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29 Jan 2015 to 14 Mar 2015
Tuesday - Friday 11am - 6pm, Sat 10am until 6pm
Sean Kelly
475 Tenth Ave
New York, NY
NY 10018
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Alec Soth, Bil. Sandusky, Ohio. 2012- 2014
Archival pigment print
Alec Soth, Courtesy: Sean Kelly, NY

Artists in this exhibition: Alec Soth, Hugo McCloud


January 30 - March 14, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 29, 6-8 pm​
Book Signing: Saturday, January 31, 3 pm

Sean Kelly is pleased to announce Songbook, an exhibition of over twenty-five new, monumental black and white photographs by Alec Soth. This will be the Minnesota based artist’s first solo exhibition in New York since Broken Manual in 2012 and his first exhibition in the gallery’s new space. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, January 29 from 6:00 to 8:00pm, the artist will be present. On Saturday, January 31, from 3:00 to 6:00pm, the gallery will host a book signing with Soth and copies of his new publication, Songbook, will be available for purchase.

Known for his haunting portraits of solitary Americans in Sleeping by the Mississippi and Broken Manual, Alec Soth has recently turned his lens toward community life in the United States. To aid in his search, Soth, accompanied by his friend the writer Brad Zeller, assumed the increasingly obsolescent role of small-town newspaper reporter. From 2012-2014, Soth traveled state by state whilst working on his self-published newspaper, The LBM Dispatch, as well as on assignment for The New York Times and other organizations. From upstate New York to Silicon Valley, Soth attended hundreds of meetings, dances, festivals and communal gatherings in search of authentic human interaction in an era of widespread virtual social networking. With Songbook, Soth has stripped these pictures of their news context in order to highlight the longing for personal connection at their root. Evocative, fragmentary, funny and sad, the work is a lyrical depiction of the tension between American individualism and the desire to be united. Songbook presents a profound exploration of the shifting landscape of early 21st century American culture.

The exhibition will have three concurrent presentations, each with slight content variations. The first exhibition will open at Sean Kelly, NY on January 30, followed by openings at Fraenkel Gallery, in San Francisco, on February 5 and Weinstein Gallery, in Minneapolis, on February 20.

For the duration of the New York presentation, Soth will take over Sean Kelly’s official Instagram account. Beginning January 30, Soth will post pictures from his daily life using only the camera on his phone. Follow @SeanKellyNY and search the hashtag #SKNYtakeover to see the images.

Soth has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and Sao Paolo Biennials. In 2008, a large survey exhibition of Soth's work was exhibited at the Jeu de Paume in Paris and the Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. In 2010, the Walker Art Center mounted a comprehensive exhibition with an accompanying catalogue entitled From Here To There, Alec Soth’s America. His first monograph, Sleeping by the Mississippi, was published by Steidl in 2004 to great critical acclaim. Since then, Soth has published NIAGARA (2006), Fashion Magazine (2007), Dog Days, Bogotá (2007), The Last Days of W (2008), Broken Manual, (2010) and now Songbook (2015). Soth has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship (2013). In 2008, Soth started his own highly regarded publishing company, Little Brown Mushroom. His work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, amongst others. Soth became a nominee of Magnum Photos in 2004 and a full member in 2008.


January 30 - March 14, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 29, 6-8 pm​

Sean Kelly is pleased to announce Palindrome, an exhibition of new work by Brooklyn-based artist Hugo McCloud. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, January 29 from 6:00-8:00 pm. The artist will be present. Sean Kelly is also delighted to announce that the gallery now represents Hugo McCloud.

For his first solo exhibition with Sean Kelly, McCloud has created eleven new, abstract works, mixing unconventional industrial materials—aluminum sheeting, silver aluminum butane paint, and black liquid tar—with traditional pigment and woodblock printing techniques. A self-taught artist, unbound by classical academic strictures, McCloud approaches his work in a visceral, physical way, privileging blowtorches and hammers as much as brushes and palettes. In this exhibition, McCloud furthers his search for beauty in the overlooked and perfection within imperfection.

Drawing on the rawness of the urban environment, McCloud works on tarpaper instead of canvas, enveloping it in layers of liquid tar, foil and aluminum roof coating. The surfaces are prepared on the floor, torched, painted, hammered and stamped until extraordinary transformations take place. The resulting works push the limits of their utilitarian materials and challenge the viewer’s perceptions.

Palindrome will be divided thematically in two different exhibition spaces. Six silver works will be on view in the front gallery and five black works will be on view in the lower gallery. Included among these are two monumental, sculptural wall pieces constructed from the rough-hewn woodblocks McCloud used to stamp the paintings in the exhibition. These instruments of production are reimagined, becoming works unto themselves and deepening McCloud’s compelling exploration of object regeneration.

Sean Kelly recently presented McCloud’s work in the gallery’s 2014 summer group exhibition, From Pre-History to Post-Everything, and in the gallery’s presentation at the 13th edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach.

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