The Paul Kasmin Gallery was founded by Paul Kasmin in SoHo in 1989, who passed in 2020. The gallery continues Kasmin’s legacy of cultivating a rigorous exhibition program that places historic figures of Post-War art in dialogue with the evolving practice of established and emerging artists working today.
For over 30 years, this gallery has nurtured the careers of eminent modern and contemporary artists including Tina Barney, Walton Ford, James Nares, Roxy Paine, Elliott Puckette, Mark Ryden, Bosco Sodi, and Bernar Venet, among many others. The gallery has also put on the first-ever US gallery shows of artists including Les Lalanne. Dedicated to cultivating collectors and working with artists from around the world, Kasmin participates in a range of international art fairs across Europe, the Americas, and Asia.
Kasmin was among the first galleries to move to Chelsea in 2000 and continues to expand its program to include more artists and estates, now encompassing three gallery spaces anchored in the heart of the Chelsea Arts District at 10th Avenue and 27th Street.
Innovative art occupies the gallery’s walls and space to contribute to the ever-evolving landscape of modern art. Each artist added to the gallery’s impressive dossier of talent offers their fresh and imaginative perspectives, pressing the boundaries of artistic expression and promoting thoughtful dialogue.
About Paul Kasmin Gallery
In addition to supporting contemporary artists, Kasmin leads the field in advocating for the legacy of artist estates, currently representing some of the most influential artists of the 20th century, including Constantin Brancusi — one of the great pioneers of modernism, surrealist William N. Copley, the proto-pop art of Stuart Davis, Max Ernst’s Dada movement works, Barry Flanagan, Jane Freilicher, Robert Indiana, Lee Krasner, and Robert Motherwell.
The influence of these individuals is woven into our modern world in countless, subtle ways. Whether it was to challenge the aesthetics of existing artistic trends or to emblazon controversial political messages through unapologetic works, each contribution has marked the world and inspired the works of generations following.
The gallery also specializes in the presentation of large-scale sculpture and engages in public art projects around the world, with recent examples including Roxy Paine’s ongoing installation Cleft in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Bernar Venet’s Arc Majeur along the E411 Highway in Belgium, Alex Katz’ Park Avenue Departure on Park Avenue in New York (2019), Mark Ryden’s Dodecahedron at PMQ Gardens in Hong Kong (2018) and Bosco Sodi’s Muro in Washington Square Park, New York (2017).
An Academic Pursuit
Complementing the gallery’s robust exhibitions program, Kasmin is also dedicated to furthering academic research on its artists and develops scholarly publications that shed new light on their diverse practices. This has established the gallery as not only a purveyor of fine arts, but as a thought leader in the industry.
The gallery has published comprehensive catalogs including William N. Copley X-Rated, Lee Krasner’s Umber Paintings, Alexander the Great: The Iolas Gallery 1955-1987, Impasse Ronsin, and the first English translation of a monograph-scale book of Max Ernst’s sculpture. In September of 2018, Brancusi & Duchamp: The Art of Dialogue opened to the public, looking at the creative and personal relationship between the two artists.
A Transformative Vision
Marking a new chapter of curatorial ambition for the gallery, Kasmin expanded the gallery’s footprint in Chelsea with the opening of its fourth space in October 2018. The new, purpose-built gallery designed by studioMDA features a rooftop sculpture garden overlooking The High Line, representing a first-of-its-kind model for publicly sited commercial sculpture.
Rejecting the dichotomy that pits brick-and-mortar against new methods of programming, the gallery’s new rooftop sculpture garden places Kasmin’s roster of artists and exhibitions in conversation with one of the most innovative platforms for art developed in recent years, reimagining how a commercial gallery can engage with art and the public.
Kasmin gallery spaces are located at 509 West 27th Street, 293 Tenth Avenue, and 297 Tenth Avenue, and the Kasmin Sculpture Garden is viewable from The High Line at 27th Street with access on 28th Street.
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