New Releases: James Nares

Road Paint Prints 1 – 4 | 2016 | Edition of 12

Durham Press has collaborated with James Nares on a new series titled Road Paint Prints. The nine intaglio prints achieve a visual effect similar to his recent Road Paint series of paintings.

For his Road Paint series, Nares brought a road striping machine into his studio. These tools are typically used to create solid dividing lines, dashes, and other traffic indicators on pavement, but Nares walked his machine across large canvases to make gestural marks with thermoplastic paint, often adding glass beads to give the works a textural and reflective quality. These towering paintings—most are 10 by 8 feet—were the subject of a 2013 exhibition at Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York. Utilizing the same machine on site at Durham Press, the Road Paint Prints began by creating these distinct lines on melamine. The raised lines were used to make a casting into a polyurethane mold—the ink could then be hand applied into the crevasses of the mold and printed with an intaglio technique over a black screenprinted background.

The Road Paint Prints feature a similar gestural quality and texture as the paintings but are much more intimate in scale. Each work in the series focuses on a solitary line and emphasizes subtle variations within seemingly repetitive and automatic imagery. This focus on individual marks recalls the artists signature works with isolated brushstroke images on monochromatic backgrounds. The prints also expand on many of his other recent investigations into momentum and suspended action. Like his “high speed drawings,” for which the artist drew on paper while it spun on a motorized, lathe-like machine, or his film Street, which was created with a high-speed camera and presented in ultra slow motion, Nares’s Road Paint Prints explore the perception of movement and velocity. The series takes the anonymous lines that one passes by mindlessly on the highway and instead renders them personal through deceleration.

Several new paintings that stem from the Road Paint series, as well as two of the artist’s films, will be on view in a solo presentation with Paul Kasmin Gallery at Frieze New York 2017, May 5 – 7.

Road Paint Prints and other works by James Nares’s are available directly through Durham Press. For pricing and other information please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead.

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On View: James Nares @ Paul Kasmin Gallery

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Image courtesy of James Nares

Paul Kasmin Gallery – March 3, 2016 – April 23, 2016

Durham Press is pleased to announce James Nares’ new exhibit Portraits — on view at Paul Kasmin Gallery until April 23, 2016. James is returning to his work as a filmmaker to debut his first body of film since Street in 2011.

The exhibition includes 11 videos of sitting subjects such as his three daughters; film critic, Amy Taubin; writer, Glenn O’Brien; and film director, Jim Jarmusch. These portraits are similar to Street in the way that the artist slowed down high definition film to create an intimate moment for the viewer. Nares has been inspired by movement since the early 70’s, which still continues to be the focus in his work.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, James Nares writes, “I could chose to show the parts that make people look stupid, or funny, which everybody does. I steered away from anything like that, and looked for the moments that are kind of human, and the kind of thing that anyone could identify with, because you’re looking at yourself inevitably when you look at anybody else.”

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Vanity Fair
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New Release: James Nares |Before the Rain + Early Days

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Durham Press is proud to announce the release of two new editions by James Nares entitled, Before the Rain and Early Days. Each print measures 46 7/8 x 34 3/4 inches and is an edition of 48.

Nares’ inspiration stems from movement and gesture. Using his own crafted brushes, Nares’ work is often composed of a single brushstroke, which he will often erase and repeat until he finds a final stroke that balances both form and spontaneity.

For pricing and availability, please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead, [email protected]

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Durham Press @ IFPDA 2015

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Durham Press will be exhibiting at the 2015 IFPDA Print Fair Thursday, November 5th through Sunday, November 8th with an Opening Night Preview Wednesday, November 4th. The fair will be held at the Park Avenue Armory located on Park Avenue between 66th and 67th streets in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

We will be exhibiting works by Beatriz MilhazesPolly Apfelbaum, Emil Lukas, James Nares and Jacob Hashimoto.

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Wednesday, November 4th       6:30pm – 8pm, Opening Night Preview
Thursday, November 5th         12pm – 8pm
Friday, November 6th           12pm – 8pm
Saturday, November 7th         12pm – 8pm
Sunday, November 8th           12pm – 6pm

For more information about the fair, visit www.ifpda.org/content/print-fair

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Durham Press @ Baltimore Print Fair

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Durham Press will be exhibiting at Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair March 28th and 29th with a VIP preview Friday, March 27th. The annual fair is held at the Baltimore Museum of Art at 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Maryland. Please visit us at booth 18 where we will be featuring works by Polly Apfelbaum, Chitra Ganesh, Michael Heizer, Emil Lukas, Beatriz Milhazes and James Nares.

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Friday, March 27th       6pm – 8:30pm, VIP Preview
Saturday, March 28th    11am – 6pm
Sunday, March 29th      12pm – 6pm

For more information about the fair please visit, artbma.org.

