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Sebastian Black

Images

Sebastian Black, installation view Man Seeking Qualities, Princess, New York, 2018

Sebastian Black, installation view Man Seeking Qualities, Princess, New York, 2018

Sebastian Black, installation view Man Seeking Qualities, Princess, New York, 2018

Sebastian Black, installation view Man Seeking Qualities, Princess, New York, 2018

Sebastian Black, Thank you. Thank you. Now I would like to talk about how the Bush administration covered up the tapestry of Guernica by the entrance to the U.N. Security Council with some blue curtains [ears] so that those poor ladies wouldn’t have to watch Colin Powell’s W.[mouth] M.[eyes] D.[nose] slideshow. Nelson Rockefeller commissioned that tapestry and gave it to the U.N. to promote peace on earth. What would he say about such hijinks? He who had Lenin sandblasted [whiskers] off his Diego Rivera mural might have offered valuable insight! Oh those poor Guernican gals! With their hands like baseball mitts and their ears like clam fritters, [muzzle] forced to listen while Secretary Powell made his terrible case. I hope they find peace and quiet. Once in Italy I saw a painting of a damsel. She had a an ivory bosom and dimples [pupils] where her knuckles should have been. She was in the middle of a gilt frame in the middle of a great hall [muzzle, head] where nobody was saying anything. I hope they find peace like that., 2018, Oil on linen, 152.4 × 114.3 cm

Sebastian Black, Thank you. Thank you. Now I would like to talk about how the Bush administration covered up the tapestry of Guernica by the entrance to the U.N. Security Council with some blue curtains [ears] so that those poor ladies wouldn’t have to watch Colin Powell’s W.[mouth] M.[eyes] D.[nose] slideshow. Nelson Rockefeller commissioned that tapestry and gave it to the U.N. to promote peace on earth. What would he say about such hijinks? He who had Lenin sandblasted [whiskers] off his Diego Rivera mural might have offered valuable insight! Oh those poor Guernican gals! With their hands like baseball mitts and their ears like clam fritters, [muzzle] forced to listen while Secretary Powell made his terrible case. I hope they find peace and quiet. Once in Italy I saw a painting of a damsel. She had a an ivory bosom and dimples [pupils] where her knuckles should have been. She was in the middle of a gilt frame in the middle of a great hall [muzzle, head] where nobody was saying anything. I hope they find peace like that., 2018, Oil on linen, 152.4 × 114.3 cm

Sebastian Black, The job of us artists is to draw new lines. All the old lines are straight [whiskers], even the curvy ones and us artists gotta draw new ones. Us American artists, we thought the road was really something. For a hundred years we poked at its vanishing point [mouth] with our thoughts. Like sea lions we thought we could balance our dreams on its pointed tip [nose]. Like sea lions we were wrong! Us artists need to learn more from the Parisian Communards who barricaded the streets but pierced the houses [eyes, pupils] and flowed thataway. They ​“found flowers [muzzle] which are chairs” said Rimbaud confusingly. Oh artists! We are the Most Influential Artist’s of 2017 yet we must be influenced in turn. Let us remember to gaze upon that the tear shaped cloud of starlings [ear] gyrating over Central Park South and to wonder at their reflection in a glass façade [ear] as we turn to enter the Apple Store, 2018, Oil on linen, 152.4 × 114.3 cm

Sebastian Black, The job of us artists is to draw new lines. All the old lines are straight [whiskers], even the curvy ones and us artists gotta draw new ones. Us American artists, we thought the road was really something. For a hundred years we poked at its vanishing point [mouth] with our thoughts. Like sea lions we thought we could balance our dreams on its pointed tip [nose]. Like sea lions we were wrong! Us artists need to learn more from the Parisian Communards who barricaded the streets but pierced the houses [eyes, pupils] and flowed thataway. They found flowers [muzzle] which are chairs” said Rimbaud confusingly. Oh artists! We are the Most Influential Artist’s of 2017 yet we must be influenced in turn. Let us remember to gaze upon that the tear shaped cloud of starlings [ear] gyrating over Central Park South and to wonder at their reflection in a glass façade [ear] as we turn to enter the Apple Store, 2018, Oil on linen, 152.4 × 114.3 cm

