Oct 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Alain Kirili in Conversation with Joachim Pissarro

Brooklyn Rail

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Sculptor Alain Kirili sits with art historian Joachim Pissarro to discuss Kirili's recent body of work.

Alain Kirili is an abstract sculptor of verticality and modeling based between New York and Paris. His work emphasizes an “aesthetics of spontaneity” and seeks its formal unity through the variety of materials he employs in a quest for “organic simplicity.” The improvisatory energy that is palpable in Kirili's sculpture and drawing is in part inspired by his deep relationship with improvised music. He has worked on the monumental aspects of sculpture in public spaces (at the campus of the University of Bourgogne in Dijon, in Paris and Grenoble). Alain Kirili was commissioned by the Ministère de la Culture to install the sculpture of the 20th century in the Tuileries in Paris. His works are in the following selected public collections: Blanton Museum of Art (Austin, TX), The Nasher (Dallas, TX), The Fields - Sculpture Park at Omi Int. Arts Center (Ghent NY), The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), The Jewish Museum (New York, NY), The Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY), Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX), The Morgan Library and Museum (New York, NY).

Joachim Pissarro is currently the Bershad Professor of Art History and Director of the Hunter College Galleries, Hunter College, CUNY/City University of New York. He was a Curator at MoMA’s Department of Painting and Sculpture. His teaching and writing presently focus on the challenges facing art history due to the unprecedented proliferation of artworks, images, and visual data. He co-authored a book on this topic with David Carrier, entitled Wild Art. In the same vein, he also taught a seminar on Michael Jackson: The Contemporary Representation of a Cultural Icon. He curated the show “Klein & Giacometti: In search of the Absolute in the Era of Relativity” at Gagosian Gallery London in summer 2016. His latest book is titled Wild Art (Phaidon) and his forthcoming book (Penn State University) is co-authorized with David Carrier. He has had two major exhibitions in Paris in 2017, Pissarro à Eragny at the Musée du Luxembourg along with his catalogue essay L’Eragny de Pissarro (co-authored with Alma Egger) and Olga Picasso at the Musée Picasso, Paris along with his catalogue essay Il n’ya pas eu d’époque néo-classique chez Picasso—seulement une époque Olga. Other recent writings include the book Individualism and Inter-Subjectivity in Modernism: Two Case Studies of Artistic Interchanges – Camille Pissarro and Paul CézanneRobert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns and the essay Joseph Beuys: Set Between One and All.

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