Saturday, November 29, 2008

Michael Kohn Gallery

Michael Kohn Gallery is pleased to announce this year's participation at Art Basel Miami Beach. Michael Kohn Gallery will be exhibiting previously unseen works by Beat artist Wallace Berman, rare assemblages by Bruce Conner, the provocative work by emerging artist, Rashid Johnson, and paintings by Christopher Wool and John McLaughlin.

Considered by many to be the father of the assemblage movement, Wallace Berman (1949-1976), an active member of the Beat community in Los Angeles and San Francisco, began work on his verifax collages in 1963. These rare verifaxes are a solid example of the artist's dedication to assemblage and showcase the many ways that Berman manipulated this medium to create different styles of collage. Similarly, Bruce Conner (1933-2008), who was part of Berman's milieu in the Beat community, began creating assemblages in the late '50s and early '60s. Conner created his assemblages from scraps salvaged from abandoned buildings, nylon stockings, doll parts, and other found materials. Bruce Conner, a prolific and widely varied artist, died in 2008, leaving behind a legacy of great art historical importance. 

Like Berman and Conner, Rashid Johnson (b. 1977)—an emerging artist who was born in Chicago and now lives and works in New York—combines and layers materials to create a culturally and racially coded body of work. Johnson deploys materials and textures that contrast sharply with one another: shea butter, wood, black soap, mirrors, wax, and steel. Rashid's works are currently in the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Kunstmuseum Magdeburg in Germany, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago

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