Armory 2019


Edward Cella Gallery is proud to present a new selection of sophisticated paintings and sculptures by Kendell Carter and Michael St. John for the Armory Show Focus section curated by Lauren Haynes, Curator of Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  In the works presented at the Armory Show, both Carter and St. John depict aspects of American culture by re-presenting personal experiences using both experimental and classical painting techniques.

In Carter’s works, the use of cast latex paint as a substitute for traditional canvas paintings as well as the use of spray paint suggest a subversion. These works inherit the subtle impressions of the ground they were poured on, as well as intricate, organic textures in the aerosol of Carter's iconic graffiti. Carter uses this to point out the continually negated role of artists of color, whose experimental process are historically left out of the canon.

In St. John’s identically scaled portrait paintings, he depicts people and objects, and ideas as representations of our current culture. Known for casting an inclusive and penetrating gaze on our nation, St. John’s rigorous formal practice draws inspiration from Rauschenberg, Warhol and early 20th century Ashcan School painters who portrayed scenes of daily life in New York. By combining photorealistic painting techniques with collaged newspaper clippings and found images, St. John portrays a captivating image of America at present.

The Armory Show 

Pier 90 | Booth F6

March 7 - March 10, 2019

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Kendell Carter has had solo exhibitions at the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, CA; Monique Meloche, Chicago, IL; The Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA; Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA and Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CA. Group exhibitions include the California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Krannert Art Museum, Champagne, IL; Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA and Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA. In 2012 he received a Andy Warhol Foundation Fellowship and his work is included in such public collections as Fundacao Sindika Dokolo, Luanda, Angola; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; and SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA.

Michael St. John recent solo exhibitions include Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY; Karma, New York, NY; Marvelli Gallery, New York, NY; and Team Gallery, New York, NY. His work has been included in group exhibitions at Marborough Broome Street, New York, NY; CCA Bard/Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL; Spring Break Art Show, New York, NY; Kathleen Cullen, Brooklyn NY; Greene Naftali, New York, NY; American Folk-Art Museum, New York, NY; New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art, Asbury Park, NJ; and Andrea Rosen, New York, NY. His work has been reviewed by The New York Times, Art News, Art in America, Vice Creators Project, The Village Voice, W Magazine, Art Speak, and BOMB Magazine. His work is included in numerous public collections such as The Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, FL; Neuberger Berman, New York, NY; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge MA; Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK; and the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC.

Lauren Haynes, Curator of Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, will curate the 2019 Focus section, devoted to solo- and dual-artist presentations by today’s most relevant and compelling artists. Featuring 29 galleries, the presentations in this year’s Focus explore identity through figuration of both real and imagined forms.