Galerie Karsten Greve

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Meditation in Motion

by Robert J. Hughes
A sculptor is interested in forms in space, in light on forms, in gravity and presence. The sculptor John Chamberlain (who died last year) explored those ideas in his vibrant and glowing photographs too. Using a Widelux camera, which is able to capture a wide angle without distortion, Chamberlain recorded images in a cinematic way – capturing motion, but blurring them into abstracts that seem like swaths of color smeared on a canvas by Gerhard Richter: reality as a remembered rush of light and... [more]
Posted by Robert J. Hughes on 8/3/12

Art by Obsession

by Robert J. Hughes
All art involves some sort of obsession. In work by some gifted amateurs obsession overcomes skill, training, even coherence. In Paris right now are two shows devoted to so-called primitive artists (a better term might be "untrained"): the Frenchman Marcel Storr and the American James Castle. Each demonstrates the power of the self-taught artist to forge his own way, one different than a path he might have been taken had he been schooled, had he been, somehow, "normal." Each operated under a... [more]
Posted by Robert J. Hughes on 2/12/12

Half-light of Memory

by Robert J. Hughes
The half-light of memory, an insubstantial reality, the in-between – these are the evocations of Leiko Ikemura's paintings, drawings and sculpture.  Her figures exist in a whirl of colors that have the soft rush of breezes, changes of seasons, airy incantations of nature hovering between universes felt and observed.  A new exhibition of her works at Galerie Karsten Greve in Paris shows hybrid creatures – who seem a fusion of waiflike female spirits and a Hello Kitty type of animal – that would... [more]
Posted by Robert J. Hughes on 9/12/11

Sally Mann Intense

by Frances Guerin
        Sally Mann fans who missed her show at the Photographer’s Gallery in London will want to make the journey to Karsten Greve Gallery in the Marais. What Karsten Greve are billing as a retrospetive is more accurately a summary of four of Mann’s different artistic periods. On exhibition are samplings from the series: Deep South 1996-1998, Battlefields 2000-2002, Faces 2004, and Proud Flesh 2004-2009. Though it is not as comprehensive as Karsten Greve claims, the... [more]
Posted by Frances Guerin on 12/1/10

Without a Name

by Georgia Fee
          Alex Katz, meet Luc Tuymans.  Painter extraordinaire with virtuoso brush work and color palettes that scream excellence under restraint, Gideon Rubin's is his first solo show at Galerie Karsten Greve; it contains thirty oil paintings and a hundred small gouache paintings on cardboard from works produced over the past two years. If red dots tell the story, then this exhibit is an early winner in the September spectrum. Standing in the commanding front salon, my viewing... [more]
Posted by Georgia Fee on 9/7/10

Lawrence Carroll's Corners

by Robert J. Hughes
      Still life has meant for millennia the regard of everyday items, a contemplation of the everyday, of space, of time. You can see evidence of our fascination with plucked or found objects as far back as the frescoes of ancient Rome, with their now-faded bowls of pomegranates and lemons. In the modern era, the form evolved from the vibrant arrangements of the 17th-century Dutch artist Jan Davidsz de Heem, in which you sense the exhalation of life on the abundance of dewy dying fronds and... [more]
Posted by Robert J. Hughes on 5/3/10

Claire Morgan Closing Soon

      The Karsten Greve gallery is pleased to announce the first solo show in France dedicated to Claire Morgan, the young Irish artist born in 1980 in Belfast, which will include an important set of sculpture-installations specially created for this occasion. Claire Morgan’s work is rooted in the futile desire we have to quantify life and death. Human beings like everything else in the natural world are fragile, individual parts of something much bigger. She explores the human condition... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 2/1/10


We happened upon Galerie Karsten Greve's incredible show of Liang Shaoji's sculptures and installations: Closer inspection revealed silk worms as the subject and performer: [more]
Posted by Natalie Hegert on 6/3/09

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

by E-Slant Team
The Karsten Greve Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of the Chinese artist Liang Shaojiin in France. Composed mainly of installations, it will be the occasion to show a collection of works representative of the artist’s past ten years of activity. Liang Shaojiin’s work is imbued with a spirit of meditation and is likewise greatly inspired by Nature, which for him constitutes our cultural environment over and above being our direct environment. References issuing... [more]
Posted by E-Slant Team on 6/21/09

Postmodern Parrots

by E-Slant Team
Conceived as a multimedia exhibition specially created for the gallery, the show will feature an important series of photography, a selection of drawings, videos and installations illustrating his “Parrot theory” which is part of an extensive work elaborated on the myth of the lost paradise. Since 1995, Sergio Vega, has been working on « Paradise in the New World » a project based on a theory from the seventeenth century by Antonio de Leon Pinelo that locates the Garden of Eden in the... [more]
Posted by E-Slant Team on 3/28/09

The Sensuousness of Paper

by Frances Guerin
        Among some of the delights in this group show at Galerie Karsten Greve are five new oil on cardboard paintings and two ink on transparent Chinese paper works from 1983 by German artist Norbert Prangenberg. Whether Prangenberg is working in clay, oil, even watercolor, his works stand out for the intensity of their tactility. The paintings, with their thick build up of abbreviated brushstrokes, make me want to run my hands across their surface and indulge in their physical... [more]
Posted by Frances Guerin on 2/1/09

Assassino Amor

by Natalie Hegert
As you approach Galerie Karsten Greve, it appears that there is nothing on view; there is nary a glimpse of artwork on the walls. It's all on the floor. Maria Nepomuceno's first solo show in France, , consists of 18 woven sculptures, like organic structures, resembling flowers and stamens growing from pots and other vessels. The extent of her practice is astounding, as each turn in the gallery presents a seemingly never-ending flow of these woven structures, lying inert on the floor like sea... [more]
Posted by Natalie Hegert on 10/12/08

Kordakis & Summer Blur

by Frances Guerin
        Yiorgos Kordakis' photographs of beach life around the globe were one of those familiar, but often too few, bright moments in our tour of the weekend's openings in the Marais. Kordakis' photographs of the seaside are taken with a Polaroid camera, scanned, enlarged and printed with an inkjet printer. The effect of the resultant blur is mystery. More impressive than the comparison of how different cultures spend their time at the beach, which is the content of these images, is the... [more]
Posted by Frances Guerin on 9/9/08
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