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Rachel Feinstein

Rachel Feinstein, Bradbury, 2018 Oil and enamel on mirror, 42 × 54 inches (106.7 × 137.2 cm)© Rachel Feinstein. Photo: Jeff McLane

Rachel Feinstein, Bradbury, 2018

Oil and enamel on mirror, 42 × 54 inches (106.7 × 137.2 cm)
© Rachel Feinstein. Photo: Jeff McLane

Rachel Feinstein, Bandleader, 2018 Hand-applied color resin over foam with wooden base, 76 × 40 × 30 inches (193 × 101.6 × 76.2 cm)© Rachel Feinstein. Photo: Jeff McLane

Rachel Feinstein, Bandleader, 2018

Hand-applied color resin over foam with wooden base, 76 × 40 × 30 inches (193 × 101.6 × 76.2 cm)
© Rachel Feinstein. Photo: Jeff McLane

Rachel Feinstein, Girl on the Stairs, 2012 Oil enamel on mirror, 21 ½ × 18 inches (54.6 × 45.7 cm)© Rachel Feinstein

Rachel Feinstein, Girl on the Stairs, 2012

Oil enamel on mirror, 21 ½ × 18 inches (54.6 × 45.7 cm)
© Rachel Feinstein

About

I’ve always been interested in portraying some kind of fantasy, then showing that it’s completely constructed. There are always dark messages hidden behind beauty, and the act of sculpting is about listening to that inner voice that warns you about something lurking beneath the surface.
—Rachel Feinstein

In richly detailed sculptures and multipart installations, Rachel Feinstein investigates and challenges the concept of luxury as expressed in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe, in the context of contemporary parallels. By synthesizing visual and societal opposites such as romance and pornography, elegance and kitsch, and the marvelous and the banal, she explores issues of taste and desire.

Born in Fort Defiance, Arizona, and raised in Miami, Feinstein received a BA in 1993 from Columbia University, New York, where she studied religion, philosophy, and studio art. That same year she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. She found her passion for sculpture under the influence of mentors such as Kiki Smith, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and Judy Pfaff. In 1994 Feinstein was included in several group shows in New York, including Let the Artist Live! at Exit Art, where she presented a large gingerbread house modeled after Sleeping Beauty’s castle in which she slept throughout the exhibition.

Feinstein’s work was included in the first iteration of MoMA PS1’s Greater New York in 2000. She had her first solo exhibition at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, the following year, showing large plaster and wood sculptures of lions, swans, angels, and waterfalls, and transforming one of the galleries into an all-white Rococo-style salon, inspired by imperial palaces in Munich and Vienna. The construction of fantastical, multidimensional environments is integral to Feinstein’s practice. Preferring to see her work in complex interiors, she often brings Baroque elements into exhibition spaces, complicating the relationship between sculpture and painting, positive and negative space. The sculptures, viewed from certain angles, flatten, while the walls seem to expand through Feinstein’s use of mirrors and wallpaper.

Seeing her ornate sculptures reflected in her paintings on mirror from the early 2000s, Feinstein began to explore spatial landscapes, notably those depicted in panoramas from the 1800s. Using found images, she created hybrid arcadian landscapes printed on mirrored wallpaper. The first of these wallpapers, Panorama of Rome (2012), was installed in the elliptical gallery at Gagosian in Rome, offering visitors an impressionistic view of the city around them. In 2010–11 Feinstein transformed the modernist interior of Lever House, New York, into a snowy wonderland, rife with stylized elements of Rococo and Gothic design. Interpreting Hans Christian Anderson’s Snow Queen, she created a gilded carriage, groups of toy soldiers, arched alcoves containing characters from the story, and sublime architectural ruins painted onto floor-to-ceiling mirrors. Three years later her sculpture Folly (2014) was installed in New York’s Madison Square Park, marking Feinstein’s first public art exhibition in the US.

In 2018 Feinstein produced the Secrets series, comprising eight large-scale sculptures that reimagine the Victoria’s Secret “Angels,” as well as ceramic sculptures inspired by Franz Anton Bustelli’s Rococo commedia dell’arte figurines. As in much of her work, the theatrical and the intricate verge on the grotesque, becoming strangely erotic abstractions, and suggesting the body through its absence.

