Alex Kanevsky

Some Paintings In No Particular Style

521 West 26th Street

March 9 – April 8, 2017

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) Woman Pursued by Her Possessions, 2016

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
Woman Pursued by Her Possessions, 2016
Oil on board, 36 x 36 inches
Initialed and dated lower right: "AK / 16"
Signed, dated, and titled verso: "Alex Kanevsky 2016 / Woman Pursued by Her Possessions"

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) Dinner on a Battlefield, 2017

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
Dinner on a Battlefield, 2017
Oil on linen, 66 x 66 inches
Initialed and dated lower right: "AK / 17"
Signed, dated, and titled verso: "Alex Kanevsky 2017 / Dinner on a Battlefield"

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) Man riding a horse from South Carolina to Key West in Search of Better Life, 2017

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
Man riding a horse from South Carolina to Key West in Search of Better Life, 2017
Oil on linen, 66 x 66 inches
Initialed and dated lower right: "AK / 17"
Signed, dated, and titled verso: "Alex Kanevsky 2017 / Man riding a horse from South Carolina to Key West in Search of Better Life"

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) Three Views of a Bathroom, 2016

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
Three Views of a Bathroom, 2016
Oil on linen, 66 x 66 inches
Initialed and dated lower right: "AK / 16"
Signed, dated, and titled verso: "Alex Kanevsky 2016 / Three Views of a Bathroom"

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) New Hampshire Trees, 2016

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
New Hampshire Trees, 2016
Oil on linen, 36 x 56 inches
Initialed and dated lower right: "AK / 16"
Signed, dated, and titled verso: "Alex Kanevsky 2016 / New Hampshire Trees"

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) Battle of San Romano, 201

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
Battle of San Romano, 2017
Oil on board, 48 x 24 inches
Initialed and dated lower right: "AK / 17"
Signed, dated, and titled verso: "Alex Kanevsky 2017 / Battle of San Romano"

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) J.W.I. in Her Room, 2016

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
J.W.I. in Her Room, 2016
Oil on board, 18 x 18 inches
Initialed and dated lower right: "AK / 16"
Signed, dated, and titled verso: "Alex Kanevsky 2016 / J.W.I. in Her Room"

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) L.H. in the Dark Pond, 2017

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
L.H. in the Dark Pond, 2017
Oil on board, 18 x 18 inches
SOLD

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) C.B. with Darkness 1, 2017

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
C.B. with Darkness 1, 2017
Oil on board, 18 x 18 inches
SOLD

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) S.B., 2017

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
S.B., 2017
Oil on board, 18 x 18 inches
SOLD

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) Night Dancing in Lambertville, 2016

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
Night Dancing in Lambertville, 2016
Oil on board, 18 x 18 inches
Initialed and dated lower right: "AK / 16"
Signed, dated, and titled verso: "Alex Kanevsky 2016 / Night Dancing in Lambertville"

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) Poor Farm with Colors, 2016

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
Poor Farm with Colors, 2016
Oil on board, 18 x 18 inches
SOLD

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) M.S.S. with Fish, 2017

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
M.S.S. with Fish, 2017
Oil on board, 18 x 18 inches
Initialed and dated lower right: "AK / 17"
Signed, dated, and titled verso: "Alex Kanevsky 2017 / M.S.S. with Fish"

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) L.D.V. with Her Pink Robe, 2016

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
L.D.V. with Her Pink Robe, 2016
Oil on board, 18 x 18 inches
Initialed and dated lower right: "AK / 16"
Signed, dated, and titled verso: "Alex Kanevsky 2016 / L.D.V. with Her Pink Robe"

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) Walk-In Closet, 2016

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
Walk-In Closet, 2016
Oil on board, 18 x 18 inches
SOLD

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) Bathroom with Reflection, 2016

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
Bathroom with Reflection, 2016
Oil on board, 18 x 18 inches
Initialed and dated lower right: "AK / 16"
Signed, dated, and titled verso: "Alex Kanevsky 2016 / Bathroom with Reflection"

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) Flying Tangerine, 2016

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
Flying Tangerine, 2016
Oil on board, 18 x 18 inches
SOLD

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) Sleeping in New Hampshire 2, 2017

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
Sleeping in New Hampshire 2, 2017
Oil on board, 12 x 36 inches
Initialed and dated lower right: "AK / 17"
Signed, dated, and titled verso: "Alex Kanevsky 2017 / Sleeping in New Hampshire 2"

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) Sleeping in New Hampshire 1, 2016

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
Sleeping in New Hampshire 1, 2016
Oil on board, 12 x 36 inches
Initialed and dated lower right: "AK / 16"
Signed, dated, and titled verso: "Alex Kanevsky 2016 / Sleeping in New Hampshire 1"

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) Lulu in Madrid (Twice), 2017

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
Lulu in Madrid (Twice), 2017
Oil on board, 12 x 72 inches
Initialed and dated lower right: "AK / 17"
Signed, dated, and titled verso: "Alex Kanevsky 2017 / Lulu in Madrid (Twice)"

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) J.F.H. with Nature Blanket, 2016

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
J.F.H. with Nature Blanket, 2016
Oil on board, 36 x 36 inches
SOLD

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) C.B. with Darkness, 2017

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
C.B. with Darkness, 2017
Oil on board, 18 x 18 inches
SOLD

Alex Kanevsky - Models Painting Themselves, 2016 - Hollis Taggart

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
Models Painting Themselves, 2016
Oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches
SOLD

Press Release

Alex Kanevsky: Some Paintings In No Particular Style at Hollis Taggart Galleries presents new work from this virtuosic artist, confirming his remarkable ability to surprise and intrigue. Like the unreliable nature of memory and the imprecise atmosphere of poetry, Kanevsky’s multilayered works provide more questions than answers. These paintings combine abstraction and figuration in layered, painterly compositions in which the artist strives to push the viewer into narrative engagement with the work. Across the more than twenty new paintings in this exhibition, Kanevsky makes experimental forays into new stylistic territory but remains true to his signature focus on the figure in abstract space.

The works in this exhibition offer glimpses into exquisitely rendered spaces and hauntingly unfamiliar narratives. Their beautifully handled surfaces shimmer and shift, refusing to settle into one definitive interpretation. By leaving generous space for ambiguity, the paintings instead act as mirrors, reflecting narratives brought by the viewer. Kanevsky’s imagined landscapes and imprecise interiors question the relationship between material and subject by allowing scenes to materialize while maintaining the primacy of paint itself.

Kanevsky feels a deep connection to art history, and particularly to the old masters of portraiture, Rembrandt and Velázquez. His own work opens up similarly intimate dialogues between artist and model, and he relishes the kinetic energy of working with live bodies. The artist was born in Russia in 1963 and studied theoretical mathematics at Vilnius University in Lithuania before coming to the United States in the early 1980s. He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1989-93 and now teaches at the same institution.  Kanevsky won a Pew Fellowship in 1997, and has exhibited his work throughout the United States, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. He continues to live and work in Philadelphia.

Alex Kanevsky: Some Paintings In No Particular Style will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, including two enlightening new essays on the artist. Dr. C.D.C. Reeve, distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of many books on ancient philosophy and the philosophy of sex and love, provides a poetic reading of Kanevsky’s deeply evocative creations, and art historian Ashley Park provides an insightful consideration of the new works based on a recent interview with the artist. 

CONTACT
Ashley Park
ashleypark@hollistaggart.com
212.628.4000