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Kay Rosen: Lists, 1989-2021

September 18, 2021 – October 23, 2021

Kay Rosen makes her work by finding, assembling, arranging, composing, simplifying and/or complicating letters and words. The current exhibition, “Kay Rosen: Lists, 1989-1991” consists of every work the artist has made with the ‘list’ form. With Rosen’s direction, a list can be an accumulation, juxtaposition, narrative and/or puzzle. As opposed to traditional grammar, the myriad options of how a list exists has given Rosen both structure and freedom with which to engage formal, social, and political topics. The pieces in the show are in and on a wide range of media (award ribbons, book covers, etching, graphite, handouts, letterpress, periodicals, silkscreen, video and wall painting, among others) and thus show the depth and breadth with which Rosen works. In conjunction with the exhibition, each work in the show now has an associated text (all are available on the website) to further add to the experience of viewing/reading

Kay Rosen has been the subject of numerous articles, reviews, and group and solo exhibitions, including in 1998 a two-venue mid-career survey entitled “Kay Rosen: Li[f]eli[k]e,” curated by Connie Butler and Terry R. Myers at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and Otis College of Art Design. She has been the recipient of awards that include a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2017 and three National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Grants. Her work is included in many institutional and private collections. Rosen taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago for twenty-four years. She was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas and lives in New York City and Gary, Indiana.

Concurrent with Krakow Witkin Gallery’s “Kay Rosen: Lists, 1989-2021” is Rosen’s “New Work 2020-2021,” a solo exhibition in New York at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.. The show features acrylic gouache paintings on paper, enamel paintings on canvas, and two wall murals. Produced over the past 18 months, these works respond to the fear, isolation, and anxiety experienced by the artist during that time.

Works In Exhibition

Exhibition View

Kay Rosen Exhibition View

Sisyphus

Kay Rosen Sisyphus 1991/2011 Digital video, continuous loop with sound

Edition of 100
(Inventory #23269)

 

Exhibition View

Kay Rosen Exhibition View

Between You, Me, and the Sea

Kay Rosen Between You, Me, and the Sea 2019 Digital video with sound, runtime: 48 minutes

Edition of 10
Runtime: 48 minutes
Signed and numbered on accompanying certificate
(Inventory #31028)

This is an abbreviated version of the film. Please inquire to view entire film.

Open, Orb, Orifice, Donut, Globe, Hole, Whole, Halo, Zero

Kay Rosen Open, Orb, Orifice, Donut, Globe, Hole, Whole, Halo, Zero 1999 Fluorescent orange paint on wall

Edition of 10 for each word
Diameter size: 12 inches (30.5 cm)
Signed, dated, and numbered on certificate
(Inventory #32625)

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Kay Rosen Exhibition View

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Kay Rosen Exhibition View

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Kay Rosen Exhibition View

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Kay Rosen Exhibition View

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Kay Rosen Exhibition View

Le Cid (Corneille) from Liste/List

Kay Rosen Le Cid (Corneille) from Liste/List 1996 Silkscreened text on a French paperback book cover

Edition of 13, 4 AP
6 5/8 x 4 1/4 x 1/4 inches (16.8 x 10.8 x .6 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in graphite on back cover
(Inventory #33016)

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Jeux de Massacre (Ionesco) from Liste/List

Kay Rosen Jeux de Massacre (Ionesco) from Liste/List 1996 Silkscreened text on a French paperback book cover

Edition of 13
6 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 3/8 inches (16.5 x 10.8 x 1 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in graphite on back cover
(Inventory #33022)

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A La Recherche de Cote de Chex Swann (extrait) (Proust) from Liste/List

Kay Rosen A La Recherche de Cote de Chex Swann (extrait) (Proust) from Liste/List 1996 Silkscreened text on a French paperback book cover

Edition of 13
6 5/8 x 4 1/4 x 1/4 inches (16.8 x 10.8 x .6 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in graphite on back cover
(Inventory #33019)

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La Nausee (Sartre) from Liste/List

Kay Rosen La Nausee (Sartre) from Liste/List 1996 Silkscreened text on a French paperback book cover

Edition of 13
6 1/2 x 4 3/8 x 1/2 inches (16.5 x 11.1 x 1.3 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and numbered on inside of back cover in graphite
(Inventory #33013)

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La Peste (Camus) from Liste/List

Kay Rosen La Peste (Camus) from Liste/List 1996 Silkscreened text on a French paperback book cover

Edition of 13
7 1/2 x 4 5/8 x 5/8 inches (19.1 x 11.7 x 1.6 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in graphite on back cover
(Inventory #33017)

