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Sean Kelly presents Idris Khan: Overture

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11 Sept 2015 to 24 Oct 2015
Tuesday - Friday 11am - 6pm, Sat 10am until 6pm
Sean Kelly
475 Tenth Ave
New York, NY
NY 10018
New York
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Idris Khan, Overture (detail), 2015
© Idris Khan, Courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly, NY

Artists in this exhibition: Idris Khan

Idris Khan: Overture
September 11 - October 24, 2015 
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, from 6-8pm
Sean Kelly is delighted to announce Overture, a solo exhibition of new work by London-based artist Idris Khan. This will be Khan’s first exhibition with the gallery and his first solo exhibition in New York since 2010. A press preview with the artist will take place on Thursday, September 10 at 10:00am. The opening reception will take place the same evening, from 6:00 to 8:00pm, and the artist will be present.

Overture will present over 25 new works exploring philosophical and theoretical ideas surrounding global displacement and conflict, demonstrating Khan's profound interrogation into language and meaning over a wide array of media — painting, sculpture, photography, works on paper, and, for the first time in his career, works on glass. Khan has developed a unique narrative drawing on diverse cultural sources including art, literature, philosophy and music. His densely layered imagery inhabits the space between abstraction and figuration that speaks to themes of history, cumulative experience and the metaphysical collapse of time into single moments.

In this new body of work, Khan overlays thousands of lines of writing until all of the words meld into a single image, obscuring any one viewpoint and eliminating a definitive reading of the text. Whether it is on large gesso panels, in a photograph or onto glass, Khan’s multilayered approach creates a sense of expanded time, allowing the viewer to contemplate a deeper meaning buried within language. Through a continuous process of creating and erasing, adding new layers, whilst retaining traces of what has been, Khan creates something entirely new by way of superimposition and repetition. Two highlights of the exhibition will be a monumental sculpture comprised of seven panes of glass suspended in an aluminum framework – each pane containing words, which form an abstract radial constellation – and a large-scale site-specific wall drawing that Khan will be creating at the gallery.

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For press inquiries, please contact Christine McMonagle at the gallery (212.239.1181) or via email at

For all other inquiries, please contact Janine Cirincione at the gallery (212.239.1181) or via email at

Sean Kelly Gallery
475 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
(212) 239-1181

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