Rachel Feinstein

Photo: Markus Jans, Architectural Digest © Condé Nast

Fairs, Events & Announcements

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

Online 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

Rachel Feinstein (New York: Rizzoli Electa, 2019)

Artist Talk and Book Signing

Rachel Feinstein

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 6:30–8pm
Jewish Museum, New York
thejewishmuseum.org

Rachel Feinstein will speak on the occasion of her survey exhibition, Maiden, Mother, Crone, on view at the Jewish Museum through March 22. The artist will discuss the inspirations for her art, which weaves together and deconstructs binaries, underscoring that there is no reality without fantasy, lightness without darkness, or perfection without chaos. The talk will be followed by a book signing of the companion monograph published by Rizzoli Electa. To attend the event, purchase tickets at thejewishmuseum.org.

Rachel Feinstein (New York: Rizzoli Electa, 2019)

Tom Wesselmann, Sunset Nude with Wesselmann Still Life, 2004 © The Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by ARS/VAGA, New York

Art Fair

Art Basel Miami Beach 2019

December 5–8, 2019, booth D7
Miami Beach Convention Center
www.artbasel.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art Basel Miami Beach 2019 with modern and contemporary artworks by Richard Avedon, Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joe Bradley, Cecily Brown, John Chamberlain, John Currin, Edmund de Waal, Rachel Feinstein, Urs Fischer, Helen Frankenthaler, Ellen Gallagher, Theaster Gates, Katharina Grosse, Mark Grotjahn, Jennifer Guidi, Simon Hantaï, Damien Hirst, Alex Israel and Bret Easton Ellis, Ellsworth Kelly, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Peter MarinoAdam McEwenJoan MitchellTakashi MurakamiAlbert OehlenSteven ParrinoPablo Picasso, Rudolf Polanszky, Richard PrinceSterling RubyEd RuschaRichard SerraRudolf StingelCy TwomblyAndy WarholMary WeatherfordTom WesselmannJonas WoodChristopher Wool, and Zao Wou-Ki, among others.

To receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact the gallery at inquire@gagosian.com. To attend the fair, purchase tickets at www.artbasel.com.

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Tom Wesselmann, Sunset Nude with Wesselmann Still Life, 2004 © The Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by ARS/VAGA, New York

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Museum Exhibitions

Rachel Feinstein working at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, Munich, 2019. Artwork © Rachel Feinstein. Photo: Samuel Keyte, courtesy Gucci

On View

Rachel Feinstein

Opened June 25, 2019
Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England
www.chatsworth.org

The Artist in Residence project is a program at Chatsworth House, in collaboration with Gucci, where the public is invited to discover an artist’s works while visiting the estate. Rachel Feinstein’s works create an open dialogue between the artist’s perspective and her environment, reflective of her research during her residency at Chatsworth.

Rachel Feinstein working at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, Munich, 2019. Artwork © Rachel Feinstein. Photo: Samuel Keyte, courtesy Gucci

Installation view, Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone, Jewish Museum, New York, November 1, 2019–March 22, 2020 © Rachel Feinstein

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Rachel Feinstein
Maiden, Mother, Crone

November 1, 2019–March 22, 2020
Jewish Museum, New York
thejewishmuseum.org

Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone, the first survey of the New York–based artist in the United States, brings together three decades of Feinstein’s work in sculpture, installation, painting, drawing, and video, as well as a newly commissioned wall relief, a panoramic wallpaper, and the artist’s sculptural maquettes.

Installation view, Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone, Jewish Museum, New York, November 1, 2019–March 22, 2020 © Rachel Feinstein

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

Rachel Feinstein, Romeo and Juliet, 2019 (detail) © Rachel Feinstein

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Rachel Feinstein in
HY × OffTheWall

March 15–November 30, 2019
Hudson Yards, New York
www.hudsonyardsnewyork.com

This exhibition features large-scale interactive and three-dimensional installations, curious and often humorous tableaux, and murals by thirteen artists. All artworks relate to the rich history and geographic location of the Hudson Yards. Work by Rachel Feinstein is included.

Rachel Feinstein, Romeo and Juliet, 2019 (detail) © Rachel Feinstein

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