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On View: Durham Press Artist’s Fall Shows

 Mariposa, 2004 Acrylic on canvas 98 x 98 inches Private Collection Photograph by Sérgio Guerini. Courtesy of Galeria Almeida & Dale. ©2014 Beatriz Milhazes


Mariposa | 2004, Acrylic on canvas, 98 x 98 inches
Private Collection, Photograph by Sérgio Guerini. Courtesy of Galeria Almeida & Dale. ©2014 Beatriz Milhazes

Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botanico

PAMM, Pérez Art Museum Miami  – Sept. 19, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015

This is Beatriz’s first major U.S. retrospective and will feature over 40 large-scale abstract paintings, collages and screenprints inspired by Brazilian and European Modernism, Baroque forms, popular culture, and the decorations of Carnival.  During the early 1990s, the artist developed an unusual painting technique, in which she adhered separate images executed in acrylic paint—such as flowers, arabesques, lace patterns or peace-signs—onto canvases in a style that references collage, graffiti, and plastic decals. This practice results in richly textured surfaces that appear prematurely aged. The exhibition will  examine Milhazes’s evolution from softer, more decorative forms to harder-edged abstraction. Several Durham Press prints will be featured as well!

Blow-Up | 1997, stretch velvet, fabric dye.
courtesy of Worcester Art Museum ©2014 Polly Apfelbaum

Polly ApfelbaumNevermind: Work for the 90s

Worcester Art Museum – October 8, 2014 – March 1, 2015

Polly Apfelbaum’s exhibition for the Worcester Art Museum will focus on the 1990s and will include a selection of her rarely seen early synthetic velvet and fabric dye works which developed into her now-iconic floor installations (or “fallen paintings”), exemplified by Blow-Up (1997) in the Museum’s collection.

 

Architects Of The Future - City Inside Her | 2014

Architects Of The Future: City Inside Her | 2014, Woodblock and Screenprint, 25 3/4 x 44 1/4 inches

Chitra GaneshOn Paper: Alternate Realities

The Baltimore Museum of Art – September 21, 2014-April 12, 2015

An exhibition of 26 prints from a diverse group of artists, this new show explores the relationship between high and low art by reimagining the visual language of popular culture. Featured artists include Wangechi Mutu, Amy Cutler, Chitra Ganesh, and Enrique Chagoya.

 

2012 Sculpture Diorite granite and concrete 35 × 456 × 21 2/3 ft. (10.67 × 138.98 × 6.6 m) Weight: 340 Tons

Levitated Mass | 2012, Sculpture, Diorite granite and concrete, 35 × 456 × 21 2/3 ft. Weight: 340 Tons
Courtesy of LACMA. © 2012 Michael Heizer

Michael Heizer, Levitated Mass: The Film

Levitated Mass is a film documenting the installation, transportation and sensation of Michael Heizer’s monolithic sculpture: Levitated Mass: The film was created by  Doug Pray and the sculpture is installed at LACMA. The film, which opened to rave reviews, can be viewed at the following:

Los Angeles, CA Landmark Nuart Opens September 5, 2014
Pasadena, CA Laemmle Playhouse 7 September 13 – 14, 2014
Seattle, WA SIFF Cinema September 26 – 28, 2014
Howell, MI Historic Howell Theater October 2 – 5 & 21 – 24, 2014
San Diego, CA Media Arts San Diego October 4 – 8, 2014
Portland, OR Northwest Film Center October 5 – 6, 2014
Santa Fe, NM CCA Cinematheque Opens October 10, 2014
Chicago, IL Gene Siskel Film Center October 24 – 30, 2014
New York, NY Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Opens November 14, 2014

 

courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery

Untitled | 2014 ink on paper, 60 x 95 inches
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James NaresHigh Speed Drawings

Paul Kasmin Gallery – Currently to October 25, 2014

HIGH SPEED DRAWINGS demonstrates Nares’ masterful ability to capture precise moments in time and extend them through visual representation. In his new body of work, Nares introduces a new technique, using Chinese ink on paper to create rippling lines of various widths.

In a similar fashion to his Brushstroke paintings and ROAD PAINT series, Nares re-appropriates mechanical tools to create his artworks. He utilizes a spinning steel drum, powered by a motor. As the drum, with paper fastened to it, rotates, the artist draws lines of ink using paintbrushes he has created specifically for this body of work. As a result of the spinning drum and the artist’s precise movements, each band takes its own form. Nares’ artworks showcase his exploration on the subject of movement; some drawings he creates with one steady line, others from a continuously repeating stroke, but all manifest a careful choreography of spontaneity and control.”

Read James Nares “High Speed Drawings” article

 

Clarivel Centered | 2014 Rhinestones, acrylic, oil and enamel on wood panel 60 x 96 inches
courtesy of Galerie Nathalie Obadia © 2014 Mickalene Thomas

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Femme au Divan 

Gallerie Nathalie Obadia – September 11th – October 28th

A solo exhibition at Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris, including works from the Femme au Divan II exhibition in Monaco earlier this summer, a new selection of paintings, collages, and new film installation will be on view.’

