Alain KIRILI

Presentation

As of October 2021, Slag & RX Galleries will jointly represent the estate of Alain Kirili. In May 2022, the galleries will have each a solo exhibition in Paris and New York, respectively, presenting Kirili's work.

Alain Kirili is a French American sculptor of verticality and modeling. His work emphasizes an “aesthetics of spontaneity” and seeks its formal unity through the variety of materials he employs in a quest for “ organic simplicity.” He has worked on the monumental aspects of sculpture in public spaces (at the campus of the University of Bourgogne in Dijon, in Paris and Grenoble). Alain Kirili was commissioned by the Ministère de la Culture to install the sculpture of the 20th century in the Tuileries in Paris.

Biography

Born in 1946 in Paris, France; Lived and worked in Paris and New York ; Died in 2021 in New York, U.S.

 

PUBLIC INSTALLATIONS AND EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2019

Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY

2016

Hionas Gallery, New York, NY

2014

ArtHelix Gallery, Bushwick, Brooklyn Musée des Beaux Arts de Caen, Caen Musée de la Cohue, Vannes, France Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2013

Galerie Piece Unique, Paris, France

2012

Parvis Hotel de Ville, Paris Fondation Hartung Bergman, Antibes Musée Picasso, Antibes

Akira Ikeda Gallery, New York, Berlin

2011

Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble Abbaye de Montmajour, Arles

Musée des Beaux Arts de Caen, Caen

2010

Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard, Paris

2009

Abbaye de St Jean d'Orbestier, Château d'Olonne

2007

Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris Salander O'Reilly Gallery, New York

2006

Musée d'Orsay, Paris

2005

Jardin du Palais Royal, Paris

2004

New York Studio School, New York

2003

IVAM Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencià

2002

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Valenciennes

2000

Marlborough Chelsea Gallery, New York

1999

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Grenoble

Fine Arts Museum, Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco

1998

Marlborough Chelsea Gallery, New York

1997

Guggenheim Museum, New York

1996

Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris

1994

The Talbot Rice Art Gallery, Edimburg

1992

Musée d'Art Moderne, Saint-Etienne

1991

Brooklyn Museum, New York Musée des Beaux-Arts, Calais Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris

1990

Holly Solomon Gallery, New York

1989

Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris

1987

Holly Solomon Gallery, New York

1985

Musée Rodin, Paris

Galerie Adrien Maeght, Paris

1984

Galerie Adrien Maeght, Paris Musée Saint Pierre, Lyon

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Besançon

1983

Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf

1982

Sonnabend Gallery, New York Frankfurter Kunstverein, Francfort

1981

Diane Brown Gallery, Washington Fine Arts Museum, Dallas

1980

Galerie Beyeler, Basle

1978

Sonnabend Gallery, New York HausLange Museum, Krefeld

1976

Galerie Sonnabend, Paris

Clocktower Institute for Art and Urban Ressources, New York PS1, New York

1972

Galerie Sonnabend, Paris

 

FORMER GALLERIES (selection)

Hionas Gallery on the Lower East Side in New York City (2016) Galerie Pièce Unique, Paris (2013)

Galerie Akira Ikeda, New York, Berlin, Tokyo (2012, 2014) Marlborough Gallery, New York (1998-2000)

Galerie Templon, Paris (1989-1996)

Holly Solomon Gallery, New York (1987, 1990) Galerie Adrien Maeght, Paris (1984, 1985) Galerie Beyeler, Basel (1980)

Sonnabend Gallery Paris, Geneva, New York (1972-1982)

 

AWARDS (selection)

Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France, 2020 A Lifetime of Achievement, Vision Festival, USA, 2019

Art Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters, USA, 2019 Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, France, 2000

Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France, 1997

 

COLLECTIONS (selection)

 

United States

Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)

The Morgan Library & Museum (New York, NY) Jewish Museum (New York, NY)

Albright, Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY)

Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (Ridgefield, CT)

Vogel Collection, Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI) New Mexico Museum of Art (Santa Fe, NM)

Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX) Nasher Fondation (Dallas, TX)

 

France

Centre Georges Pompidou / Musée National d'Art Moderne (Paris) Fonds National d'Art Contemporain (Paris)

Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain de Franche-Comté (Besançon) Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie (Caen) Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain de Bretagne (Châteaugiron) Musée des Beaux-Arts (Angers)

Musée Picasso (Antibes) Musée des Beaux-Arts (Caen) Musée de Grenoble (Grenoble)

