The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Friday, September 20, 2019

Solo exhibition by New York based artist Keith Edmier opens at Petzel Gallery
Keith Edmier, Hummingbirds and Orchids, c. 1875-90 (Blc. Hillary Rodham Clinton 'First Lady') 2015. Dental acrylic and acrylic paint on Tennessee marble base, 15 x 11.5 x 8 inches, 38.1 x 29.2 x 20.3 cm Edition 1/3, 1 AP.

NEW YORK, NY.- Petzel Gallery announces Regeneratrix, a solo exhibition by New York based artist Keith Edmier. This is the artist’s fifth solo exhibition and his first large-scale exhibition at the gallery in ten years. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with an essay written by independent curator and art historian Norman Rosenthal.

Keith Edmier’s newest sculptures are monumental. They are intended to allude to a multiplicity of histories including the artist’s recent past, rather than commemorate one particular time or event. Each artwork’s meaning is derived from both the material it is built of and the form that it takes. Thus, the structures exhibited in Regeneratrix refer to a myriad of positions: the languages of flowers, the cycles of life, Cesare Ripa’s personifications, geological strata, ancient and religious goddess myths, new and old empires, and histories of architecture and art.

Regeneratrix is divided into four interconnecting rooms. Penn Station Ciborium (2012–13) was conceived for the exhibition curated by Norman Rosenthal and Alex Gartenfeld entitled Empire State, which premiered at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome in 2013. Edmier drew inspiration for the sculpture from the architecture of the ancient Roman basilicas and baths, the Pantheon, as well as the glass-and-iron exhibition halls of the nineteenth century, of which the Crystal Palace in London is the most indicative. The artist conflates the architectural references with his own studio and its proximity to two railway stations: Grand Central and its famous oyster bar (oysters being indigenous to the New York waterways) and the now demolished Penn Station that was disposed of in the Meadowlands in 1963. The sculpture, in the guise of a ciborium, or canopied altar, acts as a reliquary for the remnants of the artist’s studio that are laid to rest with the train station’s excavated iron and Meadowlands soil.

Edmier has brought Rome to New York in Scultura (2014), which takes its name from the personification of sculpture found in Cesare Ripa’s (aka Giovanni Campani) Baroque dictionary of icons entitled Iconologia (1593). Edmier has extracted the image of the Venus de’ Medici from this illustrated tome and updated it as an etching on lithographic stone. The executed image is after a photograph of Cindy Crawford pregnant (posed as the Venus de’ Medici) that had graced W magazine’s cover in 1999. The original photograph of Crawford also happened to be shot at 456 West 18th Street, in the space’s previous incarnation as a photography studio, before it became Petzel Gallery. The sculpture depicts the remains of an etching faintly perceivable on the limestone after one lone print has been pulled from it.

As Crawford is a reimagined image of the goddess Venus, Edmier extends the metaphor to Princess Grace Kelly and her infamous handbag produced by Hermès. The Kelly Bag (Salmacis) (2015), is cast in clear glass. Set inside of it is a polyurethane-cast wedding bouquet. The oft-repeated story is that the “Kelly” bag received its name and became popular after a magazine cover showed the pregnant Princess Grace using it to shield her stomach. Edmier poses the bag as a surrogate womb. In this regard, The Kelly Bag (Salmacis) is akin to the artist’s former work, Beverly Edmier, 1967 (1998), that depicts his pregnant mother seated and dressed in Jackie Kennedy’s distinctive pink suit.

Allusions of princesses and the First Lady are extended to a series of cast sculptures of orchids entitled, First Lady Cattleyas (2015). Each sculpture is a life-cast of a hybrid Cattleya orchid that had been bred in honor of a First Lady (a long-standing tradition since 1929). Each orchid lays in repose atop a Tennessee pink marble pedestal. Edmier has posed them (Barbara Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama), twisting the stem and hand-painted flower upright to mirror the same compositions found in Hudson River School painter Martin Johnson Heade’s Orchid and Hummingbird paintings (1871–1890). Edmier has emphasized the connection with the inclusion of a Martin Johnson Heade chromolithograph of hummingbirds printed in 1864 hanging on the gallery’s wall.

