Harmony Korine’s cult films of the past twenty years—from the surreal Gummo (1997) to Spring Breakers (2012), a contemporary film noir in which four college freshwomen are drawn into a murderous labyrinth of events—merge reality with fiction and handheld camerawork with precise montage. This heady mix of the unplanned, the seductive, and the outlandish crystallizes in his lesser-known, highly tactile paintings. Eschewing brush and professional paint in favor of squeegees, leftover household paint, and masking tape, he creates loosely sequential images that echo the sonic and visual leitmotifs of his films. The accumulative hypnotic effect of his paintings is offset by lifelike randomness and impulsive energy.
Korine’s films include Kids (1995, written by Korine, directed by Larry Clark); Gummo (1997, written and directed by Korine); Julien Donkey-Boy (1999, written and directed by Korine); Ken Park (2002, written by Korine, directed by Larry Clark and Ed Lachman); Mister Lonely (2007, written by Korine, codirected with Avi Korine); Trash Humpers (2009, written and directed by Korine); Spring Breakers (2012, written and directed by Korine); and The Beach Bum (2019, written and directed by Korine).
Korine was born in 1973 in Bolinas, California. His work has been shown in major exhibitions worldwide, including Double Trouble: The Patchett Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (1999, traveled to Instituto Cultural Cabañas and Museo de las Artes Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico; and Auditorio de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, Spain); Screen Memories, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Japan (2002); Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2004, traveled to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California; The Contemporary, Baltimore; University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa; La Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy; Le Tripostal, Lille, France; Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, Poland; and La Casa Encendida, Madrid, through 2009); To Illustrate and Multiply: An Open Book, Museum of Contemporary Art Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood (2008); SONIC YOUTH etc.: SENSATIONAL FIX, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany (2009); and Altars of Madness, Casino Luxembourg—Forum d’art contemporain, Luxembourg (2013). Recent solo shows of his films, photographs, and paintings include Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium (2000); Pigxote, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee (2009); Shadows and Loops, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee (2016–17); and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2017).
Korine’s first novel, A Crack Up at the Race Riots, was published by Mainstreet/Doubleday in 1998. Pass the Bitch Chicken: Christopher Wool and Harmony Korine, a book of collaborative images, was released by Holzwarth Publications in 2002. Korine’s work was included in the 2000 Whitney Biennial and the 50th Biennale di Venezia, Venice in 2003.
Korine lives and works in Miami.
Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2020
The Spring 2020 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #412 (2003) on its cover.
Gagosian Quarterly Films
Jerry Schatzberg and Harmony Korine
To celebrate Gagosian Quarterly’s Winter 2019 feature on photographer and filmmaker Jerry Schatzberg, the essay’s author, Carlos Valladares, led a conversation between the director and Harmony Korine at Metrograph, New York. The discussion followed a screening of Schatzberg’s 1973 film Scarecrow.
Transcendent Criminal Dream
From Kids to his new film The Beach Bum, Harmony Korine has continually revolutionized the art of cinema. In a wide-ranging discussion with film critic Emmanuel Burdeau, Korine reflects on the rewards and challenges of filmmaking and reveals what’s in store for the future.
Harmony Korine: BLOCKBUSTER
The artist discusses his latest exhibition in New York with the Gagosian Quarterly, telling the story behind the works and their connection to his larger practice.
Harmony Korine at the Centre Pompidou
The artist sat down with Alicia Knock, curator of his exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, to discuss the power of mistakes, outsiders, and the marginal.
Harmony Korine: Young Twitchy is available for online reading from July 26 through August 25 as part of the From the Library series. This catalogue was published on the occasion of the 2019 exhibition at Gagosian, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, of new paintings by the artist. To make these works, Harmony Korine digitally painted different characters over iPhone photographs of his surroundings in Florida, and then re-created the compositions in oil paint on canvas. The publication includes a new text by Richard Prince.
Harmony Korine: Young Twitchy (New York: Gagosian, 2019)
Alternate Meanings in Film and Video
You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.
Gagosian is pleased to present Broadcast: Alternate Meanings in Film and Video, an online exhibition of artists’ films and videos viewable exclusively on gagosian.com. The exhibition will be organized into a series of “chapters,” each lasting two weeks. The first chapter begins on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
Broadcast: Alternate Meanings in Film and Video employs the innate immediacy of time-based art to spark reflection on the here and now, taking the words of famed psychologist and countercultural icon Timothy Leary as its starting point.
Adam McEwen, Escape from New York, 2014 (still from “Battery Tunnel”) © Adam McEwen
The Extreme Present
Opening reception: Tuesday, December 3, 5–8pm
December 4–8, 2019
Moore Building, Miami
Gagosian is pleased to announce The Extreme Present, the fifth in a series of annual exhibitions at the Moore Building in the Miami Design District during Art Basel Miami Beach, presented by Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch. The Extreme Present will explore artists’ reactions to the conditions of our accelerating and increasingly complex world. The title is inspired by The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present, a book by Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, published in 2015. Their provocative thesis addresses the rapidly evolving digital era, half a century after Marshall McLuhan’s groundbreaking study on technology’s influence on culture, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, in which he coined the phrase “the medium is the message.” Works in this exhibition explore concepts of media, communication, togetherness, and isolation.
The Extreme Present
Matt Black × Gana Art
November 1, 2019–January 5, 2020
Gana Art Center and Gana Art Hannam, Seoul
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 Korine, Sterling 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
October 6–November 5, 2017
Centre Pompidou, Paris
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. Photo by Zarko Vijatovic