truth and lies of reality and its influence on our society, politics and culture.
A compilation of short films, selected by Grimonprez and Charlotte Léouzon titled MAYBE THE SKY IS REALLY GREEN AND WE'RE JUST COLORBLIND accompanies the exhibition. Shown for the first time in New York, it is presented in the form of a YouTube-o-Theque library, which contains clips from online television, cell phone videos, blogs and YouTube. As a product of a sophisticated generation brought up on a diet of television, and homemade productions, Grimonprez mixes reality and fiction in a wholly innovative fashion, and presents contemporary history as a multi-perspectival context, readily open to manipulation.

Johan Grimonprez's work is included in numerous collections such as the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, the Kanazawa Art Museum, Japan, the National Gallery, Berlin, Germany, and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark. Curatorial projects have been hosted at major museums worldwide such as the Whitney Museum in New York, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Germany and the Tate Modern in London, England. Grimonprez achieved international acclaim with his film essay Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y at Documenta X in Kassel, Germany, in 1997, which eerily foreshadowed the tragic events of September 11th in New York. His films have been included in prestigious film festivals in Telluride, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Berlin. Grimonprez is currently a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts (New York).

Grimonprez's film DOUBLE TAKE will have an avant-premiere at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles March 12, 2009. It has also been selected for the 59th Berlinale International Forum 2009 in Berlin. DOUBLE TAKE will be included in the following exhibitions: Un Certain Etat du Monde?, at The Garage, Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, Russia, March 19 2009, Magazin 3 in Stockholm, Sweden, March 28, 2009 and the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland in May, 2010. A mid-career survey will take place at Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston, in 2010.

Checklist

Johan Grimonprez
DOUBLE TAKE
February 7 – March 21, 2009

Gallery 1

JOHAN GRIMONPREZ AND CHARLOTTE LÉOUZON
Maybe the Sky is Really Green, and We're Just Color Blind
YouTube-o-theque, 2009
DVD
variable dimensions
unique
JG-17

Gallery 2 (clockwise from second entrance)

East Wall:

JOHAN GRIMONPREZ*
Alfred will play my part, 2007
drawing
paper: 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches (26.7 x 21.6 cm)
framed: 12 x 9 1/2 inches (30.5 x 24.1 cm)
unique
JG-10

South Wall:

Au chien qui fume, 2009
collage and drawing in 2 parts
paper left: 11 x 11 inches (27.9 x 27.9 cm)
paper right: 10 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches (27.3 x 21 cm)
overall dimensions: 11 x 19 1/4 inches (27.9 x 48.9 cm)
unique
JG-22

You Tube me and I Tube you, 2007
collage and drawing
paper: 10 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches (26.7 x 21 cm)
framed: 12 x 9 3/4 inches (30.5 x 24.8 cm)
unique
JG-9

Where would a wise man hide a leaf, 2007
collage and drawing
paper: 10 1/2 x 16 1/4 inches (26.7 x 41.3 cm)
framed: 12 x 18 inches (30.5 x 45.7 cm)
unique
JG-14

*Unless otherwise noted all works are by Johan Grimonprez



I too, am, Alfred Hitchcock, 2007
collage and drawing
paper: 10 3/4 x 19 inches (27.3 x 48.3 cm)
framed: 12 1/2 x 20 5/8 inches (31.8 x 52.4 cm)
unique
JG-11

None are so blind, 2009
collage and drawing in 3 parts
paper left: 10 1/2 x 8 inches (26.7 x 20.3 cm)
paper right: 28 1/4 x 33 5/8 inches (71.8 x 85.4 cm)
photograph: 24 1/2 x 33 3/4 inches (62.2 x 85.7 cm)
overall dimensions: 28 1/4 x 42.5 inches (71.8 x 108 cm)
unique
JG-18

West Wall:

JOHAN GRIMONPREZ WITH THEO VOLPATTI
Knife, 2007
chromogenic print
paper: 12 1/2 x 17 1/4 inches (31.8 x 43.8 cm)
edition of 10
JG-19

The unforgettable 25 cent coin, 2007
collage and drawing
paper: 10 3/4 x 19 inches (27.3 x 48.3 cm
framed: 12 1/2 x 20 3/4 inches (31.8 x 52.7 cm)
unique
JG-21

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, 2007
drawing
paper: 11 3/4 x 16 1/4 inches (29.8 x 41.3 cm)
unique
JG-20

JOHAN GRIMONPREZ WITH THEO VOLPATTI
Hitch Meets Hitch, 2009
collage
framed: 35 1/2 x 47 inches (90.2 x 119.4 cm)
unique
JG-16

'No, I don't have a belly button', 2009
collage and drawing
paper: 11 1/4 x 19 1/8 inches (28.6 x 48.6 cm)
unique
JG-23

JOHAN GRIMONPREZ WITH THEO VOLPATTI
The Birds, 2007
chromogenic print
paper: 34 1/4 x 24 3/8 inches (87 x 62 cm)
edition of 10
JG-24

He's always there, isn't he? , 2007
collage and drawing
paper: 10 1/2 x 16 1/4 inches (26.7 x 41.3 cm)
framed: 12 x 18 inches (30.5 x 45.7 cm)
unique
JG-15



North Wall:

JOHAN GRIMONPREZ WITH THEO VOLPATTI
Two umbrellas, 2007
chromogenic print
paper: 17 1/4 x 12 1/2 inches (44 x 32 cm)
edition of 10
JG-25

Footsteps, 2007
drawing
paper: 10 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches (27.3 x 27.3 cm)
framed: 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches (31.8 x 31.8 cm)
unique
JG-13

That day it was twice Monday..., 2009
collage and drawing in 3 parts
paper left: 10 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches (26.7 x 21 cm)
paper top right: 10 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches (27.3 x 21 cm)
paper bottom right: 10 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches (26.7 x 21 cm)
overall dimensions: 20 1/2 x 16 1/4 inches (52.1 x 41.3 cm
unique
JG-26

It's raining umbrellas, 2009
drawing
paper: 20 1/2 x 16 1/4 inches (52.1 x 41.3 cm)
unique
JG-27

JOHAN GRIMONPREZ WITH THEO VOLPATTI
Is She a He or a She?, 2007
paper: 11 1/2 x 18 inches (29.2 x 45.7 cm)
framed: 12 1/4 x 17 1/4 inches (31.1 x 43.8 cm)
edition of 10 with 3 APs
JG-3

East Wall:

JOHAN GRIMONPREZ WITH THEO VOLPATTI
I am not sure which of us it is..., 2009
collage in 2 parts
photograph left: 12 1/2 x 17 inches (31.8 x 43.2 cm)
paper right: 10 1/2 x 7 5/8 inches (26.7 x 19.4 cm)
overall dimensions: 12 1/2 x 24 5/8 inches (31.8 x 62.5 cm)
edition of 10
JG-28

Center East Wall:

Ron Burrage Hitchcock Double, 2005
digital video transferred onto DVD, 1 minute loop
variable dimensions
edition of 15
JG-29

Main Gallery:

Double Take, 2008
digital beta transferred to DVD, 80 minutes
variable dimensions
edition of 15 with 5 APs
JG-5


Director's Office:

Le Plaisir, 2007
framed chromogenic print mounted on aluminum
framed: 36 1/2 x 52 3/4 inches (92.7 x 134 cm)
edition of 25 with 5 APs
JG-2
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