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Anton Kern Gallery: Lothar Hempel : Kats, Nerves, Shadows & Gin
Eberhard Havekost : Style & Still
- 12 Feb 2009 to 14 Mar 2009

Current Exhibition

12 Feb 2009 to 14 Mar 2009

Hours : Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
Anton Kern Gallery
532 West 20th Street
New York, NY
New York
North America
p: 1 212.367.9663
f: 1 212.367.8135

Lothar Hempel, Kats, Nerves, Shadows & Gin:
Installation View, 2009
Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery, New York
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Artists in this exhibition: Lothar Hempel, Eberhard Havekost

Lothar Hempel
Kats, Nerves, Shadows & Gin

Backroom Gallery: Eberhard Havekost
Style & Still

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 12, 2009 from 6 - 8 p.m.
February 12 - March 21, 2009

January 28, 2008, New York—Lothar Hempel’s current solo show at Anton Kern Gallery, comprised of four figurative sculptures, three large diamond-shaped photomontages, and one painting, radiates an air of mystic coolness, generosity and grace.

Like a futuristic stage impresario, and seemingly without effort, Hempel choreographs figures and objects, matches disparate materials, and arranges geometric shapes and colors into a display of self-conscious aplomb. Colors are brilliant, shapes clearly defined, tactile surfaces vary from velvety soft to polished and hard. Images of dance performers and classical sculpture alike share their space with such attributes as feathers, truck tires, office chairs, a parrot and a Plexi walking cane, even a selection of imitation cakes and cocktails in a deli cooler counter. An eight-foot reflective phallus watches over the protagonists activities. Their overall behavior, firmly anchored in cultural codes, entails a set of discernible bodily movements, postures, facial expressions, as well as color and tonal modulations that take on strategic social value within a moral context. Our gaze is opened to a kind of sprezzatura, an "aristocratic cool", that in the past has related to frank amorality and love or illicit pleasures behind closed doors.

Lothar Hempel’s work has been exhibited continuously since the early 1990s, most recently in solo exhibitions at Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2008), and Le Magasin, Grenoble (2007). Recent group shows include the 7th Gwangju Biennale, Korea, Lustwarande Skulpturenpark, Tilburg, The Netherlands, and the Barbican Art Gallery, London (all 2008). This yearʼs projects will include Art by the Sea, Beaufort 03 in Ostend, Jean-Luc Blanc: Opéra Rock, CAPC Musée d`Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, Heaven, Athens Biennale, and the Biennale Estuaire Nantes—Saint-Nazaires.

For the back room gallery, Eberhard Havekost selected five paintings from a body of work recently exhibited at FRAC Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Reality, in Havekostʼs paintings, is always subjective, subject to fluctuation and riddled by the question of viewpoint. This show is a small yet concise statement of the artistʼs core issues and current painterly concerns.

Both exhibitions will open on Thursday, January 12 and will run through Saturday, March 21, 2009. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm. For further information and images, please contact Christoph Gerozissis or Michael Clifton at (t) 212.367.9663,(f) 212.367.8135 or email:

Upcoming exhibition: Marepe (March 26 – May 2, 2009)

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