Sebastian Black, There were six long art students, thin like spaghetti, standing around the nude model [whiskers]. The model posed with her head thrust forward and her fingers locked together behind her back [nose, mouth]. Her stage was a little round platform with a blanket thrown over it [muzzle]. The art students looked up at her and one by one broke their vine charcoal into two pieces [pupils]. They rubbed the black sticks onto pads of newsprint until the shape of the powder that crumbled off resembled the shape of the model. Meanwhile, the teacher sat by the window and fiddled with a paint flecked oval boombox [head]. He carried it around the room like a thurifer, trailing plumes of static. He waved it about, and pushed its antennae this way and that [ears] until, finally, it shouted ​“Autozone!”, 2018, Oil on linen, 152.4 × 114.3 cm

Sebastian Black, There were six long art students, thin like spaghetti, standing around the nude model [whiskers]. The model posed with her head thrust forward and her fingers locked together behind her back [nose, mouth]. Her stage was a little round platform with a blanket thrown over it [muzzle]. The art students looked up at her and one by one broke their vine charcoal into two pieces [pupils]. They rubbed the black sticks onto pads of newsprint until the shape of the powder that crumbled off resembled the shape of the model. Meanwhile, the teacher sat by the window and fiddled with a paint flecked oval boombox [head]. He carried it around the room like a thurifer, trailing plumes of static. He waved it about, and pushed its antennae this way and that [ears] until, finally, it shouted Autozone!”, 2018, Oil on linen, 152.4 × 114.3 cm

Sebastian Black, installation view Tales I Knows, Clearing, New York, 2015

Sebastian Black, installation view Tales I Knows, Clearing, New York, 2015

Sebastian Black, installation view Tales I Knows, Clearing, New York, 2015

Sebastian Black, installation view Tales I Knows, Clearing, New York, 2015

Sebastian Black, installation view Tales I Knows, Clearing, New York, 2015

Sebastian Black, installation view Tales I Knows, Clearing, New York, 2015

Sebastian Black, Period piece, 2015, enamel on engraved dibond, 61 × 46 cm

Sebastian Black, Period piece, 2015, enamel on engraved dibond, 61 × 46 cm

Sebastian Black, Period piece, 2015, enamel on engraved dibond, 61 × 46 cm

Sebastian Black, Period piece, 2015, enamel on engraved dibond, 61 × 46 cm

Sebastian Black, Loanzy Dip, 2015, Oil on Linen, 50,8 × 66 cm, Loanzy dip surplus, 2015, Gouache and inkjet print on paper, 50,8 × 40,6 cm

Sebastian Black, Loanzy Dip, 2015, Oil on Linen, 50,8 × 66 cm, Loanzy dip surplus, 2015, Gouache and inkjet print on paper, 50,8 × 40,6 cm

Sebastian Black, Bercy Embankment, 2015, Wood, latex paint, plexiglass, cement, glass, 76,2 × 73, 6 × 152, 4 cm

Sebastian Black, Bercy Embankment, 2015, Wood, latex paint, plexiglass, cement, glass, 76,2 × 73, 6 × 152, 4 cm

Sebastian Black, installation view, 3 New Shapes, Balice Hertling, Paris, 2015

Sebastian Black, installation view, 3 New Shapes, Balice Hertling, Paris, 2015

Sebastian Black, Bank Desk Embankment, 2015, Wood, acrylic paint, plaster, hydrocal, moss, sand, modeltrees, 116, 8 × 73, 6 × 116, 8 cm

Sebastian Black, Bank Desk Embankment, 2015, Wood, acrylic paint, plaster, hydrocal, moss, sand, modeltrees, 116, 8 × 73, 6 × 116, 8 cm

Sebastian Black, Bank Desk Embankment, 2015 (detail), Wood, acrylic paint, plaster, hydrocal, moss, sand, modeltrees, 116, 8 × 73, 6 × 116, 8 cm