I Was Born to do Great Things

Kavi Gupta Gallery – September 19 – November 15, 2014

I Was Born to do Great Things, at Kavi Gupta Gallery Chicago continues the exploration of my mother and muse, Sandra Bush. Following the film Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman (2012), the exhibition acts as a portrait of my mother through her belongings. Taking the form of a domestic installation, the exhibition will include a series of bronze works cast from these personal items. Carrying great significance to both mother and daughter, these articles of clothing and jewelry are destroyed through this process of casting and are preserved and transformed into highly finished objects of nostalgia and memory.

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Noteworthy: Durham Press in NY Times + Art in America

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Photo Courtesy of the New York Times

Durham Press just returned from the IFPDA Print Fair, where we were thrilled to have the front booth. Both The New York Times  and Art in America wrote great reviews of the fair and highlighted our booth and  Empress Theodora by Polly Apfelbaum. We showed wonderful new projects by  Beatriz MilhazesHurvin Anderson,  Chitra Ganesh, Michael Heizer, Emil Lukas,and James Nares.  Mickalene Thomas’s beautiful work from last year – Sleep: Deux Femmes Noires – was also on display. Below are a few snapshots of the booth.

Thanks to all of you who came to visit and have supported us through our 25 years in business! And thank you to all of our peers at the fair who have been loyal and great colleagues – it is a warm and talented group and a wonderful association!

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New Edition: James Nares | Step Up

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STEP UP | 2013, Screenprint, 58 x 46 inches, Ed. 44

Durham Press is pleased to announce the completion of STEP UP, the latest edition print by James Nares. STEP UP measures 58 x 46 inches and is printed with over ten different screens and inks. STEP UP is printed on Saunders Waterford paper and is an edition of 44.

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Nares’s work focuses on movement, rhythm and repetition. His most iconic works are usually made as a single brushstroke, a visual recording of gesture and the passage of time across the canvas. Using brushes of his own design, he repeatedly creates and erases his strokes, over and over again, until he feels he has made a mark that represents a precise balance between intent and improvisation.

Each screen is printed with a different shade of ink in a slightly different profile, which gradually builds the image into a rich and highly textured finished print.

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James Nares was born in London in 1953 and currently lives and works in New York. His work is included in numerous public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Paul Kasmin Gallery is currently featuring an exhibition of new paintings entitled “Road Paint”. The exhibition runs through June 22nd.

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Noteworthy: Road Paint by James Nares

James Nares, Untitled (Road Paint Series), 2013

Durham Press would like to congratulate James Nares on his upcoming exhibition, ROAD PAINT, which will be on view at Paul Kasmin Gallery from May 8th through June 15th.

The new series of paintings was created with the use of a mechanical road striper, a new technique Nares is using to spread a viscous white paint across the black ground of his canvases. The process also distributes tiny glass beads into the paint, which creates an iridescent effect. This series of work continues to explore Nares’ interest in form, motion, rhythm and time.

Street, the 2011 film, can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum until May 27th.

Noteworthy: James Nares film premiere

Still from James Nares “Sleep”, 2011

Durham Press would like to congratulate James Nares on the New York premiere of his newest film Street, opening tomorrow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The incredibly beautiful 61 minute high-definition video captures a vivid glimpse of New York street life. The film will be shown continuously on a large screen in the central gallery of the Museum’s Drawings, Prints, and Photographs Galleries from March 5th through May 27th. The exhibition will also include 60 works of art selected by Nares from the Met’s collections that also capture the spirit of the street. If you are in New York, do go see it, it’s wonderful!

To view a clip of the film – CLICK HERE

Thomas P. Campbell, Director of the Metropolitan Museum, said of the film:

“James Nares’ Street is a microcosm of contemporary New York that makes accessible the countless individual moments, gestures, and interactions that are normally too fleeting to take in all at once. Because its underlying subject is people, Street is also fascinating to view in a historical context. The relevant works of art that Nares selected from across the Met’s vast holdings range from a striding figure made in Sumer around 3000 B.C. to Walker Evans’ jars of pull tabs and bottle caps pocketed off the sidewalk. These works are eclectic and often surprising, and provide a true lesson in close looking across geographic and temporal boundaries.”

Inspired by a genre of film known as “Actuality Films” from the turn of the twentieth century, James said this of his film,  “The camera sees in the same way as a little baby sees, without judgment. It’s just the eyes open, and it takes it in. And in those films and in my films, there are people who clown for the camera, or just stare, or look embarrassed. Whatever it is, there are occasional connections between the people being filmed and the person filming. It draws you back into the present and connects you as the viewer with the people being viewed, in a nice way….My intention was to give the dreamlike impression of floating through a city full of people frozen in time, caught Pompeii-like, at a particular moment of thought, expression, or activity…a film to be viewed 100 years from now.”

More information/press:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Paul Kasmin Gallery
Martha Schewendener- New York Times 
Andrew Frisicano – Time Out

Still from James Nares, Street, 2011

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