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Les Faux Monnayeurs (Gide) from Liste/List

Kay Rosen Les Faux Monnayeurs (Gide) from Liste/List 1996 Silkscreened text on a French paperback book cover

Edition of 13
6 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 1 inches (16.5 x 10.8 x 2.5 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and numbered on inside of back cover in graphite
(Inventory #33014)

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Apollon de Bellac (Giradoux) from Liste/List

Kay Rosen Apollon de Bellac (Giradoux) from Liste/List 1996 Silkscreened text on a French paperback book cover

Edition of 13, 4 AP
6 3/4 x 4 1/2 x 4/16 inches (17.1 x 11.4 x .6 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in graphite on back cover
(Inventory #33015)

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Les Fleurs de Mal (Baudelaire) from Liste/List

Kay Rosen Les Fleurs de Mal (Baudelaire) from Liste/List 1996 Silkscreened text on a French paperback book cover

Edition of 13
6 5/8 x 4 1/4 x 1/4 inches (16.8 x 10.8 x .6 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in graphite on back cover
(Inventory #33018)

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Huis Clos (Sartre) from Liste/List

Kay Rosen Huis Clos (Sartre) from Liste/List 1996 Silkscreened text on a French paperback book cover

Edition of 13
7 x 4 1/2 x 1/8 inches (17.8 x 11.4 x .3 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in graphite on back cover
(Inventory #33020)

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P.D. James Library

Kay Rosen P.D. James Library 2020 Letterpress print on rag paper

Edition of 33
Image size: 11 1/2 x 8 3/8 inches (29.2 x 21.3 cm)
Paper size: 13 11/16 x 10 1/2 inches (34.8 x 26.7 cm)
Signed, dated, and numbered on reverse in graphite
(Inventory #32824)

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Kay Rosen Exhibition View

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Kay Rosen Exhibition View

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Kay Rosen Exhibition View

Draw

Kay Rosen Draw 2021 Graphite and ink on paper with deckled edge

Image/paper size: 30 1/8 x 22 5/8 inches (76.5 x 57.5 cm)
Frame size: 26 3/8 x 34 1/4 inches (67 x 87 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated on reverse in graphite
(Inventory #32955)

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Palimpsest

Kay Rosen Palimpsest 1991/2020 Matte latex paint on wall

Dimensions variable
This installation size: 90 x 65 inches (228.6 x 165.1 cm)
Edition of 12
Signed on accompanying certificate
(Inventory #31747)

Exhibition View

Kay Rosen Exhibition View

The List Portfolio (Ugly Duckling, Homophonia, Liszt, Liste/List)

Kay Rosen The List Portfolio (Ugly Duckling, Homophonia, Liszt, Liste/List) 1990 Set of four screenprints

Image/paper size: 30 1/8 x 22 1/2 inches each (76.5 x 57.2 cm each)
Edition of 25
Signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil on verso
(Inventory #23232)

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Kay Rosen Exhibition View

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Kay Rosen Exhibition View

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Kay Rosen Exhibition View

Mappings

Kay Rosen Mappings 2017 Set of 12 silkscreen prints

Edition of 25
Overall measurements vary
Image/paper size: 13 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches each (34.9 x 24.8 cm each)
Signed, dated, and numbered on reverse on one sheet
(Inventory #32241)

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Exhibition View

Kay Rosen Exhibition View

Art Against AIDS on the Road

Kay Rosen Art Against AIDS on the Road 1990 Poster

Edition of 50
(Inventory #32978)

Exhibition View

Kay Rosen Exhibition View

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Kay Rosen Exhibition View

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Kay Rosen Exhibition View

Blue Monday

Kay Rosen Blue Monday 2015 Continuous loop on dvd, with sound

9 minutes, 12 seconds
Edition of 100
Signed and numbered on accompanying certificate
(Inventory #27931)

The Man

Kay Rosen The Man 1989/1991 Etching in colors on Rives BFK White paper with deckled edge

Edition of 32
Image size: 15 x 20 3/4 inches (38.1 x 52.7 cm)
Paper size: 25 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches (64.8 x 49.5 cm)
Frame size: 29 3/4 x 23 1/2 inches (75.6 x 59.7 cm)
Signed, titled, dated and numbered on reverse in graphite
(Inventory #32828)

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In Lieu of Louis (1789 – 1870), A True Story From the List Series

Kay Rosen In Lieu of Louis (1789 – 1870), A True Story From the List Series 1989/1996 Screenprint on paper

Image/paper size: 13 5/8 x 16 inches (34.6 x 40.6 cm)
Edition of 16
Signed, dated and numbered on verso
(Inventory #28775)

