18 Wooster Street
Almost American, an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Brad Kahlhamer, opened Saturday, May 5th at Deitch Projects’ 18 Wooster Street gallery. The critic Michael Cohen described Kahlhamer’s work as “a new narrative of how the West was won that allows the original inhabitants to live to tell the tale.” The artist fused an exuberant embrace of expressionist painting with the visionary tradition of Native American art.
Kahlhamer’s new paintings were more reckless and unrestrained than his previous work. The gestures were more direct and less filtered. The work was more raw and more aggressive. The artist’s visionary landscapes swirled with an atavistic energy.
The great American bald eagle swept though the paintings almost as a surrogate for the artist, representing his immersion into his personal American landscape. The works were populated with an unruly cast of characters, dead and alive, from the artist’s life and from his imagination. Kahlhamer created his own world in these paintings, mixing representations of the real into a visionary “third place,” as the artist described it.
The paintings seemed to have a sound that accompanied their visual rhythm. Kahlhamer was also an active musician and the paintings were constructed with the visual equivalent of music and lyrics. The paintings were like songs, similar in their structure to the artist’s country-western musical compositions.
Kahlhamer’s paintings were developed from his drawings, and they increasingly reflected the directness and the fluidity of his graphic style. He installed an “eagle’s nest” of powerful ink drawings in the mezzanine overlooking the gallery.
A survey exhibition of Kahlhamer’s work, which was presented earlier in the year at the Madison Art Center, opened at the Aspen Art Museum in June. A catalogue with essays by Sara Krajewski and Laura Hoptman accompanied the exhibition. During the past year, Kahlhamer also had exhibitions at the Galleria Francesca Kaufmann in Milan and at Modern Art in London. This was his second exhibition at Deitch Projects.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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