The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Saint Clair Cemin combines his signature pluralistic style with both concrete and abstract expressions
Saint Clair Cemin, World As Flow, 2012. Stainless steel, 43.7 x 43.7 x 43.7 inches, 111 x 111 x 111 cm. Edition of 3, 1. Courtesy Billy Farrell Agency/bfanyc.com
NEW YORK, NY.- Paul Kasmin Gallery presents SIX, Saint Clair Cemin’s (b. 1951, Cruz Alta, Brazil) inaugural exhibition with the Gallery, on view at 515 W 27th Street from September 6 through October 13, 2012, alongside the artist’s New York public art debut. Stringing together the rational, the unknown, the unconscious, and the dream, the Brazilian sculptor combines his signature pluralistic style with both concrete and abstract expressions in this exhibition of six new sculptural works, all made in 2012. Beyond the walls of the gallery, Paul Kasmin Gallery partners with the Broadway Mall Association (a New York non-profit organization working to beautify and maintain the malls of Broadway from 70th Street to 168th Street) to present Saint Clair Cemin on Broadway, an exhibition of seven additional sculptures by Cemin at outdoor locations from September 6 through mid-November 2012.

“Cemin’s endgame modernism – a synthesis of old modern manners, breathing surreal new life into them – artfully condenses the absurdity in singularly perverse works,” says art historian and critic, Donald Kuspit, writer of numerous reviews and catalog essays on Cemin.

SIX illustrates surrealist sculptural snapshots of Cemin’s past, embodying his first experience of a profound sense of loss. Anchoring the gallery exhibition, a large piece titled Maman (the French word for “Mommy”) serves as both a surreal portrait of the artist’s mother and a philosophical reflection on the universal idea of mothers. The complex abstractionist works, World as Flow and Greece, seem to be one figure, acting out different stages of movement. Greece turns geometry inside out, as a four-armed and four-legged creature entangled in itself, illustrating the expansion of time, while World as Flow collapses in on itself to create a continuous, self-jailed structure.

Cemin creates surreal portraits of absurd characters, blurring the line between figuration and abstraction with The Shadow, And Then (I Close My Eyes), and Epimetheus. The Shadow, a precarious dark form crafted from lacquered wood, appears to have just risen from chaos into light. The proud and shiny sculpture Epimetheus boasts false hubris as the Titan who was famously duped. The polished stainless steel Buddha-like figure, And Then, captures a moment of desperation, to be spiritually sound with no satisfaction.

Opening on September 6, the Broadway Mall Association in collaboration with Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, New York City Department of Transportation and the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District will present an additional series of seven Cemin sculptures at outdoor locations beginning just south of Columbus Circle at the 57th Street Pedestrian Plaza and spanning 100 blocks along Broadway. Cemin’s monumental mirrored stainless steel sculpture, Vortex, will tower 40 feet high, embodying mankind’s desire for transcendence, whisking up into the clouds all that it reflects on its surface. Along six additional Broadway malls, stretching to W. 157th Street, Cemin will present sculptures in a range of material. These sculptures include: The Four, 1997, a Corten steel sculpture that longs to be at once both geometric and organic; In The Center, 2002, an ominous archetypical creature existing at the core of our minds; The Wind, 2002, a large white marble sculpture which appears like putty, kneaded and manipulated by giant hands; Aphrodite, 2006, a copper depiction of the ancient goddess in primitive form, representing the female figure simply and hieratically; O Pensador, 2008, a figure who sits on the ground, lost in deep contemplation; and Portrait of the Word Why, 2008, a mirrored stainless steel portrait of one of the most mysterious words in the English language.

Saint Clair Cemin
Born and raised in the rural town of Cruz Alta, Brazil, Cemin went on to study at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States as well as abroad and is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France; Fisher Landau Center For Art, Long Island City, NY; Rooseum, Stockholm, Sweden; The Broad Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; and Inhotim, Minas Gerais, Brazil, among many others. Cemin currently lives in New York and has studios in Beijing and Red Hook, New York. Cemin will present a solo exhibition at the Centro Atlántico de Arte Contemporanea in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain, opening October 26, 2012.






Today's News

September 10, 2012

Comprehensive retrospective of African artist El Anatsui opens at the Denver Art Museum

Richard Tuttle searches for a new type of sculpture in Systems, VIII-XII on view at the Pace Gallery

New paintings by American pioneer of hard-edged shaped canvases Charles Hinman at Marc Straus

New film project and a group of current photographic works by Thomas Demand on view at Sprüth Magers

Exhibition at the Ulster Museum takes you around the world on the greatest ocean liners

Saint Clair Cemin combines his signature pluralistic style with both concrete and abstract expressions

Paul Pfeiffer recreates Wilt Chamberlain's "playroom" at Paula Cooper Gallery

Other Criteria presents 'Exotic Juicy Tutti Frutti' a series of photographs by Antonio Marguet

Exhibition looks at the use and composition of music within contemporary artistic practices

Early laptop designer and Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Director Bill Moggridge dies at 69

Oscar Cueto, solitude, new drawings and a video on view at Walter Maciel Gallery

Italian artist Luca Pozzi opens first solo show in the United States at Kabe Contemporary

North American premiere of Kelly Richardson's new video installation, Mariner 9, at the Royal Ontario Museum

San Antonio Painters II opens at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center in San Antonio

Property from Boston physicians' residence, estate of a colorful world traveler headline auction

Norman Rockwell Museum protects The Four Freedoms (Literally) with new acrylic glazing

Fahamu Pecou presents fourth solo exhibition with Lyons Wier Gallery

"Lilith in da House": Self-portraits in strangers' houses on view at Eduard Planting Gallery in Amsterdam

Tally Beck Contemporary presents Nobuhito Nishigawara's first solo exhibition in New York

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Stone Age mummy Oetzi still revealing secrets, 25 years on

2.- Tunisian remains found by British researchers prove 100,000-year human presence

3.- Rembrandt's four earliest paintings reunited for the first time at the Ashmolean

4.- Baltimore Museum of Art is one of only two major U.S. museums to feature an installation by transgender artists

5.- Archaeologists find 2,000-year-old human skeleton at Mediterranean shipwreck

6.- Digitally unwrapped scroll reveals earliest Old Testament scripture

7.- Rich London residents angry over Tate Modern voyeurs

8.- V&A Museum chief quits to fight nationalism post-Brexit

9.- Exhibition in Turin celebrates the most important family of Flemish artists

10.- Pointillism is now the focus of a high-calibre exhibition at the Albertina in Vienna



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful