Karen Schifano & Paige Williams: The Space Between, Blank Space, New York, NY


Karen Schifano, Gorey, 2009 April 1-30, 2010 BLANK SPACE is pleased to present The Space Between, an exhibition of paintings by artists Karen Schifano and Paige Williams. Both Schifano and Williams’ abstract work in this exhibition focuses on transition, inviting the viewer to experience the tension within and between evocative moments. Exploring shifting spaces, both emotional and literal ? these works are minimalistic yet deceptively complex. Karen Schifano’s Doors paintings are abstract pictures of doors […]

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Studio Visit with Karen Schifano, Joanne Mattera Art Blog, February 11, 2010


Studio view “I visited Karen Schifano’s Williamsburg studio in September. I knew her work from the Minus Space website, and from group exhibitions around town, including the summer group show at the Minus Space Gallery in Brooklyn the month before. Schifano’s studio is a large, well-lit square of a space in a work-only commercial building. To orient you, if you were looking at a floor plan, I entered at the bottom left of the square. […]

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Incongruous Associations and Visceral Urges: An Interview With the Sculptor Fawn Krieger, by Karen Schifano


I’ve long admired the large ambition and seriousness of purpose underlying Fawn Krieger’s deceptively funky sculptural work. She is at home in a variety of scales and situations: crafting “product lines” for a “store” (COMPANY, Art in General), a room-sized installation and collaboration with musician Wynne Greenwood at The Kitchen, scale-shifting architectural sculpture shown both here and abroad, a storyboard for a film, and finally, a new “stage setting” at the Portland Institute for Contemporary […]

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VIEWLIST: Bulletin Board: Inspiration Information, Conceived by Karen Schifano

Douglas Melini

Our third VIEWLIST exhibition is conceived by New York painter Karen Schifano.

The word “inspire” (originally meaning “to infuse with breath”) is a verb, but can also transform itself into a noun or adjective. It’s very active, and yet also implies being receptive, even demands openness, a readiness to receive, and a sharpening of perception and awareness. From one thing, there is a direct connection to another thing, a kind of touch that is nurturing, rich and full of promise. Potential becomes realization; we wake up rejuvenated, re-energized, and ready for action.

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Bibi Calderaro’s PRESENT, An Interview with the Artist by Karen Schifano


    For three hours, twice a week, artist Bibi Calderaro “shows up for work” at a white formica-top desk in the café at P.S.1, in an ongoing performance of her work, PRESENT, part of the Minus Space exhibit (which has been extended through May 4). On the desk are a manual typewriter, a stack of well-worn books, and an “out-box” where Bibi places typewritten thoughts that are her responses to readings. These pages of […]

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Karen Schifano: Out of Bounds, Tobey Fine Arts, New York, NY

    March 7 — April 26, 2008 Tobey Fine Arts presents Out of Bounds, new paintings by Karen Schifano. While visually still in discourse with the minimalist geometric painting aesthetic, this exhibition makes a marked shift from that history. Off-kilter rectilinear shapes now recede and advance, producing a different kind of space; one representing conditions that are more contingent, dependent on something outside of themselves. As the viewer moves around the physical space of […]

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Grid List, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, NY

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Allegra LaViola Gallery is pleased to present Grid List, curated by Patrick Morrissey and Mark Sengbusch. Grid List presents 16 artists, 13 working in geometric abstraction, and three working quite “gridless”. Their conceptual fodder ranges from sports to math and science to film, graphic design and video.

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Gifting Abstraction, Soho20 Gallery, New York, NY


Gifting Abstraction establishes an intimate economy within Soho20Chelsea gallery in which abstract objects have not yet turned into objectified commodities. The gift economy paradigm recognizes that there is value outside market forces, and that the gift renders forces and riches of its own.

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Objectivity, ParisCONCRET, Paris, France


Installation view. Work by Karen Schifano. June 30 – July 30, 2011 Three artists working out of the understanding that the painting is an object rather than an image carrier: Alexandra Kennedy (nz), Mario Kolaric (hr), and Karen Schifano (us) will captivate us with their subtle objective plays.

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past exhibitions

Since 2006, we have presented more than 30 solo and group exhibitions at our gallery in Brooklyn, as well as other collaborating venues on the national and international levels.   2011 Pointing a Telescope at the Sun Gabriele Evertz, Vincent Longo, Doug Ohlson, Robert Swain, Sanford Wurmfeld August 6 – September 17, 2011 Between This Light and That and Space: Tisch Abelow, Palma Blank, Anne Eastman, Michelle Grabner, Elana Herzog, Carrie Pollack, Tamara Zahaykevich Curated […]

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Back to Basics: Festival international d’art non-objectif, Moulins de Villancourt, Pont de Claix, France

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Installation view February 14 – April 5, 2011 Artists include: Pam Aitken (au) Christoph Dahlhausen (de) Caroline de Lannoy (be/uk) Matthew Deleget (us) Daniel Göttin (ch) Billy Gruner (au) Brent Hallard (jp/us) Clemens Hollerer (a) Andrew Huston (us) Sarah Keighery (au) Roland Orépük (fr) Charles Payan (fr) Jacek Przybyszewski (pl/fr) Paul Raguenes (fr) Giles Ryder (au) Sato Satoru (jp/fr) Karen Schifano (us) Bogumila Stroja (pl/fr) Tilman (de) Richard van der Aa (nz/fr) Jan van der […]

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Plane Speaking, McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY


Don Voisine, Tricoteuse, 2010 Oil on wood 17 x 18 inches January 6 – February 12, 2011 This is the fourth January group exhibition in a series focusing on aspects of abstraction. In this instance, it is an examination of the use of planarity in painting, sculpture, and photography. Work in the exhibition ranges from deceptively simple, geometric work that consciously embraces the flatness of the picture plane, to those using complex interactions of planar […]

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Touch, ParisCONCRET, Paris, France


Installation view thru October 23, 2010 “I’ve chosen artists’ work that I feel share something of a fetish with/in the production/object, particularly based on an aesthetic predisposition that can run formally, culturally, adding the social/personal. How I personally interpret this is with a Tokyo sensibility, how Japanese respond to objects and their placement, their positioned sense of worth, a cuteness, an austere vs. touch. The exhibition consists of individual pieces, multiples, or artists books, which may sit on the […]

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Julian Dashper (1960-2009): It Is Life

Texts by various artists, Julian Dashper: It Is Life, MINUS SPACE, August-September 2010

August 7 - September 4, 2010

MINUS SPACE is honored to announce the memorial exhibition Julian Dashper (1960-2009): It Is Life. The exhibition marks the one-year anniversary of the New Zealand artist's death and it will feature a single work by Julian entitled Future Call, as well as written tributes to him by more than 70 artists internationally.

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Escape from New York, Curated by Matthew Deleget, The Engine Room, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand


April 22 - May 8, 2010

MINUS SPACE is delighted to announce the group exhibition Escape from New York at The Engine Room, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, from April 22 - May 8, 2010. Curated by Matthew Deleget, the exhibition surveys reductive strategies by 29 artists living in and around New York City. Each artist will present a single small work, as well as an open letter to the local community of artists.

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Please Help Support MINUS SPACE!


Installation view of Linda Francis: Interference MINUS SPACE project space, 2009 Dear Friends, We are writing to thank you for your wonderful support of MINUS SPACE during the past year. As you know, MINUS SPACE is a platform for reductive art on the international level, and we are the only venue of its kind in the United States. In spite of the challenging economy, your interest has helped us accomplish a lot this year. Here […]

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Open House for Butterflies

Gilbert Hsiao, Dual, 2007, Acrylic on panel, 32 x 32 inches approximately

July 31 - August 29, 2009

MINUS SPACE is pleased to announce our summer group exhibition Open House for Butterflies featuring work by seven international reductive artists.

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FINAL WEEKEND: MINUS SPACE at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA


  Installation view Photo: Matthew Septimus Closes Monday, May 4, 2009 The exhibition is curated by artist, Brooklyn Rail publisher, and P.S.1. Curatorial Advisor Phong Bui. The exhibition marks MINUS SPACE’s 5th anniversary. We greatly thank curator Phong Bui and the remarkable staff at P.S.1, the participating artists and their galleries, and our generous donors, whose financial support made this exhibition possible. Exhibiting Artists Soledad Arias, Shinsuke Aso, Sharon Brant, Vicente Butron, Bibi Calderaro, Melanie […]

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Sharon Brant, Michael Brennan, Mark Dagley, Gabriele Evertz, Linda Francis, Daniel Göttin, Gilbert Hsiao & Jan van der Ploeg in Non-Objectif Sud 2009 Fundraiser, Gary Snyder Gallery, New York, NY


  Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 6-8pm Wine bar and hors d’oeuvres Gary Snyder Project Space 250 West 26th Street 4th floor, between 7th & 8th Ave. New York, NY 10001 for inquiries please call 646 325 4581 Tickets $25 NOS Donor $50 NOS Patron $100 NOS Benefactor, includes or more acknowledgment in 2009 catalogue Raffle Win a DAN WALSH work Tickets: 1 for $30, 2 for $50, 5 for $100 All other works for sale $500 […]

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Minus Space at P.S.1 Extended


  Installation in cafe space Exhibition in cafe space continues until May 2009. (Boiler Room exhibition closed on January 26, 2009.)     MINUS SPACE Curated by Phong Bui P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center A Museum of Modern Art Affiliate Long Island City, NY   The exhibition is curated by artist, Brooklyn Rail publisher, and P.S.1. Curatorial Advisor Phong Bui, and includes the work of 54 artists from 14 countries. The exhibition marks MINUS SPACE’s 5th anniversary. […]

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artists – old


MINUS SPACE has presented the following artists in solo and group exhibitions at both our gallery in Brooklyn, as well as other collaborating venues on the national and international levels.   Josef Albers (1888-1976) Bethany, CT, USA tags | website   Justin Andrews Melbourne, Australia tags | website | Inverted Topology   Soledad Arias New York, NY, USA tags | website   Shinsuke Aso Brooklyn, NY, USA tags | website   Marcus Bering Brussels, Belgium […]

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Minus Space, Curated by Phong Bui, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center / A Museum of Modern Art Affiliate, Long Island City, NY

Daniel Göttin

October 19, 2008 - May 4, 2009

MINUS SPACE is delighted to announce our exhibition at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, an affiliate of The Museum of Modern Art in New York. P.S.1 is one of the oldest and largest non-profit arts centers in the United States solely devoted to contemporary art. The exhibition is curated by artist, Brooklyn Rail publisher, and P.S.1. Curatorial Advisor Phong Bui, and includes the work of 54 artists from 14 countries. The exhibition marks MINUS SPACE's 5th anniversary.

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Touch, Bus Dori Project, Tokyo, Japan

  April 23 — May 12, 2008 Includes artists Tom Benson, Lynne Harlow, Linn Meyers, Philomene Pirecki, Devin Powers, Mel Prest, Karen Schifano, Nancy White & Brent Hallard.

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Verus Painters, Tobey Fine Arts, New York, NY

  Installation view of works by Karen Schifano November 2 — December 22, 2007  Tobey Fine Arts is presents the second exhibition of works by the international group of artists calling themselves the Verus Painters, whom are John Aslanidis, Susann Brännström, Peter Köhler, Karen Schifano and Lorraine Williams. The Verus Painters are the new generation of painters working with a wealth of painterly history and ideas accumulated over the last century. They approach painting as […]

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Subspecies, Tobey Fine Arts, New York, NY

  Matthew Deleget, Pink Nightmare, 2007 Pink monochrome painting (acrylic on panel) hit with a hammer, 18 x 24 inches      Karen Schifano, Asphalt, Recess, The Bottom Fell Out (l to r), 2006-07 Acrylic on canvas and tape, dimensions variable July 13 — August 18, 2007 “Members of one subspecies differ morphologically from members of other subspecies of the species. Subspecies are defined in relation to species. The distinction can be made in any […]

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