Poul Kjærholm Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of The Furniture of Poul Kjaeholm and Selected Work at Sean Kelly, New York 
December 10, 2004 - January 29, 2005 
Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York 

Poul Kjærholm Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of The Furniture of Poul Kjaeholm and Selected Work at Sean Kelly, New York 
December 10, 2004 - January 29, 2005 
Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York 

Poul Kjærholm Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of The Furniture of Poul Kjaeholm and Selected Work at Sean Kelly, New York 
December 10, 2004 - January 29, 2005 
Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York 

Poul Kjærholm Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of The Furniture of Poul Kjaeholm and Selected Work at Sean Kelly, New York 
December 10, 2004 - January 29, 2005 
Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York 

Poul Kjærholm Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of The Furniture of Poul Kjaeholm and Selected Work at Sean Kelly, New York 
December 10, 2004 - January 29, 2005 
Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York 

Poul Kjærholm Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of The Furniture of Poul Kjaeholm and Selected Work at Sean Kelly, New York 
December 10, 2004 - January 29, 2005 
Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York 

Poul Kjærholm Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of The Furniture of Poul Kjaeholm and Selected Work at Sean Kelly, New York 
December 10, 2004 - January 29, 2005 
Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York 

Press Release

Sean Kelly and R 20th Century announce "The Furniture of Poul Kjaerholm and Selected Art Work," the first major American survey exhibition of the important Danish designer Poul Kjaerholm (1929–1980), which opens on December 10th, 2004. For this exhibition the two galleries will combine Kjaerholm's spare, elegant furniture with selected contemporary works of art in an exploration of the vibrant dialogue that has existed between contemporary art and modernist furniture collectors throughout the 20th century. The exhibition, designed and curated by John Keenen of the architectural practice Keenen/Riley, opens concurrently at Sean Kelly in Chelsea from 6pm until 8pm and at R 20th Century's Tribeca gallery from 5pm until 7pm. Architect Hanne Kjaerholm, Poul Kjaerholm's wife, will be present at the openings. The exhibition continues through January 29th, 2005.

Poul Kjaerholm's furniture appeals to serious furniture and art collectors for its understated elegance, clean lines and inspired rethinking of modernist iconography. It is no coincidence that Kjaerholm is highly sought after by art collectors as the perfect complement to the contemporary collecting environment.

Poul Kjaerholm studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he would later teach, from 1952-56. He went on to become a lecturer and professor in the furniture and interior design department at the Academy of Art from 1957-76. Although formally trained as a cabinetmaker, Kjaerholm was a strong proponent of industrial production. His work stands out among that of his Danish contemporaries because of his extensive use of steel-- at a time when most of his contemporaries were working exclusively in wood-- in conjunction with natural materials such as cane, canvas, leather and rope. Kjaerholm's career is an important chapter in the mid-century design movement and its far-reaching impact on contemporary art and design.

Kjaerholm pieces in the exhibition range from his earliest designs realized by Rud. Radmussens and E. Kold Christensen Ltd., to rare pieces special ordered for the occasion from Fritz Hansen. One-of-a-kind prototypes, drawings and scale models handcrafted by Kjaerholm will also be on display.

The relationship between the furniture and specific artworks has been carefully orchestrated and represents work by 20 artists including: John Baldessari, Francois Boué, Andrew Bush, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Rineke Dijkstra, Helmut Dorner, Iran do Espírito Santo, Jose Gabriel Fernandez, Liam Gillick, Callum Innes, Yves Klein, Joseph Kosuth, John Lindell, Robert Mapplethorpe, Lucretia Moroni, Carter Potter, Tony Smith, Frank Thiel, and Richard Tuttle.

