Karen Kilimnik’s works have already been displayed in the Museum of Modern Art, Chicago, and the Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris. The artist from Philadelphia is a key figure on the contemporary art scene whose designs have been created in the masters’ workshops of the Manufactory. The core of her work focuses on the interplay of romantic tradition and consumer culture, which gives her pieces a sense of beauty both striking and unique at the same time.
Unfazed, Kilimnik cultivates her sense of romance and knowingly keeps a critical eye on human yearning and projections which concentrate on highly-acclaimed works of Fine Art, but also on the celebrities and superstars of the fleeting world of popular culture. Her works put the real world into a cosmos of daydreams and memories, which can at times seem softer, at times more sinister than reality.
“The world of ballet and childhood, of romantic painting and pop music, of icons from film and fashion, of witchcraft, time travel and murder all contain a symbolism which is transported from both a long-gone and recent past into an unsettling present. In a world in which youth, terror and the forces of nature are having a frightening impact, Kilimnik’s art lets us aspire towards a romantic grandeur again.” (Karen Schaffner, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia).
Her ROMANTIC SUBLIME edition for Nymphenburg was presented at the Art Basel 2010 exhibition and sold out very quickly.
Karen Kilimnik (born in 1955) lives and works in Philadelphia.
Alongside participating in various group exhibitions, numerous exhibition centres have dedicated themselves to her bodies of work. These include the MCA Museum of Modern Art, Chicago (2008), Aspen Art Museum (2008), Moca Museum of Contemporary Art Miami (2007), and the Historisches Museum Basel (2005), the 303 Gallery New York (2006), the Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris (2006), and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2002).
Her works can be viewed alongside those of Rosemarie Trockel, George Condo, John Baldessari, Thea Djordjadze, and many more, in the Rubell Family Collection in Miami until the end of 2011.