Heade is also complimented by the sculpture, Hieros gamos (2015), situated upon the floor at the entrance of the gallery as if it has crashed through its large skylight. The cast aluminum pyramid is a to scale replica of the tip of the Washington Monument (built between 1848– 1885, the same time period as Martin Johnson Heade made his orchid and hummingbird paintings). Edmier has crowned the object with a cast bronze and gold-plated myrtle wreath. The sculpture echoes Heade’s more famous paintings of approaching thunderstorms as the monument’s metal apex acts as a conductor for lightning.

Keith Edmier was born in Chicago, Illinois. His work has been shown throughout the United States and internationally. He has been the recipient of survey exhibitions at the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, the Netherlands (2012) and CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson (2007). He has held solo exhibitions at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh (2003) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in (2002). His work was featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and in group exhibitions at the Sculpture Center in New York (2013), the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (2012), Kunstwerke in Berlin (2007), Tate Modern in London (2007), Tate Liverpool (2005), Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome (2007), Kunsthalle Vienna (2004), and Migros Museum in Zurich (2004). His work are in the permanent collections of major museums such as the Tate Gallery, London; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Israel Museum, among others. He is the recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation 2001 Biennial Award. In the fall of 2016, his installation of the interior of his childhood home, entitled Brementowne (2008), will be installed at The Walker Art Center.

Today's News

May 10, 2015

World's oldest complete example of 10 Commandments on rare display in Israel

Exhibition of Gilbert & George's early work opens at the Museum of Modern Art

World War II hero General Douglas MacArthur's watch up for sale at Antiquorum in Geneva

Francis Bacon portrait leads Phillips Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York

Barneys New York celebrates artist Alex Katz with exclusive limited edition collection

Chinese private collector acquires rare Monet painting from the artist's mature period

Special Mention for National Participation at la Biennale awarded to Joan Jonas at the U.S. Pavilion

Israeli artist Menashe Kadishman, who enjoyed a brief but successful international career, dead at 82

Fresh perspective on the work of Alex Colville offered at the National Gallery of Canada

Exhibition of six sculptures by artist Ursula von Rydingsvard on view in Venice

'Rolling Hills, Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape' opens at the Frick Pittsburgh

Rock and Punk era brought to life in a new photography exhibition at National Museum Cardiff

Solo exhibition by New York based artist Keith Edmier opens at Petzel Gallery

Tsibi Geva presents a new installation for the Israeli pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition

New work by Los Angeles based artists Tanya Aguiñiga and Nancy Baker Cahill on view at MERRYSPACE

Rod Barton opens two-person exhibition with Chris Hood and Carl Mannov

Robert Therrien brings both existing and new large-scale installations to The Contemporary Austin

Stolen first edition of '100 Years of Solitude' found in Colombia

Mystery of missing UK election pledge 'tombstone'

The fine art of walking explored in deCordova's summer exhibition 'Walking Sculpture 1967-2015'

Ex-Sir Peter Ustinov 1962 DB4 sold for £1.5 million at Bonhams £10.3 million record Aston Martin Works Sale

BGL Canadassimo at the Canada Pavilion for the 56th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia

Exhibition of works by Michal Bohdankiewicz on view at Ana Cristea Gallery

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Holocaust 'masterpiece' causes uproar at Venice film festival

2.- To be unveiled at Sotheby's: One of the greatest collections of Orientalist paintings ever assembled

3.- Bender Gallery features paintings by up and coming Chicago artist Michael Hedges

4.- Lévy Gorvy exhibits new and historic works by French master in his centenary year

5.- Artificial Intelligence as good as Mahler? Austrian orchestra performs symphony with twist

6.- Fascinating new exhibition explores enduring artistic bond between Scotland and Italy

7.- Exhibition explores the process of Japanese-style woodblock production

8.- Robert Frank, photographer of America's underbelly, dead at 94

9.- The truth behind the legend of patriot Paul Revere revealed in a new exhibition at New-York Historical Society

10.- Hitler bust found in cellar of French Senate

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, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

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