Checklist

Gallery 1 (clockwise from left of entrance)

FRANCOIS BOUÉ
New Ark, 2001
super 8 mm film transferred to 16 mm film, filmed in New York and Newark, New Jersey
edition of 3 with 2 APs (exhibition copy transferred to DVD)

Gallery 2 (clockwise from left of entrance)

IRAN do ESPÍRITO SANTO
Restless 18, 2004
Sandblasted glass and mirror
unique
25 5/8 x 77 x 1/2 inches (65 x 195 x 1.2 cm)

TONY SMITH
Untitled, 1961
ink on paper
paper: 10 7/8 x 13 3/4 inches (27.5 x 35 cm)
framed: 18 1/2 x 20 7/8 inches (47 x 53 cm)

JOHN BALDESSARI
Goodbye to Boats (Sailing In), 1972-73
7 color photographs mounted on board
print: 10 x 6 1/2 inches each (24.5 x 16.5 cm)
framed: 12 5/8 x 9 3/8 inches each (32 x 23.8 cm)

CARTER POTTER
Dupe Negative #5, 2003
70 mm Polyester film over poplar stretcher bar
unique
56 x 55 3/8 inches (142.2 x 140.7 cm)

LUCRETIA MORONI
Membrana 2, 2000/2004
water based mixed media floor painting
114 x 244 inches (289 x 620 cm)

Main gallery (clockwise from left)

JOSE GABRIEL FERNANDEZ
Molinete, 2003
gesso on plywood
unique
67 x 68 x 6 inches (170 x 172.7 x 15.2 cm)

HELMUT DORNER
Sling, 1995/2003
watercolor on paper, in two parts
SF #98, SF #101
unframed: 15 x 11 inches each
framed: 16 3/4 x 12 3/4 inches each

TONY SMITH
Untitled, 1953-54
oil on canvas
31 1/2 x 39 1/4 inches (80 x 99.7 cm)

RINEKE DIJKSTRA
Villa Franca, Portugal, May 8, 1994, 1994
chromogenic print
edition of 6 (#2/6)
framed: 50 x 41 7/8 inches (127 x 106.6 cm)

RICHARD TUTTLE
Two With Any To, #11, 1999
acrylic on fir plywood
11 x 11 x 1 3/4 inches (27.9 x 27.9 x 4.4 cm)

RICHARD TUTTLE
Two With Any To, #17, 1999
acrylic on fir plywood
11 x 11 x 1 3/4 inches (27.9 x 27.9 x 4.4 cm)

CALLUM INNES
Exposed Painting Dioxazine Violet Scheveningen Black, 2004
oil on canvas
89 5/8 x 87 5/8 inches (227.5 x 222.5 cm)
CI-56.04

LIAM GILLICK
Adjusted Development Platform, 2003
yellow, ivory and orange powder coated aluminum,
transparent yellow, orange and light blue Plexiglas
80 x 40 x 2 inches (203 x 101 x 5 cm)

ANDREW BUSH
Vector Portrait - Woman Caught in Traffic While Heading Southeast on
Highway 101 Near the Topanga Canyon Blvd Exit,
woodland Hills, CA at 5:38 PM in the Summer of 1989, 1989
chromogenic print mounted on Plexiglas
edition of 3
47 x 75 inches (119.4 x 190.5 cm)

On Wall (in center of the Main Gallery)

YVES KLEIN
Untitled Blue Monochrome (IKB-231), 1957-59
pigment on resin on paper
unframed: 8 1/2 x 7 inches (22 x 18 cm)
framed: 16 5/8 x 15 1/4 inches (40 x 39 cm)

JOHN LINDELL
Thirteen, 2004
ink on flat latex paint
unique
dimensions variable

Viewing Gallery (room on the left)

FRANK THIEL
Stadt 2/68 (Berlin), 2003
framed chromogenic print face mounted to Plexiglas
edition of 4
framed: 71 3/4 x 104 inches (182 x 266 cm)

FRANK THIEL
Stadt 2/92 (Berlin), 2004
framed chromogenic print face mounted to Plexiglas
edition of 4
framed: 71 3/4 x 98 inches (182 x 249 cm)
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