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); and Spring Breakers (2012, 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 Nashville and Miami.
September 11–October 20, 2018
976 Madison Avenue, New York
February 8–March 24, 2016
Davies Street, London
January 10–February 14, 2015
December 28, 2014–January 31, 2015
Eden Rock—St. Barths
August 8–29, 2014
Park & 75, New York
Extended through July 29, 2014
May 12–July 29, 2014
Park & 75, New York
From the Quarterly
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.
Fairs, Events & Announcements
Online Viewing Room
Frieze London 2018
October 1–10, 2018
Coinciding with the gallery’s presentations at Frieze London and Frieze Masters, the Online Viewing Room will feature works that will be available exclusively online by artists including Helen Frankenthaler, Roy Lichtenstein, Sterling Ruby, and Jonas Wood.
The Frieze London Online Viewing Room will open at 12:00am on October 1 in Hong Kong, and close at 11:59pm on October 10 in Los Angeles and San Francisco (see below for dates and times in cities where Gagosian has gallery locations).
Online Viewing Room opens:
12:00am HKT on October 1 (Hong Kong)
7:00pm EEST on September 30 (Athens)
6:00pm CEST on September 30 (Geneva, Paris, Rome)
5:00pm BST on September 30 (London)
12:00pm EDT on September 30 (New York)
9:00am PDT on September 30 (Los Angeles, San Francisco)
Online Viewing Room closes:
2:59pm HKT on October 11 (Hong Kong)
9:59am EEST on October 11 (Athens)
8:59am CEST on October 11 (Geneva, Paris, Rome)
7:59am BST on October 11 (London)
2:59am EDT on October 11 (New York)
11:59pm PDT on October 10 (Los Angeles, San Francisco)
For more information about the Frieze London 2018 Online Viewing Room or the works that will be included, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sterling Ruby, WIDW. FLAME WAR., 2018 © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 5–6pm
Gagosian Shop, New York
Gagosian is pleased to announce a book signing with Harmony Korine to celebrate Harmony Korine, recently published by Rizzoli in association with Gagosian and Centre Pompidou, Paris. The event will coincide with the exhibition Harmony Korine: BLOCKBUSTER. 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). This monograph not only reflects on Korine’s work to date, but also examines his influence over the past twenty years, exploring the artist’s process and experimentation, as well as his expansive use of editing techniques. To attend the event, RSVP to email@example.com.
Art Basel Hong Kong
March 29–31, 2018, booth ICI8
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art Basel Hong Kong. To view highlights from the booth in advance of the fair visit www.artsy.com. Our presentation will include works by Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joe Bradley, Cecily Brown, Glenn Brown, Alexander Calder, John Currin, Willem de Kooning, Edmund De Waal, Jean Dubuffet, Urs Fischer, Lucio Fontana, Walton Ford, Katharina Grosse, Mark Grotjahn, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Jia Aili, Anish Kapoor, Yves Klein, Karen Kneffel, Jeff Koons, Harmony Korine, Roy Lichtenstein, Takashi Murakami, Takashi Murakami & Virgil Abloh, Albert Oehlen, Nam June Paik, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Saville, Richard Serra, Rudolf Stingel, Mark Tansey, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Jonas Wood, Christopher Wool, and Zeng Fanzhi. Tickets are available at www.artbasel.com.
Zeng Fanzhi, 8, 2018 © Zeng Fanzhi 2018
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