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Kay Rosen Exhibition View

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Kay Rosen Exhibition View

Two Towers

Kay Rosen Two Towers 1991 2 copies of the catalogue from The Shedhalle, Zurich, “Manum de Tabula,,” curated by Harm Lux showing Two Towers, legend, silkscreen on wall; Shorter version, 1991/1992, painting on wall, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago + legend

(Inventory #33023)

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Sisyphus

Kay Rosen Sisyphus 1991 Gold ink printed on blue ribbon

18 3/4 x 2 inches (47.6 x 5.1 cm)
Candyass Carnival, Stux Gallery, New York, NY
Edition of unlimited edition
(Inventory #33026)

More

Kay Rosen More 1991 Photocopy on paper

11 x 8 1/2 inches (27.9 x 21.6 cm)
(Inventory #33167)

World AIDS Day

Kay Rosen World AIDS Day 1998 Handout on World AIDS Day during "Kay Rosen: lifeli[k]e," L.A. MoCA and Otis College of Art and Design, 1998-1999

Image/paper size: 11 x 17 inches (27.9 x 43.2 cm)
(Inventory #33061)

Feeder

Kay Rosen Feeder 2000 Holiday card from the artist listing birds identified at the artist's backyard bird feeder

Image/card size: 6 x 4 inches (15.2 x 10.2 cm)
(Inventory #33174)

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School of Fish

Kay Rosen School of Fish 1997 Book cover for author Eileen Myles, Black Sparrow Press

9 1/4 x 6 1/4 x 1 inches (23.5 x 15.9 x 2.5 cm)
(Inventory #33024)

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Homophonia The Center Show “Once Upon a Time and Now”

Kay Rosen Homophonia The Center Show “Once Upon a Time and Now” 1989/2015 Handout for The Lesbian & Gay Community Services Center, New York City, curated by Ian Altaveer

Image/paper size: 11 x 8 1/2 inches (27.9 x 21.6 cm)
Printed “Homophonia ©1989-2015 Kay Rosen” lower right
(Inventory #33063)

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Homophonia Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh “Girl Talk”

Kay Rosen Homophonia Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh “Girl Talk” 2012 Handout for CAM exhibition, Raleigh, North Carolina Curated by Elysia Borowy

Image/paper size: 11 x 8 1/2 inches (27.9 x 21.6 cm)
Printed “Homophonia ©1989 Kay Rosen” lower right
(Inventory #33027)

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Homophonia A Ministry of Public Works Project “Edifying Sappho and Socrates”

Kay Rosen Homophonia A Ministry of Public Works Project “Edifying Sappho and Socrates” 1989/1998 Handout for "Edifying Sappho and Socrates," an exhibition for an international gay + lesbian monument. Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. A ministry of Public works project curated by Rafael von Uslar.

Image/paper size: 11 x 8 1/2 inches (27.9 x 21.6 cm)
Printed “Kay Rosen, Homophonia, 1989/1998” lower right
(Inventory #33064)

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Homophonia from The Center Show

Kay Rosen Homophonia from The Center Show 1989 Handout for The Lesbian & Gay Community Services Center, New York City, curated by Rick Barnett & Barbara Sahlman on Whitefield cotton fiber paper

Image/paper size: 14 x 8 1/2 inches (35.6 x 21.6 cm)
Printed “Kay Rosen, Homophonia, ©1989” lower right
(Inventory #33062)

Gloria (Galdos) from Lista/List

Kay Rosen Gloria (Galdos) from Lista/List 1992 Silkscreened text on a Spanish paperback (two volumes) book cover

Edition of 27, 3 TP
7 x 4 5/8 x 3/4 inches each (17.8 x 11.7 x 1.9 cm each)
Signed, titled, dated, and numbered along binding on one book cover
(Inventory #32976)

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Girl Talk

Kay Rosen Girl Talk 1998 Exhibition postcard from "Kay Rosen: Girl Talk" Ten in One Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, October 16 - November 21, 1998

Image/card size: 6 13/16 x 4 3/4 inches (17.3 x 12.1 cm)
(Inventory #33173)

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Obfuscate

Kay Rosen Obfuscate December 2017 Los Angeles Review of Books, Quarterly Journal, No. 16, Art Issue

9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches (24.1 x 19.1 cm)
(Inventory #33025)

Blue, Tate Etc., Issue 14, Autumn, 2008

Kay Rosen Blue, Tate Etc., Issue 14, Autumn, 2008 2008 Magazine

10 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches (27 x 21 cm)
(Inventory #33058)

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