Sebastian Black, Bank Desk Embankment, 2015 (detail), Wood, acrylic paint, plaster, hydrocal, moss, sand, modeltrees, 116, 8 × 73, 6 × 116, 8 cm

Sebastian Black, Pink Deposit, 2015, Watercolour on paper, check, 70 × 65 cm

Sebastian Black, Pink Deposit, 2015, Watercolour on paper, check, 70 × 65 cm

CV

Sebastian Black

*1985, New York City — Lives and works in New York City

Education

2012
MFA, Columbia University, New York

2007
BA, Vassar College, New York

Selected solo exhibitions

2018

Self-Portrait as a Good Boy, CLEARING, New York
Man Seeking Qualities, Princess, New York

2017
My Interests, Clearing, Brussels

2016
Completed Paintings, Croy Nielsen, Berlin

2015
Tales I knows, Clearing, New York
3 New Shapes, Balice Hertling, Paris
Sample Sale (with India Donaldson), 83 Pitt Street, New York

2014
Sebastian Black and Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles
Towards a Huger Terrace, Retrospective, New York
Authentix (with India Donaldson), Queer Thoughts, Chicago

2013
–__ (with Jacob Kassay), Room East, New York
_____. (with Robin Cameron), Bodega, Philadelphia
Unique Newark, Clearing, New York
The Elements of Style, Karma Amagansett
Ge-Stilted at the Gestalt-ar, Clearing, Brussels

2012
The Virgin Islands, Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles
Lackawanna (with Kyle Thurman), Clearing, Brussels
Period Pieces, Puppy Paintings, Prototype, Placeholders, Clearing, New York
Ps N Qs, The National Exemplar, New York
Paperworks, Karma, New York

2011
Period Pieces., Tomorrow Gallery, Toronto
Walk-Ins Welcome, Nymphius Projekte, Berlin

2010
The Playful Paw-Strokes of The Wilderness, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York

Selected group exhibitions

2016
Two-Story, Clearing, Brussels

2015
EAGLES II, Galeria Marlborough, Madrid
Passing Leap, Hauser & Wirth, New York

2014
Shit Like Hair, White Flag Projects, St. Louis
Warm Math, Balice Hertling, New York
Hypothesis For an Exhibition, Dominque Levy, New York
Imitatio Christies, Galleria Zero, Milan
Painting, Galeria Zero, Milan

2013
Stay in Love, Laurel Gitlen and Lisa Cooley, New York
The Stairs, Algus Greenspon, New York
The Writing Is On The Wall, Jonathan Viner, Kent
Very New Works, Duve, Berlin
The Wall, Marlborough Chelsea, New York
My Words Mark, 247365, Brooklyn

2012
Dogma, Metro Pictures, New York
Ur, Room East, New York
Its Endless Undoing, Thierry Goldberg, New York
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Fisher Landau Center for Art, New York
Ten Ten, Jason Alexander, New York
Blind Cut, Marlborough Gallery, New York

2011
Royal Rumble at Waffle House, Clearing and The Journal Gallery, Miami
Heads with Tails, Harris Lieberman, New York
Space Oddity, Kunsthalle Andtrax, Mallorca

Curatorial projects

2016
Sex and the City, Croy Nielsen, Berlin

2015
This a way, White Flag Projects, St. Louis

Selected Press

2016
Sebastian Black”,The New Yorker, January
Bogart, Aaron, Sebastian Black/​Clearing New York”, interview, Flash Art, January

2015
Ganz, John, Sebastian Black with John Ganz, interview, The Brooklyn Rail, December
Salsbury, Britany, Sebastian Black”, Artforum, May

2014
Bacon, Alex, SEBASTIAN BLACK’S Pink Blink’ and the Logic of the Screen”, The Brooklyn Rail, February

2012
Ganz, John, Sebastian Black”, Artforum, January

2010
McEwen, Adam, Dog Show: Adam McEwen interviews Sebastian Black”, Interview Magazine, August

Images

Sebastian Black

*1985, New York City — Lives and works in New York City

Sebastian Black, installation view Man Seeking Qualities, Princess, New York, 2018

