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Harmony Korine

Harmony Korine, Strawb Circle, 2015 Oil on canvas, 84 × 102 inches (213.4 × 259.1 cm)© Harmony Korine, photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Strawb Circle, 2015

Oil on canvas, 84 × 102 inches (213.4 × 259.1 cm)
© Harmony Korine, photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Watermellon Circle, 2015 Oil on canvas, 64 × 70 inches (162.6 × 177.8 cm)© Harmony Korine, photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Watermellon Circle, 2015

Oil on canvas, 64 × 70 inches (162.6 × 177.8 cm)
© Harmony Korine, photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Scapp Willter Circle, 2015 Oil on canvas, 84 × 102 inches (213.4 × 259.1 cm)Photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Scapp Willter Circle, 2015

Oil on canvas, 84 × 102 inches (213.4 × 259.1 cm)
Photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Grugged Circle, 2015 Oil on canvas, 84 × 102 inches (213.4 × 259.1 cm)Photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Grugged Circle, 2015

Oil on canvas, 84 × 102 inches (213.4 × 259.1 cm)
Photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Caker Plino, 2015 Oil, acrylic, house paint, and ink on canvas, 101 × 72 inches (256.5 × 182.9 cm)Photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Caker Plino, 2015

Oil, acrylic, house paint, and ink on canvas, 101 × 72 inches (256.5 × 182.9 cm)
Photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Sinky Monk, 2014 House paint, acrylic, and oil on safety blanket, 124 × 93 inches (315 × 236.2 cm)Photo by Josh White

Harmony Korine, Sinky Monk, 2014

House paint, acrylic, and oil on safety blanket, 124 × 93 inches (315 × 236.2 cm)
Photo by Josh White

Harmony Korine, Skinamax Chex, 2014 Ink, house paint, oil, and collage on canvas, 124 × 93 inches (315 × 236.2 cm)

Harmony Korine, Skinamax Chex, 2014

Ink, house paint, oil, and collage on canvas, 124 × 93 inches (315 × 236.2 cm)

Harmony Korine, Flex Cemend Check, 2014 Oil, latex house paint, and collage on canvas, 70 × 64 inches (177.8 × 162.6 cm)Photo by Annik Wetter

Harmony Korine, Flex Cemend Check, 2014

Oil, latex house paint, and collage on canvas, 70 × 64 inches (177.8 × 162.6 cm)
Photo by Annik Wetter

Harmony Korine, Blue Checker, 2014 Oil on canvas, 102 × 84 inches (259.1 × 213.4 cm)Photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Blue Checker, 2014

Oil on canvas, 102 × 84 inches (259.1 × 213.4 cm)
Photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, TBD, 2014 Oil, house paint, and acrylic on canvas, 32 × 25 inches (81.3 × 63.5 cm)

Harmony Korine, TBD, 2014

Oil, house paint, and acrylic on canvas, 32 × 25 inches (81.3 × 63.5 cm)

Harmony Korine, Blind Millsaps Line, 2014 House paint, oil, and collage on canvas, 102 × 84 inches (259.1 × 213.4 cm)

Harmony Korine, Blind Millsaps Line, 2014

House paint, oil, and collage on canvas, 102 × 84 inches (259.1 × 213.4 cm)

Harmony Korine, Stammer C Washington, 2014 Ink, house paint, acrylic, and collage on canvas, 64 × 41 inches (162.6 × 104.1 cm)Photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Stammer C Washington, 2014

Ink, house paint, acrylic, and collage on canvas, 64 × 41 inches (162.6 × 104.1 cm)
Photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Hekky Line Painting, 2014 House paint, acrylic, oil, and collage on canvas, 66 × 62 inches (167.6 × 157.5 cm)Photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Hekky Line Painting, 2014

House paint, acrylic, oil, and collage on canvas, 66 × 62 inches (167.6 × 157.5 cm)
Photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Tornado Check, 2014 Oil, latex house paint, and collage on canvas, 113 × 88 inches (287 × 223.5 cm)Photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Tornado Check, 2014

Oil, latex house paint, and collage on canvas, 113 × 88 inches (287 × 223.5 cm)
Photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Loop Dingy, 2014 Oil, latex house paint, spray paint, and collage on canvas, 102 × 84 inches (259.1 × 213.4 cm)Photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Loop Dingy, 2014

Oil, latex house paint, spray paint, and collage on canvas, 102 × 84 inches (259.1 × 213.4 cm)
Photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Gatekeppers, 2013 Oil, latex house paint, and spray paint on canvas, 82 × 71 inches (208.3 × 180.3 cm)Photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Gatekeppers, 2013

Oil, latex house paint, and spray paint on canvas, 82 × 71 inches (208.3 × 180.3 cm)
Photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Starburst, 2013 Ink on canvas, 114 × 91 inches (289.6 × 231.1 cm)© Harmony Korine

Harmony Korine, Starburst, 2013

Ink on canvas, 114 × 91 inches (289.6 × 231.1 cm)
© Harmony Korine

About

There’s a physical component that I’m chasing—a sense of unease, or a sense of confusion, transcendence, bewilderment, titillation, humor.
—Harmony Korine

Rooted in modern American grotesquerie, the work of Miami-based artist and filmmaker Harmony Korine has proven influential and divisive in equal measure. A lover of slapstick and vaudeville, he coined the term “mistakism” to describe his deployment of wayward aesthetics and non sequitur wit. Korine’s early appearances as a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman, introducing startled television viewers to a confrontational master of everyday beauty and repulsion, are the stuff of legend. In his paintings, drawings, assemblages, and movies, backwoods surrealism and narcotic abstraction collide to produce a perverse, disorienting vision.

