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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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Fairs, Events & Announcements

Harmony Korine, 37, 2019–21 © Harmony Korine

Exhibition

Harmony Korine
Wormburner

August 3–September 7, 2021
The Bridge, Bridgehampton, New York

This exhibition features new paintings by Harmony Korine depicting American presidents in the act of playing golf, a strangely quintessential presidential activity. Each painting is sourced from an archival photograph, which Korine repaints, either in black and white or full color, thereby transforming the original expressions and gestures into almost exaggerated versions of themselves. He then adds ribbons of color that dance across each composition with childlike irreverence, enhancing the paintings’ tragicomic impression while adding a tinge of absurdity. To schedule your visit, contact thebridge@gagosian.com.

Harmony Korine, 37, 2019–21 © Harmony Korine

Harmony Korine: Young Twitchy (New York: Gagosian, 2019)

Online Reading

Harmony Korine
Young Twitchy

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)

Adam McEwen, Escape from New York, 2014 (still from “Battery Tunnel”) © Adam McEwen

Exhibition

Broadcast
Alternate Meanings in Film and Video

You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.
—Timothy Leary

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

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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. Photo by 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. Photo by Zarko Vijatovic  

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