Sebastian Black, installation view Man Seeking Qualities, Princess, New York, 2018

Sebastian Black, installation view Man Seeking Qualities, Princess, New York, 2018

Sebastian Black, installation view Man Seeking Qualities, Princess, New York, 2018

Sebastian Black, Thank you. Thank you. Now I would like to talk about how the Bush administration covered up the tapestry of Guernica by the entrance to the U.N. Security Council with some blue curtains [ears] so that those poor ladies wouldn’t have to watch Colin Powell’s W.[mouth] M.[eyes] D.[nose] slideshow. Nelson Rockefeller commissioned that tapestry and gave it to the U.N. to promote peace on earth. What would he say about such hijinks? He who had Lenin sandblasted [whiskers] off his Diego Rivera mural might have offered valuable insight! Oh those poor Guernican gals! With their hands like baseball mitts and their ears like clam fritters, [muzzle] forced to listen while Secretary Powell made his terrible case. I hope they find peace and quiet. Once in Italy I saw a painting of a damsel. She had a an ivory bosom and dimples [pupils] where her knuckles should have been. She was in the middle of a gilt frame in the middle of a great hall [muzzle, head] where nobody was saying anything. I hope they find peace like that., 2018, Oil on linen, 152.4 × 114.3 cm

Sebastian Black, Thank you. Thank you. Now I would like to talk about how the Bush administration covered up the tapestry of Guernica by the entrance to the U.N. Security Council with some blue curtains [ears] so that those poor ladies wouldn’t have to watch Colin Powell’s W.[mouth] M.[eyes] D.[nose] slideshow. Nelson Rockefeller commissioned that tapestry and gave it to the U.N. to promote peace on earth. What would he say about such hijinks? He who had Lenin sandblasted [whiskers] off his Diego Rivera mural might have offered valuable insight! Oh those poor Guernican gals! With their hands like baseball mitts and their ears like clam fritters, [muzzle] forced to listen while Secretary Powell made his terrible case. I hope they find peace and quiet. Once in Italy I saw a painting of a damsel. She had a an ivory bosom and dimples [pupils] where her knuckles should have been. She was in the middle of a gilt frame in the middle of a great hall [muzzle, head] where nobody was saying anything. I hope they find peace like that., 2018, Oil on linen, 152.4 × 114.3 cm

Sebastian Black, The job of us artists is to draw new lines. All the old lines are straight [whiskers], even the curvy ones and us artists gotta draw new ones. Us American artists, we thought the road was really something. For a hundred years we poked at its vanishing point [mouth] with our thoughts. Like sea lions we thought we could balance our dreams on its pointed tip [nose]. Like sea lions we were wrong! Us artists need to learn more from the Parisian Communards who barricaded the streets but pierced the houses [eyes, pupils] and flowed thataway. They ​“found flowers [muzzle] which are chairs” said Rimbaud confusingly. Oh artists! We are the Most Influential Artist’s of 2017 yet we must be influenced in turn. Let us remember to gaze upon that the tear shaped cloud of starlings [ear] gyrating over Central Park South and to wonder at their reflection in a glass façade [ear] as we turn to enter the Apple Store, 2018, Oil on linen, 152.4 × 114.3 cm

Sebastian Black, The job of us artists is to draw new lines. All the old lines are straight [whiskers], even the curvy ones and us artists gotta draw new ones. Us American artists, we thought the road was really something. For a hundred years we poked at its vanishing point [mouth] with our thoughts. Like sea lions we thought we could balance our dreams on its pointed tip [nose]. Like sea lions we were wrong! Us artists need to learn more from the Parisian Communards who barricaded the streets but pierced the houses [eyes, pupils] and flowed thataway. They found flowers [muzzle] which are chairs” said Rimbaud confusingly. Oh artists! We are the Most Influential Artist’s of 2017 yet we must be influenced in turn. Let us remember to gaze upon that the tear shaped cloud of starlings [ear] gyrating over Central Park South and to wonder at their reflection in a glass façade [ear] as we turn to enter the Apple Store, 2018, Oil on linen, 152.4 × 114.3 cm