Born in Bolinas, California, in 1973, Korine was raised on a commune before moving with his family to North Africa and settling, at age seven, in Nashville, Tennessee. Having started making art as a teenager—he once painted, at the car wash where he worked, a neon dragon inside Roy Orbison’s trunk—Korine attended film school at New York University. An encounter with photographer and filmmaker Larry Clark let him to write the screenplay for Clark’s controversial movie Kids (1995). He went on to direct Gummo (1997) and Julien Donkey-Boy (1999) before spending much of the next eight years “mowing lawns and shooting guns,” emerging only to write Clark’s 2002 feature Ken Park. Korine returned to directing in 2007 with Mister Lonely (codirected with his brother Avi Korine), also writing and directing Trash Humpers (2009), Spring Breakers (2012), and The Beach Bum (2019).

In 2004, Korine’s artwork was included in Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture, which traveled through 2009 from the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, to venues throughout the US and Europe. The exhibition featured Korine’s work alongside that of other artists, including Mark Gonzales, Barry McGee, and Chris Johanson, to whom the youth subcultures of skateboarding and graffiti were of critical significance. Also in 2009, Korine was the subject of an important solo exhibition, Pigxote, at Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville. The following years saw him exhibit periodically, with a major survey exhibition of his work taking place at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in 2017.

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Harmony Korine (New York: Rizzoli International Publications; Paris: Gagosian and Centre Pompidou, 2018)

Online Reading

Harmony Korine

Harmony Korine is available for online reading from March 16 through April 15 as part of Artist Spotlight: Harmony Korine. Published by Rizzoli in association with Gagosian and Centre Pompidou, Paris, this is the first comprehensive monograph on the cinema, art, writing, and creative world of Korine, the boundary-breaking auteur of Kids (1995), Gummo (1997), Mister Lonely (2007), and Spring Breakers (2012). An interview by film critic Emmanuel Burdeau and an extensive multipart essay by curator Alicia Knock trace common themes through Korine’s films and artworks, considering the ways in which he has captured the surreal quality of contemporary life.

Harmony Korine (New York: Rizzoli International Publications; Paris: Gagosian and Centre Pompidou, 2018)

Photo: Sarah Lee/eyevine/Redux

Artist Spotlight

Harmony Korine

March 16–22, 2022

Applying the term “mistakism” to his combination of wayward aesthetics and non sequitur wit, Miami-based artist and filmmaker Harmony Korine fuses backwoods surrealism with narcotic abstraction to conjure a perverse, disorienting vision. His paintings and mixed-media works incorporate materials such as leftover household emulsion and old videotapes in designs that reflect on memory and emotion. Ranging from swirling psychedelic grids to hand-painted figuration, Korine’s artworks mirror the deliberate confusion of staging and improvisation that characterizes his films, presenting images united by their hypnotic restlessness.

Photo: Sarah Lee/eyevine/Redux

Georg Baselitz, No, ja, 2020 © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Art Fair

ART021 Shanghai 2021

November 13–14, 2021, booth C02
Shanghai Exhibition Center
www.art021.org

Gagosian is pleased to participate in ART021 Shanghai 2021. The gallery will feature works by artists including Georg BaselitzDan ColenEdmund de WaalRoe EthridgeUrs FischerKatharina GrosseSimon HantaïDamien HirstJia AiliHarmony Korine, Takashi Murakami (as an individual artist and in collaboration with Virgil Abloh), Rudolf StingelSpencer Sweeney, and Tatiana Trouvé

To receive a pdf with detailed information on the works, please contact the gallery at inquire@gagosian.com.

Georg Baselitz, No, ja, 2020 © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

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Museum Exhibitions

Installation view, Reflections: Matt Black × Gana Art, Gana Art Center and Gana Art Hannam, Seoul, November 1, 2019–January 5, 2020. Artwork © Sterling Ruby

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Reflections
Matt Black × Gana Art

November 1, 2019–January 5, 2020
Gana Art Center and Gana Art Hannam, Seoul
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In collaboration with filmmaker Matt Black, this exhibition is centered around his short film series titled Reflections, which features conversations with contemporary artists. Through his interviews, Black paints a picture of the rapidly changing contemporary art scene, revealing the stories behind the artworks. Following the film’s theme, Gana Art has curated this exhibition to feature works by these artists, which include Dan Colen, Rachel Feinstein, Jeff Koons, Harmony KorineSterling Ruby, Taryn Simon, and Blair Thurman, among others.

Installation view, Reflections: Matt Black × Gana Art, Gana Art Center and Gana Art Hannam, Seoul, November 1, 2019–January 5, 2020. Artwork © Sterling Ruby

Installation view, Harmony Korine, Centre Pompidou, Paris, October 6–November 5, 2017. Artwork © Harmony Korine. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic  

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Harmony Korine

October 6–November 5, 2017
Centre Pompidou, Paris
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A retrospective on the cinema, art, and creative world of Harmony Korine. The show gathers together many of his most significant projects, spanning film, writing, and art. Korine’s creative practice extends to photography and drawing as well as to figurative and abstract painting.

Installation view, Harmony Korine, Centre Pompidou, Paris, October 6–November 5, 2017. Artwork © Harmony Korine. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic  

Harmony Korine, Burst Manga, 2014 © Harmony Korine. Photo: Rob McKeever

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Harmony Korine
Shadows and Loops

November 4, 2016–January 16, 2017
Frist Art Museum, Nashville, Tennessee
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This exhibition of work by Harmony Korine includes both figurative and abstract paintings. With their crude figures, rough surfaces, and distorted patterns, Korine’s paintings emphasize expression over nuance and instability over clarity.

Harmony Korine, Burst Manga, 2014 © Harmony Korine. Photo: Rob McKeever

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