‘Bloodflames Revisited’ Turns the White Box Upside Down All Over Again

Deborah Kass, Orange Disaster (Linda Nochlin), 1997. Courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery © Artists Rights Society, ARS, New York/ADAGP, Paris.

Paul Kasmin Gallery is restaging the cutting-edge exhibition Bloodflames, which first appeared at the now defunct Hugo Gallery in New York in 1947. Frederick Kiesler designed the original exhibition layout, arranging and hanging the artwork in unconventional ways. By discarding a standard sight line, viewers were forced to engage with the artwork from a new perspective.

At the show’s contemporary iteration, curator Phong Bui was inspired by the way the exhibition construction modified people’s vision. “We were all interested in building a field of vision in which the relationship between the works of art and the spectators is integrated with greater amplification,” he says.

Bloodflames Revisited opens at Paul Kasmin Gallery on June 26th and will feature works by Lee Bul, Cindy Sherman, Superflex, Alex Katz, Candida Höfer, Lynda Benglis, and Benjamin Keating, among others.

BR 1G. T. Pellizzi, Constellation in Red (Figure 1), 2013. Courtesy of Mary Boone Gallery, New York. 

BR 2Daniel Joseph Martinez, Redemption of the flesh: It’s just a little headache, it’s just a little bruise; The politics of the future as urgent as the blue sky, 2008. Courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California.

BR3 Candida Höfer, Villa Borghese Roma I, 2012. Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York.

BR4 Michael Joo, Intuited Composition, 2008. Courtesy of the artist; Photo: Tom Powel Imaging.

BR 5

Lee Bul, Untitled sculpture W4-2, 2010. Courtesy of the Artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

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