Sebastian Black, There were six long art students, thin like spaghetti, standing around the nude model [whiskers]. The model posed with her head thrust forward and her fingers locked together behind her back [nose, mouth]. Her stage was a little round platform with a blanket thrown over it [muzzle]. The art students looked up at her and one by one broke their vine charcoal into two pieces [pupils]. They rubbed the black sticks onto pads of newsprint until the shape of the powder that crumbled off resembled the shape of the model. Meanwhile, the teacher sat by the window and fiddled with a paint flecked oval boombox [head]. He carried it around the room like a thurifer, trailing plumes of static. He waved it about, and pushed its antennae this way and that [ears] until, finally, it shouted ​“Autozone!”, 2018, Oil on linen, 152.4 × 114.3 cm

Sebastian Black, There were six long art students, thin like spaghetti, standing around the nude model [whiskers]. The model posed with her head thrust forward and her fingers locked together behind her back [nose, mouth]. Her stage was a little round platform with a blanket thrown over it [muzzle]. The art students looked up at her and one by one broke their vine charcoal into two pieces [pupils]. They rubbed the black sticks onto pads of newsprint until the shape of the powder that crumbled off resembled the shape of the model. Meanwhile, the teacher sat by the window and fiddled with a paint flecked oval boombox [head]. He carried it around the room like a thurifer, trailing plumes of static. He waved it about, and pushed its antennae this way and that [ears] until, finally, it shouted Autozone!”, 2018, Oil on linen, 152.4 × 114.3 cm

Sebastian Black, installation view Tales I Knows, Clearing, New York, 2015

Sebastian Black, installation view Tales I Knows, Clearing, New York, 2015

Sebastian Black, installation view Tales I Knows, Clearing, New York, 2015

Sebastian Black, installation view Tales I Knows, Clearing, New York, 2015

Sebastian Black, installation view Tales I Knows, Clearing, New York, 2015

Sebastian Black, installation view Tales I Knows, Clearing, New York, 2015

Sebastian Black, Period piece, 2015, enamel on engraved dibond, 61 × 46 cm

Sebastian Black, Period piece, 2015, enamel on engraved dibond, 61 × 46 cm

Sebastian Black, Period piece, 2015, enamel on engraved dibond, 61 × 46 cm

Sebastian Black, Period piece, 2015, enamel on engraved dibond, 61 × 46 cm

Sebastian Black, Loanzy Dip, 2015, Oil on Linen, 50,8 × 66 cm, Loanzy dip surplus, 2015, Gouache and inkjet print on paper, 50,8 × 40,6 cm

Sebastian Black, Loanzy Dip, 2015, Oil on Linen, 50,8 × 66 cm, Loanzy dip surplus, 2015, Gouache and inkjet print on paper, 50,8 × 40,6 cm

Sebastian Black, Bercy Embankment, 2015, Wood, latex paint, plexiglass, cement, glass, 76,2 × 73, 6 × 152, 4 cm

Sebastian Black, Bercy Embankment, 2015, Wood, latex paint, plexiglass, cement, glass, 76,2 × 73, 6 × 152, 4 cm

Sebastian Black, installation view, 3 New Shapes, Balice Hertling, Paris, 2015

Sebastian Black, installation view, 3 New Shapes, Balice Hertling, Paris, 2015

Sebastian Black, Bank Desk Embankment, 2015, Wood, acrylic paint, plaster, hydrocal, moss, sand, modeltrees, 116, 8 × 73, 6 × 116, 8 cm

Sebastian Black, Bank Desk Embankment, 2015, Wood, acrylic paint, plaster, hydrocal, moss, sand, modeltrees, 116, 8 × 73, 6 × 116, 8 cm

Sebastian Black, Bank Desk Embankment, 2015 (detail), Wood, acrylic paint, plaster, hydrocal, moss, sand, modeltrees, 116, 8 × 73, 6 × 116, 8 cm