Musée d'Art Contemporain (Lyon) Musée d'Art Moderne (Saint-Etienne) Musée des Beaux-Arts (Valenciennes)

 

Germany

Lehmbruck Museum (Duisburg) Museum Ludwig (Cologne)

 

Spain

Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, IVAM (Valencia)

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Monographies

2012 Dubbeld Sabrina, Kirili à Grenoble, éditions Ereme.

2002 Morgan Robert C., Alain Kirili, Paris, éditions Flammarion.

 

Exhibition catalogues

2019

Alain Kirili: Who’s Afraid of Verticality?, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY

2016

Alain Kirili "In the Round", Hionas Gallery, New York, NY

2014

Suite Musicale, Musée de la Cohue des Beaux-Arts de Vannes, France Kristell Loquet, Alain Kirili: Lévitations, éditions Marcel Le Poney

Alain Kirili: Drawing in Space, ArtHelix Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

David Cohen, Embodiment and Language: Alain Kirili's Calligraphy in the Round

Parcours croisés, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen, France Barry Schwabsky, Duo Absolu

Yannick Haenel, Surgissement à deux, Translation by Philip Barnard Patrick Ramade, Parcours croisés

Alain Kirili Sculptures 1976-2014, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Berlin, Germany and Tokyo, Japan

2013

Alain Kirili, Galerie Pièce Unique, Paris, France

Thierry Dufrêne, One place, one work: Kirili at Pièce Unique

2012

Rythmes d'automne, Parvis de l'Hotel de Ville de Paris, France

Thierry Dufrêne, Rythmes d'automne à Paris, éditions galerie Akira Ikeda

2011

Alain Kirili, Geste de Résistance, Musée de Caen, France Robert Paxton, The Eye of Hitler

2007

Kirili et les Nymphéas, Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, France

Alain Kirili & Gaston Lachaise, Salander O'Reilly Gallery , New York, USA Alain Kirili, Gaston Lachaise, a french american

Paula Rand Hornbostel, Flesh In Ecstasy

2006

Kirili - Steichen, Correspondances, Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

Raphael Rubinstein, A Game for Two or More Players : Kirili, Steichen, Mallarmé

2004

Alain Kirili, New York Studio School, États-Unis Paul Audi, In the name of creation

Sarah Lewis, Bambara Raphsodies

2003

David Smith's Drawings , ENSBA, Paris, France Robert Storr, David Smith : the probity of his art

2002

Kirili dialogue avec Carpeaux, Musée de Valenciennes, France

1999

Alain Kirili, Musée de Grenoble, France

Edmund White, The Commandments Mystical fonts by Alain Kirili

Alain Kirili : a dialog with Rodin , Fine arts Museum of San Francisco, USA Steven A. Nash, Alain Kirili: A Dialog with Rodin

1994

Open Form Sculpture, Sainsbury Center for Visiual Arts, Norwich, UK Jeffett William, Open Form Sculpture

1993

Alain Kirili et Roy Haynes, École Régionale des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, France

1992

Alain Kirili, Musée d'Art Moderne, St Etienne, France Philippe Dagen, Constructed Morality

Martine Dancer, Alain Kirili at Nuits-Saint-Georges

Barry Schwabsky, Letter to my Translator

Alain Kirili, Le Baiser, galerie Carrée, Villa Arson, Nice, France

1991

Kirili, Commandement XI, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France Commandement, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, USA

1990

Alain Kirili et l'abstraction du modelé, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Calais, France

1989

Alain Kirili, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France Alain Kirili,“Lighting the Fuse” after the Appropriation

1987

Alain Kirili, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, USA

1985

Alain Kirili, Musée Rodin, Paris, France Kirk Varnedoe, Alain Kirili au Musée Rodin

Alain Kirili, Galerie Adrien Maegth, Paris, France

Alain Kirili, Terres cuites 1972-1984, Centre d’Art contemporain, Châteauroux, France

1984

Alain Kirili, Galerie Adrien Maegth, Paris, France

1982

Alain Kirili, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany Robert Rosenblum, Essay

1981

A.Kirili: Recent Sculpture, Museum of Art, Dallas, USA

1974

Alain Kirili: peintures, dessins, sculptures, gravures, Galerie Sonnabend, Paris, France

1972

Alain Kirili, From One Line, Galerie Sonnabend, Paris, France Marcel Pleynet, The Paradox of the Painter