Sebastian Black, Bank Desk Embankment, 2015 (detail), Wood, acrylic paint, plaster, hydrocal, moss, sand, modeltrees, 116, 8 × 73, 6 × 116, 8 cm

Sebastian Black, Pink Deposit, 2015, Watercolour on paper, check, 70 × 65 cm

Sebastian Black, Pink Deposit, 2015, Watercolour on paper, check, 70 × 65 cm

CV

Sebastian Black

*1985, New York City — Lives and works in New York City

Education

2012
MFA, Columbia University, New York

2007
BA, Vassar College, New York

Selected solo exhibitions

2018

Self-Portrait as a Good Boy, CLEARING, New York
Man Seeking Qualities, Princess, New York

2017
My Interests, Clearing, Brussels

2016
Completed Paintings, Croy Nielsen, Berlin

2015
Tales I knows, Clearing, New York
3 New Shapes, Balice Hertling, Paris
Sample Sale (with India Donaldson), 83 Pitt Street, New York

2014
Sebastian Black and Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles
Towards a Huger Terrace, Retrospective, New York
Authentix (with India Donaldson), Queer Thoughts, Chicago

2013
–__ (with Jacob Kassay), Room East, New York
_____. (with Robin Cameron), Bodega, Philadelphia
Unique Newark, Clearing, New York
The Elements of Style, Karma Amagansett
Ge-Stilted at the Gestalt-ar, Clearing, Brussels

2012
The Virgin Islands, Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles
Lackawanna (with Kyle Thurman), Clearing, Brussels
Period Pieces, Puppy Paintings, Prototype, Placeholders, Clearing, New York
Ps N Qs, The National Exemplar, New York
Paperworks, Karma, New York

2011
Period Pieces., Tomorrow Gallery, Toronto
Walk-Ins Welcome, Nymphius Projekte, Berlin

2010
The Playful Paw-Strokes of The Wilderness, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York

Selected group exhibitions

2016
Two-Story, Clearing, Brussels

2015
EAGLES II, Galeria Marlborough, Madrid
Passing Leap, Hauser & Wirth, New York

2014
Shit Like Hair, White Flag Projects, St. Louis
Warm Math, Balice Hertling, New York
Hypothesis For an Exhibition, Dominque Levy, New York
Imitatio Christies, Galleria Zero, Milan
Painting, Galeria Zero, Milan

2013
Stay in Love, Laurel Gitlen and Lisa Cooley, New York
The Stairs, Algus Greenspon, New York
The Writing Is On The Wall, Jonathan Viner, Kent
Very New Works, Duve, Berlin
The Wall, Marlborough Chelsea, New York
My Words Mark, 247365, Brooklyn

2012
Dogma, Metro Pictures, New York
Ur, Room East, New York
Its Endless Undoing, Thierry Goldberg, New York
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Fisher Landau Center for Art, New York
Ten Ten, Jason Alexander, New York
Blind Cut, Marlborough Gallery, New York

2011
Royal Rumble at Waffle House, Clearing and The Journal Gallery, Miami
Heads with Tails, Harris Lieberman, New York
Space Oddity, Kunsthalle Andtrax, Mallorca

Curatorial projects

2016
Sex and the City, Croy Nielsen, Berlin

2015
This a way, White Flag Projects, St. Louis

Selected Press

2016
Sebastian Black”,The New Yorker, January
Bogart, Aaron, Sebastian Black/​Clearing New York”, interview, Flash Art, January

2015
Ganz, John, Sebastian Black with John Ganz, interview, The Brooklyn Rail, December
Salsbury, Britany, Sebastian Black”, Artforum, May

2014
Bacon, Alex, SEBASTIAN BLACK’S Pink Blink’ and the Logic of the Screen”, The Brooklyn Rail, February

2012
Ganz, John, Sebastian Black”, Artforum, January

2010
McEwen, Adam, Dog Show: Adam McEwen interviews Sebastian Black”, Interview Magazine, August